The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Dec. 18, 2014

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Dale Mooberry, Loretta Wulf, Bill Svoboda, DeWayne Johnson, Stephen Crookshanks, Steven Schmidt, Esther Thompson, Myron Hulbert, Donald Hettinger, Robert Pugh, June Saint, Mildred Gertson


Dale Mooberry
Dale Fredrick Mooberry, 87, died last Wednesday at Lexington Regional Health Center.
Dale was born June 20, 1927, in Hebron, to Carl and Lucille (Daringer) Mooberry. He attended high school in Hebron. He was united in marriage to Elaine Bartling on September 12, 1950, in Hebron, Nebraska. The couple was blessed with five children; Judith, Thomas, Myrna, Charles and Donald.
He was a member of the Merchant Marines from Jan. 6, 1945, until Dec. 3, 1946. He was inducted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict serving from Oct. 27, 1950, until his honorable discharge on July 26, 1952. Dale achieved the rank of sargeant first class and honored with three Bronze Service Stars.
While living in Superior he operated Deluxe Liquors.
In 1963, the family moved to Lexington. The couple owned and operated the Den Restaurant and Bar in Lexington for many years. He ran a thriving business alongside Elaine. Upon their retirement, they enjoyed camping, taking winter trips all over the United States and Mexico. Dale enjoyed being at the lake where family brought much enjoyment.
Dale liked to hunt, fish and golf. He was computer savvy way and enjoyed passing time by being on his computer; doing his banking, emailing and corresponding. Dale was a life-long learner. He studied the Spanish language as more Spanish speaking folks moved to Lexington. He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, the VFW, and Eagles Club.
He enjoyed playing cards with his buddies. Dale had been through a lot this past year. Elaine died in February of 2014 and his son, Chuck, in October.
Survivors include four children, Mrs. Grand Wood (Judith), Lincoln, Neb., Tom Mooberry, Johnson Lake, Neb., Mrs. Lou Stanard (Myrna), Lincoln, Neb., and Don Mooberry, Lexington; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Darold Hiatt (Loretta) of Superior.
He was preceded in death in addition to his wife and son, by his parents and a and sister, Margaret.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington with the Rev, Neal Nollette officiating.
Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a wake service to follow at 7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.
Burial with full military honors will be in the St. Ann's Cemetery at Lexington.

Loretta Wulf
Loretta Maxine (Henry) Wulf, the daughter of Lee and Pearl (Douglas) Henry, was born in Red Cloud, on May 22, 1932, She died Friday at the Superior Good Samaritan Center.
She lived in Nebraska all of her life and attended several schools in the Guide Rock area including District 4, District 78, Eckley and Guide Rock High School. She graduated with the Class of 1950.
Loretta worked at Jill's cafe and the Guide Rock Creamery for her Uncle Elmer Henry. On June 4, 1950, she married Kenneth Wulf. To this union four children were born. They lived east of Guide Rock on two different farms until 1986 when they moved to Guide Rock and lived in her parents' house. The house she was raised in.
Loretta and Kenneth were custom harvesters for 30 years in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Montana and made lifelong friends along the way. Loretta cooked and took many meals to the field, often feeding 10 to 15 people daily. She made sure their hired men felt at home as she kept their trailers clean and the laundry done. She called herself their maid and enjoyed doing it for them as they were always so appreciative.
Loretta and Kenneth liked o travel and after retiring would spend the winter in Las Vegas selling at flea markets.
Loretta attended the Methodist Church in Guide Rock before she got married and then joined the Salem Lutheran Church near Nelson in 1950,
Loretta liked being outdoors, sitting on the porch watching the birds and squirrels and waving at everyone who passed by. As her health began to fail, she entered the Good Samaritan Center in Superior in 2012 and resided there until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth on March 14, 2008; brother Lyle Henry; sisters Leila Rose and Althea Hayes. Surviving is her brother, Ron Henry, of Guide Rock.
Survivors include her children, Sandy Cooley of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Jim Richardson (Teresa) of Guide Rock, Gary Wulf of Central City and Kevin Wulf of Superior; grandchildren Shane Cooley, Gregg Richardson, Brandi Gay, Mrs. Jarrod Ellison (Kellie), Mrs. Chase Ludden (Timbre), Jon Wulf and Katrina Wulf; great-grandchildren Trent and Danielle Richardson, Kolten Gay, Harper and Landon Cooley.
Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at the United Methodist Church in Guide Rock. The Rev. Warren Schoming will officiate.  Burial will be in the Guide Rock Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of the arrangements.

Bill Svoboda
Bill Svoboda, a former Hebron businessman died Dec. 3 in Lincoln where he had lived for the last 27 years.
A 1942 graduate of Hebron High School, he was a Hested's store manager before returning to Hebron where he established a real estate and insurance business. He was also an auctioneer and owned D&S Lumber in Hebron.
In Lincoln he was co-owner of Century 21 Home and Farm Realty.

DeWayne Johnson
DeWayne Carl "Dewey" Johnson, 94, was born on the family farm at Courtland on May 22, 1920, the son of PerVetus and Freda (Swenson) Johnson. He died last Monday at the Belleville Health Care Center in Belleville.
Dewey attended Bollen Grade School and graduated from Courtland High School. Following graduation, he moved to Kansas City and worked for Sheffield Steel until returning to Courtland to farm. On May 9, 1945, he married Genevieve Hedin. To this union, two daughters were born, Kristi and Marlys. In addition to farming, Dewey drove a school bus for 20 years. His hobbies included gardening, square dancing, camping and traveling.
Dewey was baptized and confirmed at Ada Lutheran Church, rural Courtland and remained a life-long member.
Dewey was preceded in death by his parents; nine brothers and sisters, including twin brother, Don, and an infant grandson, Jason Carl Reinke. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Genevieve; daughter, Mrs. Donald Wallin (Kristi) of Courtland, and Mrs. Howard Reinke (Marlys) of Byron; grandchildren, Rachel Myers, Lenexa, Justin Wallin, Stillwater, Okla., Clay Wallin, Manhattan, Stuart Reinke, Byron, Jason Reinke, Byron, and Amber Livasy, Fremont; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
His funeral was 10:30 Saturday at Ada Lutheran Church, rural Courtland, with The Rev. Tom Kamprath officiating. Burial was in Ada Cemetery. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, was in charge of the arrangements.

Stephen Crookshanks
Stephen W.Crookshanks, 60, son of Leonard and Cleo Scroggin, was born on March 29, 1954, in Chillicothe Mo. He died Dec. 10 at the Good Samaritan Center in Superior after a battle with cancer.
Steve was raised on farm in Oak. He attended grade school in Oak and later graduated from Nelson high school in 1972. Following graduation, Steve returned to Oak where he continued the family farm.
Steve was an avid hunter and fisherman with a fondness for the great outdoors. He was known for his sense of humor and contagious laugh. Steve enjoyed many years playing on the Oak Legion softball team. In his free time he enjoyed attending auctions and adding to his many collections. Steve was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Steve was preceeded in death by his parents, Leonard and Cleo Scroggin.
He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Zach Schneider (Stesha) of Lincoln, Neb., and Stevie Crookshanks of Oak; sister, Cindy McNair of Denver Colo.; and granddaughters, Emery and Maclin Schneider.
A memorial luncheon is planned for noon Saturday at the Oak school house. A celebration of his life is to follow at Steve's shop. A softball tournament in Steve's honor will be planned in the spring.
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of the arrangements.

Steven Schmidt
Steven Ray Schmidt, 54, died at his home in Glen Elder on Dec. 7. He was the son of Donald Raymond and Connie Virginia Wyman Schmidt, Ionia. He was born Nov. 6, 1960, in Beloit and raised in Ionia.
He attended school in Jewell and Randall through 1979. He was united in marriage to Kelly Snyder on Sept. 5, 1981. Three daughters, Jennifer, Kasey and Jill were born to this union. Their marriage was dissolved in 1998.
Steven was united in common law marriage to Kim Boland. One daughter, Madison, was born to this union.
Steve worked for Rose Pork Producers and owned a hog containment facility. He also worked as an independent concrete contractor.
Steve's daughters and grandchildren were of the utmost importance to him. Steve was a natural athlete and excelled in sports. He was a brown-belt in tae kwon do and competed in numerous tournaments. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching all kinds of sports. He enjoyed helping others and knew few strangers.
Steve was preceded in death by his father, Don Schmidt; two sisters, Barbara Schmidt and Carol Fleming; a brother, Carl Schmidt; and an infant brother.
He is survived by his wife, Kim, of the home; his mother, Connie Schmidt, Wellington; daughters, Mrs. Taron Smith (Jennifer), Hutchinson, Kasey Schmidt, Pittsburg, Jill Schmidt, Beloit, Mrs. Justin Kemmerer (Tegan), Jewell, and Madison Boland-Schmidt of the home; one brother, Roger Schmidt; two sisters, Joann Hansen and Janice McDaniel; 11 grandchildren, Emma, Riley, Chloe, Mason, Dannika, Karlea, Paytyn, Kross, Lakyn, Kash and Krisey; many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ionia United Methodist Church with Rod Rose officiating. Interment will be in the Ionia Cemetery. Services were by McDonald-Roberts Funeral Service, Beloit.

Esther Thompson
Esther (Loomis) Thompson, 91, died Dec. 14 at her home in rural Courtland. She was born Oct. 22, 1923, at Ionia to Charley and Nellie (Dye) Loomis. She attended Concordia High School and married Andy Thompson on March 2, 1941, in Belleville.
Esther was a member of the Scandia United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Ophel Chapter No. 115 of the Eastern Star and many other community organizations. Andy and Esther organized several community events, including annual corn husking contests, go cart races, Fourth of July celebrations and family reunions. They also built and maintained the 4T&J Pond recreation area where family members and friends had many years of fun and memories. Esther was a 4-H leader, taught square dancing and clogging lessons to many local youths and hosted a special group of hunters for more than 40 years. She enjoyed her childrens' and grandchildrens' events, quilting, embroidery, crafts, card games, puzzles and time with family. Esther made the best macaroni and cheese, baked steak, meatloaf and mashed potatoes and gravy.
Esther is survived by her husband, Andy, of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Larry Johnson (Shirley) and Mrs. Gerry Thompson (Delores), both of rural Courtland; son, Joe Thompson, Overland Park; 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and her sisters, Lucille Spooner, Avondale, Ariz., and Opal Thompson, Norway.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Danny; grandson, Kirk Johnson; four sisters, Ethel, May, Alice and Pearl; and three brothers, Ora, Jack and Donald.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) at the Scandia United Methodist Church with interment to follow at the Riverview Cemetery, Scandia. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Thursday) at Tibbetts Fisher Funeral Home, Belleville.

Myron Hulbert
Myron Eugene Hulbert of Mankato, Kan., died on Dec. 9, 2014, at Jewell County Hospital. He was born on Sept. 16, 1932, to Winfield Arthur and Sylvia Christine (Kranatz) Hulbert in northern Jewell County, Kan. Winfield later married Tamera E. (Lovell) Hulbert.
He loved working on cars, tractors, farm equipment, camping, hunting and fishing.
Myron graduated from Bayard High School, Class of 1951, in Bayard, Iowa. After high school he worked at the Union Pacific Railroad from 1951 to 1953 in Wyoming as a welder. Myron married Marjorie June Nelsen on July 18, 1953.
He served in the United States Army from January 1953 to December 1954. He served in the Korean War on the 38th Parallel in the 2nd Infantry Division.
Myron farmed with his brother, Lorus, after the service. He worked for the City of Mankato, REA, John Deere, Jewell Implement and Dubuque Packing House. In 1984 he opened Hulbert Repair. After closing Hulbert Repair he worked at Becker Electric and Mankato Livestock until December 2013.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie J. Hulbert of Mankato, Kan.; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn K. and Lynn Caffee, Colcord, Okla.; daughter and son-in-law Mildred (Chris) and Jeff LaClair, Black Forest, Colo.; son and daughter-in-law Max E. and Julie Hulbert, Mankato, Kan. He had seven grandchildren: Katherine Seel, Herbert Seel, Solomon Seel, Ronald E. Gould III, Aaron T. LaClair, Melissa (Hulbert) Imler and Bradley E. Hulbert; 17 great-grandchildren; his sister, Lois Jean (Hulbert) Diecks; brother, George R. Hulbert; step sisters, JoAn (Hulbert) Jackson and Darlene Hulbert.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother; brother, Lorus Hulbert; and sister, Donna (Hulbert) Spoerry.
His memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at the Harmony United Methodist Church in Mankato, Kan. There will be no public visitation. Honorary casket bearers are Katherine Seel, Herbert Seel, Solomon Seel, Ronald E. Gould III, Aaron T. LaClair, Melissa Imler, and Bradley Hulbert. He will be laid to rest at Shaffer Cemetery north of Mankato 10 and one half miles. Memorials may be given to Harmony United Methodist Church, Jewell County Hospital or Jewell County Cancer Fund. Kleppinger Funeral Home, 409 Broadway, Jewell, Kan, is handling arrangements.
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Donald Hettinger
Donald Dean Hettinger, 76, Bristow, Okla., died Dec. 4. He was born July 11, 1938, to Roy and Pearl Hettinger.
Survivors are his wife Shirley, Bristow, Okla.; daughter, Sheila Scroeder, Bristow, Okla.; son, Kevin Hettinger, Texas; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister. Janice Peters; brothers, Dwain, Vernon and Richard; other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Chester; sister, Berneice Peltier.
Services were held Dec. 8 in Bristow, Okla. Graveside services will be held at a later date in 2015 in Downs, Kan.

Robert Pugh
Robert (Bob) Lynn Pugh, 62, Belleville, died Dec. 11 at Republic County Hospital. Bob was born Jan. 27, 1952, the son of Eldon and Carol (Gleason) Pugh, in Red Cloud.
He was a 1970 graduate of Belleville High School. Bob was involved in the cattle industry throughout his life; the last 16 years being employed by National Beef as a fat cattle buyer. Bob was united in marriage to Kathy (Craig) March 30, 1985, in Cuba.
Bob enjoyed life. He lived every day to the fullest, knew no stranger and touched many people's lives. He liked telling stories and making people laugh. He also liked the sport of rodeo and team roping. He passed many evenings and weekends in an arena, forging a "brotherhood" with the other cowboys. They are more than friends, they are forever family. Bob won numerous team roping awards throughout his rodeo days, including the United Rodeo Association in 1974, the United States Team Roping Championship in Broken Bow in 1999 and the Sahara Classic in Columbus, Neb., in 2004. Bob began passing his passion for rodeo on to his true love, his family, when he slowed down his own team roping endeavors. From 1985 to1994 he traveled many miles with Kathy and the girls as they competed in the Kansas High School Rodeos. Bob's cowboy wisdom, support and guidance meant the world to his two girls. He continued sharing the cowboy way as each grandchild joined the ranks. Boopa devoted many hours to teaching, storytelling and cheering them on.
Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Carol Pugh; and a great-niece, Shaylynn Morey.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; two daughters, Mrs. Richard Frost (Kasey), Baldwin City, and Mrs. Matt McCauley (Kelly), Holton; six grandchildren, Macey Frost, Merrin Frost, Kyan Frost and Kreyton Frost, Miles McCauley, Carter McCauley; his father, Eldon, Belleville; sisters, Lynda Terrill LaClef, Carolyn Frankamp, Stevie Swiercinsky; many other relatives and friends.
His funeral was held Tuesday at the American Lutheran Church, Belleville, with the Reverend Thomas Kamparath officiating. Interment was in Zion Cemetery, rural Talmo. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, was in charge of the arrangements.

June Saint
June Saint, 91, Jewell, died Monday at Mitchell County Hospital. Kleppinger Funeral Home, Jewell, is handling the arrangements, which are pending at this time.

Mildred Gertson
Mildred Atta Young Gertson, 94, Odessa, Texas, died on Dec. 12. Milly was born June 13, 1920, in Formoso to Roy and Etta Young.
She grew up on a self sustaining farm with her three sisters, Mabel, Georgie and June. She moved to Formoso during her high school years; living closer to town enabled her to graduate from high school and meet her future husband, Robert Gertson. One of her first jobs was a telephone operator with the manual plug in connectors and the ringer wall phones. Milly and Robert moved to Kansas City for job opportunities and along came their daughter, Roberta. World War II changed their lives and directions. Robert being wounded in France was shipped to Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. Milly endured daily visits to the hospital for several years and raising Roberta. Their sons, Roy and Rodger, were born in El Paso. Milly began her life long challenge as a full time stay at home mom. One of her challenges was taking intense care of young Roy when he contracted scarlet fever.
Job opportunities in the late 1950s with El Paso Natural Gas and Products Company transferred them to Odessa, Texas, beginning a new life on the cutting edge of oil products and the Odessa Chemical Complex. Milly and Robert remained in Odessa where they raised their three children. Milly was the best mom ever, and her forever love and caring for Robert, children, and grandchildren fulfilled her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mabel, Georgie and June; and her husband, Robert.
She is survived by her children, Roberta, Roy and Rodger; grandchildren, Tadd, Michael, Tuesday and Jord; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nephews and nieces and their families.
Visitation was held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Odessa, Texas, with Rev. Mary Beth Anton officiating. Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home, Odessa, was in charge of the arrangements.

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