The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published March 23, 2017

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Dennis Rogers, Jerry Hays, Sonee Gass, Gregg Tuttle, Bernard Kimminau, Paul Haase, Donald Ahrens, Nevada Vetter, Warren Bolen, Cherryl R. Boss


Dennis Rogers
Dennis Lee Rogers, the son of LaVerne and Bertha (Gillespie) Rogers, was born on Nov. 27, 1941, in Mankato, Kan. He died on March 11, 2017, at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior, Neb., at the age of 75 years, three months and 12 days.
Dennis attended grade school in Montrose, Kan., graduating from Wichita East High School. He was united in marriage to Claudette Kershner on Nov. 18, 1961, in Newton, Kan., and to this union two sons were born.
Dennis loved to build things from metal. His previous employers were Beech Aircraft in Wichita, Kan.; H.S. Products and Automated Products, all as a machinist. When he lived in Superior he was self-employed at Rogers' machine and welding in Webber, Kan., and Superior, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Dwayne and Dallas.
Survivors include his wife, Claudette, and sons, Douglas and Rodney, all of Superior, Neb.; four grandchildren, Tera Rae Russell of Houston, Texas, Bryant Lee Rogers of Honolulu, Hawaii, Elizabeth Marie Rogers of Loup City, Neb., and Jacqueline Angela Rogers of Lincoln, Neb.; and three great-grandchildren, Danielle and William Russell and Ciara Rogers.
Graveside memorial services were held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 1 p.m. from the Evergreen Cemetery in Superior, Neb., with Pastor Robert Hopkins officiating.
Memorials are suggested to go to the family.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978, or
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb., was in charge of the arrangements.

Gerald "Jerry" Hays
Gerald Ervin Hays, 80, died last Monday at his home in Lincoln, Neb. He born April 8, 1936, to Richard and LaVerna Hays in McCook.  In 1954 he graduated from Holbrook High School where he excelled in sports. Jerry then started his career in construction, building dams and bridges and laying pipe in Nebraska and Kansas.
Jerry married Alene Shackelton on Nov. 23, 1955, in Esbon. They were blessed with five children: Giovanna Lucia, LaDaun, Brian, E'Vaun and Jeff.  Taking a break from construction, they  settled down in Red Cloud where, over the years, they ran the VFW Club, owned Jerry's Plumbing, Royal Liquor and the South Bar. Jerry coached the boxing team in Red Cloud for several years and was awarded coach of the year in 1976.  He also was a talented artist, drawing cartoons, painting signs, cream cans, bags and shoes for his granddaughters.
Jerry will be remembered for his sense of humor, his artistic talents, his street fights, being a hard worker, a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, coach and friend.  Jerry and Alene were married for 60 years before she died a year ago and they made many friends along the way.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Alene; parents; brother, Duane; daughter, Giovanna Lucia Hays; and a great-granddaughter, Kylie Hays.
Survivors include his children, LaDaun Schoenhals of Hastings, E'Vaun Hays of Lincoln, Brian Hays of Lincoln and Jeff Hays of Chicago, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and a sister Dianne Tietze of Lincoln.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Red Cloud with The Rev. Paul Frank officiating. Interment was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Red Cloud. Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud was in chare of the arrangements.

Sonee Gass
Sonee Sue Gass, 74, died March 7. She born on Nov. 2, 1942, to parents, Aubrey James Gass and Mary Rosalie (Johanek) Gass.
Sonee graduated from Esbon High with the Class of 1960. She lived 74 years on the family farm northwest of Esbon, being an integral part of the farming operation. In her younger years, Sonee was in charge of the dairy calf operation and helped with the daily milking. During her later life, she willingly took over the bookkeeping aspects of the farm.
Sonee was a caregiver to her whole family. As a teenager she was the one to keep a watchful eye on her younger sister, followed in mid-life with protecting her two nephews during their farm escapades. Most importantly, Sonee unselfishly and courageously was one to care for her mother in her final years. No matter how demanding, difficult and emotionally as well as physically draining it was for her, Sonee's strong faith in God and her religious beliefs helped her to rise to the challenge of caregiver without ever complaining.
Sonee liked to read, play cards at the senior center, listen to country western music and play bingo. She had a tender spot in her heart for animals and was always surrounded by barn cats, dogs and baby calves.
Survivors include a brother, Randall Gass of Esbon; one sister, Mrs. Bob Christensen (Helene) of Liberty, Utah; and two nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Esbon with Fr. David Micheal officiating. Interment was at St. Elizabeth's Cemetery in Esbon.

Gregg Tuttle
Gregg A. Tuttle, 54, died Thursday in Edgar. The son of Roy and Maxine (Bragg) Tuttle, he was born Oct. 27, 1962, at Ewing.
Private family services will be held at a later date.

Bernard Kimminau
Bernard "Bud" J. Kimminau, 77, of Wood River, died Saturday at the Good Samaritan Center in Wood River.
He was born Sept. 6, 1939, in Deweese to Phillip and Erma (Drapal) Kimminau. He grew up in Deweese, Harvard and Hastings and graduated from Harvard High School in 1958. He lived in Grand Island and Superior before moving to Wood River.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1960. He was united in marriage to Sharyl Baker on May 21, 1960, in Harvard. He was a member of the Catholic Church and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren's sporting events. He drove truck for Grand Island Contract Carriers for 31 years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Phillip Kimminau; mother, Erma Kirchen; and a sister, Mary Ann Hoins. Survivors include his wife, Sharyl, Wood River; daughters, Eva Marie Heminger of Wood River and Mrs. Kevin Krzycki (Ann Marie) of Ashton; son, David Kimminau of Wood River; seven grandchildren six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Donald Kimminau of Denver, Colo.
To honor Bud's wishes, his body was cremated and there will not be public visitation.His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at Apfel Funeral Home in Wood River, with Fr. Jorge Canela officiating. Inurnment will be in the Wood River Cemetery. Apfel Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Paul Haase
Paul F. Haase, 58, died Thursday. He was born April 27, 1958, to H. James and Marilyn Haase. He lived nearly his entire life in Belleville. He was preceded in death by his parents. Paul graduated from Belleville High School and worked for the Belleville Telescope for more than 35 years, learning every aspect of the newspaper business from the Miller family. He was most commonly seen behind the camera at sporting events or photographing the impact of natural disasters in Republic County. He also volunteered as the assistant director of emergency management for Republic County. He liked photographing high school basketball games and the Midget Nationals car races in Belleville each summer.
Paul is survived by his three siblings: Steve Haase of Lawrence, Kan.; Mark Haase of Blue Springs, Mo.; and Mrs. Paul Morris (Jennifer) of Whidbey Island, Wash.; one nephew and one niece.
His funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville with The Rev. Paul Morris officiating. Paul's family will greet friends prior at 11:30 a.m. and at a reception after the service. The family will have a private burial in the Belleville City Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville.

Donald Ahrens
Donald Henry Ahrens, 87, died last Wednesday at Thayer County Health Services in Hebron. The son of Henry John and Emma Elizabeth (Ross), he was born Aug. 26, 1929, at rural Davenport.
Don grew up on the family farm doing chores with livestock and field work, first with horse-drawn equipment and later with a tractor. He was mechanically inclined. He attended school at Kiowa and was confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Kiowa by Pastor Royden Frese. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Joan Coney on May 10, 1953, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pilger. This union was blessed with two daughters, Patricia Kay and Cheryl Fay.
Following their marriage, they lived for a short time in Lincoln and Seward. In 1954 they moved to rural Davenport and in 1957 they moved into Davenport. In his early years, he worked for service stations, trucking and sand and gravel businesses. He farmed for a few years and then in February 1966 he went into business with Roy and Dale Wittrock.  He operated a cattle and livestock trucking business and the North Side Tavern and Cafe in Davenport until 1991. He also did contract hauling of pivot irrigation systems across the United States for Reinke Manufacturing.
He served on the Davenport town board for 16 years and was chairman for a number of years. He was a member of the Izaak Walton League of Deshler and enjoyed cooking for the meetings and for the annual consignment sale. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Davenport. He continued to work in his retirement business, Davenport Iron and Metal with one of his partners, Dale Wittrock.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leonard. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughers, Patricia Keleman of Hebron and Cheryl Walburn of Lincoln; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of relatives.
His funeral was held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Davenport with Pastor Brian Francik officiating. Internment was at St. Peter's Lutheran cemetery in Davenport.

Nevada Vetter
Nevada Lucerne Vetter, 88, died last Monday at Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit. She was born Dec. 9, 1928, to Henry and Gertrude Bealby Beisner in Natoma. She grew up there, graduated from Natoma High School and attended the Beauty Academy in Salina. She worked as a beautician.
On Aug. 20, 1950, she married Clifford Vetter. Four children were born to this union. She loved her family and treasured her time with them. Her first passion was sewing. She liked crocheting, quilting, knitting, painting, wallpapering and traveling.
Nevada was a devoted member of Zion Lutheran Church. Any time something needed to be done at the church, Nevada was there to help do it. She served in countless capacities including the Women of the ELCA. Making blankets for Lutheran World Relief was her latest passion. She was a member of the Randall Progressive Study Club for 50 years, Paradise Club, DD Bridge Club, Randall Senior Citizens and the Randall Quilting Group.
Preceding her in death were her parents; sisters, Norene Muir, Norva Doty and Naida Paschal; a granddaughter Peggy Peters; and a great-grandson, Cayden Dunstan.
Survivors include her husband, Clifford, of the home; children, Mrs. Scott Fenner (Vickie), Conway, Ark., Mrs. Dan Peters (Elaine), Randall, Mrs. Bill Buser (Nancy), Jewell, and Phil Vetter, Randall; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.
Her funeral was held Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, Beloit, with Pastor Rick Raymer officiating. Interment was in St. John's Cemetery, Beloit. Arrangements were made by McDonald-Roberts Funeral Service, Beloit.

Warren Bolen
Warren "Bo" Bolen, 73, Jewell, Kan., died Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Beloit, Kan.
Bo was born in Newton, Kan., and he was the son of Dallas and Helen Bolen. He married Dee in 1968 and they had two children
A veteran of the United States Navy, Bo holds a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with Valor. Anyone that knew Bo could tell you he loved his horses dearly.
He is survived by his wife, Dee, of the home; daughter, Taylor, Wichita, Kan., and son, Jeff, wife Kristy and their two children, Kaitlin and Tyler, Chesapeake, Va.
Burial will be at a later date in Newton, Kan.
Memorial services will be held March 24, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Kleppinger Funeral Home, 309 Broadway in Jewell, Kan., 66949, which are handling arrangements. Visitation will be Thursday, March 23, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Kansas Humane Society.

Cherryl R. Boss
          Cherryl R. Adams Boss, 70, Min-neapolis, died Thursday, March 9. at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Cherryl was born Jan. 26, 1947 in Los Angeles, Calif., to James Lyle and Marceline (Johnson) Platt.
          She was a 1965 graduate of Burr Oak High School. Cherryl worked for the Ottawa County District Court for more than 30 years and she served as clerk of the court for 14 years. She was a municipal judge for 18 years and performed countless weddings. She was a charter member of Rock City EHU where she was a member for 45 years. Cherryl was also a member of the United Church of Bennington, V.F.W. Auxiliary and Order of the Eastern Star for more than 50 years. She and her husband, Elvin, delivered meals on wheels for many years.
          Cherryl was preceded in death by her parents.
          Survivors include her husband, Elvin; children, Jason Adams and Mrs. Brian Levendofsky (Amy); step-children, Eric Boss (Melissa), Mrs. Troy Barry (Carri), and Mrs. Kevin Hall (Genny); brother, Mike Platt; grandchildren, Meagan Shoemaker, Priscilla Adams, and Chloe and Ayden Leven-dofsky; step-grandchildren, Isaac, Jose', Cassandra, Emma, Erin, Emalie, Karson, Nolan, Nora and Bailey.
          Her funeral wasTuesday, March 14, at the First United Methodist Church, Minneapolis with Pastor Roberta Fall officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis.

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