The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published July 30, 2015

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Betty Rasser, Marilyn Templin, Alan Smith, David Swanstrom, Lynne Howard, Donna Hoffhines, Kenneth Mallory, Wayne Grindol, Joseph Beckius, Clifford V. Hulse


Betty Rasser
Betty Jane Rasser, 91, the daughter of Blanch (Lay) and Joseph Johnson, was born Aug. 14, 1923, at Franklin. She died last Tuesday at the Webster County Community Hospital in Red Cloud.
Betty received her formal education attending schools at Franklin and Red Cloud, and for her senior year at Mountain Grove, Mo. She married Percy Dale Rasser on June 15, 1952. They raised their family and made their home on the farm east of Red Cloud. Betty was always actively involved with her family and community. For many years Betty worked as the office nurse for Dr. W.K. Bennett. A member of the First United Methodist Church, she was the church organist for many years and in 2004 was recognized as such by the United Methodist Annual Conference. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women. She was instrumental in starting the first Nebraska Chapter of the Betty Club and was proud of the club's success and her many friends. She was a longtime member of an Extension Club and just recently was recognized by Aseracare with a Military Pinning Ceremony for having family members who had served our country.
In her leisure time she enjoyed crafts of all kinds, especially painting and doing stained glass work.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Percy, on June 6, 1982; daughter, Barbara Walker; sons, Gary and Ron Rasser; and two brothers, Ward and Harold Johnson.
Survivors include her daughter and Mrs. Stacey Goodrich ( Cinda); daughters-in-law, Liz Rasser and Marcele Rasser; 11 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Her funeral was held Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating. Interment was in the Red Cloud Cemetery.

Marilyn Templin
Marilyn Kay Templin,76, of Hebron, was born on Sept. 23, 1938, in Haddam to Charles Lafatte and Dorothy C. (Clark) Jones. She died last Tuesday at Thayer County Health Services in Hebron.
Marilyn attended school in Belleville and graduated from Belleville High School in 1955. She married Don Templin, on May 27, 1956, at First United Methodist Church in Belleville. This union was blessed with three daughters and one son. Marilyn worked at Stewart Pharmacy, Ortino's Pizzeria, Hebron Sale Barn Cafe and owned and operated the Hebron Clothesline for 10 years. She spent many hours mowing her yard, gardening, canning, and tending to her flowers. Marilyn liked to cook.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hebron, serving on several committees during this time, as well as teaching Sunday and Bible school. She also was a member of Near-By-Neighbors Club, and enjoyed a monthly bridge club.
Marilyn traveled with her husband, Don, to Thayer County Feeders Association events and tours. They both enjoyed visiting their children and grandchildren.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; her step-dad, Harold Fleming; brother, Bill Jones; and sisters Joanna Gnadt and Danna Scholes.
She is survived by her husband, Don, of Hebron; daughters, Mrs. Steve Rizek (Dee) of Gallatin, Mo., Mrs. Sam Page (Sandra) of Chesterfield, Mo., and Mrs. Marlyn Heitmann (Chris) of Byron; and a son, Lee Templin of Belleville.
Her funeral was held Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Hebron.

Alan Smith
Alan L. Smith, Mankato, died Monday at Beloit. His funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Harmony United Methodist Church, Mankato. Inurnment will be Monday at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Melby Mortuary, Mankato, is in charge of arrangements.

David Swanstrom
David Lee Swanstrom was born March 24, 1960, to Elroy D. and Shirley L. (Braye) Swanstrom in Hastings. He died June 8 in Nebraska City.
The Swanstroms lived for a brief time in Kimball before permanently relocating to Sidney. David was an active student-athlete, member of Sidney First United Methodist Church, and a 1978 graduate of Sidney Public High School. He attended Kearney State College, graduating with a degree in psychology and sociology. Upon relocating to the Kansas City metropolitan area, he attended graduate school while working for Citicorp.
David was married in 1980 to Annette (Backhus) Swanstrom of Morrison, Ill.; second to Linda Swanstrom of Hastings; and on June 13, 2003, to Marsha (Hass) Swanstrom of Milligan at the Good Samaritan Village's All Saints Chapel in Hastings.
David and Marsha had been residents of the Nebraska Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Omaha and, recently, were relocated to the Golden Living Center at Nebraska City to receive assisted living and skilled nursing support. Within a month of David's death, the family learned of Marsha's death on July 8, 2015. She will be buried near her parents, Renye J. and Lenora J. (Kupka) Hass, in the Bohemian National Cemetery at Milligan in Fillmore County.
David is survived by his mother, Shirley, of Sidney; older brother Nick of Sterlin, Va.; younger sister, Mrs. Bob Kerns, Pam of Lincoln, Neb. He was preceded in death by his father, Elroy, who died Feb. 15, 2002, in Wheatridge, Colo., and was buried in the Nora Cemetery. David will be buried near his father as well as Swanstrom grandparents, great-grandparents and other relatives.
A funeral officiated by the Rev. Thomas Hyde will be held at 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Sidney First United Methodist Church.
Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Nora Cemetery,
The Megrue-Price Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.

Lynne Howard
Lynne Dee Howard (Koontz), 69, of Edgar, died last Friday at her home in Gilroy, Calif. She was born on Jan. 7, 1946, in Hastings to Bob and Betty (Kollman) Koontz. She was their only child.
Lynne grew up on her family's farm near Edgar, where she rode her horse to school, played with friends and helped her father in the fields. She went to Edgar High School, where she participated in cheerleading and graduated in 1964. After high school, she attended the University of Denver in Denver, Colo., where she received her first degree in speech therapy. She returned to school and received her second degree in nursing in 1992 from Colby Sawyer College in New London, N.H.
Lynne was married for 29 years and had three children. The family moved from state to state, eventually living in more than 10 states across the country. She enjoyed the excitement of living in new places and traveling was one of her favorite pastimes.
Lynne worked as a nurse in many areas but found her calling as a school nurse for 15 years in Gilroy, Calif. After she retired from the school district in 2011, she split her time between her home in Gilroy and the farm in Edgar. She satisfied her desire to travel by exploring Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South America. She also enjoyed driving around the country, walking her dogs, visiting with family and friends, researching genealogy and watching scary movies.
Lynne is survived by her sons, Jonathan Howard of Gilroy, Calif., and Brian Howard of Morgan Hill, Calif.; her daughter, Julie Howard, of Moab, Utah; her grandchildren, Bailey Howard, Jack Howard and Henry Butler.
Lynne was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Koontz, her father, Robert (Bob) Koontz, and grandmother, Mildred Kollman.
Her funeral was Saturday at Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Edgar with Pastor David King officiating. Burial was in the Edgar Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar was in charge of the arrangements.

Donna Hoffhines
Donna Mae Kindler Hoffhines, 91, Fair Grove, Mo., died July 19 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo.
Donna was born May 16, 1924, in Esbon to George and Mabel Morrow Kindler. She was reared and educated in Esbon, graduating from Esbon High School.
Donna married Elden P. Hoffhines in Lebanon on Aug. 27, 1942. The couple moved to Arkansas City in 1946. Donna was a den mother to a Cub Scout den, baby sat before working at OTASCO, the gas service company, then returning to work at OTASCO retiring in 1986. She was a master of pies, homemade noodles and crocheted blankets that she shared with everyone.
She was a member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church of Arkansas City, then later transferred her membership to the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include: son, Terry Hoffhines, Overland Park; daughter, Sherry Hoffhines, Fair Grove, Mo.; four grandchildren, Megan Williams, John Phillips, Chris Phillips and Amiee Ford; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded by in death by her husband, parents, three brothers and five sisters.
Her funeral was held at 10 a.m. Friday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home, Arkansas City. Burial followed in the Riverview Cemetery, Arkansas City.

Kenneth Mallory
Kenneth Mallory, age 72, died July 21, 2015. Ken was born Dec. 1, 1942, at the family farm in Jewell to Charles Lee and Lillie (Sipp) Mallory. Ken graduated in 1961 from Jewell Rural High School. He then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1962, being honorable discharged from there. Ken then went into carpentry work until he retired. He was a volunteer fireman.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Calvin and Donnie; one sister-in-law; one brother-in-law; a nephew and three nieces.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, of the home; daughter Brenda (Darcy) Jensen, Salina, Kan.; grandson Jon (fiancee Brooke), Ames, Iowa; brother Elmer (Ann) Miller, Oregon, Richard (Margaret) Mallory, Idaho; sisters Helen Theleman, Downs, Dot (Jack) Hake, Illinois, Donna (Archie) Thompson, Jewell; brother-in-law Harold Staley, Beloit; sister-in-law Mary Mallory; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made to Kenneth Mallory in care of Kleppinger Funeral Home or Solomon Valley Hospice.
Services were held Saturday, July 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Jewell, Kan. Visitation was held Friday, July 24, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kleppinger Funeral Home, 409 Broadway, Jewell, Kan., which was in charge of the arrangements.

Wayne Grindol
Wayne W. Grindol was born March 9, 1923, in Perry, Kan. The only child of William A. Grindol and Ivah Welter Grindol, he grew up on the family farm and graduated from Perry High School. Wayne enlisted in the army and served for three years during World War II. He attended Baker University where he met Marky Frisbie. They married in 1947. Later he attended Washburn Law School graduating in 1963 and receiving his juris doctor in 1970.
During his life, Wayne had several careers, including coach and teacher, Kansas Highway Patrol, county attorney of Smith County, banker and private practice attorney. The family moved several times, settling in Jewell, Kan., in 1966. Wayne liked animals, and for several years kept residents of Jewell amused with his pet mules. Wayne also liked sports and excelled at baseball and basketball, both playing and coaching several championship teams. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and a 70 year Mason. Wayne's priority was always his family. They enjoyed a variety of RVs, touring the midwest; following retirement he and Marky joined camp clubs and wintered in Texas. They moved to Beloit, Kan., in 2007.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife Marky. He leaves behind daughters Cheryl, Shelley and Shannon, son-in-law Ron, grandchildren Manasseh, Huck, Aaron, Calien, Autumn, Thaddaeus and Emily, and a great-granddaughter Anola.
Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Trinity Methodist Church in Jewell, Kan. Interment will be in Grantville Cemetery, Grantville, Kan., at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Jewell Ministerial Alliance; or to the Perry, Kan., Music Program, PLHS Booster Club music dept.; through Kleppinger Funeral Home.

Joseph Beckius
Joseph Dean Beckius, 85, resident of San Ramon, Calif., died on June 11, 2015, in Danville, Calif. Joe was born in Superior, Neb., Aug. 9, 1929, son of Joseph A. and Goldie Fern (Norwood) Beckius.
Joe attended grade school and high school in Superior, Neb., graduating from Superior High School with the Class of 1947. He married his third grade sweetheart, Alice Marie Latham, in 1950. Joe spent 35 years serving his country in both the Army and the USPS. He was an avid sports fan and from 1968 to 1974 he worked for the Oakland Athletics during their World Series reign. Joe loved people and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. and Goldie Fern Beckius, wife Alice Marie, brother Richard (Dick) Beckius.
Joe is survived by: two children Teresa Jo Nemcik and husband David Donald Nemcik, San Ramon, Calif., Dennis Alan Beckius and wife Marie, Fremont, Calif.; two grandchildren Jennifer Marie Killermann and husband Adam, Brandon Joseph Nemcik and wife Vanessa; three great grandchildren, Madison Marie Nemcik, Brody Anthony Nemcik and Adam Joseph Kolea Killermann; a sister Evelyn Warne and husband Burt, Mankato, Kan.; four nieces and two nephews.
Cremation was chosen. Inurnment was with his wife, Alice, at Chapel of the Chimes, Hayward, Calif.

Clifford V. Hulse
Clifford V. Hulse, D.V.M., 83 of York, died Saturday in York. He was born March 15, 1932, in Bruning to Albert and Beulah (Frankforter) Hulse. He was baptized March 1932 and confirmed April 1946 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bruning by Pastor J. Cronek. He attended Bruning High School his freshman, sophomore and junior year and then transferred to Ohiowa High School where he graduated on May 19, 1949. Cliff helped on the family farm and was drafted into the Army in September 1952, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged Sept. 24, 1954. On Sept. 13, 1959, he was married to Ethel Holtzen in Deshler.
In June 1955, Cliff enrolled in the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1961. He joined the USDA in 1963. Clifford served as president of the NAFV (National Association of Federal Veterinarians). In 1971 was responsible for starting a new chapter of the NAFV in St. Cloud, Minn.
He was a veterinarian for more than 45 years and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in York. He liked to tinker around his home, enjoyed dancing, attending veterinary conventions, Bible study and was a supporter of the N.R.A. He enjoyed time with his family and also time volunteering at the Trading Post.
He is survived by two sons, Bradley Vaughn Hulse of Windsor, Colo., and Scott Vaughn Hulse of Friend; and a daughter, Jackie Brown, of North Platte. His grandchildren include Bailey Hulse, Sydney Hulse, Myrah Brown, Whitney Brown, Mariah Hulse and Mitchel Hulse. Also surviving are his brother, Jerry Hulse, of Beatrice, and his sister, Charith Owen, of Superior; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers, Duane and Kenneth.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at Faith Lutheran Church in York. Military graveside services will take place at 3 p.m. at Friedensau Cemetery in Deshler. Metz Mortuary in York is handling the arrangements.

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