The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Nov. 20, 2014

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Wanda Howard, Zachariah Beale, Maurice Mitchell, Gary Lillich


Wanda Howard
Wanda Howard, 80, was born Dec. 14, 1933, in Garden City. She died Friday at the Jewell County Hospital, Mankato.
At the age of three she moved with her parent, Clifford and Thelma (Williams) McCune to the Beloit area.
She married Forrest Howard June 15, 1952, and moved to Burr Oak where she lived the rest of her life. To this union four children were born.
Wanda was a member of the Christian Church and a member of several organizations in Burr Oak. She reported community happenings for the Jewell County Record for nearly 25 years, sold Avon for 47 years, and worked as a CNA at the Jewell County Hospital for 18 years.
Her family was her greatest joy. She loved the times they could all be together.
Wanda was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 40 years; her parents; and a son, Phillip Howard.
Survivors include two sons, Brian Howard, Edmond, Okla., and Rodney Howard, Burr Oak; a daughter, Mrs. Bruce Stafford (Denise), Burr Oak; daughter-in-law, Trela Howard, Andover; five grandchildren, Wesley Stefanie, Melinda and Kevin Howard, and Cori Gunn; two great-grandsons; two step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert McCune.
Her funeral was held Monday at the Christian Church, Burr Oak, with Richard Cox officiating. Interment was in Burr Oak Cemetery. Melby Mortuary, Mankato, was in charge of arrangements.

Zachariah Beale
Zachariah Miles Beale, 28, the son of Miles and Kelly (Stierwalt) Beale, was born Sept.14, 1986, in Superior. He died last Wednesday at Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior.
Zach attended school in Superior and was a member of the Superior Church of Christ. He liked to fish, hunt, trap, target shoot and run a skidsteer. He enjoyed loading and stacking small square bales. He was employed at Reinke Manufacturing in the Raincoat Department and was also a crane operator.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Marvin Beale, Sr.
Survivors include his parents, Miles and Kelly Beale, and his wife, Emma Beale, all of Nelson; his children Harley, Kynnedy and Anthony Beale; sisters, Mrs. Josh Jones (Christina), Mrs. Quentin Colwell (Kimberly) and Jesse Beale, all of Hastings, and Jennifer Soulek, Manning, N.D.; and grandparents, Nana Beale and George and Lois Stierwalt, all of Superior.
His funeral was held Saturday,at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior with the Dr. Jeff Collins officiating.
Pallbearers were Quentin Colwell, Josh Jones, Evan Jones, Josh Gilmore, Jared Fullerton and Keith Roe. Honorary pallbearers were Adam Newman, George Stierwalt, Harold Siegfried and Mike George.
Interment was in the Nelson Cemetery.

Maurice Mitchell
Maurice R. Mitchell, 83, son of Raymond A. and Gladys (Campbell) Mitchell was born Jan. 20, 1931, near Byron. He died Friday at Parkview Haven Nursing Home, Deshler.
Maurice graduated from Belleville High School. He was united in marriage to Jayne L. Cleveland on Sept. 17, 1950. To this union two sons and one daughter were born.
He was a member of the Chester United Methodist Church and a community leader. He was a cattleman and farmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and one brother, Harold Mitchell.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Mitchell of Chester and Mark Mitchel of Lincoln, Neb.; one daughter, Mrs. John Fredy (Marta), Lincoln, Neb.; three grandchildren, Chris Frey, Omaha, Mrs. Matt Rinne (Carrie) and Catie Frey, both of Lincoln, Neb.; one great-granddaughter, Emma Rinne of Lincoln, Neb.; and a special friend, Lee Moore, Chester.
Cremation was chosen.
His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Chester United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Baldwin officiating.
Private family inurnment will be in Chester Cemetery at a later date.
Friends may sign the register book from 1 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday) at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home.

Gary Lillich
Gary Everett Lillich, 62, of York, died last Monday, in a work related accident while unloading a truck in Texas. Born on June 24, 1952, at Deshler, Gary was the youngest of three children born to Everett and Evalin (Vieselmeyer) Lillich. He was baptized on July 13, 1952. at St. Peter's Church in Davenport, and confirmed by Pastor Leege at Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior on April 24, 1966.
Gary was a talented athlete participating in football and track in school, and winning many awards. He graduated from Superior High School in 1970 and attended the University of Nebraska.
On Sept. 23, 1979, Gary and Pam Blum were united in marriage at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York. Their daughter, Amanda Mae, was born on Aug. 23, 1982. Their family lived and farmed by the Republican River near Bostwick. Later they moved to York where Gary farmed and worked for local seed companies. Gary purchased a semi-truck and hauled irrigation pivots for Lindsay Irrigation for more than 20 years.
Gary earned a Sixth Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo martial arts and was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 1993. He taught students of all ages in both Superior and York. For several years, he coordinated the Taekwondo competition at the Cornhusker State Games in Lincoln, Neb.
Survivors include his wife, Pam; a daughter, Amanda, all of York; his mother, Evalin Lillich of Hebron; a sister Mrs. Milan Hansen (Deb) of Lincoln, Neb.; and a brother-in-law, Allen Lipker, of Superior. He was preceded in death by his father, Everett; and a sister, Sandra Lipker.
His funeral was held Saturday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York with the Rev. Mike Neidow officiating. His body was cremated following the service.
Metz Mortuary, York, handled the arrangements.

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