The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Oct. 8, 2015

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Lorena Overing, Lenard Eitzmann, Rick Williams, James Standley, Wanda Farrand, Bud Wickman, Jean Henry, Mary Jane Mohler


Lorena Overing
Lorena Overing, 93, was born Sept. 23, 1921 on a farm near Nelson, to Henry and Ida (Schiermeyer) Schleif. She died Sept. 21, at York.
She graduated from Nelson High School in 1939. She worked in secretarial positions in Nelson, Lincoln, Hebron and Grand Island and helped with the Boy and Girl Scout troops and Sunday school classes. She enjoyed her flowers and traveling to see her grandsons.
She married John Overing from York on Dec. 30, 1951. To this union, three children were born, one daughter, Mrs. John O'Shea (Sue) of Ann Arbor, Mich.; two sons, John Overing of Danville, Ky., and Michael Overing of Pasadena, Calif. She had seven grandsons: Brennan and Cailen O'Shea, James and Matthew Overing, Robert John and Andrew Overing and a great-granddaughter, Olivia Madison Overing.
Survivors include her husband, John, of York.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Juanita and Aletha, and brothers, Marvin and Lin.
Her funeral was Sept. 24, from the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in York. Interment was in York's Greenwood Cemetery.

Lenard Eitzmann
One of five children, Lenard Henry Albert Eitzmann, 93, was born May 24, 1922, to Carl and Dora (Mueller) Eitzmann on the family farm near Hardy.
He attended Triumph and Prairie Dell rural school in Kansas. As a young man, Lenard went along to North Dakota to help with harvest and to Iowa to help pick corn. He was engaged in farming when he married Luella (Aden) on June 23, 1946, at St. John Lutheran Church near Auburn, Neb. They shared their home with Lenard's parents, the Carl Eitzmanns, until his parents' death.
Lenard served on the church council a few years and was a member of Byron Senior Citizens Club along with becoming a member of Spring Creek Square Dance Club in the 1980s.
They were blessed with three children, Harlan, Linda Lou and Phyllis Jean. When he retired from farming, they moved to Byron in 1974. Though they lived in Byron, Lenard drove to the farm every day and continued one of his favorite pastime activities, chopping thistles. Lenard remained in his home in Byron until entering long term care in Belleville and finally moving to Parkview Haven, Deshler, on Sept. 9. He died Sunday.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Elmer, along with his brothers, Oscar and Arthur, and his daughter, Linda Lou Douglas.
Survivors include his wife, Luella; his children, Harlan Eitzmann of Hardy, and Mrs. Frank Habbart (Phyllis) of Salina; grandchildren. Bryan Eitzmann of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Chris Kallenbach (Nicole) of Wichita, Michael Habbart of Wichita, Mrs. Eric Hutchinson (Julie) of Lawrence, Kan., and Chelsea Douglas of Houston, Texas; great-grandchildren, Luke Anthony, Harlan Jack and Annabell Marie Eitzmann of Kansas City, Mo.; Stuart Alan and Alexandria Beth Habbart of Wichita, and Aria Sophia Hutchinson of Lawrence, Kan.; a sister, Elsa Michael of Auburn, and sisters-in-law, Hilda Eitzmann of Lincoln, Neb., Erma Brewer and Velma Morton, both of Auburn, Neb.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at St. Peters Lutheran Church, rural Byron, with Pastor Breen Sipes, officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 until 9 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville.

Rick Williams
James Richard "Rick" Williams, 56, the son of Robert and Mary (Williams) Williams, was born June 26, 1959, in Superior. He died Sept.24, 2015, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings, after a short bout with cancer.
Rick lived most of his life in Superior and graduated with the Superior High School Class of 1977. He began working with his parents in the restaurant business. After the death of his father, he managed the Hereford Inn and Deluxe Liquor Store in Superior until they closed. He moved to Hastings and worked at Wal-Mart for six years before his death.
Rick was a private person who enjoyed reading and Cornhusker football.
Rick was never married. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surivors include his brothers, Robert and his wife, Vicki, Roger, and a sister Anita Stone; nieces, Kris Marshall and Stephanie Thayer; and a nephew, Daniel Williams.
His funeral was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior with Pastor Kristin Van Stee officiating.
Music selections were "We Celebrate Your Life," and "Hymn of Promise" with Carlita Price as the organist, and Stephanie Thayer as the soloist.
Private family inurnment was in Evergreen Cemetery at Superior.
Memorials are suggested to go to Superior American Legion.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N Commercial, Superior, Neb. 68978 or in care of www.pricefuneralhomes. com.

James Standley
James Standley II, 44, died last Wednesday.
He was born Feb. 22, 1971, to James and Terry (Murray) Standley in Wichita, He graduated from Augusta High School in 1990. He worked as a bus driver for School District 402. James was an avid Star Wars fan and enjoyed games and bowling.
Survivors include his parents, James and Terry Standley; and a brother, Jeff Standley, all of Augusta.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gene Murray, Elizabeth Murray and Stan and Maxine Standley..
His funeral was held Monday at the Dunsford Funeral Home, Augusta.

Wanda Farrand
Former Webber area resident, Wanda Ileene (Davidson) Farrand, 84, died Thursday at the Mary Lanning hospital.
Her funeral was held Monday at the First United Methodist Church at Harvard with the Rev. Travis King officiating. Burial was in the Harvard Cemetery.
Wanda was born in Webber on Dec. 21, 1930, to Doshia (Nichols) and Ernest Davidson. She grew up in a family of seven children. A baby sister, Darlene, died after the family experienced a bout with scarlet fever in 1934.
When Wanda was in the third grade her family moved to Republic where her father continued to work for Standard Oil, as a rural delivery truck driver. She and her brother, David, spent many happy summer hours riding along on his gasoline deliveries.
The next year the family moved to Superior where Wanda found many lifetime friends, joined the Baptist Church, and completed her education. 
During her high school years she worked as a "Soda Jerk" and also clerked in the Hested's store. Following graduation, she was employed s as a telephone operator.
On July 2, 1949, Wanda married her high school sweetheart, Clarence Farrand. Clarence was just back from serving in the Army and was starting employment with the Burlington Railroad. For the next few years his employment took them to Ravenna, Lincoln, Grand Island and Crete. While living in Lincoln, their two sons were born: John and James. After moving to the small town of Garland, they then moved to Harvard in 1957. This remained their home. In 1958 a daughter, Mary Beth, was born. They joined the Zion E.U.B. Church, which later united with the Methodist Church.
Wanda was a faithful church member serving in many positions through the years, including teaching Sunday School. This was an important part of her life. Other community activities included being a Cub Scouts den mother, a mother advisor for Rainbow Girls, a worthy matron for the Order Eastern Star, a member of The Farmerette's Club and several Bible study groups.
Wanda was employed as a para-educator for Harvard Public School and Educational Service Unit 9 from 1970 to 1991. Helping children was an important part of her life. She was a volunteer at Harvard Rest Haven and Harvard House. She also delivered Meals on Wheels and was a substitute librarian at the Harvard Library. Wanda also volunteered with CASA.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Clarence; a son, James; four sisters, Darlene Davidson, Ruby Robbins, Betty Johanson and Opal Johanson; and two brothers, Jim Davidson and David Davidson.
Survivors include her son, John, of Lincoln, Neb.; a daughter, Mrs. Steve Carriker (Mary) of Clay Center, Neb.; daughter-in-law, LeeAnn Farrand of Aurora, Neb.; brother-in-law, Don Johanson, of Superior; sisters-in-law: Ruby Farrand, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Elaine Davidson, of Carrollton, Miss., and Helen Davidson of Augusta, Ga.; grandsons Joel Farrand of Charlotte, N.C., Corey Carriker of Rogers, Minn., Jared Carriker of Norfolk, Jamie Farrand of Hastings and A.J. Farrand of Aurora, Neb.; granddaughters, Mrs. Devis Sinani (Sara) of Olathe, Kan., Dana Farrand of Lincoln, Neb., Mrs. Chad Dewey (Karla) of Gretna, Mrs. Pete Younker (Kimber) of Meriden, Iowa, and Abbie Farrand of Omaha, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Bud Wickman
Francis Wendell "Bud" Wickman, 88, the son of Tressie Sarah (Francis) and Bernard Wichmann, was born Sept. 8, 1927, at Guide Rock. He died Friday at the Webster County Community Hospital in Red Cloud.
A lifelong resident of the Guide Rock community, Bud received his formal education attending the Guide Rock schools and graduated with the Class of 1945. With the country in the midst of World War II, Bud enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. At war's end he returned to the Guide Rock area where he worked on a harvest crew and later as a lineman with the rural electric company.  He was also employed with Boeing Aircraft in Wichita. Bud was called back to duty by his country during the Korean Conflict.  He served in the United States Army 7th Cavalry from Jan. 16, 1951, until Dec. 24, 1952.  He received the Purple Heart and three bronze combat stars and a number of other commendations for his service.
On June 24, 1953, he was united in marriage with Helen Mae Brezina at Guide Rock. This union was blessed with three children, Mike, Lisa and Laura. They made their home on the farm southwest of Guide Rock where he farmed and raised cattle. Bud was happiest when he was working the land and with his cattle on the farm. His leisure time was filled by working in his garden, raising roses, refinishing furniture and planting his orchard. In later years he helped Helen gather information for the family's genealogy research.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Helen, on Aug. 26, 2011; and a sister, Kathleen Wickman White. Survivors include his children, Laura Ann Wickman of Guide Rock, Mrs. Leo Delka (Lisa) of Doniphan, and Mike Wickman of Lees Summit, Mo.; four grandchildren, Jerad and Chad Wickman, and Thomas and Trevor Delka; and a great-grandchild, Raelynn Jo Wickman.
Private family services were scheduled with burial in the Guide Rock Cemetery.

Jean Henry
Eula Jean Henry, 90, the youngest child of Florance (Wilson) and Irving Bowman, was born Jan. 10, 1925, at Guide Rock. She died Thursday at the Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud.
A lifelong resident of Webster County, Jean graduated from the Guide Rock High School. Following her graduation, she was employed at the local grocery store.  On Jan. 11, 1945, she was united in marriage with Lyle Lavern Henry at Mankato. They made their home in the Guide Rock community where she dedicated her life as a homemaker. This union was blessed with eight children, Karen Lea, Wanda Kay, Lila Ann, Leslie Lavern, Lois Jean, Shery Lynn, Dallas Wynn and Delera Jo.
Jean liked to bake a variety of foods from scratch. She enjoyed attending club meetings, reading recipes and attending church with her family and friends. She liked animals, especially her dogs. She relaxed by planting flowers and playing cards with family and friends.
In her later years she moved to Parkview Circle in Red Cloud. She moved to the Heritage Care Center in August of 2014.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son; one grandson; and her husband, Lyle. Survivors include her children,  Mrs. Richard Armstrong (Karen), Wanda Duval, Mrs. Allen Keen (Lila), Mrs. Danny Gouldie (Lois), Sheryl Matson, Deb Garrett, and Dallas Henry; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great -grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Hobbs.
Her funeral was held Wednesday at the Wesleyan Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Dan Benedict officiating. Interment was in the Guide Rock Cemetery.

Mary Jane Mohler
Mary Jane Mohler, 84, the daughter of William and Wilma (Smith) Andrews, was born Nov. 21, 1930, in Mankato, Kan. She died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at her home in Superior, Neb.
Mary Jane attended Gregory, Kachley and Lovewell grade schools and graduated from Formoso High School. She was a 10-year member of Grace Community Evangelical Free Church in Superior.
On June 4, 1950, she was united in marriage to Vernon Mohler at the Formoso Community Church. This union was blessed with five children. Mary Jane liked to cook and keep a nice house. She worked for older people, who needed her help, she loved babies and doing things for others, she had a kind heart. Her hobbies included crafts of all sorts, and she had a doll collection.
She was a member of 4-H, and a twin mother's club. She was previously employed as a cook by the Superior Good Samaritan Society and the Vestey Center and volunteered at the Nifty Thrifty. She was a Sunday School Teacher.
Throughout her lifetime, Mary Jane lived lived in the Kansas communities of Mankato, Kachley, Lovewell, Formoso, Hays, Garden City and Agra, and Superior, Neb.
Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Arlen; and brothers, William Jay and Marvin Max; a brother-in-law, Ken Fricke; and great granddaughter Lauryn Trautman.
Survivors include her husband, Vernon, of Superior; children, Verna Nott and husband, Ron, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Wendell Mohler and wife, Susan, of Kankakee, Ill., Jocelyn Shroyer and husband, Steve, of Superior, and Jacalyn Trautman and husband, Lyle, of Hoskins, Neb.; 10 grandchildren, Troy Bauer and wife, Christine, Tami and husband, Pat, Stalnaker, Tabitha Mohler, William Mohler and wife, Jennifer, Trenton Trautman and wife, Laura, Levi Trautman and wife, Andrea, Nathan Trautman and wife, Nicole, Blake Barry, Phillip Barry and wife, Sara, Clint Shroyer and fiance, Jeanel Jurgensmier; 22 great-grandchildren, Kady and Christopher Bauer, Cory, Kaleigh and Justin Robinson, Julia Mohler, Lucy Roberts, Cassidy, Alexis and Taylor Mohler, Cailyn and Cayce Barry, Tarissa, Dean and Adalynn Barry, Jason and Torie Trautman, Graycen, Ashlyn and Brooklyn Trautman, Fayte and Bastian Trautman; one great-great-granddaughter, Cambria Burke; a sister, Alicia Fricke of Lawrence, Kan.,; sisters-in-law, Carole Andrews of Cheney, Kan., Mona Hoard of Oxford, Neb., Marian Turner of Hastings, Neb., and Eva Wiley of Cawker City, Kan.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Her funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday) Oct. 8, 2015, at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior with Pastor David Johnson officiating.
Music will be "What A Day That Will Be," "A New Name In Glory," and "I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone," with Marsha Cline as the soloist and Carlita Price as the organist.
Visitation was held on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Thursday 9 a..m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Troy Bauer, William Mohler, Trent Trautman, Levi Trautman, Nathan Trautman, Blake Barry, Phillip Barry and Clint Shroyer. Honorary pallbearers will be Tamera Stalnaker, Tabitha Mohler and Pat Stalnaker.
Interment will be in the Balch Cemetery at Formoso, Kan.
Memorials are suggested to go to Grace Community Evangelical Free Church or the American Diabetes Association.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb. 68978 or in care of www.pricefuneralhomes. com.
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb., was in charge of the arrangements.

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