The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published July 17, 2014

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Charyl Kent, Steven Hansen, Wayne Wilton, James Beals, Bradley Blair, Jerry Martin


Charyl Kent
Charyl L. Kent, Hutchinson, died Friday, July 11, 2013, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was 69.
Charyl was born Aug. 28, 1944. at Fairbury, Neb., the daughter of J.W. and Gladys A. (Fall) Markin. She was a retired chemistry teacher at USD 308, Hutchinson. Charyl was united in marriage to Harry E. Kent, May 1, 1978, at Kansas City, Mo. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Wichita and a member of K.N.E.A.
Survivors include her husband, Harry, of the home; two sons, Harry Kent, Hutchinson, and Joseph Kent, Ft. Riley, Kan.; three grandchildren, Mary Jo Hodson and husband Jimmy, Wichita, Kansas.
Her funeral was at 1:30 Tuesday, July 1,. at the Jewell Christian Church. Visitation was from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.
Memorials may be given to Gideons International. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, rural Montrose, Kan. Kleppinger Funeral Home, Jewell, was in charge of arrangements. To leave online condolences please visit
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Steven Hansen
Steven Arlo Hansen, 44, of 29 Palms, Calif., the son of Arlo and Patricia (Kline) Hansen was born March 9, 1970, in Lincoln, Neb. He died June 23 in 29 Palms.
Steven attended schools in Lincoln, Deshler, Augusta, Ga., Louisville, Ky., before his parents moved to Hebron where he graduated from Hebron High School with the Class of 1988.
He joined the National Guard while in high school and attended meetings in Beatrice. In March, 1993, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served 20 years. While in the Marines, he did two tours to Iraq and one tour to Afghanistan, he served three years a recruiter, received a medal for Global War on Terrorism, Korean Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon, NATO Medal ISAF Afghanistan, Certificate of Appreciation Meritorious Mast, Marksman Rifle, and Marksman Pistol. He retired in November of 2012. After his retirement, he worked for a government contractor.
Also after his retirement, he decided to take some time off and visit family, spending time with his parents in Hebron and his sister and brother-in-law and two nieces in Fairbury.
He liked sprint car racing and running marathons.
He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Charles Kline, a Navy veteran, and Einer Hansen, an Army veteran.
He is survived by two grandmothers, Genevieve Kline of Lincoln, Neb., and Vivian Hansen of Hardy; his parents, Arlo and Patricia Hansen of Hebron; and one sister, Shirrese of Fairbury.
His funeral was held July 5 at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Hebron. Officiant was Father Rudy Oborny. Burial was in Spring Creek Cemetery, Ruskin.

Wayne Wilton
Wayne Guidinger Wilton, 76, the son of James and Florence (Fertig) Wilton, was born June 19, 1938 in Superior. He died July 8 at the Golden Living Center at Broken Bow.
Wayne lived five miles east of Guide Rock, before moving to Superior with his family in 1947. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Superior. Wayne had been employed at Grand Island Dodge in auto repair. He currently resided at Golden Living Center in Broken Bow.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his brother, Douglas Wilton, of Broken Bow.
Graveside service was held on Monday at the Evergreen Cemetery in Superior with Pastor Mark Diehl officiating.
Visitation was held on Sunday,
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior was in charge of the arrangements.

James Beals
James "Jim" H. Beals, 78, died July 7 at Park Villa Nursing Home, Clyde. He was born June 17, 1936, in Concordia, the son of Willis and Laura (Ruetter) Beals.
Jim was raised in the Oak Hill community and attended school in Longford and the F.C. Hill Memorial High School in Miltonvale. He served in the U.S. Army. Jim married Barbara Leonard Aug. 18, 1961. He worked at Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, at Hutchinson Mayrath manufacturing and at Adee Honey Farm.
He is preceded in death by parents.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Beals, Jewell; three sons, Mike Pelsor, Omaha, David Evans, Manhattan, and Mark Beals, Jewell; two daughters, Mrs. Tony Hitsman (Linda), Clifton, and Jamie Kimbrough, Alamagordo, N.M.; a brother, Ray Beals; a sister, Martha McDonald; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
His funeral was held Friday at the F.C. Hill Memorial Wesleyan Church, Miltonvale, with The Rev. Mark Surbrook and Rex Fuller officiating. Burial was in Miltonvale Cemetery.

Bradley Blair
Bradley Bernard Blair was born July 20, 1947, in Beloit, the youngest of five children born to Bernard and Wilma (Fisher) Blair. He died last Tuesday at the V.A. Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Brad attended Burr Oak Elementary School and Lovewell Elementary School. He graduated from Republic High School in 1965. After high school he attended Kansas Wesleyan University. He served in the United States Army from 1967 to1969. He was proud of his service to the USA.
He married Marjorie Pedersen Dec. 23, 1966, and to this union two children were born, Brandon and Mindy.
After his discharge, Brad and Marj lived in Hardy. They owned and operated Pedersen Lumberyard and the Superior Hatchery. For many years, he was also an OTR truck driver.
Brad's retirement years were devoted to his hobbies ­­ reading, trivia, playing golf, cribbage, karaoke, and his nieces and nephews.
He is survived by a son, Brandon, Rockville Md.; a daughter, Mindy, Omaha; brothers, Steve, Columbia, S.C., and Aaron, Gaithersburg, Md.; a sister, Mrs. Kenneth O'Mara (Marjo), Eddyville; Uncle Jack and Auntie Jean (Blair) Reboul, Clay Center; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother, Jeffery.
Services will be held in Hardy at a later date.

Jerry Martin
Jerry Eugene Martin, 74, died July 12 after living with cancer for four years. He was born to Mathew E. and Lucille (Follette) Martin on March 13, 1940, in Norfolk, Neb. He moved to California with his family when he was five years old. He was baptized Aug. 21, 1948, in Thermal, Calif., at the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, and later confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rosemont.
The family moved to Guide Rock, where he attended school and graduated from Guide Rock High School in1957. He worked at the Guide Rock sand and gravel pit with his father, where he learned the heavy equipment business.
On Dec. 27, 1958, he was married to Marjorie Schutte in Rosemont, and they moved to Northridge, Calif., where Marjorie was teaching. As Jerry was unable to find employment, they returned to Guide Rock and purchased and operated the L&M Cafe for two years. Later he worked as bartender for Lochland Country Club. These experiences helped later when he and partners founded the Plainsman Steak House in Juniata.
Jerry worked primarily in heavy equipment, construction and land development. After working for W.G. Pauley building homes, he joined forces with George Kulhanek to form Bilt-Rite Construction, Bilt-Rite Basements and Brentwood Lumberyard. The company built custom homes and developed land for homes around Lake Hastings.
Jerry later purchased the companies and with his son, Dani, and house mover, Marty Wunderle, developed Brentwood Homes, a factory for building modular and one-piece homes in an assembly line fashion. The homes were delivered on moving equipment, a technique which was perfected by him and his company. He was quickly able to receive State of Nebraska approval for the novel approach to home building.
After the farm crisis of the late 70s, the factory closed and the company started a home building and house moving company in Colorado Springs, Colo. The largest feat was the moving of the 260 ton "rock house" which became the Starsmore Discovery Center in Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Upon his retirement in 2005 because of ill health, he turned to craft making and continued to use his skills by making picture frames, bird houses, painting gourds and raising vegetable and flower gardens. He cut out many different shapes over the years for Marge to paint and their creations were always in demand with the families.
In 2006 Marge and Jerry moved to Acton, Calif., for Jerry's health and so Marge could work for JAS Construction Sales. They became members of Grace Lutheran Church in Lancaster. They quickly found a home in Stallion Meadows, where Jerry again became loved by so many friends and neighbors. The Martin house was the focal point for many neighborhood parties and gatherings and he will be sorely missed.
Jerry enjoyed all types of sports. He played third base on the 1955 state championship Guide Rock baseball team. When his children were growing, the family attended countless swimming meets, football, volleyball, basketball and baseball games. He enjoyed the water and they devoted as much time as possible to boating, waterskiing and fishing. He was an avid fisherman and even flew his airplane and crew to Canada to fish. He remained a lifelong Nebraska Cornhusker football fan and was rarely without his Husker cap.
Jerry enjoyed helping people and was involved in civic organizations in every place he lived. He was the chairman of the building committee at Faith Lutheran Church in Hastings, and led its first expansion project. He also served as Sunday school superintendent. In his later years he and Dani could be found at the Fountain VFW, roasting a hog for whatever fundraiser was being held. His deviled eggs and potato salad were always requested at any function attended by the Martins.
Grandson, Brian and great-granddaughter, Jayden Luck, were the light of Jerry's life. Brian always tagged along after Dani and Jerry and learned all of their construction skills. When Jayden was born, she quickly stole Gramp Jerry's heart.
There was always a dog in Jerry's life. California dog Molly loved her Jerry so much! She went with him everywhere until the California Highway Patrol took exception to her riding on his lap on the 14 freeway. She would always sit on top of the couch, watching out the window for him to come home. She's very sad that he is gone.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marjorie (Marge), daughter Lori of Columbia, Mo., and son, Daniel, of Acton, Calif., his sister, Mrs. Gene Zulfer (Jeanette) of Weatherford, Texas, great-granddaughter Jayden Luck, great-grandson Brody Biel and their mother, granddaughter Jessica Sherman of Jamestown, N.D., grandson Robert Zaritz of Acton, Calif.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Jackie and Neal Boyles, and grandson Brian Luck.
Jerry was a devoted husband and father. Creative in the work field, he believed in "making it work." He will be deeply missed by his family and friends but we are thankful his illness no longer holds him captive.
A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 837 Chestnut, Hastings, at 7 p.m. next Saturday. The family requests no flowers.

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