The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Sept. 18, 2014

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: James Rilling, Norma Blevins,

Ryan Silsby, Bonnie Sykes

Donald Bowes



James Rilling
Services are pending for James "Jim" Rilling, 71, of Nelson.
Klawitter-Price Funeral Home, Nelson, is in charge of the arrangements.

Norma Blevins
Norma Fay Blevins, 88, the daughter of Lee Edward and Mildred Mae (Miller) White, was born March 5, 1926, at Miller, Neb. She died Monday at the Hastings Good Samaritan Center, Perkins Pavilion .
She is survived by her three children: Sharon Watkins of Dana Point, Calif.; Mrs. Jim Perdew (Sherrill), of Hastings and Garry Blevins of Wichita; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending with the Williams Funeral Home of Edgar. A private graveside service will be held with the immediate family only.

Ryan Silsby
Ryan Silsby, 25, of Missoula, Mont., died in a rock climbing accident in the Bitterroot National Forest.
Ryan was an avid outdoorsman who loved to rock climb, cycle, hike, fish, woodwork, play guitar and ukelele.
He is survived by a large, loving family that grew with every new place that Ryan visited.
An open house style Celebration of Life was held from 1 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 10005 Grant Creek Road in Missoula.
Additional celebrations will be held in Virginia on Sunday, Sept. 21, and later this month in Kansas.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Ravalli Search and Rescue, Attn: Trisha Harrison, 205 Bedford Street, Suite G., Hamilton, Mont. 59840. Condolences may be left for the family at


Bonnie Sykes
Funeral services for Bonnie Sykes, 69, of Norfolk will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 22, 2014 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Norfolk with Reverend David E. Cox, officiating. Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday in Spring Creek Cemetery, Ruskin, Nebraska with Reverend Don Olson, officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at Home for Funerals, Norfolk, Nebraska.
Bonnie Sykes, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ after twenty-eight years of having Parkinson's Disease and two years of having Lewy Body Disease. She died at Countryside Home in Madison, NE, Thursday, September 18.
Born to Ivan and Fern Troudt on February 10, 1945 in Nelson, NE, Bonnie graduated from Nelson High School in 1963. She married her high school sweetheart, Phil Sykes, in 1965. She worked as a secretary and newspaper page paste up artist.
Bonnie loved her family and friends, and brought life, joy, and humor into their lives. She volunteered for Hospice, Bright Horizons, Meals -On-Wheels, and sang in the choir for Sweet Adelines and her church, St. John's Lutheran.
She demonstrated living with grace, strength, and dignity, even as her two diseases progressed.
Bonnie is survived by her husband Phil, her children Doug (Rene) Sykes and Tricia (Tyler) Andor, and her two grandchildren Jacob and Joshua Sykes. Additionally, Bonnie is survived by her mother, Fern Troudt, and her two sisters Sandy (Ron) Sukstorf, and Pam (Jack) Oberlander. She was preceded in death by her father, Ivan, and nephew Cole Sukstorf.


Donald D. Bowes, 84
Donald D. Bowes of Willows died on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. He was born to Howard and Fern Bowes in Kearney, Neb., on April 30, 1930.
He graduated from Superior High School, Superior, Neb., in 1949. He served 14 month in Korea in the United States Marine Corps.
He married Delores Egbarts in 1954.
After the service, he began his career with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. After several moves in Kansas and Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Bowes transferred to Willows, where he retired from the Bureau of Reclamation on June 1, 1985, after 37 years of service.
He loved fishing, hunting and was an avid golfer. He also loved to watch football and golf on his huge TV, and would talk sports with anyone who came to visit.
He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Lions Club, and he managed the Glenn Golf and Country Club.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Delores; children Calvin (Brenda) of Forest Grove, Ore., Clayton (Deana) of Willows, and Cindy Rustenhoven (Robin) of Willows; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services are planned for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Willows Veterans Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the First Lutheran Church of Willows.

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