The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Nov. 26, 2015

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Paul Turner, Basil Williams, Verla Snyder, Charlotte Walters, Donald Olson, Rosa Lee Imhoff, Faye Brown, Kaylene Clark, Howard Henderson, Beverly Gibson


Paul Turner
Paul Channing Turner, (Tige), 57, died Oct. 24. Paul was the third of seven children born to Warren John and Delila June Studer Turner. He was born April 23, 1958 in Concordia and was raised in Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1976.
Paul worked as a heavy equipment operator for many golf course developers. His ability to use his bulldozer as an artist's brush to create the vivid landscaping desired by the architects was astounding.
His talent as a heavy equipment operator not only provided him travel throughout the U.S. but worldwide as well. His ability to become an instant friend to strangers was phenomenal. Paul was known to have never met a stranger. Throughout his life, his acts of kindness and concern were honestly given. He had the ability to take any event that occurred in his life and retell it to make a superb story.
Paul had deep love for his son, family, friends and his love for God was steadfast. Paul is proceeded in death by his parents and older brother John (J.B.). Paul is survived by his son, Bret and fiancee Stacy; grandsons Jameson and Jackson; sisters Chris and of Plano, Texas and Kay of Sonora, Ky; brothers, Bob of Crete, Neb., Mike of Niceville, Fla., and Mark of Hastings. A memorial service is planned for a future date.

Basil Williams
Basil Leroy Williams, 86, a 56-year resident of Evergreen, Colo., died Saturday. He was born Dec. 17, 1928, four miles south of Nelson in the same house that both his mother and his brother had been born in. He attended school in the Nelson area until the ninth grade. His parents then moved to Hastings where Basil attended school and graduated from Hastings High School. It was during high school that he met his wife of 67 years, Jacqueline (Jackie).
He, Jackie, and their son, Randy, moved to Aurora, Colo., in 1956. During weekend outings, they discovered Evergreen and permanently relocated there in 1959. Basil learned the electrical trade from his father in Hastings and continued to be an IBEW member electrician in Colorado.
As a general foreman and superintendent, Basil worked on many large commercial projects in the Colorado and Wyoming area. In 1984, as a master electrician, Basil opened his own electrical business in Evergreen and Central City, which he operated until he retired in 1994. Later, he went to work as a part-time electrical inspector for Jefferson County. This part-time job quickly turned into full-time and at the age of 83, in 2012, he retired as the oldest employee of Jefferson County.
Basil was proud to be a retired Evergreen Volunteer fireman, a charter member and past exalted ruler of the Evergreen Elks, a founding member of the Evergreen Rodeo Association, and a member of the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club. He was avid in his love and knowledge of thoroughbred racing and an excellent handicapper of the sport.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Winona (DeMilt) Williams; and a brother, Hobart Williams.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie, of Evergreen, Colo.; a son, Randy Williams of Nelson and New Braunfels, Texas; grandson, Alan Williams of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; granddaughter Mrs. Jeff Wood (Jamie) Wood; and great-granddaughters, Haley and Cadence Wood of Greeley, Colo.
Per Basil's his request, his body was cremated. No service was held.

Verla Snyder
A longtime Oak area resident, Verla Snyder, 99, has died at Rockford, Ill. Her funeral is planned for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Oak Community Church. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Klawitter-Price Funeral Home at Nelson from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday.

Charlotte Walters
A longtime Hardy resident, Charlotte Walters, 97, the daughter of Roy and Minnie (Hoy) Peckham was born May 29, 1918, on a farm in Republic County. She died Sunday, at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior. The first resident of Superior's Victorian Legacy, she was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin, on June 17, 1998.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Williams Funeral Home, Superior.

Donald Olson
The Rev. Donald E. Olson, 80, former pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, rural Superior, died Sunday at Brookstone Meadows in Elkhorn. His funeral arrangements are pending at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home, Superior.

Rosa Lee Imhoff
Rosa Lee Imhoff, 93 died at Wood River. Funeral arrangements are pending at Megrue-Price Funeral Home.

Faye Brown
Faye Caroline Brown, 80, of Montgomery, Minn., died Monday at Central Health Care in Le Center, Minn. Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. The Rev. Mark Wilms will officiate. Interment will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery.
Faye was born on Feb. 2, 1935, to Irvin and Ellis (Lentfer) Pettit in Jewell County's Harrison Township. She attended a one-room country school and graduated from Burr Oak High School in 1952 as valedictorian. On Nov. 3, 1956. She married Billy Brown in Yuma, Ariz. They made their home in Montgomery. She was an active mother and a talented seamstress. She enjoyed working with the livestock on the farm and traveling to various places around the world.
Faye is survived by her husband, Billy; daughters, Renee Brown of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Marlene Pearce of Gilbert, Ariz.; granddaughter, Madeline Goodell; grandson, Niklas Pearce; siblings, Russell Pettit of Lubbock, Texas, David Pettit of Mankato and Dixie Pettit of Manhattan.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Paul and Alan Pettit and Phyllis Schutte.
The Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Kaylene Clark
Kaylene Sothers Clark, 56, of Courtland, Kan., died peacefully in her sleep at her home, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. She was born to Ralph "Ole" and Beverly (Russell) Sothers on Oct. 9, 1959, in Concordia, Kan.
She attended Courtland High School where her love for track began, making it to numerous state track meets, winning gold medals during both her junior and senior years. She graduated from Courtland High School in 1977 and went on to run track for two years at Cloud County Community College, graduating in 1979. Kaylene then furthered her education at Kansas State University where she received her bachelor's degree in physical education (P.E.) in 1982.
She was married to her high school sweetheart, Jack Clark, on Sept. 5, 1982, and they recently celebrated their 33rd anniversary. The only thing she wanted in life was to be a mom and was blessed with four wonderful children, Wesley, Thayne, Tyler and Kayce. Her most recent joy was the addition of her two granddaughters, Kennedy and Jaxi, in 2014. Kaylene was eagerly anticipating the arrival of two more grandchildren in the upcoming months.
Kaylene's passion for teaching and coaching started at the Courtland swimming pool in 1977 where she was a lifeguard and later managed and taught swimming lessons. She began her coaching career at Pike Valley High School in 1985 where she coached for two years. Kaylene then took a break to raise her children. She began teaching and resumed coaching in 1990 at Courtland elementary and junior high and continued until 2013. Over the years, she taught life skills and P.E. in addition to coaching volleyball, basketball and track, where she was known to inspire anyone who crossed her path. Her influence and love of working with youth continued through other activities, including pep club sponsor, cheerleading sponsor and Wednesday school at church, just to name a few.
Kaylene's life was enriched by being involved in Clark Farms' livestock and farming operations. Some of her favorite things were taking lunches to the field and helping out in the farrowing house with the baby piglets. She also really enjoyed caring for her dogs and puppies. She contributed to continuing her father's legacy at C&W Farm Supply in Courtland by working as bookkeeper and part owner alongside her brother, mother and son. She was a lifelong member of the Courtland United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph "Ole" Sothers, and father-in-law, Ray Clark.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Clark of Courtland, Kan., sons, Wesley Clark and wife Cortney, Thayne Clark and wife Lacey and Tyler Clark, all of Courtland, Kan., daughter Kayce Clark and Blake Mayer of Manhattan, Kan.; and she was a second mother to Michael Loring and wife Leah of Concordia, Kan., and Shalynn Loring of Scandia, Kan.; granddaughters Kennedy and Jaxi, and two future blessings; mother Beverly Sothers of Courtland, Kan.; brother Jeff Sothers and wife Brenda of Scandia, Kan.; sister Karen Sothers of San Diego, Calif.; mother-in-law Donna Clark of Superior, Neb.; brothers-in-law Sam Clark of Hardy, Neb., Tom Clark and wife Karla of Courtland, Kan., and John Clark and wife Trudy of Lincoln, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and student athletes. Kaylene will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, compassion, influential personality, selflessness, golden heart and her smile.
Celebration of life was held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at 10 a.m. from the Pike Valley Elementary and Junior High School in Courtland, Kan., with Alessandro Sanford officiating. Casual dress requested by Kaylene.
Music was congregational hymns "Amazing Grace" and "Children of the Heavenly Father," and a solo, "Lord of the Dance," and "Thy Will Be Done," sung by Diane Boman and "Take It To The Limit," Eagles recording, with Judy Blackburn as the accompanist.
Visitation was held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with family present to greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
Pallbearers were Leah Call, Cindy Thompson, Rose Koerber, Diane Boman, Cherie Love, Laura Weber, Denise Charbonneau, Walleta Bergsten and Sonja Jefferey.
Private family burial to be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established and may be given in care of the family.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978 or
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb., was in charge of the arrangements.

Howard Henderson
Howard Henderson, 65, died Friday in Tucson, Ariz., after a short illness.
The youngest child of Roy and Hazel (Martin) Henderson, Howard was born March 7, 1950, in Red Cloud. The family later moved to Superior where Howard attended school. He graduated from Superior High School in 1968.
Interested in radio, Howard got his first job at KRFS when he was in high school. He later worked at radio stations in Norton and Colby. In 1975 Howard became news director at KRVN in Lexington. In 1980 he moved to KUVR in Holdrege, serving first as program director and later station manager.
In 1984, Howard put together a group of investors and purchased KDAP in Douglas, Ariz. In addition to being the owner, Henderson was active on the air. He broadcast more than 1,000 high school games in Arizona and spearheaded many fund raising projects and community events in the Douglas area.
On April 14, 2012, he was united in marriage to Donna Marie Vincent. In January of this year, they adopted a daughter, Joselyn Marie.
Howard had a passion for animals. He was the owner of Golden Angels Kennels; breeding and selling Golden Retrievers all across the country.
Survivors include his wife, Donna, and daughter, Joselyn.  He is also survived by a daughter, Leslie Aiken, from a previous marriage.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, William, Jack and Ivan; and a sister, Sharon.
A memorial service was held yesterday (Wednesday) at the Cochise County Fairgrounds in Douglas, Ariz.

Beverly Gibson
Beverly "Boo" Gibson, 90, Jewell, Kan., died Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at Hilltop Lodge in Beloit, Kan.
She was born on April 2, 1925, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Lloyd and Ethel Coonrod Gaines.
Boo graduated from Lawrence High School and attended KU for three years studying occupational therapy. She worked most of her life as a secretary. Boo last worked at the KU Endowment Association in Lawrence, Kan.
She married Carl Dean Gibson on May 19, 1946.
Boo was a member of the Women's Auxiliary American Legion, Christian Church and Bible study, all in Jewell. Her hobbies included toll painting, reading and visiting friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Dean Gibson, on Nov. 14, 2007; and three sisters.
Survivors include three sons, Doug and wife Brenda, Waco, Texas, Chuck and wife Judy, Jewell, Kan., and John, Topeka, Kan.; a daughter, Debbie Lee and husband Glenn, Four Oaks, N.C.; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, Kan. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Hilltop Lodge activities (Beloit, Kan) and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, Kan., 66044, who are handling arrangements.
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