DALE W. FARMER

Dale Wesley Farmer, age 84, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Sidney Regional Medical Center Extended Care in Sidney, NE. He was born on March 22, 1936 to Lyle Wesley and Nellie Amelia (Zoerb) Farmer at Callaway, NE. He graduated from Callaway High School in 1953 and attended five semesters at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving as a personnel clerk during the latter part of the Korean War. He married Joann “Jody” E. Smith on August 30, 1958 at Callaway St. Boniface Catholic Church. Dale was appointed Postmaster at Callaway, NE in 1958 and retired in 1991 with a 35 year service pin from the U.S. Postal Service. He and Jody retired to Gothenburg NE in 2007 for nine years, and then moved to the Sidney Assisted Living Facility.

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Richard Raymond Munson was born on December 5, 1946 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was the third child of Franklin Louis and Mary Jane Alice (Garrett) Munson who lived on a farm near Burnside, Iowa. Annette and Gary welcomed him into their family which would later include Martha. Richard was baptized and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Burnside. Rich was very involved in his church and 4-H. He often had jobs helping other farmers throughout high school. Richard was never afraid of work just like his parents. In fact, it gave him pleasure and pride. Richard graduated in 1965 from Central Webster High School, at Burnside, IA. He attended Peru State College at Peru, NE where he graduated in 1971 with a BFA in music education. During that time he met his future wife, Letitia Marie Buss. They were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at rural DeWitt, NE on September 4, 1971. Richard was a public school music educator for 36 years all across Nebraska. Richard finished his teaching career at Chase County Schools in Imperial, NE. Over the years he did many other jobs as well from welding to machinery sales and repair to road construction. He was also an active member of the Cuming County Choraleers, Lions club, Nebraska Ambassadors of Music, Nebraska Band Masters Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association, and the Nebraska Education Association. After retirement, Richard has continued his passion for music by giving lessons and doing instrument repairs. He has continued working in the garage on tractor restorations and small engine repair. Richard passed away on April 23, 2020 at 73 years of age at the Chase County Community Hospital with his wife by his side.

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Gauge Patrick Soller was born on December 17, 2003, to his loving mother Katy, and less-than-enthusiastic older brother, Shaddix, at Great Plains in North Platte, NE.

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Melvin “Gene” Eugene Carter, 82, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 8, 2020 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, NE.

BEVERLY D. SCHMEECKLE

Beverly D. Schmeeckle, 85, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 24, 2020 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, NE.

ROSE D. MARTINEZ

Rose D. Martinez of Cozad passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg at the age of 91. Rose was born August 4, 1928 in Josselyn, Dawson County, Nebraska to Primo and Margaret (Duran) Gutierrez. She attended school at District 6 near Lexington and Cozad High School. Rose moved to Denver, Colorado and worked as a typist at the May Company and as a cashier at the Bonita Cafe before moving back to Lexington. On December 26, 1946 Rose married Gilbert J. Martinez. To this union 4 children were born: Kelly, Ben, Cynthia and Christine. Rose worked at the Highway Cafe and Dime Store in Lexington. They moved to Cozad in 1954. Rose worked at the Dixie Inn, taught Spanish at Cozad High School, and later owned her own restaurant La Hacienda. She was known for her Legendary Saturday Enchiladas and patrons would line up outside of the building for them. Later she worked at South Central. She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, VFW, Red Hat Society, Cozad Elks and Cozad DOES. Rose was a loving wife, mother & grandmother. She enjoyed cooking for her family and always had piles of fresh tortillas. Friends and strangers were always welcome at her table. She was a nurturing caregiver by nature and poured her love into her family, neighbors and residents she worked with at South Central. She was a railroader’s wife and traveled often with her husband. She also enjoyed dancing, reading, needlepoint, gardening, camping and attending her grandchildren’s activities. Rose was loving and kind. She will forever be our Beautiful Rose. Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son, Ben Martinez; great grandchildren Carly Sue and John Raymond Sitorius, Nicolas Neil Freeman and Robert Strickland Jr.; brothers, Ben Gutierrez, Primo Gutierrez Jr., Santos Gutierrez and Marshall Gutierrez. Survivors include her children son, Kelly (Victoria) Martinez of LaSalle, CO, daughters, Cynthia Strickland of Cozad and Christine (Patrick) Gaudreault of Cozad; sister, Ann Marie Van Alst of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Kim Darling, Callie Brown, Tammy Hawley, Kelly Lawrence Martinez, Bobbette Sanchez, Robert Strickland, Suzzette Sitorius, Joseph Martinez, Meghan Martinez and Derek Devine; 38 great and great-great grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the family in her name for later designation. Private family services were held Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Christ the King Catholic Church with Father Mike Pampara as celebrant. Private family services were held Saturday, March 21, 2020. Public visitation with family present was on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Berryman Funeral Home.

EVONNE L. HICKEN

Evonne L. Hicken, 72, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 17, 2020 at her home following a courageous battle with cancer. She was

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Evelyn Heath, 84, of Farnam, Nebraska, died March 14, 2020 at her home in Farnam, NE.

CHARLEEN ANDERSON

Charleen Anderson, 85 of Kearney passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Kearney Regional Medical Center. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020 at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date.

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