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Dennis J. Miller • U.S. Army National Guard • Ord, NE Resident, 72 

 

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   Dennis J. Miller, 72, of Ord passed away on Tues., Sept. 6, 2022 at his home in Ord with his loving family by his side.

   Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Mon., Sept. 12, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord. Pastor Mark Middendorf officiated. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

   Dennis James Miller was born Aug. 4, 1950 in Wayne, NE to James “Jim” and Arlene (Hinnerichs) Miller. He spent his childhood in Lincoln where he attended Calvary Lutheran School and graduated from Northeast Rockets in 1968.

   Dennis was a member of the Army National Guard from 1970 to 1976 during the Vietnam War Era. In 1979, Dennis began his career in law enforcement. He spent his 36 years of service in the police force at Milford, Ainsworth and Ord, retiring in April of 2012. As a police officer, Dennis was proud to be the D.A.R.E. Program Instructor. He also drove a truck for many years and especially enjoyed driving for Dennis Fauss.

   Dennis was married to Loretta Grant. This couple had two children, Jason and Amber. Later he and Sally Davis were blessed with Jamie. On Sept. 24, 1994, Dennis and Janette Trobee were united in marriage in Ainsworth. To this union Brooke and Bandy were born.

   Dennis had a passion for horses and rodeoing. His favorite was team roping, earning the IPRA Buckle in 1990. He was an avid outdoorsman, spending time camping, fishing and hunting. Dennis was a storyteller and also loved to poke fun with his grandkids, seeing who could tell the tallest tale.

   Survivors include his wife, Janette Miller of Ord; two sons, Jason Miller (Angie Kunnemann) of Brainard and Bandy Miller of Ord; three daughters, Amber Miller (Steve Anderson) of Ord, Brooke Miller (Kipp Hewitt) of Burwell and Jamie Davis (Josh Kaech) of Wakefield; six grandchildren, Shelby, Nathan, Zane, Cole, Cheyenne and Nevada; a great-grandchild, Swade; an expectant great-grandchild, Judson; a sister, Nancy Jo Barryman (Bill) of Kansas City, MO; a brother, Doug Miller (Diane) of Eagle; his parents-in-law, Bud and Ruth Trobee of Johnstown; and a host of relative and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and an aunt, Helen.

Georgie Ann Collins • Elyria, NE Resident, 81

 

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   Georgie Ann Collins, 81, of Elyria, passed away Sat., Sept. 10, 2022, at Grand Island Regional Medical Center in Grand Island.

   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wed., Sept. 14, 2022, at Palmer-Santin Funeral Home in Fullerton with Pastor Murry Johnston officiating. To honor Georgie’s wishes, cremation will take place after the service and inurnment will be at a later date at Fullerton Cemetery in Fullerton.

   Georgie was born Dec. 29, 1940 to Preston and Lucy (Nichols) Bishop Sr. at Belgrade, NE. She graduated from Belgrade High School in 1958. Right out of high school, she was a waitress at a café in Fullerton, where she met Richard Lyle Collins. They were united in marriage on Aug. 22, 1959 at the courthouse in Fullerton, where they made their home for a few years. In 1970, they moved to a farm in Marquette. They adopted a son, Richard Lyn, in July of 1974. She worked at Armour Packing Company in Central City for a few years before working at the Ordinance Plant in Grand Island. She also worked at BonnaVilla Homes for many years in Aurora before retiring. They moved to Phillips in 2005 and recently moved to Elyria in 2020.

   Georgie loved gardening and her flowers. She also enjoyed hunting and fishing with her husband, reading and looking through cookbooks. She was an amazing cook and always made sure her family was fed. She loved supporting her grandchildren in everything they did and enjoyed watching their games.

   She is survived by her husband, Richard of Elyria; son, Richard Lyn (Karen) Collins of Elyria; three grandchildren, Justin Welton, Chelsey Welton and Lauren Collins; one great-grandchild, Tysen Welton; sisters, Rose Greger of St. Edward, Ruby Bridger of Belgrade and Sheryl Hruska of Tucson, AZ; and brothers, Preston Bishop Jr. of Killeen, TX and Fred (Rita) Bishop of Nebraska City.

    She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Goldie Weller and Fairy Welch; brother, Jess Bishop; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph ‘Tuff’ Bridger, Dutch Greger, Anna Bishop and Nels Weller.

   Konner Payden Burnett, 20, of Ord passed away on Sat., Aug. 20, 2022 as a result of an automobile accident southeast of Ord.

   Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 8, 2022 at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Pastor Spenser Johnson will officiate.

   Konner Payden was born May 8, 2002 at Grand Island, NE to Stacey Lea Burnett and Brian Edwardson. He spent his younger years in Grand Island and attended Dodge School before moving to Minot, ND where he continued his education and worked at various restaurants.

   Konner returned to Nebraska and made his home in Ord. While in Ord he worked at Arby’s and Subway.

   Konner enjoyed playing PlayStation with his siblings and also loved to fish with his big brother.

   Survivors include his mother, Stacey Burnett of Ord; his father, Brian Edwardson of Minot, ND; brothers, Harley Edwardson, Kaleb Burnett, Kaleb Edwardson, Briley Edwardson and Jordan Hunter; and his sisters, Brandi Rodenbaugh, Taylor Rodenbaugh and Michael Rodenbaugh.

   He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Peggy Moore; grandfather, Rodney Burnett; and cousins, Travis Brooks and Howard Edwardson.

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Konner Payden Burnett • Ord, NE Resident, 20

 

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Jim Hansen • U.S. Air Force Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 87

 

   James R. “Jim” Hansen, 87, of Ord passed away peacefully with his children by his side on Fri., Aug. 26, 2022, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.

   Mr. Hansen’s wishes were to be cremated. His life will be honored with private family services and Military Honors. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

   Condolences may be sent to Randy Hansen at 909 South 14th Street, Ord, NE, 68862.

   James Russell was born Aug. 16, 1935, to William and Delia (Clement) Hansen at Ironwood, MI; a true “Yooper.” He grew up and received his education in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and in Detroit.

   Jim was a career Air Force man for 22 years. His places of deployment included Okinawa, Offutt, Davis-Monthan, Da Nang, Nellis and Spangdahlem. He was a crew chief, working on multiple aircraft with his favorites being the T-33 “T-Bird” and the F-4 “Phantom.”

   Jim was united in marriage to Jeannette K. “Jake” Dye on June 26, 1960 at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. They were parents to Russ, Randy and Jennifer. Following Jim’s retirement from the Air Force in 1975, the family settled in Ord. Jim continued to work at the Alfalfa Mill and Ord Co-op.

   If you wanted a conversation with Jim, you only needed to mention his two favorite planes, Bob Hope or John Wayne and his grandkids. He was a member of the VFW. Jim enjoyed building model airplanes and trains and cruising the backroads.

   Family meant the world to Jim. If he had plans to go visit them, that would get him in a good mood, especially if he could spoil the grandkids. His family will miss him deeply.

   Survivors include his children, Russ of Lincoln, Randy of Ord and Jennifer Hansen Dowse of Sunset, TX; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Spencer of Alabama; and two sisters, Sue and Carol both of Michigan.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jake, who passed away on June 12, 2014; three brothers, Bill, Bob and Neil; and three sisters, Kay, Joan and Mary.

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Dawn Opal Dowhy • St. Paul, NE Resident, 41

 

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   Dawn Opal Dowhy was born on July 9, 1981, in York, NE and passed away Aug. 25, 2022, as a result of an automobile accident. School attendance varied between Kansas and Nebraska where Dawn graduated from Ord Public Schools in 1999. She then attended Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago where she received her bachelor’s degree in Architectural Design.

   Dawn was very creative and had an eye for detail which landed her some very rewarding positions in the architectural field. To follow in her parents’ footsteps, she later advanced in the hospitality industry with hotel management positions in York and Lincoln. She recently relocated to St. Paul to be closer to family and was employed at Matelyn Retirement Community as a dietary cook where she was able to share her love of cooking with the residents and staff.

   Dawn’s trusting, caring and generous personality left a lasting impression on all those she crossed paths with. She gave without expectation, was as constant as the sunrise, moon and all the stars. She was very clever and witty (in her own unique way), could be stubborn and feisty at times and most of all was a very kind and beautiful person! She was a true blessing to all those around her and will be forever missed.

   Those left to cherish her memories are her two daughters, Madison Rankin of Tulsa, OK and Brooklyn Lawson of Exeter, NE; parents, Lorne Dowhy of York; Paula (Mike) Bosak of St Paul; sister, Robin Williams of St Paul; brother, Logan (Jordan) Dowhy of Kearney; nieces and nephew, Leigha Williams, Morgan Dowhy, Rivie Dowhy and Bronx Dowhy; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

   Dawn was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Margaret Dowhy of Thunder Bay, Ontario; Matelyn and Ramona Harris of Greeley; and cousin, Derek Dugan of Greeley.

   A Celebration of Dawn’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 10, 2022 in the chapel at the Grand Island E-Free Church located at 2609 S. Blaine St., Grand Island, NE. Pastor Dan Brenton will be officiating. A private family burial will be held at the Greeley Cemetery in Greeley. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date. Jacobsen-Greenway- Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul is assisting the family.

   Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.jacobsengreenway.com.

Larry D. Schultz • Ord, NE Resident, 60

 

   Larry D. Schultz, 60, passed away peacefully in his home from a sudden illness on Aug. 8, 2022.

   In honor of Larry, a reception will be held on Fri., Sept. 9, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Jubilee in Ord.

   Larry was known and loved by all as “Big Lar” in Ord, NE his home since 1984. Larry attended Phillips Elementary and graduated from Aurora High School in 1979.

   From an early age, Larry was a consummate music buff, meticulously recording the “American Top 40” music list from the radio every week without exception. Not surprisingly he went on to major in Broadcast Journalism and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983. Shortly thereafter he became known as “Big Lar on the Air” in Ord for KNLV radio station where he broadcast the latest hits with his good humor interspersed.

   He later switched careers to devote his time to the Lower Loup Natural Resources District, where he served as Educational Coordinator for 23 years. Larry enormously enjoyed educating local youth on topics relating to natural resources as well as traveling with the team from the Lower Loup NRD to national meetings in Washington DC, which was a highlight of his career.

   Family and friends knew that Larry was not in the least a morning person and was happiest in his own separate time zone that typically kept him up past 3 a.m. Nonetheless he was always a generous mentor, friend, uncle and brother who was loved by many and known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor.

   He is survived by his brother, Greg (Kim) Schultz, and their children, Jack and Savanna of Phoenix, AZ. He loved the role of “Uncle Lar” for his niece and nephew and was exceptionally proud of them. He is also survived by his brother, Gary (Susan) Schultz of Punta Gorda, FL.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Perry Schultz, and his father, Bill Dean Schultz.

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Theresa E. “Terri” Waskowiak • Grand Island, NE Resident, 83

 

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   Theresa “Terri” E. Waskowiak, 83, of Good Samaritan Society – Grand Island Village, died Tues., Aug. 23, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society. Mass of Christian Burial was Fri., Aug. 26, 2022 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Fr. Richard L. Piontkowski Jr. and Fr. Harlan Waskowiak were co-celebrants. Interment was in the Grand Island City Cemetery. Curran Funeral Chapel assisted the family.

   Terri was born Feb. 5, 1939, at rural Ord, NE. She is the daughter of Emanuel and Josephine (Urbanski) Wadas.

   Survivors of the immediate family include two sons and daughters-in-law: Dave and Mary Waskowiak of Grand Island and Jim and Karen Waskowiak of Stanton, NE; three sisters: Lee Bosse of Omaha, NE, Max Williams of Aurora, NE and Pat Schnittgrund of Omaha; and a brother-in-law, Jim Schimick, of Las Vegas, NV.

   Others left to cherish her memory include her four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren.

   Terri grew up in Ord, graduating from Ord High School in 1956. She moved to Omaha and worked for Security Investment Corporation as secretary to the vice president. She married Al Waskowiak on April 23, 1960 at Ord. They moved to Ogallala, NE and Terri worked as a waitress for Turcos Café and later Keith County Treasurer Office. They moved to Ord in 1963. While in Ord Terri was employed at the Elks Club. They moved to Dannebrog, NE and farmed in the area. Terri moved to Grand Island in 1986.

   She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, gardening, canning and dancing. She was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Eagles Auxiliary.

   She is preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Mary; sister, Betty Schimick; and brothers-in-law, Jerry Bosse, Tom Williams and Butch Schnittgrund.

   Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Cathedral or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

   Condolences may be given at www.curranfuneralchapel.com under Terri’s obituary.