William G. Arnold • Fremont, NE Resident, 73
William (Bill) George Arnold, II, 73, of Fremont, NE, passed away Mon., Oct. 12, 2020, at his home in Woodcliff, NE after a brief battle with cancer.
Bill was born Nov.12, 1946, to Dr. William G. Arnold, DDS, and Margaret (Westcott) Arnold in Scott Field, IL. He attended Broken Bow Public Schools in Broken Bow, NE and graduated high school in 1965. He then matriculated at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he was a member of the Alpha Theta Chi Chapter of Chi Phi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in 1970. In 1973, Bill earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy from the Nebraska Medical Center, after which time he worked as a pharmacist in Beatrice, NE until 1998. He then moved to Fremont and continued his longtime association with Jim Barta as a pharmacist at Sav-Rx until 2020. Bill worked for 47 years as a pharmacist and was licensed in Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas.
On June 6, 1970, Bill married Janice Radil in Ord, NE. They had two children, William George and Leigh Ashley.
Bill enjoyed racing cars and was a two-time participant in the Sandhills Open Road Challenge. In 2016, he completed the illustrious Mario Andretti Race Experience where he clocked a blistering 152.51 mph at the Dallas Motor Speedway, in Dallas, TX. Bill enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially when gathered at the lake house in Woodcliff, NE. He also enjoyed Cornhusker football and shooting at the range. Bill was a proud lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
Bill was a member of Christ Church Episcopal in Beatrice. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #26 of Beatrice, where he served as Worshipful Master. He was a past member of the Lincoln Sesostris Shrine. Bill was a polio survivor, having contacted the disease when he was eight years old.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Doc and Peg Arnold; father-in-law, Charles Radil; and mother-in-law, Harriet Radil.
Survivors include, Janice Radil Arnold, his wife of 50 years; his children, William (Jodi) Arnold, of Lakeview, SD and Leigh (Ramón) Domínguez, of Dallas, TX; one unborn grandchild (Leigh and Ramón); brother, Karl (special friend, Debra Gardner), of Raymore, MO; sisters, Holly (Rick) Davison, of Rapid City, SD and Becky (Mike) Crawford, of Broken Bow; brothers-in-law, Gary (Sara) Radil, of Omaha and Dennis (Kim) Radil, of rural Comstock; and nephews and nieces.
Bill’s family requests that memorials be sent to the Dodge County Humane Society in Fremont or the Masonic Home for Children in Fremont.
A Celebration of Life will be announced and held at a later date.
Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook can be found at www.Ludvigsenmortuary.com.
Leland L. VanHorn • U.S. Army Veteran • Perry, IA Resident, 90
Leland (Lee) Lloyd VanHorn, age 90, passed away Oct. 9, 2020, at Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, IA. Funeral Services were held Sat. Oct. 17 at Faith Lutheran Church with Military Rites by American Legion Post #2. Private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials to Kidney Foundation and/or Alzheimers Association.
Leland was born Feb. 4, 1930, in Ord, NE, to the late Lloyd and Clara (Severance) VanHorn. He was the seventh child of eight children born to Lloyd and Clara. He was raised in North Loup, NE and graduated from North Loup High School in 1948. As a Corporal, Lee proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1948-1952 during the Korean War. He later attended and graduated from Grand Island Business College and Omaha University. Settling into life in the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro, Leland worked as an accountant for Vickers Corporation/Sperry Vickers, Inc. for 36 years, retiring in 1990. He also was a tax preparer for H&R Block before retiring in 2007. Lee was a longtime member and an elder of Faith Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs, IA. Though he spent his last 11 years between Marshalltown, Panora and Perry, IA, Lee always considered home to be in Council Bluffs and North Loup.
Leland is preceded in death by family members: Jacquelyn (Taylor) VanHorn and Victoria (Witham) Wilkinson; parents, Lloyd and Clara; and six siblings: Lyle (Amy) VanHorn, Ruby (Alvin) Meyer, Merlyn VanHorn, Harold VanHorn, Muriel (Walter) Tolfa and Merna (Allen) Babcock.
Surviving family members are: Melissa (Jack) Hoffmockel, Pamela (Scott) Hetzel, Valarie (Witham) Warner, Gerald Warner, James (Christine) Witham, Cory (Deb) Scoular; his younger brother, Carroll (Terry) VanHorn; and five generations of family and friends.
Danny L. Studnicka • Ord, NE Resident, 77
Danny Lee Studnicka, 77, of Ord, met his Heavenly Father Thurs., Oct. 8, 2020, one day before his birthday at CHI Lakeside Medical Center in Omaha due to complication of COVID-19.
A private memorial service will be held at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Pastor Spenser Johnson officiating. Inurnment will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. For the health and safety of others, social distancing and face masks are required.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ord First United Methodist Church or the church of your choice. Condolences may be sent to Linda Studnicka at 2219 L Street, Ord, NE 68862. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Danny Lee was born at Ord, NE to James and Anna (Long) Studnicka on Oct. 9, 1942. Danny lived his entire life in Ord. Following high school graduation, in 1961, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Germany for three years as a truck mechanic, Specialist 1st Class.
After returning home, he was employed by various auto dealerships and in 1974, he began employment with the State of Nebraska Department of Natural Resources as a hydrologist. He loved his job especially the fieldwork, as he had such a connection with nature. He retired in 2011.
In 1966, Danny was united in marriage to Linda Faye Hughes. They were married for 53 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the American Legion.
After retirement, Danny and Linda traveled frequently to various locations. He enjoyed watching and feeding his birds and squirrels, messing around in the garage, his coffee groups and spending time with his grandkids.
Throughout his life, he was a “do it yourself” handyman, with talents in mechanics, carpentry, electricity and plumbing. He thought he could fix anything, and often did. He loved to go boating, fishing in South Dakota; and hunting deer, ducks and pheasants in his younger years.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Ord; two sons, Kent and Raquel, of Chicago and Todd and Susan, of Omaha. He treasured his grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Nathan) Hughes, of Omaha, Brady Studnicka, of Lincoln, Sydney and Shaylee Studnicka, of Omaha and Harrison, of Chicago. He is also survived by one great-grandson, Cohen, of Omaha; two sisters, Adeline Studnicka, of Aurora, and Betsy (Duane) Onken, of Aurora; and a brother, James (Gale), of Ord.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gerald “Jerry” Dunlap • Omaha, NE Resident, 78
Gerald “Jerry” Dunlap passed away Sept. 30, 2020 in Omaha, NE.
Born in Ord, NE on Nov. 14, 1941, Jerry was the youngest of three children born to Elwin and Alice Dunlap.
Jerry attended Ord High School and Kearney State College graduating in 1963. Jerry lettered in football, baseball, track and tennis, earning All-American Honors twice in football. Jerry earned his bachelor’s degree in 1963 and later returned to complete his master’s degree in education.
Jerry moved to Ventura, CA in 1967 to begin his tenured career at Ventura College where he coached football and wrestling, later becoming the college’s athletic director and dean of physical education.
While at Ventura College, Jerry’s teams earned multiple conference championships and state titles. Jerry served as president of the Western States Conference and was inducted into the Ventura College Athletic Hall of Fame as well as the California Community College Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.
Jerry was well equipped to have fun and enjoyed his family and friends immensely. He was an active member in his community, helping out at school and church events whenever asked. His infectious smile, laugh and positive attitude stayed with him throughout his life and will be missed, but will stay with those who had the opportunity to know him.
Jerry is survived by his children, Jerry (Katy) Dunlap and Krista (Patrick) Stephens; three grandchildren, Lauren Dunlap and Natalie and Emily Pond; and a sister, Lorraine (Ronald) Peters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elwin and Alice Dunlap and sister, Rosalie (Patrick) Barry.
A celebration of life will take place at a date to be determined.
Jerome Boettcher • Former Nebraska Resident, 65
After a long journey of ill health and miracles, Jerome Boettcher passed away quietly Aug. 27, 2020 in Henderson, NV. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 10, 2020 at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, NE.
Jerome David Boettcher was born July 3, 1955 in Schuyler, NE to John Boettcher and Elaine (Wheelock) Boettcher. He was baptized in 1957 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church at Ord, NE as a child and then re-affirmed his faith and was baptized again as an adult in Troy, AL.
Having attended different Nebraska schools growing up in North Loup, Scotia, Ord, Gothenburg, Elmwood and Murdock, he graduated with 15 fellow students May 20, 1975 from Murdock High School in Murdock, NE. During his school days he loved tinkering on cars with his brother Gene, playing football and running track. He was especially proud of the fact that his first football coach was the current Husker’s football coach Scott Frost’s father, Larry Frost.
He was first married to Julie Anna Thomas in Weeping Water, NE on Dec. 28, 1977. Together they had two sons. Troy and Patrick Boettcher.
He was second married to Vicky Jean Casario in Dallas, TX on May 21, 1984. They had two children: one son, Robert Boettcher and one daughter, Ashley Boettcher.
Jerome worked primarily doing mechanics throughout his adult life. It was during this time that he acquired numerous back injuries resulting in the necessary surgery, which left him disabled and unable to resume a career.
He was preceded in death by both parents and grandparents.
Jerome is survived by his children: Troy and Anita Boettcher, of Apple Valley, CA, Patrick and Natasha Boettcher, of Henderson, Robert and Danielle Boettcher, of Fullerton, NE, Ashley Boettcher of Central City, NE and stepdaughter, Amber and Derek Roeder, of Fullerton; grandchildren: Irelynn, Madelyn, Bladyn, Josie, Laynie, Olly, Malaysha, Daveion, Josiah, Davin, Peyton and Ava; brothers: Garland (Cathie) Bartling, of Sorrento, FL, Larry Boettcher, of Emory, TX, Gene (Dee) Boettcher, of Lincoln, NE; and sisters: Sandra Pesek, of Ord, Sharon Noah, of Ord and Jayne Barth, of Fremont.
Adeline Nelson • Ericson, NE Resident, 89
Adeline Nelson, 89, of Ericson, NE, died Oct. 5, 2020 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, NE.
Adeline’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial visitation will be Thurs., Oct. 8, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. There will be a private family inurnment at a later date. The family requests no flowers. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Ambulance Supply Fund.
Adeline was born on June 24, 1931 to Joseph “Joe” Antone and Augusta (Strizek) Hruza at their farm home near Ceresco, NE in Saunders County.
Adeline attended school through the eighth grade. She worked for various people cleaning homes and cooking.
Adeline married Lonnie Joe Nelson on Oct. 9, 1949 at Taylor, NE. They spent their married lives in Garfield County. She enjoyed fishing, sewing, flowers and gardening.
Adeline is survived by two sons; Rollin and Marilyn Nelson, of Ord, NE and Charles and Lyn Nelson, of Taylor, NE; two grandchildren, Andrew Nelson and Heather Nelson, both of Doniphan, NE; a sister, Laura Hynek, of Lincoln, NE and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hruza and Alma Hruza, both of Ord.
Adeline was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Michael; and three brothers, George Hruza, Richard Hruza and Joe and his wife, Rose Marie Hruza.