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Harold Gulbranson

Harold Gulbranson

April 23, 1933 – Dec. 2, 2017

CEDAR BLUFFS – Harold A. Gulbranson, age 84, of Cedar Bluffs was born April 23, 1933, in Colman, South Dakota, and died Dec. 2, 2017, in Fremont.

Survived by: wife, Joyce; children, Ken and Pam Johnson of Cedar Bluffs, Connie McClintock, Van and Tammy Johnson of Minnesota and Glenn Johnson of Fremont; siblings, Merle and Sheron Gulbranson of Brookings, South Dakota, and Karoline and Bill Deuchesne of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; niece, Pam LaVasseur of Omaha, and many additional nieces and nephews.

The memorial service with be 10 a.m. Saturday at Reichmuth Funeral Home in Elkhorn. Inurnment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Condolences to

Reichmuth Funeral Home

21901 W. Maple Rd. 402-289-2222

Donald Jelinek

Donald Jelinek

Jan. 13, 1926 – Dec. 4, 2017

WAHOO — Donald L. Jelinek, 91, of Wahoo died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln.

He was born Jan. 13, 1926, in Weston to Frank A. and Anna (Chmelka) Jelinek. Don graduated from Weston High School. On Oct. 4, 1950, Don was married to Eleanor M. Slemin in Weston. Through the years, Don worked for Farmers Co-op Elevator, Champlin Service Station, Sinclair Service Station, as the Sheriff of Saunders County, Wahoo Police Department and Wahoo Parks and Recreation. He was a member of the Eagles Club and a 67-year member of Wahoo Fire and Rescue.

Don enjoyed fishing, gardening, auctions, cooking, baking, watching professional wrestling, polka music, western music, dancing, carpentry, singing, canning home grown fruit and vegetables, garage sales and family get-togethers.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Eleanor Slemin; children, Kenneth (Blanca) Jelinek of Schuyler, Sharon Frommie of Schuyler, Keryl (Kelby) Hadley of Ogden, Utah, James (Lora) Jelinek of Wahoo, Brian Jelinek and fiancé Becky of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Angie Diaz, Melinda Jelinek, Richard Jelinek, Junior Aguilar, Alexa Jimenez, Christopher Frommie, Melinda Frommie, Joseph Jelinek, Shawn (Al) Puntasecca, Whitley (Jacob) Hettenbaugh, Tyson (Kaylee) Jelinek; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Slemin and Shirley Ingram; son-in-law, Lonnie Price; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Linda Price; parents, Frank and Anna Jelinek; siblings, Adeline Johnson, Sylvia Mattson, Ann Marie Jelinek, Francis Jelinek, Max Jelinek, Leona Parker.

A celebration of life (a gathering of family and friends) will be from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Wahoo Fire Department.

Memorials in care of the family.

Visit to leave condolences.

Svoboda Funeral Home, 211 N. Linden St., Wahoo, NE 68066. 402-443-3624

Michelle "Mindy" McIntire

Nov. 6, 1969 – Dec. 5, 2017

LINCOLN -- Michelle "Mindy" A. McIntire, 48 years, of Lincoln died Dec. 5, 2017, in Omaha. She was born Nov. 6, 1969, in Fremont to Gerald and Karen (Lothrop) Vande Stowe.

She was a 1988 graduate of Fremont High School and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1992 with a BA in Marketing and Journalism. She lived in Elkhorn prior to moving to Lincoln around 2013. She was employed by Teledyne Isco. Michelle was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lincoln.

She is survived by mother, Karen Vande Stowe of Fremont; fiancé, Jeff Doht of Lincoln; sons, Patrick McIntire III and Alex McIntire of Lincoln; daughters, Briana McIntire of Omaha and Marisa McIntire of Lincoln; brother, Mitch Vande Stowe of Lincoln; nephew, Addison Vande Stowe of Lincoln; and grandson, Carson.

She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Pohocco Lutheran Church, south of Fremont. The Rev Johnice Orduna will officiate. Visitation on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Burial will be at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont.

Memorials may be directed to the family for her children's education fund or donor's choice.

Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Ave. Fremont, NE 402-721-4490

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Richard "Dick" McGahey

Richard “Dick” McGahey

FREMONT — Richard D. “Dick” McGahey, 82 years, of Fremont died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Wisner Care Center in Wisner. Richard was born June 3, 1935, in North Bend.

Dick was married to Jane Schnoor. She preceded him in death in 2007.

He is survived by daughter, Teresa Steenblock of Fremont; and grandson, Kyle Steenblock of Fremont.

There will be no public services and the family requests that no cards and flowers be sent.

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Nebraska's Pearl Harbor survivors honored: 'What they did for our country'

Five minutes before the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago that killed 2,400 Americans, Walter Barsell remembers smelling Hawaiian gardenias.

After the attack, the air was thick with the odor of smoke and burning oil.

Everything had been so calm and peaceful, said Barsell, 96, who was stationed on shore the day of the 1941 attack.

Two minutes later, pandemonium was unleashed.

M.J. “Bud” Kennedy, 94, serving on the U.S.S. Regal, remembers the surprise.

“The Japanese just knocked the hell out of us,” he said.

Kennedy spent four days at the scene, then his duty changed to underwater sound detection in the harbor. But he ended up “unscathed,” he said.

Ed Guthrie, 99, who was stationed on the U.S.S. Whitney, recalled a torpedo bomber passing within feet of his ship.

“And he waved at me. So I waved back,” Guthrie said. “A guy said, ‘What’d you want to wave back at him for?’ Well, by the time he got done waving he passed our ship, so we were safe.”

Gov. Pete Ricketts honored the three Pearl Harbor veterans, and another who wasn’t there, Don Stratton, who wrote a book about his Pearl Harbor survival. The governor proclaimed Thursday as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Thursday marks the 76th anniversary of that bombing of Pearl Harbor, which thrust the United States into World War II.

“We remember the brave sailors and soldiers who perished, along with the 1,178 wounded, who were among the many survivors,” said Nancy Tonkin, president of the Nebraska chapter of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors.

The motto of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association is “Never Forget,” she said. The motto of the sons and daughters group is “Lest We Forget.”

Doug Carlson, 38, a 15-year member of the Nebraska National Guard, came to the Capitol Wednesday when he heard about the proclamation. He had to be a part of honoring the men who were part of that historic time, he said.

“It’s such a good reminder of what they did for our country,” Carlson said.

At that moment in American history, the people in this country decided what they wanted to be, and it all started with those men and their families who sacrificed so much, he said.

“It’s incredibly humbling now to wear the uniform when I know that folks like that wore the uniform first,” Carlson said. “It instilled in our military today this heroism, this passion for our country.”

Every time those in the military put the uniform on, it is because of that, he said.

“We try to live up to that every day,” he said. “I’d do it for free if they’d let me.”

Ricketts has asked that all flags in Nebraska fly at half staff on Thursday until sunset in honor of Pearl Harbor Day.

Valera Moeller

Valera Moeller

July 2, 1925 – Dec. 6, 2017

SCRIBNER — Valera E. Moeller, age 92, of Scribner died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at the Hooper Care Center.

Valera was born July 2, 1925, on a farm north of Scribner to Herman and Grace (Wooldrik) Hasemann where she grew up. She was baptized on Sept. 5, 1925, at St. Paul’s of Hooper by Rev. H. Rhode, confirmed at St. Paul’s on Aug. 28, 1938, by Rev. Hugo Welchert. She attended Rural School 35 for eight years and graduated from Scribner High School on May 21, 1942. She attended Wayne State College for one year. She then worked as price clerk at the rationing board. When it closed in 1945, she then worked at the county treasurer’s office in Fremont, then returned to Scribner and worked at the Farmers State Bank. She also worked at the telephone office in Scribner as a bookkeeper. In 1960, she began working at Lamberty’s Variety Store until it closed in 1999. She also was needlework superintendent for the Dodge County Fair for 25 years and was honored by being the grand marshal in the parade in 2009. She was a 4-H leader for nine years. She volunteered for about 40 years for the Scribner Blood Mobile, and cleaned church at United for 25 years.

In 1949 on Feb. 20, she was married to Glenville Moeller at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church by Rev. Hugo Welchert. While a member at St. Paul’s she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir for many years. She is a present member of United Lutheran Church in Scribner. She was a member of the Scribner Junior’s club, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years. She was also a member of the Ladies group of United for about 50 years.

Valera loved to spend time with her daughters and spouses, sewing, quilting, baking, gardening, especially baking with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and gathering with her siblings to eat and play cards.

Family was her first love.

Survivors include: daughter, Marilyn (Jack) Robart of Fremont; son-in-law, Ronald Lear of Lincoln; grandchildren, Veronica Lear (and friend Neal Brigner) of California, Nikole Smutz of Scribner, Lyndsie (Michael) Mullin of Lincoln, Jared Robart (and friend Aura Dewolfe) of Fremont, Justin Robart (and friend Diana Lessner) of Fremont; five precious great-grandchildren, Natalie Robart, Payton, Madison and Jaxon Smutz, and Allissa Mullin; sister, Audrey (Leonard) Meyer of Scribner; and sisters-in-law, Anita Hasemann of Fremont and Lois Hasemann of Scribner.

Valera was preceded in death by her husband, Glenville; her parents; daughter, Sherilyn Lear, and a grandson, Matthew Lear; and two brothers, Delwyn and Wylene.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at United Lutheran Church in Scribner. The Rev. Dr. Nicki McIntyre will officiate. Burial will follow in the Scribner Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday at Ludvigsen’s Scribner Funeral Chapel from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the family present from 2-4 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Scribner Volunteer Rescue, Scribner Volunteer Fire, United Lutheran Church and Make-a-wish.

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Duncan "Deke" Drum

Duncan ‘Deke’ Drum

Feb. 9, 1942 – Nov. 30, 2017

HUTTO, TEXAS — Duncan “Deke” Drum died Nov. 30, 2017.

He graduated from Fremont High School in 1960 and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1965. He played football for Bob Devaney.

He is survived by: his wife, Sandy of Hutto, Texas; children, Charley (Andrea) of Canyon Lake, Texas, Danny (Jill) of Mobile, Alabama, and Hiram (Jennifer) of Round Rock, Texas; a sister, Janice Wobken; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, L.E. and Dee Drum; and brother, Mic.