Fern A. Gifford, age 94, of Fremont died Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at Nye Legacy.
Fern was born Jan. 8, 1926, in Valley to Irving and Ann (Growcock) Moss. She was raised in Valley and graduated from Valley High School. She married Don R. Gifford on Sept. 24, 1944. While Don served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Fern worked at the Ordnance Plant in Mead. After Don finished his service the couple moved to Fremont and raised three children.
Fern was a member of the Arbor Vitae Chapter 92 Order of Eastern Star in Fremont.
Survivors: children, Robert (Maureen) Gifford of Chicago, Paul Gifford of Fremont, DeEtte (Frosty) Anderson of Lincoln; 5 grandchildren, Megan Gifford of Chicago, Marty (Jenna) Gifford of Fremont, Mark (Ginger) Gifford of Bennington, Giff (Betsy) Anderson of Lincoln and Emily (Chris) Hansen of Webster City, Iowa; 14 great-grandchildren.
Fern was preceded in death by her husband Don in 2011; parents; daughter-in-law, Melanie; sisters, Jeanine (Ronald) Grear, Ramona (James) Withee and Peggy Vancil. Fern was also preceded in death by sisters-in-law, Ruby (Ched) House and Marge (Charles “Pete”) Andersen.
The memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at First Lutheran Church in Fremont. The Rev. Scott Jensen will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Fremont Family YMCA or the Fremont Area Community Foundation. Visitation with the family present will be Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont.
Gary Lee Fouraker lived a life of faith and was a wonderful family man, friend and mentor to so many. He passed away peacefully with family at his side on Jan. 17, 2020, at age 73 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
Gary was born on March 14, 1946, to Charles O. Fouraker and Margaret L. (Ellis) Fouraker and raised on a farm near Falls City. He later moved to Columbus and graduated from Columbus High School in 1964. After completing a computer science program at Nebraska Technical College in Milford, he also earned two degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln – his Bachelor’s Degree in 1973 and his MBA in 1984. Gary taught electronic data processing at Nebraska Tech in 1968-1969 and spent 33 years at UNL (1969 to 2002) in various administrative positions. He first worked in the Bursar’s Office and then served as Associate Athletic Director for Business for 21 years.
Gary married Marilyn McGrew in 1967 and they had two children, Kari and Rob. After a divorce, he married Marcia (Johnson) Krafka in 2002. Gary was a devoted Husker fan and enjoyed golfing, fishing, reading, music and travel. He especially loved his grandchildren — all 13 of them — and cherished time with them. He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Fremont where he served several years as an elder and a deacon. He was also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Fremont, holding the treasurer’s position. Honors he received include Distinguished Alumni Award from Southeast Community College-Milford and Special Merit Award from the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. He was also recognized as a George Hixson Fellow by Kiwanis International.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles W. Fouraker; and brother-in-law, James Tiehen.
He is survived by his wife Marcia; son, Rob (DeAnne) Fouraker; daughter, Kari (Brian) Wrightsman; stepsons, Rodney Krafka, Greg (Chanel) Krafka and Darren (Chelsea) Krafka; grandchildren, Kelsey, Marissa, Brennan, Mikayla, Bennet, Christian, John, Christina, Zachary, Logan, Mira, Milo and Margaret; sister, Mary Tiehen; mother-in-law, Edna Johnson; brothers-in-law, Phil (Debra) Johnson and Murray (Christy) Johnson, sister-in-law, Paula Fouraker; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to the Fremont Kiwanis Club or Fremont Presbyterian Church.
LeRoy G. Fredericksen, 87 years, of Fremont, Nebraska, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. He was born May 28, 1932, in Walthill, Nebraska, to Lloyd Fredericksen and Clara Tarrant Janssen.
He was raised at Bancroft, Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Navy from May 29, 1951, to May 13, 1955, during the Korean War. LeRoy married Evelyn Sellentin on Sept. 8, 1956, in West Point, Nebraska. He worked at Hormel, retiring from Hormel in 1994.
LeRoy was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, VFW Post 20, a dedicated member of the Fremont Honor Guard, former member of the Fremont Eagles Club, and he enjoyed bowling.
Survived by son, Todd (Carolyn) Fredericksen, Fremont; daughter, Kathy Miller (Chris Beerbohm), Fremont; 4 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and special friends, Gene (Shirley) Stara of Fremont.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Evelyn.
The memorial service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Memorial visitation from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service at Moser’s. Military Honors by the Fremont Honor Guard will follow the service on Thursday.
Memorials to the Fremont Honor Guard or Katie the Comfort Dog.
Ms. Kellner was born April 18, 1949, in Fremont, Nebraska, to Boyd and Judy (Allen) Kellner. She married her sweetheart, Randall Popken (Ph.D.), on June 11, 1985, in Lawrence, Kansas. Christie completed degrees in Business, English and Fine Arts (MFA).
Christie shared her love of creative arts as Instructor of Art History at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.
Naturally curious, she had a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature and a gentle spirit.
Survivors include: mother, Judy Kellner of Fremont; and brothers, Mike Kellner and Quinn Kellner; nieces and nephews. Christie will be remembered for her smiles and laughter, her perseverance and kindness to others.
Carrol Richard Dahl passed away in Fresno, California, on Jan. 9, 2020, at the age of 88.
He was born to Harry and Margaretha (Low) Dahl (both Scribner natives) in Burlington, Colorado, on March 15, 1931. He was the youngest of six children. The family moved to Bennington, Nebraska, when Carrol was four, then to Fremont in 1944. Carrol graduated from Fremont High School, then from Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University) in Fremont, Nebraska. He served in the Marine Corps Reserves, then was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Korea.
Carrol married his wife Dorothy on Aug. 3, 1963. They met at Boston College where they both received their Master’s Degrees. He taught high school math for 35 years, 30 of them at Bullard High School in Fresno.
Carrol is survived by his wife Dorothy Dahl; daughter, Susan Dahl; daughter, Patricia Russell, and husband Troy; grandson. Andre Russell, all of Fresno. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, James Adrian of Bisbee, Arizona, and David Dorn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by three sisters, Lois Ludvigsen, Harriet Arandus, Marjorie Steinert Misfeldt, and two brothers, Clarence Dahl and Henry Dahl.
A memorial service will be held at the Saint Paul Catholic Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno, CA 93710 on Friday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow.
Remembrances may be made to C.C.M.R.S. (Central California Mennonite Residential Services), 3825 E. Hampton Way, Fresno, CA 93726.
Gerald W. “Jerry” Anderson, 88, of Fremont died Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at home.
Jerry was born March 31, 1931, in Fremont to John and Ida (Creamer) Anderson. He attended school in Fremont and graduated from Fremont High School in 1949. After his schooling, he worked as a journeyman carpenter for several local contractors and retired in 1991 after 45 years. He then worked as a building inspector for Dodge County from 2001 until 2005.
Jerry married Connie Ludwig in 1951 and together they raised four children. Jerry served in the Nebraska National Guard Engineering Company from 1947 until 1954. He enjoyed fishing, golf, hunting and watching his family grow up.
Survivors: wife, Constance “Connie” Anderson of Fremont; daughters, Catherine Gobar of Wisner and Deborah (Mike) Prather of Medicine Lodge, Kansas; sons, Martin (Sue) Anderson of Omaha, Michael (Julie) Anderson of Tekamah; 9 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack.
The memorial service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Burial will be in the Arlington Cemetery at a later date. A memorial fund will be determined.
Omaha — Preceded in death by wife, Mary L. Mitchell. Survived by sons, Gregg (Donna) Mitchell, Ken Mitchell, David (Kim) Mitchell; grandchildren, Molly (Scott) Slater, Kim (Aaron) Broweleit, Logan Mitchell, Merrill Mitchell, Ryan Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Liam and Sidney Slater; special friend, Cindy Fontanello. Bob attended Minne Lusa School and graduated from North High School in 1945 where he had romanced Mary and married her in 1949. Bob and Mary truly enjoyed 65 years together in their Christian faith while raising the boys, traveling, skiing, Tangier Shrine fellowship and entertaining family and friends at their summer lakeside cabin and Colorado condo. Bob had a great sense of humor and lived life to its fullest. Bob served in WW II as an engineer in the Philippines whose battalion repaired and replaced navigational towers destroyed in battle—notably in areas where the enemy was unaware the war had ended and refused to surrender in each instance without a fight. After the war, Bob obtained his engineering and business degree from UNO and joined his father in a real estate brokerage that grew into a full-service real estate and appraisal firm called R.F. Mitchell and Son which continues to thrive today as Mitchell and Associates, Inc. Bob was also a member of Tangier Shrine, Scottish Rite, Mizpah Lodge 302, OES.
Visitation is Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Roeder Mortuary. The service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Lutheran Church of The Master, 2617 S. 114th St., Omaha. Inurnment at Evergreen Memorial Park, Omaha. Memorials to Tangier Transportation and Lutheran Church of the Master.
Survived by parents, Dan and Diane (Sylvis) Kauble; sisters, Danyelle (Max) Kuenning of Cranberry, Pennsylvania, Cassady Kauble of Grand Rapids, Michigan; aunts and uncles, Wayne and Paula Sylvis of Punxatawney, Pennsylvania, Jerry and Barb Kauble of Kansas City, Missouri.
Alma Helen White, age 98, of Casper, Wyoming, formerly of Fremont, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at her home. Alma was born Oct. 15, 1921, at Howells, Nebraska, to Frank and Emma (Everett) Dlouhy.
Alma married John V. White on Sept. 23, 1944, in Omaha. While they resided in Omaha she worked at the Martin Bomber Plant during World War II where she met John while carpooling. After moving to Fremont she worked at Hinky-Dinky, retiring after 20-plus years. John preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 1992, and son, John “Pat” White, on Oct. 29, 2017. She has been residing in Casper for the last 13 years.
Alma was a former member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. She loved her family, dancing, bowling and an occasional casino visit. She was a terrific cook and baker.
She is survived by son, Robert White of Fremont; daughters, Connie Ashba of Casper, Wyoming, and Mary (Shane) Rock of Elkhorn, Nebraska; brother-in-law, Joseph White of Westside, Iowa; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and several nieces.
Preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, John ‘Pat” White; brother, Frank Dlouhy; 3 sisters, Stella Schulte, Vlasta Konsel and Emma Pekarek; and son-in-law, Leo Ashba.
The funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. The Rev. Fr. Bill Cremers will officiate. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and a Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, all at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation continues on Saturday 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont.
Germaine Marie Purdum, 94, of Fremont, Nebraska, formerly of Malcom, Iowa, passed away on Jan. 12, 2020, at Dunklau Gardens.
Germaine, daughter of Remi Arthur and Celina Marie (DeClercq) Schinckel, was born in the Brooklyn, Iowa, area on March 1, 1925. Germaine was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Church in Brooklyn and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She attended country school in Scott Township, and graduated from Montezuma Community High School. Following graduation Germaine worked for a time at the Montezuma State Bank, and then in the Poweshiek County Recorder’s Office.
Don and Germaine Purdum were married at St. Patrick Church on June 14 (Flag Day), 1947, and celebrated 66 years of marriage before Don’s passing in 2013.
The couple lived briefly in Des Moines where Don was a mechanic at a private airfield. Germaine attended comptometer school and worked for a downtown business in the Liberty Building. Processing payroll for the candy concessions of the Blank movie theater chain was among her responsibilities.
The couple returned to the Montezuma area in 1949 to pursue farming. The couple purchased the ancestral Schinckel family farm in 1967. Germaine worked by Don’s side until the couple retired from farming in the 1980s.
Germaine is survived by son, Neal Purdum of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter, Jean (Leo) Hanson of Fremont; grandson, Eric (Julie) Hanson of Scribner; granddaughter, Celina (Chuck) Kucera of Fremont; great-grandchildren, Paige and Brynn Hanson, Carlee, Cassidy, and Callan Kucera; stepgreat-grandchildren, Kenzi and Bradyn Tschirren; many family members, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers and sisters-in-law.
The family would like to thank staff at Dunklau Gardens for the care and love they showed Germaine, and to Methodist Fremont Health Hospice for their care and compassion.
Memorials may be directed to Methodist Fremont Health Hospice.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4-7 p.m. with family present from 5-7 and Rosary service at 7 p.m., at Dugan Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Craig C. Reis, 70 years, of Fremont, Nebraska, passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at his home. He was born March 23, 1949, in Fremont to Charles and Doris (Hilgenkamp) Reis.
He was a 1967 graduate of Fremont High School and a U.S. Army veteran. Craig was self-employed, working with carpet and flooring for Kavich’s. After he retired from flooring, Craig committed his time to woodworking, stain glass and home improvement.
Survived by sons: Nick (Ann) Reis, Springfield, Nebraska, and Andy (Samantha) Reis, Ft. Worth, Texas; brother, Mike Reis, Fremont; and grandson, Jack.
Preceded in death by parents and brother, Rick Reis.
The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont.
Georgia J. Jones, age 73, of Fremont died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Dunklau Gardens.
Georgia was born Nov. 17, 1946, in Fremont to John and Leona (Grotelueschen) Jones. She was raised in Fremont and attended Trinity Lutheran School and Fremont Public Schools. After her schooling, she worked several jobs including Kindler’s Restaurant, Harr’s Restaurant and finally retiring from Bergan as a custodian.
Georgia enjoyed going on drives looking for deer, putting puzzles together, and having family over for grill outs.
Survivors include: Greg Jones (son), Johnny Jones (grandson), Jordan Vance (granddaughter), Justina Sapo (granddaughter), Cynthia Neave (sister), Angelica Neave (niece), Heather Neave (niece), Andrea Peatrowsky (niece), Alicia Neave (niece) and many close friends.
Georgia was preceded in death by her parents and special friend, Joe Baker.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. The Rev. Scott Jensen will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from noon until service time at the funeral home.