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Three-Room School Still Going After Nearly 140 Years

ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH SCHOOL NEAR TOBIAS currently has a baptized membership of 334. (Contributed Photo)

Members of the Zion Lutheran Church have kept their Lutheran school going for 136 years, and Judy Bartels, who is the principal and head teacher, said the school located southeast of Tobias will continue to educate children as long as the congregation can keep it going. The school, which  is one of the oldest continually functioning schools in the area, has graduated hundreds of students. This year, the pre-school through grade eight school has only seven students, which Bartels said means extra one-on-one time for the kids. 
Bartels said the school had about twice as many students last year, but the summer departure of the upper grades principal caused some parents to decide last fall to send their children to Meridian Public Schools. The school, which has always had combined classes, now has four pre-schoolers, two kindergarteners and one first grader. 
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Doyle D. Wood

Doyle D. Wood 55, passed away April 20, 2015 at his home in Jansen, NE. He is preceded in death by his Parents Marion & Alvera (Ebel) Wood, & Grandparents. He is survived by his wife: Virginia, Daughter: Deatra Manzanilla, Sons: Dustin Karnes, Daniel Wood, David Wood, 14 Grandchildren, Brothers: Kenny Wood, Warren Wood, numerous other family & friends. Services were April 24, 2015 at the Baptist Church in Fairbury. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury were in charge.

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May

James Snyder

James R.  Snyder, 89, of Shelton passed away March 2, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Wood River.
Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 7th Day Adventist Church in Fairbury, Nebraska with Pastor Lawrence Francis officiating.  Inurnment of the ashes will be in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Nebraska.    Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island is in charge of arrangements.
 James R. Snyder was born in Gage County, NE, November 22, 1925 the son of James R. and Cleta (Quinn) Snyder Sr.  He attended Elm Center elementary school and graduated from Diller High School with the class of 1943.
On May 15, 1949 he was united in marriage to Ruth Billhimer.  The couple farmed in Jefferson and Gage counties for 40 years.  Upon retirement they moved to Shelton to be near family.
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Rex Scott

Rex E. Scott of Lakewood, Colorado, passed away Monday, April 27, 2015 at the age of 90.
Mr. Scott was born October 14, 1924 to Hazel Teeters and Willis V. Scott in Goodland, KS, and  moved with his mother and step-father, Lester Everetts to Fairbury, NE where he completed his school years. He married Jean Marion Ely in 1951 in Chicago, and they later moved to Denver, CO, where they spent most of their lives.
He was a decorated veteran of WWII, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in the US Army in the European theater. Following his military service, he graduated from Iowa State University, and later earned certification as a licensed Architect. His career spanned more than 40 years and is still represented by many structures he designed in Denver and across the western United States.
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Larry Nave

Larry C. Nave, 75, of Beatrice died at his home on Sunday, May 3, 2015.  He was born on July 20, 1939 at Fairbury and graduated from Fairbury High School.  He served two years in the United States Navy.  He moved to Beatrice in 1973 and worked at Beatrice State Developmental Center and did taxidermy on the side.  He later became a licensed taxidermist.  On July 4, 2000, he married Patricia Boerger Johnsen at Beatrice.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.  
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Louise Milius

Louise Katherine Milius, 97, of Lincoln, (formerly Fairbury) 
passed away May 3, 
2015. She was born near DeWitt, NE to Herman and 
Anna Blobaum. Louise was preceded in death by 
husband Orval, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, son in law Riley 
Slack, and grandson Brian Milius. Louise is survived by 
daughter Patricia Slack, son Ken (Kerry) Milius, 6 
grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and 3 great 
great grandchildren. Celebration of Life services will be 
May 8, 11:00 at American Lutheran Church, 1111 12th 
Street, Fairbury NE with Pastor Brian Julin-McCleary 
Officiating. Arrangements by: Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Condolences can be left at lincolnfh.com.
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Ronald Kriley

Ronald D. “Ron” Kriley, age 63, of Bradshaw, NE, died Monday, May 4, 2015 at Omaha, NE.  He was born October 11, 1952 in Beatrice, NE. Ron was a veteran, having served in the US Army.   He worked as an electrician.  Ron was united in marriage to Jeanette Sorensen on August 23, 1996 in Aurora, NE and the couple made their home in Bradshaw.  Ron’s hobbies included collecting arrowheads, fishing, gardening, and he was an avid card player.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Jeanie of Bradshaw; son Charles (Kim) Chollar of Danebrog, NE; daughters, Karri (Michael) May of Stromsburg, NE and Jaime (Danny) Robinson of Smyrna, GA; grandchildren, Mandy (Matt) Weber of Grand Island, NE, Justin (Lora) Splain of Brandon, FL, and twins, Samuel and Alax Robinson of Smyrna.  Also surviving are a sister Delores Firch; and an aunt Wilma James of Steele City, NE.  Ron was preceded in death by his parents.
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Ronald Kriley

Ronald D. “Ron” Kriley, age 63, of Bradshaw, NE, died Monday, May 4, 2015 at Omaha, NE.  He was born October 11, 1952 in Beatrice, NE.Surivivors are his wife Jeanie of Bradshaw; son Charles (Kim) Chollar of Danebrog, NE; daughters, Karri (Michael) May of Stromsburg, NE and Jaime (Danny) Robinson of Smyrna, GA; grandchildren, Mandy (Matt) Weber of Grand Island, NE, Justin (Lora) Splain of Brandon, FL, and twins, Samuel and Alax Robinson of Smyrna.  Also surviving are a sister Delores Firch; and an aunt Wilma James of Steele City, NE.  
Memorials services will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Metz Chapel in York. 
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May

Life Is Wonderful When You Are A Genius And A Princess

Graduation season makes me blue. I first noticed it last year, and the feeling came again during the back-to-school season. I no longer see graduations and going back to school as exciting milestones. They are reminders that my boys are going to grow up and leave me. It makes me sad. 
I know that going to school, and eventually graduating, are positive milestones in children’s lives and we as parents must encourage that growth and independence. And I will. But right now I can’t help but to think that every day is one day closer to my boys not needing me anymore. 
Of course I want my children to go to college and get a job that makes them happy. I want my boys to go out on their own and become their own people. I wouldn’t want them to be dropouts who live at home forever and refuse to get jobs. 
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May

You Can Learn More than Just Smithing At The Blacksmith Shop

 I think I would have been one of “those guys” who hung out around the cracker barrel at a turn of the last century general store. You know: talking about politics, problems with these kids today and other deep rooted subjects. 
 I like to talk about “stuff” but more importantly I like to listen.
A person who listens will always know more than they guy who does most of the talking telling others how much he knows. Last weekend I learned quite a lot.
 On Saturday I was fortunate enough to spend quite a bit of time in Steele City at the Blacksmith Shop during living history weekend. During a slow time for onlookers a few others who were just hanging around got to talking about work. More specifically why anyone who wants a job doesn’t have one.

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