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Semi Roll-Over Closes Highway For Three Hours

A semi tractor blocked traffic for almost three hours after overturning a quarter mile south of Highway 4 north junction on Highway 15 Tuesday morning shortly after 6 a.m.

"At approximately 6:10 a.m. on the 20th of September, Jefferson County 911 received a call of a semi that had rolled, was blocking the highway and leaking diesel fuel onto the highway," Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen said. "The vehicle was a 2001 Freightliner tractor with a grain hopper trailer. The vehicle was southbound on Highway 15 when a deer came out of the ditch and struck the truck. The truck went off the west edge of the roadway onto the shoulder of the road. The trailer slid into the bottom of the ditch and the tractor and trailer rolled onto its right side. The unit then slid a considerable distance and came to rest in the west ditch and stretched across the highway."

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Ernest F. Spilker

Ernest F. Spilker was born March 22, 1912 to Ernest and Anna Maschman Spilker at Helvey, Neb. He died Aug. 5, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury at the age of 99 years, 4 months and 13 days.

He was baptized April 28, 1912 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Daykin by J.V.D. Linden and confirmed June 6, 1923 at the same church by H.C. Brokering.

He was united in marriage to Selma Rohr on June 11, 1939. She died in 1959.

He married Viola W. Neemann Wunnerberg on May 24, 1961. He lived on the family farm for 59 years and then moved to Fairbury in 1971. This year (2011) marks 100 years that the family farm has been in the family.

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Calvin (Dick) Carl Stauss

Calvin (Dick) Carl Stauss was born Jan. 10, 1920 at Fairbury to Alfred and Emma Sievert Stauss. He died Aug. 19, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury at the age of 91 years, 7 months and 9 days.

His childhood days and three years of school was spent in Lincoln and then his family moved to Fairbury where he attended school. He graduated from high school in 1938.

He was baptized at the Eastridge Presbyterian Church in Lincoln on April 3, 1958.

As a school boy he worked in grocery stores and Montgomery Wards.

He enlisted in the United States Air Forces in 1942 and served his country in World War II as T 1 Sgt. He was flight engineer on a B29 until 1946 when he received a honorable discharge.

While in the service he met and married Delores Marjorie Yantz on Aug. 14, 1943 at Stockton, Calif. She died in 1979.

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Hilda Helena (Krause) Rothmeyer

Hilda Helena (Krause) Rothmeyer was born to Paul F. and Emilie A. (Malchow) Krause on Feb. 19, 1918 at Ellis, Neb. She died Aug. 14, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury at the age of 93 years, 5 months and 25 days.

She was baptized March 10, 1918 at Zion Lutheran Church of Harbine and confirmed May 15, 1932 by Rev. W.L. Ernstmeyer at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church near Ellis.

She lived her early years in Ellis, Jansen, Rock Creek areas and attended school at Ellis District 12 and Parochial School at Zion Evangelical Lutheran, Harbin.

She moved to Fairbury at the age of 19 and worked at various homes like the Dr. George Wiesel Sr. family after completing her schooling.

On Feb. 25, 1942, she was united in marriage to Orville L. Rothmeyer at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury by the Rev. Paul Reith. To this union three children were born.

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Barbara Joyce Schoenrock

Barbara Joyce Schoenrock was born on Dec. 19, 1933 at Fairbury, Neb. , the only child of Vernon Lewis Morris and Mildred Marie Morris. She died Sept. 11, 2011 at Tabitha Hospice in Lincoln at the age of 77.

She grew to womanhood in Fairbury, helping her parents operate many restaurants through the hard times of the Depression and World War II, among them the Owl Lunch, the Green Lantern and Winslows.

She was a 1951 honor graduate of Fairbury High School and attended Nebraska Wesleyan University on scholarship where she was associated with the Willard Sorority.

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Marvin Gustav Moerer

Marvin Gustav Moerer was born Aug. 1, 1935 in Graceville, Minn., to Richard E. Moerer and Ida Anna Christian (Bohling) Moerer. He died Aug. 24, 2011 in rural Jefferson County at the age of 76 years and 23 days.

He moved to Nemaha County, Neb. when he was 14 and completed the eighth grade in a country school.

Because of his strength and maturity, he worked for farmers in the area, then for Nebraska City, digging ditches for water lines.

He got his start in the tire business by working in Auburn at a tire repair shop. Then the opportunity came for him to own his own shop, the Fairbury OK Tire Store and he moved to Fairbury on Jan. 1, 1960. He also owned the Hebron OK Tire Store for several years, and did on-site tire repairs for farmers and heavy equipment operators, often being called out during the night.

He was confirmed in 1949 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn by Rev. Martin Dryer.

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Robert J. Placek

Robert J. Placek was born Nov. 6, 1927 at home on a farm by Swanton, Neb. to Edward and Emma (Bartos)Placek. He was the youngest of five children. He died Sept. 2, 2011 at BryanLGH West in Lincoln at the age of 83.

He attended Country School at District 15 and helped farm. In his freshman year, when his brothers were called to serve their country, he made the choice to quit school to farm full-time with his father.

In 1946, he also enlisted, serving in the Army, as a Military Policeman stationed in Japan guarding Hiroshima.

After returning home, he worked various jobs. In 1955, he met his future wife, Vera and they were married Aug. 2, 1958. To this union a daughter was born.

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Harold M. Keilwitz

Harold M. Keilwitz was born Oct. 28, 1924 at Gilead, Neb., to Herman and Wilhelmine (Heller) Keilwitz. He died Sept. 3, 2011 at home at the age of 86 years, 10 months and 5 days after several weeks of chemo and radiation treatments and a week of hospitalization. He had been with hospice services for about a week.

He attended school at District 97, Gilead and graduated from the eighth grade.

He was united in marriage to Nyla Cerveny on April 18, 1954. They farmed the land and raised their family of five children on the same farmstead all of their married life.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Gilead since the time of his marriage.

He enjoyed reading, welding and having coffee with his friends at the Pioneers Inn in Gilead.

He seldom missed worship services and fellowship events at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

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Jill Diane (Butcher) Littleton

Jill Diane (Butcher) Littleton was born Aug. 9, 1961 in Tucson, Ariz., to Donald Ray and Patsy Ruth (Kutscher) Butcher. She died Sept. 10, 2011 at her home in Utica, Neb. at the age of 50 years, 1 month and 1 day.

She is a 1979 graduate of Fairbury High School.

She was educated as an LPN and then served in the United States Navy for six years.

She was united in marriage to Rex Anthony Littleton and to this union two children were born.

She was employed with Windstream as a telecommunications technician since 1997.

She had been a resident of Utica since December of 2003.

She was a member of the Utica United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father.

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Wayne Fredrick Gaston

Wayne Fredrick Gaston was born near Alexandria, Neb. to Roy and Hilda Eden Gaston on Aug. 6, 1926. He died July 29, 2011 in Fairbury following a lengthy illness at the age of 84 years.

He attended a country school near Alexandria and at the age of 11 moved with his family to a farm northwest of Reynolds, where he helped his parents farm and raise livestock.

He attended rural District 103 elementary school and Reynolds High School.

In December of 1944, at the age of 18, he was drafted into service during World War II. He entered the service at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. and took his basic training at Camp Hood, Texas. He was assigned to Company E, 35th Infantry Regiment of the 25th Division of the United State Army.

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