John Arnold Wallman was born near Beatrice, Neb. on Jan. 18, 1926 to German immigrants Heye and Anna (Debuhr) Wallman. He died in his home near Harbine on Dec. 24, 2011 at the age of 85 years, 11 months and 6 days.
He was baptized as a infant at Zion Lutheran Church at Pickrell and also confirmed there March 29, 1942.
He received his elementary education in the Rockford Elementary School.
He grew up on a farm near Beatrice.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from July 14, 1951 to 1955, then four more years in the reserves. He was a mechanic in the motor vehicle squadren. His assignments were to Bedfort Air Force Base in MASS., Iceland (with the NATO Forces), Greenland, and Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC.
Belva Maxine Hewitt was born Jan. 23, 1922 in a farm house just north of the Fairbury fairgrounds to William Howard Hewitt and Anna Marie (Janz) Hewitt. She died Dec. 3, 2011 at the age of 89.
Her first job was a "milk maid" when she delivered milk to the doors of her parents milk customers. After the Hewitt's sold their dairy and milk route they moved to rural Gladstone, then to Rock Creek and eventually settled on a farm north of Endicott in 1942. She spent much of her retirement years on the farm.
Richard Emil Niemeier was born Jan. 30, 1933 in Beatrice, Neb. to Emil and Alma (Zulauf) Niemeier. He died Dec. 5, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 5 days.
He was baptized Feb. 20, 1933 and confirmed April 14, 1946 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Plymouth.
He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1950. He received a bachelor of science degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1954, where he was initiated into Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
He received a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army, where he served from 1954-1956.
He was Jefferson County Extension Agent from 1958 to 1961.
He spent a career in agriculture sales with Walnut Grove Feed, Harvestore and Reinke Manufacturing Company. For many years he raised cattle, hogs and crops.
Leona Siebe, 75, of Fairbury, Neb., died Jan. 2, 2012 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury.
Survivors include her daughters, Cindy Schroeder and husband, Alan of Omaha, Frances McCown and husband, Dan of Fairbury, Belinda Cox and husband, Joseph of Harbine; sons, Fredrick Siebe and wife, Teresa DeWald-Siebe of Wakefield, Kan., Tony Siebe and wife, Ronda of Grand Island; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, John Shumake and wife, Linda of Midland, Texas and George Shumake.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Faith Lutheran Church in Fairbury with the Rev. Ken Hart officiating. The family will greet friends on Thursday, Jan. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury. Memorials to family's choice. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Plymouth.
Kenneth E. Krakow, 93, of Hebron, Neb., died Dec. 15, 2011 at Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home in Hebron.
Survivors include his sons, Bob and wife, Mattie, and Dick, all of Hebron, Tom and wife, Jan of Fairbury; brother, Jack of Hebron; grandchildren, Lucas Krakow and wife, Moranda of Fort Collins, Colo., Levi Krakow of Peru, Jennifer Bargen and husband, Colin of Utica, Brooke Krakow of Papillion, Mac Krakow of Fairbury and Jessica Stroble of Burnet, Texas; great-grandchildren, Joel, Katelyn and Jake Bargen; nieces and nephews.
Services were held Dec. 19, at the First Community Church in Hebron with Pastor Jeff Friesen officiating. Burial was in the Hebron City Cemetery, Hebron. Hebron Memorial Funeral Home, Hebron, service.
Jonathon and Cindy (Shada) Taliaferro of Olathe, Kan., would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Madelyn Grace Taliaferro, born Dec. 22, 2011, weighing 5 pounds and 8 ounces. Grandparents are Paul and Verlene Shada of Plymouth, Marty and Helen Taliaferro of Severy, Kan. Great-grandparents are Vernon and Verneal Grummert of Plymouth, Darrell and Marti Seeley of Hastings, Wayne and Corene Williams of Overland Park, Kan. and Mary Taliaferro of Severy.
Jason and Emily Pohlmann of DeWitt are parents of a baby boy, Dayton Jason Pohlmann, born Dec. 6, 2011, at BryanLGH East Medical Center in Lincoln, weighing 7 pounds and 11 ounces. Grandparents are DeVern and Barb Pohlmann of DeWitt, David and Kathy Maas of Herman. Great-grandparents are Ivan and Lois Pohlmann, Don and Marlene Dorn, all of Beatrice and Virginia Maas of Fremont.