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Duane Showalter

Duane W. Showalter was born in Fairbury, Neb. on July 20, 1922 to Henry Raymond and Ellen Clymena (Wright) Showalter. He died Aug. 9, 2011 in Lincoln at the age of 89 years.

He was raised in Fairbury and then served in the United States Navy in World War II and Korean War.

He moved to Lincoln in 1946.

He worked for Minnegasco Company for over 30 years before retiring.

He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post No. 3 and a member of Bethany Christian Church.

He is survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond Roe Showalter and his wife, Jeannie of Lincoln; Con Douglas Showalter and wife, Anita of Schell, Wyo. many nieces, nephews and special friend, Connie Schwartz.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Roma G. Regler.

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Marian Garrett

Marian Alice Garrett was born Nov. 1, 1925 to Fred and Emma Kostal Psota at Odell, Neb. She died July 12, 2011 at the age of 85 years, 8 months and 11 days at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

She attended school in Odell through her sophomore year, when the family moved to a farm south of Fairbury. She graduated from Fairbury High School with the class of 1943. She then attended 1½ years of college.

After meeting at a dance in Endicott and dating for two years, she was united in marriage to Wendell Garrett at the Presbyterian Church in Steele City, on her parent's 26th wedding anniversary, Aug. 30, 1947. To this union two sons were born. She was baptized soon after at the same church.

Their first home was a two room apartment on Fifth Street in Fairbury, before moving to a larger apartment on Seventh Street, near the downtown area.

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MacKenzee Ketterman

MacKenzee L. Ketterman was born May 15, 2002 to Jamey and Kerry Everhart-Ketterman. She died Aug. 15, 2011 at Cloud County Health Center in Concordia, Kan. at the age of 9.

She was a student at Concordia Elementary School, where is just completed the second grade.

She loved music and races.

Survivors include her parents; brother, Ian; grandparents, Anita Everhart of Fairbury; Blaine (Kathy) Everhart of Beatrice, Dana Ketterman and Robert Ketterman, both of Concordia; great-grandparents, Billie Everhart of Fairbury, Dale and Margaret Wolf of Valparaiso, Paul and Adeline Cain of Gardenia, Calif.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Logan James; great-grandfathers, LeRoy Everhart and Henry Hake and great-grandmother, Mae Hake.

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Lester Miller

Fairbury, Neb. on Jan. 6, 1924 to Joseph and Mary (Koch) Miller. He died Aug. 8, 2011 at Fairbury at the age of 87 years.

He attended school at Morrowville, Kan. and graduated in 1941.

After high school, he farmed with his father north of Morrowville. He was also part owner in the Corner Café for several years.

He was on the Morrowville and North Central School Board, the Mill Creek Township Board, church cemetery board, Conservation Service Board and Area Aging board. He was an upstanding community member.

He loved playing baseball, playing until he was 36 years old. He liked to do carpentry work, hunt, dance and take family movies.

On Dec. 29, 1945, he was united in marriage to Agnes L'Ecuyer.

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Freda Anderson

Freda Perkins Anderson was born on the family farm near Haddam, Kan., on Sept. 16, 1906, the second child of Fred Byron and Martha Christina (Fahrenwald) Perkins. She died Aug. 15, 2011 at the Washington County Hospital in Washington at the age of 104. She was the oldest resident in Washington County.

In 1920, when she was in the eighth grade, the family moved to the city of Endicott.

After she graduated from high school, for the next four years she worked at the home of the local physician, Dr. Morgan.

She played the piano at the Haddam Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for 60 years.

She met the love of her life, a farmer and craftsman, Emil George Anderson. They were married Oct. 3, 1938 and they worked on a farm north of Haddam until they sold out in 1960 and moved into Haddam.

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Eunice Janssen

Eunice E. Janssen was born Nov. 30, 1919 rural Diller, Neb. to Leslie and Bertha Long Barber. She died Aug. 10, 2011 at the Delmar Gardens in O'Fallon, Mo. at the age of 91.

She attended Diller High School through the 11th grade.

She was united in marriage to John W. Janssen on March 9, 1938. They lived and farmed in the Harbine area until John began working for the Rock Island Railroad and they lived in Plymouth, Beatrice and several communities in Kansas including Mankato, Stuttgart, Phillipsburg, Prairie View, Norton and Limon, Colo.

She worked as a cook in several restaurants and worked in the school lunchroom in Phillipsburg.

They retired in 1976 and moved back to Diller.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Diller.

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Hilda Rothmeyer

Hilda H. Rothmeyer, 93, of Fairbury, Neb., formerly of Gilead, died Aug. 14, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Schroeder and husband, Jim of Hebron; grandchildren, Ryan Schroeder and wife, Nok of Seoul, South Korea, Shelly Barton and husband, Ryan of Gladstone; great-grandson, Brock Barton; brothers, Melvin Krause and wife, Josie of Concordia, Kan., Leon Krause of Byron; sister, Ruth Wit of Hebron; sister-in-law, Rose Krause and Loetta Krause, both of Hebron.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Grace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Charles Schmidt officiating. Family will greet friends Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to Grace Lutheran Church Radio Broadcast or Fairbury Cemetery Association. Burial will in the Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury.

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Floyd Sommerville

Floyd Sommerville, 89, of Fairbury, Neb., formerly of Alexandria, died Aug. 11, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Survivors include his daughters, Glorene Fitzpatrick of Cleburne, Texas, Joyce Clow of Eddy, Texas and Naomi Taylor of Algoma, Wis.; brother, Ollen Sommerville of Arlington, Texas; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services were held Aug. 16, at Price Funeral Home Chapel in Hebron with the Rev. Timothy Boatright officiating. Memorials to family's choice. Burial was in the Alexandria Public Cemetery.

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Harold Hansel

Harold William Hansel, 86, of Yakima, Wash., formerly of Lincoln, Neb., died July 31, 2011.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mae; son, Robert Hansel of Vancouver, Wash.; grandchildren, Maria (Todd) Thomas of Yakima, Lisa (Tim) Driver of Siera Madre, Calif., Rob Hansel of Fargo, N.D., Debra Hansel of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Erin and Alec Thomas; brothers, Fred (Betty) Hansel of Lincoln, Earl (Dolores) Hansel of San Diego, Calif.; nieces and nephews.

Services were held Aug. 13, at Sheridan Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers memorials to Sheridan Lutheran Church. Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, Lincoln, service.

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Fairbury FFA To Hold Picnic Sunday

The Fairbury FFA Chapter will hold the Family/Alumni Picnic on Sunday, August 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Commons.

The evening will include a brief program and an update of the FFA chapter's calendar of activities. Plus, according to instructor Dennis Kenning, this will be a good time to meet their student teacher, who will be working with the FFA members. Following the program, an FFA Alumni meeting will take place.

"We are asking 8-10 grade students to bring a salad, and 11-12 grade students to bring a dessert for the meal," Kenning said. "Table service, drink, and burgers will be furnished by the FFA Chapter."

Kenning encourages students to attend to see if they would have an intersest in FFA.

"If you are thinking about joining FFA this would be a great way to see what FFA is about. The FFA officer team hopes you can join us this Sunday."

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