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Doyle L. Dayhuff

Doyle L. Dayhuff of Fairbury, Neb., died July 25, 2011 at the age of 64 years, 11 months, and 9 days. He was born Aug. 16, 1946 in Canton, Ohio to Wilbur and Lila (Heinn) Dayhuff.

He was united in marriage to Lorraine Adams on Jan. 6, 1965. To this union two daughters were born.

He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from May 1967 to May 1970.

In May 1970 he and Lorraine returned to Fairbury and together made Fairbury their home for 41 years.

He was employed by the City of Fairbury for 38 years. He retired in 2008 and then enjoyed working at the Senior Diner as a van driver.

He enjoyed golfing, ATV-ing, camping, fishing, horses, Halloween and traveling.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairbury.

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Dean Morton

Dean Morton was born in 1923 to Glenn and Violet Morton in Haddam, Kan. where he grew up and attended schools. He died July 30, 2011 at Evergreen Terrace in Grand Rapids, Minn.

He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II.

He was married to Ila Rae Arp on Dec. 24, 1946 in Belleville.

He worked at the Farmers Union Co-op Creamery in Fairbury, Neb. until moving to Lakeville, Minn. in 1957. He worked many years at the Sears Roebuck store on Lake Street in Minneapolis for many years, retiring in 1986. Following his retirement, they moved to Grand Rapids.

Survivors include his son, Edward (Doris) Morton of Bloomington, Minn.; granddaughters, Kirsten (Randy) Morton-Aldous of Brainerd, Minn., Jacqueline (Kyle) Ballantyne of Lakeville; great-grandsons, Tyler Aldous, Harrison, Joshua, and Alec Ballantyne.

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John Wesley Kroeker

John Wesley Kroeker was born Oct. 17, 1969 in Hutchinson, Kan. to Peter and Esther Winsinger Kroeker. He died July 17, 2011 at Hopewell House in Portland, Ore. at the age of 41.

He was a member of Jansen Bible and Newton Bible Churches for many years.

His early years were spent between Kansas and Nebraska.

He graduated from Grace University in Omaha. During college, he worked for Nylus Construction building homes; then returned home to help out shortly before his father died in 1997 and worked for Mead Lumber.

In 2000, he moved to the Bahamas where he ministered at Windermere High School as a building and grounds keeper.

He married Joleen Weaver on Dec. 20, 2008 in St. Helens, Ore. at Grace Baptist Church, where they were members.

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Evelyn Mae Holtgrewe

Evelyn Mae Holtgrewe was born on Jan. 22, 1913 to John and Elizabeth (Chalupa) Houser on the family farm near Daykin. She died July 29, 2011 in Lincoln at the age of 98.

She was retired from Lincoln Public Schools were she was employed as Cafeteria Manager for several years.

She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church and Rebekah Lodge Grace #379 where she held several state offices. She was known as the church "pie lady" and her life centered around her love of music, she was active in the church choir and was choir director for several years.

She was also known for her love of quilting and noodle making.

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James Lester Ayers

James Lester Ayers was born July 25, 1956 at Washington, Kan. to Lester and Shirley Johnson Ayers. He died July 26, 2011 at the Centennial Homestead in Washington at the age of 55.

He graduated from Washington High School in 1974 and attended photography school in Wichita.

He worked pipeline construction with WRD Pipeline, in Iowa. In 1978, he joined BN Railroad and held numerous telecommunication positions including lineman, cable splicer and electronic technician. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the railroad accommodated him by assigning him to do computer work with a field engineer, assembling a data base on microwave antennas. In 1996, he moved back to Washington and continued his work in data base entry.

He enjoyed collecting coins, railroad memorabilia and following the stock market.

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Michael W. "Mick" Zabokrtsky

Michael W. "Mick" Zabokrtsky, 62, of Odell, Neb., died July 26, 2011.

Survivors include his son, Clint Zabokrtsky of Odell; daughters, Marsha Parrish and husband, Robert of Beatrice, Alysia Wiese, Wendy Briggs and husband, William, all of Red Oak, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services were held July 30 at Vance-Gerdes Funeral Home in Odell. Cremation took place. Memorials to family's choice.

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Carol R. Allen

Carol R. Allen, 88, of Fairbury, Neb., died July 29, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Services are pending at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury.

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Wayne F. Gaston

Wayne F. Gaston, 84, Fairbury, Neb., died July 29, 2011 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury.

Survivors include his wife, Idonna; son Larry Gaston and wife, Joy of Fairbury; daughter, Joyce Herz and husband, Don of Lincoln; grandchildren, Jeff Herz, Jason Herz, Chance Klasek and wife, Mary, all of Lincoln, Jennifer Wehman and husband, Rob, Jessica Herz, all of Chicago, Ill., Jacob Klasek and wife, Melissa, Michelle Paquette and husband, Jerry, all of Beatrice, Amy Badman and husband, Chris of Eagle, Kimberly Gronemeyer and husband, Jesse of DeWitt, Kari Stallbaumer and friend, Ron of Emmett, Kan., Nicole Grummert and husband, Darin of Fairbury; great-grandchildren, Braxton Badman, Tayden, Macey and Brinley Gronemeyer, Chase and Colten Stallbaumer, Andrew, Preston and Kiera Paquette, Paige and Jessa Eden, Adyson Grummert; sister-in-law, Lois Templin; and his cat, Sammy.

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Doris E. Achtemeier

Doris E. Achtemeier, 89, of Fairbury, Neb., died July 28, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Huls and husband, Roger of Sterling; sons, Fred Achtemeier and Janice Hess of Jansen, Robert Achtemeier and wife, Diana of Alliance; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury with Darlene Novotny officiating. The family will greet friends on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials to family's choice. Burial will be in the Hope Church Cemetery, Harbine. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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Local Schools Awarded Sanmann Grants

The Fairbury Civic Foundation has announced the awarding of the 2011 Sanmann grants to the following area public schools: Diller-Odell Schools-Mac Lap Top ($1,140) and Work Force GT scanner ($700); Tri-County Public School-Illustrator Session for students ($500); Meridian Public School-10 pack of TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculators ($1, 090).

Grants are awarded annually to area school, and are disbursed from the earning of the Foundation's Sanmann Fund which was established to provide supplemental funding for arts and technology in Jefferson and Thayer county schools. Schools are encouraged to apply for the grant money to be used for "extras" that would not otherwise be budgeted for.

To date the funds have been used toward projects similar to those listed above. Other projects funded in the past include distance learning and art equipment.

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