WASHOUGAL, Wash. — Max Everett Heinz, 90, of Washougal, formerly of Holdrege, Neb., died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at his home.
Private family graveside services will be in the Orleans Cemetery at Orleans, Neb.
Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.
Max was born Sept. 27, 1929, in Kearney to Herman and Edna (Pangburn) Heinz.
In 1951, he married Lillie Cottrell.
Survivors include his six children, Betty Nitsos of Portland, ore., Keith Heinz of Holdrege, Gary Heinz of Molalla, Ore., Deb Severson of Woodburn, Ore., Susan Heinz of Prineville, Ore., and Barb Dagget of Beaverton, Ore.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
KEARNEY — Mary Esther Scamehorn, 96, of Kearney, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at the Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home in Kearney.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Team in conjunction with the North Platte Honors Team.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mary was born Oct. 15, 1923, in Livingston County, Ill., to John and Teresa (Smith) Weber.
She grew up on a farm near Saunemin, Ill., with her brothers Glen, Virgil and Harold. In high school, Mary excelled in 4-H. After graduation from Saunemin High School, she attended college at Illinois State Normal, studying home economics.
Mary proudly served in the United States Navy in the WAVES during World War II. She was a pharmacist Mate and was awarded a World War II Victory Medal. She later served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
After the war, she moved to Nebraska and earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and later completed her master’s degree at Kearney State College.
On Nov. 22, 1952, Mary was united in marriage to Denver Scamehorn in Cullom, Ill. This union was blessed with three children: John, Dan and Teresa. They lived in York until 1972, when they moved to Lexington and later Elwood. Mary and Denver were married for nearly 45 years until his death in 1997.
After many years of working as an educator (including economics, general science and GED instruction), and a volleyball coach, and a food and equipment demonstrator for a gas company, Mary retired and became an avid traveler. She participated in numerous trips around the country with the Elderhostel program as she enjoyed continuing her own education. She also traveled frequently with family and friends.
Mary was very active with the local Flatwater WAVES and with the National WAVES Organizations.
After Denver’s death, Mary moved to Kearney in 1998. She found great joy in being a volunteer in the Kearney community and participated in activities at the Peterson Senior Center. She loved to spend time with her granddaughters and was a devoted member of St. James Catholic Church.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, John Scamehorn of Norman, Okla., Dan (Karin) Scamehorn of Kearney and Teresa Scamehorn of Norman, Okla.; grandchildren, Sarah and Laura Scamehorn and great-grandchildren, Ava and Olivia, all of Kearney.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Glen, Harold and Virgil Weber; and her husband, Denver Scamehorn.
Memorials are suggested to Good Samaritan Society Prairie View Gardens Staff Crisis Fund.
Condolences or personal reflections may be shared online at www.osrfh.com.
HOLDREGE — Marcella Louise “Sally” McMinamen, 91, of Holdrege died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Christian Homes Care Community at Holdrege.
Services will be 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege with Monsignor Paul Witt officiating. Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. prior to Mass. Following the traditional service, cremation will take place and a private family inurnment will be later at Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege.
Visitation will be before Mass at the church.
Sally was born Oct. 20, 1928, on the family farm south of Spalding in Greeley County, to August and Hannah (Vanderloop) Kleffner.
She married Thomas E. McMinamen on April 22, 1949. He died Oct. 25, 1999.
Survivors include her children, Mike McMinamen of Holdrege, Jack McMinamen of Henderson, Nev., Mark McMinamen of Lincoln and Kathy McMinamen of Perryville, Ark.; her sister, Annette Ackman of Greeley; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
STROMSBURG — Chad J. Brown, 45, of Stromsburg died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Stromsburg.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington with the Rev. William Ohlmann officiating.
There will be no visitation or memorial book signing, as the family is honoring Chad’s wish for cremation.
He was born Nov. 27, 1974, in Lexington to Robert H. and Judy (Petrick) Brown.
Chad married Jessica Gellinger Dec. 13, 1997, in Juanita.
Survivors include his wife, Jessica of Stromsburg; son, Blake of Stromsburg; daughters, Morgan of Modell, Iowa, and Madisen of Stromsburg; his father, Bob Brown of Lexington; brothers, Ronnie Taylor of Lincoln, Mark Brown of Gordon and Randy Taylor of Lexington; sisters, Kathy Reagan of Las Vegas, Gina Sohn of Atlanta, Ga., Sheri Maggart of Colorado and Melissa “Pete” Woodside of Lexington.