KEARNEY — Ronald L. “Ron” Russell, 84, of Kearney died Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at CHI Health Good Samaritan.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Living Faith Fellowship Church with the Revs. Joel Stark and Paul Stachura officiating. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services.
Ron was born Sept. 30, 1935, in Kearney to Fred and Mattie (Nau) Russell. He grew up in Kearney and graduated from Kearney High School in 1953.
On Aug. 21, 1954, he married M. Arlene Johnson in Kearney.
He worked and was a part owner of L&W Service Center for 38 years, then in 1992, he and his son Steve opened Russell’s Appliance and Electronics Inc. Ron’s first wife died in 2009, and he later married Gerry Leibee in 2011.
He served as vice president of the Kearney Jaycees, was on the board of directors for the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce and was president of Kearney Country Club.
Ron was a longtime member of First Christian Church in Kearney, which became the Living Faith Fellowship Church, and served as board chairman for three years, treasurer for 17 years and was a deacon and elder for 25 years. He served on the Kearney Planning Commission for 18 years, was on the board of directors for the National Appliance Dealers and Great Plains Region board of directors. He helped build the American Legion Baseball program.
He is survived by his wife, Gerry of Kearney; son, Steve Russell and wife Stacey of Kearney; grandchildren, Tayler Russell and Asa Broadfoot and husband Austin, all of Kearney, and Lainey Russell of Omaha; great-grandchildren, Maddox and Hayden Broadfoot; and brothers, Dennis Russell and wife Trudy of Kearney and Randy Russell and wife Ronda of Hastings.
In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Deanne Svoboda.
Memorials are suggested to the Kearney Community Foundation.
KEARNEY — Jack A. Karraker, 84, of Kearney died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Brookdale Kearney Northridge.
Celebration of life services will be in the spring with graveside services in Abilene, Kan.
Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney is in charge of arrangements.
Jack was born on April 3, 1935, to Don and Beulah (Ashford) Karraker in St. Louis. The family moved to Abilene shortly after Jack was born. He grew up in the Abilene area with his older brother Donnie and younger brother Henry. He attended Abilene High School and graduated in 1953.
Jack earned a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State College and then a master’s degree from the University of Idaho. He began his teaching career at Great Bend, Kan., where he taught for five years. He then moved to Kearney where at the age of 26 he became the head of the Art and Art History Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a position he held for the next 32 years.
During his time at UNK, he increased the Art Department to 15 full-time and nine part-time faculty members and also added four new art degree programs. Jack retired in 2004 after a 43-year career at UNK. Through it all, Jack continued to create his own works of art.
Jack married Stephanie Coggins on June 6, 1966, in Kearney. She passed away in March 2007.
Jack will be fondly remembered as an artist, educator and museum founder. He was one of three men who founded the Museum of Nebraska Art. He was honored to serve as a board member at MONA for a number of years. Jack enjoyed reading, art, theater, musical performances, cultural activities and travel.
Surviving relatives include his stepdaughter, Kathy Brewer Smith of Ames, Iowa; stepgrandson, Casey Smith of Des Moines, Iowa; brother, Henry Karraker and his wife, Bonnie, of Abilene; niece and nephews, Ricki Elliott and husband Jeff, Devin Karraker and wife Barbara, and Neal Karraker, all of Abilene; eight grandnieces and grandnephews; eight great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews; many special friends; and his wonderful caretakers, Tammey and Gene Frick of Kearney.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Stephanie Karraker; brother, Don Karraker; and niece, Carri Karraker
Memorials are suggested to the Museum of Nebraska Art.
BERTRAND — Katherine Joan “Kathy” Dahlgren Cash, 68, of Kearney died Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at the Bertrand Nursing Home.
Celebration of life services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney with the Rev. Kenton Birtell officiating.
She passed away surrounded by loving family and friends.
Kathy was born on Christmas Eve, 1950, in Kearney, the first child of Wilbur C. Dahlgren and Joan (Anders). She was raised on a farm just north of Funk and graduated from Axtell Community School in 1969.
Kathy met Peter Janelli III at the Buggy Bath car wash in Holdrege in 1968, and the following summer, they were united in marriage on July 27, 1969, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, in Holdrege. Upon this marriage, Kathy gained a loving son, Peter Janelli IV, and later, the couple was blessed with two daughters, Janet Katherine Janelli and Jenon Roseanne Janelli.
In 1979, Kathy was blessed with six stepchildren, Jerry Cash, Nick Cash, Ronnie Cash Harding, Bill Cash and Darrin Cash, whom she loved dearly. They lived on an island on the Platte River. In 1983, they moved to Heartwell, where Kathy made many lifetime friendships. She later moved to Kearney in 1995, where she gained many more lifetime friendships, and “adopted” children, Mike Mehaffey and Tiffany Devitt.
Kathy was fiercely loyal to her family — her children, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and friends, whom she considered as, and were, family to her.
Kathy welcomed children into her home through daycare, neighbors and friends for years, and many of those children still hold a special place in their hearts for her. She loved board and card games and entertained many a friend and family member at her table. Her sense of humor and fun, loving spirit will be missed by many.
Kathy was an avid reader and writer, she published a volume of Prairie Poems through the Phelps County Museum, and most notably, her poem “Farmer” was cataloged in the Library of Congress.
Kathy is survived by her grandchildren, Tylar Jenon Epp and Cale Johnson of Kearney and Payton Janelli of Kearney; sister, Rosanna (Bryan) Meyer of Bertrand; brothers, Richard Dahlgren and wife Jill of Axtell and Frank Dahlgren of Funk; and baby sister, Joey (Robert) Kugler of Bertrand. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins and one aunt and one uncle.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Jonah Meyer.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Bertrand Nursing Home. They can be reached at 308-472-3341.
RAVENNA — Ruth Ostendorf, 89, of Ravenna, formerly of Kearney, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at Good Samaritan Home in Ravenna.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney with the Rev. Dean Pofahl will officiate. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home.
Ruth was born May 28, 1930, in Omaha to Rueben and Gertrude (Weliever) England. The family later moved to Kearney where Ruth attended school and was a member of the Kearney High School class of 1947.
On Oct. 24, 1953, Ruth was united in marriage to Donald Ostendorf at the First United Methodist Church in Kearney.
She was employed by Kearney Public Schools as an aide and later as an administrative assistant. In 1981, Ruth attended LPN school, graduating in 1982. She then worked at Good Samaritan Hospital until 1990.
Ruth was a longtime member of the Benevolent Patriotic Order of DOES, serving as president in 1976.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Donald Ostendorf of Kearney; children, Patricia Gray of Denver, Dorothy (Gene) Synovec of Western, Danny (Connie) Ostendorf of Gibbon and Rebecca (Mark) Wright of Grand Island; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Brian E. Barthel, 56, of Laramie, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died of a heart attack Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
Graveside services will be later. He chose cremation.
Brian was born on Aug. 2, 1963, to Stan and Carolyn (Harley) Barthel in Ord, Neb.
Brian attended a rural school in northern Garfield County. He so much enjoyed the livestock, haying and all that goes with ranch work. Brian broke, trained and showed horses.
Brian graduated from Kearney High School in 1981 and was enrolled in college at Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie that same year.
He was a diesel graduate in December 1981 and received special recognition for perfect attendance being a class leader and one of five graduates from the class of 1970 to be named to the Directors Honor List.
After graduation from the W.T.I. in diesel, he worked at South Central Diesel in Holdrege, Neb.; Diesel Injection Service of Texas, located in Dallas; Kearney Ag and Auto in Kearney; and Teton Motors in Jackson, Wyo.
In 1995, Brian accepted an instructor position at Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie. He so much enjoyed teaching the students.
In 1996, Brian was promoted to assistant automotive department coordinator and later, assistant director of education and diesel department coordinator.
WTI changed hands and many changes were made. Brian, as well as much of the staff, was released. He was employed at WTI for 19 years. Brian worked at various jobs in Laramie the last few years.
Brian spent many hours working on cars in his garage. Brian was an expert carpenter. He also spent much time gardening in his yard. Brian flew his drone taking pictures for a real estate company.
Brian and Ann traveled many times back to Nebraska for his granddaughters’ birthday parties and for holidays.
Brian and Betty Dickinson were married in 1986. They were blessed with two children, Stephanie and Johnathon. This marriage ended in divorce. In 1999, Brian and Vicki Leonhardt were married and blessed with a daughter, Nicole. Their marriage ended in divorce.
Brian leaves behind his parents, Stan (Carlene) Barthel of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Carolyn (John) Less of St. Libory, Neb.; fiancee, Ann Burnett of Laramie; two daughters, Stephanie Barthel of Hastings, Neb., and significant other Derrick Epley of Wood River, Neb., and Nicole Barthel of Laramie; one son, Johnathon Barthel of Idaho; three granddaughters, Taylor, Makenna and Katherine of Hastings; one brother, Kalin (Tammy) Barthel of Farmers Branch, Texas; half-brother, Tyler (Laura) Barthel of Arizona; stepsister, Kindra Baler of Arizona; nephew, Scott (Brandy) and daughter Belle Barthel of Dallas; and a host of relatives and friends.
Brian was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Iva (Boetcher) Barthel and Paul and Letha (Isaacson) Harley; uncles, Eldon Harley and Eugene Barthel; and aunts, Carolyn Mullins, Phyllis Keller and Virginia Phillips.
DENVER — Julie Ann Hesting, 72, of Denver, formerly of Minden, Neb., died Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in Denver.
Graveside services were Saturday at Minden Cemetery with the Rev. Sharon Rees officiating.
Craig Funeral Home in Minden was in charge of arrangements.
She was born Aug. 20, 1947, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Eugene R. and Betty (Rogers) Craig.
On May 28, 1988, she married George C. Hesting in Lakewood, Colo.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Clint C. Tyler and Timothy B. Hesting, both of Denver; daughters, Angela J. Bruckner of Lakewood and Amy B. Elliott of Hesston, Kan.; stepdaughter, Amy Jo Anderson of Derby, Kan.; stepson, John Paul Hesting of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brothers, James Craig of Minden, and Thomas Craig of Arvada; and eight grandchildren.
KEARNEY — Bernadine M. Sullivan, 94, of Kearney, formerly of Eddyville, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at Kearney Regional Medical Center.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with the Revs. Matt Koperski, Paul Colling and Ken Hutson officiating. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery near Eddyville.
Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington followed by a wake service.
She was born Jan. 11, 1925, to Loren and Ida Mae (Gross) Kaupp in Callaway. As a young girl, she and her parents moved several places and she attended grade school in Cozad, Overton and Odessa. She attended school in Amherst, graduating with the class of 1942.
She was united in marriage to Howard Rhode and two children were blessed to this union: Gary and JoAnn. Howard preceded her in death in 1950. She found love again and was married on Feb. 19, 1955, to Arthur Sullivan. They were blessed with one daughter, Patricia.
Bernadine and Art raised their children and farmed near Eddyville just southwest of town. They moved to town in 2000. Arthur preceded her in death in 2001. She would continue to live in Eddyville until moving to Kearney in 2018 where she resided until her passing.
Bernadine was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for many years before it closed and then became a member at St. John Capistran Church in Amherst. She stayed very active in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was part of the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Eddyville American Legion Auxiliary for 45-plus years, the Eddyville Homemaker’s Club, the Faith Circle of the United Methodist Women in Eddyville, and was a 4-H leader for many years.
She enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, making jelly, playing cards, she wrote for the Beacon and everyone enjoyed Bernie’s Bits, mowing her own yard, chauffeuring friends to appointments long after she was 90. She entered numerous items at the county fair every year. She loved attending her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s activities.
Survivors include her children, Gary (Brenda) Rohde of Eddyville, JoAnn Johnson of Kearney and Patricia (Rick) Bowie of Miller; seven grandchildren, Jackie (Brad) Eickhoff of Columbus, John (Kresha) Rohde of Eddyville, Jori (Aaron) Newell of Eagle, Jerred (Amy) Johnson of Kearney, Dustin (Karla) Rohde of Kearney, Stephanie (Josh) Meier of Elm Creek and Christopher (Tierra) Bowie of Miller; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and Mitzy, her cat that was a wonderful companion.
Bernadine was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Howard in 1950 and Arthur in 2001; and a son-in-law, Jim Johnson in 2019.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Eddyville Community Center, Eddyville American Legion Auxiliary or the donor’s choice.