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  • Larry Dale Halstead

    Dec 21, 2023

    Larry Dale Halstead, 70, of Johnstown Colorado, passed away on December 17, 2023. He was born on January 9, 1953 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and graduated from Kimball High School in 1971. He went on to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1971-1975 as a GMG3 Gunners Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class and earned a Bronze Star among other commendations while serving in Vietnam. Larry, or "Echo" as he was known by so many, worked in the oilfields upon exiting the military and spent 5 years at Evertson Well...

  • Linda Rae Pahl Buono

    Dec 21, 2023

    Linda Rae Pahl Buono 70, died December 9, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. Linda was born near Kansas City, Missouri. And at 1 month of age was adopted by Robert and Dorothy Pahl of Banner County, Nebraska. Linda graduated from Banner County High School (Harrisburg High) in 1971 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She made her home in Phoenix, graduated with a degree in dental hygiene from Phoenix University, and was employed as a dental hygienist for a number of years. She married John Buono and together had 2 daughters, Sarah and Alysha. Linda was...

  • Arleen Sakelaris

    Dec 21, 2023

    It is with great sadness that her loving family shares that Arleen Sakelaris passed away November 23rd, 2023, in Albuquerque, NM, after an illness at the age of 84. Arleen was born August 27th, 1939, at New Ulm, Minn. She and her family moved to South Dakota in 1944, where she and her family worked and lived on a ranch. In 1957, she attended West Nebraska General Hospital School of Nursing. Throughout her 40+ year career as a nurse, Arleen put others first. During her career, she worked in all...

  • Harold E. Weisbrook

    Dec 21, 2023

    Harold E. Weisbrook, 95, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Friday, December 15, 2023. Harold Emil Weisbrook was born in Fort Morgan, Colorado on September 30, 1928. He began his journey amidst the vast landscape of northeast Colorado. In his early years he was dedicated to his family's farm, cultivating a connection with the land, a dedication that would follow him throughout his life. In 1951, duty called, leading Harold to enlist in the Army. However, fate intervened when his...

  • Johnadean Jo Petersen

    Dec 14, 2023

    Johnadean Jo Petersen, 70, of North Platte, lost her last life challenge surrounded by her family at her home as she peacefully departed this life. She was born December 12, 1952 to John and Verla (Sharp) Bohac in Kimball, Nebraska. Johnadean grew up in Kimball and graduated from Kimball High School with the class of 1972. After high school she worked as a secretary and bartender at night. Johnadean met Bruce Petersen and the couple then married on June 25, 1977 in Kimball. The couple moved to...

  • Raymona Williams

    Dec 14, 2023

    Raymona R. Williams, age 87, of Dix, Nebraska, passed away December 8, 2023 at The Residency in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Her graveside service will be held at the West Lawn Cemetery on Friday, December 15, 2023 at 2 p.m. Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.geringchapel.com. Gering Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with services. Raymona was born in Taylor, Nebraska, in Loup County on May 12, 1936, to Raymond and Phoebe Rittenhouse. She received her early education in Gering,...

  • Lyle B. Huffman

    Dec 7, 2023

    Lyle B. Huffman, 61, of Banner County, Nebraska, passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Anschutz Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Lyle was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in early 2021. He recently fought a courageous battle against the West Nile virus. A funeral service was at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at Monument Bible Church located at 4124 Ave. I, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2023, at Revere...

  • LeaAnne Christiansen

    Dec 7, 2023

    LeaAnne Christiansen, 85, died December 3, 2023 in Green River, Wyoming where she moved earlier this year to be closer to family. LeaAnne was born September 19, 1938 in Butte, Montana to William and Ruth Curtis. She was raised in Sheridan and Buffalo, Wyoming graduating from Buffalo High School in 1956.  She attended the University of Wyoming where she met Alex "Jim" Christiansen. They were married on June 29, 1957 in Buffalo and made their home on the family farm in Kimball County, Nebraska....

  • DEATH NOTICE

    Nov 30, 2023

    Charles Dean Smith died Nov. 14, 2023, in Kimball, Nebraska. He was born in Kimball on Oct. 28, 1968. Services are being planned for 3 p.m. Dec. 17 in Kimball. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be at Bushnell Cemetery. A complete obituary will be provided later....

  • Karen K. Herboldsheimer

    Nov 16, 2023

    Karen K. Herboldsheimer, age 81, of Potter, NE, passed away in Potter on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, NE with Pastor Warren Cico officiating. Burial followed at Potter Cemetery in Potter, NE. Services were livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Friends visited at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday from 1-6:00 P.M. with...

  • Lois Edith Maas

    Nov 16, 2023

    Lois Edith Maas, of Sidney, NE, passed away in Sidney on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. She blessed her family and friends with her love, compassion, and kindness for 86 years. She peacefully passed away from this earth surrounded by her loving family and gloriously entered into heaven. Funeral services were held at 2:30 P.M. on Monday, November 13, 2023, at the Sidney Evangelical Free Church with Pastors Kyle Larson and Doug Birky officiating. Burial followed at Potter Cemetery in Potter, NE....

  • Grace Martha Yung

    Nov 2, 2023

    Grace Yung of Yuma, Arizona, died peacefully October 22, 2023, at River Valley Estates in Yuma, Arizona.  Grace was born on February 16, 1930, in Evans, Colorado to Orval and Martha Armintrout. She married Carl Yung of Kimball, Nebraska on September 17, 1947. They made their home in Scottsbluff, Nebraska where they raised five boys. She enjoyed playing the piano and harmonicas. Grace was a porcelain painter and instructor.  She had a passion for sewing and made many of her own clothes. She...

  • Roy W. Ingram

    Nov 2, 2023

    Roy W. Ingram, 75, of Kimball, NE passed away in Cheyenne, WY on October 27, 2023. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 1st from 3 pm - 7 pm at Cantrell Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited at 10:30 AM on Thursday, November 2nd. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM following the Rosary at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball, NE with Father Gerald Harr officiating. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Stratton, Colorado on November 3rd at 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider...

  • Janet Marie Rundell

    Oct 26, 2023

    Janet Marie Rundell, 74, of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, passed away October 18, 2023 at her home. She is survived by her husband, Eligah; sons, Chris (Carmen) Rundell and Family, and Jeff (Sherry) Rundell and family; brothers, John (Sue) Craig and Family, Brian (Tammy) Craig; sister, Melissa Craig; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Janet was a great lover of spring and the birth and rebirth of all small things, especially animals and flowers. Memorial services will be at the Albin Community...

  • James Dee 'JD' Vencill

    Oct 26, 2023

    James Dee “JD” Vencill, age 88 of Vernal, of Vernal passed on Sunday September 17, 2023 at his home with his family by his side. JD was born on February 9, 1935 in Kimball, Nebraska, where he was raised. He graduated from Kimball High School in 1953. After graduation he worked in the petroleum industry for his entire career. JD was a great family man and loving father. He married Dorothy Ann Kellner on July 31, 1955. They were blessed with 3 children together, including Christie Renae who passed away in infancy. JD was a social, active man...

  • James Vogler

    Oct 26, 2023

    James Vogler, a beloved and respected member of the community, passed away on October 14, 2023, in Cheyenne, WY. He was born on April 13, 1928, in Kansas City, MO and adopted by Shirl and Bertha Vogler at a few weeks old. James, or Jim as he was affectionately known, spent his life serving his country, ambitiously pursuing various ventures, and cherishing his loved ones. Jim's life journey began when he joined the United States Navy as an officer. He dedicated himself to the service of his...

  • Donald Kendall Atkins

    Oct 19, 2023

    Donald Kendall Atkins, 89, passed away on October 15, 2023 at Kimball Health Services, in Kimball, NE. Kendall was born October 21, 1933 to Vernon and Virginia (Stearley) Atkins of Kimball, the oldest of four children. The family farmed north of Dix, but moved to Kimball to provide access to schooling for the children, living first on Washington Street prior to purchasing Brookside Farm north of Kimball in 1947. Kendall graduated from Kimball County High School in 1951, and then attended the...

  • Lenette Cecille Nelson Schwinn

    Oct 19, 2023

    Lenette Cecille Nelson Schwinn of Lakewood, Colorado passed peacefully at home on Sunday, October 1, 2023, after living bravely with breast cancer for twelve years. A celebration of her life will be Saturday, October 28th, 2:00PM MDT, at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 West 20th, Lakewood Colorado. Live streaming will be available at SOTH.net. Lenette was born on August 27, 1953 in Kimball, Nebraska to Leonard and Laura (Sutherland) Nelson. She was raised on the Bar J Lazy V...

  • Arthur E. Vigil

    Oct 12, 2023

    Arthur E. Vigil, 85, of Kimball, died at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center on Saturday, October 7, 2023. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father C.P. Varghese officiating. The Rosary Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from noon until 4:00 p.m. Friends may also visit...

  • Rowena Shipman

    Oct 12, 2023

    Rowena Shipman, 96, of Gering and formerly of Banner County and Bushnell, died peacefully in the the Scottsbluff Regional West Hospital, September 28. Her daughter, Sherry, and her son, Joe, were at her side. A memorial service will be held at the Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home, Scottsbluff, November 4, at 1:00 p.m. A cremation has been held. Charitable donations can be made to the Banner County Museum....

  • Jo Ann 'Jody' Hardin

    Sep 28, 2023

    Jo Ann "Jody" Hardin, age 70, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at the Kimball Manor. Cremation has been held and Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m.. on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at the Kimball Cemetery with Pastor Lorri Kentner officiating. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Jody's Tribute Wall and leave stories and condolences for the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to the Families Choice. The services for Jody have been...

  • Dewayne 'Dewey' McCloud

    Sep 21, 2023

    Dewayne “Dewey” McCloud, 60, of Kimball, passed away unexpectedly in Kimball on Thursday, September 7, 2023. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, September 22, 2023, at the Cantrell Funeral Home with Pastor Tyson Lambertson officiating. The family asks everyone to wear Husker Red in honor of Dewey’s love of Nebraska Football. A lunch will follow the service at the Eagles. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may call the funeral...

  • Jeannette E. Hayden

    Sep 21, 2023

    Jeannette E. Hayden, 100, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2023 at the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball with Pastor Randy Bohac officiating. Burial followed in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends called at the funeral home on Sunday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friends can also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials...

  • Lyle E. Hilkemeier

    Sep 21, 2023

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lyle E. Hilkemeier (age 84) on September 1, 2023. Yet it is with happy souls to know he is reunited with his wife, Anita, in Heaven with the Lord. Lyle was born on June 3, 1939 to Fred W. Hilkemeier and Dorothy (Schroder) Hilkemeier in Stuart, NE. He served in the Marine Corps prior to marrying Anita Jackson on March 3, 1963 in Kimball, NE. He is survived by their 3 sons: Lesten (Jennifer), Larry, Lonnie (Teresa) and his sister Margery Higd...

  • Peter Vadal Anderson

    Sep 14, 2023

    Peter Vadal Anderson passed away from complications of West Nile Virus on September 2, 2023. Pete was born April 15th 1949 to Robert (Bob) Anderson and Rose Marie Anderson in Casper, Wyoming. He was the oldest of 4 children, living in Gering for a short while and then Kimball, NE, where he attended school and graduated in 1967. He attended college in Kearney, NE, then started working for Ryder Truck Rental in Omaha. While living there, he got set up on a blind date and met Karen. They dated for...

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