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Linda Ann Hutchison

Linda Ann Hutchison was born December 22, 1954, to Carl Cox Young and Vietta Vina (Bayliss) Young, the last of six children in Martin, S.D., where she attended school. She grew up on the family farm southeast of town.

On August 19, 1972, she married Randy Hutchison, starting their new life together in Gordon, Neb., where their son Chad James was born. About a year later the family bought a house and moved to Merriman, Neb., for employment. During the winter months, they played volleyball at the grade school gym with other Merriman residents, on Sunday afternoons was women’s volleyball in Martin. When Chad was older, they could be seen at one of the many small lakes around the area fishing most of the summer, and after school with anyone else that enjoyed fishing. During the summer months Linda also played fast pitch softball and helped coach kids’ softball.

In the mid-80s she began a taxidermy business at her home for many of the hunters and fisherman in the area, and she also enjoyed photography.

In the spring of ‘91 they moved to Lusk, Wyo., and in December of ‘92 she retired from taxidermy after being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. The tumor was removed and Linda took radiation treatments that winter. The rest of her life she still enjoyed family, camping, fishing, hunting and traveling. When the grandsons were older, they would also travel with them. After Randy’s retirement they started moving back to their home in Merriman.

The last year they were able to attend both of their grandson’s weddings. In March she was diagnosed with cancer again and received treatment until mid-October. She became a great-grandma on November 30 and was able to view many photos of him before the angels came for her on December 3.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Donald and Carlyle.

She is survived by her husband Randy of Merriman, Neb., son Chad of Roca, Neb., grandsons Hunter (Brook) of Lisbon, Iowa, Ruger (Ashley) and great grandson Remington John of Stanwood, Iowa, her brother Terry (Devra) Young of Douglas, Wyo., Dean (Evy) Young of Fernley, Nev., and sister Nancy (Steve) Neuharth of Martin, S.D.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established for the Merriman Ambulance Service, and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.

Linda wished for everyone to keep in your heart family and friends, and take a moment occasionally to rest your soul, close your eyes, and enjoy your memories.


Bernita Belle Dahlgren

Bernita Belle Dahlgren Safe was born November 17, 1934, in Merriman, Neb., to Leigh and Belle Dahlgren. She died at her home in Denver, Colo., on November 14, 2019.

Bernita graduated from Merriman High School in 1952 and married Lawrence (Bud) A. Goodwin, December 18, 1953. Two children were born, Carolyn (Candy) J., and Darrell A. Goodwin. They were divorced March 2, 1961. In 1966 she secured a position with the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons and FCI, located in Englewood, Colo., and relocated her family to Denver. Shortly after the move she met Kenneth W. Safe, and they were married on June 8, 1968. He adopted both children in August of 1969. She served in the capacity of Personnel Management Specialist for 20 years and retired June 6, 1986.

After retiring, Bernita stayed very active for many years as a volunteer at the University Hills Baptist Church Food Bank until its closure. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lone Willow Chapter. Some of the things she enjoyed most were dancing, sewing, bowling, and she took pride in her yard and flower beds.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn (Candy) J. Scheuerell, Denver; granddaughter, Lanette (Shawn) Young, Strasburg, Colo.; grandson, Jay (Myriah) Vandre, Aurora, Colo.; two great-grandchildren, Codi Young and Maya Vandre; brother, Jack Dahlgren, Valentine, Neb.; two sisters, Laveta Edwards, Gordon, and Oleta Skinner, Merriman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth W. Safe; son, Darrell A. Safe; parents, Leigh and Belle Dahlgren; and brother, Arthur J. Dahlgren.

Celebration of Life services will be held at the American Legion Post #1, on Saturday, December 14, 2019, in Denver. Graveside services will be held at Gordon Cemetery at a later date.


Shannon LaRene (Mann) Hoffman

Shannon LaRene (Mann) Hoffman, 75 was born January 8, 1944. She died November 26, 2019, at Crest View Care Center in Chadron, Nebraska, where she spent her younger years on the family farm South of Chadron.

Her parents were Thomas E. and Evelyn Ruth (Walcott) Mann. Grandparents were Edwin and Edna Mann, and Edward and Katherine Walcott. All great grandparents settled in Dawes County.

Shannon attended 11 years of school at Chadron Prep, then graduated from Chadron High School in 1954. She attended Chadron State College and finished her college years at Bringham Young University. She worked at the Harold B. Lee Library in Utah until she retired. She moved to Rushville, Nebraska, and worked for the Rushville Public Library from 1997 until 1999.

She married Richard Wallman and Mel Garret. Both these marriages ended in divorce. On April 4, 1990, she married James Casper Hoffman. She lived five happy years with Jim, until ill health took his life.

Shannon was preceded in death by husband James Hoffman, Jr., her parents, and a brother, Charles E. Mann.

Surviving is a daughter Trixie and husband Tom Waller of Monahans, Texas. Grandsons Michael Brunage and Tyler Wills and wife Marina, and great granddaughter Graceland, two sisters Mary Frances and Larry Waldron of Rushville and Katherine Galey of Chadron, along with nieces and nephews. Special mention is given to Robert and Rachel Galey, who spent many hours giving Shannon care.

A service of remembrance will be held Friday, December 6, 2019, at Chamberlain Chapel at 10:00 a.m. in Chadron, Nebraska. A memorial has been established and donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron NE 69337.


Winfred Elaine Rhodes

Winfred Elaine Rhodes of Merriman passed away on November 29, 2019, in Morganton, North Carolina. She was born to Richard and Evelyn Scherbarth of Hay Springs, Neb., and graduated from Hay Springs High School.

Winfred was married to Alvin Rhodes, former owners of Rhodes grocery stores in Hay Springs and Merriman, Neb. No funeral is planned at this time due to short illness, a Memorial of Life will be scheduled in Merriman later in the spring.

She was preceded in death by husband, Alvin Rhodes. They have one daughter, Carolyn Richardson, and two grandchildren of Morganton. She is survived by her brothers Warren and Allen Scherbarth of Hay Springs, and sisters Janice Main and Emily Hunter.


Winfred Elaine Rhodes

Winfred Elaine Rhodes of Merriman passed away on November 29, 2019, in Morganton, North Carolina. She was born to Richard and Evelyn Scherbarth of Hay Springs, Neb., and graduated from Hay Springs High School.

Winfred was married to Alvin Rhodes, former owners of Rhodes grocery stores in Hay Springs and Merriman, Neb. No funeral is planned at this time due to short illness, a Memorial of Life will be scheduled in Merriman later in the spring.

She was preceded in death by husband, Alvin Rhodes. They have one daughter, Carolyn Richardson, and two grandchildren of Morganton. She is survived by her brothers Warren and Allen Scherbarth of Hay Springs, and sisters Janice Main and Emily Hunter.


Jerry Winfield Burleigh

Jerry Winfield Burleigh, son of the late Louis and Gertrude Burleigh, was born February 5, 1938, in Gordon, Nebraska, and passed away November 23, 2019, at the age of 81 years and nine months.

As a young boy, Jerry loved to follow his father and brother around on the farm that he grew up on, southwest of Gordon. Jerry attended elementary school at Meadow Vale Country School and graduated from Gordon High School.

Following graduation, Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he met and formed good friendships with other army buddies. Jerry served time in Frankfurt Germany. He and some of the other serviceman traveled as they were able. After discharge, Jerry returned to the farm west of Gordon where his parents lived.

On June 17, 1959, Jerry and Barbara Hanks were married at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Jerry and Barbara were blessed with three children, Debra, Rick and Steven. The family enjoyed working and living on the farm, going camping and fishing, working with 4-H and church, attending their children’s events, and traveling.

Jerry served on various boards in the county. Jerry especially enjoyed the frequent coffee guests that would stop for a chat and whatever funny or encouraging words of wisdom that Jerry might have for the day.

Preceding Jerry in death were his parents, Gertrude and Louis Burleigh, sisters – Rowena Burleigh, Virginia Jacobson and husband Myron, Eileen Beutler and husband Terry, and brother Darwin Burleigh and wife Elaine.

Jerry will be missed by his wife Barbara of sixty years; daughter Debra Kolman and husband Larry; sons Rick Burleigh and wife Joanie, and Steve Burleigh and wife Mary. As well as seven grandchildren: Dustin Burleigh, Jonathan, Amanda and Ryan Kolman, Jessica Metzger and husband Kaleb, Nicole Lanum and husband Justin, Allison Madsen and husband Mac; and  great-granddaughters  Klyie and Adlee Metzger.

Jerry was so proud of all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as all of his nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 29, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Gordon, Nebraska, with Pastor Travis Sherman officiating. Burial will be in the Gordon Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for the Gordon  Volunteer Rescue Unit or for C.A.R.E. and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.


Lawrence William Rambo

Lawrence William Rambo was born December 27, 1955, in Adrian, Mich., to William H. Rambo and Lucille A. (Mitchell) Rambo-Rawson.

He graduated from Gordon High School, Gordon, Neb., in 1974.  He did two tours of duty with the United States Air Force.  He drove an 18-wheeler for Black Hills Packing, Co. for several years, after which he attended Black Hills Vo-Tech, graduating top in his class for boat mechanic.  He then attended school for Mercury Motors and graduated Master Mechanic.

The last several years, he spent his time doing all the things he loved:  hunting, fishing, and prospecting for gold.  He was also an avid camper, loved reading, and spending time at the senior center in Lead, S.D., with his many friends.

Lawrence passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. 

He is survived by his mother, Lucille A. Rambo-Rawson of Gordon, Neb.; daughter, Charlene (Rambo) and Lee Dalious, Houston, Del.; siblings, Terry and Penny Rambo, Glennyce (Rambo) and Dennis Nelson, James and Tonya Rambo; step-sister, Natalie Braden: step-brother, Glenn Braden; and granddaughters, Brandi and Brie; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Reverend William H. Rambo of Castleton, Vt.. 

A private family burial was held Saturday, November 9, 2019.

Donations can be made in his name to D. A.V. of Rapid City or the Lead Senior Center.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Barbara “Bobbie” Ross

Bobbie Ross passed away at home on November 13, 2019.  Bobbie was born in Chadron on March 29, 1931, to Floyd and Matilda (Norman) Nance.  Bobbie grew up in Crawford and graduated from Colorado Women’s College in Denver and the University of WY, then taught school in Crawford before marrying her childhood sweetheart, Bob Ross, on July 25, 1953, in Honolulu.

After Bob’s Navy service in Hawaii and Oregon, they returned to Nebraska to raise a family.  Over the years, Bobbie served on the Chadron State Foundation Board and was active with Friends of the Library.  Her greatest joy was found on the golf course, where she was a local and regional champion, and was proud of her hole-in-one at Ridgeview Country Club.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and most recently, her great grandchildren. 

Bobbie is survived by her children Polly (Keith) Livingston of Longmont, Colo.; Patti (Ed) Porras of Chadron; Paige (Russ) Ballinger of Rapid City, S.D.; Doug Ross of Flagstaff, Ariz.; former son-in-law, Jack Nemeth of Chadron; grandchildren Mackenzie Nemeth (Jeromy) Suko, Riley (Krista) Nemeth, Bailey Ballinger, Bobbi Ballinger (Adrian) Rodriguez, Abbie Ballinger (Sean) Hicks, Dylan Ross, and Nathan Ross; and great grandchildren Peter Sales, Ezra and Briar Rodriguez, Shayne and Harley Hicks; and sister Norma Reed.  She was preceded in death by husband Bob, infant daughter, Cynthia, and her parents.

At her request, no services are planned.  Donations can be made to either Friends of the Library or the ALS Foundation in care of Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.  Online condolences can be made at


Richard “Dick” C. Ziegler

Having lived the fullest life with many great accomplishments, Richard “Dick” Ziegler crossed over from this earth on Saturday, October 12, 2019, in Crete, Nebraska, at the age of 85.

Richard Christian Ziegler was born July 29, 1934, in Rushville, Nebraska, to Gladys Geraldine Ziegler (nee Moore) and Leo Drennan. He was adopted by his maternal grandparents, Christian C. and Nettie Ziegler October 25, 1938. 

Dick was reared in Rushville by his loving parents, Chris and Nettie, and graduated from Rushville High School in 1952. He entered the U. S. Air Force August 8, 1952, and was discharged August 4, 1956 after serving in California, Colorado and Texas, as well as nearly three years at Burtonwood R.A.F. Station near Warrington, England.

Dick attended Chadron State College beginning in 1957 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 1960, followed by his Master of Science degree in 1968 and his Specialist in Education degree in 1988, also from Chadron State College. 

He had a colorful career from dealing craps at The Mint and Aladdin casinos in Las Vegas to owning and operating The Sheridan County Star in Rushville, which he said was the best job he had and sorely hated to leave it. Dick spent the majority of his career in education and was a teacher in Morrill and Hyannis, Principal of Rushville Jr/Sr High School and Superintendent of Schools in Clarks and Burwell until his retirement. He enjoyed retirement in Friend, where Ruth continued as a teacher. He’s well known for his long walks which turns out were actually long talks.

Dick always said the greatest day of his life was December 1, 1972, when he was married to Ruth Ann Kearns of Rushville. He infamously claimed to be an Outlaw, never an Inlaw, and loved the extended Kearns family dearly. Unto this union were born three wonderful children, Wade Christian, Rachel Christine and Kristin Michelle. All survive, including Wade’s wife Christine and their sons Logan and Mitchell. Rachel’s two sons, Brayden, and Jake, Kristin’s husband Pete and their daughter Zoe. Dick is also survived by a half brother, Sam Morgan of Florida along with many nieces and nephews.

Organizations to which Dick had belonged include the Rushville Junior Chamber of Commerce, Elks, Rotary, Nebraska Council of School Administrators and the Nebraska Association of Retired School Administrators. He joined the American Legion in 1956 and later served two years as Post Adjutant and one year each as Finance Officer and First Vice Commander, and was a member of the Henry Davis Post #161 Color Guard for twenty-five years. He was elected to the Rushville City Council three times for a total of nine years. He was an avid hunter, woodworker, enjoyed photography and tolerated fishing from time to time. 

Dick’s ashes will be interred at Rushville’s Fairview Cemetery. (He always wondered in whose opinion there was a “fair view.”)

The family is eternally grateful to the wonderful nurses and staff at Tabitha in Crete where Dick spent his final days. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family to be shared with organizations dear to Dick’s heart. 

A Memorial Service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Friend with Msgr. Adrian Herbeck officiating. A Rosary was also conducted prior to the service on Monday at 10:30 a.m. Judy Kohout served as the Lector. Alphie Manalili was the organist and accompanied the congregation as they sang “Be Not Afraid”, “Prayer of St. Francis”, “Here I Am Lord” and “Amazing Grace”. Offertory Gifts were presented by Pete, Kristin and Zoe Becker. Memorials are directed in care of the family for later designation. Lauber Funeral and Cremation Services of Friend are entrusted with the care and arrangements.


Louis Albert Nollett

Louis “Louie” Albert Nollett, 79, of Martin, S.D., died Thursday, October 17, 2019, at Bennett County Hospital.

Louie and his twin sister Mary Lou were the first ever twins born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1940, in Valentine, Neb., to Mary Elsie Ayers and Louis Nollett.  Louie served in the United States Army from 1963-1965.  He became a Master Mechanic, and his platoon peers called him “pops” because he was the oldest in the platoon at the young age of 23. 

On March 2, 1972, he married Marlene Mae Hauck.  The couple lived in Martin, S.D., their whole life and had three children: Katie, Tyler and Jeremy.

Louie was a successful entrepreneur, owning different businesses in Martin.  He owned Martin Oil & Tire, which was on the corner of Main Street.  Louie was a talented mechanic, and up until his death you could always find him tinkering on vehicles.  He also had his own trucking business, and his last endeavor was Lou’s Auto Sales. 

Louie was very active in the American Legion Post 240 and was a weekly chef on Sundays for the Legion breakfast.  He was famous for his pancakes.  He also liked to give the Auxiliary women a hard time on the proper technique of how to make pancakes.  He was a long time member of the Bennett County Commercial Club. 

Louie was most famous for being “Santa Claus” for the town of Martin and surrounding rural areas.  He was Santa for 50 years.  He touched the Martin community in so many ways with his generosity.  His memory as Santa will never be forgotten.

Louie had a passion for fishing, hunting and having coffee with friends.  He went on several trips to Canada fishing, and hunted locally for years.  You could always see Louie loaded up with his boat heading to his next big fishing adventure during the summer.  In his younger days, Louie also raced cars.

Survivors include his daughter Katie, of Gordon, Neb., Tyler of Martin, S.D., and Jeremy of Rapid City, S.D., granddaughters, Emily and Sarah of Gordon, Neb., one great grandson Christian Hendricks of Gordon, Neb., twin sister Mary Lou Kerr of Valentine, Neb., and other relatives.

Louie is preceded in death by his wife Marlene, his parents, grandparents and other relatives.

Memorial Services will be held at the Old American Legion Auditorium in Martin, S.D., Friday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.  Deacon Calvin Clifford will be officiating with inurnment at the Martin Community Cemetery following immediately after the service.

Bennett County Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.


Daniel Eugene Baldauf

Daniel Eugene Baldauf, 84, passed away October 9, 2019.

A native of Clinton, Nebraska, son of the late Joseph Frederick and Mable Fischer Baldauf, he was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, a retired civil engineer and a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.  He was a great hiker with unusual apparel, a limbo skater and a carpenter.  His eyes sparkled like none others’, especially when he had a joke or prank. 

Surviving are his wife, Lona Mae Cady Baldauf of the home; three sons, Daniel Baldauf (Christine) of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Richard Baldauf (Laura) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Anthony Baldauf of Taylors; three daughters, Vickie Wunder (David) of Taylors, Laurie Robison (Greg) of Taylors and Marie Gates (Brad) of Falls Church, Virginia; four sisters, Marjorie Williams of Seward, Nebraska, Berthajean Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska, Jo Anderson (Don) of Broomfield, Colorado, and Marie Datus (Gary) of Cheyenne, Wyoming; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mr. Baldauf was predeceased by one brother, Boyd Joseph Baldauf, one sister, Lavon Rose Schwarting and one great-grandson, Patrick Stowell. 

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Greer, South Carolina, conducted by Father Richard Tomlinson. 

Visitation was held from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2019, at The Wood Mortuary, Greer, South Carolina. 

A rosary service was held 6:15 p.m. Friday at The Wood Mortuary, Greer, South Carolina.

The family is at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Clare’s Home, 901 Orange Grove Road, Charleston, SC 29407, or Life Dynamics Memorial Gifts, P.O. Box 2226, Denton, TX 76202,

Online condolences may be made at


Donna May (Mueksch) Berry

Donna May (Mueksch) Berry was born on May 3, 1929, in Hay Springs, Nebraska. The second child of Herman and Montez (Nonnamaker) Mueksch, she grew up with her parents and brother, Sterling, on the family farm south of Hay Springs. Donna and her family attended a small country church called New Hope. It was there that Donna accepted Christ as her Savior and knew that she wanted to live a Christian life to honor Him. Donna went to Sandridge Country School through eighth grade, then advancing to Hay Springs High School, where she graduated in 1946.

Donna had always wanted to be a nurse. In 1947 she entered nurses’ training at Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing in Omaha, Nebraska. It was there that she received her RN degree in 1950. Her kind and compassionate nature made nursing an excellent career choice for her, and she won the affection of many a patient with her caring demeanor.

To further her knowledge of the Bible, she then entered Northwestern Bible College (now known as Northwestern University - St. Paul) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was there that Donna majored in Missions and met her future husband Harold Berry. The two were married on June 5, 1954. Donna received her Bachelors degree in Missions in 1956.

In 1956, Donna moved with her husband to Dallas, Texas, where she worked at Scottish Rite Crippled Children’s Hospital in orthopedic surgery until the birth of her first child, Stephen, in 1959.

Donna and Harold then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1960, where their second child, Deborah, was born. Donna began working at Lincoln Christian School as the school secretary in 1966 where she served for 10 years, managing the early organization of the school and interacting with the young students as they came to the office window for various needs and requests. She was a valuable asset to the staff in the early days of Lincoln Christian School, and was recognized for her service by receiving the Secretary of the Day award from radio station KFOR, and also the Lincoln Christian School yearbook dedication in 1975.

After a move to Omaha in 1978, Donna worked as secretary at Evangelical Bible Church. This position was then followed by her employment at Grace University in the Snack Shop where she made many friends and enjoyed serving the students in her 14 years of service there, creating a fun and accepting environment for the students and their spouses.

2002 brought a move to Alamo, Texas, where she and Harold lived in the Rio Grande community of Bibleville, ministering at the Bit-O-Heaven Church in Donna, Texas, for 10 years. She then lived in Holdrege, Nebraska, until she returned to Lincoln in 2018.

Lincoln is where she spent her final days with her husband Harold until the day she was called home to be with her Lord on October 13, 2019.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Herman Mueksch, and mother, Montez Mueksch, a brother, Sterling Mueksch, and a niece, Doris Mueksch.

Survivors include her husband, Harold, son Stephen (Sherie) Berry, Daughter Deborah (John) Sweazy, Grandchildren John (Katherine) Berry, Christopher (Kelsey) Berry, Ryan (Kiah) Berry, Joy (Spencer) Glynn, Jason Sweazy, Jessica Sweazy, six great-grandchildren, and a host of friends.

Private interment at Arlington City Cemetery, Arlington, Nebraska.

Visitation: Thursday, October 17, 5-7 p.m. at Ashland Baptist Church (sign in front of church says Ashland Bible Church) 562 Ashland Rd., Ashland, Nebraska 68003

Funeral Service: Friday, October 18, 2 p.m. at Ashland Baptist Church (sign in front of church says Ashland Bible Church) 562 Ashland Rd., Ashland, Nebraska 68003

Condolences online at

Memorial gifts to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607,

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