The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Oct. 30, 2014

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Mark Betten, Richard McCutcheon, Lorna Hill, August Nelson,


Mark Betten
Mark Allen Betten, 60, son of Bernard and Anita (Meyer) Betten, was born Feb. 25, 1954 in Deshler. He died Thursday, at the University of Omaha Medical Center.
Mark was baptized on March 14, 1954, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Ruskin and confirmed there on April 28, 1968. Mark grew up in the Ruskin area, attending grade school and graduating from Ruskin High with the Class of 1972. 
On Feb. 26, 1982, Mark was united in marriage to Cathy Dittmer at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Byron. They were blessed with a son, Kalen Joseph, and a daughter, Kylie Sue.
Mark farmed and enjoyed time in God's creation.  While farming, Mark worked for Reinke Manufacturing in Deshler, drove a truck, and most recently worked as a road grade operator for the Thayer County Road Department.
Mark liked to fish and hunt, especially pheasants and coyotes. He also enjoyed woodworking and was a skilled carpenter.  Mark enjoyed interacting with people, and going the extra mile to help someone.  He could often be seen with a smile on his face and a joke up his sleeve, as many will say he was quite an ornery guy. 
Surivors include his wife, Cathy; son, Kalen; and daughter, Kylie, all of Deshler; his parents, Bernard and Anita Betten of Hebron; a sister, Mrs. Steve Harms (Beverly) of Davenport; brothers, Don of Hebron and Kent of Deshler.
His funeral was held Tuesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Byron. Pastor Breen Sipes of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Pastor Lee Hoops of West Prairie Free Lutheran Church in Kindred, N.D. officiated.  Burial was in St. John Cemetery, rural Byron.

Richard McCutcheon
Richard Everett McCutcheon, the son of Ira and Ceta (Klingenberger) McCutcheon, was born on Nov. 19, 1931, on a farm near Webber, Kan. He passed away on Oct. 22, 2014, at Brodstone Memorial Hospital at Superior, Neb., at the age of 82 years, 11 months, three days.
Dick was a graduate of Superior High School and a member of the Nazarene Church. He was united in marriage to Joyce Woodyard on Nov. 22, 1991, in Mankato, Kan.
He was a member of the Elks Club in Denver, Colo., and Superior, Eagles Club and the Lions Club in Superior. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, raising and riding horses.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Ceta; and two step-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Superior, Neb.; son, Terry McCutcheon and wife, Janice, of Burr Oak, Kan., daughter, Wendy McCutcheon Harris also of Burr Oak, Kan.; step-children, Mike Gentry, Ron Gentry and Carrie Sack; six grandchildren, Shane and Steph McCutcheon, Krystal and Chad Wulf, Justin and Meggie McCutcheon, Kimberly Davis, Jennalee Harris, and David Harris;12 great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild; one sister, Margaret Korb of Kansas City, Kan., and her son, Mark, and Judy Korb and family; other relatives and a host of friends.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at 2 p.m. from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, Neb., with Pastor Tom Korb officiating.
Recorded music was "In the Garden," "When I Get Where I'm Going," and "Go Rest High On That Mountain."
Inurnment will be at a later date.
Book signing will be Friday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to Dick's Cemetery Memorial.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978 or
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements.
Paid obituary

Lorna Hill
Lorna Esther Hill, the daughter of Edwin and Rosa (Heitmann) Tietjen, was born on June 18, 1928, on a farm near Byron, Neb. She passed away on Oct. 22, 2014, at the Superior Good Samaritan Society at Superior, Neb., at the age of 86 years, four months, four days.
Lorna was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church rural Byron by Pastor Lentz in 1928 and confirmed in 1942 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Byron by Pastor Weltner. She attended Byron country school and graduated from Byron High School with the Class of 1946. Lorna went on and earned her nursing degree from Omaha Immanuel Hospital School of Nursing in 1949.
On July 23, 1950, Lorna was united in marriage to William "Bill" Hill at the Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior, and to this union five daughters were born. She was a 64 year member of Centennial Lutheran Church, a member of the Brodstone Memorial Hospital Board for six years, the American Legion Auxiliary and the LWML at Centennial Lutheran Church.
Lorna was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Carla Hill; brothers, Ray Tietjen and Verland Tietjen and wife, Merna.
She is survived by her husband, Bill, of Superior; daughters, Susan Penner and husband, Rod, of South Bend, Neb., Linda Daugherty and husband, Tim, of Omaha, Neb., Pam Frerichs and husband, Mark, of Papillion, Neb., and Julie Allison and husband, Wayne, of Edmond, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Allison Bruntz (Jon), Andrew Penner, Ryan Daugherty, Rebecca Daugherty, Brent Frerichs (Kathleen), Ben Frerichs (Kari), Jake Allison and three-great-grandchildren, Jack, Kate and William. Lorna is also survived by a brother, Egbert Tietjen, and wife, Mary, of Chester, Neb., and a sister, Delores Dahl, and husband, John, of Davenport, Neb., along with many relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. from the Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior, Neb., with The Rev. Patrick Flynn officiating.
Music was "On Eagles Wings" and "The Lord's Prayer," with Stephanie Thayer as soloist. A congregational hymn was "Amazing Grace" with Carlita Price as organist.
Visitation was held on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present to greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m.
Pallbearers were Allison Bruntz, Andrew Penner, Ryan Daugherty, Rebecca Daugherty, Brent Frerichs, Ben Frerichs and Jake Allisson.
Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Superior, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to go to the Centennial Lutheran Church or the Nebraska Community Foundation, c/o Byron Community Building Fund
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb., 68978 or
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Neb., was in charge of the arrangements.
Paid obituary

August Nelson
August "Augie" Nelson, 70, of Minden, died last Monday at his home.
He was born April 7, 1944, in Superior to Ernest (Runt) and Marie (Pedersen) Nelson. When Augie was in fifth grade the family moved to the Minden area. He graduated from Minden High School in 1962 and later graduated from Kearney State College.
On March 1, 1969, he married Judy Rockwell. He taught and coached in Wilcox for three years and they moved to Minden in 1975. Augie owned and operated A&L Land Leveling with his partner and friend, Leonard Rehtus until 1988. At that time he took over his father's insurance business, the Nelson Agency. He retired from the insurance business in 2010.
Augie was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church. He was also a charter member of the Minden Optimist Club where he coached and mentored thousands of children in the area. The Optimist Club named a ball field in Minden "Augie Nelson Park" in his honor for the vision he had for the youth, and all the time he coached and worked with children. While in college he was a member of the Caledonian Fraternity which later became Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was a charter member and later became the chapter advisor. The fraternity now hosts an annual golf tournament in Augie's name and the funds go to the Nebraska Kidney Association for early detection of kidney disease and education. He also served on the Minden Board of Education.
Augie was the recipient of three donated organs and was grateful for the extra years of life he was able to have with his family and friends. With his devotion to helping young people grow, and a desire to give back to the medical community who served him for years, Augie requested his body be donated to the Nebraska State Anatomical Board to help teach health care students.
Augie enjoyed traveling with friends and family, playing golf, cards, cribbage, creating memories at Harlan County Lake, Husker football, Minden Whippet Sports, but most of all, he never knew a stranger.
Survivors include his wife, Judy of Minden; two daughters, Mrs. Todd Hilyard (Brandi) of Holdrege and Mrs. Johnie Kamery (Buffi) of Minden; four grandchildren, Jordyn and Jackson Hilyard and Maylee and Mattie Kamery; brother, Roy John Nelson of Minden; two sisters, Mrs. Randy Horine (Erna), and Mrs. Rick Johnson (Mary) of Minden; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
His funeral was Friday at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden with The Rev. Donald Hunzeker officiating. Following the services there was a celebration at the fairgrounds in Minden to share memories and a meal. There was no visitation or burial because of Augie's request of donating his body to science. Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden was in charge of arrangements.

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