The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published May 28, 2015

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: C. Robert Meyer, Janet Birdsell, Lois Schreuder, Lee Hansen, Thorkild Kastrup, Bessie Reeve, Jean Reboul, Guy Hammon


C. Robert Meyer
C. Robert Meyer, 97, of Naples, Fla., died May 14 in Naples. He was born in Hanover on Sept. 11, 1917, to the Fred W. and Martha Meyer. He attended Jewell Elementary School and graduated from Jewell Rural High School in 1936. While attending the College of Emporia, he met his future wife, Peggy Cole, of Chanute. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1939, and in October of the samed year was united in marriage to Peggy.
Robert served in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade and was attached to the Eighth U.S. Naval District in New Orleans, La. After his return from service, he was associated with the certified public accounting firm of Baird, Kurtz and Dobson and soon made partner. After 17 years with that regional firm, he was invited to become a partner in the international firm of Arthur Young (now Ernst and Young) until his retirement in 1974. In 1978, he moved to Marco Island, Fla., and later to Naples, Fla.
Robert was survived by his wife of 75 years until her death last Monday. Both are survived by their son and his wife of Marco Island, Fla.; a grandson and his wife of Bradenton, Fla.; a granddaughter and her husband of Tequesta, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren.

Janet Birdsell
Born on Oct. 11, 1927, Janet Owen Birdsell passed away on May 18, 2015. The youngest of seven children born to Harry and Jennie Owen, Janet spent the early years of her life in rural Mitchell and Jewell counties.
After her family moved to Jewell, Janet graduated from Jewell Rural High School in 1945. Among her classmates was her high school sweetheart, Leo Birdsell.
Leo and Janet married in 1947 and remained married for almost 65 years until his death in August 2012. Their family included sons, Alan and Rodney. Additions to the family were Rodney's wife, Felicia Hall; Alan's wife, Becky; their children, Derrick, his wife, Amy; their son, Glen and Chris's wife, Mary.
Janet was involved with many clubs and organizations, assuming leadership roles in many of them. In her professional career, Janet started as a cottage parent at the youth center in Beloit, and retired as director of youth services. An accomplished cook and gardener, Janet took special pride in her flowers.
Janet and Leo spent many hours watching their sons and grandsons in ball games, track meets, and school productions. They spent their retirement years square dancing, camping, seeing children, grandchildren, and the great grandson while thoroughly enjoying life.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Mary Tullar, Ava Huddleston, Thelma Budke, Hazel Foulke, Max Owen and Vail Owen. She is survived by Alan and Rodney and their families.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Jewell. Memorials may be made to the church. Visitation was 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 at Kleppinger Funeral Home, 409 Broadway, Jewell, Kansas 66949 which is handling the arrangements.
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Lois Schreuder
Lois Ruth Schreuder, 94, died May 5 at Eaglecrest Retirement Community, Salina. She was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Chase, the daughter of Earl and Bertha (Orr) Browning.
Lois grew up on the family farm near Chase and graduated from Chase High School in 1938.
On May 20, 1940, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Schreuder in Chase. After their marriage, they lived in Cawker City.
In addition to wife and mother, Lois was an active member of Cawker City United Methodist Church, Sunday school, choir, PTA and O.E.S. (served as worthy matron). Lois kept books for Lloyd's tank wagon business for 43 years and for the co-op station for several years before retirement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; parents; daughter, Peggy Schlaefli; sisters, Merle Browning and Lila Peake; and a brother, Orville Browning.
Lois is survived by daughters, Janice Doherty, Salina, and Mrs. Jim Hocking (Connie), Brookeville; sisters, Betty Fulton and Doris Jones; son-in-law, Dick Schlaefli; six grandchildren, Kim Viets, Bill Schlaefli, Susan Elting, Jennie Hocking, Pete Hocking and Jillian Hocking; six great-granddaughters; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Reverend Jerry Milleson officiated at memorial services on Saturday at the Cawker City United Methodist Church. Burial of the ashes was in private in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cawker City.

Lee Hansen
Lee Bruce Hansen, the son of George and Ardeth (Davidson) Hansen, was born on Jan. 10, 1952, in Superior, Neb. He passed away on May 20, 2015, at his home near Superior at the age of 63 years, four months and 10 days.
Lee grew up on the farm and attended school in Hardy, graduating from Hardy High School with the Class of 1970. After graduating he attended Kearney State College earning his bachelor's degree. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was confirmed in the Hardy Union Church in 1966 by V.C. LeMon. He earned the all-State football award in 1968 and in 1970 he held the state record in the discus in his class.
On June 10, 1972, he was united in marriage to Vonia Shotzman in Hardy, Neb., and to this union two children were born. Lee was an outdoorsman; he farmed and raised livestock and was an avid hunter. He was an official Pope and Young scorer; a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Superior Country Club and a life member of the NRA. One of his favorite vacation spots was fishing and rock hunting in Pagosa Springs with his family.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ardeth; and his brother, Dennis.
He is survived by his wife, Vonia, of Superior; son, Chad Hansen and wife, Katrina, all of Superior; and daughter, Holly Hansen, and partner, Abbie Grim, of Des Moines, Iowa; three grandchildren, Zade and Mikynzie Hansen and Cole Epley; and his brother, Milan Hansen, and wife, Deb, of Lincoln, Neb.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 2 p.m. from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, Neb., with Pastor Mark Diehl officiating.
Music was "Go Rest High On That Mountain," "Keeper Of The Stars" and "Life Is A Highway" provided by Ivan Miller.
Visitation was held on Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers were Doug Cassens, Wes Cassens, Dr. Bruce Eddy, Alan Jones, Dana Jones and Tom Sorensen. Honorary pallbearers were Jeni Mason, Marcia Christensen, Ben Hansen, Jake Hansen, T.J. O'Neill, Ben O'Neill and Marcy Swanson.
Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Superior, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to go to the Presbyterian Church or donor's choice.
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.
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Thorkild Kastrup
Thorkild V. "Thork" Kastrup, the son of Edmund and Karen (Andersen) Kastrup, was born on Jan. 6, 1925, in Dixon County, Neb. He passed away on May 21, 2015, at Thayer County Health Services in Hebron, Neb., at the age of 90 years, four months and 15 days.
Thork was one of eight children; he was baptized on June 28, 1925, by Pastor L.A. Lauren and confirmed on April 24, 1938, by Pastor Knud Larsen, both at Danish Lutheran Church, Laurel, Neb. He attended country school and graduated valedictorian from Laurel High School. After graduating Thork enlisted in the United States Navy on Nov. 13, 1943. While serving in the Navy he attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., and finishing his degree at the University of Washington, Seattle. Upon his discharge in 1946 he obtained his education degree at Dana College in Blair, Neb. He taught and coached one year in Blair and two years in Ruskin, Neb. After teaching he became a full-time farmer in the Ruskin area.
On June 6, 1948, he was united in marriage to Sarah Lorraine Christensen at Bethany Lutheran Church near Ruskin. This union was blessed with three children, Rodney, Roger and Stan.
Thork was a Ruskin School Board member for 16 years, Nuckolls County Commissioner for 12 years and was a Blue Valley board member. He was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, serving on the church council in various positions. He was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent and was also a E.L.C.A. Synod council member.
Thork was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Karen; wife, Lorraine, on May 20, 1998; brothers, Kai, Carlo, Leo and Robert Kastrup; brothers-in-law, Jerome Christensen, Lloyd Nielsen, and sisters-in-law Mabel and Millie Kastrup.
He leaves to mourn his passing his three sons, Rodney and wife Nancy of Gainesville, Va.; and their daughters, Jill of Encinitas, Calif., and Erin and fiance Daniel Nolan of Gainesville, Va.; Roger and wife Marilyn of Ruskin, Neb., and daughters, Laurel Kastrup and husband Gary Aksamit of Parker, Texas; Lindsey Webb and husband Damon of New Market, Md,; and Leah Kastrup of Omaha, Neb.; Stan of Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.; and daughters, Sara and Megan Kastrup of Bardonia, N.Y.; three great grandchildren, Reese Aksamit and Elle and Ty Webb; sisters, Elsie Nielsen of Blair, Neb.; Ruth Kenaley and husband Bob of LeMars, Iowa; and brother Borge Kastrup and wife Carol of Laurel, Neb.; sisters-in-law Bonna Del Kastrup of Elk Point, S.D., and Julie Kastrup of Hartington, Neb.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. from the Bethany Lutheran Church in Ruskin, Neb., with Pastor Connie Raess officiating.
Music was congregational hymns "I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry," "Day By Day" and "O Jesus I Have Promised," with Dorcas Judy as the accompanist.
Visitation was held on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers were Jerry Kastrup, Thomas Kastrup, Larry Kastrup, Tim Kastrup, Patrick Kenaley and Don Nielsen.
Interment with full military honors was in the Spring Creek Cemetery at Ruskin, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to go to Bethany Lutheran Church.
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.
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Bessie Reeve
Bessie (Stichka) Reeve, daughter of Vaslovic, who took the name Frank, and Anna (Koci) Stichka, was born on March 4, 1915, on her parents' farm northwest of Nelson, Neb. She passed away on May 23, 2015, at the Superior Good Samaritan Society at the age of 100 years, two months and 19 days.
Bessie attended the Oak community Church at Oak, Neb., for nine years where she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior, and was baptized on June 14, 1987. Prior years she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as treasure of the Guild; as Deacon for two years and a long standing member of the afternoon circle. After the passing of her husband, Clyde, she chose to attend the Nelson Community United Church of Christ.
To supplement the family's income, during the years her children were home, Bessie was a housekeeper and a washing specialist. In 1964, she began working at the Nelson Good Samaritan Home as dishwasher and cook and later years as head cook; working for 12 years . She retired at 62 years of age.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Anna, her sisters, Alice, Elizabeth and Anna and brothers, Edward, Anton and William; her husband, Clyde; her sons-in-law, Robert Bell, husband of Dorothy, John Troudt, husband of Patsy, James Schneider, husband of Carol and daughter-in-law, Leta , wife of Norman, granddaughter Norma Reeve and granddaughter-in-law, Candice Reeve.
Survivors include her sons, Norman of Nelson, Neb., Terry and wife Julie of Edgewood, N.M.; daughters, Dorothy Bell of Torrington, Wyo., Carol Schneider of Hastings, Neb., and Patsy Troudt of Nelson, Neb.; 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Emil Stichka, and wife, Geraldine, of Ruskin, Neb., nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 10 a.m. from the Nelson Community United Church of Christ in Nelson, Neb., with The Rev. Dr. Stephen Berry officiating.
Music was "I'll Fly Away," "When We All See Jesus" and "Holes In The Floor Of Heaven."
Visitation was held on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers were Timothy Reeve, Dennis Bell, David Bell, John Schneider, Ted Schneider, Joseph Schneider, Ryan Troudt, David Reeve, Kevin Reeve and Tim Reeve. Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters, Nanette Jenkins, Glenda Dickson, Lori Johnston, Barbara Schneider, Diane Schneider, Mary Schneider, Twila Troudt and Amy Hourigan.
Interment was in the Nelson Cemetery at Nelson, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to go to the Superior Good Samaritan Society.
Condolences may be sent to Klawitter-Price Funeral Home, 446 South Main St., Nelson, Neb., 68961 or
Klawitter-Price Funeral Home of Nelson, Neb., was in charge of the arrangements.
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Jean Reboul
Jean Blair Reboul, 86, died Saturday at Medicalodge in Clay Center, Kan. She was born June 28, 1928, in Jewell County, daughter of Earl and Pearl (King) Blair.
Jean graduated from Mankato High School in 1946. She worked as a secretary for an attorney in Mankato and at an insurance company in Lincoln, Neb. Jean married Jack Reboul on Sept. 5, 1948. They moved to Clay Center in 1948 and she worked as a secretary for the Clay Center School District until her retirement in 1990.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and three sisters.
Survivors are: husband, Jack Reboul, Clay Center, Kan.; son, Doug Reboul and Terri Reboul, Clay Center, Kan.; daughter, Nancy Cooper, Clay Center, Kan.; grandchildren Whitney, Cagan, Jennifer and Tiffani; six great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
There will be private inurnment services held at a later date. Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home, Clay Center, Kan., are handling the arrangements.

Guy Hammon
Guy Hammon of Jewell, Kan., went to be with the Lord May 2, 2015, on his 87th birthday. Guy was born in Lynch, Neb., May 2, 1928, to Charles Ansom Hammon and Edna (Grenelle) Hammon. He had five sisters and two brothers. He married Barbara (Smith) Hammon on Feb. 3, 1947, and together they had three sons, Guy James, Jr., Randy Paul and Kevin Scott. He was preceded in death by his sons, sister Joy, brothers Colin and Russell and his parents.
Guy was a welder and worked in shipyards in Portland, Ore., during World War II then at Cushman Scooters in Lincoln, Neb. During this time he played guitar and bass fiddle in bands throughout Nebraska, Beaumont, Texas, and Phoenix, Ariz. In 1965 he left Cushmans to become a manager for Swicegood Music in Beaumont before retiring in 1992. He was liked by everyone who met him and was well loved by all who knew him.
Left to mourn his passing is his wife of 68 years, Barbara; his sisters Janet Henson and Helen Baughn, both of Anacortes, Wash.; Phyllis Smart of Fountain Head, Ariz.; Dorothy Holman of Overland Park, Kan.; his six grandchildren, Jason, Jeremiah, Alison, Nathan, Scott, Frances; and nine great-grandchildren, Chandler, Christopher, Jeremiah Jr., Drew, Emily, Taryn, Ella, Norah and Piper.
Visitation will take place Friday, May 29, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kleppinger Funeral Home, 409 Broadway, Jewell, Kan., 66949, which is handling arrangements. Graveside services will be Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Crete, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of their choice to aid in the fight of Huntington's Chorea disease.
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