The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published July 28, 2016

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Alice Lamb, Robert Richardson, Donald Cacek, Bud Fisher, Albert Neil Gordanier, William Richardson, Marie Kimminau, Bethylene Hakanson


Alice Lamb
Alice L. (Gray) Lamb died July 16, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings, Neb. Alice was born Nov. 23, 1947, in Superior to Russell and Barbara (Hensley) Gray. She attended Superior Schools, graduating in 1966. She married George I. Lamb in May of 1970. They lived in Esbon. They divorced in 1973.
Alice worked at the Esbon Cafe as a waitress and cook prior to her move to Kearney where she worked as a seamstress and child care provider before moving to Blue Hill in 1992. She moved to Hastings in 1993 when she started working at ConAgra. She retired from there in 2005.
She enjoyed reading, collecting salt and pepper shakers, cooking, talking with family and friends and having her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other children around.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, two nephews, Russell Hensley and Troy Schmidt; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Survivors include her children, Michelle Hock and George Lamb, both of Hastings; grandchildren, Julie Lamb, Dillon Klingenberger, Quincie Klingenberger, Garrett Lamb and Mason Lamb; siblings, Albert Gray, Blue Hill, Judy Kussman, Hastings, June Heersink, Minden, Jay Dee Gray, Minden, Randy Gray, Hastings, and Myron Gray, Superior; and great-grandchildren.

Robert Richardson
William Robert Richardson, 98, died Monday at Bethany Home, Lindsborg.  He was born Nov. 4, 1917, in Freedom Township, Republic County, to William and Ethel (Reed) Richardson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Ralph and Harold Richardson of Belleville.
He was a lifelong bachelor. He graduated from Belleville High School. With WWII breaking out Robert, enlisted in the United States Army in September, 1941. After training in the United States and England, he served in Algeria and French Morocco (1942), Tunisia (1943), and Italy (1944.)   As a radio technician in the Army Air Force's 78th Fighter Control Squadron he rose to the rank of sergeant, directing fighters in the skies over North Africa and Italy. He was home on furlough expecting to be sent to Japan when the atomic bombs ended the war. Within days he was discharged.
His early working career was mainly occupied with farming and truck driving but also included stints as a taxi driver in Boulder, Colo., and as a hostler on the Rock Island Railroad at Goodland. He worked at the Belleville Power Plant for 17 years and retired the day he turned 62. He was a lifelong member of the First Methodist Church of Belleville. He made a place for himself, not only in Belleville but also the community around his cabin at Lovewell Lake, Country Place Living in Belleville, and finally at Bethany Home in Lindsborg. 
Few people embodied lifelong learning as much as Robert Richardson. Just a partial listing of his pursuits include sailboat building, grinding mirrors for astronomical telescopes, ham radio, constructing kit-built airplanes, radio control gliders, competitive bicycling, building muzzle-loading rifles, motorcycle riding (he was a Harley Davidson man), machining and metal lathe work and exploring the mining and railroad history of Colorado. He was as comfortable discussing astrophysics as he was four-cycle, single cylinder motorcycles. His many and varied interests were a source of friction with his father who thought he should be paying more attention to the farm. That ended the night Robert showed his father the planet Saturn (with it's rings) through the telescope he had constructed from scratch. 
His funeral will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Belleville. Family will gather at 10:45 for inurnment at the Belleville Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 at First Methodist Church in Belleville. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald Cacek
Donald Charles Cacek, 92, died in his sleep Monday at his daughter's home in Miami, Fla. He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet Melvine Wilms Cacek; his parents, Charles and Anna Cacek; and an infant sister.
Donald was born Dec. 2, 1923, in Odell, Neb., where he attended a rural elementary school. Donald graduated from Odell High School in 1941. He attended Peru State Teacher's College with the intentions to later enter Law College at the University of Nebraska. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted on Dec. 8, 1942, and served with the 637th Tank Destroyer Battalion in Luzon and Japan during World War II. He also served with the 82nd Chemical Motor Battalion in Japan where he was in charge of the dispensary, rosters, medical supply requisitioning, and weekly and monthly health reports. His decorations and citations included the American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. Donald received an honorable discharge on March 15, 1946. Upon his return, he married Harriet Melvine Wilms in Marysville, Kan., on Sept. 4, 1946. This union was blessed with the birth of two children, a daughter and a son.
Donald was a faithful Christian and served as an elder for the Wymore Christian Church (later known as the Wymore Church of Christ). He was also an elder at the Nelson Christian Church in Nelson and at the First Presbyterian Church in Superior where he was a member until his passing.
From January, 1947, to January, 1948, Donald was recreational director for the Beatrice State Home. In January, 1948, he was employed by the Soil Conservation Service in Beatrice, and by 1954 was promoted to office manager of the Soil Conservation Service at Wymore. He was employed as assistant executive secretary for the Nebraska State School Boards Association from October, 1967, to June, 1968, when he went to work for Scully Estates in the Superior office as a farm manager and conservationist. He managed 150 dryland farms and 21 irrigated farms for William and Robin Scully. Donald retired in March of 1992.
Donald was involved in his community and served on many committees and organizations. He served six and one-half years as a member of the Wymore School Board where he was president of the board during most of his tenure. He was state president of the Soil Conservation Society of America, president of the Nebraska Chapter of American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, a member of the Citizens Advisory Council UNL-Center for Grassland Studies, and president of Blue-Nemaha Chapter of Elks. He helped organize an AARP chapter and taught AARP safety driving courses in the Superior area. Donald was a member of the American Legion and Superior Chamber of Commerce, where he served two years as director. He was an AF&AM Mason of Nebraska and a Sesostris Shrine member. He served eight years on the Lower Republican Natural Resource District Board.
Donald continued to volunteer his time after retirement to the Vestey Center, the Superior Bird Watchers Club, and for 10 years at South Ward School helping first graders with their reading skills under the supervision of Mrs. Patty Paxton. He considered this last volunteer position to be one of the most rewarding accomplishments of his life and a great way to continue to use his talents and abilities during his retirement years.
Survivors include two sisters, Eunice Sullivan, Elkhorn, Neb., and Mildred Kotas, Diller, Neb.;a daughter, Phyllis Jean Bodie, Miami, Fla.; a son, Glenn C. Cacek of Lincoln, Neb.; three grandchildren, Brook, Aaron and Paige Bodie Rosen, Miami, Fla.; and two great-grandchildren, Aiken Bodie and Kaiya Rosen, Miami, Fla.

Bud Fisher
Calvert Leroy "Bud" Fisher, 92, the son of Charlotte (Detour) and Walter Fisher, was born April 5, 1924 at Guide Rock. He died July 14, at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior.
A lifelong resident of the Guide Rock community, Bud received his formal education attending and graduating from the Guide Rock schools. A veteran of World War II, Bud enlisted in the United States Navy on April 16, 1943, and served in the Pacific. An excellent athlete, Bud played baseball, while in the Navy, on the Acorns 13 Enlisted Men's Club which traveled around the islands to entertain the troops.  Bud was united in marriage with Donna "Snick" Ohmstede on Aug. 28, 1946, at Guide Rock. This union was blessed with two daughters, Karen and Sandra. 
Bud began his career as an apiarist, working in the bee business with his uncle, Albert Detour.  He later took over the business and started Fisher Honey Company, which he operated until his retirement.
 Bud was active in countless community and area organizations including the Guide Rock V.F.W. and American Legion, the Masonic Lodge A.F.&A.M., the Order of Eastern Star, the Tehama Shrine Temple, the Royal Order of Jesters and the Shrine Foot Patrol. He also served on the Guide Rock Cemetery Board, the Guide Rock Board of Education, the Lions Club and held memberships in the Superior and Red Cloud golf courses.
In his leisure time Bud enjoyed gardening, watching sports, playing pitch and getting together with the weekly "Friday Night Group."  He and Snick were also avid Nebraska football fans and enjoyed attending the Husker games.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Leo Fisher.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Fisher; daughters, Karen Atkins of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mrs. Stan Labertew (Sandra) of Sylvan Grove, Kan,; six grandchildren: Chris, Trey and Todd Atkins, Brandon Labertew, Mrs. Ron Tenbrink (Britney) and Ben Labertew; amd 18 great-grandchildren.
His life will be celebrated from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at CJ's in Guide Rock.  Inurment with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Guide Rock Cemetery.

Albert Neil Gordanier
Albert Neil Gordanier died July 25, 2016. He was born May 31,1930, to Arville and Cassie Gordanier on their farm south of Randall, Kan. The farm was homesteaded by Neil's great-grandfather, James. Neil grew up on the farm with his brother, Wayne, and sister, Betty. He attended Pleasant Prairie Grade School and graduated from Randall High School. He left to join the Army in 1948.
He married Leonore (Lee) Brindle, his wife of 64 years, in 1952. They moved to Wichita, where Neil owned and operated a Texaco filling station for several years before becoming an aircraft jig builder for Boeing and Cessna. Their four sons were all born in Wichita, where they lived until 1967. That year, Neil brought his family to live in his beloved hometown of Randall. Neil loved the land, the people and his life in Randall, where he worked as the city man, maintaining the city and its infrastructure for 25 years. Neil enjoyed a wide variety of responsibilities working in Randall, including spotting tornados, helping fight fires and clearing snow from the streets. In his free time, he enjoyed being with his sons in Boy Scouts, his time as a scoutmaster, taking the family to the lake boating, helping his father on the farm and coyote hunting.
When Neil retired, Neil and Lee purchased an RV and became "winter Texans," carrying on a tradition started by his grandfather, Bert in the 1940s. Neil and Lee traveled for 18 years to the southern tip of Texas, where they lived in a large RV park and took many trips to the beaches in Corpus Christie and occasionally to Mexico, but mainly they enjoyed the warm winter weather and not having to worry about snow. When back home in Randall, Neil spent many hours rocking on their front porch swing. Neil also enjoyed his daily talks with the guys over coffee at the co-op gas station.
Neil is survived by his wife, Lee; four sons, Gary and wife, Jane, of League City, Texas, Charles of Kansas City, Kan., John and wife, Kimie, of Tehachapi, Calif., Jeffrey and wife, Cindy, of Lenexa, Kan.; his sister, Betty, and husband, Gordon Kibbe, of Emerald Hills, Calif.; his sister-in-law, Lina, of Fremont, Calif.; three grandchildren, Kimberly and husband, Jon Buttrum, Kayla and Joshua Gordanier; and two great-grandchildren, Calvin and Brooks Buttrum; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Wayne.
Visitation at the McDonald-Roberts Funeral Home, 910 Campbell Ave., Beloit, Kan., will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016, with family present from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016, at the Randall Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Randall Community Center.

William Richardson
William Robert Richardson, 98, died Monday at Bethany Home, Lindsborg. He was born Nov. 4, 1917, in Freedom Township, Republic County, to William Richardson and Ethel (Reed) Richardson.
Robert graduated from Belleville High School. With WWII breaking out, Robert enlisted in the United States Army in September 1941. After training in the United States and England, he served in Algeria and French Morocco (1942), Tunisia (1943) and Italy (1944). As a radio technician, Army Air Force's 78th Fighter Control Squadron, he rose to the rank of sergeant. His early working career was mainly occupied with farming and truck driving but also included stints as a taxi driver in Boulder, Colo., and as a hostler on the Rock Island Railroad in Goodland. He worked at the Belleville Power Plant for 17 years and retired the day he turned 62. He was a lifelong member of the First Methodist Church of Belleville. He made a place for himself, not only in Belleville, but also the community around his cabin at Lovewell Lake, Country Place Living in Belleville and finally at Bethany Home in Lindsborg. Robert was a lifelong bachelor.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Ralph and Harold Richardson.
Survivors include his many nephews and nieces who knew him fondly as "Uncle Bob," and many friends.
Services will be held next Saturday (Aug. 6) in Belleville. Family will gather at 10:45 a.m. for inurnment at the Belleville Cemetery. Funeral will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the First Methodist Church in Belleville. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, assisted the Richardson family with these arrangements.

Marie Kimminau
Marie A. Kimminau, 78, Lawrence, Neb., died last Monday at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She was born on July 25, 1937, to Victor and Alyce (Pavelka) Hubl in Fairfield.
She graduated from Burwell High School in 1955 and attended College of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. She taught school for three years. Marie married Arnold F. Kimminau on June 17, 1958, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Lawrence. She worked at the Blue Hill Care Center and had worked for Sacred Heart Catholic School. Marie was a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church, being a song leader, CCD teacher, active member of the altar society and serving as president of the LDCCW.
Marie is survived by her husband, Arnold, Lawrence; two sons, Darrel Kimminau, Lincoln, Neb., and Dale Kimminau, Lawrence; two daughters, Mrs. Mark Pullmann (Marlene), Kearney, and Mrs. Randy Edmisten, Hastings; two brothers: Gene Hubl and Gary Hubl, four sisters, Irene Vaccarezza, Mrs. Richard Blank (Maxine), Sister Loretta Hubl and Judy Hubl, all of California; brother-in-law, Vern Kimminau, Superior; sister-in-law, Eileen Kolbet, Hastings; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, Raymond; a granddaughter, Amanda Kimminau; and a sister, Geraldine Hubl.
Rosary was Sunday, and mass was Monday, both at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Lawrence, with Father Thomas Schultes officiating. Burial was in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Lawrence. Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, was in charge of the arrangements.

Bethylene Hakanson
Bethylene G. Hakanson, 89, of Davenport, Iowa, died last Wednesday at Crest Health Care, Davenport. She was born in 1927 in South Dakota to Willis and Edna Stephenson.
She was raised on a dairy farm and delivered milk with her father. On Aug. 22, 1948, she married John Hakanson in Clay Center, Neb. He died Sept. 18, 2009. During her husband's college years, she was a licensed beautician. After their marriage, she was a homemaker. She was a member of Edwards Congregational UCC, Davenport, and the Order of Eastern Star. Among her pastimes were playing cards, especially bridge; doing ceramics and knitting. She liked to travel; the highlight of her life was their 50th anniversary trip to Alaska.
Survivors include her sons, Kirk Hakanson and Jay Hakanson; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Her funeral was held Tuesday at the Edgar Christian Church. Burial was in the Edgar Cemetery.

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