The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published July 20, 2017

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: William E. Smith, Eldon Buster, Norma Blackburn, William Lee Satz, Virginia Rhoads, Larry Miller, Daniel Beaty, Gary Ritz, James Eilert, Phyllis Mahin, Donna Troudt, Lois Schiermeyer


William E. Smith
William E. Smith, 78, died last Monday at his home in Republic. The son of Herbert C. Smith and Hazel S. (Hammond) Smith, he was born Aug. 20, 1938, in Belleville.
He served with the United States Marine Corps. He was united in marriage to Constance Gunn on Aug. 19, 1960. To this union two children were born, Debra and Timothy.
He was member of the United Methodist Church of Republic. He was a professional truck driver for various companies for many years, retiring from trucking in 2009. He liked baseball and was a loyal L.A. Dodgers fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Hazel Smith; and his brother, Clifford.
He is survived by his wife, Constance Smith of Republic; one daughter, Mrs. Steve Kline (Debra) of Lander, Wyo.; one son, Timothy Smith of Downs; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, two sisters, Shirley Gunn of Belleville and Peggy Eubanks of Camarillo, Calif.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Cremation was chosen. There was be no visitation. His funeral was held Friday at the United Methodist Church in Republic, with Pastor Roger Walls officiating. Military honors were provided by the United States Marine Honor Guard. Private family inurnment will be at a later date. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, was in charge of the arrangements.

Eldon Buster
Eldon LeRoy Buster, 66, died last Monday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln. He was born July 2, 1951, to Eldon "Dean" Buster and Iva Kindler Buster.
Eldon was baptized at the Mankato Christian Church on July 2, 1960. He grew up on a farm and graduated from Mankato High School with the Class of 1969. He enjoyed time with his grandparents and helping at the hatchery with his dad. Eldon joined the United State Marine Corps in February 1970 and was honorably discharged as a Lance Corporal (E-3) in February 1976.
Eldon and Monica Louise Sloane were united in marriage on Aug. 12, 1972, at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Superior. This union was blessed with five children, who they raised in Deshler. Eldon worked 32 years at Reinke Manufacturing, retired in August 2009. For the majority of his time at Reinke's, he was supervisor of the fabrication department.
Eldon enjoyed raising various animals, gardening, camping, fishing, hunting and especially attending his children's sporting events. He enjoyed time with his grandchildren and, recently, his great-grandchildren. Eldon was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was an honorary 4th Degree Knight. Eldon prayed daily for family, friends and those in need.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Sheila; a nephew, Trevor; and nieces, Sandy and Kim. He is survived by his wife;  sons, Jeremy Buster, Mike Buster and Thad Buster; daughters, Mrs. Chris Jacobe (Cammy) and Elisha Buster; sisters, Karen Young, Judy Studdard and Barb Martin; 19 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
His funeral was held Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hebron, with Frs. Rudolph Oborny and Mark Seiker officiating. Inurnment with Marine Corps Honor Guard was in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Price Funeral Home, Hebron, was in charge of the arrangements.

Norma Blackburn
Norma J. Blackburn, the daughter of Samuel and Annetta E. (Huber) Nuss was born on April 25, 1962, at Henderson, Neb. Norma died at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior, Neb., on July 10, 2017, at the age of 55 years, two months and 15 days.
She was baptized on May 27, 1962, at the Free German Reformed Salem Church by Elder Theodore Ehly. Norma was confirmed June 6, 1976. She was a graduate of Sutton Public Schools and the University of Nebraska.
Norma was united in marriage to Thomas Michael Blackburn on Aug. 17, 1985, at Zion Lutheran Church. Norma had been a resident of Sutton, Lincoln and Superior, Neb. She was a 25-year employee of Home Federal. She was a member of the Elks, Eagles, PEO, Mothers Club, Red Caps and Salem Lutheran Church. She enjoyed camping, being with her family and watching her children in their athletics.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Alan; sister-in-law, Jeri Nuss; father-in-law, Ray William (Bill) Blackburn; and brother-in-law, William E. Blackburn.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Tom Blackburn; children, Raile and Sierra Blackburn, all of Superior; brother, Mel Nuss, of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Barbara (Gus) Griess of Sutton, Neb.; brother-in-law, Captain Dan (Jillian) Blackburn of Burlington, N.J.; and mother-in-law, Barbara Blackburn of Holdrege, Neb.; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 11 a.m. from the Salem Lutheran Church in Superior, Neb., with Pastor Kathryn Bates officiating.
Music was "I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry," "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" and "Amazing Grace," with Stephanie Thayer as the soloist and Sonia Schmidt as her accompanist.
Visitation was held on July 14, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. to greet friends.
Pallbearers were Wayne Hahn, Michael Grubb, Gary Griess, Michael Blackburn, Adam Hahn and Ben Hahn. Honorary pallbearer was Molly Blackburn.
Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Superior, Neb.
Memorials may go in care of the family to be designated at a later date.
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

William Lee Statz
William Lee Statz, the son of William and Hazel (Adamson) Statz, was born on June 12, 1937, on a farm north of Nelson, Neb. He died on July 11, 2017, at Parkview Haven Nursing Home at Deshler, Neb., at the age of 80 years.
Bill graduated from Nelson High School and then entered the United States Air Force. He began his federal career in 1956 as an electronic technician, serving six years in the military. Upon leaving the Air Force, he began a missile systems career in 1961, working with the Douglas Aircraft Corporation and General Dynamics Corporation on the Atlas ICBM and the Saturn IVB Apollo system before returning to federal service at the Polaris Missile Facility at Charleston, S.C., as an inspector of quality control in September 1964.
Here he began a career of service at the Missile Guidance System test area. Processing A1, A2, A3, C3 and C4 guidance system for fleet deployment. His career period has spanned every generation of F.B.M.system processed at Pomflant, from A1 Polaris through C4 Trident.
He received the Navy Unit Commendation Award in 1979 and 1990 and Meritorious Unit Commendation in 1985.
Upon retirement from federal service, Bill returned to Nelson and did remodeling work on homes in the area, built cabinets and furniture, and his hobbies included farming on his farm north of Nelson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wendell and Raymund; and his sister, Doris.
He is survived by his three children: Wendy Statz Shaw and family; Bill Statz, Jr., and family; and Lori Ann Statz; his sisters, Elizabeth Woodside of Cozad, Neb., Irene Hafen of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Helen Sloan of Bloomfield, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. from the Grace Evangelical Free Church in Superior, Neb., with Pastor David Johnson officiating.
Music was "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace," with Carlita Price as the organist and Ruth Watts as the soloist.
Visitation was held on Monday, July 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Megrue-Price Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Chris McClure, Curtis Schiermeyer, Josh Jacobitz, Terri Jacobitz, Bruce Chapman and Donald Williams.
Private family inurnment was in the Nelson Cemetery at Nelson, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to go to American Cancer Society
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.

Virginia Rhoads
Virginia Lee Martin Rhoads was born on June 16, 1929, on a farm near Mt. Clare, Neb., the oldest child of Robert James Harold and Helen (McFarland) Martin. She died on July 16, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Center at Superior, Neb., at the age of 88 years.
She was baptized and became a member of the Beulah Reformed Presbyterian Church, later transferring her membership to the First Presbyterian Church in Superior, Neb. She graduated from Superior High School and worked in the Superior area her entire life. On Feb. 8, 1948, she was united in marriage to Roy D. Rhoads. To this union four children were born: Reginald Dean, Richard Dean, Randall Dean and Royalee Deanne.
She was one of the first three individuals from Nebraska to pass the Nationally Certified Professional Secretary exam in 1950. She used her secretarial skills to start her own business, Rhoads Secretarial Service. She later became a certified abstractor and operated Abstracts, Inc., in conjunction with her secretarial business. She knew well the joy of a job well done and always loved her work. She was also active in the church, serving as deacon, elder, church secretary, session clerk and stated clerk of the Central Nebraska Presbytery. Among her many activities she enjoyed her time as a foster grandparent in the Superior schools. She was an avid reader with a great appreciation for the local library.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Roy, on June 6, 1976; her parents; her sister, Elaine Karnes of Poland, Ohio; and her brothers, Steve Martin of Belleville, Kan., and Rich Martin of Scott City, Kan.
She is survived by her four children: Royalee of Burnsville, Minn.; Randy Rhoads (Cindy) of Superior, Neb.; Richard Rhoads (Karen) of Kearney, Neb.; and Reginald Rhoads (Mary) of Grand Island, Neb.; as well as six grandchildren, Mickayla Ochsner (Michael), Marcella Anthony (Michael), Abigail Hanzlik (Curtis), Richard Rhoads, Jr. (Casey), Alisha Lautenschlager (J. Allen), and Joshua Rhoads (Ashley); 10 great-grandchildren, Addison and Logan Oschsner; Caroline, Everett and Louis Hanzlik; Paris, Ethan and Julianne Lautenschlager; and Makayla and Jaxson Rhoads; sister-in-law, Lora Martin of Belleville, Kan.; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 2 p.m. from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, Neb., with Pastor David Watters officiating.
Music was "Amazing Grace" and "Old Rugged Cross," with Carlita Price as the accompanist.
Visitation was held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with family present from 5 to 7 to greet friends.
Pallbearers were Richard Rhoads, Jr., Joshua Rhoads, J. Lautenschlager, Paris Lautenschlager, James Zoltenko and Cole Zoltenko.
Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Superior, Neb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to go to the First Presbyterian Church or the Superior Public Library.
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.

Larry Miller
Larry George Miller, 68, of Deshler, died last Sunday at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The son of George and Eva (Newman) Miller, he was born July 31, 1948, in Deshler.
He was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church in Deshler. Larry grew up in the Deshler area and graduated from Deshler High School with the Class of 1966.
Larry entered the United States Army on June 26, 1968, serving in Okinawa, Japan. On Nov. 3, 1968, he was united in marriage to Mary Stierlen at Grace Lutheran Church, Hebron. After he was honorably discharged on June 16, 1970, the couple moved to Deshler and were blessed with two children, Tiffany and Travis.
After returning home, Larry worked with his father at Miller Construction as a heavy equipment operator doing dirt work in various places. After George retired, Larry took over the business. He was an excellent heavy equipment operator and continued to work for area contractors after retirement until his death.
Larry liked being outdoors, hunting, fishing and later playing golf. He raised quail and pheasants and released them into the wild for all to enjoy. He was involved with Peasants Forever and the Isaac Walton League. Most of all Larry liked time with his family, especially teasing the grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Brooke Roth; and other family members.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Phil Shaw (Tiffany); a son, Travis Miller; the mother of his children, Mary Miller; sisters, Mrs. Jerry Williamson (Dee) and Terry Cabrera; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, Avery; other family and friends.
His funeral was Friday at Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler, with Pastor Richard Stevenson officiating. Private family inurnment will be at a later date. Military honors by Deshler American Legion Post No. 352. Kroll Funeral Home of Deshler was in charge of the arrangements.

Daniel Beaty
Daniel James Beaty, 37, died last Wednesday in Lincoln. He was born June 10, 1980, in Superior to Paul and Audrey Bower Beaty.
Dan graduated from Superior High School and made his home in Superior.  Daniel was married for 11 years. His work life consisted of operating everything from semis, lawnmowers, sprayers and motorgraters. His hobbies included disc golf, fishing, motorcycles, playing pool and time with friends and family.
Daniel loved Jesus, family and his pets. He was accused by friends of talking too much about God and Jesus.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Tom and Adeline Beaty and Jack and Betty Bower; a niece, Adeline Wengler; and his brother, Samuel Beaty.
He is survived by his parents, Paul and Audrey Beaty of Superior; sisters, Mrs. Bill McDonald (Kristie) of Aurora; Mrs. Dave Platt (RoseAnn) of Franklin; a brother, Japheth Beaty of Edmonton, Canada; and seven grandchildren
His funeral was Monday at the Riverton Cemetery, with  Pastor David Wilson officiating.

Gary Ritz
Gary LaRue Ritz, 76, died July 30 in Salina. He was born to Leonard and Josephine Ritz March 27, 1941, in Beloit.
Gary attended Athens Grade School and graduated from Glen Elder High School in 1959. He joined the Kansas Army Reserve National Guard following graduation and went to basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and then on to truck driving school in Fort Eustis, Newport News, Va. He was stationed in El Paso, Texas, and served in active duty during the Berlin Crisis. Gary was honorably discharged in 1967.
In 1963, Gary and Roberta Nyberg were married. They began farming jointly with Gary's parents. Shortly thereafter they moved northeast of the Athen's Cemetery in Jewell County. Gary and Roberta retired from farming in 2003 and moved to Beloit in 2011. He was a lifetime member of Glen Elder United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing card games, camping, collections, reading, researching, analyzing, traveling and shopping.
Survivors include his wife, Roberta, of the home; sons, Dennis Ritz, Glen Elder, and Curtis Ritz, Manhattan; daughter, Mrs. Michael Montey (Sherry), Salina; sisters, Lynda Becker and Becky Waggoner; eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, his parents and his grandparents.
His funeral was held July 6 at the Glen Elder United Methodist Church. Roberts Family Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

James Eilert
James Theodore Eilert, 66, died Friday at the Mitchell County Hospital. He was born July 11, 1951, in Beloit, the son of Harold and Ernestine (Mick) Eilert.
Jim grew up in Beloit and graduated from Beloit High School in 1969. He obtained a bachelor's degree in agronomy from Kansas State University. He was a loan officer and sold real estate. He had several hobbies with his favorites being gardening, mowing, fishing and golfing. He did many things well, but none better than being a dad and a papa. He always put his family first. His grandchildren were the greatest joy of his life. He was anxious to welcome his 10th grandchild, Tristan Theodore Reece Eilert, who arrived just hours after Jim's death.
Jim is survived by his mother, Ernestine Mick, Beloit; sons, Jason of Topeka, Judd of Osborne and Joshua of Morgantown, W.V.; 10 grandchildren; siblings, Steve Eilert, John Eilert, Larry Eilert, Jan Marks, Melvin Eilert, Becky Braley, Marti McElroy, Judy Tracy and Ted Eilert; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church, Beloit. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) at the Roberts Family Funeral Home. A rosary service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Church. Roberts Family Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Phyllis Mahin
Phyllis Mahin, 83, of Courtland, died Friday in Superior.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Courtland Methodist Church, with burial in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Courtland. Visitation was yesterday (Wednesday), 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, with family present from 5:30 to 7 to greet friends. Megrue-Price is in charge of the arrangements.

Donna Troudt
Donna Mae Troudt, 77, died last Tuesday at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior. The daughter of Bina Darlene (Hunsaker) and Leland Reed Henderson, she was born March 11, 1940, in Concordia.
Donna was united in marriage with Melvin Herman Troudt on Jan. 13, 1957, at Mankato. This union was blessed with three children, Penney Lee, Phillip Lynn and Leslie Dean. They lived in and around the Superior area until 1959, when they moved to New Mexico where Melvin was employed in construction work. They returned to Nebraska in 1960 and lived in Guide Rock. Pursuing their working careers, they resided in a number of communities in Nebraska, Kansas and Texas. In 1976, they returned to the Guide Rock community to make their home. Through the years Donna had been employed in retail work, waitressing in cafes and working as a cook. Her personality was pervaded by a genuine kindness and desire to help others. She was happiest when she was involved with her community and serving her friends and family.
In her leisure time Donna enjoyed her home working in the yard, gardening and mowing. She volunteered for many years at the Guide Rock Library and liked doing story hour with the children. She especially liked camping with her grandchildren and cooking for them at their camp sites. Her endearing smile and gracious nature will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew her.
She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Fairfield; the Guide Rock American Legion Auxiliary and the Guide Rock Funeral Committee.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Melvin, and brothers, Donald and Theodore Henderson.
Survivors include her children: Penney Amack of Superior, Phillip Troudt of Guide Rock and Leslie Troudt of Oakton, Va.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Aug. 20, at Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud.

Lois Schiermeyer
Lois Mildred Schiermeyer, the daughter of Herman Fred Schiermeyer and Lena Sharlotte (Grummert) Schiermeyer was born May 2, 1935, in Bird City, Kan. She was baptized May 26, 1935, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Bird City, Kan., and was confirmed Aug. 17, 1947, at Salem Lutheran Church, Superior, Neb.
Lois died April 15, 2017, at Silver Bluff Village, Canton, N.C., after a long painful bout of colon cancer at the age of 81 years, 11 months, 17 days.
Lois moved to Nebraska in 1938 where she attended Fairview School District No. 49 and graduated from Nelson High School in 1952. Upon graduating, she worked at the welfare department at the court house in Nelson.
She then moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she worked at the Lutheran Church headquarters. When the headquarters moved to Minneapolis, Minn., she moved with them.
Lois joined the Central Intelligence Agency on Aug. 3, 1965, where she serviced as an operations support officer in the Directorate of Operations. She worked both at CIA headquarters in McLean, Va., and serviced overseas in Africa, Latin America and south Asia.
She retired July 31, 1993, and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal.
Among some of the main stops in her job were Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Kenya, Helvetica, LeSotho, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa countries and many more places.
In her spare time or in her many travels to come back to the U.S., she visited France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy and many more countries.
She has left to mourn her: cousins and her good friends and neighbors in N.C., Roberta and Carol. They had this to say about her, "Lois was a very private person who enjoyed solitude. She enjoyed the company of her dogs and spent many hours outside planting flowers and plants. She enjoyed sitting outside watching the bird and being surrounded by the natural beauty of the area where she lived."
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her only brother, LeRoy, and numerous cousins.
A graveside service for Lois will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Superior, with Pastor Ronald Kuehner proceeding.

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