The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Feb. 11, 2016

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Beth Tyler, David Taylor, Joy Nickle, Mary Harig, Scott Calahan, Georgia Keim, Harry Kreissler, Raymond Grummert, Carol Hess


Beth Tyler
Beth (Ferguson) Tyler was born June 4, 1925, to John Harold and Leatha (Bashford) Ferguson at Concordia, Kan.
Being born very premature, she was not expected to survive and was not given a middle name because that would be "too much more weight to bear." Yet, she survived until Jan. 31, 2016, almost reaching the age of 91.
Beth grew up on the family farm in the beautiful hills and valley of White Rock Creek, northeast of Mankato. She attended Steu-ben rural school and Mankato High School where she graduated in 1943. Beth had a passion for mechanical drawing.
After her high school graduation, she went to Kansas State University wanting to major in mechanical drawing. At that time this major was not open to women but they told her that if she could get two more women to enroll in that major they would open it to them. So there was three in that major. After three semesters, an illness forced her to return home.
In February, 1945, Beth accepted a position with the War Department at the Topeka Army Air Field as an engineering draftsman. During this time, she decided she wanted to learn to fly, Beth started taking flying lessons. There were days when she and the instructor were grounded until the holes in the canvas covered airplane could be patched. Beth was ready for solo flight when once again an illness requiring surgery forced her back home in October of 1945.
In April, 1946, Beth accepted a position with the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation as an engineering draftsman. Her duties included drafting plans and profiles of irrigation canals. On Aug. 23, 1946, she resigned her position.
On Sept. 1, 1946, Beth was united in marriage to Alva C. Tyler at the Methodist church in Mankato, Kan. To this union five children were born: James, a stillborn baby girl, Joe (William), Jack and Janet. They made their home on a farm northeast of Mankato were Beth was living her greatest passion of being a wife, mother and homemaker. In the 1970s Beth was employed as a janitor with the Mankato school. After retirement, Beth enjoyed traveling and camping with friends and neighbors.
Beth was a lifelong member of the Harmony United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post No. 7830, and Friendship Circle Club, all of Mankato.
Beth and Alva celebrated 65 years of marriage. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alva, baby daughter, and her parents.
She is survived by her children: Jim and his wife, Alice Tyler, Mankato, Joe, Scandia, Kan., Jack, Janie and Joel, all of Mankato; grandchildren, Trisa and Mike, Travis and Rachel, Kristopher, Joseph and Michele, Jacob, Jessa and Jordan, Bobi and Aaron, Chanse, Lara and Mitch, and Kari; step-grandchildren, Trevor, Trent, Taylar and Tiarra; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dr. John, and his wife Bonnie, Ferguson; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Her funeral was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Harmony United Methodist Church, Mankato, with Pastor Gerry Sharp officiating. Lyle Dauner was the pianist. Casketbearers were Jordan Cousland, Mitch Ketterl, Aaron Cross, Brian Ferguson, Corey Ferguson and Neil Becker. Honorary casketbearers were Jake Tyler, Joseph Tyler, Travis Tyler, Chanse Moser, Kris Tyler and Mike Gongolas. Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Mankato. The family suggested memorials to Harmony United Methodist Church. Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Melby Mortuary Chapel, Mankato, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Online condolences may be left at www.melbymortuary. com. Melby Mortuary, 402 N. High Street, Mankato, was in charge of arrangements.
No one knows when Beth Accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, but be assured when God asked her why should I let you into My Glorious Kingdom, she will reply, because your son, Jesus paid the price for me! God reply's ­ enter my kingdom my good and faithful servant.

David Taylor
David Gene Taylor, 56, of Esbon, Kan., died Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. 
He was born June 23, 1959, in Aztec, N.M., to Paul and Bonnie Taylor. He served his country in the United States Army with the 541st Engineering Company.
David lived most of his life in Washington State where he worked both in construction and trucking. He enjoyed building and remodeling homes and businesses, and contributed to many popular buildings in the Puget Sound area. He gave much of his time and talent to helping people with their building projects as well as to the church he attended when he lived there.
He is survived by his three children, Amanda Champion and her husband, Patrick, Daniel Taylor and his wife, Vanessa, and Jonathan Taylor. He is also survived by his five siblings, Paul Taylor and wife, Debbie; Pearl Hawkinson and her husband, Larry, Jim Taylor, Gail Jeffers, Justin Seymour and his wife, Christa, and Sheva Nicholas and her husband, Ted; his stepmother, Charlene Taylor; his three grandchildren, Travis, Paige and Cassidy; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Beverly.
He was known for his jokes, smile and ability to get people addicted to coffee.
His funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Wash. A reception followed at First Pentecostal Church in Auburn, Wash. Online memorials may be made to gtaylor.

Joy Nickle
Former Superior resident, Joy N. Nickle, of Hastings, died Jan. 31, 2016, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings, Neb., at the age of 92 years, 1 month and 23 days.
Joy was one of three children born to James Earl and Naomi Hannah (Pohlson) McClelland. She was born on Dec. 8, 1923, on a ranch near Calhan, Colo.
She graduated from Peyton High School, Peyton, Colo., and District 11 School of Practical Nursing, Colorado Springs; she also attended Beth-El School of Nursing in the early 1940s. Joy was united in marriage to Francis Edward Nickle, Sr. Oct. 29, 1943. at Fort Carson, Colo. To this union five children were born.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband,Francis, on Jan. 25, 1999; a brother, Jim McClelland, Jr.; and a sister, Winnie Miller.
She is survived by her children, Francis "Nick" Nickle Jr., Wayne Nickle and wife, Kathy, Clayton Nickle and wife, Stephanie, all of Colorado Springs, Gary Nickle and wife, Pat, of Lenexa, Kan., and Pam Walton and husband, Gary, of Superior, Neb.; grandchildren, Kati Ruyman, Lili Nickle, Chad Nickle, Sean Nickle, Kristine Smith, Kara Compton, Brook Pecha, Jason Nickle, Kaela Heneger, Holly Link and Brett Walton; great-grandchildren, Willa and Mexia Nickle, Mariah Urbina, Eldon Nickle, Owen and Ava Smith, Colby, Andrew and Hunter Compton, John and Aeryn Pecha, Mackenzie and Atticus Heneger and soon, Lydia Link; and a host of friends and relatives.
Her funeral was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home Chapel in Superior with Pastor Jeff Kimberly officiating.
Music was "Amazing Grace," and "I Can Only Imagine," sung by Stephanie Thayer with Carlita Price as her accompanist.
Visitation was held on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Inurnment will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 20, 2016 at the Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Memorials are suggested in Joy's name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N Commercial, Superior, Neb. 68978 or in care of www.pricefuneralhomes. com.
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Harig
A former Superior resident, Mary Harig, 91, died Friday at Hastings. Megrue-Price Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements for a funeral planned at a later time.

Scott Calahan
Scott Allen Calahan, 57, the son of Don and Rosa (Deterding) Callahan, was born May 3, 1958, in Deshler and raised in Carleton. He died Jan. 31 in Chandler, Ariz., with complications related to Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Shortly before his death, he chose to stop medical treatment and enter hospice care.
Scott attended Carleton Elementary School, and then went on to graduate from Bruning High School as the valedictorian of the Class of 1976. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on scholarship, and later graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in history, philosophy, and Bible from Grace College of the Bible, now Grace University, in Omaha.
Scott married Nancy Kathleen Pickerell, his high school sweetheart, on July 29, 1978, at First Congregational Church in Geneva. Scott and Nancy were the parents of four children, Joel, born in 1982, Nathaniel, born in 1985, Amy, born in 1988, and Melissa, born in 1990. Scott and family moved to Chandler, an eastern suburb of Phoenix in 1996, where they have lived since.
Scott was baptized at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Deshler, and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Carleton. Through his training as a pastor at Grace College of the Bible, Scott prepared for a life in the ministry. He was a Bible study leader and Sunday school teacher nearly all of his adult life. He served as a substitute and interim pastor for various churches in the Phoenix area, and was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Faith Community Church in Chandler.
Scott worked professionally in lighting and electrical sales and purchasing. He was a branch manager at Voss Lighting in Minneapolis, Minn., and then Phoenix for nearly 11 years. He was a purchasing and project manager at Golka Electric, in Mesa, Ariz., for eight years. He continued his line of work at Philips, for 3 years, until he could no longer work.
Scott was diagnosed with Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome in 2013. The disease causes non-cancerous tumors to grow along the central nervous system, especially in the spine and brain stem. In order to relieve pain and to remove tumors affecting his motor skills, Scott had 13 brain and spinal surgeries, most of them at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
Scott was preceded in death by his sister Lisa.
He is survived by his parents; Don and Rosa Calahan of Carleton; a sister, Mrs, Robert Williams (Vicki), of Carleton; a brother, Bruce, of Lincoln, Neb.; his wife, Nancy, of Chandler; children: Joel and Nathaniel Calahan, Mrs. Jacob Rust (Amy) and Mrs. Edgar (Melissa) Calahan-Gonzales; three grandchildren, Ezra, August and Ryan.
His funeral is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, Carleton. Pastors Jonathan Jensen and Kim Dunker will officiate. Burial will be in the Carleton City Cemetery. Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of arrangements.

Georgia Keim
Georgia L. Keim, 77, the daughter of Harold and Wilma (Bailey) Bice, died Monday at Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home in Hebron. Her funeral will be held at 10:30 a,m. Saturday at the Davenport United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Urbauer-Price Funeral Home in Davenport.

Harry Kreissler
Harry H. Kreissler, 89, of Hastings, formerly of Deshler and Fairfield, died Sunday. His funeral will be held at 10 Friday at the Good Samaritan Village's Villa Chapel.  Inurnment will be at a later date.  Price Funeral Home of Hebron is in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond Grummert
Raymond Edward Henry Grummert, the son of Arthur and Lydia (Ahrens) Grummert, was born on Nov. 19, 1925, in Smyrna, Neb. He died on Jan. 31, 2016, at the Christian Homes in Holdrege, Neb., at the age of 90 years, two months and 12 days.
Raymond was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, rural Superior. He attended Smyrna grade school and graduated from Superior High School in 1943. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Andreasen on Dec. 5, 1948, at Superior, Neb. This union was blessed with two daughters and a son.
He was engaged in farming in both the Deshler area and Superior area which was the family farm, retiring and moving to Holdrege, Neb., in 2009 to be closer to family. In July of 2014 he entered Christian Homes, where he resided until his death.
Raymond was a member of Spring Creek Square Dance Club, Eagles Club, Salem Lutheran Church and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. His hobbies included wood working and photography. He enjoyed playing cards with the local card club, square dancing and calling. He also liked to do crossword puzzles daily, at which he was amazing. They received the Ak-Sar-Ben 100-year Pioneer Award.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lydia; one brother, Dale; and an infant granddaughter, Tracy Lynn Jacobsen.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Holdrege, Neb.; daughters, Peggy Jacobsen and husband Carl of Holdrege, Neb., Lorraine Glisson and husband Stacy of Plainville, Kan., and son Tim Grummert of Holdrege, Neb.; sister-in-law Diane Grummert of Canon City, Colo.; special cousin Duane Ahrens and wife Karla of Torrington, Wyo.; five grandchildren, Christie (Jacobsen) Couvillion and husband, Claude of Monee, Ill., Brenda (Jacobsen) Smith and husband, Nick of Holdrege, Neb., Stacy Jr. Glisson and wife Rachael of Kansas City, Mo., Joe Glisson and fiance Haley Shaffer of Russell, Kan., Deni Glisson and fiance Terry Sumner of Plainville, Kan., nine great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at 11 a.m. from the Salem Lutheran Church in Superior, Neb., with Pastor Harry Cross officiating.
Music was "In The Garden," "Here I Am Lord" and "How Great Thou Art," with Sonia Schmidt as the accompanist.
Visitation was held on Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers were Steve Bargen, Ben Bargen, Scott Washington, Claude Couvillion, Nick Smith and Joe Glisson.
Interment was in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery at Superior, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to go to Salem 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.

Carol Hess
Carol F. Hess was born March 19, 1946, to Glenn and Doris Hess at the "midwife house" in Nelson, Neb. Carol graduated with the last class from the old Superior High School building in 1964. She enlisted in the Civil Service and worked for the U.S. Army most all her adult life. Initially for the ROTC program at Kearney State College in Nebraska, then at Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Wash.
A meticulous and detailed worker she received many, many awards and recognitions. She performed training and records processing, transferring people within the Army. The i's were not dotted nor the t's saluted until Carol said so and the brass knew it. She streamlined procedures, some being written into Fort Lewis' official operating regulations. Carol was proud of her career with the army. Her performance reviews stated: "demonstrates exceptional ability," "vastly exceeded my expectations," "professionalism and dedication." One of her latest performance evaluations included the following summary from her commanding officer:
"I have been most impressed with Ms. Hess' ability to cooperate and provide efficient and timely customer service. She is an outstanding civil servant whose dedication and efficiency is unparalleled within this division."
Carol's hobbies included ceramics, map collecting and talking. An upbeat talker, conversations often resulted in a bubbly explosion of details especially when reminiscing about people and good times. Forgot the color of your socks on Sept. 15, 1967? Carol may not remember, but she'd be up to the task! Retirement allowed several lengthy driving trips through Nebraska and Kansas visiting family and friends. Did we mention talking? Other hobbies included pets. As a child, a pig, cow, fish, cats, dog, etc. Mainly cats and one skunk. She was very concerned about "my babies" (cats) before her passing.
Carol died Jan. 9, 2016, in Tacoma. Recently suffering a debilitating stroke and previous anurysm Carol passed as she always wanted, relatively quickly and comfortably. Deteriorating health caused her retirement years ago. Carol received a great deal of kind, dedicated support from a nearby aunt and uncle during her last years. A considerate deed hard for the family to fully describe and fully express their gratitude of.
Carol was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents. Survivors include her brothers, David, Darel and Duane; niece, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and a multitude of widely dispersed friends.
Carol requested cremation with the spreading of her ashes in several places. The family will hold no public service.

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