The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Nov. 8, 2018, in

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Ilene Aurand, William Daugherty, Kenny Eggers, Nellie Rathke, Ladd Gharring, Remington Elting, Alfred Mueller, Alice Driggs, Anita Stone, Virginia Roe

Ilene Aurand
Ilene Charlotte Anna Aurand, the daughter of Henry and Martha (Vienop) Fangmeyer, was born on Oct. 1, 1928, in Deshler, Neb. She died on Oct. 29, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Center at Superior, Neb., at the age of 90 years and 28 days.
Ilene attended school, graduating from Chester High School. She was united in marriage to Ward Aurand on Aug. 8, 1987, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hardy, Neb.
Ilene was employed at Big Byron Agra Services in Byron, and Hardy State Bank as a bookkeeper.
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hardy, their Ladies Aide, which is now Lutheran Church Women, the Women's Club in Hardy and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a Girl Scout leader from Brownies to Senior Scouts and was a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and taking care of her flower garden.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clifford Fangmeyer; nephew, Paul Fangmeyer; and son-in-law, Sonny Payne.
Survivors include her husband, Ward Aurand, of Courtland, Kan.; daughter, Shirley Payne, of Hastings, Neb.; and son, Steve Hespen, and wife, Judy, of Carriere, Miss.; her brother, Orville Fangmeyer, and wife, Sharon, of Twentynine Palms, Calif.; four grandchildren, Michael Fry, Marti Spitz and husband, Dale, Hunter Hespen and Haley Hespen; five great-grandchildren, Brett Kehn, T.J. Sorensen, and Chloe, Zhoe and Kelsie Fry; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at 2 p.m., from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, Neb., with The Rev. Breen Marie Sipes officiating.
Music was "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace," solo by Stephanie Thayer, with Carlita Price as the organist.
Visitation was held on Nov. 2, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Pallbearers were Myron Eitzmann, Monte Dahl, Jack Clark, Dennis Lauritzen, Clay Aurand and Wes Clark.
Interment was in the Rosemound Cemetery, south Hardy, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to 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 Daugherty
William Elmer "Bill" Daugherty, Jr., 71, of Salina, died Thursday at his home. The son of William Elmer Daugherty, Sr., and Lois Evelyn (Garton) Daugherty, he was born June 8, 1947, in Superior. He graduated from Republic High School and then Emporia State University.
Following his education, he served with the United States Air Force for 21 years until his retirement and honorable discharge. After his service, he returned to the Republic County area, where worked at Pizza Hut in Belleville and the Green Lantern in Salina.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Wilma J. Willenborg.
Survivors include three brothers, Alan Daugherty of San Antonio,Texas, Clifford Daugherty of Phoenix, Ariz., and Melvin Daugherty of Topeka; one sister, Evelyn Daugherty, of Topeka; nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Bachelor-Surber Memorial Chapel, Belleville, with Pastor Roger Walls officiating. Interment will be at the Union Valley Cemetery, rural Belleville. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the McConnell Air Force Base Honor Guard. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenny Eggers
Kenneth Eugene Eggers (Kenny) died Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Marysville, Kan. He was 86 years old. He is sorely missed and was loved by so many.
Kenny is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Jo Ann (Johnson), his children, Teresa Tompkins of Murrieta, Calif, (Christopher), Lori Heitmann of Chester, Neb. (Ward), Daniel Eggers of Costa Mesa, Calif. (Caren), and Sheri Baxa of Salina, Kan. (Steve); 11 grandchildren, Ryan Howe, Heather Cornett, Kristin Cottam, Jami Kassabaum, Emilie Long, Jennifer Eggers, Bradley Eggers, Grant Eggers, Haley Killough, Drew Baxa, Derek Baxa; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ruby Eggers and Alice Eggers. Kenny was preceded in death by his grandson, Kyle Andrew Heitmann; and his brothers, Eberhard Eggers (Mae), Paul Eggers (Lenora), Walter Eggers, Max Eggers; and a sister, Gertrude Mason (William).
Kenny was born in Byron, Neb., on Sept. 21, 1932, to Herman and Emilie Eggers, the youngest of six siblings. He was raised in Byron and attended school in Republic, Kan., graduating in 1950.
In 1953 Kenny joined the United States Navy and actively fought in the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Eversole. His service ended with an honorable discharge in June 1955. He proudly received the Korean Service Medal (three stars), the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the United Nations Service Medal, the China Service Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.
On Aug. 25, 1954, Kenny married the love of his life, Jo Ann Johnson of Republic, Kan. In August 1957 they moved to Santa Ana, Calif., where he got a job with the United States Postal Service. They remained in California, moving to Garden Grove in 1960, where they continued to raise their family until he retired. They left California and relocated to Nebraska in 1988. Their final home was in Chester, Neb.
Kenny was always happy and had a great sense of humor. He was always glad to see you and always had time to visit with you. He was an avid golfer. He loved watching sports, reading the newspaper, and never missed reading the "funny papers." He loved God and loved his church. He was always busy and loved working in his garage or his garden. He loved his family dearly and was a wonderful husband, great dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend.
A funeral service was held at St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, Neb., on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., with graveside service immediately following at the Chester Cemetery.
Military graveside rites were conducted by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard and the American Legion State-Line Post No. 317, Hubbell, Neb.
Visitation was from 1 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, Kan., with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Online condolences may be left at
Memorials are suggested to the Kenneth E. Eggers Memorial.
Special thanks to the many kind caregivers at the Lighthouse Memory Support Residence in Marysville, Kan.
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, Kan., was in charge of the arrangements.

Nellie Rathke
Nellie Guffin (Wheeler) Rathke, 89, of Walton, died Oct. 23. She was born Dec. 29, 1928, in Emmet, Idaho, to William and Bessie (La Grande) Guffin. In 1936, the family moved to Mankato, where Nellie became a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Nellie married Wesley Mack Wheeler in 1949 and raised three sons in Topeka. Wes preceded her in death in 1981. In 1982, Nellie married Leo Lorence Rathke and moved to Emporia. She joined the Lutheran Church and added his four children to her family. Leo preceded her in death in 2004.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and four siblings.
Nellie became a DAR member in 1982 and served as chaplain until she returned to Topeka in 2004.
Survivors include her children: Tony Wheeler, Mark Wheeler, Lance Wheeler, Mrs. Bruce Clark (Theresa), Leo Junior Rathke, Mrs. Jeff Nemmers (Melody) and Michael Rathke; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Walter, Sandra, David and Charisse.
Graveside service was last Monday at West Lawn Memorial Gardens, Topeka.

Ladd Gharring
Graveside service for Ladd E. Gharring, 73, the son of Ivan and Verleen (Whiteley) Gharring, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Nelson Cemetery. He died on Oct. 4 in York.
He is survived by his parents, Ivan and Verleen Gharring of Greenville, Mich.; a sister, Dee Ann Piper of Sheridan, Mich.; and two nephews. Klawitter-Price Funeral Home of Nelson is in charge of the arrangements.

Remington Elting
Remington Wells Elting, 28, of Davenport, died at Thayer County Health Services in Hebron. The son of Kurtis and Susie (Enghauser) Elting, he was born Nov. 7, 1989, in Belleville.
Rem grew up in the Davenport area, attending St. Peter Lutheran School and graduating from Bruning-Davenport High School with the Class of 2008. He also attended Southeast Community College in Beatrice, and was a 2011 graduate of the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa.
After college he did an internship at the Aurora Co-op in Carleton. He worked for Elting Pivot Service, Thayer
County Department of Roads and RW's Dining and Drinks, before starting his own business, Elting Seamless Gutters.
He helped friends with race cars and organized and attended road rallies. He loved his family and friends, especially his nephew, Rexton. Rem had a talent with all equipment. He could operate or drive anything. Rem was a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedensau, where he was baptized and confirmed. He was also a member of the Davenport Volunteer Fire Department and drove the Thayer County Ambulance. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Orval Elting, Robert Enghauser and Maxine Needman.
He is survived by his parents, Kurtis and Susie Elting of Davenport; a brother, Reuben Elting of Davenport; a nephew; grandmother, Esther Elting of Deshler; uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Funeral was held Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedensau (rural Hebron). Officiant was Pastor Jose Flores. Burial was in the Carleton Cemetery.

Alfred Mueller
Alfred Mueller, 83, of Superior, died Monday at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior. He was born Nov. 15, 1934, to Henry and Alma (Meyer) Mueller in Thayer County, Neb., near Kiowa
Survivors include his daughter, Pam Poulos of Lincoln; son, Bruce Mueller of Greeley, Colo.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces, nephews other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior, with Pastor Robert Hopkins officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.tomorrow (Friday), with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Superior. Williams Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of the arrangements.

Alice Driggs
Alice Driggs, 84, of Bentonville, Ark., died Sept. 14. The daughter of Raymond and Ruby (Hall) Ballard, she was born Dec. 2, 1933, near Republic.
She married Raymond Driggs on Jan. 5, 1964. To this union were born four sons.
She was preceeded in death by her parents, husband and two siblings, Leonard Ballard and Aleda Wenzel.
Survivors include her sons and their wives, Richard and Kathy, Dale and Cindy, Larry and Lauri, and Dan and Susan, all of Bentonville; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Larine Driggs-Mckinney, Haskell, Texas; Emma McKinney and Glenn Platt, both of Superior, David Platt of Kentucky, Linda Cox and Marvin Platte of Hastings; and cousins, Betty Hall Gemmer and Raymond Hall, both of Superior.
Her funeral was held Sept. 21 in Bentonville.

Anita Stone
Classmates of Anita (Williams) Stone have learned of her death. She was a member of the Superior High School Class of 1965.

Virginia Roe
A longtime Superior area resident and former school teacher at Mankato, Virginia Roe, died Monday.

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