The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Aug. 20, 2015

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Bobbie Wilson, Carroll Thronson, Lee Grove, Esther Folkerts, Gary James, Alberta Gutscher, Larry Chapman, Robert Munson Jr.


Bobbie Wilson
Barbara (Bobbie) L. Wilson, 80, died July 22 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Neb.
The daughter of Anne Mary Stewart, she was born in Omaha on March 4, 1935. Bobbie was raised all over. She was united in marriage to David B. Wilson on March 19, 1954, in Jefferson City, Mo. Together, they raised three children.
David worked for the railroad, which brought the family to Falls City. They made their home there for the past 32 years. Bobbie was a member of the Falls City Assembly of God Church. Anyone who knew her will remember her fondness of the color purple and the Looney Tunes character, "Tweety Bird."
She is survived by her husband, David B. Wilson, Falls City; children, David Wilson, Jr., Funk; Mrs. Daniel Judy (Brenda), Deshler; and Leetta Hafner, Kearney; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Good News Assembly of God Church in Falls City.
There will be nothing held at the funeral home. Hall Funeral Home, Falls City, is in charge of the arrangements.

Carroll Thronson
Carroll Eugene Thronson was born to John and Myrna (Gleason) Thronson, on Oct. 23, 1934, on a farm in rural Jewell County, Kan., and died Aug. 12, 2015, at his rural home near Mankato, Kan., at the age of 80 years, nine months and 19 days.
Carroll was raised in rural Jewell County and attended country grade schools graduating from Mankato High School.
Carroll joined the Army and was stationed in Germany. He returned to Jewell County and took up his passion of raising livestock. He preferred cattle and horses in farming to row corps. Row crops were for feed. He married Edna Irene McCleery on Feb. 25, 1961, at the Christian Church in Esbon, Kan. To this union four children were born: Carla, Douglas, Dwight and David.
Carroll was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Dale and Vernon; and two nephews, Roland and John Thronson.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Edna, of the home; daughter Carla (Thronson) Ost of Superior, Neb.; three sons, Douglas of Wichita, Kan., Dwight and wife Kristin, and David, all of rural Mankato, Kan.; four grandchildren, Ranae and husband, Danny Fuller, Eric Ost, Katie Thronson and Jordan Thronson; two great-grandchildren Danny Fuller and Emily Fuller; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Carroll's life was held Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at 3 p.m., at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mankato, Kan., with Pastor Dennis Beckmann officiating. Organist was Mrs. Kathy Beckmann, with congregational hymns. Military honors were presented by the United States Army Honor Guard from Fort Riley, Kan. Inurnment service will be held at a later time in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Mankato, Kan. The family suggests memorials to Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mankato or Solomon Valley Hospice, Beloit, Kan. Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Lee Grove
Lee Grove, 71, the son of Mae (Hansen) and Eldon Grove, was born July 7, 1944, at Superior. He died last Tuesday at his home at Cadams surrounded by his family.
Lee attended Cadams Grade School and graduated from the Superior High School with the Class of 1962. He continued his formal education and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1966. He served his country as a 1st lieutenant in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968. He was stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge from service he returned home to farm.
He had served on both the Nebraska Wheat Board and the Nebraska Ethanol Board.
Survivors include his son, Kit Grove of Lawrence, Kan.; a daughter, Amanda Grove, and husband Ron Dalah of Santa Monica, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Ed Schrock (Judy) of Elm Creek.
A private family graveside service was held. The Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Esther Folkerts
Esther M. (Meinking) Folkerts, 89, died last Wednesday at the Mulder Health Care Center in West Salem, Wis.
The youngest of nine children, she was born on Aug. 8, 1926, near Bangor, Wis., to Richard F. and Martha (Streeck) Meinking. Esther farmed with her brothers and sisters on the family farm until it was sold in 1979.  Esther, was in her 50s, when she fell in love with a gentleman from Nebraska. On June 24. 1979, she and Wessel W. Folkerts were married. They lived in Carleton until moving to Davenport in the spring of 1980.  In 1987 they moved to Alexandria where Esther worked at the grocery store. She remained in Nebraska for several years after Wessel's death in October of 1998 before returning to Wisconsin to care for her aging brothers.
She is survived by her stepchildren, Robert,  Mark, Carl and Lee Folkerts,  and Mrs. Mike Blum (Cindy). 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wessel; her siblings, Walter. Edith, Harold, Wilbert, Ione, Herbert and Donald Meinking and Elvira Horstman. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Carleton City Cemetery. Visitation will be tonight (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Urbauer-Price Funeral Home in Davenport.

Gary James
Gary L. James, 67 of rural Ruskin, died last Wednesday at his home near Ruskin.
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Alberta Gutscher
A former Burr Oak resident, Alberta Gutscher, 101, died Monday. Her funeral is planned for 2 p.m. Monday at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Guide Rock Cemetery.

Larry Chapman
Larry "Chappy" Chapman, 75, was born on Jan. 9, 1940, in Medford, Ore. He died Sunday, Aug. 9, in Belleville, Kansas. Chappy attended Golden Ridge School and Wakefield Rural High School before graduating from Minneapolis High School in 1958. He was drafted into the Army in 1963, and was stationed in Germany. He owned the International Harvester dealership in Belleville for several years. He was later employed by Alsop's Sand Company, where he was known for his ability to fix just about anything with a motor and his genius mind for designing and manufacturing.
Chappy was a member of the ISIS Shriners, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the American Legion. Chappy greeted everyone with a smile and a joke and never took himself too seriously.
He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Elmer Chapman. Survivors include his children, Doug Chapman of Goffstown, N.H., Mrs. Victor Cerda (Jenny). His life was celebrated from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Belleville Country Club. Burial will be Highland Cemetary, Wakefield, Kan., at a future time. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Munson Jr.
Robert Eugene Munson, Jr., 47, Belleville, was born Dec. 3, 1967. After he was missing for two weeks, Rob's body was found Aug. 15, near Clyde.
He was born to Robert E. Munson, Sr. and Valerie (Winters) Munson at the Tripler Military Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii.
After attending school in Hawaii and Nebraska, Rob made his home in Belleville. He was a painter by trade. He enjoyed fishing, camping and dirt bike racing.
Survivors include his father, Robert Munson, Sr. and stepmother, Cheryl Eastep, of Pittsburg, Kan.; a son, Larry Munson, of Albion; a daughter, Nikki Munson, of Fresno, Calif.; two brothers, Brad Munson of Manhattan, Kan., and Scott Munson of Norfolk; two sisters, Donna Munson of Waianae, Hawaii and Robin Rayno of Guthrie, Okla.; step-sisters, Marlo Hiller, Pittsburg, Kan., Melissa Brown, Carleton, Jamie Blake, Belvidere, Carmalita Ines, and Ruby Ines of Hawaii; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Valerie Holden; and his sister, Tracy Munson.
A graveside service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Washington Cemetery, near Republic. A memorial service will be held at the Pittsburg American Legion Post at 6 p.m. Sunday. Family and friends are invited to attend. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, is in charge of arrangements.

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