The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Aug. 25, 2016

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Betty Puckett, Carol Drake, Patsy Groves, Francis Placke, Lloyd Soukop, Kenneth Denzin, Venita Franey, Marvin Engel


Betty Puckett
Betty Ayers Puckett, 89, of Jefferson City, Mo., died last Tuesday at Oak Tree Villas. She was born June 11, 1927, in Superior, the daughter of the late George F. and Mattie (Doud) Ayers.
She married Allen B. Wolfenbarger Oct. 13, 1947. He died in 1966. Two daughters were born to this union, Georgia Lee Brown, (deceased) and Jo Ann Carranza, Jefferson City, Mo. She married Luther Puckett in 1968. He preceded her in death in 2003.
Most of Betty's life was in southern California raising her family. She retired from 3M Medical Laboratories in Ventura, Calif. In 1991, Luther and Betty moved from Camarillo, Calif., to Jefferson City. Afterward, she was active in various clubs. She especially enjoyed her weekly bridge group. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church for more than 20 years.
Survivors include her daughter, Jo Ann Carranza of Jefferson City; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Lyle Ayers; daughter, Georgia Lee Brown and great-granddaughter, Brookelynn Fields.
A memorial service was held Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church with The Rev. Sam Powell officiating. Her body was donated to the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Medicine. Arrangements were under the direction of Houser-Millard Funeral Directors, Jefferson City, Mo.

Carol Drake
Carol E. Drake, 83, of Superior, died last Wednesday at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior. The daughter of Marion and Opal (Stone) Cleveland, she was born Nov. 22, 1932, in Biggs, Calif.
Carol grew up in the Lovewell area and graduated from Lovewell High School with the Class of 1951. On Aug. 16, 1953, Carol was united in marriage to William E. "Bill" Drake in Hastings. This union was blessed with the birth of three children: two sons and a daughter. Carol had worked for a short time as a waitress at Dalton's Cafe in Hastings before she and Bill left for California for four years while Bill was in the service. They returned to Hastings for a short period before coming to Superior in 1957.
Bill owned and operated Drake's TV and Electric for many years in Superior. Carol was his bookkeeper as well as partner. In her spare time, Carol enjoyed gardening, camping and time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Carol was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, William E. Drake, of Superior; sons, Doug Drake of Clay Center, Neb., and Curt Drake of Superior; daughter, Mrs. Tom Russell (Pam) of Trumbull; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sharon Conrad of Hastings; brothers: Carlie Cleveland of Hastings and Larry Cleveland of Westminster, Colo.; other relatives and friends.
Her funeral was held Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Superior, with Pastor Dorothy Smith officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Superior. Williams Funeral Home of Superior was in charge of the arrangements.

Patsy Groves
Patsy Ann Groves, 79, died Sunday at Mitchell County Hospital, Beloit. Services will be at a later date. Kleppinger Funeral Home, Jewell, is handling arrangements.

Francis Placke
Francis Eugene Placke, the son of Arnold and Delores (Stamer) Placke, was born on July 30, 1942, in Hastings, Neb. He died on Aug. 20, 2016, at Brodstone Memorial Hospital at Superior, Neb., at the age of 74 years and 21 days. He attended Morton Elementary School in Hastings and Superior Public Schools in Superior. On June 22, 1962, he was united in marriage to Shari Lyn Hannegan and to this union was born three children. Francis was a lifelong member of Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior.
From the third grade on Francis never missed a day of school. He had a love of all things sports. In his younger days he played basketball, football, track and baseball. He was very competitive and athletic. He enjoyed watching his children in their sporting activities and later in life took up golfing with his boys. His wife, kids and grandkids were the most important thing in his life. He worked for Ideal Cement for 24 years until the plant closed. He and Shari owned and operated the liquor store downtown also for some time. For a short period he worked for the county assessor and then at the Wheelers store and car wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, George V. Person, brothers, Larry and Arnold and a nephew, Mark Placke.
He is survived by his wife, Shari of Superior, Teresa Barrett and husband, Dave, of Hastings, Neb., James Placke and wife, Holly, of Seward, Neb., and Jeffrey Placke and wife, Kelly, of Seward, Neb.; eight grandchildren, Jordan Barrett, Brady Barrett, Lindsey Placke, Kendra Placke, Breanna Placke, Jordan Burhoop, Avery Placke and Cambry Placke. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Dara Placke, of Grand Island, Neb., his aunt, Irene Wendell, of Hastings, Neb., along with nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and many friends.
His funeral was held on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at 2 p.m. from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, Neb., with David Watters officiating.
Music was "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," "The Green Green Grass of Home" and "The Old Rugged Cross," with Stephanie Thayer as soloist and Carlita Price as organist.
Visitation was held on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present to greet friends.
Pallbearers were Mel Crowe, Jay Nielsen, Steve Siebecker, Phil Stineman, Jerry Applegate, Bruce Thayer and Jay Peterson. Honorary pallbearers were Marty Tietjen, Wylie Jensen, Dr. Tim Blecha, Tom Sorensen, Ron Thayer and Gene Bruening.
Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Superior, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to go to the Superior Country Club or the Superior Red Caps
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.

Lloyd Soukop
Lloyd Soukop, 89, a longtime resident of Grand Island died Aug. 5, at the Golden Living Center at Park Place.
Mr. Soukop was born June 2, 1927, to Joseph and Henrietta (Zickmund) Soukop at Nelson. He grew up on the family farm and attended elementary and high school in Nelson.
He learned to sing and play a guitar as a young boy. His favorite was "Old Shep" and country music. On Oct. 23, 1945 he entered the U.S. Army serving in Northern Italy with the occupation forces. Having attained the rank of T-5 serving as a mail clerk and was trained as an information-education instructor. Lloyd was honorably discharged on April 1, 1947.
Following the military, he worked at Biermans Auto Electric in Kearney from 1949-52. While living in Kearney, he married Mattie Delano on July 8, 1951. He opened a shop in Lexington which he ran for two years. On Jan. 1, 1954, he opened Lloyd and Herb's Tune Up and Used Cars with Herb Heusel. They were partners until they retired in 1997. Being an accomplished pilot, he flew his own plane to many markets, purchasing cars for the used car side of the business. Along with flying, Lloyd enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing and training Brittney hunting dogs. A favorite pass time was playing cards with family and friends. He drove to Nelson on Monday nights to play cards at the Legion Club while his health permitted.
He served on the Nebraska Dealer Licensing Board for two terms from 1985-97. Serving many committees, he enjoyed chairing the legislative committee the most, as it pertained to laws which affected dealers and protected the consumer. He promoted good business ethics. His other memberships included the Eagles, VFW and Platt Deutsch.
Survivors include brother, George Soukup of Salem Ore.; and nieces, Sharon Schiermeyer and Connie Laluk of Superior.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years on April 2, 2008; his parents; brothers, Henry and Emil Soukop; in infant brother, Joseph.
His funeral was held Aug. 13, at All Faiths Funeral Home with Daniel Naranjo officiating.
Cremation took place following the service with burial of ashes at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery at Superior. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army and United Veterans Honor Guard.

Kenneth Denzin
Kenneth "Pete" Denzin, 85, died July 21, at St. Louis, Mo. He was born in Deshler and married Ilene Kuhlmann, Byron. He is survived by his wife of 65 years and three children.
His funeral was held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, Mo.

Venita Franey
Venita Franey, 68, the daughter of Robert and Dollie (Burr) Van Sickler, was born Feb. 9, 1948. in Scranton, Iowa. She died Aug. 12, 2016, at the Israel Family Hospice Home in Ames, Iowa.
Venita attended several schools in Iowa and Nebraska while her family farmed. She graduated from Nelson High School in 1966 and moved to Fort Dodge to attend Iowa Central Community College where she received her associates degree in 1968 and then a bachelors of arts degree in teaching in 1970 from the University of Northern Iowa.
Venita was married in 1974 and two children were welcomed; Andrea Franey and Anthony Franey, now both of Haslet, Texas.
During her life, Venita helped operate the Eleventh Frame Lounge and Bowling Center in Jefferson, taught in the Jefferson school district and later was activity director at the Jefferson Manor and at the Gowrie Care Center. Her thoughtfulness and caring for others was always paramount in her life. She was a member of the Jefferson DOES Drove 196.
Survivors include her children; two sisters, Grace Foutz of Lawrence, Kan., and Rita Sue Van Sickler of Boone, Iowa; three brothers, Willis Van Sickler of Fort Dodge, Iowa, David Van Sickler of Jefferson, Iowa and Donald Van Sickler of Tacoma, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Kay Finke; and two brothers, Robert Jr. and Dennis Van Sickler; and two brothers-in-law, Jay Foutz and Darrel Finke.
Her funeral was held Saturday at the United Methodist Church at Scranton, Iowa, with Pastor Karen Patrick officiating. Burial was in the Dillavou Cemetery.
A gathering of family and friends was held Friday evening.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Marvin Engel
Marvin Engel of Fairbury, formerly the principal at Peace Lutheran School at Deshler, has died. His wife, Leora, lives in Fairbury.
Engel was honored with having two students in three years qualify for the National Spelling Championship.
Sharon Gerdes in 1965, and Jennifer Reinke in 1967. Jennifer won the National Spelling Bee with the word Chihuahua.

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