Robert Lee Peplinski, 68, of Pender NE

Robert “Bob” Lee Peplinski, 68, of Pender, NE, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. A Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Pender; Pastor Randy Nelson will be officiating. The memorial visitation will be Friday, May 10. 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Pender. Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Hope Lodge or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.


The Aftermath of the Flood in Winslow

The aftermath of the recent flooding took a very definite toll on the community of Winslow, NE. People have been cleaning up their property, but some may not be able to return to their homes to live. The small community may suffer more than anyone can realize. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief/Kat Country Hub.

Linda R. Burmester, 71, of Pender NE

Linda R. Burmester, 71, of Pender, NE died on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Pender Community Hospital.

Memorial services for Linda are currently pending with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Pender.

Bobby J. Cater, 84, of Craig NE

Bobby J. Cater, 84 years, of Craig, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland, Nebraska.

In keeping with Bobby’s wishes, there are to be no services held.

Memorial Contribution


Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Deborah Elise (Bue) Lund, 67, of Bancroft NE

Deborah Elise (Bue) Lund, age 67, of Bancroft, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral services will be on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, NE; Pastor Nathan Henschen will be officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at Graceland Park Cemetery in Sioux City, IA. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft.Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Bancroft.

Deb was born January 9, 1952 in Sioux City to Vernon and Jacqueline (Menefee) Bue. She graduated from East High School in Sioux City in 1970. Deb married William Lund on May 4, 1984 in Sioux City, together the couple had three children. She worked at the Sioux City Stockyards before owning Debbie’s Daycare for 30 years. Deb loved attending her kid’s and grandkid’s sporting events as well as watching sports on tv. She loved sewing, working at the library, and was an active member of the Senior Center.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Lund of Bancroft, NE; daughter, Tiffany Engle of Denver, CO; daughters, Danielle Lund of Lincoln, NE and Lindsey (Brad) Burhoop of Bancroft, NE; son, William “B.J.” (McKayla) Lund of Bancroft, NE; grandchildren, Bowdie and Tavis Burhoop and Liam Lund; and brother, Curt (Vicky) Bue of Sioux City, IA.

Deb is preceded in death by her parents; and niece, Alana Bue.

Deborah Lund

Cody James Olsen, 39, of Blair NE

Cody James Olsen, 39 years, of Blair, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Tekamah, Nebraska.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contribution


 All memorials will be used for a Scholarship in Cody’s name to a trade school.
Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Cody Olsen

Karen Hetrick, 67, of Walthill NE

Karen Sue (Swanson) Hetrick, 67, of Walthill, Nebraska passed away Friday, April 26, 2019 surrounded by her family at her home.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill; with Pastor Brion Tolzman officiating.  Visitation will be held Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill.  Burial will be held at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery in Walthill.  Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.  Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Karen Sue Swanson was born on July 20, 1951 to Ray E. and Dorla A. (Warnock) Swanson in Walthill, NE.  Karen was baptized on October 13, 1957 and confirmed on May 6, 1981 in Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill.  She attended grade school and high school in South Sioux City, NE.  On December 14, 1967 Karen married Philip E. “Flip” Hetrick in South Sioux City.  They moved to Walthill making this their new home.  Karen owned and operated a daycare for over twenty years in Walthill, before retiring and watching after her own grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Karen enjoyed gardening, watching birds fly around her gardens and watching the Huskers every chance she had.  She was an amazing cook and could make just about anything from scratch.  Karen loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren great grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her daughters, Melissa (Tim) Ruge of Decatur, NE, Robin (Scott) Davis of Hubbard, NE, Jill (Tom) Ruge of Lake Park, IA; sisters, Kris (Chris) Hittle of Nickerson, NE, Kami (James) Pierce of Walthill, NE; brother, Jarrod Swanson of Wayne, NE; grandchildren, Nikki (Trevor) Mullanix and their children McKenna, Kallie and Mason, Noel Ruge (fiancé Sean Minton) and their children Brody and Jax, Hannah Davis, Hunter Davis, Tyler Ruge, Tanna Ruge and Taryn Ruge.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Philip “Flip” Hetrick; brother, Stephen Swanson.

Karen Hetrick


Deborah Lund, 67, of Bancroft NE

Deborah Lund, 67, of Bancroft, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Memorial services are currently pending with Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft.  

Deborah Lund

Larry Zessin, 71, of Warsaw MO

Larry Zessin, 71, passed away surrounded by family on April 26, 2019, at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, MO.

Funeral Service will be  Monday, May 6, 2018, 10:30 am, at First Baptist Church in Tekamah, Nebraska.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 pm, with family receiving friends, at Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.  Burial with Military Honors Tekamah Cemetery in Tekamah.

Memorials to the family for later designation.

He was born to Walter and LaVern (Bartels) Zessin on January 3, 1948 in Norfolk, NE. During his younger years, he lived in the Madison, NE area, and later moved to Oakland, NE. Larry attended Universal Tradeschool for autobody in Omaha.  Larry then worked for Jim Wheeler Chevrolet in Tekamah.

On November 4, 1967, he married the love of his life, Joan McMullin and they were the proud parents of four children: Todd, Lisa, Lori and Ryan. In January of 1968, Larry was drafted into the United States Army and served 18 months in Germany where Joan was able to join him. During Larry’s time in the Army, Larry and Joan found a love for travel.  Larry was able to visit Germany several times throughout his life.

After Larry’s discharge from the Army, Larry and Joan lived briefly in Central City, NE then moved to Fremont for a couple of years.  In 1973, Larry purchased Warren Tiedtke’s body shop in Tekamah, NE. A few years later, Larry moved the business to a new shop he built at the south end of town. Larry always took pride in his work and was a proud self-employed business owner in Tekamah for 30+ years.

Ever since he was a young kid, Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.  His passion for the outdoors was more than a hobby; it was a large part of his life.  Time spent in the woods and on the water led to many memorable times and cocktails with family and friends that will never be forgotten.  After retiring from the auto body business, he and Joan were able to fulfill a dream of his by living in Alaska for two years and experiencing life in the Last Frontier. Following the two years in Alaska, they came back to Tekamah where they lived for ten years. In 2016, they moved to Warsaw, MO where they enjoyed retirement and made many new friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and LaVerna; sister, Sandra; brother, Lonnie.

Larry will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his family. He is survived by his wife, Joan Zessin; son, Todd (Becky) Zessin of Elkhorn, NE;  daughter, Lisa (Becky) Zessin of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Lori (Joe) Breckenridge of Bennington, NE; son, Ryan (Erika) Zessin of Aurora, CO; eight grandchildren: Brooklyn, Brennen, Justice, Samantha, Drew, Austin, Griffin and Jacob; brothers: Vern, Lennie and Ronnie; sister, Shirley.

Larry Zessin

Ursula Gudren DeMond, 79, of Craig NE

Ursula Gudren DeMond was born January 13, 1940, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, to Carl and Auguste (Höehn) Biehl. She passed away April 27, 2019 at her home in Craig, Nebraska.

Ursula completed her schooling in Germany. On July 4, 1957, Ursula was married to Benjamin Arthur DeMond in Kaiserslautern. They moved to the United States a short time after, and to this union were born three children: Michelle Ann, Constance Marie and Nicole Corrine.

Ursula worked for and managed two Hesteds Department Stores. She also worked as a manager at Goldstein Chapman Company and JCPenney. Upon her retirement from JCPenney, she resided in Bellevue, Nebraska. She moved to Craig, Nebraska in 2014.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Auguste Biehl; husband, Ben DeMond; sisters: Waltroud, Hedwig, Erna and Hannalore.

She is survived by her daughters: Michelle (Duane) Raynor of Omaha, NE, Constance (Timothy) Landsperger of Craig, Nicole (Dan) Crecelius of Harlan, IA; three grandchildren: Timothy (Gina) Landsperger of Herman, NE, Telia (Kyle) Day of Tekamah, NE, Benjamin Landsperger of Wisner, NE; four great grandchildren: Rory Landsperger, Hunter Landsperger, Audrey Landsperger, Kye Day.

In keeping with Ursula’s wishes, there are to be no services held.


Memorial Contribution


% University of Nebraska Foundation
1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68508
Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Ursula DeMond

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