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Kirk R. Slaughter, 49, of Honolulu Hawaii, Formerly of Lyons Nebraska


Colonel Kirk R. Slaughter, age 49, of Honolulu, Hawaii was tragically killed on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in a boating accident at Waianae Boat Harbor in Hawaii.  Colonel Slaughter formerly of Lyons, Nebraska was stationed at Fort Shaftner, Hawaii and served as the Deputy Commanding Officer for Operations of the 9th Mission Support Command of the Army Reserve.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Lyons-Decatur Northeast School Gymnasium in Lyons, NE; with Farther Paul Ortmeier celebrating Mass.  Burial with Military Honors will be in the Lyons Cemetery in Lyons.  Visitation will be 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lyons, with a wake service starting at 7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for future designation (Slaughter Memorials, 265 Radar Hill, Honolulu, HI 96819).  Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE.

Colonel Slaughter formerly of Lyons, Nebraska was stationed at Fort Shafter, Hawaii and served as the Deputy Commanding Officer for Operations of the 9th Mission Support Command of the Army Reserve.

Kirk Richard Slaughter was born December 3, 1967 in Pender, NE to Eugene Richard and Sharon Kay (Frey) Slaughter. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. Upon graduating from Lyons-Decatur Northeast High School in 1986, he attended Chadron State College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, which he used to become a member of the Nebraska State Patrol for several years in the David City area.

Kirk loved sports and participated in football, basketball, track, and baseball in high school; and track in college. When Kirk was not participating in his own athletic endeavors, he was following the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, and Nebraska Football. Kirk also had a passion for hunting, fishing, golfing, surfing, and any other activity he could participate in, but he was not necessarily an expert at those activities.

On July 27, 1990, Kirk married his high school sweetheart, Kimrena Brehmer and shared in the joy of her Catholic faith. They made their home in Lyons, NE; David City, NE; Pelham, AL; and recently Fort Shafter, HI. They were blessed with four children, Allison, Derek, Max, and Zoe. Always as a family, they enjoyed going to football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and softball games of the kids. He had a talent in cheering on his children and their teams from the stands, as every stadium was aware of Kirk’s presence.

After high school, he joined the Army National Guard and began his military career. While on a support mission to Bosnia, Kirk was offered a full-time position with the Army Reserve, which he and Kim decided would be good for their family.  After moving to Alabama, he was deployed to Iraq for a year and earned the Bronze Star. After graduation from Air War College, they moved their family to Hawaii.  He loved his country and took great pride in achieving the rank of Colonel.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kim; daughters, Allison and Zoe; son, Max all of Fort Shafter, HI; son, Derek and fiance Haley Brooks of Fort Rucker, AL; mother, Sharon Slaughter of Lyons, NE; brothers, Marty (Amy) of South Sioux City, NE, Rustin (Michelle) of Omaha, NE; grandmother, Kathryn Frey of Lyons, NE; uncle, Lonnie (Carol) Slaughter of Sergeant Bluff, IA; aunt, Pat (Roger) Andersen of Lyons, NE; mother-in-law, Bette Brehmer of Lyons, NE; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and endless friends.

In eternity, Kirk will join his father, Eugene; beloved brother, Scott Eugene; grandparents, Alton “Buck” and Melba Slaughter; grandfather, John W. Frey; father-in-law, Reynard Brehmer; aunt, Barbara (Paul) Brewer; and cousin Sherry.

Kirk Slaughter

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Kirk Slaughter, 49, of Hololulu Hawaii, Formerly of Lyons NE


Kirk Slaughter, 49, of Honolulu, Hawaii formerly of Lyons, Nebraska passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 due to an accident involving a boat at the Waianae Small Boat Harbor in Hawaii.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, Nebraska.

Kirk Slaughter

Severe Thunderstorm Watch


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
339 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING
AREAS

IN IOWA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 4 COUNTIES

IN SOUTHWEST IOWA

HARRISON              POTTAWATTAMIE         SHELBY               

IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA

MONONA                

IN NEBRASKA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 30 COUNTIES

IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA

BURT                  BUTLER                DODGE                
DOUGLAS               SARPY                 SAUNDERS             
WASHINGTON            

IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA

ANTELOPE              BOONE                 CEDAR                
COLFAX                CUMING                KNOX                 
MADISON               PIERCE                PLATTE               
STANTON               THURSTON              WAYNE                

IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA

CASS                  GAGE                  JEFFERSON            
JOHNSON               LANCASTER             NEMAHA               
OTOE                  PAWNEE                RICHARDSON           
SALINE                SEWARD                

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALBION, ASHLAND, AUBURN, BEATRICE, 
BELLEVUE, BLAIR, BLOOMFIELD, COLERIDGE, COLUMBUS, COUNCIL BLUFFS,
CREIGHTON, CRETE, CROFTON, DAVID CITY, DECATUR, DUNLAP, ELGIN, 
FAIRBURY, FALLS CITY, FREMONT, HARLAN, HARTINGTON, LA VISTA, 
LAUREL, LINCOLN, LOGAN, LYONS, MACY, MAPLETON, MILFORD, 
MISSOURI VALLEY, NEBRASKA CITY, NELIGH, NIOBRARA, NORFOLK, 
OAKLAND, OMAHA, ONAWA, OSMOND, PAPILLION, PAWNEE CITY, PENDER, 
PIERCE, PLAINVIEW, PLATTSMOUTH, RANDOLPH, SCHUYLER, SEWARD, 
ST. EDWARD, STANTON, STERLING, TABLE ROCK, TECUMSEH, TEKAMAH, 
VERDIGRE, WAHOO, WALTHILL, WAUSA, WAYNE, WEST POINT, WILBER, 
WINNEBAGO, WISNER, WOODBINE, AND YUTAN.

A Minute With the Mayor


A Minute with the Mayor by Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston

June, 2017

Summer is here.  Mother Nature was being kind to us there in May but turned up the burners a little here in June.  It’s keeping the pool busy anyway!  We’re off to a great start to the pool season.  We had to replace the chemical controller right at the start of the season.  The repair work we did last year wasn’t working so we ended up replacing the existing unit.  We’re back to stable Ph levels which help keep the pool on an even keel.  We’ve also been able to hire enough lifeguards to get us through the summer.  We got our insurance bill for up-coming year (starts July 1st).  Premiums when up about $3000.00 to $105,000.00 but the replacement costs for certain areas went up also.  We currently insure almost $18 million in property, automobiles and equipment.

The council talked about those buildings on Main Street that received yellow repair placards.  The city is very much willing to work with property owners as long as they show progress in repairing the portions of their buildings identified as requiring attention.  In addition to those buildings needing repair work, the council discussed the bowling alley and its timeline for demolition.  An interested party stepped forward wanting some time to explore the idea of establishing another business in the building, which the council agreed too, but since the council meeting the interested party has had difficulty locating the owner of the building and the demolition company was ready to move forward with the tear down.  In the best interest of the surrounding buildings, the council is proceeding with the demolition.

The city has completed the tarring of cracks around town that it had budgeted for this year.  More to come next year.  We also continue to work through the electrical upgrades for the Brehmer Mfg. expansion.  A representative from Habitat for Humanity was at the council meeting to discuss doing some work in Lyons in August.  They are looking for a couple of houses in close proximity to each other that could use a little TLC.  They are planning a “Rock the Block” party on August 26th from 10 am to 3 pm to provide home repair and restoration services.  Anyone is welcome to come and help and volunteer that day.  More information will be coming in August.  Dan Westerhold is replacing Sandy Posvar on the Planning Commission Board.  Thank you Sandy for your many years of service to the city and welcome aboard Dan.  Logan Valley Baptist Church has submitted a building permit for a new building and concrete work located on South 4th Street.  We’re excited to have them put down roots with a new church.  The 4th of July will be here before we know it and with that comes the Bluegrass celebration.  You’ve probably seen the fliers posted all over town listing the day’s events.  I hope to see all of you there.  The day will end, of course, with our annual fireworks display.

The pool will be open that day from noon to 3 pm and it will be free admission that day.  Talking about things that put us in a festive mood, what do you think about the new banners that are lining Main Street?  Aren’t they fantastic!  You can thank your Community Club for those.  You’ll also be able to thank them for the new Christmas light displays that will adorn the light poles this winter.  The Lyons Community Club is able to provide those wonderful “extras” for the community thanks to your support of their fundraisers they do throughout the year (like the 4th of July celebration).

Thank you Community Club for all your hard work and willingness to keep Lyons a great community to live, work and play in!  That’s all I have for now.  Stay cool and talk to you soon.

Mayor Andy Fuston

Jesse R. Cady, 31


Jesse R. Cady, 31 years, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in a motor vehicle accident in West Point, Nebraska.

Memorial Service is pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

Robert Lee “Bob” Olson, Sr., 87, of Tekamah NE


Robert Lee “Bob” Olson, Sr. of Tekamah, NE and proprietor of Lee Valley was born February 1, 1930, in the Argo area of rural Craig, Nebraska to Arthur A. Olson and Florence J. (Lundholm) Olson. He passed away on June 14, 2017, surrounded by his wife and children.

He was baptized and confirmed at Swaburg Lutheran Church in rural Uehling, Nebraska. Bob attended Argo rural school and graduated from Uehling High School in 1947.

Bob started farming and raising livestock in high school. In his early years, he helped build Boys Town and also worked at the Mead Ordinance Plant and Uehling Hay Mill. He took over the care of the farm and of his family upon the untimely death of his father when Bob was just 19.

Bob married Phyllis June Oberst on April 13, 1952, and for 65 years they remained by each other’s side. They raised five children: Robert Lee, Jr., Randy Lee, Vickie Lee, Scott Lee and Kristie Lee. The family initially resided in the Argo area, then rented a farm on the Missouri River bottom near Tekamah beginning in 1955.

Bob started buying and selling farm equipment in the early 1960s. Bob, Jr. came up with the name for the business – “Lee Valley” – because of their middle names and the location of the farm in the Missouri River valley.

In the 1980s, Bob and Phyllis expanded Lee Valley to include farm machinery consignment auctions, later holding some of the largest consignment auctions in the region and becoming one the largest farm operations in Burt County. Randy, Patty, Scott and Susan joined them in the business full time. Many family members worked together to make each sale day a success.

Bob was a 4-H leader for many years and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren show animals and other 4-H projects. He loved the Burt County Fair and the 4-H programs and was a supporter for over 50 years. He was also a member of Tekamah Masonic Lodge No. 31, receiving his 50-year pin in 2014 and a member of Tangier Shrine and Rawhide Nobles, participating in many, many parades in his little car.

Bob participated in the local tractor ride, which later became the Great Nebraska Tractor Ride, from day one. In 2012, he led the tractor ride, which began at Lee Valley as part of their 50-year anniversary customer appreciation celebration.

Bob was proud of his Swedish heritage and instilled those traditions in his family, including a Swedish prayer recited to this day by all generations of his family. Swedish foods, including lutefisk, Bob’s famous homemade eggnog, and rice pudding, were always a part of his Christmas traditions. Bob’s love of family was truly the pride of his life. He also cherished a multitude of faithful friends and employees over the course of his lifetime.

Bob and Phyllis spent many wedding anniversaries together in Branson, Missouri, taking in as many country-music shows as they possibly could.

Bob was an innovator and visionary in farming practices and encouraged that in others. He was one of the first to plant corn in 30-inch rows, use top planting practices, plant narrow row beans, use a grain cart, and use a 4-wheel drive tractor.

He loved telling stories with customers and friends over a cup of coffee and homemade treats by Phyllis. Many hours were spent reading farm magazines, marking articles for the boys to read and cutting out recipes for Phyllis to practice on. In 2012 many of those well-tested recipes were made into a cookbook – Phyllis’ Favorites – in honor of their 50th year in business.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marian Andersen, brother Arlyn, and infant brother Merlin.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis and his children: Robert, Jr. (Roy Masenthin) of Dorchester, NE, Randy (Patty) of Tekamah, Vickie (Bill) Shrader of Pierre, SD, Scott (Susan) of Tekamah and Kristie (Tom) DiGiorgio of Arlington, NE.

By his grandchildren: Gabe (Brandi) DiGiorgio, Ann (Dan) Brown, Matt Vogel (Kelly Ellis), Carrie (Nick) Rosenberry, Brad (Shana) Jordan, Robert Mitchell Vogel (Sara Leffler), Amanda (Scott) Reinhart, Guin (Randy) Munib, Abby (Brandon) Mathistad, Jenny (Travis) Carlson, Garrett Shrader, John (Coartney) DiGiorgio, Anders Olson, Blaine Olson, Megan Olson and Brandon Olson; and by his 21 great-grandchildren (with one on the way).

VISITATION

Sunday June 18th
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Emmanuel Lutheran Church Tekamah210 S 12th Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will be receiving friends.

FUNERAL SERVICE

Monday June 19th
10:00 AM
Emmanuel Lutheran Church Tekamah210 S 12th Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

A Masonic Service will be held during Funeral Service.

Cemetery Details

LOCATION

Tekamah Cemetery

Tekamah, Nebraska 68061

Memorials suggested to the family for later designation.

Robert “Bob” Olson Sr.

Robert Lee Olson, Sr., 87, of Tekamah NE


Robert Lee Olson, Sr., 87 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Nye Legacy in Fremont, Nebraska.

Funeral Service is Pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning


Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...

Northwestern Burt County in east central Nebraska...

Southeastern Wayne County in northeastern Nebraska...

Cuming County in northeastern Nebraska...

Thurston County in northeastern Nebraska...

Eastern Stanton County in northeastern Nebraska...

* Until 900 PM CDT

* At 823 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Wayne to 3 miles southeast of Pilger to near
Clarkson, moving northeast at 45 mph.

HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts. 

SOURCE...Radar indicated. 

IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees. 

* Locations impacted include...

Wayne, West Point, Wakefield, Wisner, Pender, Walthill, Winnebago,
Beemer, Bancroft, Pilger, Rosalie, Thurston, The Highway 15 And 32
Junction, 10 Miles West Of West Point, The Highway 9 And 51
Junction, Omaha Reservation, 8 Miles South Of Wayne and Winnebago
Reservation.

This includes the following highways...

Highway 275 in Nebraska between mile markers 93 and 123.

Highway 75 in Nebraska near mile marker 171.

Highway 77 in Nebraska between mile markers 164 and 172.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
building.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
325 IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT WEDNESDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN IOWA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 2 COUNTIES

IN SOUTHWEST IOWA

HARRISON              

IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA

MONONA                

IN NEBRASKA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 23 COUNTIES

IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA

BURT                  BUTLER                DODGE                
DOUGLAS               SARPY                 SAUNDERS             
WASHINGTON            

IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA

BOONE                 CEDAR                 COLFAX               
CUMING                MADISON               PIERCE               
PLATTE                STANTON               THURSTON             
WAYNE                 

IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA

CASS                  GAGE                  JEFFERSON            
LANCASTER             SALINE                SEWARD               

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALBION, ASHLAND, BEATRICE, BELLEVUE, 
BLAIR, COLERIDGE, COLUMBUS, CRETE, DAVID CITY, DECATUR, DUNLAP, 
FAIRBURY, FREMONT, HARTINGTON, LA VISTA, LAUREL, LINCOLN, LOGAN, 
LYONS, MACY, MAPLETON, MILFORD, MISSOURI VALLEY, NORFOLK, 
OAKLAND, OMAHA, ONAWA, OSMOND, PAPILLION, PENDER, PIERCE, 
PLAINVIEW, PLATTSMOUTH, RANDOLPH, SCHUYLER, SEWARD, ST. EDWARD, 
STANTON, TEKAMAH, WAHOO, WALTHILL, WAYNE, WEST POINT, WILBER, 
WINNEBAGO, WISNER, WOODBINE, AND YUTAN.

Work to Begin on N-32 Near Tekamah


Weather permitting, milling and asphalt work is scheduled to begin June 15 on Highway N-32 from the N-32 and US-77 junction to Tekamah, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.

 

Motorists can expect lane closures.  Flaggers and a pilot vehicle will direct traffic through the work zone.  Work is anticipated to be completed in early July.

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