Jean Speak, 84, of Texas formerly of Tekamah NE

Jean Speck, 84, a long-time resident of Tekamah, NE slipped peacefully away on July 31, 2019 at her home in Texas. Born in Grand Island, NE on September 24, 1934 to Kenneth and Mildred Rapp (nee Price), Jean grew up and lived in Tekamah for all but the last four years of her life. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 60 years, Donald Speck, and her son, Leon Speck. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Smith of Sioux Falls, SD, daughters Leta (Helmut) Liesch of Kimball, NE, Judy Meyer of Lucas, TX, grandchildren Lora (Bryce) Kubli and Benjamin Speck of Marshalltown and New Providence, IA, respectively, great grandchildren Kathryn and Andrew Kubli, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside eulogy planned for Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Good Dog Rescue of Nebraska at


Memorial Contribution


Jean Speck

Tractor Ride Through Burt County, Ends on Oakland’s Main Street

I love to take a cruise around Burt County, but I have never done it on a tractor! Many area men did just that Sunday! They began at Oakland Express on Highway 32 and made a journey through the county, stopping at the Green Lantern in Decatur for lunch. After lunch, they began their journey back through the county, ending by driving their tractors down Oakland’s Main Street. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Excessive Heat Watch

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING… …EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING… …EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING… The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued an Excessive Heat Watch, which is in effect the afternoons and evenings of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. * HEAT INDEX VALUES…Up to 110 due to temperatures around 100, and dewpoints around 70. * IMPACTS…The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Roy B. Pounds, 91, of Lyons NE

Roy B. Pounds, 91 years, of Lyons, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Legacy Garden in Pender, Nebraska.

Funeral Service is pending with Pelan Funeral Services in Lyons.

Betty A. Rogers, 90, of Oakland NE

Betty A. Rogers, 90 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Oakland Heights in Oakland.

Memorial Service is pending at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland. ,

Grandstand at the Burt County Fairgrounds Burns

At around 4:00 a.m. this morning, the Oakland Fire Department and Lyons Fire Department responded to a call that the grandstand at the Burt County Fair grounds was on fire. The south end of the grandstand suffered the worse damage. It is unknown at this time what caused the fire. The Burt County Fair personnel had this to say about the early morning fire.

As many of you may have heard, the Burt County Fair has been tested yet again. From flood to fire, we have truly been put to the test this year. No need to worry though! We will put in the extra man hours at the expense of a few extra hours of sleep in order to make the 2019 BCF great! All events will still go on as scheduled! See you all in 2 weeks! We would like to thank the Oakland and Lyons Fire Departments for their hard work and diligence early this morning.

All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, editor and chief/Kat Country Hub

Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
114 PM CDT Mon Jun 17 2019

Including the cities of Onawa, Mapleton, Missouri Valley,
Woodbine, Logan, Dunlap, Harlan, Council Bluffs, Glenwood,
Red Oak, Tekamah, Oakland, Lyons, Decatur, Blair, Wahoo, Ashland,
Yutan, Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, and Plattsmouth
114 PM CDT Mon Jun 17 2019


Current atmospheric conditions over east central and northeast
Nebraska and western Iowa support the development of funnel
clouds. From now until 6 PM...conditions will become favorable
for funnel clouds from east of a line from Ashland to Pender and
north of US 34.

Usually, these funnel clouds can form in the early
stages of developing showers and weak thunderstorms. These
funnels are normally brief, drop only a few hundred feet from the
cloud base, and rarely become a tornado or cause damage. However,
if one is spotted, please immediately report it to the National
Weather Service. If a tornado warning would become necessary, take
appropriate action.

People should monitor the weather situation closely. Listen for
possible warnings, and be prepared to take appropriate action
should severe weather threaten.

Marion Goracke, 87, of Oakland NE

Marion Goracke, age 87, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral service will be on Monday, June 3, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lyons, Nebraska. Burial will be at a later date in the Oakland Cemetery in Oakland. Visitation will be held Sunday, June 2nd, from 5 until 7 p.m. with family receiving friends and Vigil at 7 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland. Memorials to the family for future designation. Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland in charge of arrangements.

Marion Goracke was born July 15, 1931 to Leo and Veronica (Lempka) Pientka, in Tecumseh, Nebraska. She passed away May 30, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Marion graduated from Sterling High School in 1948.

On June 6, 1951, Marion and Clarence Daniel Goracke were united in marriage at Holy Cross Catholic Church in St. Mary, Nebraska. To this union were born nine children.

Marion was blessed to be a stay at home mother. She was a lifetime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lyons, Nebraska. She enjoyed playing Bridge, sewing and quilting.

She was preceded in death by her parents, baby brother and great grandson.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence; children, Robin (Janet) Goracke, Curt (Lynn) Goracke, Diane (Kevin) Eriksen, Patrick (Lorene) Goracke, Nancy (Scott) Davis, Rex Goracke and Patti Hardbarger, Joan (Robert) Kuhl, Jean (Jon) Heusel, Krisa (Curtis) Johnson; 15 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Marion Goracke

Bruce Peterson, 64, Formerly of Oakland NE

Bruce Peterson, 64 years, formerly of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Ashland Care Center in Ashland, Nebraska.

Memorial Service is pending.

Dean K. Charling of Oakland NE

Obituary for Dean K Charling

Dean Charling, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.

Funeral Service is pending.

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