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Raymond “Pete” Seymour, 83, of Decatur NE


Raymond “Pete” Seymour, 83 years, of Decatur, Nebraska passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at Decatur City Hall in Decatur, Nebraska.

VISITATION: Tuesday 6-8 p.m., with family receiving friends, at Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah in Tekamah, NE, and one hour prior to service time at Decatur City Hall.

BURIAL with MILITARY HONORS: Hillcrest Cemetery in Decatur.

MEMORIALS: To the family for designation at a later time.

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Raymond Seymour

Raymond Seymour

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State Champion UNO Forensics Team to Perform in Decatur


Don’t miss the chance to see The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s state champion and nationally ranked Forensics (competitive speech) Team, coached by Abbie Farrens Syrek, when they perform in Decatur on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sears Center.

This is the ninth consecutive year Abbie has brought the team to Decatur to perform for the community. This year’s showcase will feature students performing a variety of speeches, limited prep and interpretive events as they prepare for the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) which will be held April 4, 5, and 6 at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon.

The UNO team has been ranked in the top 10 of the nation for the past 7 years and this year claimed the state championship title. Each of the presentations you will hear have qualified for nationals with many of the team members qualifying the maximum number of six events

Please join Abbie, Assistant Coaches Cameron Logsdon and Ryan Syrek and the UNO team for an evening of free entertainment and refreshments! Everyone is welcome to stop in and hear these state champion and nationally ranked performers. We hope to see you there!

UNO Forensics Team will be performing in Decatur. Photo Courtesy of Norma Farrens.

UNO Forensics Team will be performing in Decatur. Photo Courtesy of Norma Farrens.

W. Kurtz Sears, 83, of Decatur NE


W. KURTZ SEARS, was born March 12, 1931, in rural Decatur, Nebraska, to Willis “Bill” and Loretta “Toots” (Akins) Sears. He passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at his home in Decatur, after a short illness.

Kurtz attended school at Elm Creek and Lyons. He graduated from Omaha Technical High School in 1949, and later attended the University of Omaha.

He married Barbara Jean Adams. They lived in Omaha, Nebraska until they moved to the family farm in Elm Creek Valley, southwest of Decatur in 1952. They spent the next 12 years farming and raising their five children.

Kurtz was the owner of Hungry’s bar in Decatur for 35 years, farmed with his sons on the family farm, and owned and operated Floor Maintenance and Paper Supply in Norfolk, Nebraska with his daughter until his death.

Kurtz was an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy. He spent 30 years as, and was a current board member of the Nebraska Licensed Beverage Association. He was also a member of both the West Point and Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

He liked to fly his plane in his younger years, spend time with family and friends, and travel at a moment’s notice, if he could.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; sister, MaryAnn (Sears) Harral; parents; one granddaughter.

He is survived by three sons, Mike (Debbie) Sears, of Dakota City, NE, Pat (Brenda) Sears, of Decatur, Tim Sears, of Decatur; two daughters, Jackie (Matt) Worley, of Decatur, Cathy (Alan) Hammer, of Wakefield, NE; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, February 6, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Decatur, with Rev. Mark Tomasiewicz, Celebrant.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE:  Thursday, 5-8 p.m., with family present at The Green Lantern in Decatur.

BURIAL: Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Decatur Museum..

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W. Kurtz Sears

W. Kurtz Sears

Robert “Bob” J. Mussack, 64, of Omaha NE


ROBERT “BOB” J. MUSSACK was born October 28, 1950, to Gordon and Erma (Alexander) Mussack.  He passed away Friday, January 2, 2015, at CHI Health Lakeside Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 64.

Bob grew up in the Decatur/Tekamah area.  He graduated from Decatur High School in 1969 and went on to further his education at Wayne State College and Northeast Tech Community College.

On August 23rd, 1969, Bob married the love of his life Cindy Penny, in Decatur, Nebraska.  To this union two sons were born, Jeff and Jason.  Bob and Cindy lived most of their lives in Omaha.

Bob loved spending time with family, especially with his grandkids.  At a young age, Bob began taking fishing trips to Minnesota with his family and friends.  These trips meant so much to Bob, that he carried on the tradition taking Minnesota fishing trips with his own children.  He and Cindy continued yearly trips through 2014 and he passed on the love of fishing to his grandchildren.  He was a positive person, always encouraging others and putting their needs before his own.
Bob lettered in high school sports, including football, basketball and track.  He earned several awards, medals and even trophies displayed below us in the town hall basement today.
He worked at Leo A. Daily architectural firm in Omaha for over 38 years.

Bob was preceded in death by his father Gordon Mussack, stepfather Forrest Penny, brother Allen, and nephews, Kennedy Mussack and Colt Penny.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy of Omaha; sons, Jeff (Cindi) of Parker, CO, Jason (Rebecca) of Omaha; 4 grandchildren, Miranda, Lydia, Jayce and Adelyn; mother, Erma Shawver of Lyons, NE; sisters, Jean Wiersma of Decatur, Mary (Scott) Christ of Overland Park, KS; brother, Dan (Heidi) Mussack of Blair, NE; stepbrothers, Joel (Brenda) Penny, Phil Penny all of Decatur; and stepsister, Sandy (Greg) Brummond of Craig, NE.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 10:00 a.m. at the Decatur City Hall, 913 S. Broadway, Decatur, Nebraska

VISITATION: Tuesday, 5 – 7 p.m. with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Home in Tekamah. Visitation will also be held at the City Hall one hour prior to service.

BURIAL: Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur, Nebraska

MEMORIALS: To the Family

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Robert Mussack

Robert Mussack

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Tucker Gean Hanson of Decatur NE


Tucker Gean Hanson went to Heaven on December 28, 2014 at St. Lukes Regional Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa.

His mother is Ashley Hanson; grandparents, Leonard Hanson and Mary (Gary) Reynolds; aunt Tracy (Bruce) Nathan all of Decatur, Nebraska

FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, January 1, 2015, 2:00 pm at the United Methodist Church in Decatur.

BURIAL: Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur

MEMORIALS: To the family

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Marilyn A. Sparks-Kinning, 79, of Decatur NE


MARILYN A. SPARKS-   KINNING, 79 years, of Decatur, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska.

Marilyn was born February 15, 1935, in Decatur, to Delmar and Fern (Kellogg) Stillman. She attended Decatur Public schools.

Marilyn was a cook and CNA for many years. On October 27 1951, Marilyn married Robert Sparks. They had four children. Robert passed away in 1990. On August 17, 1996, she married Delmar Kinning. He passed away in 2007.

Marilyn was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Decatur. She loved to crochet and play cards. She also loved going to the casino with friends and spending time with her family and friends. She will always be remembered for her famous chicken and noodles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Robert and Delmar; son, Robert “Myrna” Sparks, grandson, Cody Sparks; sisters, Naomi, Georgene, Ruby, Sharon and brothers, Kenneth, Arthur, Del Ray and Jonnie.

Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Lampkin and Donnie Greve, Barb and Roger Phillips all of Decatur, Marlene Graham of Lyons, NE; daughter-in-law, Cindy Sparks of Lyons; grandchildren, Melissa and Daniel Rascon of Fremont, NE, Kellie and Jose Ramos of South Sioux City, NE, Becky Sparks of Blair, NE, Katie, Kyle and Molly Phillips of Decatur, Angela and David Whitley of Lyons, Robert Sparks Jr. of Decatur, Amanda and T.J. Beacom of Vermillion, SD, Ashley LeClaire of St. Paul, MN, Matt and Sam Graham of Clarksville, TN;  16 great grandchildren; brother, Robert Stillman of Florida; many nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Decatur.

VISITATION: Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.

BURIAL: Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur.

MEMORIALS: To the family

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Marilyn Kinning

Marilyn Kinning

Marilyn A. Aparks-Kinning, 79, of Decatur NE


MARILYN A. SPARKS-KINNING, 79 years, of Decatur, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Decatur.

VISITATION: Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.

BURIAL: Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur.

MEMORIALS: To the family

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.

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Marilyn Kinning

Marilyn Kinning

Patricia Sue Shaw, 60, of Decatur NE


PATRICIA SUE SHAW, 60 years, of Decatur, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Burgess Health Center in Onawa, Iowa.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Monday, September 29, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Decatur, Nebraska.

MEMORIAL GATHERING: Sunday, September 28, 2014, the family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service all at Pelan Funeral Home in Tekamah.

BURIAL: Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur, Nebraska.

MEMORIALS: To the Family

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Patricia Shaw

Patricia Shaw

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Work Scheduled on Highway 75 Near Decatur


Weather permitting, the Department of Roads will begin a resurfacing project on Highway 75 beginning at the south edge of Decatur and extending 9 miles south on June 27. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers and a pilot vehicle. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in this area. Anticipated completion date for this project is early July.

Visit the 511 webpage at http://www.511.nebraska.gov or dial 511 or 800-906-9069 to get the most current updates on highway conditions.

Contestants Needed


Norma Farrens needs a few more contestants for Decatur’s Got Talent. You don’t have to be from Decatur to sign up. The date is Friday, June 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Contestants should notify her ahead of time and be there by 6:30 p.m. that night. 1st,  2nd and 3rd place trophies and cash prizes will be awarded.

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