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Donald L. Johanson, 86, of Oakland NE


Donald L. Johanson, age 86, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Colonial Haven in Beemer, Nebraska.  Memorial services will be on Friday, December 9, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland.  Burial will in the Oakland Cemetery. Memorial visitation will be held Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 5 until 7 p.m. with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland.  Memorials my be directed to the family for later designation.  Pelan Funeral Service in Oakland in charge of arrangements.

Donald LeRoy Johanson was born on February 25, 1930 in Oakland, Nebraska to LeRoy and Lillian Viola (Johnson) Johanson. He passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Colonial Haven Nursing Home in Beemer, Nebraska at the age of 86 years, with his loving wife of 58 years by his side.

He attended rural Rock District #48 school and graduated from Oakland High School in 1948. After high school, Donald served in the United States Coast Guard from January 1951 to January 1954. While in the Coast Guard he was stationed in Alameda, California and then was assigned to Far Rockaway, New York. Upon his discharge from the service, he returned back home to Oakland and engaged in farming along with his father.

On July 27, 1958 he married Lura Belle Pronske at Immanuel Lutheran Church near rural Hooper, Nebraska. To this union three children were born, Scott, Lisa and Steve. Donald and Lura spent their entire married life on the family farm west of Oakland.

During his time engaged in farming, Donald served on many board of directors including the Pioneer and Oakland Cemetery, Rock School District #48, Burt County Weed Control and the Farmer’s Co-Op boards. He was a lifetime member of Oakland VFW Ryan Post #5543. Donald was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and previously a member of the First Baptist Church in Oakland. Donald was also employed for 19 years by the Oakland Post Office as a rural relief mail carrier and he retired from that employment in April 2004.

Don didn’t have many hobbies, but he loved visiting with his coffee buddies at the local cafes. Most mornings you could find Don making the rounds at the local coffee shops and engaging in conversations with friends, neighbors and many times, complete strangers. He never missed an opportunity to visit with people and would always take the time to stop and talk. Don and Lura looked forward to annual trips to Minnesota to go fishing for a few days, a pastime they both enjoyed.

However, his favorite passion was simply being a farmer. Don had a deep love for the land and farming. He particularly enjoyed tending to his livestock and the farm never had a shortage of animals with cattle, hogs, sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, horses, dogs, and cats. Don was active with the local 4-H chapter, as his grandsons became involved in showing cattle and sheep. Family and relatives always enjoyed coming to the farm to feed and pet the animals, as they all had a name and were tame.

In 2006, Don retired from his love of farming and passed the reigns to his grandson. Don always joked that he never really retired because he was working harder now, as his grandson always had something for him to do. As Don grew older, his passion for farming changed to a passion for his family. His love for his family was evident by the countless smiles that brightened his face when people spoke of his family. Don was a lifelong resident of Oakland and was well known to many people. It would be difficult to find a friendlier, happy man. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Scott and Steve Johanson; brother-in-law, James Miller.

Donald is survived by his wife, Lura; daughter, Lisa Frederickson of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Tony (Melanie) Johanson of Oakland, Tyler (Jacque) Frederickson of Independence, MO, Stephanie (Chris) Meierant of Grover, MO, Clark Johanson and his fiancé Lindsey Comings of Lexington, NE and Lura E. Johanson of Grand Island, NE; great grandchildren, Landon and Jordan Meierant and Hayden Johanson. Also surviving is his sister, Donna Lee Miller of Oakland, CA.

Don Johanson

Don Johanson

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Ila Jean Engdahl, 87, of Oakland NE


Ila Jean Engdahl, age 87, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away Monday, October 10, 2016, at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland. 

Memorial services will be on  Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10:30 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland. 

Private burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Oakland.  There is no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to the Oakland Mercy Hospital or Donor’s Choice. 

Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland is in charge of arrangements.

Ila Jean Engdahl

Ila Jean Engdahl

Delores R. Carlson, 87, of Oakland NE


Delores R. Carlson was born January 27, 1929, at Crellin Hospital in Lyons, Nebraska, to Charlie and Emma (Lange) Swanson, the youngest of seven daughters. She passed away Friday, September 23, 2016, at Oakland Heights in Oakland.

Delores was baptized and confirmed at Memorial United Methodist Church in Lyons. She attended Jefferson Country School and Lyons High School.

On June 24, 1949, she married Erwin W. Carlson. To this union six children were born, one son and five daughters. They made their home in the Lyons and Oakland area. She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland. Delores was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was employed by Dorothy Magnussen at Wee Care Day Care Center for 24 years.

Delores moved to Maplewood apartments in 1994 and to Oakland Heights in 2011. She was a ten-year cancer survivor.

Delores enjoyed many things including reading and collecting cookbooks, bird watching, having coffee with friends and family, the Food Network, and most of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She touched many people with her kind and gentle ways.

She was preceded in death by her husband Erwin in 1991; daughter, Carol Camron in 1998; two grandsons, Nathan Camron and Scott Peterson, her parents and sisters, Ethel Beck, Regina Russman, Iona Swanson, Leora Russman, Phyllis Brecher and Audrey Frank.

Survivors include her son, Douglas (Judy) of Gretna, NE; daughters, Deanna “Dee” (Donald) Knobbe of West Point, NE, Connie (Russell) Peterson of Oakland, Valerie (Brian) Baker of Wakefield, NE, Fay (Chris) Schinck of Omaha, NE; fourteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Visitation is Mon., Sept. 26th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland. Family will be receiving friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral.

The funeral will be Tues., Sept. 27th at 10:30 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland.

Burial is in the Oakland Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for designation at a later time.

Delores Carlson

Delores Carlson

Delores R. Carlson, 87, of Oakland NE


Delores R. Carlson, 87 years of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Friday, September 23, 2016, at Oakland Heights in Oakland.

Visitation will be held Mon., Sept. 26th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held Tues. at the church one hour prior to the service.

The Funeral Service will be held Tues., Sept. 27th at 10:30 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland.

Burial is in the Oakland Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for designation at a later time.

Delores Carlson

Delores Carlson

 

Bertha Mellor, 96, of Oakland NE


Bertha Mellor was born March 6, 1920 to Hugo and Ellen (Johnson) Gustafson near Craig, Nebraska. She passed away May 27, 2016 at Oakland Heights in Oakland, Nebraska, at the age of 96 years.

Bertha grew up on a farm near Oakland and graduated from Oakland High School. She moved from the farm to Omaha where she worked at Immanuel Hospital with her sister Vivian. Bertha and Vivian traveled to California. While there, Bertha met and married Sherril Mellor in 1943, when she was 23.

Sherril’s service in the military led him and Bertha to live in Utah, California and Nebraska. The couple eventually made Nebraska their permanent home, and lived in Omaha, where they raised three boys; Raymond, Darrel and Gary. Sherril passed away in 1994.

Bertha was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Omaha. She loved planting and growing flowers, sewing, quilting and taking care of her family. She lived in the same house for over 50 years. Before suffering a stroke in 2011, Bertha was an ardent reader of the Bible and many Bible related books. She daily read and listened to Christian radio programs and took careful notes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Arlene; husband, Sherril Mellor; brother, Clifford Gustafson; sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Cleo Smith; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Oscar Anderson.

Survivors include her sons, Raymond Mellor of Wilsonville, OR, Darrel Mellor of Olympia, WA, Gary (Jayne) Mellor of Omaha, NE; nine grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Wed., June 1st from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland with family receiving friends.

The Funeral Service is Thurs., June 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland NE.

Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.

Burial is in the Oakland Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for designation at a later time.

Bertha Mellor

Bertha Mellor

Donald J. Andersen, 81, of Fremont NE Formerly of Rural Uehling NE


Donald J. Andersen was born to Jens and Irene (Mack) Andersen March 19, 1935 on the family farm west of Oakland, Nebraska. He passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont, Nebraska, at the age of 81 years.

Don attended Palmquist Country School, District #33. He moved with his family, to a farm they purchased east of Uehling, in 1943. There, he attended Meyer Country School District #67. He graduated from Uehling High School in 1953. After graduation, he continued to farm with his father. In 1957, he joined the Army Reserves, and was honorably discharged in 1963.

On February 26, 1961, he married Patsy Brokaw at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland. They lived on a farm east of Uehling, where they raised their family. Through the years, Don worked at various places to supplement their farm income. In June 1981, he was hired as head of maintenance at Logan View Jr./Sr. High School. He eventually quit farming, and continued his job at Logan View, retiring in 2000. The couple moved to Fremont, where Patsy was employed, in 1998.

He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland, where he was confirmed on June 5, 1949.

Don enjoyed his family, and always looked forward to the occasions when the family would get together for birthdays, holidays or cookouts in the summer. He enjoyed camping trips the family took together as the children were raised. Don liked to fish, and relished the fishing trips he was able to take to Canada with his sons and grandsons. He also enjoyed when the grandchildren came to stay for visits, as they were growing up.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Mary Andersen; parents-in-law, Charles and Ethel Brokaw.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy; sons, Kevin Andersen of Fremont, Kelly Andersen of Omaha, NE, Kent (Brenda) Andersen of Oakland, Kris Andersen of San Diego, CA; five grandchildren, Drew Andersen of Savannah, GA, Alexandra (Kelvin) Brooks of Omaha, Kaleb (Luryn) Andersen of Oakland, Max (Paige) Andersen of St. George, KS, William Andersen of Oakland; twin great granddaughters, Elsie and Scarlett Brooks of Omaha; great grandson, Emersen Donald Andersen of Oakland; nieces and nephews.

Memorial Visitaion

Fri., May 6th from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Oakland
310 South Charde Avenue, Oakland, NE 68045

Family will be receiving friends from 5-7 pm.

Memorial Service

Sat., May 7th at 1:00 PM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
201 North Davis Avenue, Oakland, Nebraska 68045

Burial is in the Oakland Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Uehling Auditorium.

Donald Andersen

Donald Andersen

Peter O. Schmidt, 81, of Oakland NE


Peter O. Schmidt, 81 years, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Visitation will be held on Sun., Jan. 31st from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland NE. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.

The Funeral Service will be held Mon., Feb. 1st at 11:00 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland NE.

Peter Schmidt

Peter Schmidt

VerLee Wickstrom, 73, of Oakland NE


VerLee Wickstrom, 73 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014, at Fremont Health Medical Center in Fremont, Nebraska.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday, January 2, 2015, 10:30 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland.

NO BURIAL 

MEMORIAL VISITATION: Friday, one hour prior to service at the church.

 

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

pelan@pelanfuneralservices.com

Gerald William “Pugs” Larson, 88, of Uehling NE


GERALD WILLIAM “PUGS” LARSON, 88 years of Uehling, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, surrounded by his family.

Gerald was born August 26, 1926, at home in rural Craig, Nebraska, to Harry C. and Helen E. (Koehler) Larson. He was baptized and confirmed at Elim Lutheran Church of Swaburg, rural Hooper, Nebraska.

Gerald graduated from Uehling High School in 1943. In 1954, he married the love of his life, Donna Rickert at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland.

Gerald loved his family and friends dearly. He never met a stranger. He loved farming, sports and traveling, but there was no place like home. He enjoyed small town life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Harry Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Dave Bixler of Minnetonka, MN, Cindy and Dan Christensen of Austin, TX; sisters, Mary (Emery) Johnson, Margie Davis both of Fremont, NE, Mable (Rodney) Nelson of Sidney, NE; brother, Richard Larson of Uehling; four grandchildren, Peter (Pam) Christensen, Carrie (Ryan) Jackson, Trent (Corrinne) Grover, Amber (Mike) Trapp; eight great grandchildren, Tanner, Cameron and Ava Jackson, Hannah and Emma Christensen, Cillian and Malcolm Grover, Griffin Trapp.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland.

VISITATION: Tuesday 6 – 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Home in Oakland. Visitation Wednesday will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

BURIAL: Argo Cemetery, rural Uehling, Nebraska.

MEMORIALS: First Evangelical Lutheran Church and Argo Cemetery

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

pelan@pelanfuneralservices.com

Gerald Larson

Gerald Larson

Greggory James Nelson, 51, of Bloomfield NE, Formerly of Oakland NE


GREGGORY JAMES NELSON, 51 years, of Bloomfield, NE, formerly of Oakland, passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday, November 14, 2014, at 2 pm at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland, NE

NO VISITATION

BURIAL: Private Family Burial at a later date, Grace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Craig, NE

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.

pelan@pelanfuneralservices.com

 

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