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LaDonna Mae McNear, 76, of Tekamah NE


LaDonna Mae McNear was born on August 14, 1941 to Clarence and Marie (Kirk) Houghton in Blair, Nebraska. She passed away peacefully at her home in Tekamah, Nebraska on June 10, 2018, surrounded by family, at the age of 76 years.

Funeral service will be Friday, June 15, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah with burial in the Tekamah Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah.  Memorials to the family for later designation.  Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah in charge of arrangements.

LaDonna Mae McNear was born on August 14, 1941 to Clarence and Marie (Kirk) Houghton in Blair, Nebraska. She passed away peacefully at her home in Tekamah, Nebraska on June 10, 2018, surrounded by family, at the age of 76 years.

LaDonna was united in marriage to Lew McNear on November 15, 1959 at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah. They resided on the family farm near Tekamah until retiring and moving to town.

LaDonna was an avid Husker football fan. Through the years she enjoyed fishing, dancing and traveling. She always took an active interest in children’s and grandchildren’s activities, such as 4-H and Cub Scouts. She was also a member of Eastern Star and the Nebraska Democratic Women.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Robert Christensen; sister-in-law, Janet Hawkins; brother-in-law Gerd Hawkins.

Survivors include her husband, Lew McNear; sister, Janice Christensen; daughters, Robin (Terry) Tilson, Lori (Randy) Wheaton; son, Jeff (Heather) McNear; grandchildren, Cody (April) Tilson, Brittany Tilson, Dylan (Annie) Wheaton, Clayton (Danielle) Wheaton, Loran Wheaton, Shayla McNear, Seamus McNear, Sean McNear; great grandchildren, Malaya Zabat, Cash Dunning, Brance Wheaton, Max Wheaton; numerous nieces and nephews.

LaDonna McNear

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Margaret Johnson, 93, Formerly of Lyons NE


Margaret Ellen Johnson was born January 30, 1924 to Carl and Anne (Ruddy) Jensen in Lyons, Nebraska. She passed away July 29, 2017 at Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neligh, Nebraska, at the age of 93 years.

Margaret grew up on the family farm northeast of Lyons, attending rural elementary school. She graduated from Blackbird High School, a rural high school near her home, in 1941. She then attended college for one year at Wayne State College and one year at Midland Lutheran College, earning a teaching certificate. She taught elementary school, first at rural schools in Burt County, and later at Pender Public Schools.

On September 23, 1950 Margaret married Chester Johnson at Westside Methodist Church in rural Oakland, Nebraska. They made their home at the Johnson family farm in Cuming County. They were blessed with two children, Sheila and Richard.

Margaret was a homemaker, raising chickens and tending a large garden in addition to her flower gardens. After their children were grown, she worked as a substitute teacher in Cuming County rural schools. She also enjoyed being a member of an extension club and quilt guild.

After living on the farm for 51 years, Margaret and Chester moved to Lyons in 2001. They became members of the First Presbyterian Church. In 2008 Margaret moved to Neligh to reside in an assisted living facility. She moved to Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Center in 2011.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Chester in 2006.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila (Tom) Parks of Neligh; son, Richard (Linda) Johnson of Oakland; grandchildren, Aaron (Sara) Parks, Amber (Jordan) Paden, Christal (Chris) Witthuhn, Alexis Johnson; 6 great grandchildren.

VISITATION

Wednesday, August 2nd
 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Lyons340 Everett Street
Lyons, Nebraska 68038

FUNERAL SERVICE

Wednesday, August 2nd
 11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Lyons340 Everett Street
Lyons, Nebraska 68038Burial is in the Lyons Cemetery.

Contributions suggested to the family for future designation.

Margaret Johnson

Junavae Darling Beck, 82, of Tekamah NE


Junavae Darling Beck was born to Roy and Evalyn (Darling) Ayer June 19, 1934 on their farm in Cuming County, Nebraska. She passed away April 20, 2017 at Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tekamah, Nebraska, at the age of 82 years.

Early on, she attended the same country school as her father, District #33 in Cuming County. She attended high school in Lyons; later receiving her G.E.D. Junavae was confirmed into the Presbyterian Church in Lyons. While in the 8th grade, the family moved to the Bertha area and attended the Divide Center Church. When they moved to Tekamah, they joined the Presbyterian Church there.

On August 7, 1951 she married Charles Darl Beck on the family farm at Bertha. In 1975 they moved to Tekamah. Steven, Jim, Chuck, Bonnie, and Roger were born to this union. Over the years she worked at the bakery in Lyons, Crest Café in Oakland, Oakland Hospital, Tekamah Motors, Green Thumb in Blair, and cleaned houses and businesses in Tekamah.

Junavae greeted everyone with a smile and never met a stranger. Her faith and love for her grandchildren were limitless. Her greatest joys in life were serving her church and keeping track of her grandchildren. She was always finding ways to be a part of her grandkids’ lives. Whether it was a competitive game of Rummycube, a bedtime story, a bucket of homemade caramel corn, or a ride around town to look at Christmas lights; there was always fun to be had with Grandma June.

Junavae moved to the Tekamah Care and Rehab Center in March 2015.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Paul; husband, Charles Darl; and special friend, Loren Hood.

She is survived by her five children, Steven (Diane) Beck of Ellsworth, NE, Jim (Pam) Beck of Tekamah, Chuck (Nic) Beck of St. Paul, NE, Bonnie (Darwin) Nielsen of Clay Center, NE, Roger (Rosalyn) Beck of Sioux City, IA; brother, Richard (Nancy) Ayer of Elkhorn, NE; sisters, Judy Anthony of Ralston, NE and Margo Curtis of Ft. Wayne, IN; 18 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION

Sunday April 23rd
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will receive friends from 3-5 pm. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.

FUNERAL SERVICE

Monday April 24th
10:30 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Tekamah1318 K Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Cemetery Details

LOCATION

Tekamah Cemetery

Tekamah, Nebraska 68061

Memorial Contribution

ORVILLE AND WILLA CHATT SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, TEKAMAH

1318 K Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Junavae Beck

Marilyn Coates, 77, of Oakland NE


Marilyn Coates, 77 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland.

Visitation will be held Sat., Nov. 5th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lyons. The Funeral Service begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 5th at the church too.

Burial is in the Lyons Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Verlin Charles “Bud” King, 84, of Tekamah NE


Verlin Charles “Bud” King was born to Joseph and Esther (Moffitt) King July 17, 1932 on the family farm in the Quinnebaugh township of Burt County, Nebraska. He passed away August 30, 2016 in St. Charles, Illinois after a long and happy life, at the age of 84 years.

Bud graduated from Tekamah High School in 1950. While serving his country, in the Army, he received the National Defense and the Good Conduct Medals.

On May 26, 1962 he married his best friend Mary Bowen in the Tekamah Presbyterian Church. They lived their lives in Tekamah, Nebraska where Bud was a Grain Merchandiser for many years, until his retirement. He thoroughly enjoyed coaching youth baseball, hunting, boating and watching his grandchildren grow up.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph; mother, Esther; sisters, Madeline Hardy and Doris Kjeldgaard; brothers, Leroy King and Kenneth “Doc” King.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary; sons, Rick (Virginia) King of Coffeyville, KS, Bill (Kim) King of Carl Junction, MO, Joe (Laura) King of Batavia, IL; sisters, Betty Buddecke of Grand Island, NE, Mary Syverson of Harrison, AR, Joan (Mike) Maxwell of Tekamah; grandchildren, Trenton (Taylore) King of Rogers, AR, Andrew (Kelsa) King of Coffeyville, Lauren King of Coffeyville, Allyson, Ashley and Christopher King of Carl Junction, and Shannon, Brady and Carlin King of Batavia, many nieces and nephews.

Vitiation will be Mon., Sept. 5th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah. Family will be receiving friends during this time.

The funeral service will be Tues., Sept. 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service.

Burial is in the Tekamah Cemetery.

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

Verlin "Bud" King

Verlin “Bud” King

Betty Trotter, 87, of Herman NE


Betty Jane (Corbin) Trotter was born March 2, 1929 in rural Tekamah, Nebraska to Leo F. and Eva Jane (Pratt) Corbin. She passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at Oakland Heights Nursing Home in Oakland after complications from several falls.

Betty attended Tekamah schools and graduated from Tekamah High School in 1946. She attended one semester at Wayne State College before accepting a position at the First National Bank in Tekamah and was later employed by the Herman State Bank. She and William Russell Trotter were married October 14, 1951. They had three children: Barbara Jane, Brenda Jo and David Russell. Betty and Russell lived in Herman for over 60 years before moving to Oakland Heights Assisted Living in the spring of 2016.

She joined the First Presbyterian Church of Tekamah on April 1st, 1945. She had been active in Presbyterian Women, taught Sunday school, and had helped with the after school kids’ Logos program. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Herman Legion Auxiliary and the local Betty Club. She was also involved in book club, bridge clubs, and the Chatt Senior Center. She enjoyed writing notes and sending cards to friends & family, knitting, reading, family vacations in Minnesota in the summers and wintering in Texas with Russell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Leo F. Corbin, Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Russell; daughters: Barbara (Steve) Frank of Westmoreland, KS, Brenda of Oakland, NE; son, David (Sara) of Rochester, MN; grandchildren: Joshua (Kylee) Frank of Manhattan, KS, Jordan (Diane) Frank of Myrtle Point, OR, John Frank and Rachel Frank of Westmoreland, Samuel and Lucas Trotter of Rochester, MN; and great-granddaughter, Emery Eden Frank of Manhattan, KS.

The Memorial Service will be held on Sat., Aug. 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah NE.

A Private Family Burial will take place at the Herman Cemetery.

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

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Trotter

Betty Trotter

 

Robert James “Skeeter” Deemer, 69, of Tekamah NE


Robert James “Skeeter” Deemer was born to Arthur and Eunice (Waddell) Deemer on April 17, 1946 in Leon, IA. He passed away April 7, 2016 at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland, NE.

Robert’s family moved to Tekamah when he was very young. He graduated from Tekamah High School in 1964.

On February 13, 1966 he was united in marriage to Betty Appleton in Dakota City, NE. They lived most of their lives in Tekamah. He started working on a farm and also was a Production Foreman at the Rocky Quarry for several years. He then retired (for a short while) before returning to work as a truck driver at Beed Transportation until the time of his passing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Eunice Deemer; sister, Beth Wells; two brothers, Raymond and Michael Deemer.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Tekamah; two daughters, Brenda McCluskey of Tekamah and special friend, Paul Gochenour, Melisa (Karl) Bergman of Tekamah; three sons, James Deemer and special friend, Laura Garcia of Tekamah, David (Tammy) Deemer of Oakland, Matt (Sarah) Deemer of Tekamah; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Jeanette Hittle of Decatur, NE, Joan (Gary) Sheets of Fremont, NE; two brothers, Kenneth “Max” (Deb) Deemer of Homer, NE, and Steven (Janet) Deemer of Blair, NE.

Memorial Visitation will be on Tues., April 12th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah. The family will be receiving friends during visitation.

A Memorial Service will be on Wed., April 13th at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah.

Burial is in the Tekamah cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for a later designation.

Robert "Skeeter" Deemer

Robert “Skeeter” Deemer

Carolynn Jo Key-Suhr, 54, of Tekamah NE


Carolynn Jo Key-Suhr was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 9, 1961 to Richard and Mary (Marr) Key. She spent her formative years in Missouri, Oahu, Hawaii, San Antonio, Texas and Tekamah, Nebraska. After graduating from high school she moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she developed and ran a very successful title company. Carolynn died peacefully in her parents’ home on Sunday, February 28, 2016, after a long battle with cancer.

Her life took on unfathomable joy with the birth of her sons Ian Frederick and Ryan Richard. Immersing herself in this role, she provided a healthy, stable and fun home. Her boys not only had the opportunity to grow up; they grew down with strong, deep roots and values.

Carolynn always exuded a sense of adventure, wonder and humor perfectly balanced with a solid grounding. You could see this in her eyes, and feel it in her spirit. Devoted, caring and loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, Carolynn saw the possibilities in every person and situation, and those possibilities functioned as a beacon…a stream of light, hope and ideas.

Her laughter was infectious, as was her smile. A talented artist in multiple modalities, her talents will be part of her lasting remembrance. She respected the past and its wisdom, while gravitating toward the future and its wonders. Yet she was able to always be Present.

Being diagnosed with cancer meant a different and new journey for Carolynn. Even during long stays at hospitals, she’d enlist the support of staff to go visit with other hospital patients, spreading joy, laughter and harmless mischief to brighten everyone’s day. One of the nurses affectionately dubbed her “Elf”.

Unstoppable, she trained as a massage therapist with a focus on cancer treatment; with friends and colleagues, she started a clinic in Asheville, North Carolina specializing in eastern and oriental techniques in an integrative approach – helping others living with cancer. They aptly named the clinic The Sunshine Institute.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Richard and Mamie Key, Vere and Mabel Marr.

She is survived by her parents, Richard and Mary Key; sons, Ian and Ryan Key-Suhr; brother, Doug (Wendy) Key; nephews, Charles (Caroline) Key, Richard (Jessica) Key; niece, Niki Horak; brother Michael Key; nephews, Casey, Matthew and Jordan Knowlton-Key, Chad and Cody Knowlton; niece, Cami Widvey; cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held Fri., March 4th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah.

The Funeral Service is at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah.

Burial is in the Tekamah Cemetery.

Carolynn Key-Suhr

Carolynn Key-Suhr

William N. Smith, 90, of Tekamah NE


William N. Smith was born to Cecil and Bessie (Powers) Smith September 4, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. He passed away February 15, 2015, at home, after a short illness.

Bill graduated from Omaha Technical High School in 1943.

On May 27, 1944 Bill was married to Bonnie Olson in Stuttgart, Arkansas. They lived most of their lives in Omaha, where he had a brake and clutch wholesale business. In 1996 they moved to Tekamah, Nebraska, where Bill lived until his death.

Bill served in World War II and was a member of the Omaha VFW and American Legion. He was also an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah until his failing health prevented his participation.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; seven sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Bonnie; son, Bill (Carol) Smith of Sandy, OR; daughters, Barb (Bill) Patterson of Tekamah, Patti (Steve) Fitch of Elkhorn, NE; five grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren.

The Memorial Service will be held on Thurs., Feb. 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah or the Tekamah Fire and Rescue.

William Smith

William Smith

 

William N. Smith, 90 of Tekamah NE


William N. Smith, 90 years, of Tekamah, NE, formerly of Omaha, NE, passed away February 15, 2016 at his home in Tekamah. William was a World War II Veteran.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thurs., Feb. 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah or the Tekamah Fire and Rescue.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

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