Charles A. Sanders, Jr., 91, of West Point, Formerly of Oakland NE

Charles A. Sanders, Jr. was born to Charles Sanders, Sr. and Violet (Larson) Sanders in Oakland, Nebraska on February 10, 1925.He passed away October 25, 2016 at South Haven Living Center in Wahoo, Nebraska, at the age of 91 years.

Charles was raised on the family farm, as the oldest of four siblings, along with Verna (Smith), Joyce and Molly (Rainey). Charles graduated from Oakland High School in 1942, but after a farming accident claimed the life of Charles Sr. in 1944, he took over the farm at the age of 19.

In 1947, Charles married his high school sweetheart, Jean Servine of Oakland. They soon gave birth to two daughters; Mary and Pat. Several years later, their son David came along.

During his time at the farm, Charles served on many Board of Directors including the Rural Fire Department, School District 17, Oakland Mutual Insurance and three years as the President of the Farmer’s CO-OP Board. In addition to his family, one of the things that Charles was extremely proud of was reaching the 15 Gallon Donation level with the American Red Cross.

Charles and Jean lived at their farm for 41 years before retiring and buying their dream house in West Point, Nebraska. They lived together for another 24 years, and were able to travel and enjoy their retirement.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Jean; children, Mary (Don) Lanning of Lincoln, NE, Pat (Doug) Harris of Lenexa, KS, David (Candi) Sanders of Lincoln; grandchildren, Michael (Jaime) Lanning of Kansas City, MO, Katie Lanning of Lincoln, Chloe Sanders of Lincoln; great grandchild, Andrew Lanning of Kansas City.

The Funeral Service is Mon., Oct. 31st at the First United Methodist Church in Oakland at 11:00 a.m.

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

Burial is in the Westside Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the Oakland Fire and Rescue.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Sanders Jr.

Charles Sanders Jr.

Richard Woten, Jr., 62, of Walthill NE

Richard Woten, Jr. 62, of Walthill, NE, passed away Friday, September 4, 2015 at his home in Walthill. Memorial services will be Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Legion Hall in Walthill, NE; Pastor Steve Breazier is officiating.

The visitation will be Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE.

Governor Ricketts’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Statement

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day which is celebrated on January 19, 2015. Recently, Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring today as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Nebraska. Later today, he will deliver remarks at a lunch presented by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Metropolitan Omaha held in honor of Dr. King.


“On this 86th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember and celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and the work he did to advance the cause of civil rights and freedom,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “As we take time to remember his accomplishments, it is important to remember that the future of Nebraska depends on our ability to pull together and solve common problems. Days such as this one provide an opportunity for new beginnings as we continue to bring all Nebraskans together to grow our state.”

Archie S. Hall, Jr., 48, of Waterbury NE

Archie S. Hall, Jr., 48, of Waterbury, Nebraska died on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Our Lady Of Lourdes Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Memorial services for Archie are pending at this time with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Archie Hall Jr.

Archie Hall Jr.

Jesus Armendariz, Jr. 23 of Wakefield, NE

Jesus Armendariz, Jr., 23, of Wakefield, Nebraska died on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Wakefield, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. The visitation will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield. Burial will be in the Wakefield Cemetery in Wakefield, Nebraska. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation.

Jesus Armendariz Jr.

Jesus Armendariz Jr.

Arvid “Sonny” Eugene Samuelson, Jr., 83 of Wakefield, NE

Arvid Samuelson.

Arvid Samuelson.

Arvid “Sonny” Eugene Samuelson, Jr., 83, of Wakefield, Nebraska died on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield, Nebraska. Funeral services for Sonny will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield; Pastor William Bertrand will be officiating. The visitation with the family present will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield. Burial with military honors will follow a lunch at St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Bancroft Cemetery in Bancroft, Nebraska. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation.

Sonny was born on February 8, 1930 to Arvid and Bertha (Pates) Samuelson on a farm west of Lyons, NE. He was baptized on April 20, 1930 ad confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in West Point, NE. He attended rural school and graduated from Lyons High School in 1947. He worked at several different jobs, plus helped his father with the farming. On January 4, 1952, Sonny married Imogene Burhoop at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, NE.

He was drafted into the United States Army on January 9, 1952. Sonny was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, MO before being transferred to Camp Roberts, CA, where Imogene joined him. He was transferred to Camp Cook, CA, and at the end of October 1952 he got his orders to Mannheim, Germany. He returned to the United States in November of 1953 and after serving for two years was released in January 1954. He then spent six years in the Army Reserves. He was a member of the Bancroft American Legion until moving to Wakefield and joining the Wakefield American Legion.

Sonny returned to farming and semi-retired in 1995, moving into Wakefield, but remained helping on the farm. He was one of the founding members of the Bancroft Saddle Club.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Imogene of Wakefield, NE, two sons Douglas Samuelson of Lincoln, NE and Galen (Amy) Samuelson of Wakefield, NE, five grandchildren: Eric (Brandy) Samuelson, Casey (Jenny) Samuelson, Brianna, Caleb and Dawson Samuelson, four great grandchildren: Taylor, Ethan, Caden and Elynn. He is also survived by a sister Ina Welding of West Point, NE, his twin brother Arnold (Mila Jean) Samuelson of Mesa, AZ, a sister-in-law Marilyn Burhoop and brother-in-law David (Judy) Burhoop of Bancroft, NE, and many nieces and nephews.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, a son Brian Samuelson, sisters Ila Samuelson and Lucille Poledna and brothers-in-law Harold “Deke” Welding, Dennis Poledna and Dale Burhoop.




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