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Jo Anne Johnson, 81, of Lyons NE


Jo Anne Johnson was born August 9, 1936 on a farm North of Divide Center, Nebraska, the fourth of six children born to Clarence and May (Peterson) Drummond. She passed away October 4, 2017, at her home in Lyons, Nebraska, at the age of 81 years.

Jo grew up on the family farm and attended Divide Center School. She graduated from Lyons High School in 1953.

On April 17, 1953 Jo and James Johnson were united in marriage. They were blessed with six children; Michael, Mylet, Milan, Jill, Jeffrey and Jerry. Jo and Jim owned the Emerson Tri-County Press from 1967 to 1975. She also worked as a Nurse Aide at Emerson Nursing Home. They moved to Oakland, Nebraska in 1975 and Jo started working at Oakland Heights Nursing Home as an Aide; in 1978 she began her career as Bookkeeper, retiring in May of 2013.

Jo was dedicated to her family. She loved to cook and bake. She dearly loved all her family and friends, and treasured their times together.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lyons, Nebraska where she served as Deacon and was a PW member. She was baptized and confirmed at the Divide Center Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Magel (Norwood) Rohloff.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Mike (Kathy) Johnson, Mylet (Jeff) Kutchera, Milan (Pam) Johnson, Jill (Brad) Brink, Jeff (Suzanne) Johnson, Jerry Johnson; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary (Leon) Bruns, LaVonne “Bonnie” Rassmussen, Gladys Pipal; brother, Jon (Ronda) Drummond; a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

MEMORIAL VISITAION

Monday October 9th
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Lyons340 Everett Street
Lyons, Nebraska 68038

MEMORIAL SERVICE

Monday October 9th
11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Lyons340 Everett Street
Lyons, Nebraska 68038

A private family burial will be held.

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Jo Anne Johnson

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Leroy Walter Viles, 71, of Lyons NE


LEROY WALTER VILES was born to Walter and Frieda (Block) Viles on July 27, 1943 in Bancroft, Nebraska. He passed away on February 19, 2015 after a long illness, at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland, Nebraska, at the age of 71 years.

Leroy graduated from Lyons High School in Lyons, Nebraska in 1961, and shortly after graduation, he joined the US Navy. His boot camp was in San Diego, California, where he met and married his lovely bride Sandra Brewer, on July 26, 1963.

While in the Navy, he toured all of Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Around the United States, from California, Rhode Island, the Carolinas, Alaska and Hawaii, he enjoyed these duty stations with his family. He volunteered his services, of ministry and addiction counseling, to fellow sailors in the Navy. His honors include Transit of the Suez Canal and Ancient Order of the Shellbacks. He worked as a Radioman for 20 years in the Navy, and he retired after 20 years of service, to assist his parents on the farm. He was also a professional driver.

Leroy enjoyed traveling, fishing and camping with his wife and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Frieda Viles.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Viles, of Lyons; daughters, Lesley Bush, of Bremerton, WA, Renee (Mark) Dietrich, of LeMars, IA, April (Tom) Owen, of Spearfish, SD; sisters, Ann Anderson, of Yelm, WA, Dorothy (John) Case, of Crofton, NE; six grandchildren; one great grandchild.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 10:30 am at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Lyons, Rev. Joel Rathbun, officiating.

BURIAL WITH MILITARY HONORS: Lyons Cemetery with Military Honors by Robert Klase VFW Post No. 7998 and Harvey Lenig American Legion Post No. 83 of Lyons.

NO VISITATION

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.

Leroy Viles

Leroy Viles

pelan@pelanfuneralservices.com

Jerome Ermil Anderson, 94, of Lyons NE


Jerome Ermil Anderson was born May 13, 1920 to Oscar and Louise (Brohn) Anderson at the home farm North of Lyons, Nebraska. He passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa, at the age of 94 years.

Jerome went to the Jefferson Country School for ten years, and graduated from Lyons High School in 1937. He married Lois Nelson on April 18, 1940, at the bride’s parents’ home South of Rosalie, Nebraska. The couple farmed near Lyons for many years, and raised their family; Leila, Jerry, Carol and Tressa.

In 1959, Jerome moved his family into Lyons, where he continued to be involved in farming. The family attended the Divide Center Presbyterian Church for many years. They attended the Presbyterian Church in Lyons since moving to town.

Jerome loved farming, and was known to invent his own farm equipment. He continued to learn throughout his life. He loved to travel, and visited many places his children lived, including Guam, Japan and many Pacific islands. He has been very helpful to members of his community. In later years, Lois and Jerome enjoyed going to the Happy Days Center and living at Evista retirement Village for many years. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister; son, Jerry.

He is survived by his wife, Lois, of Oakland; daughters, Leila Keiper and Tressa Wagner; son, Carol Anderson, all living in Arizona; sisters, Betty Bjornberg and Nelda Hursh; brother, Derwin Anderson; 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 10:30 am, at the First Presbyterian Church in Lyons

VISITATION: Tuesday, 5-7 pm at Pelan Funeral Services in Lyons. Visitation will also be held at the church one hour prior to service.

BURIAL: Lyons Cemetery

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.

Jerome Anderson

Jerome Anderson

pelan@pelanfuneralservices.com

Byron Steele Morrow, 53, of Tekamah NE


BYRON STEELE MORROW, 53 years of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away November 24, 2014, at his home in Tekamah.

Byron was born to Walter and Elizabeth (Mahon) Morrow June 1, 1961 in San Bernardino, California.
During high school, he moved with his family to the Decatur area, and he graduated from Lyons High School in 1979.

Byron spent much of his working life driving truck for various employers in the area. He was an avid fisherman, spending two weeks a year in Canada.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Morrow.

Survivors include his three daughters and two granddaughters, Heather Morrow and Ryann Rodriguez, Amber Morrow, Ashley Stevens and Melody Capalite all of Tekamah; his father and stepmother, Walt and Patty Morrow of Lyons; two brothers, Tony Morrow of Seattle, WA and Tom Morrow of Phoenix, AZ; and one niece, Sarah Morrow of Seattle, WA.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:30 a.m., at Pelan Funeral Home in Tekamah

BURIAL: Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur, Nebraska

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

 

Cheryl Tranmer Swanda, 70, of Fremont NE, Formerly of Oakland NE


CHERYL ANN (TRANMER) SWANDA was born October 7, 1944, in Oakland, Nebraska, to John and Ferne (Ekstrand) Tranmer. She passed away November 6, 2014 at her home in Fremont, Nebraska, surrounded by family, at the age of 70.

Cheryl attended kindergarten through eighth grade at the Tranmer Country School District No. 51 in rural Craig, NE, and later graduated from Lyons High School in 1962.

Cheryl married LeRoy Swanda, and they were blessed with two children, Kevin and Kellie.

Cheryl was a homemaker and her family was very important to her. She had a big heart, and once you became a friend, you were a friend for life. She was an active member of Al-Anon for 32 years, where she developed many close friends, and enriched her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Gary Tranmer.

Survivors include her special friend, Ron Roscoe of Fremont, NE and his daughter, Patty (Tom) Post of Chula Vista, CA; her daughter Kellie (Jeff) Johnson of Fremont; son, Kevin (Cindy) Swanda of Fremont; sister, Kathi (Jim) Gustin of Dakota City, NE; sister-in-law, Neva Tranmer of Lyons, NE; 7 Grandchildren, Samuel and Olivia Johnson, Tony, Cody and Emily Swanda, Cheyenne and Collin; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Lyons, NE

VISITATION: Monday, November 10, 6 – 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Home in Lyons.  Visitation will also be held Tuesday one hour prior to service at the church.

BURIAL: Friday, November 14, 10:30 a.m. at the Lyons Cemetery.

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

Cheryl Swanda

Cheryl Swanda

Don W. Svendsen, 80 of Lyons NE


DON W. SVENDSEN, 80 years, of Lyons, Nebraska, passed away, Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska.

Don was born April 19, 1934, in rural Lyons, to Pete and Fern (Wiley) Svendsen. He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church at Divide Center, Nebraska. He attended country school at Wilson School in rural Lyons through the sixth grade and graduated from Lyons High School in 1952.

Don served in the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged January 31, 1956.

On December 3, 1957, Don and Marcella Ann McKeegan were united in marriage at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lyons. To this union five children were born:  Deb, Dave, Pam, Joe and Lyn. Don custom farmed for many years and operated Svendsen Sod from 1977 to 2006.

He enjoyed going to the local coffee shop to catch up with local news and share his opinions with anyone who would listen. For the last two years, Don had resided at Legacy Gardens in Pender.

Don was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Fern; sister, Sally Larsen; and beloved wife, Marcella.

Survivors include his five children and their spouses, Deb and Charlie Olson of Bancroft, NE, Dave and Tammy Svendsen of Pierce, NE, Pam and Roger Servold of Mead, CO, Joe and Julie Svendsen of Lyons, Lyn and Kent Steinmeyer of Bancroft; twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:30 am, at Pelan Funeral Home in Lyons.

BURIAL: Lyons Cemetery with Military Honors by Robert Klase VFW Post No. 7998 and Harvey Lenig American Legion Post No. 83 of Lyons.

VISITATION:  Thursday, 6-8 pm with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Home in Lyons. Visitation will also be held Friday one hour prior to service at the Funeral Home.

MEMORIALS: To the family, to be designated at a later date

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

Don Svendsen

Don Svendsen

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Marvin L. Sundquist, 69 of Lyons, NE


MARVIN L. SUNDQUIST, 69 years, of Lyons, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, in a motor vehicle accident south of Uehling, Nebraska.

Marvin was born May 24, 1944, in Oakland, Nebraska, to Otto S. and Anna J. (Oman) Sundquist.

Marvin graduated from Lyons High School in 1962 and studied agriculture at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Marvin married Linda Skinner in 1970.  They had four children, Lauree Renee, Marvin Douglas, Christian Boyd and Michelle Nicole. Marvin was raised and lived on a farm southeast of Lyons.  After leaving the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, he returned home and maintained the family farm.  After retiring from farming, Marvin began working at Walmart.  Marvin loved being able to interact and socialize with people he knew and met while working at Walmart.

He was a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church in Lyons.

Family was very important to Marvin, especially his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He also enjoyed playing cards, loved music, history and Nebraska sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Jim Lovercheck and nephew, Michael Kostin.

Survivors include his children, Lauree (Robert) Lenz of Battle Creek, NE, Marvin Douglas Sundquist of Fremont, NE, Christian Boyd Sundquist and Michelle (Kase) May all of Black Forest, CO; eleven grandchildren; one great grandchild; sisters, Marilyn (John) Kostin of Kalamazoo, MI, Evelyn Lovercheck of Ogallala, NE, Julene (Dave) Rasmussen of York, NE; brother, Ramon (Carol) Sundquist of Sioux City, IA; nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL SERVICE:Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 10:30 a.m. from Memorial United Methodist Church in Lyons.

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