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Robert Lee “Bob” Olson, Sr., 87, of Tekamah NE


Robert Lee “Bob” Olson, Sr. of Tekamah, NE and proprietor of Lee Valley was born February 1, 1930, in the Argo area of rural Craig, Nebraska to Arthur A. Olson and Florence J. (Lundholm) Olson. He passed away on June 14, 2017, surrounded by his wife and children.

He was baptized and confirmed at Swaburg Lutheran Church in rural Uehling, Nebraska. Bob attended Argo rural school and graduated from Uehling High School in 1947.

Bob started farming and raising livestock in high school. In his early years, he helped build Boys Town and also worked at the Mead Ordinance Plant and Uehling Hay Mill. He took over the care of the farm and of his family upon the untimely death of his father when Bob was just 19.

Bob married Phyllis June Oberst on April 13, 1952, and for 65 years they remained by each other’s side. They raised five children: Robert Lee, Jr., Randy Lee, Vickie Lee, Scott Lee and Kristie Lee. The family initially resided in the Argo area, then rented a farm on the Missouri River bottom near Tekamah beginning in 1955.

Bob started buying and selling farm equipment in the early 1960s. Bob, Jr. came up with the name for the business – “Lee Valley” – because of their middle names and the location of the farm in the Missouri River valley.

In the 1980s, Bob and Phyllis expanded Lee Valley to include farm machinery consignment auctions, later holding some of the largest consignment auctions in the region and becoming one the largest farm operations in Burt County. Randy, Patty, Scott and Susan joined them in the business full time. Many family members worked together to make each sale day a success.

Bob was a 4-H leader for many years and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren show animals and other 4-H projects. He loved the Burt County Fair and the 4-H programs and was a supporter for over 50 years. He was also a member of Tekamah Masonic Lodge No. 31, receiving his 50-year pin in 2014 and a member of Tangier Shrine and Rawhide Nobles, participating in many, many parades in his little car.

Bob participated in the local tractor ride, which later became the Great Nebraska Tractor Ride, from day one. In 2012, he led the tractor ride, which began at Lee Valley as part of their 50-year anniversary customer appreciation celebration.

Bob was proud of his Swedish heritage and instilled those traditions in his family, including a Swedish prayer recited to this day by all generations of his family. Swedish foods, including lutefisk, Bob’s famous homemade eggnog, and rice pudding, were always a part of his Christmas traditions. Bob’s love of family was truly the pride of his life. He also cherished a multitude of faithful friends and employees over the course of his lifetime.

Bob and Phyllis spent many wedding anniversaries together in Branson, Missouri, taking in as many country-music shows as they possibly could.

Bob was an innovator and visionary in farming practices and encouraged that in others. He was one of the first to plant corn in 30-inch rows, use top planting practices, plant narrow row beans, use a grain cart, and use a 4-wheel drive tractor.

He loved telling stories with customers and friends over a cup of coffee and homemade treats by Phyllis. Many hours were spent reading farm magazines, marking articles for the boys to read and cutting out recipes for Phyllis to practice on. In 2012 many of those well-tested recipes were made into a cookbook – Phyllis’ Favorites – in honor of their 50th year in business.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marian Andersen, brother Arlyn, and infant brother Merlin.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis and his children: Robert, Jr. (Roy Masenthin) of Dorchester, NE, Randy (Patty) of Tekamah, Vickie (Bill) Shrader of Pierre, SD, Scott (Susan) of Tekamah and Kristie (Tom) DiGiorgio of Arlington, NE.

By his grandchildren: Gabe (Brandi) DiGiorgio, Ann (Dan) Brown, Matt Vogel (Kelly Ellis), Carrie (Nick) Rosenberry, Brad (Shana) Jordan, Robert Mitchell Vogel (Sara Leffler), Amanda (Scott) Reinhart, Guin (Randy) Munib, Abby (Brandon) Mathistad, Jenny (Travis) Carlson, Garrett Shrader, John (Coartney) DiGiorgio, Anders Olson, Blaine Olson, Megan Olson and Brandon Olson; and by his 21 great-grandchildren (with one on the way).

VISITATION

Sunday June 18th
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Emmanuel Lutheran Church Tekamah210 S 12th Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will be receiving friends.

FUNERAL SERVICE

Monday June 19th
10:00 AM
Emmanuel Lutheran Church Tekamah210 S 12th Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

A Masonic Service will be held during Funeral Service.

Cemetery Details

LOCATION

Tekamah Cemetery

Tekamah, Nebraska 68061

Memorials suggested to the family for later designation.

Robert “Bob” Olson Sr.

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Robert Lee Olson, Sr., 87, of Tekamah NE


Robert Lee Olson, Sr., 87 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Nye Legacy in Fremont, Nebraska.

Funeral Service is Pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

Dorothy June (Crom) Magill 88, of Tekamah NE


Dorothy June (Crom) Magill passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation Center, after a short illness, at the age of 88 years.

Memorial Service pending with Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah.

Velma Jean (Smith) Cooper, 96, of Tekamah NE


Velma Jean (Smith) Cooper was born December 16, 1920 to Orrin and Jennie (Hampton) Smith at their farm home northeast of Craig, Nebraska. She passed away April 21, 2017 at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, Nebraska, at the age of 96 years.

Velma attended the Prairie View rural school, and then graduated from Craig High School. After one year at Dana College, she began teaching in rural schools.

On June 29, 1941 Velma married Phillip Cooper. They lived on a farm near Tekamah, then near Oakland, and later moved to a place near Decatur. After selling their farm, Phillip and Velma moved to Tekamah in 1991.

Their children Lee, Carol, Mike and Wayne were born during the years that she was an at-home mother. When all of the kids were old enough to attend school, she returned to teaching and to college classes; she graduated from Dana College in 1968. After several years teaching in rural schools, she taught in Bancroft; Whiting, Iowa and in Lyons. She taught for a total of 21 years.

Velma was a Sunday school teacher and helped with the music there. She volunteered in church, 4H and the county fair. She was a charter member and officer of the Northeastern Nebraska Genealogical Society and the Nebraska State Genealogical Society, and has helped hundreds of people with their family histories. In 1975 her interest in local history led to her ongoing work with the Burt County Museum. She walked cemeteries in Decatur and Craig to record and publish needed information for family histories and was instrumental in making that kind of book for Tekamah’s cemetery. She produced a history of the Prairie View neighborhood and helped to publish a history of the Lyons area and a Lyons cemetery book. Her other interests were flowers, crafts, music, painting, and in earlier years she and Phillip enjoyed dancing, especially square dancing.

She loved her family and they were her greatest interest.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Phillip; older brother, William O. Smith.

She is survived by her sons, Lee (Linda) Cooper of Council Bluffs, IA, Mike (Debra) Cooper of Pipestone, MN, Wayne (Karen) Cooper of Lipezk, Russia; daughter Carol (John) Kuhfahl of Blair, NE; 12 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; sisters, Marjorie (Smith) Johnson of Fremont, NE, Opal (Smith) Lofdahl of Tekamah, NE; brother, Dan (Elaine) Smith of Lyons.

VISITATION

Tuesday April 25th
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will receive friends 5-7 pm. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.

FUNERAL SERVICE

Wednesday April 26th
11:00 AM
United Methodist Church, Tekamah1408 L Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Cemetery Details

LOCATION

Herman Cemetery

Herman, Nebraska 68029

Memorial Contribution

BURT COUNTY MUSEUM

319 N 13th Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Velma Cooper

Vernon “Mike” Maxwell, 81, of Tekamah NE


Vernon “Mike” Maxwell, 81 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland, Nebraska.

VISITATION

Monday April 24th
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will receive friends 5-7 pm. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.

FUNERAL SERVICE

Tuesday April 25th
11:00 AM
United Methodist Church, Tekamah1408 L Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Memorial Contribution

TEKAMAH FIRE AND RESCUE

ATTN: Mike Bank
1515 M St
Tekamah, NE 68061

OAKLAND MERCY HOSPITAL

BURT COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE

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

Junavae Beck, 82, of Tekamah NE


Junavae D. Beck, 82 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tekamah.

Funeral Service is pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

Shirley Anne Morrow, 87, of Tekamah NE


Shirley Anne Morrow, 87 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at her home in Corpus Christie, Texas.

Memorial Service is pending with Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah.

Donna Rae (Parsons) Miller, 81, of Decatur NE


Donna Rae (Parsons) Miller was born April 8, 1935 in Decatur, Nebraska to Ira Jack and Dorothy (Austin) Parsons. She passed away March 18, 2017, at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender, Nebraska, at the age of 81 years.

Donna was married to Hymie Miller on December 3, 1954. They were blessed with their son Keith in 1956. Donna worked outside the home for several years. They built and opened their own business, D & H Bottle Shop, in 1984. She worked 7 days a week, where her customers soon became her friends. She retired from work in 1999, when they sold the business.

She was a gifted artist who drew illustrations for a published children’s book. She was a member of the women’s auxiliary of the fire department, the Decatur Fire Belles. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Decatur Restoration Branch and enjoyed singing in the choir when she was younger. She loved being outdoors; many weekends Hymie and Donna could be found camping with family and friends, laughing and telling stories around the campfire. She was happiest when surrounded by her family and they felt the depth of her love every day.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jack Parsons.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Hymie; son, Keith and wife Julie Miller; grandson, Billy and wife Brandi Miller; granddaughter, Lisa and husband Nic Brown; great grandchildren, Hannah, Marcus and Allyson Miller, Brayden, Dayne and Kyler Brown; a host of family and friends.

VISITATION

Monday March 20th
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Prayer Service will start at 7 pm

FUNERAL SERVICE

Tuesday March 21
10:00 AM
Church of Jesus Christ, Decatur Restoration BranchDecatur, NE

Cemetery Details

LOCATION

Hillcrest Cemetery

Decatur, Nebraska 68020

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Donna Miller

Gary “Ace” Brummond, 67, of Tekamah NE


Gary “Ace” Brummond, age 67, of Tekamah, Nebraska passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, at his home in Tekamah.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Tekamah. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Tekamah Cemetery, Tekamah, Nebraska.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. with family receiving friends, at Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.  Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah in charge of arrangements.

Gary “Ace” Brummond was born to Clement Brummond and Elsie (Larsen) Hultquist on December 5, 1949 in Blair, Nebraska.  He passed away March 17, 2017 at the age of 67 at his home in Tekamah, Nebraska, surrounded by family and friends.

Gary was raised in Herman, Nebraska and graduated from Herman high school in 1967, where he was active in baseball, basketball, and choir.

After high school, Gary was drafted to the army where he served for four years. After his service, he returned home and took a job locally, and not long after married and had two children; Ryan Brummond and Joelle (Brummond) Vogltance.

From the time he was young, Gary loved the outdoors and spent his time hunting, fishing, riding horses and training his dog(s). Some would even say he was quite a dancer. His favorite times were spent on drives in the country with family and friends, and he was never one to turn away from a good practical joke.  He had a great sense of humor and was loved by many.

Gary spent the majority of his career working as the rural mail carrier for the Tekamah Post Office.

What Gary enjoyed most was spending time with his children and grandchildren. Throughout his life he never missed an event his children participated in and never missed an opportunity to talk to others about his grand kids.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Chay Brummond; his brothers: James Brummond, Doug Brummond, and brother in law, Jerry Triplett; sisters: Carol Ann Brummond and Connie Bowland; and his special dog, Ellie.

He is survived by his children: Ryan (Angela) Brummond of Bennington, Joelle (Travis) Vogltance of Lincoln; grandchildren: Ella Terwilliger, Clara Brummond, Mae Vogltance, Crosby Vogltance, Charlotte Brummond and Abel Brummond; sister, Beverly Triplett; sister in law, Carol Brummond; brother in law, Steve Bowland; many nieces and nephew; and special friend Beverly Hansen.

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