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Lillian L. Deckard, 92, of Tekamah NE


Lillian L. Deckard, 92 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tekamah.

Funeral Service pending at Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah.

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Joyce E. Allison, 81, of Tekamah NE


Joyce E. Allison, age 81, of Tekamah, Nebraska passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, Nebraska. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah.  Burial will be in the Tekamah Cemetery, Tekamah.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Tekamah Fire and Rescue and Lied Tekamah Public Library. Funeral arrangements by Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah.

Joyce Elleen (Marr) Allison was born on July 18, 1936 in the Northern Arizona Township of rural Tekamah, Nebraska. She passed August 5, 2017 at the Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, Nebraska.

Joyce grew up in rural Tekamah and was married on April 11, 1954 to Donald Ray Allison of Tekamah. They lived in Tekamah and raised their two children Dan and Angie. Joyce worked for the family business Allison Electric, at JC Penny and as a homemaker.

Joyce was insanely stubborn, witty, feisty and playful, had dimples for days and an infectious laugh. Joyce was a skilled bowler and loved spending her free time playing cards, listening to her records and devouring chocolate and books. Despite the fact that she had a brown thumb, she loved flowers, the outdoors, and observing the birds and naming their tunes. Her favorites were the cardinal and hummingbird.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; parents: Ellsworth Marr and Gertie (Ray) Marr; siblings: Phyllis (Marr) Loerch and Marvin Marr.

She is survived by her children: Dan (Calista) Allison of Tekamah and Angie (Noel) Petersen of Herman; brother, Terry Marr of Tekamah; Grandchildren: Kent (Sarah) Allison of Tekamah, Andy (Nicole) Allison of Castle Rock, CO, Adri Allison of Tekamah, Brittany Petersen of Omaha and Brandi (Bryan) Allison of Tekamah; Great-grandchildren: Morgan, Teagan, Olivia and Delaynie Allison; many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and loved ones.

Joyce Allison

Betty J. vogler, 94, of Herman NE


Betty J. Vogler, 94 years, of Herman, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tekamah, Nebraska.

Funeral Service is pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

Jeramy L. Russell, 40, of Tekamah NE


Jeramy L. Russell, 40 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at his home in Tekamah, Nebraska.

Memorial Service is pending with Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah.

Mary Ellen Tobin,84, of Tekamah NE


Mary E. Tobin, 84 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, Nebraska.

Memorial Service is pending.

Earl Bucy, 90, of Tekamah NE


Earl Bucy, age 90, of Tekamah, Nebraska passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, Nebraska. Memorial service will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017, 10:30 am, at First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah. Burial will be in the Tekamah Cemetery, Tekamah, Nebraska.  Memorial visitation will be on Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. with family receiving friends. A Masonic Service will be at 7 p.m. all at Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah. Memorials are suggested to the Bryant House or Tekamah Fire and Rescue.  Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah in charge of arrangements.

Clarence Earl “Chuck” Bucy, Jr. was born September 27, 1926 to Clarence and Inez (??) Bucy on the family farm near Decatur, Nebraska. Earl grew up in the Lake Quinnebaugh Township and attended a 2-room country school. He was a member of the school’s Glee Club and played the trombone. As a child Earl was stricken with polio and spent more than a year hospitalized in an iron lung. He graduated from Tekamah High School in 1946. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln before returning home to farm the land that was farmed by his father and grandfather. The family was honored with an AkSarBen Pioneer Farm Family Award in 1990, recognizing that the land has been in the Bucy family for more than 100 years.

Earl married Helen Burt Neary on August 29, 1948, in Decatur. They lived on the family farm, between Decatur and Tekamah, before moving to Tekamah after retirement in the 1980s. Earl enjoyed fishing with his friends. He and his wife enjoyed traveling across the country in their motor home and spending their winters in Arizona. He was proud to receive the Bronze Jordan Medal for being the oldest Master Mason of Tekamah Masonic Lodge No. 31. He was a founding member of the Tekamah Rawhide Nobles, the miniature car club that drove in numerous local parades and was also a member of The Tangier Shrine Scottish & Yorkshire Rites. He also served on the Burt-Washington County Drainage Board, the Burt County Museum Board and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah.

Earl and Helen’s greatest joy was watching their grandchildren grow up and attending their school, 4-H and sports activities.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; parents; siblings, John, Howard, Dean, Doris and Leo; step-granddaughter, Stephanie Dahl; step-grandson, Joshua Jacobsen.

He is survived by his four sons, Mike Bucy and friend Peg of Tekamah, Larry (Christine Jacobsen-Bucy) Bucy of Decatur, Gary (Joan) Bucy of Tekamah, Jerry (Mary) Bucy of Beatrice, NE; seven grandchildren, Tim Bucy, Gregg (Marlyn Marincas-Bucy) Bucy, Tessa (Nate) Darling, Alexis (Patrick) Linehan, Harrison (Alyssa) Bucy, Justine Bucy and Josh Bucy; 2 step-grandchildren, Sandra (Tom) Engel and Johnathan Jacobsen; 15 great grandchildren, Tomi Jo, Karlie, Chase and Kaden Dahl, Sage, Aiden, Carson and Addison Darling, Annie, Mitch, Jack & Lucas Linehan, Aspen Bucy, Alex and Gregorie -Marincas Bucy; 4 great great grandchildren; siblings, Eldon (LaDonna) Bucy and Larie (Dave) Way.

Earl Bucy

Robert “Curt” Ray, 62, of Tekamah NE


Robert “Curt” Ray, age 62, of Tekamah, Nebraska passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017, at his home in Tekamah.  Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 6th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Tekamah.  Burial will be in the Tekamah Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 5th, from 4 until 7 p.m. with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah.  A Masonic Service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Tekamah-Herman Ball Association or to the Tekamah Fire & Rescue.  Arrangements by Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah.

Robert “Curt” Ray was born to Bob and Iris (Jackson) Ray on April 13, 1955 in Oakland, Nebraska. He passed away July 2, 2017, at his home in Tekamah, Nebraska after a long battle with ALS, at the age of 62 years.  Curt grew up on a farm outside of the Bertha Community. He attended a one-room school house until 6th grade. He graduated from Tekamah-Herman High School in 1973. After high school, he attended and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a bachelor of science in business administration.

On June 12, 1976, he married his college sweetheart, Kathy Blanc. They spent their married life in Tekamah, where he started Curt Ray Insurance Agency. He was an active independent insurance agent for 25 years.

He enjoyed flying, boating, gardening, golfing, and coaching. He served the community of Tekamah in many capacities including:  Masonic Lodge #31, Tekamah Airport Authority, Tekamah-Herman Ball Association, the Voice of Tiger High, founding board member of Northridge Country Club, coaching 29 teams of Tekamah-Herman softball, and many more organizations.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clara and Nemon Ray and R.C. and Lula Jackson; father-in-law, Buck Blanc.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy (Blanc) Ray; daughters, Janet (Dan) Becic of Wichita, KS, Diane (Nik) Beninato of Fremont, NE, Holly (Kevin) Loftis of Craig, NE; grandchildren, Parke Loftis, Blake Beninato, Lane Loftis, Julia Beninato, Emily Loftis, James Becic, Mason Beninato and Clara Becic;  parents, Bob and Iris Ray; brothers, Greg (Deanna) and Dick (Diane); mother-in-law, Dee Blanc; many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

Curt Ray

Robert “Curt” Ray, 62, of Tekamah NE


Robert “Curt” Ray, 62 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017 at his home in Tekamah.

Funeral Service is pending.

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.

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.

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