Bobby J. Cater, 84, of Craig NE

Bobby J. Cater, 84 years, of Craig, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland, Nebraska.

In keeping with Bobby’s wishes, there are to be no services held.

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Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Cody James Olsen, 39, of Blair NE

Cody James Olsen, 39 years, of Blair, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Tekamah, Nebraska.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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 All memorials will be used for a Scholarship in Cody’s name to a trade school.
Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Cody Olsen

Larry Zessin, 71, of Warsaw MO

Larry Zessin, 71, passed away surrounded by family on April 26, 2019, at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, MO.

Funeral Service will be  Monday, May 6, 2018, 10:30 am, at First Baptist Church in Tekamah, Nebraska.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 pm, with family receiving friends, at Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.  Burial with Military Honors Tekamah Cemetery in Tekamah.

Memorials to the family for later designation.

He was born to Walter and LaVern (Bartels) Zessin on January 3, 1948 in Norfolk, NE. During his younger years, he lived in the Madison, NE area, and later moved to Oakland, NE. Larry attended Universal Tradeschool for autobody in Omaha.  Larry then worked for Jim Wheeler Chevrolet in Tekamah.

On November 4, 1967, he married the love of his life, Joan McMullin and they were the proud parents of four children: Todd, Lisa, Lori and Ryan. In January of 1968, Larry was drafted into the United States Army and served 18 months in Germany where Joan was able to join him. During Larry’s time in the Army, Larry and Joan found a love for travel.  Larry was able to visit Germany several times throughout his life.

After Larry’s discharge from the Army, Larry and Joan lived briefly in Central City, NE then moved to Fremont for a couple of years.  In 1973, Larry purchased Warren Tiedtke’s body shop in Tekamah, NE. A few years later, Larry moved the business to a new shop he built at the south end of town. Larry always took pride in his work and was a proud self-employed business owner in Tekamah for 30+ years.

Ever since he was a young kid, Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.  His passion for the outdoors was more than a hobby; it was a large part of his life.  Time spent in the woods and on the water led to many memorable times and cocktails with family and friends that will never be forgotten.  After retiring from the auto body business, he and Joan were able to fulfill a dream of his by living in Alaska for two years and experiencing life in the Last Frontier. Following the two years in Alaska, they came back to Tekamah where they lived for ten years. In 2016, they moved to Warsaw, MO where they enjoyed retirement and made many new friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and LaVerna; sister, Sandra; brother, Lonnie.

Larry will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his family. He is survived by his wife, Joan Zessin; son, Todd (Becky) Zessin of Elkhorn, NE;  daughter, Lisa (Becky) Zessin of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Lori (Joe) Breckenridge of Bennington, NE; son, Ryan (Erika) Zessin of Aurora, CO; eight grandchildren: Brooklyn, Brennen, Justice, Samantha, Drew, Austin, Griffin and Jacob; brothers: Vern, Lennie and Ronnie; sister, Shirley.

Larry Zessin

Judd Bogseth Notice

The Bogseth family are accepting calls and visitors.

Private family services will be held.

Judd Bogseth

Merle Kilgore, 87, of Oakland NE

Merle Kilgore was born May 31, 1930 to William and Hazel (Raitt) Kilgore in David City, NE. He spent all of his childhood years there as an ornery brother to 3 siblings: Dolores, Kate, and Denny. After graduation from high school in 1947 he joined the army and went to Korea during the war there. He met his wife, Doris Kroft on a double date. She left her purse in the car, so he would have to bring it back to her and meet again. They married Nov. 2, 1952. They had 2 daughters, Debbie (Carl Fritsch in Minneapolis) and Sheri (Gary Duff, in Omaha).

After his time in the military, Merle worked for the Nebraska Power Company, traveling around the state, putting up power lines until he settled in Crawford, NE and lived there for 9 years. During that time, he was adventurous and started a real stagecoach in Fort Robinson with his partner, Vernon Rockey. He often took his family hiking in the Pine Ridge hills.

In 1968, he moved his family to Oakland, NE to be the superintendent there for NPPD. He was instrumental in the Four Trees and other low-rent housing developments. At times, during his life he was a volunteer for the fire department.

Merle was one of the key people involved in both the planning and construction of the New Life Assembly of God Church building. The Church owes the existence of its current building in large part to Merle’s experience, expertise and volunteered time in planning, design and construction.

Merle was always attentive to the needs of the New Life Church building. He was quick to notice any needed upkeep projects and was often first to start on them.

Because he saved well in a good time of growth, he was able to retire at the age of 60 and went on the road to volunteer for the MAPS program for 22 years. MAPS (Mission America Placement Service) is a branch of the Assembly of God church that organizes volunteers to build churches and buildings for their Teen Challenge ministry. He did this until he had a stroke in 2012, which dampened his physical abilities, but not his spirit.

He passed away after a short illness. He is survived by his wife Doris, daughters Debbie and Sheri, 9 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Mon., May 14th at the New Life Assembly of God Church at 10:30 a.m.


Merle Kilgore

Darrell W. “Booty” Johnson, 94, of Oakland NE

Darrell W. “Booty” Johnson, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Oakland Heights at the age of 94.

Services are pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

James Q. Carlson, 74, of Oakland NE

James Q. Carlson, 74 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.


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Homer Henry Uehling, 75, of Uehling NE

Homer Henry Uehling, age 75, of Uehling passed away October 19, 2017, as the result of a stroke.  Funeral service will be Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:30 am, at the Uehling Auditorium in Uehling.  Visitation will be Monday, form 6 to 8 pm with family receiving friends at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Uehling.  Visitation will also be held at the Auditorium one hour prior to service.  Burial in Uehling Cemetery, Uehling, Ne.
Memorials to  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Uehling, Uehling Park and Auditorium Fund or Uehling Area Community Foundation. Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Homer was a life-long citizen of the Uehling Community and a great-grandson of Theodore Uehling, founder of the town of Uehling.  He was born to Ernest and Irma (Witte) Uehling on November 13, 1941, in Oakland, Nebraska. He was baptized into the Christian faith on March 1, 1942, and was confirmed September 2, 1956, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Uehling. He loved the Lord and shared his faith in God as a Sunday School teacher and served on the church council for several terms.  He attended rural school District #67 through the 8th grade and graduated from Uehling High School in 1959.  He received his Bachelor degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska in 1963, and went on to a successful farming career for the next 54 years.  On June 16, 1963, he was united in marriage to Lowene Meyer. Upon their marriage, they moved to the family farm east of Uehling where he had grown up.  They were blessed with four children and six grandchildren.  Homer valued his community and supported it through leadership and participation in the Uehling Lions Club, Uehling Co-op Board, Uehling School Board and the Uehling Area Community Club. He was committed to the success of the Scoreboard Café, serving on its Board and as bookkeeper. Homer was a sports enthusiast. He was a member and coach of the Hillside Dairy Softball team, enjoyed bowling league and coached youth sports. He was a lifelong Cubs fan and devoted Husker fan.  Highlights for him were watching the Cubs play at Wrigley Field in 2016, the year they won the World Series, and attending the 1995 Orange Bowl in Miami to see the Huskers clinch the National Championship.  Homer was a loving son, brother, husband, treasured father and grandfather and we have been blessed.  He loved his family. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lowene; daughters and sons-in-law: Julie and Jim Popken of Ames, IA, Jill and Mike Riley of St. Louis Park, MN and Jeanne Uehling of Chicago, IL;  son and daughter-in-law: Jay and Sheryl Uehling of Oakland, NE; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Glen) Ready, Grant and Valerie Uehling, Ben Popken, Elise and Jacob Riley; sister, Mary (Dr. Ken) Frank; sister-in-law, Mae Meyer; brother-in-law, Lowell Meyer; nieces and nephews: Dr. Stuart (Mary) Frank, Barbara Frank, Tony Meyer, and Jennifer (Matt) Nicholas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Irma Uehling; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harvey and Helene Meyer; brothers-in-law, Larry Meyer and Layne Meyer.


Homer Uehling


Homer H. Uehling, 75

Homer H. Uehling, 75 years, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska

Funeral Service is pending at Pelan Funeral Services.

Larie Ann Way, 84, of Fremont NE

Larie Ann Way, 84 years, of Fremont, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 at her home in Fremont.

Services are pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

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