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Marie E. Crom, 93, of Omaha NE Formerly of Tekamah and Oakland NE


Marie E. Crom was born December 2, 1923 in Tekamah, Nebraska to George O. and Amy (Johnson) Nelson. She passed away August 15, 2017 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Community in Blair, Nebraska, at the age of 93 years.

Marie attended country schools and graduated from Oakland High School. She went on to attend college at Wayne State & Midland College. She taught at various local schools. After several years of teaching, she moved to Omaha, Nebraska and went to work for Brandeis. She took a comptometer course and then went to work for Paxton & Gallegher.

Marie was married to Clarence E. Crom at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland, Nebraska on March 19, 1950. They lived in Exira & Audubon, Iowa before moving to Onawa, Iowa in 1959.

Marie was active in her church, was a Cub Scout Den Mother for many years, and was a leader for Camp Fire Girls & 4-H.

Clarence and Marie lived in Platte City, Missouri for a couple of years before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1981. Marie returned to Omaha in 1994, after the death of her husband.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; infant brother, Warren; brothers, Lester and Kenneth; sister-in-law, Ann.

She is survived by her children: Richard (Terry) of Omaha, Paul (Linda) of Holdrege, NE, Roger (Debra) of Bennington, NE, Sharon (Hilbert) Hurd of Enterprise, AL, Carol of Colorado Springs, CO; seven grandchildren: Michael of Holdrege, Anthony (Michele) of Lincoln, NE, Amy Crom and Julie (Jeoffrey) Emert of Council Bluffs, IA, Sarah (Matthew) McGlynn of Omaha, Stephanie (Jeremy) Stacy and Bradley Hurd of Oxford, AL; ten great grandkids: Brandon and J.D. Crom of Lincoln, Adam Crom, Logan and Ian McGlynn, and Austin Busse of Omaha, Liam, Olivia and Charlotte Emert of Council Bluffs, Ethan Stacy of Oxford; brother, Howard (Carol) Nelson of King George, VA; sister, Phyllis (Glenn) Barth of Elkhorn, NE; sisters-in-law, Joyce Nelson of Lakeland, FL, Emma Crom of Bend, OR; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

VISITATION

Thursday, August 24th
 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church201 North Davis Avenue
Oakland, Nebraska 68045

FUNERAL SERVICE

Thursday, August 24th
 1:00 PM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church201 North Davis Avenue
Oakland, Nebraska 68045

Burial is in the Tekamah Cemetery.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Marie Crom

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Phyllis E. Smith, 89, of Decatur NE


Phyllis E. Smith, 89 years, of Decatur, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Elmwood Care Center in Onawa, Iowa.

VISITATION

Tuesday June 27th
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
United Methodist Church, Decatur803 South 4th Avenue
Decatur, NE 68020

FUNERAL SERVICE

Tuesday

27

Jun

10:30 AM
United Methodist Church, Decatur803 South 4th Avenue
Decatur, NE 68020

Burial will be at a later date.

Memorials suggested to the family for later designation.

Phyllis Smith

Jesse R. Cady, 31


Jesse R. Cady, 31 years, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in a motor vehicle accident in West Point, Nebraska.

Memorial Service is pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

Lucille M. Teeters, 79, Formerly of Decatur NE


Lucille M. Teeters, 79 years, formerly of Decatur, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point.

MEMORIAL SERVICE

Friday June 2nd

10:00 AM

United Methodist Church, Decatur803 South 4th Avenue
Decatur, NE 68020

Cemetery Details

LOCATION

Hillcrest Cemetery

Decatur, Nebraska 68020

Memorial Contribution

TO THE FAMILY FOR LATER DESIGNATION.

Lucille Teeters

 

Max Elliot Morgan, 84, of Walthill NE


Max Elliot Morgan was born October 10, 1932 to Floyd “Jack” and Eva (Newill) Morgan on a farm near Decatur, Nebraska. He went home, from his residence in rural Walthill, Nebraska on April 21, 2017, at the age of 84 years.

Max attended McCauley School and graduated from Macy Public School with honors. Max served in the Army during the Korean Conflict in Europe. He was united in blissful marriage to Peggy Ann Butts on April 21, 1956 in the Dutch Reform Church in beautiful Macy, Nebraska.

Max did road construction and then farmed in the Decatur and Walthill areas. He enjoyed playing baseball, football, hunting, his dogs and horses. He also loved spending time talking, laughing and joking with his family and friends.

He will join in paradise, his parents; wife, Peggy; two brothers, Jim and Rex; two sisters, Dorothy and Iva.

He is tearfully survived by his sons, Rick Morgan of Walthill, Kenneth (Brylle) Morgan of Oberlin, KS; brothers, Ralph (Ima) Morgan of Nevada, IA, Jackie (Betty) Morgan of Onawa, IA, Jary (Jean) Morgan of Omaha, NE; sisters, Verna Vogt of Livermore, CA, Jean Thomas of Oakland, NE, Elva Barnett of Pocahontas, IA.

VISITATION

Thursday April 27
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Faith United Presbyterian Church – Walthill301 Farrington Avenue
Walthill, Nebraska 68067

FUNERAL SERVICE

Thursday April 27
11:00 AM
Faith United Presbyterian Church – Walthill301 Farrington Avenue
Walthill, Nebraska 68067

Military Honors will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Cemetery Details

LOCATION

Hillcrest Cemetery

Decatur, Nebraska 68020

Memorial Contribution

TO THE FAMILY FOR LATER DESIGNATION.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Max Morgan

Helen Marie Thomas, 94, of Decatur NE


Helen Marie (nee Müller) Thomas, 94, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at her home at Brighton Gardens in Omaha, NE. A memorial service will be held in Decatur, NE, at a date to be announced. There will be a private family burial. Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Helen was born to Benjamin Harrison and Edna (nee Mueller) Müller on July 17, 1922 and grew up in Victor, IA. Her mother died when Helen was four years old. After her father remarried, she was lovingly raised as an only child by him and her stepmother, Jenny (nee McBride) Müller. Helen graduated from local public schools and from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, where she majored in music education. At Cornell she met her future husband, Earl Thomas, who during WWII was attending Cornell, courtesy of the U.S. Navy. Helen taught music at Atlantic, IA, before marrying Earl in 1946 and moving with him to Indianapolis, IN, where he worked for Grumman as an aeronautical engineer.

In 1949, the young couple and their two small children moved to Decatur, NE, where Earl returned to operate his family’s farm and Helen taught K-12 vocal and instrumental music in several area public schools. Earl and Helen lived and raised all their children (eventually totaling seven) in Decatur. After Earl died in 1982, Helen earned a second undergraduate degree from Morningside College, Sioux City IA in library science, serving as a school librarian until her retirement in 1995. She lived in Decatur until 2014, when she moved to Omaha.

Throughout her life, Helen was a dynamo–gregarious, high-energy, personally generous, well-read, culturally and socially active, and interested and involved in civic affairs. She was active in many organizations including Riverside Baptist Church, Decatur United Methodist Church, Burgess Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Onawa, IA, PEO, Delta Kappa Gamma, Eastern Star, and book clubs. She loved international travel, always welcomed the prospect of new experiences, and was fun to be around. For more than fifty years Helen regularly played piano or organ for church services, weddings and funerals, and after retirement she was a piano accompanist for sing-alongs in three different nursing homes.

Preceding Helen in death were her parents and her husband. She is survived by her children, Anne Paxson (partner, George Borsari), Bradenton, FL, Lynn Thomas, New York City, NY, Janet Thomas, North Arlington, NJ, James (Sylvia) Thomas, Decatur, NE, Susan Thomas (Steven Hutchinson), Omaha, NE, John Thomas (Susan Mayberger), Omaha, NE, and Kathryn Thomas, Chapel Hill, NC; grandchildren, Harrison Thomas, Elena Thomas, Melissa (Martin) Anderson, Cassandra (Nicholas) Easterly, Lilia Hutchinson, Jenna Hutchinson, Evelyn Mayberger (partner, Max Brodsky), Benjamin Thomas, Isaac Thomas, and Daniel Foil; and three infant great-grandchildren, Linden Anderson, and twins Amidy and Collins Easterly.

Contributions in Helen’s memory can be sent to Burgess Memorial Hospital Foundation, Onawa, IA 51040 or Future of Decatur Foundation, c/o First Nebraska Bank, Decatur, NE 68020 or to the charity of your choice.

Memorial Contribution

BURGESS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUDATION

1600 Diamond St.
Onawa, IA 51040

FUTURE OF DECATUR FOUNDATION

c/o First Nebraska Bank
Decatur, NE 68020

DONOR’S CHOICE

Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas

Lyle Donald Tippery, 91, of Decatur NE


Lyle Donald Tippery was born January 21, 1925 to Roy and Myrtle (Hightree) Tippery in rural Decatur, Nebraska, in the home where he currently resided. He passed away December 3, 2016, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, Nebraska, at the age of 91.

He attended Busse School District 10, until the eighth grade, and graduated from Decatur High School in 1942. He attended the Lincoln School of Commerce for one semester, and then went home to help his father farm. He married the love of his life, Helen Froid, on March 27, 1949. To this union four children were born; Larry, Cheryl, Susan and Janelle.

Lyle spent his life working on his family farm. Over the years his hobbies were woodworking, traveling and most recently, making bread and rolls for his family and friends. His greatest joy was his family. He was a lifelong member of Decatur Methodist Church, where he served as Chairman of the Board for many years; he was a lay member to the Annual Conference for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Farm Bureau and the National Pork Producers.

Lyle’s last day was spent with all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren by his side. The last moment of his life was spent with his wife and two daughters.

He was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Kirtland Card; sisters-in-law, Laura Tippery, Helen V. Tippery, Delores and Glenn Hunter.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen; daughters, Susan (Wayne) Hansen, Janelle (John) Ray; son, Larry (Sandy) Tippery; grandchildren, Jonathan (Amber) Hansen, Grant (Ashley) Ray, Abra (Jeremy) Bridges, Morgan (Mitch) Sapp, Rebecca (Brent) Wood, Deb (Josh) Hewitt, Rachel (Jesse) Green, Steven (Sherry) Tippery, Michelle (James) Bowen; 16 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Upcoming Events

MEMORIAL VISITAION

Wednesday, December 7th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will receive friends 6-8 pm.

MEMORIAL SERVICE

Thursday, December 8th
2:00 PM
United Methodist Church, Decatur803 South 4th Avenue
Decatur, NE 68020

The burial is a private family burial.

Memorial Contribution

DECATUR MUSEUM

400 West 8th Street
Decatur, Nebraska 68020

THE WEIGEL WILLIAMSON CENTER FOR VISUAL REHABILITATION

704 South 38th Avenue
Omaha, Nebraska 68198

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, DECATUR

803 South 4th Avenue
Decatur, NE 68020

DECATUR FIRE AND RESCUE

10th and Broadway
PO Box 245
Decatur, Nebraska 68020
Lyle Tippery

Lyle Tippery

 

Edgar Allison Sears, Jr., 80, of Decatur NE


Edgar Allison Sears, Jr. was born November 17, 1936 to Edgar Allison and Anne Marie (Gatewood) Sears in Tekamah, Nebraska. He passed away on the morning of November 30, 2016, at his home in Decatur, Nebraska, at the age of 80.

Edgar was the second of four children; he was raised in Decatur. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1954 with academic honors. He was a three sport letterman in football, basketball and baseball. He enlisted in the US Army in 1954 and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Although he saw no combat, he was a Korean War veteran. Upon completion of his service, he attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and played varsity baseball for two years. He moved to Southern California and worked with his Uncle, Harold “Doc” Sears, and met Marie Mousel from Juniata, Nebraska and they were married on January 21, 1961. He lived and worked in Southern California, in the rubber business, until 1985. He then became a cross country truck driver until he retired in the year 2000.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Ann Sears 1950, John Sears 1944-2013, Rita Mockus 1934-2015.

He is survived by his sister, Jane McDonald; his four children, Anthony Allison Sears, Fr. Michael James Sears, Monica Elizabeth Weber, John Lincoln Sears; four grandchildren, Rachael Sears, Claire Sears, Christian Weber, Grant Weber.

VISITATION

Monday, December 12th
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church, DecaturWest 7th Street
Decatur, NE 68020

Family will receive friends 5-7pm with Vigil Service at 7 pm.

FUNERAL MASS

Tuesday, December 13th
10:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church, DecaturWest 7th Street
Decatur, NE 68020

Cemetery Details

LOCATION

Hillcrest Cemetery

Decatur, Nebraska 68020

Memorial Contribution

HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH – DECATUR

703 4th Avenue
Decatur, Nebraska 68020
Edgar Sears

Edgar Sears Jr. 

Marilyn Coates, 77, of Oakland NE


Marilyn Coates, 77 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland.

Visitation will be held Sat., Nov. 5th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lyons. The Funeral Service begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 5th at the church too.

Burial is in the Lyons Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

George Clifford Hawk, 89, of South Dakota


George Clifford Hawk was born to Frank and Chlora (Bourne) Hawk June 18, 1927 in Wessington Springs, South Dakota. He passed away peacefully at his home October 30, 2016, at the age of 89 years.

George received his education in a one-room schoolhouse. When George turned 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy during the Second World War. He also served in Korea during the Korean War.

He became the proud father to five children; three daughters: Lynda Kay, Marcy and Kathleen Louise were born to his first marriage; daughter, Teresa Lynn and son, Andrew Dwayne were born to his second marriage with wife, Joanne Grace (Lovatt) Hawk. Joanne and his children are grateful for sharing his life – the life of a wonderful, caring man, who was gentle, kind and considerate.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James Monroe, Bruce, Claude; four sisters, Ruth Quiram, Jean O’Neil, Lila Hawk, Zola Ashley.

Those left to cherish George’s memory include his wife, Joanne; his children, Lynda Kay (Bert) Peairs of CA, Marcy Hawk of PA, Kathleen Louise (Christopher) Faltys of NE, Teresa Lynn Hawk of NE, Andrew Dwayne Hawk of NE; brother, Max (Jane) Hawk of SD; sister, Audree (Duane) Edwards of SD; thirteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held Mon., Nov. 4th at 2:00 p.m. at the Tekmah Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for designation at a later time.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Goerge Hawk

Goerge Hawk

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