Tom Kaup, 59, of West Point NE

Tom Kaup, age 59, of West Point, Nebraska passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at UNMC in Omaha.

Services are pending with Stokely Funeral Home in West Point.

John Raabe, 79, of West Point NE

John Raabe, 79, of West Point, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point.  Funeral service will be Tuesday, October 11 at 10:30am at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Jean Vargo as officiant.  Burial with military honors will be at Mount Hope Cemetery with lunch following at the church hall.  Visitation will be Monday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm with family receiving friends from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Stokely Funeral Home.  Memorials will be designated by the family at a later date.

John Junior Raabe was born on September 6, 1937 to John F. and Minnie (Abendroth) Raabe on the family farm in Cuming County.  John attended country school through the 8th grade after which he worked on the farm.  He enlisted in the Army Reserves and continued farming.  On December 10, 1974, John married Judy Clements in Madison.  The couple raised cattle and hogs in addition to their other farm duties.

John was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed going to his local fishing holes and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Judy, of West Point; siblings, Dean (Barbara) Raabe of Fremont and Jean Dahlgren of Oakland; sister-in-law, Deloris Raabe of Lyons; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Francis, Donald, and Robert; sisters, Darlene (Clinton) Barrs and Joan (Eldon) Schlueter; and two infant siblings.

John Raabe

John Raabe

Betty Daugherty, 88, of West Point NE

Betty Daugherty, age 88, of West Point, Nebraska passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016, at St. Francis Memorial Hospital.  Memorial service will be Monday, June 6 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church in West Point.  Lunch will follow in the church fellowship hall.  Memorials may be made to John A. Stahl Library or the Sunshine Center.  Stokely Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Mae Janvrin was born February 19, 1928 in Bancroft, IA to Howard and Geraldine (Godfredson) Janvrin.  She grew up in Hawarden, IA and graduated from High School there in 1946.  On June 10, 1950, Betty married Kenneth Daugherty at Hawarden Methodist Church.

Betty was a Northwestern Bell operator for 16 years, from 1948-1964.  She and Ken moved to Wayne, NE in 1950 and to West Point in 1969.  From 1972 to 1984, the couple owned and operated B.J.’s Fashions in West Point.

Betty was a member of Trinity Church, past officer in Guild, Den Mother in Wayne and West Point, and active in the community.  She was an avid bowler, the first woman to roll a 600 series in Wayne.  Betty sang in the church choir, served as president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1978, and active in West Point Community Theater.

Survivors include sons Scott (Carolyn) Daugherty Klar of Pooler, GA, Kim (Nancy) Daugherty of West Point and Fred (Tamra) Daugherty of Lincoln; brother Kenneth (Karen) Janvrin of Panora, IA; sisters Dolores Shuff of LeMars, IA, Wanda (Jerry) McManamann of Lincoln, and LaVonne Corral of Iowa; grandchildren Gayle Klar, Lynn Klar, Kim Jr. “Pete” (LaRissa) Daugherty, Brent (Mandi) Daugherty, and Garett, Emily, and Ryan Daugherty; great-grandchildren Rebecca, Kristina Anne, Brooklyn, Jolie, Elise, and Jameson; and great-great-grandson Trae.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and husband Ken on July 5, 2013.

Betty Daugherty

Betty Daugherty

Marcella “Sally” Rennerfeldt, 88, of West Point NE

Marcella “Sally” Rennerfeldt, age 88, of West Point, Nebraska passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Fremont Health Medical Center.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30am on Thursday, April 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Reverend Steve Emanuel as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Michael’s with lunch following at the Nielsen Center. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00pm to 7:00pm with Guild Rosary at 1:30pm and Vigil Service at 7:00pm all at Stokely Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Masses or for later designation by the family.

Marcella Marie Rennerfeldt was born on February 3, 1928 to Leona Wolken in West Point. Sally was raised by her mother, Leona, and stepfather, Clifford Davis, and graduated from Guardian Angels in 1945. On September 12, 1950, Sally married Harland Rennerfeldt at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was a wonderful homemaker and mother to their four children. At the age of 65, Sally began her iconic 22 year employment at McDonald’s where she was an original employee. Her cheerful face and warm heart will be missed by every customer.

Sally was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Guild, and spearheaded St. Mary’s Bingo. She loved card games, bingo, and going to the casino. Most of all, Sally relished the time she spent with her family.

Sally is survived by her son Gary (Anna) Rennerfeldt of Dakota Dunes, SD; daughters Diane (Greg) Wermers of Fremont, NE, Donna (Gene “Joe”) Murphy of Brentwood, CA, and Deb (Mike) Dreher of Norfolk; grandchildren Gina (Chad) Taylor, Lisa (Zak) Klein, Kim Hadcock, Mark Hadcock, Kari (Tom) Ramseth, Amy (Drew) Gaschler, Tommy Murphy, Heather Rennerfeldt, Michael Rennerfeldt, Matt Dreher, Emily Dreher, and Jeremy Dreher; ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Harland, in 2012.

Stokely Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Marcella "Sally" Rennerfeldt

Marcella “Sally” Rennerfeldt


Arvilla Kenaston, 81, of Springview NE

Arvilla Kenaston, age 81, of Springview, Nebraska passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Valley View Senior Living Center in Ord, NE.  Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016 at New Apostolic Church in Ainsworth, NE with pastor Val Fletcher officiating. Memorials may be directed to the family. Stokely Funeral Home in West Point, NE is assisting with arrangements.

Arvilla Joyce Kenaston was born March 27, 1934 in Crawford, NE to Oscar and Alta (Allan) Pratt.  She attended Ainsworth High School and on July 12, 1952, Arvilla married Robert Kenaston in Long Pine, NE.  The couple raised cattle on the family ranch North of Springview for many years. The couple played many dances and shows all over the mid-west with family members and numerous other entertainers including Yankton, SD radio personality, Ben Norman.  Arvilla owned the Corner Café in Springview in the 80’s and 90’s and later worked at Flynn’s Café before her retirement.  As a dobro and lap steel guitar player, she was a member of the National Traditional Country Music Association Hall of Fame, promoter and organizer of the Country & Western Fiddler’s Jamboree held annually in Springview, NE for 48 years, was an avid participant in country and bluegrass music festivals, loved to dance and enjoyed playing music with her children and friends.  She loved playing cards with the Springview Card Club, she taught her kids and grandkids how to play and she enjoyed many winning hands.

Arvilla is survived by son Roger (Sharon) Kenaston of Lyons, NE; daughter Vanessa Kenaston of Springview, NE; grandchildren Bobbi Jo Lytle of Ord, NE, Martin (Jennifer) Kenaston of Dakota City, NE, Clifford (Brittany) Heyden of Long Pine, NE and Jesse Heese of Millboro, SD; great grandchildren, Shelbi, Shelden & Stetsen Lytle, Alison & Lindsay LaFleur, Katelynn & Brianna Kenaston; Bailey Devall and Mia Heyden; sister and brother in law Marlene (Robert) Arent of Nampa, ID  and other special family members.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters Allen (Wanda) Pratt, Esther (Stephen) Saxton, Johnny (Myrtle) Pratt, Ruby (Howard) Henderson, Elvin (Stella) Pratt, Donna Rae (Steve) Farmer; and husband, Bob in 2013.

Dr. Thomas R. Tibbels, 81, of West Point NE

Dr. Thomas R. Tibbels, age 81, of West Point, Nebraska passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Oakland Heights in Oakland, Nebraska. The family will receive guests Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, from 5-7 p.m. at the Nielsen Center in West Point. A private memorial service and inurnment will be held at a later time. Donations may be made to Oakland Heights Nursing Home, Oakland, NE, West Point Central Catholic High School, John A. Stahl Public Library or a St. Francis Memorial Hospital or a charity of your choice.  Stokely Funeral Home in West Point is in charge of these arrangements.

Tom was born in Omaha, Neb., Jan. 14, 1934, to Randolph (Doc) H and Ethel C. (Winkler) Tibbels, the first of their four children.  He grew up in Oakland, Neb., graduating from Oakland High School in 1952.
He attended the University of Notre Dame from 1952-54, and transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he graduated in 1956 with a degree in history. Before beginning his teaching career, he served as a deputy sheriff on the Winnebago reservation. In fall 1958, he began teaching and coaching at Holy Name Catholic High School, Omaha, Neb.
On Oct. 31, 1959, he married Jacqueline Maybee at Holy Name Catholic Church, Omaha, Neb. They moved to West Point, Neb., in 1960, where he starting teaching and coaching at Guardian Angels High School and they began raising their family.
In fall 1962, he entered the University of Nebraska School of Medicine, following in his father’s footsteps. He completed his residency as a general practitioner at Lincoln General Hospital in 1968 and returned to West Point to join Dr. L.L. Erickson and Dr. Eugene Sucha in private practice at Elkhorn Valley Clinic. He retired from his practice in 1995, renewed his teaching certificate and volunteered at West Point Central Catholic High School where he taught an honors social studies class, developing his own teaching materials steeped in philosophy, history and current events. He also spent time working with the students one on one.
He spent most of his time reading. He had a life-long passion for learning – always reading, always studying – and was an expert in his knowledge of general medicine, philosophy and World War II. His genuine love for the people he cared for in his medical practice and the students he coached and taught fueled this passion. He was also a regular at the local sports events especially enjoying the high school events. At home, his booming laughter will be missed most. With Doc, the bigger his audience the bigger his laugh.
Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline of West Point; children, Stephen R. (Loretta) Tibbels, Scott (Michelle) Tibbels and Cathy Tibbels all of Omaha, Matt (Theresa) Tibbels of Lincoln, Michael Tibbels of Norfolk and Tracy Tibbels of Tulsa, OK; grandchildren, Stacey (Toby) Shinaut, Stephanie, Lauren, Danielle, and Nicholas Tibbels; Ben and Aaron Tibbels; Patrick and Nathan Tibbels; Caleb (Donna) Smidt, Elise (Ryan) Kubik and Lexa Bortle. Brothers, Mike (Kay) Tibbels of Norfolk and Terry (Mary Jean) Tibbels of Carlsbad, Calif., and sister, Nancy (Gordon) Englert of Billings, Mt., three great granddaughters, two great grandsons and many nieces and nephews

Dr. Thomas Tibbels

Dr. Thomas Tibbels

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