Shad L. Miner, 35, of Wakefield NE


Shad L. Miner, 35, of Wakefield, Nebraska died on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield; Pastor Barbara Hansen will be officiating. The visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Wakefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Wakefield is in charge of the arrangements.

Shad was born on January 9, 1980 in Pender, NE, the son of Vern and LeAnn (Salmon) Miner. He attended Wakefield High School, graduating in 1998. On May 2, 2009, Shad was united in marriage to Tara McKay at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield. To this union one son, Weston, was born. Shad was currently employed with Michael Foods in Wakefield as a warehouse supervisor. He enjoyed many things in his life including golf, fishing and hunting. He was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker and Indianapolis Colts fan. Most of all he enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends and playing with his son Weston.

He is survived by his wife Tara and son Weston of Wakefield, his mother LeAnn Miner, sister Shanda (John) Geiser and brother Brady Miner, grandparents Dean and Phyllis Salmon, his aunt and uncle Bennett and Kathy Salmon all of Wakefield, NE, and many nieces . nephews and cousins.

Shad was preceded in death by his father Vern and his paternal grandparents Robert and Betty Miner.

Shad Miner

Shad Miner

LaVerne Olson, 96, of Wakefield NE


LaVerne Olson, 96, of Wakefield, NE, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Wakefield Care Center in Wakefield, NE. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Wakefield, NE; with Pastor Kelly Johnston officiating. Visitation will be Monday, February 9, 2015 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield NE. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at the Wakefield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield, NE.

LaVerne was born July 15, 1918 to Paul and Mabel (Munson) Olson on a farm southwest of Wakefield. She was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Wakefield. As a child she attended District 59 Country School and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1935.

Even with three brothers, LaVerne enjoyed working outside and helping on the farm. Her first chore was mowing hay with a team of slow plow mules. Her mother taught her to sew, and she made her own clothes and worked on various crafts. She cleaned houses for $3 a week until her mother became ill. LaVerne had the privilege of caring for her mother and her cousins Evelyn and Eldon Felt after their mother’s death. After LaVerne’s mother died, she felt God’s call. LaVerne attended and graduated from North Park College and Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. This led to her working at the Austin Covenant Church, Chicago Covenant Church, First Covenant Church in Rockford, IL, Edina Baptist and Billey Graham Ministries in Minneapolis, MN.

LaVerne was privileged to serve on many boards and committees. Several weekends a year, LaVerne worked as a trainer for Sunday school teachers at seminars while working with Gospel Light Publications. LaVerne enjoyed the challenges of traveling around the country. Family was very important to LaVerne; trying to remember birth dates of three brothers and their spouses, nieces, nephews, 17 great nieces and nephews, and 53 great-great nieces and nephews, and cousins.

She is survived by two very special people and their families, Evelyn Corens and Eldon Felt, sister-in-laws Vivian (Mrs. Myron) Olson, Maxine (Mrs. Glen) Olson, and many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

LaVerne was welcomed into heaven by her parents, an infant sister, brothers Elvis, Glen and Myron, a nephew Rick Olson and two sister-in-laws Winsome and Vendla.

LaVerne Olson

LaVerne Olson

Matthew W. Luschen, 20, of Wakefield NE


Matthew W. Luschen, 20, of Wakefield, NE, passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in Wakefield, NE. Funeral Services will be Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, NE; Pastor Gretchen Ritola will be officiating. The visitation will be Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, NE., with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Wakefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Wakefield, NE.

Matt was born July 7, 1994 in Norfolk, NE to Chad Luschen and Sarah (Maly) Birkley. He attended Wakefield High School and graduated in 2012. Matt enjoyed working on cars and motorcycles, and four-wheeling. He was a big fan of Nebraska Cornhusker Football. Most of all he loved being with his friends and family.

He is survived by his father, Chad (Crystal Hahn) Luschen of Vermillion, SD; mother, Sarah (Travis) Birkley of Wakefield, NE, grandparents, Maureen (Myron) Osbahr of Wakefield, NE, Geri Turner of Vermillion, S.D. and Ron Turner of Amado, AZ, Jim and Cissy Maly of Wayne, NE, Doug and Patty Jensen of Wakefield, NE, John (Theresa) Birkley of Hinton, IA; sisters, Savannah (Josh) Staub of Carroll, NE, Paige Hahn of Vermillion, SD; brothers, Jonathan Birkley of Wakefield, NE, Jacob Birkley of Wakefield, NE, Billy Radigan of Vermillion, NE, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Matt is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather; Norman Luschen.

Donald C. Chambers, 83, of Wakefield NE


Donald C. Chambers, 83, of Wakefield, Nebraska died on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Nebraska. Graveside memorial services will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wakefield Cemetery in Wakefield, Nebraska. Military honors will be presented by the Wakefield American Legion Post #81.

Don was born on June 16, 1931 in Wakefield, Nebraska, the son of James and Vera Chambers. He graduated from Wakefield High School in 1949. In 1951, he entered the United States Army, serving during the Korean War. After leaving the service he returned to Wakefield, where he farmed.

Don was a member of the Wayne VFW Post #5291 and the Wakefield American Legion Post #81. He enjoyed farming, having coffee in town, horse racing and his cats.

He is survived by several cousins including: David Chambers, Merlin Chambers, Margie Alice Armfield, Dale Mikkelson, Leola Chambers, Jack Cook and Barb Stanton.

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