Verlon A. Hopkins, 90, of North Platte, Neb., passed away February 28, 2013 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
He was born April 22, 1922 in Stapleton, Neb., to Benjamin and Gertrude Fifield Hopkins.
Verlon graduated from Baker Rural High School in Stapleton. In 1943, he married Elsie Andre. He farmed and ranched for many years around Stapleton. He worked for the Wells family for many years before moving to North Platte to work at a gas station.
Verlon helped build I-80 interstate for Missouri Valley Construction Company, mixing the concrete from North Platte to Big Springs. He joined the Nebraska Department of Roads in 1970, retiring in 1990. At that time, he and Elsie wintered in Yuma, Arizona. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, and for 17 years he and Elsie officiated Sunday morning services at the North Platte Care Center.
He enjoyed playing pool, going to lunch at the North Platte Senior Center, and calling bingo there.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia (Buster) Fear of North Platte, Neb.; sister, Edna Sherwood of North Carolina; brother, LeRoy Hopkins of Oregon; granddaughters, Brenda (Keith) Larabee of Stuart, Neb., Sheila (Ed) Albright of Pierre, S.D., and Becky (Jeff) Barner of North Platte, Neb.; six great-grandchildren; and brothers-in-law, Melvin Andre of Callaway, Neb., Cliff (Claire) Andre of Colo., and John (Peggy) Andre of Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elsie; an infant brother; brother, Eugene Hopkins; sister-in-law, Helen Hopkins; and brother-in-law, Bill Sherwood.
Services were held March 2, 2013 at First Assembly of God in North Platte, Neb. Burial was at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖
Paul F. Janulewicz
Paul F. Janulewicz, 92, of Loup City, Neb., passed away February 24, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.
He was born July 15, 1920, on a farm near Litchfield to Floyd K. and Helen (Kwiatkowski) Janulewicz.
He graduated from Wiggle Creek High School in 1939. He went to Omaha, Neb., to work for Independent Metal Company as a welder from 1941 to 1942. He served in the United States Army Air Force from February, 1942 in Italy and Africa until his discharge in October, 1945.
He married Phyllis Rewolinski in July, 1943 and made their home in Omaha, Neb., till March, 1946, when they then moved to a farm south of Loup City, Neb. Phyllis passed away March, 1963. He married Arlene (Bonczynski) Jarzynka on July 22, 1967, and they made their home in Loup City, Neb. In November 1968, he began working for the Loup City Post Office as a clerk and retired from the Post Office in 1990.
He was a member of St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church, Loup City American Legion Post 48., Veterans of Foreign Wars and Knights of Columbus. His life-long love was farming.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene of Loup City, Neb.; a son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Phyllis of Loup City, Neb.; a daughter and son-in-law, Patti Ann and Jerry Kowalski of Loup City, Neb.; a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Jerry and Carol Jarzynka of Loup City, Neb.; a stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Christy and Keith Reihe of Vail, Colo.; two sisters, Wanda Klimek of Loup City, Neb., Eloise Riley of Morrison, Colo.; eight grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, Sylvester; three brothers, Cash, Ray, and Leo and one sister, Barbara Moraczewski.
Memorial services were held February 28, 2013 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to the Loup City Rescue Squad or donor’s choice.
You can sign Paul’s guest book at HigginsFuneralHomeLC.com. ❖
David Michael Bosle
David Michael Bosle, 60, of Hastings, Neb., passed away February 23, 2013, at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.
He was born February 16, 1953, in Hastings, Neb., to Lyman and Norma (Koepp) Bosle. He had lived his entire life in the Hastings, Neb., area.
He married Deb Boesen on December 2, 1987 and they just had celebrated 25 amazing years of marriage.
Dave’s passion was helping people. As a farmer, he was active in the National Farmer’s Organization, and also as an insurance and annuities agent with National Agents Alliance. He was the co-founder of the Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska, where he volunteered countless hours. He was a past member of the Jaycee’s and Toastmasters, both in Hastings, Neb. He was also a part of the LEAD 5 program through the University of Nebraska.
His hobbies included, Husker football and tailgating, traveling the United States on his Harley or driving his Big Rig.
He is survived by his wife, Deb of Hastings, Neb.; his mother, Norma Jean of Hastings, Neb.; brothers and families, Steve and Judy Bosle of Hastings, Neb., and their son, Zac, Mark and Nancy Bosle of Hastings, Neb., and their son, Sam, Brad and Bobbi Bosle of Glenvil, Neb.; parents-in-law, DeWayne and Jackie Boesen of Kenesaw, Neb.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Neal and Tami Nabower of Grand Island, Neb., and their children Katie Nabower, Anthony and Angie Nabower; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Brad and Becky Boesen of Lincoln, Neb., and sons, Evan and Quinn and so many good friends and cousins and his beloved fur child, Tucker.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lyman Bosle, and a brother-in-law, Scott Boesen.
Memorial services were held March 2, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hastings, Neb.
Burial was in the Parkview Cemetery in Hastings, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to the Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska.
Condolences may be sent to the family from www.BrandWilson.com. ❖
Elmer F. Kamrath
Elmer F. Kamrath, 88, of Ponca, Neb., passed away February 16, 2013 while surrounded by his family at the Elms Health Care Center in Ponca, Neb.
Elmer was born in rural Ponca, Neb., on May 4, 1924, to Frank and Elsie (Harder) Kamrath. He grew up on a farm in rural Ponca, Neb. He graduated from Ponca High School in 1942.
He served in the Navy during WWII and while in the Navy he crossed the equator three times. Elmer married Ramona Nelson on June 15, 1947 at the Faith Lutheran parsonage in Maskell, Neb. The couple lived in several different communities in the Tri-State area and returned to Ponca in 1954. Some of the companies Elmer worked for were Sioux City Motor, Fairmont Foods, and Anson Schram. After working at Farmers Coop for 18 years he retired and went to work at A-1 Mist Sprayers until 2009.
He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Ponca, Neb., the Ponca American Legion Post #117, and was a co-founder and lifetime member of the Ponca Rodeo Association. He enjoyed horses and driving the rural countryside. He was a friend to all and never knew a stranger.
He is survived by three children, DiAnna Buerger of Wayne, Neb., Kevin Kamrath (Deb Condreay) of Monroe, Neb., and Kimberly (Leo) Rohan of Emerson, Neb.; five grandchildren, Christopher Chattom, Candace Bernhagen, Tracy (Jason) Habrock, Heidi Rohan and Will (Katie) Rohan; 11 great-grandchildren, Beverly, Harrison, Hannah and Gabriel Bernhagen, Caitlyn and Gracie Jepsen, Collin and Ramona Chattom, Jackson and Ashtyn Habrock, and Morgan Rohde-Rohan; two great-great grandchildren, Hayden Newman and Zehn Arneson; a brother, Marvin (Glenda) Kamrath of Sheldon, Iowa; a sister, Dorothy Becker of Okabena, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Dale (Catherine) Nelson of Pender, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Leona Bottoroff and Twila Taylor of Ponca, Neb., and Mavis Nelson of Maskell, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ramona; a brother, Willie Kamrath; a sister, Mildred Lukken, and several brother and sister-in-laws.
Memorial services were held February 20, 2013 at Salem Lutheran Church in Ponca, Neb.
Burial was in Silver Ridge Cemetery in rural Ponca with military rites conducted by the Ponca American Legion Post No. 117.
Online condolences to the family may be posted at www.MohrFuneralHome.com. ❖