Keith Russell Schwarz, 74, of Arapahoe, Neb., passed away July 30, 2012, in a semi-truck accident near Loomis, Neb.
He was born January 16, 1938, in Smithfield, Neb., to Frank and Dorothy (Woodside) Schwarz. Keith was a 1956 graduate of Lexington High School. He served his country in the United States Navy from May 24, 1957, until being honorably discharged on February 21, 1961. He was united in marriage to Shelby Parks on August 17, 1957, at Lexington, Neb. The marriage ended in divorce and he then married Cindy Vrbas on April 16, 1988, in Phoenix, Ariz. Keith and Cindy moved to Arapahoe, Neb., in 2005.
Keith’s working years were as diverse in occupation as was his fun-loving spirit. He worked on a chicken farm, bowling alley, attended barber school in Lincoln, Neb., and worked as a barber for several years, he sold insurance for Banker’s Life, and was an accountant for Schwarz Brothers Construction and AmericaWest Airlines. After his so-called retirement, he drove semi for RSK Trucking hauling corn.
Keith had a heart of gold and loved his large family very much. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing cards, playing in his family band The Country Lads, and telling jokes. Some of his favorite times were spent on the “all boy” annual camping trip with his sons and grandsons. He will be truly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Schwarz of Arapahoe, Neb.; children and spouses, Rick (Amy) Schwarz of Lincoln, Neb., Sandy Schwarz of Topeka, Kan., Dan (Berni) Schwarz of Bertrand, Neb., Carm (John) Anders of Bertrand, Neb., Scott (Stacie) Schwarz of Bertrand, Neb., Russ (Gina) Schwarz of Omaha, Neb., Amber (James) Bridges of Phoenix, Ariz., and Stacy (Arnold) Diaz of Greenwood, Mo.; brothers and sisters, Martin “Mike” Schwarz of Lexington, Neb.; Kenny (Shirley) Schwarz of Elwood, Neb.; Eugene (Nancy) Schwarz of Fort Collins, Colo.; Carl Schwarz of Lexington, Neb.; Martha (Wally) Hubbard of Lexington, Neb.; and Alice Wenburg of Lexington, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Helen Schwarz of Lexington, Neb.; Phyllis Schwarz of Fort Collins, Colo., and Judy Schwarz of Lexington, Neb.; 28 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond, Harry and Bob; sisters-in-law, Sandra Schwarz and brother-in-law, Floyd Wenburg.
Memorial services were held August 3, 2012 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, Neb.
Burial with Military Honors was in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery at Lexington. ❖
Norman Wayman, 83, of O’Neill, Neb., passed away July 28, 2012 at the Norfolk Veterans Home.
He was born August 1, 1928 at O’Neill, Neb., to Edwin and Ruby (Boldra) Wayman. He married Ruby Kloppenborg on August 29, 1953 at O’Neill, Neb.
He was a Korean War Veteran, and he was stationed in Germany for two years. Norman lived in O’Neill, Neb., his whole life. He farmed and then operated Norm’s Trenching Service for 45 years. Norman was also the owner of East Side Laundry for 13 years.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church and V.F.W. Post 926 in O’Neill, Neb.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby; three daughters, Marjorie Sperling and husband Dennis of St. Paul, Neb., Diane Balderson and husband Kevin of O’Neill, Neb., and Darlene Linden and husband Stanley of Cairo, Neb.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ivan Wayman and wife Iona, of O’Neill, Neb.; brother- and sister-in-laws; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services were held August 1, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in O’Neill, Neb., with burial in the O’Neill cemetery.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by O’Neill V.F.W. Post 926 and O’Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93.
Memorials contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church or to V.F.W. Post 926. ❖
Luetta Nunnenkamp, 84, of Henderson, Neb. passed away July 26, 2012 at the Henderson Care Center following four years of battling cancer.
She was daughter of Dietrich and Elizabeth (Ott) Bergen, and was born in York County, Neb., on January 24, 1928 on a farm near Henderson, Neb.
As a young girl, Luetta realized her need of Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. She placed her faith in Jesus Christ and trusted Him for salvation. She was baptized at the Bethesda Church in Henderson, Neb., May 20, 1945. As a young teenage girl she attended tent meetings in Henderson, Neb., with her parents and siblings.
Luetta went to country school in York County and graduated from Henderson High School in 1946. After High School she worked at the hatchery, the local grocery store, different cafes, and eventually retired from Dart Custom Imprinting.
On June 1, 1948, she was united in marriage to LeRoy Nunnenkamp in the Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson, Neb. To this union, one daughter and four sons were born. Luetta did a lot of work on the farm. She always had a large garden, did a lot of baking and helping in the field. After LeRoy passed away, she spent several lonely years on the farm before moving into Henderson, Neb., in April of 1985. She kept on working in the nursing home until April of 1987 when she started working at Dart Custom Imprinting. She worked there until her retirement and was always glad to return to help out whenever she was needed.
She is survived by one daughter, Shirley Kliewer of Sutton, Neb.; four sons: Roy and Jackie, Gary and Joyce, Gale and Joyce all of Henderson, Neb., and Alan and Kim of rural Aurora, Neb.; 13 grandchildren: Matt and Chanda, Mark, Melissa and Aaron, Shanna, Andrew and Sarah, Trevor and Anna, Tyler and Stacey, Jonathan and Nicole, Jennifer and Eric, Jason and Danielle, Chelsea, Casey and Jeremiah; two step-grandchildren, Shelby and Colby; great grandchildren, Christopher, MacKenzie, Landon, Braden, Brianna, Braxton, Madilyn, Emily, Wyatt, and Barrett; sisters-in-law Elizabeth from Missouri and Bernice Trautman; brothers-in-law, Harold and Virginia, Fred and Laura, Clyde; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dean and Wilma MacDonald.
She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy on November 27, 1977; parents Dietrich and Elizabeth (Ott) Bergen; parents-in-law; 11 brothers and sisters-in-law, and 15 brothers and sisters.
Memorial services were held July 30, 2012 at the Faith Evangelical Bible Church in Henderson, Neb.
Burial followed in the FEBC Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the FEBC Church.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.MetzMortuary.com. ❖
Lucille Alice Simonson Barent
Lucille Alice Simonson Barent, 85, passed away July 26, 2012 in North Platte, Neb.
She was born to Simon T. and Helen L. Stewart Simonson on February 24, 1927 on her parent’s ranch north and west of Mullen, Neb., in Cherry county.
Lucille was the youngest child and was adored by her sister Allegra and brother Bill. Lucille grew up on the ranch, graduated from Mullen High School, attended normal training and taught school for a few years.
On August 18, 1946 she married Stan Barent in a double ceremony with her sister Allegra and Dewayne Buechler in the front yard of their parent’s ranch.
Stan rodeoed and Lucille timed at rodeos for many years. She was a bright spot in many crow’s next. She followed the events on television later in life with the PBR being one of her favorites. Her television was set permanently on that channel so she would not miss it. For many years, Lucille was the friendly face of the Avon Lady and perfume, as well as the color purple was a signature of hers.
Lucille was known as “Aunt Ceile” to many over the years and her nieces and nephews were another of her passions. Lucille also loved animals and adopted baby pigs, turkeys, geese and deer. Cats were her favorite and she almost always had one as a pet.
She is survived by sister-in-law Laura Simonson, Lavina Sevier; brother-in-law Tuffy Barent and Boyd Barent; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as a host of friends and neighbors. She will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four siblings and her beloved Stan.
Memorial services were held July 31, 2012 at the Seneca Auditorium in Seneca, Neb. ❖