Vera L. Blum, 89, of rural Benedict, Neb., passed away August 4, 2012 at York, Neb.
She was born June 15, 1923 in rural Seward County, Neb., to Philip and Sophie (Maler) Lutz.
On February 8, 1948 Vera was married to Harold H. Blum at Cordova, Neb.
Vera worked for J.C. Penneys, Hesteds and was a longtime cook at Benedict Public Schools as well as worked alongside her husband on the family farm. Vera also owned and operated the York Café for a while with her husband.
She was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York, Neb., where she taught Sunday school.
She enjoyed gardening, sewing and was an avid reader.
She is survived by her son Kevin (Jeanne) Blum of Benedict, Neb., and her daughter Susan (Donald) Korte of Columbus, Neb.; grandchildren Jason Blum, Angie (Bo) Heidtbrink, Trevor Korte, Stephanie Blum, Andrew Korte and Erin Blum; two brothers Gerald (Jane) Lutz of Fairmont, Neb., and Bernard (Velma) Lutz of Cordova, Neb., and one sister, Elaine Lutz of Fairmont, Neb.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and three sisters, Ruth Lutz, Anne Lutz and Velma Selvig.
Memorial services were held August 9, 2012 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York, Neb.
Burial was in the Waco Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family for later designation. ❖
Alvin Vorce, 84, of O’Neill, Neb., passed away July 30, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in O’Neill, Neb.
He was born December 27, 1927, in Atkinson, Neb., to Alfred and Agnes (Frank) Vorce. He graduated from O’Neill High School in 1946, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as an Aviation Machinist Mate from May 30, 1946 through March 30, 1948.
He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Harmon, on October 9, 1949, in O’Neill, Neb.
Alvin worked at Gillette Dairy in Norfolk, Neb., as a supervisor for 32 years. He was on the O’Neill City Council for 13-1/2 years.
He is survived by his wife, Lois, of O’Neill, Neb.; daughter; Sheryl Cole and husband David of O’Neill, Neb.; grandchildren, Amy Dishman and husband Archie, of Blair, Neb., and Jason Parks and wife Stephanie of Gering, Neb.; and step-grandson, Kelly Cole and wife Jenny of Yankton, S.D., and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Charles and Bill Vorce.
Memorial services were held August 3, 2012 at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill, Neb.
Inurnment was in the O’Neill Prospect Cemetery. Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the O’Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93. ❖
Ronald C. Dittmar, 83, of Oconto, Neb., passed away August 6, 2012 at the Callaway Good Samaritan Center.
He was born August 12, 1928 to Charles and Ella (Neben) Dittmar on the family farm near Oconto, Neb.
After Ron’s schooling he joined the U.S. Army serving September of 1953 through September of 1955. He returned to the family farm south of Oconto, Neb., where he spent all of his life.
As a young man Ron played baseball on the Oconto, Neb., teams. He was a great card player especially at pitch and cribbage.
Ron was a member of the First Lutheran Church at Buffalo, Neb. Ron was also a member of the Oconto American Legion.
He is survived by nephews Roger Patterson, Richard Patterson, Ryan Patterson, Larry Dittmar, Paul Dittmar and one niece Sharon Malkin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Bernard and a sister Pauline.
Memorial services were held August 10, 2012 at the First Lutheran Church at Buffalo, Neb., south of Oconto, Neb.
Burial was in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church Building Fund. ❖
Orville “Wayne” Williams
Orville “Wayne” Williams, 83, of Broken Bow, Neb., passed away July 31, 2012 in Grand Island, Neb.
He was born March 13, 1929, the oldest child of Harry and Bonnie Williams at Homer and Lena Fair’s home, his grandparents, in Broken Bow, Neb.
He graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1946. On October 28, 1949, he married Roberta Mae Manning at Martin, S.D. The couple had four children: Sheila Marie, James Ray, Justin Roy and Echo Kay.
Wayne and Roberta lived on ranches in the Sandhills of Nebraska for several years, then in Merna, Neb., before moving to their current home on the Sumner Road south of Broken Bow, Neb., in 1958 to ranch with his father Harry.
He started working at the livestock sale barn in Broken Bow, Neb., when he was only 16. He worked at ranches in the Sandhills and hauled cattle as a truck driver. For several years, he volunteered to weigh livestock at fair time for Custer County 4-H.
Wayne was a charter member of the Nebraska Charolais Association, bringing some of the first white cattle to the area. During his ranching career, he worked alongside his dad, sons Jim and Justin and grandsons Jason, Jared and Colton.
Wayne retired from the cattle business in 2007. Even then, he continued to work on the block at Central Nebraska Commission Company.
He is survived by his daughters Sheila Kendall of Broken Bow, Neb., and Echo (Shorty) Clark of Crawford, Neb., and sons Jim (Cathy) of Garrison, N.D. and Justin (Kris) of Broken Bow, Neb.; 11 grandchildren, Jason (Amy) Williams, Brenda (Lee) Nelson, Tara (Eric) Thomas, Jennifer (Jason) Arensdorf, Tanyor (Tarah) Kendall, Tyrell Kendall, Jared, Colton and Kylie Williams, Caleb and Katrina Studnicka; 10 great-grandkids; and brother Gus of Rio Vista, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a son-in-law, Mike Kendall, brother Ivan, sisters Margie and LauraBelle.
Memorial services were held August 4, 2012 at Govier Bros. Mortuary Chapel in Broken Bow, Neb.
Burial was at the Broken Bow Cemetery. ❖