Audrey Diane McPeak
Audrey Diane McPeak, 75, of Mullen, Neb., passed away August 13, 2012 at her home.
She was born March 7, 1937 to Carl and June (Kemp) Simonson at Mullen, Neb. She was born physically challenged and spent much of her early life going from doctor to doctor. She jokingly said she should have been a doctor as she x-rayed, amputated and put splints on all of her dolls.
Audrey attended country school for two years. In third grade the family moved to Mullen, Neb., where she graduated in 1956.
While attending NE Wesleyan and Kearney Colleges she received her teaching certificate. She taught for eight years in Arthur County.
In 1964 she married Clarence Walz, a local rancher who passed away one year later. Audrey married George McPeak in 1967. He had two children Adah and George Jr. The couple had two girls Kathy (Leibhart) and Alicia (Fraley)
Audrey loved her family and did her best to raise them by herself. She moved from Arthur, Neb., to Mullen, Neb., in 1972 with a stepdaughter and her two little girls. All three graduated from Mullen, Neb.
Audrey has always loved being teased. Her friends had numerous nick-names for her such as “smurf,” “midget” and “beanie lady” to name a few.
Cribbage, reading, using her computer, playing scrabble and going to Rosebud were her favorite pastimes.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathy, Adah and Alicia; six grandchildren; four sisters, a brother, a sister in-law and many friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, one brother, four sisters and her stepson.
Services were held August 16, 2012 at United Methodist Church in Mullen, Neb.
Burial followed at Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen, Neb. ❖
Jackie L. “Jack” Whitehead
Jackie L. “Jack” Whitehead, 67, of Florida, formerly of Fremont, Neb., passed away August 20, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.
He was born September 28, 1944, in Osceola, Iowa. He grew up on the family farm near Osceola, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University.
He served for four years in the U.S. Army, including two years in Vietnam.
He spent the majority of his working career at Hoegemeyer Hybrids as a farm manager.
He is survived by two daughters, Robin (Russ Johnson) Whitehead of Omaha, Neb., and Rhonda (Eric) Bostrom of Lincoln, Neb.; special friend, Freda Owens; brothers, John LeRoy Whitehead, Evert Whitehead and Duane Whitehead; and a sister, Loretta Hoffman.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Private graveside memorial services were held August 24, 2012 at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Neb., with military honors by the Fremont Honor Guard. ❖
Venice Kay Krueger
Venice Kay Krueger, 70, of Oakland, Neb., passed away August 20, 2012, at Fremont Area Medical Center.
She was born September 14, 1941, in West Point, Neb., to John and Ellen (Rinderhagen) Krueger. She attended rural school District 73 and West Point public school. She lived with her parents and helped her father with little farm jobs. After her mother and father moved to town, she was enrolled in Region IV in Oakland, Neb., and lived in Lyons for many years.
She was employed at Logan East Rural Water in Oakland, Neb., and Casey’s in West Point, Neb.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in West Point, Neb.
She is survived by brothers, Don (Carole) Krueger of St. James, Minn., and Dennis (Gloria) Krueger of Stanton, Neb.
She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister-in-law.
Memorial services were held August 24, 2012 at First Lutheran Church in Oakland, Neb.
Graveside services were held at Mount Hope Cemetery in West Point, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Hope Cemetery. ❖
Allen Mathias Wurm
Allen Mathias “Bus” Wurm, 88, of Oberlin, Kan., passed away August 19, 2012, at Decatur Health Systems in Oberlin, Kan.
He was born September 8, 1923, at the family farm near Traer, Kan., to Matt and Alcia Murriel (Herzog) Wurm.
Bus grew up on a farm northeast of Oberlin, Kan., in Sherman Township where his family moved in 1926. He attended a country school near his home and graduated from Decatur Community High School in 1940.
He was a veteran of World War II and served as an instructor at the Armored Division School in Fort Knox, Ky.
On July 24, 1949, Bus was united in marriage to Carolyn Nelson at the United Methodist Church in Oberlin, Kan. They made their home on the Wurm family farm northeast of Oberlin, Kan., until moving to town in 1988. They were blessed with one son and a granddaughter.
At an early age, Bus and his brother helped their father on the family farm, and he continued to farm for most of his adult life. Bus was a lifetime member and Past Commander of the Oberlin American Legion Post No. 70 and Mini Sappa Antique Club, which he was instrumental in starting. He enjoyed working on antique tractors and flying airplanes.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Oberlin, Kan.; son, Ward Allen Wurm of Oberlin, Kan.; granddaughter, Alicia Wurm; sister-in-law, Rachel Wurm of Oberlin, Kan.; nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Phillip “Rex” Wurm; one sister, Helene Fisher; and brother-in-law, Wayne Fisher.
Memorial services were held August 24, 2012 at the funeral home in Oberlin, Kan.
Burial was at Oberlin Cemetery with military rites by the Oberlin American Legion Post No. 70.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mini Sappa Antique Club. ❖