PH Young, 86, of Valentine, Neb., passed away August 30, 2012 in Valentine, Neb.
He was born on March 14, 1926 to Phylander and Stella (Crowe) Young. He attended elementary school at the Ralph Baker ranch south of Valentine, Neb., and graduated from Valentine High School. He was drafted into the Army and served until receiving a medical discharge.
PH then returned home where he met and married Beverly Louise Hall on November 22, 1948. They lived on Gordon Valley Ranch which was established in 1902. They raised four children: Patricia, Paul, Roger and Phyllis.
In his younger years, PH was an avid pilot and owned several different planes. He also spent many years teaching youth as a 4-H leader.
PH became a Mason and received his 50 year pin in 1998. In 2011, he received the Bronze Jordan Medal for the longest living active Mason in the Minnekadusa Lodge 192. PH was a lifelong member of the Sandhills Cattle Association and president of the District 5 School Board for over 20 years. He was also a very active member of the Cherry County Fair Board.
His pastime hobbies included leather tooling, calligraphy, and later in life, genealogy. PH and Beverly traveled many miles and spent years collecting information on the Young and Crowe families. His most recent hobby was collecting and restoring antique tools. He took great pride in his collection, winning Best of Show at the Cherry County Fair several times. One of his biggest joys was showing his collection to any and all visitors.
He is survived by his wife Beverly of 62 years; his children, Patricia Young of Phoenix, Ariz., Paul (Pat) Young of Valentine, Neb., Roger (Carole) Young of Grand Junction, Colo., and Phyllis Daniels of Crookston, Neb.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his six sisters.
Memorial Services were held September 4, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Valentine, Neb.
Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine, Neb. ❖
Carl W. Biermann
Carl W. Biermann, 88, of Fremont, Neb., passed away September 11, 2012, at Fremont Area Medical Center.
He was born November 3, 1923, in Altona, Neb., to William and Frieda (Launhardt) Biermann.
He grew up on a farm in Wayne County, receiving his education in rural schools and a parochial school in Altona, Neb. Following his school years, he was employed in the farming and cattle business.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the years of 1947 to 1952. Following his military service, Carl came to Fremont, Neb. Here, he was employed by Hormel Foods Corp. for 33-1⁄2 years. During his earlier years with Hormel, he also worked for Plumfield Nursery. Following his retirement, he worked for Vern’s Flowers for 10 years.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont, Neb., where he served on the Board of Elders. He also was a member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League for many years. He served several years as a Boy Scout leader. He was a past member of the Izaak Walton League and the American Legion.
He married Dorrine R. Herzog Wilson on June 8, 1951, in the chapel of the Air Force base in Great Falls, Mont.
He is survived by his wife, Dorrine; three daughters, Linda (and husband, Fred) Schafer of Frisco, Texas, Paula (and husband, Daniel) Ruffcorn of Fremont, Neb., and Carla (and husband, Marty) Carritt of Mondamin, Iowa; two sons, Gary (and wife, Connie) Biermann and Alan (and wife, Sharie) Biermann, all of Loveland, Colo.; a sister, Dorothy (and husband, Wesley) Schutte of Beemer, Neb.; three brothers, Herbert Biermann of Wayne, Neb., Paul (and wife, LaVon Biermann of Wayne, Neb., and Walter (and wife, Saundra) Biermann of Wisner, Neb.; a brother-in-law, Bob Strelow of Oakridge, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. September 15, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont, Neb.
Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran School. ❖
Evelyn D. Podany
Evelyn D. Podany, 90, of Clarkson, Neb., passed away September 9, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Clarkson, Neb.
She was born April 4, 1922, on a farm about 2.5 miles south of Clarkson, Neb., to Bernard Jonas II and Marie (Kral) Jonas. She received her elementary school education in Colfax County country schools, the majority of those years attending school District 58. She graduated from Clarkson High School in 1940.
Evelyn was employed in Omaha, Neb., for a short while as a household domestic. She then served as a page for the Nebraska Legislature. Her experience in the Legislature sparked an interest in her learning all she could about her state and country. Thus, she became an avid reader until her eyes began to fail her in her later years.
On October 14, 1943, Evelyn married Arnold Podany, a U.S. Army sergeant. They became parents of two children, Ronald and Nancy. After her husband’s military career ended, they lived on a farm north of Howells, Neb., for 12 years, and then moved to a farm east of Clarkson, Neb., in 1958, before finally moving to her parents’ home in Clarkson, Neb., in 1995.
Evelyn was an active member of the New Zion Presbyterian Church in Clarkson, Neb., for 75 years. She also was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 6419 and was recognized as a Gold Star Sister after having lost her brother in the Korean War. She served on the Clarkson Museum Board for 17 years. Her passion for historical information and memorabilia was quite evident throughout her life.
Evelyn’s hobbies over the years included gardening, bowling, reading and crocheting beautiful doilies. Evelyn will long be remembered for unending support for her church and community.
She is survived by: her husband of 68 years, Arnold Podany of Clarkson, Neb.; a daughter, Nancy (Dave) Reick of Fremont, Neb.; daughter-in-law, Lynn Podany of Madison, Tenn.; grandchildren, Lara Podany-Sherill, Ryan Podany and Lisa Wright, all of Madison, Tenn., Brad Reick of Little Rock, Ark., and Dustin (Angie) Reick of Omaha, Neb.; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Marie Jonas; a brother, Bernard Jonas III; a son, Ronald Podany; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorial services were held September 13, 2012 at New Zion Presbyterian Church.
Burial was in Clarkson National Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.MillersFH.com. ❖