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Plains Edition Obituaries 12-29-12


W.E. Sedivy

W.E. “Doc” Sedivy, 79, of Niobrara, Neb., passed away December 20, 2012, following a brief illness at Avera Creighton Hospital.

He was born September 8, 1933 to Andrew Albert and Daisy Sedivy of Lynch, Neb. He grew up on the family farm five miles east of Lynch, Neb., and graduated from Lynch Public School in 1950.

He served his country as a U.S. Marine combat soldier during the Korean War conflict where he earned a purple heart during combat. He was honorably discharged on November 1, 1953, and returned home to farm with his dad east of Lynch, Neb., for several years before he decided to enroll in the Veterinary Medicine program at Kansas State University, where he earned his DVM degree. He operated his own vet clinic at Lynch, Neb., for a number of years, before deciding to pursue a job opportunity working for Vigortone Feeds, based in Fremont, Neb., where he helped formulate and market swine concentrate, as well as other livestock feeds. He later started his own feed company, “Doc Sedivy’s” feeds, which he marketed throughout northern and eastern Nebraska. He later retired from the feed business, moved closer to home, and spent the later part of his life in Niobrara, Neb.

During his retirement he enjoyed reading, and continued to study. He also enjoyed working on his “cabin” that he built southeast of town that he eventually turned into his personal library.

He is survived by three nieces, Linda Faye Sedivy Schumacher of Ainsworth, Neb., Mindee Jo Zimmerman Purchase of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kristi Ryan of Kansas City, Mo.; three nephews, Mitch Zimmerman of Fort Worth, Texas, Terry Sedivy of Omaha, Neb., and Scott Sedivy of Lynch, Neb..

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister, three nephews, and one niece.

Graveside memorial services were held December 28, 2012 at the Alford Cemetery near Monowi, Neb., with Military Rites conducted by the Niobrara American Legion Post #224 and V.F.W. Post #4834.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or Dorsey Community Church. ❖

C. Ardell (Sparky) Malmberg

C. Ardell (Sparky) Malmberg, 81, of O’Neill, Neb., passed away December 15, 2012, at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill, Neb.

He was born October 10, 1931 at Pender, Neb., to Claus and Frances (McGuire) Malmberg.

Sparky was a horseman and cattleman.

He graduated from Pender High School.

He married Joann Richardson on February 24, 1952 at Rosalie, Neb.

Sparky served multiple terms on the Pender School Board.

He is survived by his wife, Joann of O’Neill, Neb.; four sons, Curt Malmberg and wife Diane of Alda, Neb.., Craig Malmberg and wife Donna of Pender, Neb., Clay Malmberg and wife Maridee of Thurston, Neb., and Corey Malmberg of San Francisco, Calif.; and one daughter, Cheri Stingley and husband Jeff of Aloys, Neb.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Shirley Martin of Lincoln, Neb., Diane Raasch of Corydon, Iowa, and Cheryl Wensmann of Sartell, Minn.; and one brother, Gary Malmberg of O’Neill, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Charlotte, one great grandson, Chayton; and two brothers-in-law, Fritz and Dell.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or the A.L.S. Foundation. ❖

Connie J. Taylor

Connie J. Taylor, 67, of Bellwood, Neb., passed away December 23, 2012, at her home.

She was born June 18, 1945, in Council Bluff, Iowa, to Jack and Helen (Hurd) Graham. She attended school in Council Bluffs, Iowa, until her mother passed away and Connie moved to Columbus, Neb., to live with her aunt and uncle. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1962.

She was united in marriage to M. W. “Bill” Goedeken on August 4, 1962, at Christ Lutheran Church. The couple later divorced.

On December 8, 2008, she married Bob Taylor of North Bend, Neb., in Las Vegas, Nev.

Connie worked at B-D for 24 years in quality control. She was an outstanding horse woman who loved riding and showing horses.

Connie was a mom to everyone and a grammy to many. She was a long-time 4-H leader, room mother as well as being loved and respected by all. There was never a person or animal who left her home hungry. Connie was a trusted and faithful friend.

She is survived by husband Bob Taylor of Bellwood, Neb.; daughter Gretchen Goedeken of Columbus, Neb.; daughter Billie Jo Schrad (Shawn Boyle) of Brady, Neb.; son Michael “Mick” (Suzy) Goedeken of Madison, Neb.; stepson Robert J. (Kelly) Taylor of Bellevue, Neb.; stepson Kevin J. (Holly) Taylor of Dallas, Texas; stepson Todd (Beth) Taylor of Fredericksburg, Va.; four grandchildren, Justin Schrad of Columbus, Neb., Jessica Schrad of Maxwell, Neb., Michayla and Micah Goedeken of Madison, Neb.; five stepgrandchildren, Michaela Taylor of Omaha, Neb., Kirsten Taylor of Lincoln, Neb., Chase Taylor of Houston, Texas, Marissa Taylor of Lubbock, Texas, Kevin Taylor of Fredericksburg, Va.; brother Jack (Joanne) Graham of Council Bluffs, Iowa, M.W. “Bill” Goedeken.

She was preceded in death by parents Jack and Helen Graham, brother Rod Graham, aunt and uncle Cliff and Dorothy Hurd, “mom” Alvina Aerni.

Memorial services were held December 28, 2012 at Gass Haney Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to www.Gasshaney.com.

Arthur A. Mann

Arthur A. Mann, 90, of O’Neill, Neb., passed away Decemer 18, 2012 at his home north of O’Neill, Neb.

He was born July 2, 1922 at Burwell, Neb., to Allan T. and Emma L. (Geohring) Mann. He grew up and received his education in Burwell, Neb., graduating from Burwell High School in 1940.

He met Eunice E. Jensen and they were married June 15, 1952 at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church near Lindsey, Neb. They celebrated their 60th wedding last summer with family and friends.

In 1959, Art and Eunice moved to their ranch north of O’Neill, Neb., where they lived for the past 53 years. Art took great pride in his cattle and ranching operation. His favorite breed was always white faced Herefords. He spent summers in the hay field and in his earlier years also loved to play baseball. In later years he was a faithful fan of the Legion Baseball program and spent many hours following his son and grandsons during their baseball seasons.

Art enjoyed many different activities. He never forgot his ties to Nebraska’s Big Rodeo at Burwell, Neb., returning many times to watch and meet up with old friends. Later he enjoyed watching his grandsons as they participated in rodeos across Nebraska. His granddaughters were also his pride and joy and you could often find him at a softball game, cattle or horse show. Art was an avid fisherman, spending many summers at his cabin on the Missouri River. Along with fishing, he also loved sports and was a huge fan of the Nebraska Huskers, the Denver Broncos, and the Minnesota Twins. Even though he was busy, he made time to raise a big garden, of which he was very proud and earned several “Best of Show” ribbons at the Holt County Fair.

Art was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in O’Neill, Neb.

He is survived by wife Eunice of O’Neill, Neb.; sons Paul and wife Nancy of O’Neill, Neb., Tim and wife Ann of O’Neill, Neb., and Chris of O’Neill, Neb.; daughter, Barb Bode and husband Ken of Elgin, Neb.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Clarice Stelling of Grand Island, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ralph and Glenn and one sister, Dorothy Rolfsmeier.

Memorial services were held December 21, 2012 at Christ Lutheran Church in O’Neill, Neb.

Burial was in the Blackbird Cemetery north of O’Neill, Neb., across from his ranch.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church or the O’Neill Baseball Association. ❖




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