Gail Lorene Hill
Gail Lorene Hill, 86, of Sioux City, Iowa passed away January 20, 2013.
She was born to Merle and Edna Jones and grew up on the family farm south of Allen, Neb. Gail went to country school before going into Allen for High School.
Upon graduation, she took a job as a teacher in a one-room school where she not only taught all the subjects for grades 1-8, but also was the janitor, kept the wood stove going, shoveled a path to the door, and did any other chore that was needed to keep the school operational. When the War began, she went to work driving a fork lift in a bomb factory in Mead, Neb.
Soon after, she was at a basketball game in Allen, Neb., when she was spotted by Keith Hill, just home from the War after a stint in the Navy. Sparks flew and they were married on September 18, 1946 at the family farm. Keith and Gail set up home in a tiny house in Allen, Neb. While Keith was working at the Cash Store, Gail was the housekeeping queen of Allen — polishing and shining and starching curtains like nobody’s business.
They welcomed two children into this home — Janice and Kevin. In 1955, they moved up the hill to the house where Keith had grown up. Shortly after, Timothy was born and the family was complete. Gail continued to work in the home, sewing clothing for the kids, providing delicious meals and a wonderful atmosphere for her family. For a while there, Gail’s parents lived across the street and Keith’s mother lived next door. She was under the microscope all the time but never complained about that. Once Tim graduated from High School, she joined Keith at the Cash Store, a mainstay in the Allen community, and they operated it until they retired in 1988, turning the reins over to Kevin.
Always one for exercise, she walked to work everyday, often accompanied by the family dog, Lucky. She was involved in many activities in the Allen Community — Brownie and 4-H leader, ELF Club, Legion Auxiliary, and many committees in the Allen Methodist Church where she was a member until her death.
Keith and Gail enjoyed many adventures with family and friends — trips to Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Hawaii, the Caribbean, as well as trips with their kids and their families. They also spent 20 years wintering in Sun City West, Ariz.
For the last two years, she and Keith resided at Northern Hills Independent Living in Sioux City, Iowa, where they made new friends and were even crowned King and Queen of the Northern Hills Homecoming festivities.
She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Keith; daughter Janice and husband, Bob Eder of Tucson, Ariz.; son Kevin of Allen; son Tim and wife, Karen of Elkhart, Kan.; grandchildren Collin Eder and wife, Jaime and Gail’s first great-grandchild, Adeline Mae of Portlan, Ore., Derek Eder and wife, Aya, of Chicago, Ill., Emily Hill of Northglenn, Colo., and Adam Hill of Ft. Collins, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Arlene Luhr, and brother, Merlin Jones.
Memorial services were held January 26, 2013 at the Allen United Methodist Church.
Private Graveside Services were held January 26, 2013 at Eastview Cemetery in Allen, Neb. ❖
Mary Jane Seeman
Mary Jane Seeman, 79, of McCook, Neb., passed away February 20, 2013, at University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora, Colo.
She was born July 28, 1933, in McCook, Neb., to James Abraham and Cora Myrtle (Schoenholz) Jeffers. She graduated from McCook High School in 1951.
Mary Jane loved to swim and served as a life guard during her high school years.
On April 29, 1954 she was united in marriage to Dale A. Seeman at McCook, Neb. They made their home on a farm north of McCook, Neb. Mary was an instrumental part of the farming operation as well as a busy mother and housewife. They retired from farming in 2008 and moved to Willow Ridge Retirement Senior Living Community in McCook, Neb.
Mary was an enthusiastic doll collector. Her collection consisted of all kinds of dolls including painted China dolls to Barbie dolls. Other hobbies included ceramics, gardening, both vegetable and flowers, sewing and jigsaw puzzles. She also was an avid Husker Volley ball fan and loved to read.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dale Seeman of McCook, Neb.; daughter, Candy Burchard of Aurora, Colo.; sons, Steve Seeman of Stamford, Neb., and Mike Weskamp of Aurora, Colo.; two sisters, Darden Weskamp of McCook, Neb., and Shirley Wagner of Minnesota; three grandchildren, Matthew Burchard, Sara and Christopher Weskamp.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Cora Jeffers; brother, Todd Jeffers; and sister, Ruth Wayley.
Memorial services were held February 26, 2013 at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home.
Cremation followed the service.
Friends may send condolences to the family at www.CarpenterBreland.com. ❖
Michael Olmstead Wacker, 65, of Bache, Okla., passed away February 12, 2013, in the comfort of his home after a short battle with cancer.
Michael was born on October 6, 1947, in McCook, Neb. He was the third son of Fred Sr. and Margaret (Olmstead) Wacker. He graduated from McCook High School and obtained a Business Associate degree from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.
He was the youngest and a life member of the McCook Elks Lodge and McAlester Lodge 533. He was a member of the NRA. He was a founder and partner in the Pari-Mutuel Pigs, PIG, Inc. that introduced pig racing and pig roasts in Hitchcock County, Neb.
Michael played football in high school and was a true Nebraska Cornhusker. He enjoyed Nebraska tailgating all over the country in his RV with Dianna. He also enjoyed many games from pitch to poker, boating and fishing, quail hunting, quick wit, afternoons with good friends, and all the pleasures of the plains.
He was a rancher and owner of W.E.W. Cattle Co. and Beverly Cattle Co. in Nebraska and Wacker Cattle Co. in Arkansas. He was also a restaurateur, owning Mick’s Private Club on the Arkansas state line and in Apache Junction, Ariz., where he met and married Dianna where they owned Wacker’s Grille.
In 1996 they relocated to Krebs, Okla., to own All American Homes, a logistics office with Dynasty Transportation. He retired in Bache, Okla., and built Wacker Ranch RV Park and putting his lifetime business skills and creative planning to work by gardening with his children, mowing his ranch, FOX news, and enjoying ranching and traveling with his wife.
He was of Episcopalian faith.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Dianna Sue (Overton) Wacker of the estate; brother, Robert Wacker and wife, Bonnie of McCook, Neb.; dear sister-in-law, Doris Wacker of Centerton, Ark.; son, Christopher Michael Wacker and wife, Jane of Bugtussle, Okla.; daughter, Christina Margaret Elaine Wacker of Krebs, Okla.; beloved mother-in law, Sue Overton; and step-children, Andy and Jeannie Smith of San Antonio, Texas, Rodney and Lisena Smith of Antelope, Calif., Susan Green of Ft. Worth, Texas, Michael and Rachael Brazil of Blaine, Minn.; grandchildren, Brittany, Brianna, Kaitilyn, Justin, Alexander, James, Roberto, Kyle, Cayden, Cora Lee and Riley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, Fred Sr. and Margaret Wacker and beloved brother, Fredrick D. Wacker.
Memorial services were held March 2, 2013 at the McAlester Country Club.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors and Hospice of McAlester, P.O. Box 1333, McAlester, Okla., 74501. ❖