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Plains Edition Obituaries 4-13-13

Mary Joyce (Jacobson) Smith

Mary Joyce (Jacobson) Smith, 84, of Beatrice, Neb., passed away April 6, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice, Neb.

She was born July 20, 1928, at Cambridge, Neb., to Peter and Racheal (Kief) Jacobson.

She was raised on the family farm southwest of Arapahoe, Neb., later moving to Cambridge and graduating in 1946.

She was a country school teacher before marrying Harry E. Smith Jr. on July 20, 1947 at Denver, Colo.

She was a teacher, homemaker, and a wife. She was active member and leader in 4-H, Extension Club, Eastern Star, and First United Methodist Church, all of Arapahoe, Neb. She was also the secretary for the Arapahoe Senior Center.

She moved to Beatrice, Neb., in 1999, to be closer to her daughter.

She is survived by sons, Terry and wife, Leslie Smith of Holbrook, Neb., Dan Smith of Beaver City, Neb.; daughter, Debra Kruse of Hanover, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one foster great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; twin brother, husband, Harry; daughter-in-law, Joy Lynn, and son-in-law Earl.

Inurnment will be May 26, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Arapahoe Cemetery in Arapahoe, Neb.

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Robert Lee Brown

Robert Lee Brown, 71, of Cairo, Neb., passed away April 6, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Neb.

He was born March 21, 1942, in Wahoo, Neb., to Ruscoe and Wilma Myn Dorbuski Brown.

He was educated in Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He served in Vietnam.

He married Mary Lou Kaplan in April 1971. They made their home on a farm east of Litchfield, Neb.

He drove a truck for Howard Hay Co. for 20 years. He finished his driving career with Rawhide Carriers of Chapman.

He was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Tim and Sheri Brown of Grand Island, Neb., and Bill Brown of Omaha, Neb.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Sue and David Zuck of McCook, Neb., and Sara Brown of Omaha, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; sister, Sharon LeFever of Broken Bow, Neb., and stepfather, John Randall of Kearney, Neb.

He was preceded in death by one son, Allen, on October 26, 1983, and one sister, Yvonne “Sis” Moore.

Memorial services were held April 9, 2013 at the Litchfield Christian Church in Litchfield, Neb.

Burial was in the Litchfield Cemetery. ❖

Richard Paul Brubaker

Richard Paul Brubaker, 92, of Bird City, Kan., passed away April 3, 2013 at the Cheyenne County Hospital in St. Francis, Kan.

He was born March 14, 1921, in McCook, Neb.

He was a farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene L. (Amsberry) Brubaker of Bird City, Kan.; daughters, Darla Deeds of Bird City, Kan., Kayla Ochsner of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Paula Groff of Bellevue, Neb.; brother, Robert Brubaker of Bird City, Kan.; sister, Winnifred Wamhoff of Loveland, Colo.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held April 8, 2013, at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Bird City, Kan.

Burial was at the Bird City Cemetery with military graveside services by the Fort Riley Honor Guard. ❖

Lloyd A. Greening

Lloyd A. Greening, 81, of Franklin, Neb., passed away March 30, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

He was born February 24, 1932, on a farm in the Ash Grove community in Franklin County, Neb., to Harry and Hazel (Anderson) Greening.

On December 2, 1958, he married Donna Rae Dallmann.

He was baptized. He attended Bloomington Public School and graduated as class valedictorian in 1949. Lloyd served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952 until 1954.

In 1954, he met Donna Rae Dallmann.

Lloyd farmed all his life on a farm northwest of Macon, Neb.

He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. He and Donna Rae enjoyed canning the bounty of their vegetable garden for many years. He collected stamps and toy tractors and loved beagle dogs.

Lloyd was a member of the United Methodist Church in Macon, Neb., and the Bloomington American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years; daughters, Roxanne Garrelts and her husband, Dan, Marilyn Warnken and her husband, Terry, and Julie Rahmann and her husband, Brian; son, Bob Greening and his wife, Jackie; grandchildren, Johnathon Garrelts, Rebecca James and her husband, Adam, Hailey Rhynalds and her husband, Rusty, Ashley Warnken, Daine Rahmann and his wife, Bobbie, Alan Warnken, Emily Greening and Bryson Rahmann; great-granddaughters, Makenna James, Addison James, Jaylynn James, Ruby Rhynalds, Rozlyn Rhynalds and Ava Warnken; sisters, Mary Winz and her husband, Mike, of Holdrege, Neb., and Harriet Frerichs of Minden, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Greening; and brother-in-law, Alfred Frerichs.

Memorial services were held April 2, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth, Neb.

Burial was at Bloomington Cemetery with military honors by the Bloomington American Legion. ❖

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