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Plains Edition Obituaries 4-20-13

Lamoine D. Duis

Lamoine D. Duis, 61, of Lexington, Neb., passed away April 8, 2013, at his home in Lexington, Neb., following a courageous fight with cancer.

He was born June 17, 1951, in Gothenburg, Neb., to George and Leona (Sommer) Duis.

He attended school at Gothenburg. Lamoine was united in marriage to Linda Defruiter on April 1, 1967, in Gothenburg, Neb. Two sons were blessed to this marriage; Andrew and Shane. The couple later divorced.

Lamoine worked for Sperry New Holland after moving to Lexington, Neb., in the mid 1970s. He attended auctioneer school in Billings, Mont., in 1977. He later worked for the Kugler Family and then 25 years at Designer Craft Woodworking for Steve Atwood. His health forced him to retire three years ago.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Gothenburg, Neb. Lamoine loved riding his Harley Davidson, woodworking, fishing, hunting and going to the sale barn. His greatest joys in life were times spent with his sons and grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Andrew and Wendy Duis of Grand Island, Neb., and Shane Duis of Gothenburg, Neb.; five grandchildren, Carter, Bryce and Andrea Duis of Grand Island, Neb., Judd Duis of Cozad, Neb., and Justin Duis of Fort Collins, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Mearle, Kermit and Clifford.

Memorial services were held April 16, 2013 at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington, Neb.

Burial was in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Gothenburg, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for later designation.

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Naomi Ruth (Rikli) Geweke

Naomi Ruth (Rikli) Geweke, 86, of Ord, Neb., passed away April 9, 2013, at Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Neb.

She was born Feb. 12, 1927, on a farm near Murdock, Neb., to Leo Rikli and Edna (Johannsen) Rikli.

She received her education in Murdock, Neb., and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for one year majoring in home economics.

On April 1, 1945, Naomi was united in marriage to Lloyd Archie Geweke at the Murdock Evangelical Brethren Church. After their marriage, Naomi joined Lloyd in their farming and ranching operation south of Ord, Neb. Naomi was a very active farm wife and immediately became Lloyd’s partner in the family business. She helped Lloyd work cattle, work the fields and actively participated in the horse breeding operation, but still was always able to get to the house in time to cook fabulous meals for everyone who was helping with the operation. She was very actively involved in her church in many ways especially in preparing church dinners.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Lloyd Geweke; a daughter, Jean Stowell and husband, Bob; daughter-in-law, Carol Keyser and husband, Bill Keyser; grandchildren, Dahn Hagge and husband, Mark, Barry Geweke and wife, Kelly, Kris Cullers and husband, Randy, Vicki Edwards and husband, Clint, Will Stowell, and Bobbi Augustyn and husband, Zach; 17 great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends also remain to cherish her memory.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Edna Rikli; two brothers, Vernon and Warren Rikli; and her son, Don Geweke.

Memorial services were held April 13, 2013, at Ord First United Methodist Church.

Interment was at the Ord City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ord First United Methodist Church or the Valley County Community Foundation Fund for the Geweke Youth Endowment. ❖

Leonard V. H. Lautenschlager, Sr.

Leonard V. H. Lautenschlager, Sr., 93, of Palmer, Neb., passed away April 10, 2013, at Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul, Neb.

He was born April 5, 1920, on the family farm near Palmer, Neb., to Louis and Luella (Dreiman) Lautenschlager.

Leonard was baptized in the Lutheran faith. He grew up on the family farm and lived his entire 93 years there. He was united in marriage to Edna Reimers on December 10, 1946. To this union eight children were born.

Leonard was a farmer first. He worked several years at the sugar beet factory in Grand Island, Neb. When it closed he went to work for Sperry New Holland in Grand Island, Neb. At the same time, he also did work for Platte River By Products and for his uncle Bill Lautenschlager assembling farm equipment. He then worked for Dinsdale Brothers. He also sold Tekseed and was a dealer for Archer Oil Company. He retired in 2003.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, playing cards and visiting with people. He loved to dance and listen to polka music.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Palmer, Neb., the Platt-Duetsche of Grand Island, Neb., and Arbor Day Foundation. He was very active in planting trees.

He is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Leonard Jr., and Leslie and Charlene Lautenschlager, all of Palmer, Neb., and Larry Lautenschlager; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Lois Bright of Grand Junction, Colo., Lila and LeRoy Ostendorf of Gothenburg, Neb., Leolla and Jim Davis of St. Libory, Neb., and LaNell and Russ Bateman of Kremmling, Colo.; a daughter-in-law, Julie Lautenschlager of St. Libory, Neb.; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, on April 8, 2007; and a son, Louis Lautenschlager; and by his parents.

Memorial services were held April 15, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Palmer, Neb.

Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Palmer, Neb.

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