Clarence “Casey” Damratowski, 89, of Loup City, Neb., passed away May 6, 2013, at his home.
He was born September 18, 1923, in Loup City, Neb., to Frank and Veronica (Baker) Damratowski.
On January 11, 1969, he married Vivian Cox in Loup City, Neb.
He was raised on a farm west of Loup City, Neb., and attended a rural school. Upon graduation, he worked with his father on the farm. That was in the 1930s when drought plagued the area and challenges were many.
He and Vivian were married at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City, Neb. They resided in Loup City, Neb., and were members of St. Josaphat’s. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
At an early age, he discovered his love for music and that enriched his life like nothing else. That self-taught musician used his talents for more than seven decades.
At first, he joined other bands to play and sing in the area, but in time he started his own groups. The Country Troubadours was his first, next was Casey and the Renegades and later came Casey and the Good Ole Boys. Last, but not least, he joined a group of talented musicians who provide entertainment in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Casey served his community as a volunteer firefighter for many years. He was on the Airport Authority and served several terms as president. In 1976, he got his pilot’s license, an accomplishment that gave him great happiness.
Throughout his life he loved to travel, attend music festivals and spend time with his family and friends. He was very proud of his three granddaughters, Korryn, Makayla and Kaiya Colleen, also called K.C.
He is survived by his wife; son, Shawn and daughter-in-law, Kim, of Elkhorn, Neb.; daughter, Tyra and son-in-law, Matt Rohlfs, and their three daughters of Omaha, Neb.; sisters, Blanche Ellsworth of Loup City, Neb., Mary Ellen Damratowski of Grand Island, Neb., and Maxine Skarka and brother-in-law, Harold Skarka of Grand Island, Neb.; sister-in-law, Betty Damratowski of Grand Island, Neb.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother, Harold Damratowski.
Memorial services were held May 11, 2013 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City, Neb.
Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Health Connect at Home Hospice, Loup City Fire Department or Loup City Emergency Medical Technicians.
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Doris Catterson, 90, passed away May 7, 2013 in Rapid City, S.D.
Doris was born in Finchville, Neb., on June 10, 1922, the fourth of eight children born to Isaac and Verna (Seymour) Halouska.
She attended school in Arnold, Neb., until she married Leonard Cattersonn on August 30, 1938, in Tryon, Neb.
Survivors include her children Marlene (Donald) James of LaGrande, Ore., and Linda (Mike) Gooch of Rapid City, S.D., three grandchildren, Scott Gooch of Sioux Falls, S.D., Cindy (Calvin) Ostert of Rapid City, S.D., Tim (Lili) James of Portland, Ore., six great grandchildren Cameron, Kira, Dyllyn, Kaylee, Cody and Kyle, and one sister, Sharron (Raymond) Armstrong of Gothenburg, Neb.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, her parents Isaac and Verna Halouska, her siblings Alta Methene, Ruth Catterson, Rich Halouska and Bud Halouska and two infant siblings, her grandson-in-law Andrew Crocker, nephews Jimmy Armstrong and Rick Halouska and niece Patty Haloulska.
Services were held May 17, 2013 at the Arnold United Methodist Church.
Burial was at Arnold Cemetery.
Memorials to Doris Catterson Memorial Fund. ❖
Ruthann Minge, 60, of Hanover, Kan., passed away April 15, 2013 from an automobile accident.
She was born September 8, 1952 to Alfred and Clara (Hiesterman) Stohs.
She attended Barnes Grade School, and graduated from Linn High School in 1970. Ruthann went to Brown Mackie School at Salina, Kan., and after graduation, she worked at the Kansas State Administration Office until going to work at the Washington County Extension office.
On January 4, 1975, Ruthann was married to Dennis Minge at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Barnes, Kan. They were blessed with three boys, Darrin, Dustin and Dane.
Ruthann loved working at the Extension Office and visiting with the 4-H children. She enjoyed her garden, pets and working on outside projects. She was active with teaching Sunday school and many civic events. Ruthann loved baking, cake decorating, and planning meals. She was always organized and prepared with food, drinks, and anything you could want.
Ruthann loved family events and getting together whenever they could. She was a kind, caring, wonderful person who was loved by many. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis; sons, Darrin, Dustin and wife Stacy, Dane and friend Ali Voet; brother, Ken Stohs and wife Jeanne; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Clara Stohs; in-laws, Ferd and Velma Minge; and sister-in-law, Sharon Moore.
Memorial services were held April 19, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran (Hermansberg) in Bremen, Kan.
Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a memorial fund has been established in her name and will be designated by the family later. ❖
Roberta M. (Kircher) Hansen
Roberta M. (Kircher) Hansen, 79, of North Platte, Neb., passed away on May 14, 2013 in North Platte, Neb.
She was born in Indianola, Neb., on January 8, 1934 to Albert and Ola Faye (Elms) Kircher.
Roberta, along with her three brothers, was raised on a farm outside of Indianola. She graduated from Red Willow High School in 1951.
She was united in marriage to Rodney L. Watkins. Roberta was blessed with four children, Diane, Dallas, Dennis, and Donald.
On January 5, 2002 Roberta married Vernon D. Hansen. As a couple they lived north of Curtis and North Platte. She felt blessed to share her final years with Vernon and his family.
Roberta was a member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Indianola, Neb., and later on St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Platte, Neb. She worked for St. Catherine’s Hospital as well as McCook Community Hospital in the medical records department and at Southwest Public Power in the records department.
She was known as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She also loved being Aunt Roberta to many nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren would bring a sparkle to her eyes and a smile to her face whenever they came to see Grandma Roberta. Roberta loved watching the grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sports and other activities. She also enjoyed working in her yard with her flower gardens, dancing, any family activities, especially family dinners, and liked to keep her house neat and clean.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon, children, Diane Watkins of McCook, Neb.; Dallas (Kelley) Watkins of Kearney, Neb.; Dennis (Laura) Watkins of Hutto, Texas; and Donald Watkins of San Antonio, Texas; step children, Rebecca (Karl) Randecker of Cozad, Neb.; and Rex (Heidi) Hansen of Tualatin, Ore.; brothers, Gayle (Caroline) Kircher and Ken (Karen) Kircher, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, 10 step great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-law Roger and Betty Kircher, and step son, Randall Hansen.
Services were held May 17, 2013 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church.
Burial was in St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Indianola, Neb.
Memorials may be made in Roberta’s name. ❖