Donald Franklin “Don” Mallory
Donald Franklin “Don” Mallory, 92, of Mullen, Neb., passed away July 18, 2013, at Pioneer Memorial Rest Home.
Donald Franklin Mallory was born to John and Fay (Patterson) Mallory on January 12, 1921.
Don graduated from Thedford High School with the class of 1939. In 1944 he joined the Air Force and flew 55 missions in the European Theater of Operations during WWII as a gunner.
After returning to the States in 1945, Don married Mariola Stokes of Timmonsville S.C., on January 27, 1945 in Florence, S.C.
He attended the University of Nebraska for one year then transferred to the University of S.C., where he received a B.S. degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. Upon graduation he returned to the Sandhills to work with his father John in the gravel business.
In 1961 John retired and Don took over the business. Don operated the business until 1991 at the age of 71. His beloved Mariola passed away on February 19, 2011.
Don was an active member of the Mullen United Methodist Church., American Legion Post No. 109 and VFW No. 5541.
Don is survived by three children Gail (Rod) Steinacher, grandchild Ashley (Tom)Burt, great grandchildren Maddie and Henry, grandchild Lindsay (Michael) Masteller, great grandchildren Emmit and Leo; Alan (Diane) Mallory, grandchild Sarah ( Sean) Riley, great grandchildren Mary and Rebekah; Jan (Dan) Taaffe, grandchildren Mallory and Cameron; a sister Betty Meisinger, a brother Stan (Jerre) Mallory and many nephews and nieces.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Twyla (Walt) Canaday and brother-in-law Don Meisinger.
Services were held July 23, 2013 at United Methodist Church in Mullen, Neb. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery at Thedford, Neb., with Military Honors.
Memorials can be sent to United Methodist Church, Pioneer Memorial Rest Home or Hillcrest Cemetery. ❖
Marie Antoinette Grimm
Marie Antoinette (Vlcek) Grimm, 98, of Valley, Neb., passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at the Gretna Community Care Center. She was born January 17, 1915 in Omaha, Neb., to Alfred and Mary (Vopalka) Vlcek.
She grew up in South Omaha, and graduated from Omaha South High School in 1932.
Marie married Adolph Grimm on November 30, 1933 in Omaha, Neb., and to this union, two sons were born; Adolph III and Donald. Marie and Adolph made their home in rural western Douglas County, first on a farm south of Waterloo, before moving closer to Valley in 1959. Marie moved to the Gretna Care Center in 2008.
Marie worked during both World War II and the Korean War at the Bomber Plant in Mead, and also worked as a sales associate in the men’s clothing department at Phillip’s Department Store in Omaha. Her most important job, though, was as a dedicated farm wife and mother. Along with raising her sons, she could be found driving the tractor, milking the cows, and gathering eggs.
Marie enjoyed tending to her garden, and cooking for everyone, but she especially loved baking cakes and brownies. If you visited, you would be encouraged to have a snack, and Marie wasn’t happy unless she could send more of her goodies home with you! She could be a bit stubborn, and was known to be thrifty, as evidenced by selling her vegetables in Omaha, and then shopping the store specials in Omaha, to save money over the stores further west. She was proud of the wonderful years she spent married to Adolph, and she adored her grandkids. When they were younger, she was very active with them and loved to play, and she kept many newspaper clippings of all their accomplishments as they grew up.
Marie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Donald and Janey Grimm of Omaha, Neb.; six grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; her sister Rose Regner of Omaha, Neb.; and daughter-in-law Ellen Grimm of Waterloo, Neb.
She was preceded in death by her husband Adolph, and son Adolph III.
Services were held July 9, 2013 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Valley, Neb. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha, Neb. ❖