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Dr. John Bengtson

Dr. John Willard Bengtson, 98, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away Sept. 5, 2013 in Lincoln.

He was born on a farm in rural Platte county December 11, 1914 to parents John Emil and Sarah Nilsson Bengtson.

He attended Boone County rural schools, graduated from Albion High School and attended the University of Nebraska graduating in 1937 with a BS in Agriculture, and a MA from George Washington University in 1941.

In 1940 he married Antoinette Ketner of Washington DC. First employed mapping sandhills vegetation on the Valentine Migratory Wildfowl Refuge, he was next employed by the U.S. Golf Association Greens Section in Washington DC doing research on selection and cultivation of grass for golf courses. With the onset of WWII he was employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stabilize newly constructed airfields in the southern United States. When this assignment was finished he was inducted into the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service until discharged to attend medical school. He entered the University of Rochester (NY) School of Medicine in 1945, graduating in 1948. Internship and residency at University Hospitals Cleveland Ohio and continued residency at Veteran’s Hospital in Newington Connecticut under the supervision of Yale University. Certified in Internal Medicine he was employed at the Connecticut Veteran’s Home in Rocky Hill until joining the Lincoln Clinic in 1956. While in practice he was a member of the attending staff at Bryan Memorial, Lincoln General, and St. Elizabeth hospitals.

He was medical director of the Independence Center at Lincoln General Hospital for 20 years. John served on the Nebraska Commission on aging, was a member of the Nebraska Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, and the Lancaster County Medical Association. He was elected to Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. He was a long time member of Lincoln Sailing Club.

He is survived by sons Peter of New York City, Erik and Steven (Vonda) of Lincoln, Neb., Carl (Deb) of West Palm Beach, Fla., and grandchildren, Sarah, Rachael and Charles of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Stephen, Matthew and Jenna of Lincoln, Neb.

Preceded in death by his wife, Antoinette and daughter Khristina.

Services were held on September 14, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home. ❖

Michael Hille

Michael Harold Hille, 57, of North Platte, Neb., passed away September 4, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

Michael was born on August 24, 1956 in Freeport, Ill., to Harold and Mardell (Johnson) Hille.

He grew up in Dayton, Wyo., and graduated from Tongue River High School in 1974. After high school Michael received a BA in Education from Chadron State College where he was also a proud member of the football team.

After college Michael married Cindy Koch-Hille on April 18, 1978.

His employment career started with Swire Coco-Cola in Chadron, Neb., which led him to Cheyenne, Wyo., and eventually to North Platte in 1991 where he took a job with Keenan’s Coco-Cola. While in North Platte Michael also worked for Arrowhead Distributing Co. and most recently at Bill Summer’s Ford. Approximately four years ago Michael had to quit working due to health reasons associated with his battle with diabetes.

Michael enjoyed many outdoor activities throughout his life including hunting, fishing and ATV riding. In the most recent past, the majority of his joy in life focused around riding his ATV and spending time with his granddaughter Grace.

Michael is survived by his mother Mardell Hille of Freeport, Ill.; son and daughter-in-law Matthew and Katie Hille of Ames, Iowa; daughter and son-in-law Sarah and Derek Yendra of Kearney, Neb.; granddaughter Grace Marie Hille of Ames, Iowa; sister Sue Herdt of Minatare, Neb.; and niece Heather Brown of Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father Harold.

Cremation was chosen and a memorial service was held September 7, 2013 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made in his name and online condolences may be shared at, or mailed to his son Matthew at 4124 Harris St., Ames, IA 50014 who will then share them with the entire family. ❖

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