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April 7, 2014
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Vernon D. Harms

Vernon D. Harms, 79, of Bushnell, Neb., passed away March 24, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff, Neb.

Vernon was born in Ft. Morgan, Colo., on June 6, 1934, the son of Emil and Elsie (Bornman) Harms.

He moved with his family to Bushnell in 1940 and attended school at District 35. He helped his father doing carpentry work and also worked for many of the farmers in the area. Vernon enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1956.

He farmed in the Bushnell area and on April 19, 1959, he was married to Dolores Brauer at Zion Lutheran Church in Chappell, Neb.

They moved to Bushnell and farmed and Vernon also did carpentry work for many in the area. In 1967 they moved to Washington and he worked for the J. Love Company building pea pickers. He and Dolores also ran two restaurants while living there and he also worked for a tree nursery. They moved back to Bushnell in 1973 and continued farming. He loved building things and was a very accomplished carpenter.

Vernon enjoyed rock hunting and tinkering with things in his shop.

He was baptized into the Lutheran faith on June 17, 1934, in Ft. Morgan, Colo., and confirmed on March 21, 1948 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Grover, Colo. He had been a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball, Neb., since 2005.

Survivors include his wife Dolores (Brauer) Harms of Bushnell, Neb.; son Wesley (Tami) Harms of Harrisburg, S.D.; daughter Candace (Pastor Darrell) Debowey of Riverton, Ill.; brother Arthur (Deanna) Harms of Stillwater, Okla.; sisters Verla Souders of Grover, Colo.., Dorothy (Bill) Gillstrap of Tucson, Ariz., and Ruth (Charles) Baker of Yuma, Ariz; grandchildren Vandi Bymers, Jacob Harms, Jonathan Debowey, and David Debowey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Wendell Harms and brother Arlan Harms.

Services were held March 28, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball, Neb. Burial took place in the Bushnell Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Prairie Haven Hospice.

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Kenneth Loree Shaner

Kenneth Loree Shaner, 84, of Maxwell, Neb., passed away March 27, 2014, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, Neb.

Ken was born February 10, 1930, to Ross D. and Hazel May Houser Shaner at Maxwell.

He grew up on the family farm south of Maxwell and attended Maxwell schools.

Ken joined the U.S. Navy in 1947 where he completed his GED and served for 20 years.

On June 2, 1950, Ken married Shirley Jean Coon in North Platte, Neb. At the end of his military career they returned to the family farm.

Ken worked for the Tri County and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, retiring in 1991.

Ken was an avid fisherman and boating enthusiast. He was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, Tin Can Sailors and the Cruiser Sailors and the Fleet Reserve Associations.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley, of Maxwell, Neb.; his daughter, Kim (Jack) McKenna of Brady, Neb.; two granddaughters, Loree Stripling of Tumwater, Wash., and Crystal Bergeron Bauer of Lincoln, Neb.; a step grandson, John McKenna, of Lexington, Neb.; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale (Betty) Shaner of North Platte, Neb.; numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Hazel; and a brother, Don Shaner.

Services were held April 2, 2014, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Burial followed at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Maxwell Volunteer Fire Dept.

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