Obituaries for Plains Edition |

Obituaries for Plains Edition

John A. Frew, 93, of Gibbon, formerly of Eustis, died Nov. 28, 2008, at Mother Hull Nursing Home in Kearney.

He was born March 2, 1915, in Eustis to John and Katie (Helmkamp) Frew.

On Aug. 2, 1943, he married Bessie Hoppes in Eustis. She died in April 2008.

During his school years he worked on a farm and helped his father operate the family-owned creamery and Eustis Pool Hall and Bar. He graduated from Eustis High School in 1933.

In 1941, he entered the U.S. Army and served in the 73rd Engineer Company. He served in Alaska and Canada, working to build bridges where the Alcan Highway now expands. While on leave from the war, he and his wife were married at the Methodist parsonage in Eustis. Shortly after their nuptials he was called back into the service, this time serving in Germany, England and other regions in Europe.

He was the recipient of the American Defense, Asiatic Campaign and European Theater of Operation Service Ribbons and one Bronze Service Star. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, he returned home where he and his wife owned and operated the Eustis Pool Hall and Bar for more than 30 years before retiring in 1976. He also served as the rural substitute mail carrier in the Eustis area for 25 years.

The couple lived in Eustis until 1989 when they moved to Gibbon to be closer to family.

He was a member of the United Methodist Churches in both Eustis and Gibbon. He was a member of Hablitzel-Zwink American Legion Post 257. He and his wife had been honored as the king and queen of Wurst Tag in Eustis.

He enjoyed reading and loved sports. He was an avid baseball fan and loved the New York Yankees. He enjoyed time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his sons, Doug (Mary) Frew of Kearney and Jim (Cyndee) Frew of Niwot, Colo.; grandchildren, Robbie and Travis Frew, both of Gibbon, Kelly (Clayton) McDonald of Norfolk, Justin Lujan of Longmont, Colo., Venus (Ryan) King of Grand Island and Tessie (Bryce) Zeller of Arcadia; and great-grandchildren, Mason, Taylor, Perrin, Garret, Jenna, Nora, Landon, Payton and Addyson.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his infant son, Duane Lee; brothers, Harold and Robert; and sisters, Violet and Irene.

Erma Keilig, 90, of Ravenna died Nov. 29, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

She was born Feb. 12, 1918, in Pleasanton to Walter and Olive (Asher) Phillips.

On June 23, 1940, she married Merle Keilig in Ravenna.

She was educated at Sunflower School and graduated from Pleasanton High School. She attended one year of normal training at Kearney State College. She taught at District 27 for two years and District 39 for two years.

She and her husband farmed south of Ravenna before moving to Ravenna in 1985.

She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid, Dorcas Society and Major Neighborhood Club.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Jerry (Wanda) Keilig of Ravenna and Roger (Shari) Keilig of Raymore, Mo.; daughters, Marilyn (Randy) Hoppe of Beatrice and Rene (Ron) Radil of Carson City, Nev.; brother, William “Billy” (Carol) Phillips of Pleasanton; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lee Nell Phillips of Pleasanton; and brother-in-law, Everett Hadwiger of Iowa Falls, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Wilmetta Hadwiger and Audrey Royle; and brother, Ercil Phillips.

Stella Mae Drullinger, 95 of North Platte died Nov. 26, at Linden Court.

She was born Nov. 17, 1913, in Alliance to Mark and Carrie Miller Brandt.

She moved with her family from Scottsbluff to Chadron in 1929.

On June 25, 1930, she married Ralph Drullinger of Chadron. The couple resided much of their married life in Palisade until her husband’s retirement from Southwest Public Power in 1972.

She became a member of the Church of Christ on Nov. 11, 1945. Church work was an important part of her life. She taught Sunday school classes and was also one of the teachers of a Community Ladies Bible Class in Palisade for many years. She also had contact with over 2,000 overseas Bible Correspondence students through World Bible School. Her students ranged from the Minister of Economic Development to a very poor family who lived in a mud hut in Kenya.

After the couple retired they moved to Chadron where Stella was active in RSVP work. In 1988 they moved to Fairbury to be near their family. She moved to North Platte in June, 1991.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Drullinger of Norcatur, Kan.; a son, Gerald (Beverly) Drullinger of Overland Park, Kan.; grandchildren, Steven J. Drullinger of Wichita, Kan., Vicki (Joe) Rohach of Hallam, Linda (Steve) Reisig of Scottsbluff, Cindy Green of Englewood, Colo., and Kendra (Mike) Miner of Leawood, Kan.; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents: husband, Ralph; a son, Donald; a brother, Edward Brandt; and a daughter-in-law, Lee Drullinger.

Ralph Edwin Anderson, 89, of Scottsbluff, died Nov. 29, 2008, at the Residency in Scottsbluff.

He was born April 1, 1919, at Kimball, Neb., to Carl August and Rose Wilhelmina (Johnson) Anderson. As a child they moved to Banner County where they operated the family farm.

On Oct. 5, 1940, he married Imogene Gulick in Scottsbluff. They had a son, David Ralph Anderson on Dec. 29, 1943.

He farmed and ranched until his retirement when he moved to the Residency on Feb. 5, 1993.

He loved farming and working with cattle. He also had many other interests. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church. He also enjoyed traveling. They traveled to every state except Alaska. They spent many winters in Texas. He held many church and county offices. Above all he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene; daughter-in-law, Judy Anderson of Banner County; grandchildren, Michael, Heidi and Olivia Anderson of Banner County and Mark, Tiffani, Meighan, Kiersten and Trevor Anderson of Kimball; and sister, Ella Mae Cederburg of Kimball.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, David; and brother, Alden.


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