Obituaries for Plains Edition 6-20-09 |

Obituaries for Plains Edition 6-20-09

June Laree Hanna, 78, of Stapleton died June 8, 2009, at her home.

She was born June 22, 1930, in Stapleton to Chester E. and Edith (Utterback) Barner.

She graduated from Stapleton High School in 1948 and went to beauty school in Grand Island before returning to marry L. Dean Hanna on Dec. 8, 1950, in North Platte. The couple lived in North Platte for a couple of years before returning to Stapleton.

She owned June’s Beauty Shop in Stapleton for many years. In 1982 she moved to the country where she continued her business for a while. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and liked to garden. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Dean of Stapleton; sons, Buddy Dale (Karen) Hanna of Arthur and Rex (Jeana) Hanna of Stapleton; sisters, Norma May Christian of Sterling City, Texas and Pamela Jo (Wayne) Wright of Merna; brothers, Glen Dee (Leona) Barner of Stapleton, Lamoyne (Sylvia) Barner of Hacienda Heights, Calif., Byron (Elaine) Barner of Lincoln and Myron (Jan) Barner of North Platte; sisters-in-law, Leni Barner of North Platte and Lynette Warner of Aurora, Colo.; brother-in-law, Bill Ruby of Lander, Wyo.; daughter-in-law, Candy (Ben) Barbee of Stapleton; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Larry Dean; brother, Earl Dean Barner; and a sister-in-law, Ramona Ruby.

Florence G. Ware, 92, formerly of Hershey, died June 8, 2009, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

She was born July 4, 1916, to Rudolph E. and Winifred (Vedder) Peterjohn at the family homestead northwest of Hershey. She completed the 8th grade at the Lower Birdwood Country School and then transferred to North Platte High School to finish her education. She graduated in 1934, as salutatorian of her class and later taught in country schools to earn money for college.

She entered the University of Nebraska’s College of Nursing in Omaha, and graduated in 1941, as a registered nurse. She practiced nursing for many years at Memorial Hospital in North Platte and later worked in the office of North Platte surgeons, Drs. Heider & Heider.

On Jan. 25, 1942, she married Merle Ware, at her parent’s farm near Hershey. For a short time, they farmed near Brush, Colo., before Merle was called to serve in the Army. After his discharge, the couple made their home back on the Ware family farm, northeast of Hershey.

She attended the United Methodist Church at Hershey where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. She belonged to the Nichols Ladies Aid and the American Legion Auxiliary. After Merle’s death in Dec. of 1991, she moved from the farm to an apartment in North Platte, where she began serving as a health care volunteer for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. After many years of independent living, in 2005, she entered an assisted living facility in North Platte where she made her home until failing health prompted her move to Grand Island in Nov. 2008.

Survivors include her two daughters, Joyce (Anthony) Palermo of East Aurora, N.Y, and (Janet) Daniel Novotny of Grand Island; a son, John (Valerie) Ware of Glenwood, Iowa; a sister, Laura Downs of North Platte; four grandchildren, Jennifer Novotny of Pueblo West, Colo., Dale Novotny of Laramie, Wyo., Matt and Marissa Ware of Glenwood, Iowa; a great-grandson, Lucas Ehlers of Pueblo West, Colo.; many nieces, nephews and other family.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Mary Ann Ware in 2000; three sisters, Fern Bille, Elsie Pollat and Nellie Katherine McCrone.

John Eckhout, 61, of Amherst died June 9, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

He was born July 5, 1947, in Kearney to Bernard and Mary (Nickman) Eckhout.

On Aug. 14, 1971, he married Eva Linden in Pleasanton.

He graduated from Amherst High School in 1965 and from Kearney State College in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army from June 12, 1969, to July 14, 1970, in Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart.

He and his wife made their home on a farm north of Amherst.

He was a member of St. John’s Church in Amherst and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Byron (Inett) Eckhout of Kearney and Nathan Eckhout of South Sioux City; daughters, Rita Eckhout of Omaha and Tara Urwiller of Amherst; grandchildren, Dakota, McKenzie, Ranessa, Hunter Lee Hadan, Aaron John, Ariana Marie and Averyl Marie; his mother of Kearney; sisters, Neomi Hascall of Bellevue, Mary Alice Kenney of Amherst, Bernadine Roth of San Bernardino, Calif., and Catherine Daake of Elm Creek; and brothers, Jerome Eckhout of Pleasanton and James Eckhout of Amherst.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Virgil Nielsen, 96, of Minden, formerly of Upland, died April 25, 2009, at Bethany Home in Minden.

He was born May 7, 1912, in Upland to James and Hulda (Johnson) Nielsen.

On April 12, 1937, he married Dorothy Roggenkamp. She died in 2005.

He grew up in the Upland area. He and his wife lived and farmed in the Franklin area for a little more than one year. In 1939, they moved to California where he worked as a welder in the aircraft industry during World War II. He continued working in that industry until he retired in 1974 and then moved back to Upland.

He was a member of the Upland United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his sons, Don (Gail) Nielsen of Westminster, Calif., and Doyle (Sharon) Nielsen Sharon of Palm Springs, Calif.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.

Harry Lee Satchell, 90, of Milford died May 21, 2009, at Memorial Hospital in Seward.

He was born on a farm south of Bridgeport on Dec. 30, 1918, to Harlan and Minnie (Nunn) Satchell.

As a young boy, he attended Greenwood Country School from 1923-1931 and later graduated from Bridgeport High School with the class of 1935. Then he entered the U.S. Army during World War II in 1941 and served overseas in North Africa and Italy. Upon his discharge in 1945, he furthered his education by attending a mechanical school in Kansas City where he was later employed with a Sidney International Dealer in Sidney.

On April 17, 1950, he married Arlene Stroud in Bridgeport.

He farmed from 1950-1952 in Morrill County and from 1954-1960 he was a sheet metal worker in Alliance. From 1960-1965, he worked at a sugar factory in Bayard, and finally for 20 years he was employed as a heating/air conditioning employee in Scottsbluff.

He was involved in the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Dept. for many years. He was a member of the Bridgeport Presbyterian Church and served in many capacities.

They moved from Bridgeport to Milford in 2008 and resided at the Linden Village where he enjoyed visiting with other veterans and residents.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene; son, Gary (Deb) Satchell of Milford; grandsons, Terence and Patrick Satchell of Rapid City, S.D.; brother, Ray (Geri) Satchell of Bridgeport, and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Chet; and sister, Violet Refior.