Obituaries for Plains Edition for 2-7-09
Francine Carol Jenkins, 82, of North Platte, formerly of Dickens, died Jan. 22, 2009, at Linden Court in North Platte.
She was born July 20, 1926, at Fair Oaks, Calif., to Albert and Mabel Spencer Preitauer. She grew up in North Platte and graduated from North Platte High School in 1944.
She went to work for Fairmont Creamery as a secretary for two years.
She married Ronald Baker Jenkins on Sept. 15, 1946, in North Platte. They lived on a farm near Ingham until 1948 when they moved to a farm north of Dickens for 51 years. They then retired and moved to North Platte. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and belonged to various clubs in Dickens, Wallace and North Platte.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald of North Platte; a son, Roger (Deanna) Jenkins of Broken Bow; two daughters, Janine (Mike) Layher of Stapleton and Debbie (Brad) Bear of Hershey; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; five brothers, Gale, Stanley, John, Donald and James Preitauer; two sisters, Aberta Wilhelmson and Irma Preitauer.
A. D. Keller, 93, of Lincoln, formerly of Grand Island, died Jan. 21, 2009.
He was born July 10, 1915, in a sod house in Cherry County to David Clark and Mary Agnes (Poston) Keller.
He was preceded in death by wife, Elsie; a son, Marvin Keller; and a daughter, Thelma Pfeiffer.
He grew up in Cherry County near Ashby and received his education in rural country elementary school and graduated from Hyannis High School in 1934.
He was united in marriage to Elsie Dille on Nov. 10, 1938, in Alliance.
The couple then lived in Western Cherry County, where he was a cattle rancher. In 1954, the couple moved to Elsmere, where they remained for eight years. In 1962, they moved to Atkinson, where they lived until 1975. In 1975, they sold everything and traveled for five years in a motor home. In 1981, they settled in Burwell. They spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., and summers in Burwell. They moved to Grand Island in October of 1998.
He was a member of the Elks Club and enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include daughter, Janeth Leymaster of Lincoln; son-in-law, Larry Pfeiffer of Burwell; and daughter-in-law, Jeanne Keller of Sioux Falls, S.D.; six grandchildren, a stepgrandchild, 13 great-grandchildren, seven stepgreat-grandchildren and a stepgreat-great-grandchild.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Walter Leymaster; and a brother and five sisters.
Leola C. Allen, 97, of Stapleton died Jan. 23, 2009, at the Sutherland Care Center.
She was born Sept. 15, 1911, to Eugene and Mary (Harvey) Miller in McPherson County. She attended rural school in McPherson County and graduated from McPherson County High School in 1928.
She was united in marriage to Floyd O. Allen, on Jan. 26, 1932. To this union six children were born: Wanda, Wilford (Bud), Bruce, Victor, Zola and Karen.
Her priorities in life were her children and grandchildren and making sure everyone had enough good food to eat. She was an excellent cook and worked in several cafes and also at the Stapleton school for many years.
She also wrote poems in her spare time. She was a past member of the Assembly of God Church in Stapleton.
Survivors include one son, Bruce (Sharon) Allen of Hershey; two daughters, Zola (Bill) Karn of Stapleton, and Karen (Ike) Empfield of Stapleton; one daughter-in-law, Genie Allen Warner of Arnold; one son-in-law, Byron Daly of Stapleton; 16 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; 12 great, great grandchildren; two brothers, Ray (Ruth) Allen of North Platte and Wilbur Allen of Stapleton; two sisters, Ada Allen of Sutherland, and Dorothy Grimes of Kearney; and sister-in-law, Ethel Allen of Merced, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Lewis Allen; husband, Floyd; three brothers, Eldon Allen, Lloyd Miller and Chet Allen; one sister, Bernice Magnuson; one daughter, Wanda Daly; two sons, Wilford (Bud) Allen and Victor Allen; three brothers-in-laws, Maurice Grimes, Swede Magnuson and Melvin Miller; sisters-in-law, Halcyon Miller, Ethel Miller and Betty Allen.
Willa Mae Horn, 77, of Oconto died Jan. 26, 2009, in Callaway.
She was born Sept. 30, 1931, in Merna to Otho and Cennie (Christen) Thomas.
After graduating from Broken Bow High School in 1949, she met Mack Horn.
On March 26, 1951, she married Mack Horn in Oconto. They lived and worked on a ranch together for more than 57 years.
She enjoyed camping, family and friends. She also enjoyed needlecraft projects, sewing, building doll houses and her pets. She belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oconto, where she helped with whatever needed to be done.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Michael (Linda) of Livonia, N.Y., and Patrick of Oconto; daughter, Elizabeth (Allen) Lonowski of Scottsbluff; brother, Eugene Thomas of Broken Bow; sister, Helen Hagenow of San Marco, Calif.; granddaughter, Dawn Lonowski of Springfield, Ore.; grandsons, Toby Whitte Horn of Pittsburgh, Nathan Whitte Horn of Rochester, N.Y., Eric Lonowski of San Francisco; great-granddaughter, Abbirose Lonowski; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Glen Thomas; sister, Elenor VanSandt; and granddaughter, Christy Lonowski.
Jon T. Kucera, 41, of Kearney died Jan. 25, 2009, at his home.
He was born Aug. 10, 1967, in Lincoln to David and Helen (Guenther) Kucera.
He graduated in 1985 from Kearney Catholic High School where he enjoyed sports and band. He attended Creighton University and graduated in 1990 with a degree in business administration. He served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant. After graduating, he worked in Minneapolis and was pursuing his master’s degree until his deployment to Hungary during the Bosnian Conflict.
He valued family. He enjoyed watching and helping his nieces and nephews learn and grow. He will be remembered for his kindness, unselfishness and strong devotion to God.
Survivors include his mother, of Kearney; his father, of Lincoln; brother, James (Rita) of Lincoln; sisters, Kimberly (Jay) Langdon of Scottsbluff and Karen (Jayson) Obrecht and Kaylene (Jason) Randall, all of Kearney; five nephews; and four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gerald and Martha Kucera and Herman and Rose Guenther.
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