Obituaries Plains Edition for 5-16-09 |

Obituaries Plains Edition for 5-16-09

Bill W. Gamble, 76, of Broken Bow died April 30, 2009, at his home.

He was born Dec. 28, 1932, in Wayne to R. Lyle and Anna (Granquist) Gamble.

He grew up in rural Wayne and graduated from Wayne High School in 1950. After graduation he helped on the family farm and worked at the local garage. He entered the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Germany from August 1953 until August 1956. He worked for Boeing in Wichita, Kan., until he returned home to Wayne in 1958.

On May 22, 1959, he married Patricia Witmer Marple in Wayne.

During their married life, they lived in Aurora and moved to Broken Bow in 1961.

He was a self-employed mechanic. He opened Bill’s Auto Service in the early 1970s. He retired in 2001.

He enjoyed his family, horses, grandkids, tinkering with cars and playing his keyboard.

He always had a good joke or a story to tell.

Survivors include his wife; son, Jerry (Deb) Marple of Broken Bow; daughters, Joni (Steve) Paulsen and LeeAnn (Daryl) Amm of Kearney, and Jill (Darryl) Hadwiger of Pleasanton; 10 grandchildren; and brothers, Stanley Gamble of Elkton, Virg., and Lyle Wayne (Joyce) Gamble of Seward.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, two brothers and a great-grandson, Tylin.

Raymond “Ray” F. Kusek Sr., 87, of Loup City died April 30, 2009, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

He was born Aug. 22, 1921, in Loup City to Peter and Catherine (Iwan) Kusek.

He attended school at Lone Elm School in Sherman County.

On Sept. 6, 1944, he married Mary Arthur in Loup City.

He farmed for 35 years. He also worked for the ASCS office and Kowalski Feed and Supply in Loup City.

He served as Civil Defense director and treasurer for Knights of Columbus for 25 years. He was a member of St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City his entire life. He assisted at funeral Masses for more than 35 years and was a devout Catholic. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 50 years and active in the 3rd and 4th Degree.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed playing cards and golf.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Raymond Jr. (Carol) Kusek of Grand Island and Michael (Frankie) Kusek of San Antonio; daughters, Sandy (Harold) Arnold of Grand Island, Phyllis (James) Edwards of Ord, Elizabeth (Dan) Rubin of Plattsmouth and Margaret (Larry) Sweley, Colleen (Robin) Mayo and Rita (Kurt) Frickel, all of Omaha; brother, Louis (Marie) Kusek of Loup City; 25 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Adolph, Vincent and Paul Kusek; and sisters, Rose Kuta and Theresa Smedra.

Kathleen “Kathy” C. Melvin, 78, of Norfolk, died May 3, 2009, at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege.

She was born to Seibert and Myrtle Mayberry Breece on May 10, 1930, in Niobrara, Neb.

She married Murl Morrow in 1948, and to that union were born – Marleen, Trudy, Carol and Darrell. She and Murl lived many years in Ogallala, where they were the owners of Hoke’s Cafe.

She married Frank Melvin in 1978.

She spent her final years living with her youngest daughter in the eastern part of Nebraska. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, sewing and spending time with her family.

Survivors include daughters, Marleen Velasco and Trudy Beisner, both of Pueblo, Colo., and Carol (Brice) Severance of Norfolk; sons, Darrell (Deb) Morrow of Lewellen, Jerry (Marcia) Morrow of Rogers, Ark., and Thomas (Paige) Morrow of Loomis, Calif.; brother, Everett (Marge) Breece of Ogallala; granddaughters, Jackie, Crystal and Karla; grandsons, Todd, Talby, James, Jacoby, Kevin, Andrew, Christopher, Ryan, Jason, Bryan, and Nick; and a truck load of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a special companion “Gigi.”

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Murl and Frank; sister, Bernice; and brother, Buck.

Robert (Bob) Hinn, 56, of Rushville, Neb., died May 4, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born July 9, 1952, to Sam and Jeanette (Smith) Hinn in Rushville, Neb. He grew up on the family ranch south of Rushville. He graduated from Alliance High School and entered the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged in February 1971.

He married Theresa (Tess) Grooms on May 11, 1972. To this union three children were born – Emilee Sue, Robert (Casey) and Blake Edward.

He inherited a portion of the Smith homestead and later purchased his brother, Jim’s interest. Having great pride in his Smith heritage he worked hard to develop one of the most prominent cattle ranches in the panhandle of Nebraska. He understood the entire scope of the cattle industry. His genetic integrity produced some of the most outstanding Angus cattle available. One of his proudest accomplishments was having raised a steer, Bobbie II, who won the Louisville Classic.

He also owned a landscaping and tree moving business. He moved hundreds of trees in Wyoming and western Nebraska. He was very accomplished at everything he did, whether it be raising black Angus cattle, golfing, bowling, fishing, landscaping or photography.

He was a devoted family man who loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. They have many fond memories of family times boating, fishing and vacationing.

He became a proud grandfather in 2003. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. At that time he re-evaluated his priorities and took up golfing, which he loved. He made many new friends through golfing competitions, such as the senior tour. He also loved to fish and bowl and was said to be “just a skosh competitive” in sports as he was in life.

He served on the rural school board, board of directors for Farm Credit, Modisen gold board and Post 161 American Legion board. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Theresa (Tess); daughter, Emilee (Rudy) Reina; sons, Robert (Casey) and Blake Edward; grandchildren, Robert Joseph and Elissa Marie Reina; his mother, Jeanette Hinn of Rushville, Neb.; his brother, Jim (Nancy) of North Grand Island, Neb., and sister, Jeanie of Lakeside, Neb.; several nieces and nephews and many other friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sam Hinn in 1989.

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