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, 83, of Ogallala, died Aug. 9, 2006, at the Ogallala Community Hospital.

He was born Feb. 20, 1923, in Pullman, Neb., the son of Louis C. and Edna F. (Garwood) Burr. The family lived in Nebraska, Minnesota and Colorado.

He worked on area ranches until 1943 when he enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat. He was hospitalized overseas and returned to the United States in 1945 for further treatment before his discharge later that year.

He farmed and worked at various jobs for several years while living in Nebraska, Oregon and Colorado. He later operated a service station from 1955 until 1975 in Loveland, Colo., when he retired. He remained in Loveland, Colo., until moving to Nebraska in 1995 where he resided in the Hyannis and Arthur communities. He moved to Ogallala to make his home in 1997.

He was a member of the D.A.V., the Eagles and the Moose Lodge and was active in the West Central Agency on Aging and the Visually Impaired Support Group.

Survivors include his special friend, Vivian Martyszenko of Ogallala; sister, Lucille Bruce of Seneca, Neb.; brothers, Alexander Burr of Montana, Virgil Burr of San Diego, Calif., Vernon Burr of Portland, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lois Kemp; and three brothers, Leonard, Forrest and Willard.

, 80, of Grand Island died Aug. 8, 2006, at Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.

He was born Nov. 29, 1925, in Milford to William and Myrtle (Trotter) Blair.

On March 24, 1962, he married Kay Bauman.

He grew up and received his education in Litchfield and graduated from Grand Island Senior High School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served from 1944 to 1946 during World War II.

He and his wife lived for more than 40 years in Grand Island.

He worked as a carpenter and was a member of Carpenter Union 1187. He later worked at Triad in Alda until he retired.

Survivors include his wife; and son, Kim of Arlington, Mass.; his daughter-in-law, Kimberly Allen-Blair of Arlington; granddaughter, Catie Blair of Arlington; and brother-in-law, Karl (Judy) Bauman of Chapel Hill, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

, 83, of rural Bayard, died Aug. 5, 2006, at Regional West Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Brush, Colo., to David and Eva (Foos) Schmidt. She was raised and received her education in Eaton, Colo.

She married Henry Jerger Jr. of Kent, Minn., on Dec. 30, 1941, in Cheyenne, Wyo. They made their home on their present farm east of Minatare until their deaths.

She thoroughly enjoyed working with her husband farming the land and feeding livestock. She also had a passion for raising flowers, gardens, sewing, and baking, especially cookies at Christmas time for family and friends. She was a very patient lady and a friend to all who knew her.

Survivors include their daughter, Carol Anne Jerger of Scottsbluff; nephews and a niece, Donald Schmidt, Christ Schmidt, Jr. and Velma Rothe all of Greeley, Colo. and Roy Schmidt of Atlanta, Ga.; brothers-in-law, Elmer (Dorothy) Jerger of Bayard, Paul (Phyllis) Jerger, Sam (Elsie) Jerger of Gering and Reuben Jerger of Scottsbluff; sisters-in-law, Esther Schlotthauer of Scottsbluff and Mary (Manuel) Lackman of Edgely, N.D. and numerous Jerger nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Henry on Jan. 31, 2004; her parents; two sisters; infant sister; two brothers and an infant brother.

, 88, longtime Ogallala resident, died Aug. 3, 2006, in the Ogallala Community Hospital.

She was born June 24, 1918, in Arthur County, Neb., the daughter of James and Nellie (Hodges) Nielson. She attended Arthur County rural schools.

On May 6, 1939, she married Frank C.J. Fejt in Ogallala. They traveled extensively with Peter Kiewitt Construction Company where Frank was employed. In 1946 they moved back to the sandhills along with their son and daughter and they lived on their ranch.

Due to a teacher shortage she returned to teaching and taught Jim all except one year in grade school and all but a few years of Cheryl’s grade school years. She taught in several school districts including Arthur Public School.

In 1972 they moved to Ogallala. Frank died in 1973.

She enjoyed playing the piano, painting pictures, playing cards with her friends, and tending to the flower garden. She especially liked volunteering in the RSVP program. She was a member of the Arthur Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son, James (Barbara Jo) Fejt of Livingston, Texas, and their three children, Bradley (Cathy) Fejt and their three children, James Ryan, Sierra Ashlie, and Sampson Bradley Joseph; Tracey Jo (Todd) Brown and their two children, Tristan Warren and Tatum Jo; and Heather Attarian; her daughter, Cheryl Kay (Sam) Cook Bartels of Omaha, Neb., and their three children, Krista Kay Cook, Kimberley Dawn Cook, and Shari (Francis) Botelho and their daughter, Emma Angeline Botelho.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and four brothers, Don, Jim, Miles, and Boyd.

, 83, of Ogallala, died Aug. 9, 2006, at the Ogallala Community Hospital.

He was born Feb. 20, 1923, in Pullman, Neb., the son of Louis C. and Edna F. (Garwood) Burr. The family lived in Nebraska, Minnesota and Colorado.

He worked on area ranches until 1943 when he enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat. He was hospitalized overseas and returned to the United States in 1945 for further treatment before his discharge later that year.

He farmed and worked at various jobs for several years while living in Nebraska, Oregon and Colorado. He later operated a service station from 1955 until 1975 in Loveland, Colo., when he retired. He remained in Loveland, Colo., until moving to Nebraska in 1995 where he resided in the Hyannis and Arthur communities. He moved to Ogallala to make his home in 1997.

He was a member of the D.A.V., the Eagles and the Moose Lodge and was active in the West Central Agency on Aging and the Visually Impaired Support Group.

Survivors include his special friend, Vivian Martyszenko of Ogallala; sister, Lucille Bruce of Seneca, Neb.; brothers, Alexander Burr of Montana, Virgil Burr of San Diego, Calif., Vernon Burr of Portland, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lois Kemp; and three brothers, Leonard, Forrest and Willard.

, 80, of Grand Island died Aug. 8, 2006, at Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.

He was born Nov. 29, 1925, in Milford to William and Myrtle (Trotter) Blair.

On March 24, 1962, he married Kay Bauman.

He grew up and received his education in Litchfield and graduated from Grand Island Senior High School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served from 1944 to 1946 during World War II.

He and his wife lived for more than 40 years in Grand Island.

He worked as a carpenter and was a member of Carpenter Union 1187. He later worked at Triad in Alda until he retired.

Survivors include his wife; and son, Kim of Arlington, Mass.; his daughter-in-law, Kimberly Allen-Blair of Arlington; granddaughter, Catie Blair of Arlington; and brother-in-law, Karl (Judy) Bauman of Chapel Hill, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

, 83, of rural Bayard, died Aug. 5, 2006, at Regional West Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Brush, Colo., to David and Eva (Foos) Schmidt. She was raised and received her education in Eaton, Colo.

She married Henry Jerger Jr. of Kent, Minn., on Dec. 30, 1941, in Cheyenne, Wyo. They made their home on their present farm east of Minatare until their deaths.

She thoroughly enjoyed working with her husband farming the land and feeding livestock. She also had a passion for raising flowers, gardens, sewing, and baking, especially cookies at Christmas time for family and friends. She was a very patient lady and a friend to all who knew her.

Survivors include their daughter, Carol Anne Jerger of Scottsbluff; nephews and a niece, Donald Schmidt, Christ Schmidt, Jr. and Velma Rothe all of Greeley, Colo. and Roy Schmidt of Atlanta, Ga.; brothers-in-law, Elmer (Dorothy) Jerger of Bayard, Paul (Phyllis) Jerger, Sam (Elsie) Jerger of Gering and Reuben Jerger of Scottsbluff; sisters-in-law, Esther Schlotthauer of Scottsbluff and Mary (Manuel) Lackman of Edgely, N.D. and numerous Jerger nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Henry on Jan. 31, 2004; her parents; two sisters; infant sister; two brothers and an infant brother.

, 88, longtime Ogallala resident, died Aug. 3, 2006, in the Ogallala Community Hospital.

She was born June 24, 1918, in Arthur County, Neb., the daughter of James and Nellie (Hodges) Nielson. She attended Arthur County rural schools.

On May 6, 1939, she married Frank C.J. Fejt in Ogallala. They traveled extensively with Peter Kiewitt Construction Company where Frank was employed. In 1946 they moved back to the sandhills along with their son and daughter and they lived on their ranch.

Due to a teacher shortage she returned to teaching and taught Jim all except one year in grade school and all but a few years of Cheryl’s grade school years. She taught in several school districts including Arthur Public School.

In 1972 they moved to Ogallala. Frank died in 1973.

She enjoyed playing the piano, painting pictures, playing cards with her friends, and tending to the flower garden. She especially liked volunteering in the RSVP program. She was a member of the Arthur Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son, James (Barbara Jo) Fejt of Livingston, Texas, and their three children, Bradley (Cathy) Fejt and their three children, James Ryan, Sierra Ashlie, and Sampson Bradley Joseph; Tracey Jo (Todd) Brown and their two children, Tristan Warren and Tatum Jo; and Heather Attarian; her daughter, Cheryl Kay (Sam) Cook Bartels of Omaha, Neb., and their three children, Krista Kay Cook, Kimberley Dawn Cook, and Shari (Francis) Botelho and their daughter, Emma Angeline Botelho.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and four brothers, Don, Jim, Miles, and Boyd.


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