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, 92, of Stapleton, died Sept. 3, 2006, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 12, 1914, in Stapleton to John and Mary (Beckius) Brosius. She was the seventh daughter of the couple. She grew up in Stapleton, graduating from Stapleton High School. After High School she attended the University of Nebraska for three years, and then returned to teach in several area schools.

On Aug. 20, 1938, she married Joseph R. Leech. They were the parents of two daughters, Mary Jo and Margaret Ann. The Leech’s ranched in Logan County their entire married life.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jo (Richard) Wall of Phoenix, Ariz., and Margaret Ann (Harry) Neal-Frey of Stapleton; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and six sisters.

, 73, of Scottsbluff, died Aug. 25, 2006, at the Western Nebraska Veteran’s Nursing home.

He was born Jan. 6, 1933, to Ransom and Thelma Hamilton in Alliance, Nebraska joining his older brother Harold. He grew up in the Sandhills of Nebraska on the family ranch attending grade school in a one-room county schoolhouse. He graduated from Gordon High School in 1950. He served in the Army from 1952-1955 and was stationed at Germany during the Korean Conflict attaining the rank of Sergeant.

He met Sandra Castle at the American Sunday school held at the Spade School. He remembers that day as the first time he saw Sandra, but she does not remember meeting him until she was set up with him on a blind date through Norman’s cousin, Gail. He and Sandra were married June 16, 1957, at the Congregational Church in Hyannis, Nebraska. They raised five children together on the same family ranch where he grew up.

He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1972 after a horseback accident where his back was broken. He never lost his sense of humor through the years, even when he was confined to a wheelchair in the 1980s. He looked on the bright side of life and his devotion to God was his anchor. He had to leave his beloved ranch and move to the Good Samaritan Home in Alliance, Nebraska. He resided there for 5 years and then moved to Hay Springs Nursing home, and finally to Western Nebraska Veteran’s Nursing home in Scottsbluff where the Lord he loved so much called him home.

He is remembered for his stories, harmonica playing, sense of humor, and devotion to God.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra; brother, Harold (Eleanor); children, Charles Hamilton, Cindy (Craig) Benson, Mark (Laura) Hamilton, Melanie (Mike) Hotz, and Cherry (Shawn) Felkins; grandchildren, Jeremy, Aaron, Alyssa, Jason, Jenny, Kyla, and Arika; great-grandchildren, Miah, Carson, Dylan, and Caden.

, 91, of Imperial died Aug. 21, 2006, in the Imperial Manor nursing home.

He was born on March 1, 1915, southeast of Grant, Nebraska. He was the oldest of nine children born to Christian and Anna (Schurr) Gengenbach. He was baptized as an infant in Eustis, Neb., on Oct. 18, 1915, at the church parsonage.

He grew up on the farm and attended District 76 through the 8th grade. He was confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Grant on July 7, 1929. He started high school at Perkins County High School but his father was diagnosed with disabling polio so he quit school to manage the farm and help with his younger siblings.

He remained on the farm where he was active growing crops and raising cattle.

He later met Lottie Lange who was employed at the ASCS office in Imperial and they were married on Oct. 3, 1964, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial. They lived on the Gengenbach farmstead until 1975 when they built their home in Imperial.

He and Lottie were able to take many wonderful trips around the country in their retirement years. They later moved to the Imperial Heights retirement center. Lottie died in 2004 and Harold was living at the Imperial Manor nursing home.

He was an active member of the Grant Zion Lutheran Church where he served on several committees. He was a Lions Club member and when he was active on the farm, he always enjoyed his lunch and card games with his friends at DeLanceys. He sat on the board of directors for Adams Banks.

Survivors include two brothers, George (Betty) and Dan (Evelyn), all of rural Grant; six sisters, Lillian Logsdon, Arlene Kurkowski, Dorothy Keuten, and Rosie (Jack) Barry, all of Grant; Eleanor Russell of Wallace, and Anita (Don) Most of Ogallala; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

, 92, of Stapleton, died Sept. 3, 2006, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 12, 1914, in Stapleton to John and Mary (Beckius) Brosius. She was the seventh daughter of the couple. She grew up in Stapleton, graduating from Stapleton High School. After High School she attended the University of Nebraska for three years, and then returned to teach in several area schools.

On Aug. 20, 1938, she married Joseph R. Leech. They were the parents of two daughters, Mary Jo and Margaret Ann. The Leech’s ranched in Logan County their entire married life.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jo (Richard) Wall of Phoenix, Ariz., and Margaret Ann (Harry) Neal-Frey of Stapleton; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and six sisters.

, 73, of Scottsbluff, died Aug. 25, 2006, at the Western Nebraska Veteran’s Nursing home.

He was born Jan. 6, 1933, to Ransom and Thelma Hamilton in Alliance, Nebraska joining his older brother Harold. He grew up in the Sandhills of Nebraska on the family ranch attending grade school in a one-room county schoolhouse. He graduated from Gordon High School in 1950. He served in the Army from 1952-1955 and was stationed at Germany during the Korean Conflict attaining the rank of Sergeant.

He met Sandra Castle at the American Sunday school held at the Spade School. He remembers that day as the first time he saw Sandra, but she does not remember meeting him until she was set up with him on a blind date through Norman’s cousin, Gail. He and Sandra were married June 16, 1957, at the Congregational Church in Hyannis, Nebraska. They raised five children together on the same family ranch where he grew up.

He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1972 after a horseback accident where his back was broken. He never lost his sense of humor through the years, even when he was confined to a wheelchair in the 1980s. He looked on the bright side of life and his devotion to God was his anchor. He had to leave his beloved ranch and move to the Good Samaritan Home in Alliance, Nebraska. He resided there for 5 years and then moved to Hay Springs Nursing home, and finally to Western Nebraska Veteran’s Nursing home in Scottsbluff where the Lord he loved so much called him home.

He is remembered for his stories, harmonica playing, sense of humor, and devotion to God.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra; brother, Harold (Eleanor); children, Charles Hamilton, Cindy (Craig) Benson, Mark (Laura) Hamilton, Melanie (Mike) Hotz, and Cherry (Shawn) Felkins; grandchildren, Jeremy, Aaron, Alyssa, Jason, Jenny, Kyla, and Arika; great-grandchildren, Miah, Carson, Dylan, and Caden.

, 91, of Imperial died Aug. 21, 2006, in the Imperial Manor nursing home.

He was born on March 1, 1915, southeast of Grant, Nebraska. He was the oldest of nine children born to Christian and Anna (Schurr) Gengenbach. He was baptized as an infant in Eustis, Neb., on Oct. 18, 1915, at the church parsonage.

He grew up on the farm and attended District 76 through the 8th grade. He was confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Grant on July 7, 1929. He started high school at Perkins County High School but his father was diagnosed with disabling polio so he quit school to manage the farm and help with his younger siblings.

He remained on the farm where he was active growing crops and raising cattle.

He later met Lottie Lange who was employed at the ASCS office in Imperial and they were married on Oct. 3, 1964, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial. They lived on the Gengenbach farmstead until 1975 when they built their home in Imperial.

He and Lottie were able to take many wonderful trips around the country in their retirement years. They later moved to the Imperial Heights retirement center. Lottie died in 2004 and Harold was living at the Imperial Manor nursing home.

He was an active member of the Grant Zion Lutheran Church where he served on several committees. He was a Lions Club member and when he was active on the farm, he always enjoyed his lunch and card games with his friends at DeLanceys. He sat on the board of directors for Adams Banks.

Survivors include two brothers, George (Betty) and Dan (Evelyn), all of rural Grant; six sisters, Lillian Logsdon, Arlene Kurkowski, Dorothy Keuten, and Rosie (Jack) Barry, all of Grant; Eleanor Russell of Wallace, and Anita (Don) Most of Ogallala; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.


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