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, 82, of Scott City, Kan., died Aug. 23, 2006, at Scott County Hospital, Scott City.

She had been a resident of Wallace County for 47 years, and a resident of Scott County for 12 years.

She was born Oct., 31, 1923, in Lincoln, Neb., the daughter of Henry and Lillie (Rochlitz) Nootz.

The family moved to Big Springs, Neb., where she graduated from high school in 1941.

On May 29, 1946, she married Leslie Bogenhagen in St. Francis.

She was a homemaker and she helped with the family farm.

She was a member of the Dinas Community Club and the Sunflower Unit, both for 50 years.

Survivors include her husband, Leslie; three sons, Bill, Walace, and Larry, all of Scott City; one daughter, Lorraine Twedt of Scott City; one brother, Lyle Nootz of Ogallala, Neb., and two sisters, Marjory Harrington of Lakewood, Colo., and Eleanor Eells of Rowlett, Texas; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Darleen Kramer; and one brother, Art Nootz.

, 69, of North Platte, formerly of Paxton, died Sept. 14, 2006, at Premier Estates in North Platte.

He was born April 25, 1937, in Sutherland to Clarence Andrew ‘C.A.’ and Grace (Lawson) McCormick of Paxton. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paxton, graduated from Perkins County District #23 Grade School, Paxton High School in 1955, Midland Lutheran College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He excelled in athletics in high school and college as a running back in football and a hurdler and sprinter in track and field.

Following graduation from medical school he interned at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. He had a family medical practice in Crawford from 1968 to 1978. While in Crawford, he was very active in off-road motorcycle racing and successfully competed in motorcycle enduros and races throughout the western United States.

In 1978 he suffered a brain aneurysm and following a long recovery returned to the family farm in Paxton. During this time he developed a very special relationship with his nephew and niece Christopher and Lisa McCormick.

Survivors include a daughter, Angela Hlava of Lincoln, Neb.; a sister, Sharon Neff of Lincoln, Calif.; two brothers, Kellie (Pam) McCormick of Amarillo, Texas, and Gary (Diane) McCormick of Paxton, Neb.; six nieces and nephews; and other family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

, 93, of Curtis, died Sept. 18, 2006. She was living at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.

She was born Sept. 27, 1912, at the Barry Ranch north of Maywood, in Lincoln County, to William Edmund and Jessie Jane (Barry) Towne. She attended the Highland School and District 88 school. She was the second oldest of 12 children. Her father bought their first car in 1926, a Motel-T Ford, and drove Verle and her sister, Rowena, to school every day in Maywood, making two trips a day for four years.

She worked in a restaurant in Ogallala and kept house for Elsie Schmitz. She helped her mother and father raise the large family of 12 children.

On March 21, 1928, she married Clare Eric Nelson in the North Platte Courthouse. They lived on a farm in Moorefield for many years before retiring to Centennial Park Retirement Village. In 1988, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They both loved to travel and fish. They would often take her siblings along on the fishing trips to Canada, Colorado and Wyoming.

Clare and Verle joined the Berean Fundamental Church together on May 11, 1952, and were also baptized together on May 23, 1952. She was very active in the Berean Fundamental Church at Curtis. She was known as a “Prayer Warrior.” For many years, she taught Sunday school for preschool children, which was her biggest love. She was always there whenever she was needed. She is remembered for being a true Christian and always there to help others in need, and a lady to look up to. She always took the time to involve children, whether it was at her house, cooking, playing dress-up, reading stories, everyday chores, or at Sunday school, and teaching the word of God. She would be right in the middle of the children playing with them. She was very instrumental in making sure the kids had a way to Bible school, Awanas or Maranatha Bible Camp. Verle and her husband would take a car full of kids to church events. She was also involved in the Faith Circle Group at the church.

Survivors include six brothers, William Towne, Lawrence Towne, Virgil (Edna) Towne, Leland (Lois) Towne, all of Curtis, and Harold (June) Towne of Louisiana, Mo., and Max (Jean) Towne of Elkhorn, Iowa; a sister, Georgianna (Willis) Ervin of Colorado; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clare; her parents; a sister, Rowena Burton; and brothers, Melvin Towne, Floyd Towne and infant brother, Leonard.

, 78, of Kearney died Sept. 17, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

He was born Oct. 18, 1927, in Pleasanton to James and Eleanor (Davis) Ball.

On Feb. 4, 1951, he married Bonny Metz.

He graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1945 and then entered the service. He served in the U.S. Navy from Aug. 23, 1945, until he was discharged Oct. 6, 1948.

He and his wife lived in Pleasanton until they moved to Kearney in 1963. He was a heavy equipment operator for the Buffalo County Road Department, Nebraska Irrigation and Broadfoot Sand and Gravel until he retired in February 2005.

He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Roy Eaton American Legion Post 321, Leo and Clinton Krotz VFW Post 9481, both in Pleasanton, Kearney Elks Lodge, and Pleasanton Fire Department.

He enjoyed his grandchildren, his garden, attending sporting events and woodworking. He also enjoyed making Christmas candy and having coffee with his friends at Bob’s Super Store.

Survivors include his wife, Bonny; son, Alan (Sue) of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; daughters, Pam Ball and Peggy Gargan, both of Kearney, and Holly (Steve) Curtiss of Hastings; sister, Bertha Daake of Riverdale; grandchildren, Joel and John Gargan, Mattie and Sam Curtiss and Kristin and Davis Ball; and great-granddaughter, Jaylin Gargan.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Terri Lee; two brothers; and one sister.


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