Plains Edition Obituaries 4-14-12 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 4-14-12

Wendell “Max” Turnquist, 86, of Gothenburg, Neb., passed away April 1, 2012, at the Grand Island Veteran’s Home in Grand Island, Neb.

He was born on March 10, 1926, in Gothenburg, Neb., on the Turnquist Farm, son of Godfrey Elam and Edith Lillian (Johnson) Turnquist Lindberg.

Max grew up in the New Hope and Etna, Neb., area and graduated from Gothenburg High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army in the Philippines where he received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Service Ribbon and a Bronze Star.

He lived for a short while in Valley, where he met his wife Sue. They were married in Omaha, Neb. To this union, two children were born, Mitzi and Greg.

Max was very active in his community. He was the past president of the Gothenburg School Board and the Gothenburg Hospital Board. He also served on the Senior Center Board. He was a Commander in the American Legion, a Boys State Counselor and a MOPS helper. He loved to garden and his children loved to be recipients of his produce, especially his tomatoes and potatoes. His passion was people. Max could always be counted on for conversation and a smile.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; daughter, Mitzi (Barrett) Stinson, of Grand Island, Neb.; son, Gregory (Holly) Turnquist, of Rochester Hills, Mich.; two grandsons, Gaven and Kelton Turnquist; sister, Ellen Jean Dennis; brother, Donald Dale (Kathy) Turnquist; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, G.E. Turnquist Jr,; and brother-in-law, Bernard Dennis.

Memorial services were held April 12, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Gothenburg, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gothenburg Education Foundation.

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Clinton Hasenauer, 71, of Wallace, Neb., passed away March 25, 2012, at the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant, Neb. He had battled cancer the past 12 years.

He was born on April 20, 1940, at Wallace, Neb. He was the second of four children born to Herbert and Eunice Pace Hasenauer. He grew up near Wallace, Neb., where he graduated from high school. He attended McCook Community College and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb.

Clinton was married to Mary Corliss on August 27, 1961, at Stratton, Colo. They made their first home in Denver, Colo., where Clinton worked for American Machinery and Foundry Company, a contractor for the Titan 1 Missile.

In 1962 they moved back to the farm south of Wallace, Neb., where he farmed and ranched. During these years, Clinton received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award for Lincoln County and was inducted into the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska.

He was active in the Wallace community, serving on the school board, 4-H leader, and was a charter member of the Wallace Community Foundation. He especially enjoyed his work for Christ and sharing the gospel to all he met. He was active with the United Methodist Church at the local, district, and state level and received the Denman Evangelism Award. He was involved with the Gideons, Camp Bethel and supported mission work around the world his entire life.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary; two sons, Todd (Donalyn) and Seth, of the Wallace, Neb., community; two daughters, Leia (Bill) Noel and Jill (Patrick) Greff, both of Lincoln, Neb.; 11 grandchildren, Tyler, Bryce, Josi and Emily Hasenauer, Molly, Emma and Lily Noel, Anne and Peter Greff, Garrett Christian and Tucker Hasenauer; two sisters, Verlaine Weir and Jeanette (John) Kilgore, of Wallace, Neb.; and one brother, Leonard (Joan) Hasenauer, of Amarillo, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Ed Weir and a nephew, Kurt Fhuere.

Memorial services were held March 28, 2012 at the Wallace United Methodist Church.

Burial was at the Wallace Morningview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallace Community Foundation, Camp Bethel and Gideons International.

Gladys Ellen Fairhead, 87, of Hay Springs, Neb., passed away April 3, 2012.

Gladys was born on June 6, 1924, at Box Butte County, Neb., to George and Minnie (Spetman) Gerdes. Her childhood years were spent helping her parents, her mother in particular, raise geese and lambs. Gladys spent many happy hours with her grandparents learning about their lives before emigrating from Germany and their lives after arriving in the United States. From these experiences, Gladys became a storyteller, holding precious the history of her family and their communities. It was great fun to listen to her stories of life in the Nebraska Sandhills during the late 1800s to the present.

She attended country schools and later graduated from high school in Curtis, Neb. Following graduation she obtained a teaching certificate and taught in one-room country schools and at Hay Springs, Neb.

Gladys met her husband, Garould Fairhead, while attending school in Curtis. He proposed on their first date. Garould enlisted in the Navy during World War II and Gladys waited for him to come home from the war. They were married on June 6, 1947, in Alliance, Neb. Gladys and Garould made their home on the Circle Six Ranch north of Merriman, Neb. They were great partners, working hard to raise their family and build their business.

Gladys had many interests, including genealogy, flower gardening, teaching Sunday School, and participating in Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames of America.

Gladys enjoyed writing poetry describing life in the Sandhills. Her poetry was inspired by her father, who gave her a love of the land, an eye for the character of its people, and an appreciation of the pleasures of the mind, and by her mother, who made up nonsense verses to entertain a small girl on an isolated Sandhills ranch.

She spent the last months of her life at the Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs, Neb.

She is survived by her children: Jeana (Ralph) Holso of Rapid City, S.D., Gary Fairhead of Fresno,Calif., and Leigh Fairhead of Merriman, Neb.; six grandchildren: Laura, Jason, Wes, Leah, Brooke and Brennen Fairhead; her great-grandson, Jaxon Rucker; and her brother Gene (Alice) Gerdes and family of Alliance, Neb.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, son James Kent Fairhead, and husband Garould Fairhead.

Services were held April 7, 2012, at the Chamberlain Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, Neb.

A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, Neb., 69343.

Alfred William Garrels, 89, of Beatrice, Neb., formerly of Bremen, Kan., passed away at the Beatrice Good Samaritan, on March 31, 2012.

He was born on October 7, 1922 at Steele City to William and Louise (Schroeder) Garrels.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He completed his high school education in Odell.

Early in his career, he worked in many areas of construction and farmed in the Odell-Diller area.

He married Bernice C. Koch on August 27, 1944 at St. John Lutheran Church of Lanham, Kan. In 1967, the family moved to Lincoln, Neb., where he joined the maintenance department at the University of Nebraska. He retired in 1985 and moved to the Schroeder family farm near Bremen, Kan., where he enjoyed many years of grooming the farmstead, building his home and work shop and creating many beautiful woodworking pieces for family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice and seven daughters and sons-in-law; Connie and Melvin Oltmans, Pamela and Rodney Clausen, Linda and Neil Micke, Amy and Bruce Crouse, Anita and Clarke Evans, Margaret and Walter Maimon, and Kathryn and Gregg Lloyd; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Alfred David; and a sister, Adelia (Alfred) Blanke.

Services were held April 4, 2012, at “Hermansburg” Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Bremen, Kan.

Creamation look place and Inurnment was at the Lanham Cemetery.

Memorials to the family’s choice with Ray and Lorna Friedrichs in charge.

Messages of condolence can be sent to Bernice Garrels at 1306 So. 9th Street, Beatrice, Neb., 68310. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available at

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