Plains Edition Obituaries 7-7-12 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 7-7-12

Milton H. Tegtmeier, 87, of Plymouth, Neb., passed away July 3, 2012 at the Beatrice Good Samaritan Center.

He was born on March 30, 1925 at his parent’s home near Plymouth. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1942 and then attended Wartburg College for one year. He served from December 1943 until May 1946 in the U.S. Marine Corp stationed in the South Pacific and had seen action in Okinawa and the occupation of Japan.

He married Deloris Matzke on April 11, 1948 at St. John Evangelical Church of Western.

They lived and farmed near Plymouth until retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church of Plymouth and Schopp-Ewing-Nispel Post No. 243 of the Plymouth American Legion. He was a former member of the VFW, District No. 17 School Board and the Board of Directors of the Farmers Co-Op Elevator of Plymouth.

Survivors include one son, Bruce Tegtmeier and wife Beth of Jansen, Neb.; one daughter, Peggy King and husband Jim of Lincoln, Neb.; four grandchildren, Lesa Hoppe and husband Tom, Chris Tegtmeier, Betsy King and fiance Seth Weedin and Tom King; one great-granddaughter, Noelle Hoppe; one brother, Norman Tegtmeier and wife Viola of Beatrice, Neb.; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Matilda Seitz Tegtmeier, his wife Deloris and two brothers Raymond and Wilbert Tegtmeier.

Services were held July 6, 2012 at Peace Lutheran Church of rural Plymouth. Burial took place at the Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at Fox Funeral Home of Plymouth is in charge of the arrangements.

Alan J. Arnold, 87, of Phillips, Neb., passed away July 1, 2012 at his home with his family at his side.

Alan was born May 5, 1925, at American Falls, Idaho, the son of William and Beatrice (Berdan) Arnold.

Alan grew up in California. He received his education in Madera, Calif., graduating from Madera Union High School, Class of 1939. He attended California Maritime Academy for two years. Alan entered the United States Navy on December 21, 1941 and was honorably discharged on June 1, 1953.

On June 17, 1956, Alan was united in marriage to Joann Peterson in Madison. Following their marriage they lived in Elmwood, Neb., for 30 years. Alan was employed as a stationary engineer at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln for 27 years. They made the move to Phillips in 2002.

Alan was an avid reader and a word search puzzle enthusiast. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling, cooking shows and John Wayne movies. He will be remembered for his stories and yarns. Alan’s animals were special to him, but his family always came first.

He is survived by his wife, Joann; children, Clifton (Laurie) Arnold of Littleton, Colo., Lillian (Craig) Baker of Juniata, Neb., Sharon Arnold of Phillips, Neb., and Laura (Arnold) Schmidt Tindall of Phillips, Neb., and an honorary daughter, Jeana Mae Bryant of Omaha, Neb. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Danielle Keilig and her husband Travis, and Clifton Arnold; honorary grandchild, Porsha Butler; two great-grandchildren, Kaytlin and James Keilig and honorary great-grandson, Tajai Graves.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and two sisters.

Memorial services will be held July 7, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Grand Island. Cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Madison Cemetery, Madison, Neb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family.

Larry Morrison, 84, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away June 29, 2012 at the Perkins County Hospital in Grant, Neb.

He was born October 21, 1927 at Great Bend, Kan., the son of John Shaw and Mary Helen (Wagonseller) Morrison. Larry grew up and graduated from high school in Great Bend, Kan.

After his discharge from the United States Army he returned to Kansas and married Lavonne Miller in 1954. They later moved to Nebraska and to Oshkosh, Neb., in 1967 where Larry managed the lumberyard for many years.

He married Betty (Ahlmeyer) Armknecht on April 18, 1987 in Oshkosh, Neb.

Larry raised horses for many years and after his retirement still stayed active assisting friends with handy man projects and loved to join his friends for a round of golf.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of Ogallala, Neb.; daughters, Lynn Morrison of Edgemont, S.D., Lori Grady of Joplin, Mo., and Lisa (Randy) Smith of Kearney, Neb.; step-daughters, Kathy (Paul) Taylor of Ogallala, Neb., Deb (Jerry) Rosentrater of Elsie, Neb., and Cheryl (Kurt) Schiel of Ogallala, Neb.; step-son, Kevin (Deb) Armknecht of Ogllala, Neb.; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren and 17 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, John Morrison, Jr. a sister, Janet Morrison and three step-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held July 3, 2012 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ogallala, Neb.

Committal services were held at the Ft. McPherson National Cemetery south of Maxwell, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in his memory.

Online condolences may be sent at

Marjorie “Marge” Ann McHarness, 79, of North Platte, Neb., passed away June 13, 2012, at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo.

She was born July 17, 1932, to Frank and Hulda Witte Pearson at Grafton, Neb. She grew up on the farm in Filmore County and was raised in the Lutheran faith.

Marge graduated from Sutton High School and later from Mary Lanning School of Nursing in 1953. She was a registered nurse for 44 years at Memorial Hospital and Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb. Marge was a mentor to many new nurses and helped countless patients and families.

On May 18, 1958, Marge married Frank McHarness in Shickley, and they moved to North Platte, Neb., where they made their home.

Marge was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Diamond “K” Kiwanis and volunteered for the MOPS Program and the RIF Program.

She is survived by her husband, Frank, of North Platte, Neb.; her daughter, Julie (Kevin) Crookshank, of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; two granddaughters, Katie (Jeremy) Cunningham and Anne Crookshank; a great-grandson, Eli Cunningham; four cousins, Eunice (Jack) Jackson, of Minden, Neb., Norma Nuss, of Sutton, Neb., Lois Render, of Lincoln, Neb., and Elaine McCullough, of Wichita, Kan.; and other family.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Laurie McHarness; her parents, Frank and Hulda Pearson; and her father and mother-in-law, Clarence and Sylvia McHarness.

Memorial services were held June 16, 2012 at Messiah Lutheran Church.

Cremation followed the service and inurnment was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

The online guest book may be signed at

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