Obituaries

MARY SHEFFERD





Mary P. Shefferd, 59, of Falls City passed away June 18, 2016. She was born May 3, 1957 in Bardstown, KY to Fred and Martha (Rodgers) Ward.
Mary was born and raised in Bardstown, KY where she graduated high school. After graduation she moved to Florida where she met her husband, Joe. She married Joe Shefferd Sr. on March 30, 1977 at Key West, FL. After marriage the couple stayed in Florida for two years until moving around to numerous Army bases throughout the United States before establishing a home in Falls City in January of 1990. Once in Falls City she worked as a CNA at the nursing home until retiring in 2005.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, reading, and gardening.
She is survived by her husband Joseph Shefferd Sr. of Falls City, NE, son Joseph (Mary) Shefferd Jr., of Auburn; daughter Deanna (Jake) Cochran, of Falls City; brothers Scott (Tammy) Ward and Doug (Wanda) Ward, all of Bradstown, KY; sister, Lynn (James) Hardiman, of Evensville, IN, Four grandchildren, Kenton, Josie, Doe, and Kataleena.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Freddy.
There will be a private family service held at a later date with no viewing or visitation.

KENNETH ALBIN





Kenneth Fred (Kenny) Albin, 89,  died in his home six miles south of Dawson, Nebraska at 2:15 in the afternoon of Friday, June 17. His wife Velma and children Kay, Kim, Joni and Jay; as well as niece Elaine Riley, Linda Albin, and Ivan Godsey were by his side. He was still active and working up until just a few days before he passed away. He had taken a trip over the hill in his golf cart with his son just a few days earlier to look for a D8 dozer part for a customer. Kenny was always up for any adventure. At a moments notice he would have jumped into a barrel and headed over the falls.
Kenny had been battling cancer for a number of years never giving in or losing his fun loving spirit or love of life. He graduated from Honey Creek High School a semester early so that he could join the Navy Air Core. He was in the class of 1945. After the service he returned to Richardson County where he drove a rock truck before starting his own business digging basements with his loader. He enlarged the business to KIMNO construction then later began specializing in buying and selling heavy equipment.
 One of Ken’s great joys in life was handing out his business cards for Ken Albin Heavy Equipment. Each card had a funny riddle or joke on it.  Kenny would laugh every time he tricked someone as if it were the first time despite the fact that he handed out thousands of cards a year. Pick a number 1, 2, 3, 4.  
Ken and Velma Strahm met at Sycamore Springs on the skating rink where Kenny stood out not only as a top notch skater, but also as one of the best looking young men on the floor. Velma “picked him out” and they were married on May 18, 1952 on Velma’s parent’s farm southwest of Sabetha.
Ken was always working on a project many of which would be put aside when another idea hit him. One project which did come to fruition was the Richardson County Speedway. The entire Albin family got involved with this one. Velma ran the concession stand while their three little blond girls sold popcorn at the dirt race track Kenny had built on his land. That same land was also a landing strip for Kenny’s Cessna which he used to travel to sales all over the Midwest.  
Not many people get to buy the high school where they graduated, but Kenny did just that when he bought Honey Creek in the mid 1970’s. His daughter Joni and her new husband Bob’s wedding dance was held in the old Honey Creek School Gymnasium. Later Ken turned the school into one of his many shops. All four of the Albin children attended Honey Creek and Ken’s wife Velma was one of the school’s last teachers before it was closed.
Ken was a jack of all trades especially when it came to running or fixing heavy equipment. Whenever there was a break in the work he liked to load up his grandkids into a loader bucket and give them all a thrill. His first of 10 grandchildren Miklannet Tennal-Patrick wrote the following after learning that her grandfather had passed.
“One of the greatest men in the world passed away today and I was lucky enough to call him, Grandpa. Whenever you left after a visit, you always left feeling special. I love you, Grandpa! You are one of the best things to ever happen to me. I will see you in the funny papers.
Ken is survived by his wife Velma and three sisters Phyllis Taylor and Ola Riley of Humboldt and Peggy Hanschen of Gordonville MO. He is also survived by his four children, Kay Clark (Ivan) of Meriden, KS; Kim (Kimbrook) Tennal of Centralia, Ks; Joni (Bob) Bruhn of Beatrice; and Jay (Linda) Albin of Dawson.  He had 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Ken continued his giving tradition after life by donating himself to science. The family requests no flowers and memorial contributions will be given to the Falls City Community Medical Center Hope Program to help those in medical need.
Kenny’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday June 25, from noon to 6:00 p.m. at Sycamore Springs in the big Barn. Red socks will be required and Ken Albin Heavy Equipment cards will be handed out.
The amount of living Ken managed to cram into one lifetime is astonishing.  From all of us who loved you Kenny Albin, “See you in the funny papers!”

MONTA WILTSE MACKEY





Monta A. Wiltse Mackey, 50, of San Antonio, TX, passed away June 11, 2016 at St. Joseph, MO. She was born on May 15, 1966 at Falls City, to   Joyce (Kelsay) Wiltse and the late Lawrence Wiltse.
Monta grew up on the family farm in rural Falls City and graduated from Falls City High School in 1984. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology/sociology from Peru State College and a Master’s Degree in Human Relations for the University of Oklahoma. She married Cliff Mackey in 1988 at Falls City and they were later divorced. She was currently employed at United Behavioral Health of San Antonio. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Falls City.
Survivors include daughter: BreAnna Mackey, of Hiawatha; mother: Joyce Wiltse, of Falls City; brothers: Terry (Jennifer) Wiltse of Falls City, Kevin (Mary) Wiltse, of Falls City; granddaughters: Gabriela and Reyna; nephew: Drew Wiltse and niece: Amie Wiltse.
She was preceded in death by her father and a niece, Kelly Dianne Wiltse.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with Wanda Biel officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Williamsville Cemetery.

MONTA MACKEY





Monta Adele Mackey, 50, of San Antonio, TX, passed away suddenly on June 11, 2016. She was born on May 15, 1966 to Lawrence and Joyce (Kelsay) Wiltse.
Monta was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. She grew up on the family farm in rural Falls City and graduated from Falls City High School in 1984. She married Cliff Mackey in 1988 and they later divorced. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology/sociology from Peru State College and a Master’s Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.  She was currently employed at United Behavioral Health in San Antonio.
Monta is survived by her daughter, BreAnna and granddaughters Gabriela and Reyna, of Hiawatha; mother, Joyce Wiltse, brothers Terry (Jennifer) and Kevin (Mary), nephew, Drew and niece, Amie Wiltse, all of Falls City.  
She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence and niece, Kelly Dianne Wiltse.  
Dorr and Clark Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Funeral information is pending.

JANET HOAK





Janet Beverly (Lewis) Hoak, 65, of Stella, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016 at Lincoln after becoming unexpectdly ill. She was born one of five children of Gerald and JoAnn (Gillican) Hoak, on June 10, 1950 in Brunswick, GA.
She attended school in Brunswick, graduating from Glenn Academy. On Jan. 6, 1972, Janet was married to Gary Hoak in Brunswick. They made their first home there, before moving to Stella. The couple was blessed with two sons, Steven and Michael.
   Janet worked for a time as a nurses’ aide, but her focus was always on raising her sons and running the household. Even as a grandmother later in life, she loved to care for the grandkids.
   In her younger years, Janet enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband and children.  She liked to spend time sewing and reading, and loved to play bingo. Her favorite pastime was being with her grandkids.
   Janet is survived by her husband Gary of Stella; sons, Steven (Jina) Hoak of Adams; Michael (Cady) Hoak of Brock; grandchildren Steven Randall, Jr., Jerica, Lauren, Jordan, Abby, and Karrington; siblings Linda, Lisa, Jerry, and Cheryl; other relatives and friends.
   She was preceded in death by her parents.
   A memorial service was held Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, with Rev. Ken Miller officiating.