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Hugh Leroy Brownell, Jr., 81, of Council Bluffs, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha. Hugh was born Dec. 28, 1932 in Council Bluffs, the eldest child of Hugh Leroy and Helen Blanche (Larsen) Brownell, Sr.

The family moved around a lot and Hugh graduated from Logan (IA) High School in 1952. While schooling in Logan, Hugh met and fell in love with Jean Marilyn Cassidy. They were married on Aug. 31, 1952, a marriage that survived many bumps in the road, and lasted for nearly 62 years. To this union were born four daughters, Deborah Jean, Kimberly Ann, Cynthia Lynn and Robin Kay.

Hugh attended Iowa State University before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in 1957, at which time Hugh and Jean moved to Council Bluffs. Hugh was an over-the road trucker for most of his working life.

He was a member of Broadway Christian Church and found great pleasure in planning and preparing many dishes for the Wednesday night dinners. In addition to his parents, Hugh was preceded in death by his brother, Terry Earl “Butch” Brownell. Left to cherish his memory and miss his cooking are his wife, Jean Brownell, of Council Bluffs; daughters, Debbie (Scott) Marcum, of Blockton, IA, Kim Brownell of Council Bluffs, Cyndi (Jerry) Cavaness, of Falls City, Robin Brownell, of Sioux City, IA; nine grandchildren, Tracy Cavaness, Joe (Anne) Brownell, Jason (Marissa) Brownell, Chris Brownell, Cassidy Cavaness, Sarah (Kyle Yoder) Marcum, Andrew (Rebecca) Marcum, Cara Cavaness, Hannah Marcum; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Sharon (Monte) O’Hara, of Omaha; sister-in-law, Cathy (Dennis) Danielson, of Scotia, NE; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation with the family is from 6-8 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014) at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Broadway Christian Church, with Rev. Scott Marcum and Rev. Jann Osborn co-officiating. Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites tendered by American Legion Post #2. A lunch will follow at Broadway Christian Church. Memorials are suggested to Broadway Christian Church.



Tony Frederick, 49, of White Cloud, KS, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at Kansas City, KS. He was born June 21, 1965 at Falls City, to Harvey and Beverly (Barber) Frederick.

Tony was raised in Rulo and graduated from FC Sacred Heart High School in 1984. He worked construction for Rogee Engineering out of Lincoln, and then took employment with the Iowa Tribal Housing Authority for many years and then worked various jobs in construction until his health failed. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rulo and a member of the Iowa Tribe

Tony is survived by his parents, of Rulo; daughters, Adacia Bomar, of Craig, MO, Lindsey Frederick, of Rulo; sons, Anthony and Hunter Frederick, of Sabetha, KS; brothers, Jeff (Michele), of Rulo, Mike (Cherie), of Falls City; a grandchild; nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home with Msgr. Robert A. Roh officiating. Interment will be in Rulo Cemetery.

A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home with the family receiving friends following the service.

Family prefers memorials to Family Choice.


Lynn (Voltmer) Connell, 58, of Omaha, formerly of Humboldt, was born on Sept. 1, 1955 in Falls City to Marland F. and Anna Sue (Porter) Voltmer.  

She attended Nebraska City High School, graduating with the Class of 1973. Lynn graduated from Peru State College with her Bachelors in Education and later continued her education by earning a Masters Degree in Education.  

On May 9, 1975, Lynn married Kent Connell in Nebraska City, sharing 39 years of marriage together. To this union two daughters, Mindy and Kassandra, were born.  They lived and raised their family in Humboldt, where Lynn worked at HTRS Public Schools for 22 years. Lynn liked to teach. She always took seriously the responsibility that parents entrusted in her to insure that their children received not only an education, but also a desire to learn more. Her teaching efforts were shown when she won the Christa McCaullife Award for Courage and Excellence in Education. After she was no longer able to be in the classroom, Lynn stayed involved in education by serving on the HTRS School Board and helped write school grants.  

Lynn’s deepest love and passion was her family. Her daily physical struggles were endured for the sole purpose of being there for them. The joy of her two daughters, and later her grandsons Michael, Lance, and Alex filled her with strength unmatched by most. Her passing will leave a void hard to fill, but we know she will still be lovingly helping us.

Lynn passed away on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, having reached the age of 58 years, 11 months and 15 days. She was preceded in death by her son, Shea Connell; parents, Marland and Anna Sue (Porter) Voltmer; a brother Richard Slemp; and mother-in-law Lou Connell.

She is survived by her loving husband Kent Connell, of Omaha; daughters, Mindy (Eric) Jarecki, of Omaha, Kassandra Connell, of Omaha; grandsons, Michael, Lance and Alex Jarecki, of Omaha; sister, Suzie (Tom) Lee, of Medicine Ledge, KS; father-in-law, Charles Connell, of Nebraska City; sister-in-law, Marla Slemp, of Grand Blanc, MI; brothers-in-law, Joe (Ruth) Connell, of Riverton, IA; Kevin Connell, of Oregon, MO; special friend, Ruth Drake, of Humboldt; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dawson, with Fr. Kenneth Hoesing and Fr. Michael McCabe officiating. Burial will be immediately following at the Humboldt Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at The Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt.

Memorial contributions are welcome to the Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease Foundation at P.O Box 721051 Norman, OK 73070 or the HTRS Foundation at P.O. Box 661 Humboldt, NE 68376.

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Merna N. Kirkendall, 94, of Falls City, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 at Falls City. She was born July 17, 1920 at Barada to the late Tillman and Bessie (Ramer) Vice.

She married Roy E. Kirkendall on April 15, 1939 at Topeka, KS. He passed away on July 19, 2014.

Merna was raised in the Barada and Shubert areas. The couple established their home in Barada when married and later moved to Verdon, then to Falls City in 1959.Merna had been employed at Falls City Creamery, Baker’s Bakery, Hinky-Dinky Grocery Store, The Vogue and Brown Shoe Fit Co.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Falls City.

Merna is survived by her sons, Ronald (Janyce) Kirkendall, of Falls City, and Daniel Kirkendall, of Branson, MO; daughters, Connie (Leonard) Brown, and Cheryl McCann, both of Falls City; son-in-law, Richard McCann, of Big Lake, MO; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Wayne, Worth “Dude,” Harold, Tillman, Venton; sisters, Avis Shafer and Jeannine Shafer; grandchildren, Michelle Peterson and Rodney Worth McCann.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Falls City, with Rev. Fay Ann Blaylock and Rev. Paul Weinert officiating; interment in the Harris Cemetery, Barada.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, of Falls City.


Lee Allen White, 82, of Sabetha, KS, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 in his home after a lengthy illness. He was born Aug. 8, 1932 in rural Richardson County (Honey Creek), the son of Orval and Hester White.  

Lee graduated from Sabetha High School in 1951. He served in the military Btry B 84th FA Bn Mech. from 1953 to 1955.    

He married Esther Ione Suhr, of Omaha, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Omaha on May 26, 1957. Since their marriage they lived on a farm two miles north of Sabetha. The farm has been honored as a Century Farm by Farm Bureau, and has been in the White family since 1895.

He attended First Lutheran of Sabetha. He served as Director for the Tri-State Lutheran Church Camp held at Sycamore Springs in the early 70’s. Lee served as charter members of the Albany Historical Society, as well as the organizer of the Threshing Bee for several years.  

Lee was preceded in death by his wife, Esther White, on Feb. 19, 2014; his parents, Orval and Hester White, of Sabetha; brothers, Leon White, of California, Dale White, of Kansas City, MO, Ralph White, of Denver, and Lewis White, of Brownville, TX.

Survivors include his children, Tami (John) Rutten, of Bossier City, LA; Todd (Deloris) White, of Steinauer, Terylin (Alan) Keehn, of Wetmore, KS, Teresa (Curtis) Deckinger, of Sabetha, John White, of White Cloud, Jeff White, of Topeka, KS, Bill (Charleen) White, of Hiawatha, KS, and Joleen White, of Texas; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church in Sabetha. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, at Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. Interment will be at the Albany Cemetery, north of Sabetha. Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church in Sabetha, the Albany Historical Society or the Sabetha AA Chapter.