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Kent Taylor, 53, of Beatrice (formerly of Falls City), passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at Beatrice. She was born Feb. 16, 1961 at Omaha to Irene (Selken) Taylor and the late John E. Taylor.

Kent moved to Falls City in 1962 and then to the Beatrice State Developmental Center at Beatrice at the age of five. While there he attended school, participated in Special Olympics, worked in the Workshop and volunteered at the Humane Society. His favorite place to shop was WalMart and his favorite place to eat was Valentino’s. He loved music and Husker softball, volleyball and football, and NASCAR races.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church.

Kent is survived by his mother, Irene Taylor, of Falls City; brothers, Greg and Gary Taylor, both of Adrian, MO; sisters, Pam (Mark) Lovelace, of Adrian, and Beth Taylor, of Falls City; and all his family and friends at Beatrice State Developmental Center.

She was preceded in death by his father.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at Steele Cemetery, with Rev. Daniel Gifford officiating.

Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, of Falls City, is in charge of arrangements.


Pauleen Fouraker, 86, of Louisville, (formerly of Salem), passed away Nov. 16, 2014 at Louisville. She was born Oct. 12, 1928 at Salem to the late Paul and Ileen (Claus) Babb.

On April 22, 1946 she married Donald Martinosky at Dawson and they were later divorced. She married Robert Fouraker on Sept. 24, 1962 at Falls City. He passed away Feb. 2, 2001.

Pauleen was raised in Salem and graduated from Salem High School in 1945. When married the couple established their home in Salem. She was a clerk at the Salem Post Office for 20 years, retiring in 1983. When married to Mr. Fouraker they made their home in Salem as well.

Pauleen is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Ray) Thomas, of Salem, Karen Sheldon, of David City, Janice (Marty) Ellner, of Hiawatha, KS; brothers, Jack Babb of Longmont, CO, and Bryan and Gerald Babb, both of Oregon, Donald Babb, of Colorado, Daniel Babb, of Hiawatha, KS; sister, Mary Montgomery, of Denison, KS; granddaughters, Lori (Brennan) Durand, of Nebraska City, Kerri (Dennis) Simms, of Plattsmouth; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and three brothers.

Her funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home with Pastor Timothy Boatright officiating. Interment will be in Maple Cemetery at Salem. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home.


Lorene Becker, 90, of Falls City, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. She was born Nov. 20, 1923 at Falls City to the late Louis and Emelie (Herbster) Becker.

Lorene was raised in rural Falls City and attended rural schools. Following her schooling she helped her mother in and around the homestead. She was a lifetime resident of Richardson County. She was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 20th and Towle Sts.
Lorene is survived by a sister, Edna Witt, of Falls City; nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Arlene Becker; brothers, Raymond, Walter, Marvin, Richard and Elmer Becker.

Her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Rev. Andrew Chavanak officiating. Interment will be in Steele Cemetery. Open visitation will begin Thursday at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home in Falls City.


Fred William Frey, 80, of DuBois, died peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca, KS. He was born in rural Richardson County, the eldest son of Jake and Laura Yoesel Frey.  

His family spent his childhood on a farm south of Bern, KS. Fred graduated from Bern High School in 1952. From 1953-1957 he served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabees in Construction detail. He was stationed in the Philippines as well as Alaska. He then attended Kansas State University on the GI Bill and was an active member of the meat judging team. Fred graduated with a BS in Animal Science and moved back home to rural DuBois where he began his future in agriculture.

Fred married Alda Mae Tanking, of Seneca, on April 15, 1961. Fred enjoyed farming and livestock and was a past president of the Richardson County Farm Bureau.  He was an avid reader and enjoyed discussing world events and politics. He loved his five grandchildren and keeping up with their many activities. Fred was an active member of the Charles Fankhauser American Legion Post 326 and Sabetha VFW. He enjoyed helping with Veterans Day activities and parades and was honored to have served our country.

He had deep regard for our founding fathers and enjoyed an 80th birthday trip to Washington D.C. with his brother. Fred was a gentle man who would rather listen and observe than talk. His quiet spirit and soft heart will be remembered by all those who knew him.He loved his Maker and understood that his personal relationship with Him through Jesus wasn’t found in any specific denomination.

Fred is survived by his sons, Howard Frey, of Humboldt, Roy (Shari) Frey, of Sabetha; daughter, Cindy (Russ) Wilfert, of Mesa, AZ; siblings, John (Anne) Frey, of Minnesota, and Doris (Larry) Sher, of Shawnee, KS; five grandchildren, Jacqueline Frey, of Lawrence, KS, Jacob Frey, of Manhattan, KS, Broderick Frey, of Sabetha, Jenna and Caden Wilfert, of Mesa; and his dog, Katy; brother, John (Anne) Frey, of Mankato, MN; sister, Doris (Larry) Sher, of Shawnee, KS; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Fred’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at the Bern United Methodist Church, with Pastor Bill Driver officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Bern Community Building, where family will be greeting friends. Inurnment will be at the Bern Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Charles Fankhauser Legion Post 326 of Bern.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Bern Community Building or Bern Community Library, in care of Wherry Mortuary, 207 Nemaha St., Humboldt, NE 68376.

Online messages of condolence can be left at


Lyal Wayne Walker, 68, of Lincoln, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln. He was was born June 13, 1946 in Falls City to Lyal Walker and Enid Almina (White) Walker.

Wayne’s family moved from Falls City to Lincoln when he was a boy. He attended school in Lincoln and graduated from Lincoln High School. He enlisted in the Nebraska Army National Guard. Wayne worked security for the Pinkerton Company for many years.

He is survived by his children, Robin, Scott and Johnathan (Georgianna) Walker, all of Lincoln; sister, Collette Tutty, of Twin Falls, ID; nephew, Jeremy (Kandis) Tutty; niece, Erin (Karl) Tettitt; grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Jerri Lynn Walker.

Hall Funeral Chapel, of Auburn, is in charge of arrangements.