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BART E. CHANDLER





Barton “Bart” Eugene Chandler, 77, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully at home at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 surrounded by loved ones. He was born Sept. 17, 1937 to Raymond Chandler and Gladys Boatman Chandler on a farm near Nemaha.

Bart graduated from Shubert High School in 1955. He traveled all 50 of the United States, parts of Canada, Central America and the Caribbean Islands. He worked hard to care for his wife and family, working at many occupations. Bart relocated to several cities before settling his family in Lincoln in 1976.

It seemed that Bart could drive just about anything. To name a few of his occupations: farming in Nemaha County; logging in Willow, AK; commercial fishing for Salmon off the coast of Alaska; setting dynamite and driving a train for climax mining near Leadville, CO; and over-the-road trucking, retiring from commercial driving in early 2009. Bart had been in failing health for the past several years.

He was preceded in death by parents, Ray and Gladys; brothers, Donald and Edward; grandsons, Trent and Michael.

Bart is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce; his sister, Mynra Georges, of Auburn; children, Cathleen Jenkins (Bruce), of Omaha, Timothy (Jennifer), of Concord, CA, Jackson (Debora) and Douglas (Shanique), all of Lincoln; six grandchildren, Shane, James, Diane and Levi, all of Lincoln, Crystal and Mackenzie, both of Concord, CA; and eight great-grandchildren; many other family and friends.

There will be no formal service, except private service at a later date in Prairie Union Cemetery, in Shubert. Aspen Cremation & Burial Service, of Lincoln, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.aspenaftercare.com

BERNICE RATHMANN





Bernice Rathmann, 90, of Falls City, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. She was born May 17, 1924 at Nemaha to the late Roy and Carrie (Conover) Clark.

On March 8, 1944 she married Gene Hendrix at Hiawatha, KS. He passed away Nov. 24, 1969. She then married Donald Rathmann on Dec. 10, 1971 and he passed away on May 3, 2007.

Bernice attended schools in the Stella area and then worked in the credit department for Gold and Company as a teller at First National Bank. She and Mr. Rathmann moved to Falls City in 1990.

She is survived by her sons, Charles (Mary) Hendrix, of Unadilla, and Wendell (Ruth) Hendrix, of Lincoln; brother, Donald Clark, of Falls City; six grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; sisters, Sylvia Reavis and Edna James; brothers, Olen, Arthur, Wilbert, Paul and Delmar Clark

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home. Interment will be in Lincoln Memorial Park at Lincoln on Oct. 22. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

ROBERT R. 'BOB' LANPHIER





Robert Richard “Bob” Lanphier, 75, of Cabool, MO, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 at the Harry Truman Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Columbia, MO. He was born in Scottsbluff on Jan. 29, 1939 to Ralph and Lois Lanphier and raised on the family farm his father started west of Lingle, WY. There his family raised a variety of crops, including potatoes and alfalfa, as well as sheep and cattle. After he graduated from Lingle High School, Bob served in the Air Force at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA, a jet mechanic. After serving, he returned to the farm, met Judith Ann Heineman of Falls City and they were married in 1965.

During the following years, Bob took on a variety of professions while residing in Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, Idaho, Wisconsin and Missouri. Most of his work took advantage of his mechanical and agricultural experience to reclaim and improve distressed properties or equipment for resale. He had a knack for spotting good value as well as learning and mastering new lines of business. He frequently focused on recycling automobiles and their components, and in, 1996, he was awarded a patent for a process to manufacture rolled roofing from recycled tires.

Bob is survived his wife, Judi; children, Dawn Lanphier (Michael) Simon, Robert “Rob” (Margaret) Lanphier and Daniel (Crystal) Lanphier; two granddaughters, Hazel Lanphier and Evelyn Lanphier; brothers, Raymond and Gary. He was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest brother, Ralph Wilbur “Bill” Lanphier.

A funeral service was held in Columbia on Oct. 5, 2014 and he is interred with his wife’s family at St. Mark’s Lutheran Cemetery in Verdon.

CHERI M. BLETSCHER





Cheri Marie Bletscher, 60, of Rulo, passed away Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 at Lincoln. She was born Nov. 29, 1953 at Falls City to Marge (Koelzer) Kopf and the late Leonard Kopf.

On June 30, 1973 she married her high school sweetheart, Doyle Bletscher, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Rulo.

Cheri was raised in rural Falls City and graduated from Falls City High School in 1972. When married the couple made their home in Rulo where she stayed home and raised her four children until going to Nursing School at Northwest Missouri State University at Maryville, MO. Following graduation she worked as a LPNC at Community Medical Center in Falls City for 16 years until retiring in 2013.

She loved to cook, watch football, work outside tending to her flowers, lawn and garden, cheer on her granddaughter Morgan’s sports teams and spend time at home with family. Most of all she loved being a grandma and spending as much time as possible with her granddaughters. Not only did she touch the lives of her family and friends, she also touched many others through her 16 years of nursing.

Cheri was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Doyle, of Rulo; children, Matt Bletscher, of Rulo, Lindsay (Jared) Brown, of Omaha, Brandy (Josh) Coulter, of Crete, Mitch (Kelly) Bletscher, of Falls City; mother, Marge Kopf, of Falls City; brothers, Tom (Cindy) Kopf, and Tony Kopf, both of Falls City; granddaughters, Morgan, Abby, Ava, Josie and Kyla.

She was preceded in death by her father.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Rulo, with Fr. David Oldham officiating. Interment will be in Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery. The family will meet with friends following the rosary, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home in Falls City.

More information can be found at www.dorrandclark.com

DONNA K. (OVERFIELD) WINKER





Donna Kay (Overfield) Winker, 60, of Humboldt, passed away Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society in Auburn. She was born Feb. 3, 1954 in Falls City to Don and Mary (Mullins) Overfield.  

Donna attended Chadron Elementary School through the 3rd grade and then Holbrook Elementary School through 6th grade. After her family moved, Donna attended public school in Humboldt, where she graduated from Humboldt High School with the Class of 1972. Donna continued her education at Peru State College and later received her LPN degree from Southeast Community College in Beatrice.   

Donna was united in marriage to Eldon Paul Hunzeker from June 18, 1972 until 1979. To this union four children, Kari, Nathan, Eric and Aaron were born. Donna spent most of her life in Humboldt, where she lived and raised her four children. She worked as a nurse’s aide and LPN in hospitals and nursing homes in southeast Nebraska. In April of 1991, Donna was united in marriage to Bruce Anthony Edward Winker in Humboldt. After the passing of her husband, she continued to devote her life to the raising of her children and, later, her grandchildren.

Donna was a member of The Christian Church in Humboldt, where she attended services and Bible study regularly. She enjoyed spending time with her family, watching sports, cross-stitching, poetry, drawing, and word puzzles. Her favorite entertainment was watching grandchildren play sports, especially baseball, basketball, football and volleyball. She became a resident of Colonial Acres Nursing Home and later Good Samaritan Society when her health began to decline.

She was preceded in death by husband Bruce Winker and her father Don Overfield.

Donna is survived by her daughter, Kari (Mike) Preclik, of The Czech Republic; sons, Nathan (Lisy) Hunzeker, of Altavista, VA, Eric (Amberly) Hunzeker, of Lincoln, Aaron (Melinda) Hunzeker, of Humboldt; 10 grandchildren; mother, Mary Overfield, of Humboldt; sisters, Debbie (Dan) James, Deane Overfield and Darcy Weldon, all of Humboldt; brother, Dan (Cindy) Overfield, of Auburn; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at The Christian Church in Humboldt, with Pastor Howard Blecha officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt. Family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. at the mortuary. Interment at the Humboldt Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to The Humboldt Christian Church, Bruun Memorial Library Fund or Good Samaritan Society in Auburn. Online messages of condolence can be left at www.wherrymortuary.com