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Mary Katheryn (Peters) Horton passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the age of 90 in Sacramento, CA. Mary Kay was born Jan. 11, 1924 in Nowata, OK.  

She is preceded in death by her parents John and Anita Peters, and her loving husband, Charles Raymond “Ray” Horton. Mary is survived by her half-sister, Eowana Bradley Peters (Lenny Krieglen); sons, John (Loretta) Horton, and Dr. Richard Horton; daughter, Victoria Horton (Bernie Mikell); and grandson, Thomas Horton.  

Mary Kay graduated from Falls City High School in 1941. Music, dance and the love of animals filled Mary’s heart. She was known for her stunning soprano voice and more than once cleared a dance floor.

She married Ray on Dec. 17, 1946. After 31 years, she retired from the University of Nebraska Press in October 1999. A mentor to many young women, Mary Kay encouraged them to be strong and independent like she taught her own daughter and sons to be. The family wishes to thank Evelyn Lamont and her family for the loving care they provided Mary Kay in the final years of her life.  

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Wyuka Cemetery. Family and friends will gather at Wyuka Funeral Home prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary Kay’s name to the University of Nebraska Foundation, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508.  


Donald E. Smith, 73, of Falls City, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Falls City. He was born Jan. 31, 1941 at Chadron to the late Rueben and Dorothy (Ely) Smith.
    He married Rita Anne Staroscik on Oct. 21, 1961 in Duncan, NE.
    Mr. Smith was raised at Chadron and at age 10 moved to Silver Creek. He graduated with Associate Of Arts Degree; he then became employed as a draftsman at Consumers Public Power District at Lincoln. Later they moved to Columbus and he worked for the same company as an engineering technician and was a project engineer for Cooper Nuclear Station. He then worked for Minnesota Power at Duluth, MN, where he was a contracted Administrator.
    They moved to Falls City in 1998 and he worked for NPPD until retiring in 2007. He enjoyed camping and fishing and loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
     Donald was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, of Falls City.
     He’s survived by his wife, Rita, of Falls City; daughters, Teresa (Raymond) Hausch, of Portland, OR, Cynthia (Mark) Danielson, Wilsall, MT, Donna (Timothy) Banish, Cincinnati, OH; sons, Jonathan and Timothy Smith, both of Lincoln; brother, Gary Smith, of Fayetteville, AR; sister, Linda (Ronald) Hospodka-Omaha; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Neil.
    Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 31, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, with Msgr. Robert A. Roh as the presiding priest; interment in the St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Duncan, NE.
     The Rosary will be read at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, of Falls City. The family will receive friends following the Rosary at the funeral home.
    In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to family choice.


Lorraine ‘Tootie’ Hoy, 83, of Falls City, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Falls City. She was born Oct. 5, 1930, at Falls City to the late Russell and Marie (Raguse) Flanagan.
    She married Stacy “Bill” Hoy on June 30, 1951 at Falls City; he passed away Sept. 13, 2005.
    Tootie was raised in Falls City and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1948 and graduated from the St. Joseph Hospital Nursing School in 1951. The couple established their home in Falls City when married and she worked as a Registered Nurse at the Falls City Hospital and Falls City Care Center until retiring in 1998. In 2006 she became a volunteer at Sacred Heart for several years. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, working with stained glass and other crafts.
    She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, the Legion of Mary & Catholic Daughters.
    She is survived by her children, Stacy William (Ann) Hoy III, of Dallas, TX; Patrick J. (Jan) Hoy, of Billings, MT; Michael J. (Wanda) Hoy, of Lincoln; Timothy J. (Gayle) Hoy, of San Antonio, TX; Kathleen E. (Dr. Ellis) Williams, of Leavenworth, KS; James K. (Ann) Hoy, of Falls City; Stephen R. (Stacy) Hoy, of Falls City; Brian T. (Tanya) Hoy, of Clayton, NC; 19 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren
     Tootie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Grace Holmes, Dorothy Luley, twin sisters in infancy; and a brother, James Flanagan.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Falls City, with Msgr. Robert A. Roh the presiding priest; burial in the Falls City Catholic Cemetery.
      A Catholic Daughters Rosary will be read at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home in Falls City. The Rosary will again be read at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. The family will then receive friends at the church.


John A. Kimes Jr., 85, of York, formerly of Beatrice, died Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Heritage Crossing Nursing Home in Geneva. He was born April 21, 1929, south of Humboldt.


John graduated from Dawson High School in 1947 and then entered the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict in Okinawa, Japan. After the service he worked as a mechanic in Fairbury and married Joyce Clark on Nov. 25, 1953 at Endicott. They moved to Beatrice in 1958 and worked as a mechanic at Henderson Ford and Burnham Ford, retiring in 1992. He loved his wife and kids and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


John is survived by wife Joyce, of York; sons Jim Kimes and wife Beckie, of Lincoln, and Dave Kimes, of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter Sue Donahue and friend Randy Howell, of York; six granddaughters and one grandson; five great-grandchildren; sisters Maxine Bell and husband Richard, and Dorothy Forbis and husband Mark, all of California; and sister-in-law Marilyn Zweifel and husband Delbert, of Fairbury.


He was preceded in death by parents Irene (Mashaw) and John Kimes Sr.; brothers Gordon and Harlan “Bud” Kimes; sisters Phyllis Prine, Norma Kimes and Betty Larson; and great-granddaughter Taylor Kimes-Sudik.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Harman-Wright Mortuary Chapel, Beatrice, with Pastor Rayl Robbins officiating. Burial will be in the Steele City Cemetery, with military honors by the Army National Honor Guard. Visitation will be held at the Harman-Wright Mortuary from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. A register book is also available online at A memorial is established to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.



Linda Lee Buthman Bedwell died on Monday, July 21, 2014 after a courageous battle with a Parkinson’s-related disease that robbed her of everything but her spirit. She was 79. A Nebraska native and a longtime resident of Omaha, Linda and her husband, Bill, moved to the Minneapolis area in 2011 so that they could be near three of her four children. She died in her home there, with Bill holding her hand and her family at her side.

Linda radiated passion. She completely dedicated herself to each task at hand, from her careers in volunteerism, public relations, women’s fashion and retail to her commitments as a loving wife, mother and friend. Her family was everything to her and she coined the phrase, The Bedwell Fan Club, to remind us that we must always love and support one another, whether to celebrate one another’s victories or to offer comfort each other through difficult times. Her zeal for life was contagious and she could captivate a room with her stories and laughter. She loved nothing more than a healthy debate and it was a sad irony that her disease took her ability to communicate away from her.

Linda was born in Falls City to William A. (Boots) Buthman and Ruth Simanton Buthman on Jan. 25, 1935. An only child, she developed her lifelong love of flowers growing up across the street from the greenhouse that was the family’s business. She attended Falls City High School and was the 1953 Class Salutatorian.

She and her parents spent each summer at the Twin Bay Shores resort in Crosslake, MN, and that area of the country became a large part of her life. Eventually her parents purchased the cabin where they stayed and Linda’s children and grandchildren also spent summers there, fishing, waterskiing, boating and delighting in the area’s natural beauty. Linda never tired of admiring the birch woods or listening to the sound of the Loons calling across the lake. When her father, Boots, died in 1996, the family established Grampa’s Run For The Walleye, an annual 5k race that raises funds to support the Walleye population on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. The race held its 18th event on July 5 this year.

Linda attended The University of Nebraska, where she majored in Journalism and Home Economics. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, The Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Scholarship Society, The Sigma Phi Journalism Honorary Socitey; editor of the 1957 “Cornhusker” Yearbook and was elected to the Mortar Board.

She married Bill, her childhood friend and high school sweetheart, on June 9, 1957 and started their married life at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS.

Eventually they settled in Omaha, where Linda contributed significantly to the city of Omaha through her many volunteer efforts. She held several leadership posts with The Junior League of Omaha, including Education Chairman, Provisional Chairman and First Chairman of the Omaha International Tennis Tournament. Her executive positions included Omaha Delegate to the National Junior League Convention, Secretary, Member of the Board of Directors, Vice President and President.

Linda was also a member of the Ak-Sar-Ben Women’s Ball Committee; President of the Girls Club of Omaha; Budget Committee Member for the United Way; Chairman of the Clarkson Hospital Gift Shop; Chairman of the Joslyn Art Museum Family Membership Division; and Chairman of the 2nd Annual Omaha Symphony Designer Showhouse. She served on the Directors’ Boards for the Clarkson Hospital Service League; The Joslyn Woman’s Association; The Omaha Ballet Association; The Omaha Symphony Guild; The Salvation Army Auxiliary and The Omaha Volunteer Bureau.

In 1979, Linda accepted her first paid position as the Public Relations Director that helped re-elect Mike Albert as the Douglas County Commissioner. From 1980-1987 she was a buyer and sales representative, for Topp’s of Omaha, a woman’s fine clothing store. She also worked at Mailboxes, Etc. and The Mole Hole gift shop before retiring in 1999. In retirement, Linda served on the Alter Guild for All Saints Episcopal Church.

In addition to Bill, Linda is survived by her four children, their spouses and her seven grandchildren: Laurie Bedwell Sawatzky (Randy Sawatzky); Marci Bedwell Roesler (Tim Roesler); Todd Bedwell (Chris); and Jeff Bedwell (Nancy); Noah Sawatzky; Carolina Roesler; Madeline Roesler; Sam Tomia; Logan Tomia; Jeffrey Bedwell Jr; and Daniel Bedwell. She also leaves behind many dear friends, who were part of her and Bill’s lives for more than 40 years.

In one of Linda’s last conversations with her oldest granddaughter, she offered some advice that will remain with us always: “Where ever you are, make the most of it.” We’re certain she’s in heaven doing just that.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Mount Olivet West, in Victoria, MN and at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at  All Saints Episcopal Church, 93rd and Blondo Streets, Omaha.

The family would also like to thank the remarkable caregivers who watched over Linda in her final days. We are grateful for their incredible and compassion, which gave all of us so much comfort.