William “Bill” Junior Fankhauser, 93, of Humboldt, Nebraska was born on December 2, 1920 in Humboldt, Nebraska to William and Pearl Viola (Kinter) Fankhauser. Bill was raised on the family farm south of Humboldt where he attended country school. He then attended Humboldt public schools and graduated from Humboldt High School with the class of 1938. Bill continued his education at Peru State College where he received his Bachelors Degree in 1942 and earned a Masters of Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1954.
On June 21, 1950, Bill was united in marriage to Willistine Marie Clark in Humboldt, Nebraska. To this union three children, William, Suzanne, and Stuart were born. Bill began his career as an instrumental and vocal director for Tabor Public Schools in Tabor, Iowa for 3 years. He then served as superintendent and music director for Honey Creek Consolidated Schools near Salem, Nebraska for 2 years and high school vocal music director and instrumental music director at Gordon Public Schools in Gordon, Nebraska for 3 years. Bill finished his career at Sidney Pubic Schools in Sidney, Nebraska where he was a vocal instructor for 6 years, high school assistant principal and activities director for 8 years, and junior high principal for 15 years. He retired in 1986 after serving in the Sidney Public Schools for 29 years.
Bill was very active throughout his career in many professional and community organizations. He was a member of the Nebraska State and National Association of Secondary School Principals, Past President of the Sidney Education Association and Western Nebraska Principals Association, Nebraska School Masters Club, National Education Association, Past President and Charter Member of the Western Nebraska Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, Past State Choral Chairman for Nebraska Music Educators, and District President of North Platte Convention Steering Committee. He also belonged and was active in many community organizations in the various areas in which he lived. Bill was a Charter Member and Co-director of Ft. Sidney Colonels (singing group), Member, Elder, and past choir director of the Light Memorial Presbyterian Church, member of the Four-Mile Congregational Church, Past President of Kiwanis Club Sidney Chapter, Past Lt. Gov. Div. 6 of Kiwanis Club, a member of the Sidney and Humboldt Rotary Club, Past President of the High Plains Arts Council, Past President of Lodgepole Valley Shrine Club, member of the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce and member of the grant reviewing committee for the Nebraska Arts Council. Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Sidney and Pawnee City and received a 50 year pin as a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Sidney and Humboldt.
Bill passed away on Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Humboldt, Nebraska having reached the age of ninety-three years, ten months, and twenty-two days. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Willistine.
Bill is survived by his children: Bill Fankhauser and his wife Jo Ellen of Omaha, NE; Suzanne Swahn and her husband Craig of Agency, IA, Stuart Fankhauser and his wife Jane of Chandler, AZ; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at The Four-Mile Congregational Church in rural Humboldt, Nebraska, with Pastor Ron Russell officiating.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at The Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt, Nebraska with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. at the mortuary. A Masonic Service will be conducted at 7 p.m. by the Pawnee City Masonic Lodge #23.
Interment will be at The Four-Mile Cemetery. Memorials contributions are suggested to The Four-Mile Congregational Church and Shriners Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to www.wherrymortuary.com. Arrangements entrusted to Wherry Mortuary-Humboldt, Nebraska (402) 862-2915
Marjorie Winifred (Rist) Cline, 90, of Humboldt, Nebraska was born on August 11, 1924 in Salem, Nebraska to Arthur and Winifred (Hayes) Baker. She grew up near Salem and started grade school in Dawson before attending Honey Creek Consolidated School. Marjorie later graduated from Honey Creek High School with the class of 1941. She continued her education at Peru State College from 1941-1942 and played volleyball for the Bobcats.
On January 10, 1943, Marjorie was united in marriage to Louis Rist in Humboldt, Nebraska. To this union four children, Sharon, Ron, John, and Richard were born. The couple raised their family on a farm South of Humboldt while Marjorie worked for various businesses in town. They later moved off the farm and into town in 1971. After Louis died in 1972, she was married to Lawrence Jaros for two years until he died in August of 1974. Marjorie later married Bill Cline on December 30, 1979 and shared twelve years of marriage together. Marjorie was a member of the Harvey-Mann Legion Auxiliary and worked for many years as a waitress at the Legion Club in Humboldt.
Marjorie passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at the Community Medical Center in Falls City, Nebraska having reached the age of ninety years, two months, and seventeen days. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: Louis Rist, Lawrence Jaros and Bill Cline, brothers Dale and Marvin Baker, and a sister Mildred Baker.
Marjorie is survived by her daughter Sharon Stalder of Syracuse, NE; sons: Ron Rist and his wife Sherryn of Humboldt, NE; John Rist and his wife Loretta of Humboldt, NE; Richard Rist and his wife Mary of Madison, WI; grandchildren: Rhonda Vaughan, Becky Stanley, Brent Stalder, Tami Stalder, Jodi Stalder, Nicole Rist, Marcus Rist, Megan Haymart, and Ryan Rist; step grandchildren: Tammy Rowe, Rex Usher, Mark Usher, and Russell Usher; 4 great-grandsons; many step great-grandchildren; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at The Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt, Nebraska, with Pastor Howard Blecha officiating.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014, at The Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt, Nebraska with family greeting friends from 5-6 p.m. at the mortuary.
Interment will be at Humboldt Cemetery. Memorials contributions may be given to the family’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.wherrymortuary.com. Arrangements entrusted to Wherry Mortuary-Humboldt, Nebraska (402) 862-2915