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Marlene Gilkerson, 67, of Falls City, passed away April 16, 2015 at Falls City. She was born March 3, 1948 at Falls City to the late E.A. and Grace (Gehling) Broadstone.

She was raised at Falls City and attended FC Sacred Heart High School. Following her schooling, she married Ralph Gilkersonm on Oct. 11, 1965 in Falls City. The couple established their home in Falls City and worked at Frontier Homes and the FC Meat Co. before becoming employed by the FC Police Dept. as a dispatcher for 13 years. She then managed the restaurant at the Oasis and became a Certified Nursing Assistant, traveling and working in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. She retired in 2000 and was then a homemaker.

Marlene was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Rulo.

She’s survived by her husband, Ralph, of Falls City; sons, Brian (Amanda) Gilkerson, of Bay St. Louis, MS, and Keith (Kim) Gilkerson, of Falls City; brother, Gehling (Bertha) Broadstone, of Kansas City, MO; sisters, Alvia (Dean) Davis and Claudette (Bill) Davis, all of Fremont; grandchildren, Kaleb (Katie) Gilkerson, of FC; Christina, Robert and Emma Gilkerson, of FC; Stephen Wendtlandt, of Dawson; and Rebecca, Rick and Justin Woods, of Bay St. Louis, MS; great-grandchildren, Braylon Gilkerson, of FC; and Zachery and Kenzleigh Wendtlandt, of Dawson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mary Bellson and Kathy Hoy; brother, Merlin Broadstone; and her children, Gehling and Grace Gilkerson.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in Rulo, with Fr. David Oldham as the presiding priest. Inurnment will be in Falls City Catholic Cemetery. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the rosary.


Ronnie A. Schawang, 80, of Rulo, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Lincoln. He was born on Oct. 13, 1934 at Falls City to the late William and Mary (Nitzsche) Schawang.

He was raised on a farm northeast of Falls City and graduated from FC Sacred Heart High School in 1952. Following graduation, Ronnie farmed with his father. He married Nancy Hersh on Feb. 1, 1964 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Rulo. When married, the couple established their home on a farm northeast of Falls City. He farmed and raised livestock his entire life and was also a substitute school bus driver.

Ronnie was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was the Rural Volunteer Fire Department from 1966 until 2000.

He’s survived by his wife, Nancy Schawang, of Rulo; daughters, Jackie (Terry) Way and Martha (Todd) Chapple, both of Rulo; brothers, Willie Schawang, of Falls City, and David (Jan) Schawang, of Hastings; grandchildren, Tessa and Tyler Way, and Sydney and Courtney Chapple.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Wayne Schawang.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Rulo, with Fr. David Oldham as presiding priest. Inurnment will be at Arago Cemetery at a later date. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home. The family will greet friends following the rosary.


William Godfred Vogele, 86, of Antioch California, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2015.  He was born on February 15, 1929 at Falls City to Edward and Nellie Mae Vogele (Cochran).  

Bill proudly served in the US Army Constabulary Corps, Germany from 1946 thru 1948 and in the Korean War, 1950 thru 1951.  Upon returning from the war, Bill left Nebraska for California and worked on a pile driving crew until securing a job with the Charles Pfizer paint division in Emeryville,  CA retiring after 32 years with the company.  

While working a steady day job, Bill moonlighted as a musician, playing bass in country and western clubs throughout northern California. Not being one to enjoy a restful retirement, Bill returned to school and graduated with certification in refrigeration technology.  After briefly working in the refrigeration trade, he worked as a security guard until recently.  

Bill was a selfless, hard-working, loving and caring father, brother, and friend.  He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by sons Billy Vogele, Gary Vogele; daughters Erika Vogele, Antioch, CA, and Carla Simser, Antioch, CA; sisters Paulene Legman, of Woodinville, WA; Nellene Bauman of Ackley, IA; Alyce Sickel, Falls City; Mildred Bauer, Falls City, Betty Majerus, Rulo; and Violet McTaggart, Falls City.  

William was preceded in death by his parents and brother, August Vogele.

Funeral services will be held at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home on April 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Internment services to follow at Rulo cemetery.  At the conclusion of services, refreshments will be served at the Legion Hall.   


John Morehead passes away Sunday

John H. Morehead, Richardson County Bank & Trust Co. President of nearly 40 years, passed away Sunday morning, April 12, 2015 at Falls City Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, where he had lived the past several months after his health had declined. He was 87. 

Private family services will be held at a later date. 

Mr. Morehead first became associated with RCB&T in Falls City in 1958, following a brief career as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the east coast. Within just four years at RCB&T, in 1962, he was elected President of the bank and throughout almost all of four decades, up until his retirement in 2011, Mr. Morehead served in various other capacities, including CEO and Chairman of the Board. 

He was far more than a successful banker, however. Mr. Morehead was an exceptional trap shooter - winning at both the state and national levels, he was a civic-minded and generous philanthropist, a military veteran, a brilliant scholar who earned two law degrees in just five years of college, a husband of nearly 60 years, a father of five, grandfather of 16 and, yes, even a Special Agent. It was during his time with the FBI when he met his wife, Amalia P. Pizzagalli, in Burlington, VT. After completing his training in Washington, D.C. and Quantico, VA, Mr. Morehead’s first assignment was in Burlington. They were married there on Sept. 10, 1955. In just five months John and Amalia would’ve celebrated their 60thwedding anniversary. 

He was born on June 17, 1927 at Falls City to the late Edwin J. and Anna G. (Gist) Morehead. The grandson of a Nebraska Governor and U.S. Congressman, John was raised at Falls City and graduated from Falls City High School in 1945 and was drafted into the military. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force in September of 1947, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska, graduating from UNL with degrees in Law and International Law in 1952.

 Shortly after their 1955 marriage, the FBI transferred John to New York City, where he and Mrs. Morehead lived until 1958, when he resigned from the Bureau and moved home to Falls City. 

He was involved in many civic activities during the course of his career. He received the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award in 1959. He served many years as president of Downtown Modernization, Inc., an entity founded and funded by local business persons and dedicated to downtown retailing.

He is survived by his wife, Amalia P. Morehead, of Falls City; children, Marc (Marcia) Morehead, of Falls City, Karen (Kirk) Stevenson, of Chicago, Kristine (Michael) Cain, of Omaha, Bruce (Karen) Morehead, of Denver, and Amalia (Richard) LaViolette, of St. Louis, MO; a sister, Carol Stebbins, of Helena, MT; 16 grandchildren; 13 nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Morehead was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Kenneth, on March 11, 2000.

For those who wish, donations in his memory may be made to family choice, which will be included in a scholarship fund which the family has established for Richardson County students. Donations may be mailed to the family.


Pansie J. Chandler, 89, of Hiawatha, KS, died Thursday morning, April 9, 2015, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Hiawatha. She was born near Bern, KS, in Nemaha County on June 13, 1925, one of three children born to Aaron and Grace Dexter Brunner. 

Pansie attended country school near Sabetha, KS, prior to graduating from Sabetha High School in 1943. During World War II, she was enrolled in Cadet Nurses Training at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Sabetha, prior to finishing the training at a St. Joseph, MO, hospital. Pansie worked as a registered nurse at Hiawatha Community Hospital for 27 years, before retiring in 1991 at the age of 65.

Pansie was raised in the Community of Christ Church. After she retired, she enjoyed traveling, which included trips to the Grand Canyon, an Alaska cruise, New York and Hawaii.

She married Eugene Chandler on Feb. 8, 1947, at Sabetha. He died May 12, 1968.

Survivors include her children: Gary (Linda) Chandler, of Topeka, KS, Carolyn (Don) Hilgenfeld, of Lincoln, Connie (Duane) Widman, of Topeka, Stephen (Kathy) Chandler, and Christine Ballew, both of Hiawatha, and Cynthia (James) Reynolds, of Falls City; a sister-in-law, Fannie Mae Hathaway, of Des Moines, IA; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren.

Pansie was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Howard and Jack Brunner.

A Celebration of Pansie’s life is planned for 10 a.m. Monday, April 13, at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, with Youth Pastor Ryan VanPeursem officiating. Interment will follow at Morrill (KS) Cemetery. Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha after noon Sunday, where the family will meet from 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hiawatha Community Hospital Nursery Dept., in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., 66434. A special message may be sent to the family at