Obituaries

Eleanor 'Dolly' McWain





Eleanor Marie “Dolly” McWain went to be with the Lord on November 26, 2016 in Lee’s Summit, MO. Dolly passed away at the Village Hospice Home in Lee’s Summit in the presence of several family members. Dolly’s passing was a faith inspiring experience as a look of peace and serenity came over her face as she breathed her last breath on earth and went to be with Jesus. Dolly was born on February 17, 1933, in Fargo Nebraska. She was the youngest of nine children in the Nissen family.
Dolly grew up in Fargo and nearby Rulo. Dolly’s family moved to Denver, CO while Dolly was a teenager but Dolly stayed behind and lived with her sister Gladys as she loved her friends and high school and living in the town of Rulo.
There was a young man in Rulo named Ken McWain that Dolly grew up with. Ken had a crush on Dolly for years. He finally wore down her resistance with his outgoing personality and persistence and they began a 63-year love affair when they were married in Falls City, on April the 4, 1953.
Shortly after their marriage, Dolly and Ken moved to Kansas City, MO. One of Dolly’s favorite experiences to tell others occurred in Kansas City in the mid 1950’s while she was employed as an elevator operator in the Federal Reserve Bank building. Former President Harry Truman maintained an office in the building and Dolly would often take him up to his floor. She said President Truman was a very polite and friendly man.
Dolly and Ken resided in Kansas City and Independence Missouri until the late 1980s when Ken’s job took them to the Charlotte, NC area. Dolly loved the two houses they occupied in Concord, a pretty, historical township near Charlotte. Dolly and Ken made many friends while living in Concord. In 1991, they moved back to the Kansas City area and built a house in Lee’s Summit. Dolly loved her new home and spent many happy hours decorating it and working with plants and flowers. She loved to relax on the back porch and read books.
Dolly spent the last year and half of her life on earth in the John Knox long term care facility in Lee’s Summit where she made friends with many employees. It was touching and comforting to the family when several of these employees stopped by after Dolly’s passing and commented on how much they loved assisting her. People often felt that way about Dolly as she was a kind and sweet person.
Dolly was saved on Sunday morning, November 29, 1959 at the Amazing Grace Baptist Tabernacle. She described the experience as “a wonderful day for me, as Ken was saved also, praise God.” Dolly was a devout Christian woman with a strong but gentle faith. She and her family attended Southwood Nazarene church in Kansas City, MO for several years. Dolly was actively involved in the work of the church at Southwood and one of the many tasks she performed there was serving as church treasurer.
Later in her life, she and Kenneth attended First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, MO.
Dolly enjoyed many things in life including home decorating and collecting Moss Rose China and Madame Alexander Dolls. She also enjoyed spending time with her two children, six grandchildren and her great granddaughter and they very much appreciated the candy and cards and other gifts she gave them. Christmas was a special time for Dolly and she loved decorating the tree and her home with festive holiday ornaments and lights. Dolly enjoyed traveling with her husband Kenneth and often accompanied him on business trips. While traveling and on vacations, Dolly loved shopping in antique and collectables stores looking for her “treasures” to decorate her home with. Dolly also enjoyed visiting the Nelson Atkins are Gallery in Kansas City and Powell Gardens near Lee’s Summit.
Dolly was interested in the history of the Richardson County where she grew up. She enjoyed researching and reading about that area of Southeast Nebraska and collected several articles about its history. One of her favorite books was the “The History of Richardson County”. The town of Fargo, where Dolly was born, ceased to exist many years ago, but Dolly still enjoyed driving around the area and looking for pieces of its past. For many years after leaving the area, Dolly subscribed to the Falls City Journal, a newspaper that covered current and historical events of the area she grew up in.
Dolly’s greatest interests were always related to her family. Her kind disposition and strong faith helped guide the lives of her two cherished children Gary and Brenda and later, the lives of her cherished grandchildren, Katherine and Collin McWain and Blake, Kirk, Gage and Troy Fletcher. Dolly is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 63 years, Kenneth L. McWain, son, Gary and his wife Lisa; daughter, Brenda Fletcher and her husband Dave; beloved grandchildren: Katherine McWain, Collin McWain, Blake Fletcher and his wife Brittany, Kirk Fletcher and his wife Natasha, Gage Fletcher, Troy Fletcher and his wife Crystal; and great granddaughter, Cora Fletcher.

IVAN HINRICHSEN





Ivan Lee Hinrichsen, 83 of Dawson, passed away on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at Community Medical Center in Falls City. He was born on Oct. 18, 1933 to John and Mildred (Reis) Hinrichsen in Springfield, NE.
Later he moved to Pawnee City, with his four brothers and two sisters.  When he was out of school, Ivan became a brick mason. Then from 1955-1957 he was drafted to the United States Army and went to Germany, where he was a Marksman Rifle Expert. After returning home Ivan  went to Lincoln and worked as a brick mason and later he retired from Brick mason.
Ivan met his future wife  Charleen Flanagin  and they were married March 15, 1958.  To this union they had two children, Roger Lee and Debora Dee.
Ivan was a great family man, he enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and just spending time with his family.
Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mildred Hinrichsen,  brothers, Melvin (Wanda) Hinrichsen,  Lester Hinrichsen, Douglas Hinrichsen, Sr.,  and great-grandson Greyson Shubert.
Ivan is survived by his wife Charleen of Dawson; son, Roger (Darcy) Hinrichsen of Dawson, their four children, Tanya (Brent) Shubert of Falls City, Troy (Debra) Hinrichsen of Brownville,  Terra (Tyler) Frank of Falls City,  and Tiffany Hinrichsen of Dawson; daughter, Debora (Chad) Salyers, their three children Mitchell Brehm of Fremont, NE, Krista (Rick) Livingston of Cedar Bluffs, NE, Rachel Salyers, husband Jude Olney of Hartford CT; seven great-grandchildren, Ryan, Morgan,  Dylan, Gavin, Everett, Maelynn and Madison; brother, Jack (Shree) Hinrichsen of Pawnee City, sisters, Luree (Jim) Ullman, DuBois, NE, Betty (Dave) Flanagin of Pawnee City; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 20, 2017 at Wherry Mortuary, 919 G Street, Pawnee City, Nebraska.  Officiating Pastor Dan Gifford. Visitation on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. at Wherry Mortuary, 919 G Street, Pawnee City, Nebraska. Interment at the Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City, Nebraska. Memorials to family choice. On line condolence can be left at www.wherrymortuary.com


DALE L. HANIKA





Dale Lincoln Hanika, 88, formerly Falls City, passed away Jan. 13, 2017, at The Waterford at College View in Lincoln. He was born in Shubert, on Feb. 12, 1928 to Harold and Pearl (Sailors) Hanika.
 Dale served in the United States Army at Fort Bliss, Texas from 1954-1956. After serving, Dale farmed and was owner of Dale Hanika Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning in Falls City for many years.
 Dale is survived by his son, Steve (Patti) Hanika of Wheaton, IL; daughter, Cindy (Steve) Brunken of Lincoln; grandchildren and spouses, Justin and Meghan Hanika, Kristin Hanika, Scott and Ryan Brunken, and Lauren Brunken; great-granddaughter, Madison Hanika.
 A gathering for family and friends will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at the Summit Falls Apartments Clubhouse, 8300 Renatta Drive, Lincoln.  A private family burial will be held at the Harris Cemetery in Barada.  Memorials in care of the Capital Humane Society.
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NANCY DARLING





Nancy Caroline Darling, 77, passed away in Mt. View, CA, on Nov. 17, 2016. She was born in Auburn, to Mervalyn and Joe Darling on May 5, 1939.  
Joe moved the family to Falls City,  where he ran the Darling Transfer. Nancy graduated from Falls City High School in 1957 where she was best remembered as being called “Jake”. She  graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961, she was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority. After graduation she worked at the Downey V. A. Hospital  in the  Chicago, area as a Recreational Therapist until she returned to school where she earned a Masters degree in Orientation and Mobility Therapy at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. MI.  Nancy’s career working with the disabled began in St. Augustine, FL preparing students that were blind to attend public schools.
 Here success in this field resulted in her being the first woman to be hired as a Mobility Therapist at the Blind Rehabilitation Center at the V.A. Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. where she spent her career teaching veterans that were blind.  Nancy received the Award for Outstanding Service to Veterans by the Veterans Administration Hospital at Palo Alto, CA.
 When Nancy retired she volunteered at the Ana Nueva CA. State Park where she was a docent and at the Mammal Rehabilitation Center helping rescued sea lions and seals.  Her kindness extended beyond giving her time but also  by her contributions to the Democratic National Party, the Marine Mammal Society, Monterey Bay Society, Yosemite National Park, her favorite place, and many others.
 She is survived by he sister’s Patricia (Ed) O’Grady, Deanna (Glen) Mellage, Vicki (Jim) McMurray, Gail (Ron) Sears,  Linda (Marlin)Boden and brothers Dale Darling and Larry (Faye) Darling.
She will be sadly missed by her family and friends who will be gathering at Monterey Bay CA. to celebrate her life on her birthday May, 5, 2017.

JANELLE PILKENTON





Janelle E. Pilkenton, 76, of Raytown, MO passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.  She was born June 23, 1940 in Falls City, to Glen and Leta (Schulenberg) Peck.
Janelle was united in marriage to Theodore (Ted) Pilkenton, he survives of the home. She was a Medical Transcriber and a Lutheran by faith. Janelle enjoyed sewing, painting, doll collecting, and breeding Chihuahua puppies.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and an infant son.
In addition to her husband, Ted, she is survived by her step-children, Dianna (Rick) Viebrock, of Concordia, MO, and Theodore J. Pilkenton of Kansas City, MO; brothers, Gary Peck of Newberry Park, CA, and Marlin Peck of Falls City; step grandchildren, Laura Oliveros of Concordia, MO, Tina Daly of Lakenheath, England, Shelby Pilkenton of Kansas City, MO, and Jesse Pilkenton of Kansas City, MO; and seven step great grandchildren.
Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 320 W. 20th St, Falls City.  Burial will follow at Steele Cemetery, Falls City.  
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