Former Falls City United Methodist Church Pastor Rev. Marvin D. Neubauer, 57, of Norfolk, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at his home. Marvin was born Jan. 18, 1958, in Osmond, the son of Delmer and Doris (Lingenfelter) Neubauer.

He was raised in Osmond and graduated from Osmond High School in 1976. Marvin received his bachelor’s degree from Westmar College in LeMars, IA, in 1981. He continued his education at St. Paul School of Theology, where he earned his Masters of Divinity in 1988. He was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1990.

Rev. Neubauer served Admire-Allen-Millers, in Kansas, and Alliance-Lakeside, Hastings First, Bushnell-Kimball-Potter, and Wahoo-Ithaca in Nebraska. He was also the Director of Camping & Youth Ministries in the Dakotas Conference. He returned to Nebraska to serve in Rulo and Springfield, in addition to Falls City. At the time of his death, Rev. Neubauer was District Superintendent of the Elkhorn Valley District of the Great Plains Conference in which he provided oversight, supervision and Missional strategies to 64 Methodist congregations.

On Dec. 29, 1990, Rev. Neubauer married his wife, Sue, in Alliance.

He is survived by his father; wife; son, William Neubauer, of Lincoln; daughter, Jennifer (Mjr. Sean) Lewis, of Mildenhall, England; and daughter, Katie (Rodney) Smith, of Wylie, TX; three granddaughters, Madison Lewis, and Olivia and Victoria Smith; sister, Ann (Gary) Steckelberg, of Norfolk; brother-in-law, Warren Schwanebeck, of Monroe, NE; father-in-law, Robert Luse, of Aurora, CO; sister-in-law, Jacquie Hall, of Brighton, CO; brother-in-law, Jim Luse, of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his mother; sister, Janet Schwanebeck; mother-in-law, Doris Luse; and brother-in-law, Mike Luse.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 21, at First United Methodist Church in Norfolk. Bishop Scott J. Jones, Rev. Dustin Petz and Rev. Shelly Petz officiated. Burial will be in the Osmond City Cemetery.


Orman Lawrence Drumm, 82, of Beatrice, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice. He was born on Monday, Sept. 19, 1932 at Stella to Willam Jessie and Nellie Ann (Yoder) Drumm.

Orman attended Bourke Country School and graduated from Stella High School. In January of 1952, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he was a mechanic and later joined the Navel Reserves. On Jan. 18, 1953, he married Marilee Boden at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn. Orman went to the Great Lakes Navy Station in Illinois and while attending Great Lakes School, Orman and Marilee lived in Waukegan, IL. He moved to the Norfolk, VA, Navy Station and served on board the Landing Ship-Tank.

When his father died, Orman returned to Nebraska and farmed, raising Black Angus cattle and hogs. In 1972, he became a Farm Bureau Insurance Agent. Orman quit farming in 1976 and moved to Beatrice to become an Agency Manager for Farm Bureau, retiring in 1995. Orman was a 4-H leader and active in the Southeast Consolidated School Booster Club. He was a member of the Quad County Pork Producers, Bitting-Norman Post #27 of the American Legion, Geddes-Thober Post #1077 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Aerie #531 of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and previously had served on the Board of Hidden Acres Golf Course.

Orman is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilee; three children, Bruce (Nancy) Drumm, of Wichita, KS, Joyce (Mike) Chandler, of Beatrice, and Susan (Tim) Brewer, of Humboldt; six grandchildren, Curtis (Kaarin) Ramer, of Locust Grove, GA, Marcus (Amber) Ramer, of Roca, Andrew Drumm of Fayetteville, AR, Tyler Drumm, of Indianapolis, IN, Jana Brewer (and fiancé Cody Neer), of Lincoln, Carlyn Brewer (and friend Darian Haynes), of Omaha; and five great grandchildren, Alec, Nick and Emma Ramer, and Aurelia and Elias Ramer. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Harman-Wright Mortuary in Beatrice, with Chaplain Sharon Schuster officiating. Inurnment will follow be at noon in the Stella Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Harman-Wright Mortuary in Beatrice. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice in care of the mortuary. Condolences may be left online at Harman-Wright Mortuary & Crematory in Beatrice in charge of arrangements.


Cheryl Ann (Lacey) Hayes, 59, of Seward, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at her home. She was born Nov. 7, 1955 in Pawnee City, the daughter of Clifford Lacey, Jr. and Lois Elizabeth (Broady) Lacey.

Cheryl was baptized on Jan. 8, 1956 at Zion Lutheran Church in Johnson, and confirmed on March 22, 1970 at Faith Lutheran Church in Humboldt. She was a 1974 graduate of Humboldt High School. On Sept. 28, 1974, Cheryl was united in marriage to David L. Hayes in Humboldt and their marriage was blessed with two sons, Ryan and Drew.

In 1990, Cheryl, Dave and their sons moved to Seward, where Cheryl spent the past 25 years working for the Seward School District.

Cheryl loved the outdoors, traveling, working in the yard and her flower gardens; but most of all, she loved her husband, children, grandchildren and her entire family. Cheryl taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and was a Cub Scout Leader. She also served on the Foster Care Review Board and as a CASA Volunteer.

Survivors include her husband, Dave, of Seward; sons, Ryan (Andrea) Hayes and their children, Ashlyn and Logan, all of North Platte, and Drew Hayes, of Alliance; her father, Cliff Lacey, Jr., and special friend, Theoma Pope, of Sterling; sisters, Pam (Tom) Usher, of Grand Island, Carol (Roger) Glathar, of Humboldt, and Chris (Joel) Geyer and Sandy (Bryan) Hanson, both of Lincoln; mother-in-law, Jerry (Hayes) Beem, of Falls City; sisters-in-law, Mary Jo (Jim) Huettner, of Verdon, Sue (Lee) Alders, of Kansas City, MO; brothers-in-law, Gene Hayes, of Chandler, AZ and Keith (Snooks) Hayes, of Falls City; a host of nieces and nephews and many friends.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her mother, Lois Lacey; step-mother, Karen (Haughton) Lacey; father-in-law, Lloyd C. Hayes; stepfather-in-law, Clarence Beem; and her grandparents, Clifford, Sr. and Helen (Illyess) Lacey and Arnold and Marie (Reeg) Broady.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21 at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, with Pastor Rob Corum officiating. Graveside service will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Humboldt Cemetery.

Memorials to Tabitha Hospice or to the Hayes Family for future designation.


Orma Duncan, 89, of Falls City, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Falls City. She was born June 29, 1925 at Humboldt to Jake Feasel and Cecile Stover.

She was raised in Humboldt and graduated from Humboldt High School in 1943. She was a homemaker all of her life except during WWII, when she worked in a bomber plant in Omaha. She moved to Falls City in 1967 and resided there the rest of her life.

Orma was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.

She was survived by her daughter, Naomi (Mark) Brown, of Lenexa, KS; son, Dave (Kay) Duncan, of Lincoln; and grandchildren, Rachel Brown and Isaac Duncan.

A private family serviced will be held at a later date.


Shirley Jorn, 81, of Falls City, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Syracuse. She was born on May 27, 1933 near Verta, NE, on a farm to Ed and Dora Jaros.

Shirley and her family moved to Burchard when she was age three to a different farm. Later, the family sold everything and moved to California, living there for a short time before returning to Nebraska. Shirley’s parents made Beatrice their home; this is where Shirley attended school. Later the family moved to a farm near Falls City, where Shirley attended FC High School.

Shirley married Charles Jorn on March 1, 1950. They farmed and had four children. The family moved to Verdon, where Shirley helped her husband with his trucking business and other jobs as well as at the Richardson County Co-op. After Charles Jorn retired from the Co-op, they started a craft shop. Shirley enjoyed success with painting crafts and pictures. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at Verdon.

Shirley is survived by her sons, Douglas (Charlene) Jorn, of Louisville, NE, Rick (Joanie) Jorn, of Kearney, MO; daughters, Cheryle (Pat) Castle, of Papillion, Cindy DeLong, of Nebraska City; a brother, Dallas, of Falls City; 14 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a husband.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 18, 2015 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, with Rev. Fay Ann Blaylock officiating. Interment in Verdon Cemetery. The family received friends Sunday at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home.