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    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 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 Arrangements entrusted to Wherry Mortuary-Humboldt, Nebraska (402) 862-2915


Doris (Simon) Dean, 74, of Lincoln, died Oct. 14, 2014 with family present. She was born Oct. 10, 1940 in Falls City, to Albert A. and Nina G. (Watton) Simonm, and was raised in Falls City.

She retired from NBC Bank.

Doris is survived by a son, Scott, of Lincoln; and daughter, Lucinda “Cindi” and Michael, of Houston, TX; brother, Ray Simon, of Falls City; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald L. Dean.

A reception for family and friends was to be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at Havelock Christian Church, Lincoln.


Ruby Arlene Ploeger Nolte, 95, of rural Hiawatha, KS, died Thursday afternoon, Oct. 23, 2014, at Jonesbrook Estates at Falls City. Ruby was the oldest of four daughters born to the late William and Celeste Ruth Ploeger, on May 30, 1919, at Wayconda, MO, and has lived in this area nearly all of her life.  

She grew up at Hiawatha and graduated with honors from Hiawatha High School with the Class of 1936. Ruby took the county teacher exam to enable her to teach country school, teaching for a year and a half. She won a summer music scholarship at Emporia State Teachers College.

Ruby married Wilbur Myron Nolte at her parents’ home near Hiawatha on April 17, 1938. They farmed and raised livestock all for 46 years near Hiawatha. He died on Sept. 7, 1984. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine Davis, in 1996; a son, Larry Nolte, in 2007; a grandson, Mitchell Davis, in 1999; and a sister, Ruth Carr.

Survivors include a son, Burdell Nolte, of Humboldt; a son-in-law, Art Davis, of Holton, KS; sisters, Ida Mae Hooper and Margaret Spare, both of Hiawatha; five grandchildren, Cheri Dreher, Mari Cooney, Staci Ramsey, Celeste Jones and Douglas Davis; 10 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson. Ruby had many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.  

She opened her home to many who worked on the farm and became  her family as well.

Ruby was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hiawatha at the age of nine. Church was a very important part of her life:  she served for many years as the 3rd grade Sunday School teacher and at the time of her death, was the oldest member. She had a beautiful voice and sang all of her life, including many years with the Church choir. She also sang with the St. Joseph Sweet Adeline’s for 20 years where she was a lifetime member. She sang on International stage at Las Vegas, Reno, Honolulu, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Nashville. Ruby was past president of the Hiawatha Music Club and honorary member. Ruby was a member and served as chaplain for BPOE #1741 Hiawatha Elks Lodge. In her spare time, she enjoyed quilt making, singing, cooking and reading.

A Celebration of Ruby’s life is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church of Hiawatha, with Rev. Randy Quinn officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha.

Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha after 10 a.m. Monday, where the family will meet from 6:30 until 8 that evening. Memorial contributions are suggested to Methodist Church Choir, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children with cancer, or Huntington’s Disease Research which be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S. 7th St., Hiawatha 66434. A special message may be sent to the family at


Barton “Bart” Eugene Chandler, 77, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully at home at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 surrounded by loved ones. He was born Sept. 17, 1937 to Raymond Chandler and Gladys Boatman Chandler on a farm near Nemaha.

Bart graduated from Shubert High School in 1955. He traveled all 50 of the United States, parts of Canada, Central America and the Caribbean Islands. He worked hard to care for his wife and family, working at many occupations. Bart relocated to several cities before settling his family in Lincoln in 1976.

It seemed that Bart could drive just about anything. To name a few of his occupations: farming in Nemaha County; logging in Willow, AK; commercial fishing for Salmon off the coast of Alaska; setting dynamite and driving a train for climax mining near Leadville, CO; and over-the-road trucking, retiring from commercial driving in early 2009. Bart had been in failing health for the past several years.

He was preceded in death by parents, Ray and Gladys; brothers, Donald and Edward; grandsons, Trent and Michael.

Bart is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce; his sister, Mynra Georges, of Auburn; children, Cathleen Jenkins (Bruce), of Omaha, Timothy (Jennifer), of Concord, CA, Jackson (Debora) and Douglas (Shanique), all of Lincoln; six grandchildren, Shane, James, Diane and Levi, all of Lincoln, Crystal and Mackenzie, both of Concord, CA; and eight great-grandchildren; many other family and friends.

There will be no formal service, except private service at a later date in Prairie Union Cemetery, in Shubert. Aspen Cremation & Burial Service, of Lincoln, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to the family at