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Jack Julian Jauken was born September 15, 1930 in Bern, KS. He was the youngest son of Herman and Julia (Ramsey) Jauken, and younger brother to Ilola Miller, Woodlawn, KS, and Hirum Jauken, Topeka, KS.

In 1950 the stars aligned and Jack met Arlene (Feldmann), the love of his life who would become his wife for the next 60 years, at a dance in Dubois, NE. Jack joined the Kansas National Guard, and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952, serving his country at Ft. Sill, OK during the Korean Conflict. On May 28, 1954 Jack and Arlene were united in marriage at Bethany Evangelical United Brethren Church southwest of Dawson, NE.

Following his military service Jack joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, spending much of his career as electrical overseer during the construction of Snowbird Ski Resort, southeast of Salt Lake City, UT. He would spend the remainder of his career traveling the country as an electrician. He retired in 1993, and made his home in Peru, NE.

Over the years Jack was blessed with and loved by four children: Joel, Olathe, KS; Nicolee (& husband Bill) Shandy, Worthville, KY; Jami (& husband Ted) Risch, Tucson, AZ; and Chad, Peru, NE; six grandchildren: Chris Mertes, Illesheim, Germany; Billi Salverson, Worthville, KY; Bambi Talley, Olathe, KS; Aimee Shandy, Erlanger, KY; Cori Beach, Turners Station, KY; Becky Jauken, Olathe, KS; five great-grandchildren: Erin Salverson; Raven Nave; Shawn Nave; Waylon Beach; and Zoe Talley; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Jack was a member of the Peru Community Church. He passed at 12:50am on Sunday, July 20, 2014, and was preceded in death by his mother and father. Memorials suggested to American Legion Post #326 in Bern, Kansas or the Peru Community Church.

A memorial service is pending at a later date.


Roy E. Kirkendall, 97, of Falls City, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Falls City. He was born June 25, 1917 at Barada to the late Jesse and Mary (Shafer) Kirkendall.

On April 15, 1939 he married Merna N. Vice at Topeka, KS.

Roy was raised at Barada and when married the couple established their home in Barada and he worked for Ted Yoesel, later moving to Verdon and working for the Missouri Pacific Railroad for five years. In 1943 he started farming on his own and moved to Falls City in 1959; he farmed and also worked for Falls City Auction Co. He retired from farming in 1969 and began working for Morehead Auto Co. as a car salesman, retiring in 1979. He then worked for SENCA for nine years.

He was a member of First Christian Church of Falls City, FC Elks Lodge and FC Saddle Club and had served on the Board of Harris Cemetery.

Roy is survived by his wife, Merna, of Falls City; sons, Ronald (Janyce), of Falls City, Daniel, of Branson, MO; daughters, Connie (Leonard) Brown, of Falls City, Cheryl McCann, of Falls City, and Richard McCann of Big Lake, MO; 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George, Ben, Dale, James, Arthur, Theodore and Charles; sisters, Elizabeth Alexander, Eliza Noll and Daisy Williams; grandchildren, Rodney Worth McCann and Michelle Peterson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the First Christian Church, with Rev. Fay Ann Blaylock and Rev. Paul Weinert officiating. Interment will be in Harris Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home of Falls City.


Margaret B. Watton, 96, of Omaha, formerly of Falls City, passed away July 9, 2014 at the Brooke Stone Village Care Facility in Omaha. She was born Nov. 3, 1917 near Shubert to William and Mana Whitten Kuttler.

Margaret was raised on a farm near Shubert, graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1935, attended Peru State College and earned her teaching certificate. Upon graduation, Margaret taught at various Richardson County schools for several years. On Feb. 22, 1941, she was united in marriage to Henry J. Watton at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Falls City.

After their marriage they farmed near Dawson for four years, and then moved to a farm near Shubert where they lived until retirement. After her family was raised, Margaret was a caregiver at Sunny Court Nursing Home for many years. She loved playing cards and was an avid bridge player and belonged to several bridge clubs. Even though she had nearly lost her eyesight, Margaret was still playing bridge with friends at Brookestone Village, where she had resided since March 2011. She made the decision to leave her roots in Richardson County to be near more of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family was of upmost importance to her. She also enjoyed many visitors as well as frequent phone calls from family and friends.

Margaret is survived by four daughters and three sons, Bev (Robert) Sunderman, of Hiawatha, KS, Carmen (Sam) Jensen, Omaha, Ron (Sandra) Watton, Elkhorn, Roger (Barbara) Watton, Eagle, Regina (Michael) Cox, Portland, OR, Geralyn Koehler, Omaha, and Mark (Diana) Watton, Wahoo; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, on March 9, 2008; a daughter, Judith Lynn; sisters, Pauline Toogood and Valeria Hoemann; and brothers, Raymond, Harold and William Kuttler.

A funeral Mass for Margaret Watton was held Saturday, July 12, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Falls City; burial followed the service at St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery near Shubert. Hall Funeral Home, of Falls City, was in charge of arrangements.


Freda Thelma Shubert, 94, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Falls City Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born in Nemaha County, NE, on Aug. 22, 1919, to Earnest and Ethel Kennedy Stephens. Her parents moved to Shubert when she was three years old and Freda graduated from Shubert High School in 1937.
On Oct. 10, 1940, she married Claude Shubert and they established their home in Shubert. To this union two sons were born, Alan and Larry. She worked for the Postal Service for over 46 years — as a clerk for 20 years and in 1966 was promoted to Postmaster for 26 more years. She also worked at Home Lumber Company for her husband.

She is survived by her two sons, Alan (Bobbi Jo), of Shubert, and Larry (Kari) of Falls City; four grandchildren, Scott (Nicole) Shubert, of Shubert, Abby and Taylor Shubert, of Falls City, and Rachel Shubert, of Lincoln; four great grandchildren, Chelsi, Emma and Ben Shubert, of Shubert, and Aven Kearney, of Falls City; two sisters-in-law, Mary Shubert, Falls City and Elda Mae Shubert, of Independence, MO; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Shubert was preceded in death by her husband, Claude; her parents; sister, Bessie, Nebraska City; brothers, Vern, Tecumseh and Carl Dale, who died in infancy.

She was a member of the Shubert Christian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. Her hobby was making quilts for all her family members and several for the church auction. She also enjoyed raising African Violets.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Shubert Christian Church, with Pastor Gene Rowell and Fayrene Kuker officiating. Interment will be in Prairie Union Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home, Falls City.


Zachariah Weaver, 23, of Falls City, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Falls City. He was born Jan. 7, 1991 at Escondido, CA, to Richard Weaver and Carol (Flynn) Franzen.
    On July 24, 2013 he married Terri Taylor at Falls City.
    Zach was raised at Falls City and graduated from Falls City High School in 2009. He became employed at C. J. Foods and also worked various other jobs. He was currently employed at C. J. Foods at the time of his passing. He was a member of Valley Baptist Church at Falls City.
    Zach is survived by his wife, Terri Taylor, of Hiawatha, KS; daughter, Abby Spinner, of Falls City; son, Jonathyn Weaver, of Hiawatha; parents, Carol Franzen, of Lincoln, and Richard Weaver, of Falls City; brothers, Jeremiah Weaver, of Oregon, Reilous Weaver, of Colorado; sisters, Maryann (James) Clark, of Lincoln, Sandra Nielson, of Scotts, City, MO; nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
    A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home, with Pastor Ben Moore officiating. Cremation will follow the service and inurnment will be in Steele Cemetery.
    The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home.