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Lois Elaine DeVeney, 71, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Overland Park, KS, after a long battle with cancer. She was born March 8, 1943 in Humboldt.  to John and Doris May (Darveau).  

Lois graduated from Falls City Sacred Heart High School in 1961. Two years later she married Bernard DeVeney. They resided in the Kansas City area, where they began raising their four children.  

She is survived by her mother, Doris May; children, Camille (Bryan) Crust,  Audra (Ryan) Cocherl, Mary (Mike) Prim, Brian (Jeannie) DeVeney; 10 Grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; siblings, Judy (Jerry) Lollman, Jan Piper, Maggie Muhleka, John (Rolaine) May,  and Mark (Lori) May.  

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; and her father, John May.

Funeral Mass for Lois was held at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Leawood, KS on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.


Victor Carl Karst, 85, of Falls City passed away on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 27, 2014. He was born Jan. 31, 1929 at the family home near Barada, Nebraska to the late Henry F. Karst and Anna R. (Herbster) Karst.

While Victor was in grade school, his family moved to the farm they purchased southwest of Falls City. He attended Dist. #75 and graduated from FCHS with the Class of 1946. He attended UNL for two years. Victor was drafted into service with the U.S. Army from March 1951-1953. He was stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX, where he met Helen J. Bush of El Paso, TX. They were married Sept. 4, 1955 in Falls City at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 20th and Towle Sts. To this union three children were born. They lived southwest of Falls City on the farm purchased from Adolph Fetzner. They were later divorced.

In 1982 Victor moved to his current residence - his childhood home southwest of Falls City. He married Joyce F. (Olberding) Stallbaumer, of Seneca, KS on April 21, 1990. Victor entered the Falls City Healthcare Community at 28th and Towle Sts. on July 14 of this year due to declining health with Parkinson’s disease.

Victor farmed all his life. During the severe drought of the mid-50, he worked a couple winters at Boeing in Wichita, KS. Later he operated Karst Antenna Service.

He was involved in his church and the community. He participated in the NFO, served on the District #74 School Board, was a member of the Rural Volunteer Fire Dept., serving as secretary/treasurer for 25 years. Victor was on the charter team for the establishment of the Rural Water District #2. He also served over 30 years on the election board for the Falls City precinct. Victor was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church most of his life; transferring to the Christ Lutheran Church, his current membership. He served on the council for both churches.

Victor is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Wes V. (Jame’) Karst, of Valley Center, KS; daughters, Judy A. Baker and Joyce M. (Tom) Jones, both of Falls City; stepsons Allen (Rhonda), of Kingsville, TX, Edwin (Michelle), of Turpin, OK, and David Stallbaumer, of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren, Eli, Jake, Gabe and Laura Karst, of Valley Center, Michelle Thompson, of Manhattan, KS, Abbie (Joe) O’dell, of Bedford, IA, Sarah (Jeff) Meese, of Lincoln; Roberta (Kyle) Geiger, of Liberty, MO and Rachel (Joe) Jackson, of Falls City; six step-grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  

Victor was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Milton Karst, on Feb. 26, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 at Christ Lutheran Church, with Rev. Daniel Gifford officiating. Interment will be in Steele Cemetery. Military graveside honors by Falls City Ceremonial Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Friday at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, Falls City.


Hugh Leroy Brownell, Jr., 81, of Council Bluffs, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha. Hugh was born Dec. 28, 1932 in Council Bluffs, the eldest child of Hugh Leroy and Helen Blanche (Larsen) Brownell, Sr.

The family moved around a lot and Hugh graduated from Logan (IA) High School in 1952. While schooling in Logan, Hugh met and fell in love with Jean Marilyn Cassidy. They were married on Aug. 31, 1952, a marriage that survived many bumps in the road, and lasted for nearly 62 years. To this union were born four daughters, Deborah Jean, Kimberly Ann, Cynthia Lynn and Robin Kay.

Hugh attended Iowa State University before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in 1957, at which time Hugh and Jean moved to Council Bluffs. Hugh was an over-the road trucker for most of his working life.

He was a member of Broadway Christian Church and found great pleasure in planning and preparing many dishes for the Wednesday night dinners. In addition to his parents, Hugh was preceded in death by his brother, Terry Earl “Butch” Brownell. Left to cherish his memory and miss his cooking are his wife, Jean Brownell, of Council Bluffs; daughters, Debbie (Scott) Marcum, of Blockton, IA, Kim Brownell of Council Bluffs, Cyndi (Jerry) Cavaness, of Falls City, Robin Brownell, of Sioux City, IA; nine grandchildren, Tracy Cavaness, Joe (Anne) Brownell, Jason (Marissa) Brownell, Chris Brownell, Cassidy Cavaness, Sarah (Kyle Yoder) Marcum, Andrew (Rebecca) Marcum, Cara Cavaness, Hannah Marcum; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Sharon (Monte) O’Hara, of Omaha; sister-in-law, Cathy (Dennis) Danielson, of Scotia, NE; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation with the family is from 6-8 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014) at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Broadway Christian Church, with Rev. Scott Marcum and Rev. Jann Osborn co-officiating. Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites tendered by American Legion Post #2. A lunch will follow at Broadway Christian Church. Memorials are suggested to Broadway Christian Church.



Tony Frederick, 49, of White Cloud, KS, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at Kansas City, KS. He was born June 21, 1965 at Falls City, to Harvey and Beverly (Barber) Frederick.

Tony was raised in Rulo and graduated from FC Sacred Heart High School in 1984. He worked construction for Rogee Engineering out of Lincoln, and then took employment with the Iowa Tribal Housing Authority for many years and then worked various jobs in construction until his health failed. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rulo and a member of the Iowa Tribe

Tony is survived by his parents, of Rulo; daughters, Adacia Bomar, of Craig, MO, Lindsey Frederick, of Rulo; sons, Anthony and Hunter Frederick, of Sabetha, KS; brothers, Jeff (Michele), of Rulo, Mike (Cherie), of Falls City; a grandchild; nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home with Msgr. Robert A. Roh officiating. Interment will be in Rulo Cemetery.

A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home with the family receiving friends following the service.

Family prefers memorials to Family Choice.


Lynn (Voltmer) Connell, 58, of Omaha, formerly of Humboldt, was born on Sept. 1, 1955 in Falls City to Marland F. and Anna Sue (Porter) Voltmer.  

She attended Nebraska City High School, graduating with the Class of 1973. Lynn graduated from Peru State College with her Bachelors in Education and later continued her education by earning a Masters Degree in Education.  

On May 9, 1975, Lynn married Kent Connell in Nebraska City, sharing 39 years of marriage together. To this union two daughters, Mindy and Kassandra, were born.  They lived and raised their family in Humboldt, where Lynn worked at HTRS Public Schools for 22 years. Lynn liked to teach. She always took seriously the responsibility that parents entrusted in her to insure that their children received not only an education, but also a desire to learn more. Her teaching efforts were shown when she won the Christa McCaullife Award for Courage and Excellence in Education. After she was no longer able to be in the classroom, Lynn stayed involved in education by serving on the HTRS School Board and helped write school grants.  

Lynn’s deepest love and passion was her family. Her daily physical struggles were endured for the sole purpose of being there for them. The joy of her two daughters, and later her grandsons Michael, Lance, and Alex filled her with strength unmatched by most. Her passing will leave a void hard to fill, but we know she will still be lovingly helping us.

Lynn passed away on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, having reached the age of 58 years, 11 months and 15 days. She was preceded in death by her son, Shea Connell; parents, Marland and Anna Sue (Porter) Voltmer; a brother Richard Slemp; and mother-in-law Lou Connell.

She is survived by her loving husband Kent Connell, of Omaha; daughters, Mindy (Eric) Jarecki, of Omaha, Kassandra Connell, of Omaha; grandsons, Michael, Lance and Alex Jarecki, of Omaha; sister, Suzie (Tom) Lee, of Medicine Ledge, KS; father-in-law, Charles Connell, of Nebraska City; sister-in-law, Marla Slemp, of Grand Blanc, MI; brothers-in-law, Joe (Ruth) Connell, of Riverton, IA; Kevin Connell, of Oregon, MO; special friend, Ruth Drake, of Humboldt; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dawson, with Fr. Kenneth Hoesing and Fr. Michael McCabe officiating. Burial will be immediately following at the Humboldt Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at The Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt.

Memorial contributions are welcome to the Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease Foundation at P.O Box 721051 Norman, OK 73070 or the HTRS Foundation at P.O. Box 661 Humboldt, NE 68376.

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