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Leland James “Lee” Scribner, 88, of Rice Lake, WI died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. He was born June 28, 1926 in Cumberland, WI to James and Jenny (Jorgenson) Scribner.

He was raised there and graduated from Cumberland High School. He enlisted in the US Army and served during WWII. He married Elaine Petersen in Pine City, MN on Jan. 13, 1946. They lived in Comstock and he sold Pontiacs for Bents Motors. He then worked as a sales/marketing manager for many agricultural seed companies.

Lee was active in his community, including serving on the board of the Rice Lake Golden K. He was also very involved at Bethany Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and was nearly obsessed with lawn care and gardening.

He is survived by his wife for over 69 years, Elaine, of Rice Lake; four sons, Barry L. (Rebecca Drechsel) Scribner, of Armonk, NY, Timothy J. (Kim) Scribner, of Rochester, MN, Jeffrey T. (Nita) Scribner, of Chanhassen, MN, and Rodney M. Scribner, of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Alicia, Zara, Noah, Ryan, Stacey, Marcus and Nick; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Lee was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Hahn, and brothers Russell Scribner (Falls City native), Myron Scribner and Lyle Scribner.

A Celebration of Lee’s Life was  held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake, with Pastor Bob Burg officiating. Burial with Military Honors accorded by the Rice Lake Veteran’s Honor Guard were in Crystal Lake Cemetery, Comstock.


Louise Volz, 83, of Falls City, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Falls City. She was born on April 15, 1931 in DuBois to the late Mike and Emma (Habegger) Stalder.

She was raised at DuBois and graduated from DuBois High School in 1949. On July 14, 1950 she married Kenneth Volz and they later divorced.

When married, the couple established their home in DuBois and then moved to Falls City in 1965, where they owned laundry mats in Falls City and Humboldt. Louise also worked at Fireside Inn for 25 years. She then worked for In –Home-Health, retiring in 1996.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol Mackey, of Falls City, Jackie (Perry) Wilhelm, of Falls City, and Debbie (Doug) Ault, of Brainard; son, Michael Volz, of Lincoln; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister.

Her memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home, with Rev. Paul Weinert officiating. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Jason Lee Meisenhelder, 33, of Beatrice, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 18, 2015 in a Lincoln hospital after injuries suffered during a fall from a moving vehicle along Highway 77 between Lincoln and Beatrice. He was the son of Verdon native Jim and Jane Beavers, of Beatrice.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 N. 5th St., Beatrice, with Rev. Dr. Jimmy Shelbourn and Fr. Robert Barnhill officiating. Cremation will follow the funeral service and inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the family’s choice.

The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, and one hour preceding the service at the church on Friday. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at

Jason was born on Sept. 18, 1981 in Omaha. He spent part of his early childhood in Nebraska City before his family moved to Lincoln, where he graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in 2000. He graduated from SE Community College in Beatrice in 2005, with a degree in broadcasting. Jason worked in Lincoln, initially at KFRX Radio and later as a DJ for Finch on the Run Entertainment. He also lived in York for several years, working for Staab Management. He briefly lived in Fairview, TX, before recently returning to Beatrice. Jason was working at the End Zone Sports Bar in Beatrice at the time of his death.

He’s survived by his parents; father, Joe (Barb) Meisenhelder, of Minneapolis; sister, Jayma (Deshon) Stansberry, of Beatrice; brothers, Jay Nathan (Megan) Beavers, of Beatrice, and James “J.R.” Beavers Jr., of Goldsboro, N.C.; nephews, Max Stansberry, Beau and Jude Beavers, of Beatrice; many aunts, uncles, friends and cousins, including Amy (Schock) Meinzer, of Omaha, and Jason, Alicia, Emma, Chloe and Evi Schock, of Falls City.


Clarence Stewart, 89, of Mesa, AZ, passed away at home on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 after a long and courageous struggle with congestive heart failure. He was born in Stella on March 4, 1925.  

He was a veteran of WWII and participated in the first wave of the invasion of Leyte in the South Pacific. Severely wounded, he was the recipient of a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and numerous other awards.

Following the war, Clarence had a career as both a Station Master for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and as a State Farm Insurance agent. He was an avid golfer until recent years and a life-long Nebraska football fan.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Marjorie; daughter, Judy (David) Stewart; brother, James (Vera) Stewart; sister, Marian (Fred) Koerwitz; grandchildren, Greg Curnes, Monica Mahoney, Bradley Martin and Christopher Climer; great-grandchildren, Sydney Curnes, Kaia Martin and Braeden Martin and Declan Mahoney.  

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Floye Stewart; and by his daughter, Carol Curnes.


William Eugene Dykes, 75, of Tonganoxie, KS, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 with his family at his side. He was born on Feb. 12, 1939 in Falls City to William Nathan and Daisy Louise Dykes.

Funeral service was Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 at the Tonganoxie Christian Church Life Center. The family received friends before the service. Burial was Friday in Maple Grove Cemetery, Tonganoxie.

He graduated from Falls City High School and Finlay Engineering College in Kansas City, MO.

Bill married Carol Ann Moritz on Oct. 1, 1960 in Leavenworth, KS. She survives of the home. He is also survived by three sons, Lawrence (Mary), of Lawrence, KS, Robert (Christine), of Williamsburg, KS, and Timothy (Valerie), of Shawnee, KS; and six grandchildren, Bryant (Nicole), Alyssa, Olivia, Caroline and Samuel; great granddaughter, Harper; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins.

He became a member of Tonganoxie Christian Church in 1976. Over the years, Bill served the Lord in many ways at the church, as Deacon and member on the Finance and Building and Planning Committees.

Bill was a registered professional engineer in the states of Kansas and Missouri. Most recently he was an independent consultant after having retired from Westar Energy in 1997 as Executive Director of Transmission Engineering. Previously he held electrical engineering leadership positions in Kansas City at Board of Public Utilities, Burns & McDonnell, Black & Veatch and Bendix. He was a past member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Power Engineering Society, Electric Power Research Institute Transmission Substation Task Force and the Edison Electric Institute Committee serving as Chairman of the Transmission Engineering Task Force.  

Additionally, he served as board member at the West Branch YMCA in Kansas City, KS, and was as active in scouting and other community activities.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Tonganoxie Christian Church Memorial Fund are suggested.