Bonnie R. Carlile, 79 of Auburn, passed away Saturday, June 20, at the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn. The daughter of John Rutz and Edna (Clark) Rutz, she was born on Oct. 5, 1935 at Verdon.
    She was raised in Richardson County and was a graduate of Peru State College. Bonnie earned her Masters Degree from UNL in the field of Education and taught at Red Oak, IA, Plattsmouth, Peru State College, and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. In 1973, Bonnie was named an Outstanding Educator of America.
    She married Donald K. Carlile in August 1973.
    In 2013, Bonnie received a Meritorious Service Award and was inducted into the Peru State College Athletic Hall of Fame. She started intercollegiate athletics for women at PSC, founding both the women’s basketball and softball programs. She also coached volleyball. In addition, Bonnie organized and started a group of referees with money from concessions to work area high school volleyball games and organized and expanded the annual PSC volleyball tournament, which hosted 40 teams by its 25th year and was the longest-running high school tournament in Nebraska at the time.
   She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Auburn. In 2009, she moved to Longs Creek Assisted Living in Auburn, and to Good Samaritan in recent years.
    Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Edna Rutz, formerly of Dawson; her husband, Donald; and a sister-in-law, Pat Dalrymple.
    She is survived by nieces, Ruth Torbert of Opelika, AL, and Lana Cullen, of Cave Creek, AZ; and many cousins and friends.
    A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn, with Rev. John Henderson officiating. Burial will be at the Glasco (KS) Cemetery at a later date. No viewing, though visitation will be Friday, June 26 at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn, with family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m.

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