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Obituaries

  • Helen Bourn, 81

    Helen I. Bourn, 81, of Red Oak, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at the Red Oak Rehab and Care Center.  

    Helen Irene Bourn was born to James Madison and Emma Permelia (Mitchell) Bourn July 19, 1930, in rural Montgomery County. She graduated from Elliott High School in 1949.  

    Helen worked nine years at Thomas D. Murphy Company, then worked for Union Carbide for more than 30 years, retiring in 1991.  

    She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and enjoyed embroidery, sewing, crocheting and helping others.  

  • Dick Chastain, 88

    Claude Richard “Dick” Chastain, 88, of Omaha, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Hospice House following a courageous battle with cancer.

    Dick was born to the late Claude and Mary (Johnson) Chastain Mar. 20, 1923, near Elliott.

    He proudly served his country as a B-17 pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II. 

    Dick founded Chastain (now Chastain-Otis) Insurance Agency in 1953.  

    In addition to his parents, Dick is preceded in death by his brothers, Keith and Byron.

  • Gene Fritscher, 81

    Eugene A. "Gene" Fritscher, 81, of Stanton, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at Bryan LGH East Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

    Eugene Arthur Fritscher was born to Robert Henry and Esther Elizabeth (Stillman) Fritscher June 8, 1930, in Hastings, Minn., where he was raised.

    He entered the U.S. Army in January of 1948, serving during the Korea War, and was honorably discharged March 28, 1953.

  • Danny Long, 61

    Danny Long, 61, of Villisca, passed away Jan. 7, 2012, at the Omaha Methodist Hospital.

    Danny Joe Long was born to Loren and Ada Marie (Dorr) Long March 14, 1950, in Creston.

    He graduated from Bakersfield High School in Missouri.

    Danny served in the U. S. Navy and was a member of the Villisca American Legion.

    He worked at Union Carbide in the maintenance and mechanic departments.

    He is preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Ada Long, and brother, Leslie Long.

  • James Rhodes, 89

    James T. Rhodes, 89, of Red Oak, passed away after a brief illness Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha.

    James Thomas Rhodes was born to Leo F. and Mary G. (Smith) Rhodes Nov. 22, 1922, in Norborne, Mo. James was raised in Montgomery County and graduated from Red Oak High School in l940.

    He entered the U.S. Army Jan. 20, 1943, serving in World War II, and was honorably discharged Feb. 19, 1946.

    Following his military service, James returned to Red Oak and worked for Cozy Air and Fox-Finley Chevrolet.

  • Elouise Crowe, 83

    Elouise J. Crowe, 83, of Red Oak, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.

    Elouise Joann Crowe was born to Lester and Hazel (Nelson) Johnson Oct. 27, 1928, in Red Oak. As a young child, Elouise was raised in Tenville. She later moved to Red Oak with her parents where she lived most of her life.

    Elouise married Lee Edward Crowe Feb. 16, 1945, in Hiawatha, Kan.

    She worked 40 years for Union Carbide Battery Company in Red Oak.

  • Randy Jones, 62

    Randall W. “Randy” Jones, 62, of Wales, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Mills County, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  

    Randall Wesley Jones was born to Aubrey Wesley and Helen “Elaine” (Kruta) Jones April 18, 1949, in Red Oak. He was raised in the Wales Community of Montgomery County and graduated from Red Oak High School in 1967, then attended Trade School for auto mechanics.  

    Randy served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era on the USS Hancock, working on the steam engines.

  • James T. Rhodes, 89

    James T. Rhodes, 89, of Red Oak, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha.

    Services are pending with Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home.

  • Arlene Riepe, 95

    Arlene M. Riepe, 95, of Griswold, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the Griswold Care Center.

    Arlene Mildred Sothman was born to Henry Mark and Minnie (Frank) Sothman Nov. 12, 1916, on the family farm east of Lyman.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merle; sisters, Luella Costello, Marcella Costello and Berdele Petersen; and brothers, Orlin Sothman and Kermit Sothman.

  • Thomas Focht, 89

    Thomas R. Focht, 89, of Villisca, passed away Dec. 29, 2011, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.

    Preceding him in death were his parents; daughter, Mary; brother, William; and brother-in-law, William Walford.

    Survivors include his wife, Janice; children, Marj (Wendall) Timmesch, Nancy (Paul) Erickson, Kathy Focht and James (Carol) Focht; grandchildren, Ivan Erickson, Peter Erickson and Thomas Focht; great-grandson, Fin Erickson; siblings, Richard (Sandy) Focht and Nancy Walford; and many nieces and nephews.