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home : obituaries : obituaries August 20, 2017

Obituaries (3-23-17)

Beverly Slaughter, 80

Beverly Jean Slaughter, 80, of Sterling, Colo., died on January 30, 2017.

A memorial service was held on March 11, 2017 in Sterling, Colo. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Chaney-Reager Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1046, Sterling, CO 80751.

Beverly was born February 4, 1936 in Pender to Carl Sr. and Johanna (Clausen) Otteman. She worked many years as a registered nurse and furthered her career by becoming a nurse practitioner specializing in geriatrics. She worked at the Rose Arbor Nursing Home in Sterling, Colo., from 1982-1991, al-so working at Clagett Memorial Hospital as Director of Nursing in Rifle, Colo.

Beverly enjoyed knitting, quilting, gardening, camping and loved fishing. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church and the LeRoy Tri LC Club for many years.

Beverly is survived by her husband, Loren; children Deborah (Tom) Meader of Parachute, Colo., Rex (Jane) Wayne of Meridian, Idaho, and Amber Walter of Holyoke, Colo.; sisters Mylet McGath of Pender and JoAnn Brehmer of Ashby, Minn.; brothers Richard (Jean) Otteman of Medford, Ore. and Merlin (Nancy) Otteman of Fort Collins, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Harold, Norma, Doro-thy, William, Carl Jr. and Ralph.


Erik Conrad, 32

Erik James Conrad, 32, of Omaha died on Monday, March 13, 2017 at his home. 

Funeral services were held Friday, March 17, 2017 at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Omaha. Memorials are suggested to the Trent Conrad Education Fund.

Erik was born on October 9, 1984 in Ventura, Calif., to David and Kathy Con-rad. He was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Camarillo, Calif., and con-firmed at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Omaha. He graduated from Millard North Public High School and received an associate’s degree from Metro Com-munity College in utility linesman. He then received his bachelor’s degree in business from Bellevue University.

Erik had a son, Trent, who was the light of his life. 

Erik was very mechanically inclined and could fix anything. He enjoyed fishing and had his own fishing boat by the time he was 10 years old. He loved to play pool, bowling, Husker football and working out at the gym.

Erik is survived by his son, Trent of Omaha; mother Kathy (Simonsen) Conrad of Omaha; father David of Moorpark, Calif.; sisters Kristina of Oak Park, Ca-lif., and Lauren of Omaha; grandfather Duane Simonsen of Pender and many friends, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Joel, and grandparents Edgar and Dorothy (Nelson) Conrad and Lois (Renander) Simonsen.


Melva Elton, 58

Melva Jane (Kraemer) Elton, 58, of Wakefield died on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. 

Funeral services were held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield on Monday, March 20, 2017 with Pastor Willie Bertrand officiating. Interment followed at the Wakefield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield was in charge of the arrangements.

Melva was born in Omaha on December 27, 1958 and was adopted at 11 weeks old by Melvin and Neva Kraemer. She graduated from Wakefield High School in 1977. Melva enjoyed interior decorating and was a celebrated artist and accomplished seamstress who excelled at a variety of crafts. She shared her love of arts and crafts with her granddaughter and taught her how to sew. 

While living in South Sioux City, Melva served as a foster parent for many children. She was a lover of all animals and cared for many pets throughout her lifetime as well.

Melva is survived by her mother, Neva Kraemer of Wakefield; sons Mike Elton of Wakefield and Andy Elton of Hastings; daughters-in-law Angie Kleinschmit of Hastings and Sarah Breen of Omaha; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin Kraemer.

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