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home : obituaries : obituaries June 24, 2017

Obituaries (3-30-17)

Donnette Blackbird, 19

Donnette Lee Blackbird, 19, of Macy died Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Walthill. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Alfred Gilpin Building in Macy with Clifford Wolfe, Jr. in charge of services. Burial was in the Omaha Tribal Cemetery in Macy. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

 

Hayla Morris, 16

Hayla Melody Morris, 16, of Macy died Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Walthill. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Omaha Nation school gymnasium in Macy with Rodney Morris in charge of services. Burial was in the Omaha Tribal Cemetery in Macy. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

 

Verna Lange, 77

Verna Lange, 77, of Papillion, died in her sleep on March 15, 2017 at her home.

In accordance with her wishes, she was cremated. A private family graveside service was held on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church cemetery in Pender with Pastor Bev Rautenberg-Panko officiating. Memorials may be sent to Gary Lange for the family to donate to a charity at a later date.

Verna was born on October 30, 1939 in Pender, the daughter of Earl and Edna (Asmussen) Case. She was raised in Pender and married Larry D. Lange on June 19, 1960 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Verna is survived by her children, Gary (Mary) Lange, Gayle (Kelly) Lange and Jodi Lange; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers Gene (Vicky) Case and Roger (Cindy) Case; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Walt and Larry Case and sisters Joanne Ahlers and Pat Powley.

 

Margaret Welsh, 77

Margaret A. “Peggy” Welsh, 77, of Gretna died Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Gretna. Interment was at the Omaha National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Gretna, Mount Michael Abby in Elkhorn or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Pat Welsh; children Patrick Welsh, Kellie (Dave) Reynolds, Lisa (Mark) Gocke and Wendy (Don) Clark; grandchildren Ryan and Kelsey Clark and Jonah and Emilie Gocke; brothers Ivan (Jeanette) Hoppner and Bill (Nancy) Hoppner; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.                      

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Delphia Hoppner, and brother Russell Hoppner      

 

Robert James, 79

Robert “Bob” M. James, 79, of Pender died on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender. 

Funeral services for Bob were held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Pender with Pastor Randy Nelson officiating. Burial with military honors was at the Evergreen Cemetery in Walthill. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Pender was in charge of the arrangements.  

Bob was born in Ponca on June 17, 1937, the son of Pearl and Leola (Cyphers) James. He attended school in Walthill, and then in Sheldon where he later joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. His family moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where Bob joined the U.S. Air Force. 

Bob was stationed on the East Coast where he met and married Mary Jane Wood on March 23, 1957 in Bordentown, N.J. After leaving the service, he attended trade school and worked for the Nevada Power Company as a linesman. 

The couple moved back to Nebraska where Bob attended the Law Enforcement Academy in North Platte. He was Chief of Police in Walthill for several years before moving to Pender and later becoming the Chief of Police in Pender until his retirement in June of 2007. 

Bob enjoyed the time he spent camping, fishing, hunting and, most recently, woodworking.  

Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary of Pender; sons Doug (Chris) Ball of Riverside and James Patrick (Brenda) Ball of Walthill; daughters Robin (Arland) Harmon of Pender, Stacey (Al) Ring of Pender and Patty (Randy) Stanton of North Sioux City, S.D.; daughters-in-law Brenda Ball of Sioux City, Iowa, and Erin Blom of Sioux City, Iowa; sister Carol (Orrin) Rasmussen of Sioux City, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and over one hundred foster children they helped raise.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, sons Robert Scott James and Ted Ball, sister Maxine Ball, granddaughter Casey Ball and grandson Nick Urbanec.

 

Curtis Blackbird, 59

Curtis Wayne Blackbird, 59, of Macy died Sunday, March 26, 2017 in rural Walthill while responding to a police call in Walthill. 

Native American services will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Omaha Nation school gymnasium in Macy with Clifford Wolfe, Jr. in charge of the Native American services. Visitation is being held until Thursday morning at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Macy. Burial with military honors will be held at the Omaha Tribal Cemetery in Macy. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender. 

Curtis Wayne Blackbird was born on September 26, 1957 to Martha Hastings and Joseph Blackbird in Lincoln. He was currently working for the Omaha Nation Police Department in Macy.  

Curtis is survived by his wife, Ardetta Morris Blackbird; sisters Betty Blackbird and Beverly Blackbird; grandsons Nathan Mitchell and Antonio Merrick and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martha Hastings Blackbird and Joseph Blackbird, Sr.; sisters Annabelle Hayes and Carol Woodruff; brothers Joseph Blackbird, Jr., Orville Blackbird and Darrell Blackbird.

 

Desmond Primeaux, Sr., 38

Desmond Nathan Primeaux, Sr., 38, of Macy died Monday, March 27, 2017 at his home in Macy. 

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 31, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the residence of Reverend Rocky Primeaux, Sr. in Macy with Lathaniel Primeaux in charge of services. The visitation began Tuesday and continues until the time of service. The burial will be in the Omaha Tribal Cemetery in Macy. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Desmond was born June 5, 1978 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Rocky and Naomi Primeaux. He was a member of the Native American Church Group 7 and Sun Dance Chief at Crow Dog’s Paradise. He loved to cut wood, sit in sweat and Group 7 Native American Services.

Desmond is survived by his companion, Helen Moore; sons Lathaniel Primeaux, Alexander Primeaux, Odaevion Primeaux, Quincy Grant, Desmond Primeaux, Jr., DeShawn Primeaux and Jeremiah Primeaux; daughters Kiyonna Primeaux and Mina Primeaux; parents Reverend Rocky Sr. and Naomi Primeaux; sister Theresa Primeaux; brothers Rocky Primeaux, Jr., Glen (Holly) Primeaux, Sr., Harrison (Genelle) Primeaux, Terry (Megan) Primeaux, Lamar Neash and Herbert Morris, III and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Hoonch Mallory; paternal grandparents Francis Primeaux, Sr. and Theresa Lance; maternal grandparents Joseph Sr. and Bealuh Abdo; uncle Francis Primeaux, Jr. and brother Robert Smith.







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