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home : obituaries : obituaries August 20, 2017

Obituaries (4-6-17)

Marvin Heise, 91

Marvin Clarence Heise, 91, of Pender died Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Old Mill Rehab in Omaha. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Pender with Father Paul Ortmeier celebrating Mass and Father Gerald Leise co-celebrating. Burial with military honors was held in the Holy Cross Catholic Church Cemetery in Bancroft. Arrangements were under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Marvin was born December 13, 1925 to Clarence and Ruth Heise. He graduated from Rosalie High School in 1943. 

On July 29, 1950, Marvin married Elsie Esther Urbanec. The couple had 13 children. 

Marvin was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, telling stories and joking around and traveling to the East Coast and Texas. 

Marvin is survived by his sons, Clifford (Vickie) Heise, Ivan Heise, Bradley (Teresa) Heise, Daniel (Rebecca) Heise, Rodney (Rhonda) Heise, Mark Heise and Troy Heise; daughters Karen Todare, Diane Heise, Debra (Timothy) Wortman, Angela (Daniel) Knudsen and Kimberly (Daniel) Shekleton; sister Alice Spangler and 25 grandchildren.

Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie; son Russell; parents Clarence and Ruth Heise; sisters Audrey Hansen, Evelyn Hinrichs and an infant sister.


Harlan Witte, 80

Harlan Witte, 80, of Pender died Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at his home while under hospice care. 

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 3, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Pender with Father Gerald Leise celebrating Mass. Burial with military honors was at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Pender. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements were under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender. 

Harlan was born May 12, 1936 to Carl and Martha (Borchers) Witte in Pender. He graduated from Pender High School in 1953. 

Harlan married Patricia Berger on December 30, 1965 at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City, Iowa. 

Harlan was a longtime farmer. After he married Patricia, he worked for a few months at Montgomery Ward in Ann Arbor, Mich. Although he was a great salesman, receiving the top salesman award for two consecutive months, his heart was in farming. In 1966, the couple returned to Pender. 

Harlan was in the Air Guard Reserves. He was also on the Township Committee and the Rural Water Committee. 

Harlan is survived by his wife, Patricia, nieces Sue (Mrylon) Kizer and Kris (Bill) Wollesen and nephews Marty (Lisa) Kane and Mick (Terri) Kane.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Anita Roeder and brothers-in-law James Berger, Joseph Berger, Doug Kane and George Roeder.


Joan Beutler, 84

Joan Clara (Bettenhausen) Beutler, 84, of Pender died Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft with Pastor Nathan Henschen officiating. The burial will be in the Bancroft Cemetery in Bancroft. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft.

Joan was born February 14, 1933 to Rudolph and Mae (Nelson) Bettenhausen in Pender. She graduated from Wisner High School in 1950 and received her bachelor’s degree in teaching from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She worked as a teacher for nearly 40 years and helped manage the Pender Sale Barn Café. 

On October 5, 1996, Joan married Clarence Beutler in Bancroft. 

Joan was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, PEO and The Red Hatters. She was always very generous to the local and state nonprofit organizations. 

For many years, Joan was a Mary Kay consultant where she was awarded two cars. She enjoyed family dinners and visiting over a cup of coffee. Spring flowers, reading the Bible and traveling to California to visit her granddaughter, Tierney, brought her great joy. 

Joan is survived by her husband, Clarence Beutler, Jr. of Pender; sons Douglas O’Mara of Oldham, S.D., and Dr. Bradley (Inna) O’Mara of Spirit Lake, Iowa; stepsons Michael Beutler of Pender and Christopher (Samantha) Beutler of Bancroft; stepdaughters Patricia (Stan) Wegner of Bancroft and Barbara (Kenneth) Baker of Homer; sisters Sharon (Ron) Busch of Creighton, Joyce (Richard) Shipwright of Omaha and Barbara Delmont of Beemer; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Tom Delmont.


Ernest Warnock, 64

Ernest P. Warnock, 64, of rural Rosalie died Saturday, March 11, 2017.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Walthill. 

Ernest Peter Warnock was born to Ernest and Neva Warnock in Oakland on March 31, 1952. He attended Walthill Public School from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Ernie had two daughters, Lacey Jae Warnock and Rebecca Renee Warnock. Ernie is survived by his daughters, Lacey Warnock and Rebecca (Fred) Starks of Omaha, sister Carol Woten of Walthill and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth Warnock and his spouse, Ardie, and sister Sue Beaudette.


Mary Biles, 95

Mary Rhodes Biles, 95, a former Pender resident, died March 13, 2017 in Littleton, Colo.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Pender-Thurston Education Foundation (P.O. Box 562, Pender, NE 68047). She will be buried in Pender in July.

Mary was born July 10, 1921 in Osceola to Leroy and Verna Rhodes. She attended rural school and graduated from Osceola High School and then the University of Nebraska in 1941. She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. 

Mary received her master’s degree in social work from Simmons College in Boston and later worked in Omaha for an adoption agency.

In 1944, she married William Biles Jr., who was a Navy officer in WWII. They then moved to Pender where Bill was involved in agriculture. He died in 1998.

Mary was active in PEO, the hospital auxiliary, the House Memorial Library and the United Church of Pender. The family also hosted a foreign exchange student, Adadu Yemani of Ethiopia. Mary moved to North Park in Sioux City, Iowa, in 2000 and to Park Place in Denver, Colo., in 2012.

She is survived by her children, Betsy, Bill and John, seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a sister, Caroline.

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