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home : obituaries : obituaries July 22, 2017

Obituaries (4-27-17)

Verna Rabe, 84

Verna J. Rabe, 84, of Wisner died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Wisner Care Center in Wisner.  

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wisner with Pastor James P. Carretto officiating. Burial was at the Beemer Cemetery in Beemer. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. 

Verna was born on September 21, 1932 on her family’s farm near Wisner. She attended and graduated from Wisner High School in 1949. 

For many years, Verna worked at First National Bank before working at Citizen’s Bank. For the past several years, she worked at Schaulis and Heftie Veterinary Clinic, later the Wisner Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Wisner, before retiring in 2015. 

Verna loved baking cutout cookies with her granddaughters when they were young, and later her great-grandchildren. She enjoyed taking walks with her dog, Sadie, and in the summer, she could usually be found outside working in her yard and tending to her flowers. Verna also loved getting together with her family for pizza and pasta.

Verna is survived by her son, Jeff (Tami) Rabe of Wisner; daughter-in-law Cory Rabe of Lincoln; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son John, grandson Joshua Rabe, sister and brother-in-law Ella and Alvin Engelhardt and sister Mabel Stalling.


Duane Kratke, 67

Duane H. Kratke, 67, of Pender died Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church south of Pender with Pastor Robert Schilling officiating. Burial with military honors by Pender American Legion John Rooney Post #55 was in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Pender was in charge of the arrangements.

Duane was born on January 24, 1950 in West Point, the son of Harlan and Bernice (Test) Kratke. He attended Pender High School, graduating in 1968. After attending college in Milford, Duane joined the United States Army in 1970. He served in Germany as a military policeman until being honorably discharged in 1972. 

On February 24, 1973, Duane married Burdette Daberkow at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Beemer. To this union, four children were born: Anjanette, Anthony, Audrey and Ashley.  

As a young man, Duane was listed as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America. After farming, he worked at Blue Ox in Pender for 29 years. 

Duane was a lifelong, active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, serving on the cemetery board, as an elder and other church offices. He was also proud to serve on the color guard of Pender American Legion John Rooney Post #55. He also was a member of the Bancroft Saddle Club and Lutheran Layman’s League.  

Duane enjoyed the music of the 1960s and classic country. He was kind-hearted and quick-witted, liked playing cards and visiting. Duane also enjoyed riding horses, woodworking, traveling and working outdoors on the Kratke homestead. Most of all, Duane loved being around his family. His children and grandchildren brought him great joy.

Duane is survived by his wife of 44 years, Burdette of Pender; son Anthony Kratke of Kansas City, Mo.; daughters Anjanette (John) Bonham of Hastings, Audrey (Daniel) Celaya of San Diego, Calif., and Ashley (Brett) Murphy of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren; brother Denis (Lynn) Kratke of Pender; sisters Debra Kratke of Vail, Colo., and Donna Kratke of South Sioux City; and brother-in-law LeRoy (Joan) Schuetze of West Point.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and Bernice, and sister Diane Schuetze.


Dale Thomsen, 72

Dale Thomsen, 72, of Asheboro, N.C., formerly of Emerson, died Monday, April 17, 2017 at his residence.

A memorial services was held in Ramseur, N.C.

Dale was born to Rudolph and Neva Thomsen and was a retired farmer and carpenter. He loved people and serving others, volunteering for various projects. 

Dale is survived by his wife, Kathryn, daughter Neva and son Ian, all of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Duane “Pete” and Donald and sisters Delores Borchers and Dorothy Trevett.


Max Morgan, 84

Max Elliot Morgan, 84, of rural Walthill, died Friday, April 21, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Faith United Presbyterian Church in Walthill. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military honors will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Decatur. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation.

Max was born October 10, 1932 to Floyd “Jack” and Eva (Newill) Morgan on a farm near Decatur. He attended McCauley School and graduated from Macy Public School with honors. He then served in the Army during the Korean Conflict in Europe. 

Max married Peggy Ann Butts on April 21, 1956 at the Dutch Reform Church in Macy.

Max did road construction and then farmed in the Decatur and Walthill areas. He enjoyed playing baseball, football, hunting, his dogs and horses. He also loved spending time talking, laughing and joking with his family and friends.

Max is survived by his sons, Rick Morgan of Walthill and Kenneth (Brylle) Morgan of Oberlin, Kan.; brothers Ralph (Ima) Morgan of Nevada, Iowa, Jackie (Betty) Morgan of Onawa, Iowa, and Jary (Jean) Morgan of Omaha; sisters Verna Vogt of Livermore, Calif., Jean Thomas of Oakland and Elva Barnett of Pocahontas, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Peggy, brothers Jim and Rex and sisters Dorothy and Iva.

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