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home : obituaries : obituaries July 27, 2017

Obituaries (6-8-17)

Leslie Tyrrell, 53

Leslie Adam Tyrrell, 53, of College Place, Wash., died Saturday, May 20, 2017 at his home. 

A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at his home.

Les was born on August 24, 1963 in Titusville, Fla., to Mervin and Roberta (Adams) Tyrrell, where his father worked for RCA at the Cape Canaveral Space Center (later renamed the Kennedy Space Center) for many years.

While living across the Indian River from the Space Center, Les had incredible experiences watching numerous moon launches and witnessed the first U.S.-manned spacecraft that went to the moon. At a very young age, Les discovered the loves of his life – space and flying.

In 1970, Les moved with his family to Pleasantville, Iowa, where he attended school until he left for college. Les studied aerospace science at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. While he was in college, he developed an interest in RC airplanes, and later, a friend introduced him to flying gliders, and gliding became another one of his passions.

After graduating from college, Les worked a few different jobs in Iowa. In 1995, he began working at a research lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he met his future wife, Xiaoya Tang. They married in Urbana on May 1, 2002. 

In May 2001, after the project he worked on at the research lab ended, Les moved the Walla Walla County in Washington to work for Key Technology as a software engineer. He liked his job and worked until he was not able to hold his computer on his lap.

Les was diagnosed with late stage cancer in February 2016. After a difficult 15 months of fighting it, Les lost his battle.

Les is survived by his wife, Xiaoya Tang; daughters Skye and Rachel; mother Roberta of Pender; brother Verne (Jenny) of Pender; nieces and nephews.


Carol Stokes, 84

Carol O. Stokes, 84, of McClelland, Iowa, died at his home on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

A funeral service was held Friday June 2, 2017 at the Presbyterian Church in Walthill. Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery near Walthill.

Carol was born in Walthill on February 20, 1933 to the late Ralph and Essie (Frazey) Stokes. After high school, he proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Carol retired from Baker’s Supermarkets.

Carol is survived by his wife, Rhodora Stokes; children Rhonda (Jeff) Ervin, Jeffery (Marian) Stokes, Marty Stokes and Brent Stokes; sister Ruth Bowman; 13 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Raymond and Russell Stokes.


Larry Pullen, 86

Larry Pullen, 86, of Oakland died Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Oakland Heights Assisted Living in Oakland. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Rosalie with Pastor Steven Breazier officiating. Burial was at the Elk City Cemetery in Elk City. Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church in Rosalie.

Larry was born August 9, 1930 in Tekamah to Loren and Dorothy (Meier) Pullen. On November 30, 1950, he married Joan Louise Renard in Hooper. To this union, five children were born. 

Larry was a member of the United Methodist Church in Rosalie, the card club and the Rosalie Old Settlers. Larry and Joan once served as king and queen of the Old Settlers.  

Larry enjoyed fishing, dancing, word searches and Sudoku puzzles, as well as stripping furniture, collecting and shelling black walnuts. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Larry is survived by his wife, Joan Pullen of Oakland; son Larry Michael Pullen (Sammi Osterlund) of Fremont; daughters Margaret (Keith) Burge of Waterloo, Kathy (Marlin) Greenfield of Uehling, Ruth (Eric) Tippery of Fremont and Amy (Corey) Acklin of Omaha; sister Harriet and brother Robert; 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.


Irma Heinemann, 93

Irma Heinemann, 93, of Cerritos, Calif, died on Monday, May 8, 2017. 

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, Calif.

Irma was born on September 27, 1923 in West Point to Fred and Anna Groth. She married Elmer Heinemann on January 3, 1943. They farmed in the Pender area until 1963. They moved to California in 1966 where Irma was a grocery checker for a major store until her retirement.

Irma’s passion was sewing, but she also enjoyed volunteering at church, photography, crafting, cooking and baking.

Irma is survived by her daughter, Joyce (Steve) Seyler of Cerritos, Calif.; daughter-in-law Pam Heinemann of Sioux City, Iowa; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elmer, son Bob, brother Ed Groth and sister Elna Bargman.


Elaine Moeller, 91

Elaine M. (Mueller-Stuckenschmidt) Moeller, 91, of Pender died Saturday, June 3, 2017 at her home. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Pender with Pastor Robert Schilling officiating. Burial was in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Pender. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Elaine M. Mueller was born March 10, 1926 at her home in rural Pender to Willie and Louise (Kratke) Mueller. She was baptized on April 22, 1926 and confirmed on June 18, 1939 in Pender. She attended and graduated from Pender High School in 1944.  

On November 23, 1947 Elaine married Melvin Stuckenschmidt in Pender. To this union, two children were born. Together, the couple lived and farmed southwest of Pender. In 1975, they moved into town and continued farming until Melvin died. 

On February 10, 1998, Elaine married Roland Moeller. Together, the couple farmed with Roland’s son, Randy.  

Elaine enjoyed bowling league, decorating cakes, card parties, square dancing, ballroom dancing, gardening and her flowers beds. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Hospital Auxiliary, the Pioneer Center, the Jolly Fifteen Club, L.W.M.L. and L.L.L.  

Elaine is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Mark) Trimble of West Point, stepson Randy Moeller of Pender, four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Louise Mueller, husbands Melvin Stuckenschmidt and Roland Moeller, son Duane Stuckenschmidt and brother Marvin Mueller.


Mary Joan Muffly, 90

Mary Joan “Jo” (Connealy) Muffly, 90, of Fort Collins, Colo., formerly of Pender, died unexpectedly on Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo.  

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2017 with a wake service at 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Pender. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Interment will be at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Pender. Memorials may be offered to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Pender. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Jo was born at home in Decatur on March 11, 1927. She was the third of five children born to Ted and Genevieve (Tobin) Connealy and their only daughter. When she was 9, her father took a job with the FDIC, which required the family to move from Decatur to many different cities and towns in the central part of the country. She lived in Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin and Michigan. Moving so often, the children had little time to set down roots or friendships, so she and her brothers were closely bound – a closeness that continued throughout their lives. 

Jo graduated from Dodgeville (Wisconsin) High School in 1944. She began college at the University of Wisconsin, but graduated from Eastern Michigan University. She received an additional teaching certificate from Chadron State College. 

While in college, she worked as a secretary for an executive with Ford Motors at the Willow Run Plant and for an ex-governor of Nebraska. Her first teaching job was in Hay Springs where she met the new town physician, Dr. Charles “Muff” Muffly. 

Jo and Muff were married in 1953 and moved to Pender where Muff then practiced for over 45 years. Jo and Muff had three sons: Tom (Helen), Dan (Paula) and Dave. A daughter, Mary, died shortly after birth.

Jo was a devout Catholic, raising her sons in the church, and she made sure they were always available for altar-boy service. She was active in her church, St. John the Baptist, and was in the Alter Society.

She was a den mother to many scouts, a driver to ball games and a guide on many fishing and hunting expeditions around Pender. 

Next to her faith and family, Jo loved to play golf. She played regularly until she was 85. After that, she watched it each weekend – as long as her Huskers weren’t playing. She and Muff were season ticket holders since the North Stadium was built, attending most home games and listening to the radio when they were away. 

When she wasn’t playing golf, she cooked and crafted. She loved to hunt and cook morel mushrooms from the Missouri River bottom. She played Bridge, competed in women’s and senior golf leagues and tournaments, and later in life, was an avid Bingo player. 

After Muff died in 2012, Jo moved to Fort Collins, Colo., to be near her son, Dan, and his family. While there, she attended her grandchildren’s soccer games and made many new friends. She was a member of St. John the 23rd parish in Fort Collins, Colo.

Jo was a caring mother, great friend and had a great sense of humor.

Jo is survived by her three sons, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter and her brothers, Dan, Bob, Neil and Marty.


Ruth Suhr, 98

Ruth Suhr, 98, of Bennington died Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Ridgewood Assisted Living Center in Bennington. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St Luke Lutheran Church in Emerson with Pastor Gretchen Ritola officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. 

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

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