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January 16, 2018

Obituaries (10-26-17)

Dorothy Ann Wilcox, 89

Dorothy Ann Wilcox, age 89, of Sioux City passed away on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at a local hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church followed by interment in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 pm at the church. The Rosary was recited at 6:30 p.m. by the Catholic Daughters of America and a vigil service was held at 7 p.m.

Morningside Chapel Christy Smith Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy was born on Oct. 3, 1928, in Petersburg, Neb., the daughter of Bernard and Jessie (Lewis) Koch. The family moved to Norfolk, Neb., when she was eight years old. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic Schools and graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School. She then attended Norfolk Junior College.

She was united in marriage with Rex James Wilcox on Sept. 16, 1948. The family lived in the Norfolk area until 1972 when they moved to South Sioux City. They moved to Dakota Dunes in 2009 and Sioux City in 2016.

Dorothy was employed in Norfolk at Norfolk Catholic High School and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Upon moving to South Sioux City, she worked at J.C. Penney’s. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America of South Sioux City, The American Business Women’s Club and was a volunteer at the South Sioux City Library with Friends of the Library. Dorothy was an avid Bridge player.

Her life will always be remembered by her children: Carol (Dale) Thompson of Rolling Meadows, Ill., James (Jeanne) Wilcox of Galloway, N.J., Jane (Patrick) Loving of Sioux City, and Julie Wilcox and special daughter Catalina Quitugua of Denver, Colo.. Twelve Grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son David Wilcox, a daughter Margaret Wiebelhaus, and a sister Helen Zink of Omaha.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Robert Huggenberger, 51 

Robert M. Huggenberger, 51, Lincoln, formerly of Emerson, died Oct. 18, 2017, after suffering a series of strokes. Bob was an organ donor. He was born to Jim and Patricia (Hedrick) Huggenberger in Pender, Neb., on Sept. 29, 1966. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Emerson and graduated from Emerson-Hubbard High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He and his wife, Mary, were married Aug. 5, 1989, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Beatrice, and began their married life in Ponca City, Okla. They have made Lincoln their home since 1991, along with their son, William, who joined the family by adoption on July 4, 2003. Bob, Mary, and Will are members of St. Teresa Catholic Church.

Bob made many friends through working at a variety of jobs over the years, including Little King’s, AlphaGraphics, Sandhills Publishing, St. Teresa Church, and DeeBee Productions. He worked since 2006 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a learning spaces support associate for Information Technology Services, where he installed and maintained audio visual and computer equipment in nearly every campus building. He was a familiar face to faculty and students, answering classroom assistance calls and biking across campus.

Bob’s whole life was filled with mischief and shenanigans, but at his core was kindness. This explains why everyone he met knows a story about something he did or something he got them to do. Bob embraced adventure and took many of us along for the ride. He enjoyed his family and friends, annual motorcycle trips with his brothers, science fiction and superhero movies, coaching Will’s baseball and basketball teams, golfing with friends, competing in City-Rec and church volleyball and basketball leagues, and following the Huskers.

Bob was preceded in death by: mother, Patricia Huggenberger; paternal grandparents, Sam and Edna Huggenberger; maternal grandparents, Ralph Hedrick and Marjorie and Walt Hemmingsen; aunt, Jean Huggenberger; uncles, William VanLent and William and Robert Hedrick; and niece, Sarah Jones. Bob is survived by: wife, Mary (Grell) Huggenberger and son Will, Lincoln; father and stepmother, Jim and Bonnie Huggenberger, Emerson; brothers and sisters, Steven, Walton; Jaymi Kyte, Emerson; Patrick and Shellee, Emerson; Doug and Ginger, Emerson; Chris and Dave Mahler, Emerson; Traci and Ron Bodlak, Thurston; Cindi and Duane Stolze, Emerson; Joe and Shelli, Basehor, Kansas; Terri, Olathe, Kansas; Paul and Galeana, Dumas, Texas; and Toni and Dustin Berrie, Olathe, Kansas; parents-in-law, Kenneth and Dorothy Grell, Blue Springs; brothers-in-law, Father Loras Grell, Aurora, and Mark Grell, Lincoln; aunts, uncles, cousins, many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

The funeral Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, 735 South 36th St. in Lincoln, with Rev. Jamie Hottovy, Rev. Loras Grell, and Rev. Gerald Leise, Jr. officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, 3880 L St. in Lincoln, followed by a luncheon in Kaczmarek Hall at St. Teresa Church. Visitation with family receiving friends was on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, from 3-5 p.m. at Butherus, Maser & Love funeral home, 4040 A St., Lincoln. Visitation resumed at the church from 6-7 p.m. on Sunday, with Rosary prayer service at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the church.

Memorials: Nebraska Children’s Home Society, St. Teresa Catholic School, and Masses.

Paul Schopke, 53

Paul Walter Schopke, 53, of Pender died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at Pender Community Hospital. 

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Pender with Rev. Kathy Montira officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. In lieu of flowers, memori-als may be directed to the family for future designation. 

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

Paul was born Sept. 30, 1964 in Pender to Harlan and Ruth (Rohrs) Schopke. He graduated from Wakefield High School in 1983 and attended Northeast College for two years.

Paul married Janet Ehlers on October 23, 1993 in Emerson and the couple had three children. He worked at Pender Implement for 26 years, leaving in 2012.  He was a fisherman who enjoyed playing cards, board games, horses and fixing tractors. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Paul is survived his wife, Janet Schopke of Pender; son, Eric Schopke of Pender; daughters, Rachel Schopke of Norfolk, Sarah Schopke of Pender; mother, Ruth Schopke of Wakefield; sister, Heidi (Steve) Swanton of Wentzville, MO,; brothers, Mark “Chop-per” Schopke of Wakefield, John (Jennifer) Schopke of Kearney; mother-in-law Shirley Ehlers of David City; step-brothers, Steve Flax of Krum, Texas, Mike (Amy) Flax of Minot, N.D.; step-sister, Roxann (Rob) Stark of Minot, N.D.; and many nieces and neph-ews.

He is preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Harlan and Judy; and father-in-law, Paul Ehlers.

Kenneth Kruse, 86

Kenneth L. Kruse, 86, of Fremont died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at the Wisner Care Cen-ter in Wisner.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 25 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pender.

Burial was in at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Pender with military honors.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pender.

Ken was born June 18, 1931 to Harry and Adella (Stuckenschmidt) Kruse in Pender.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1970. He served on Air Force One with President Lyndon Johnson and President Richard Nixon and worked as a Special Investigator. 

On Dec. 9, 1951 Ken married Catherine B. Hahn in Superior, Montana. 

The couple traveled all over the country, including living in England from 1957 to 1959 while serving in the Air Force. After Ken’s retirement he and his wife RV’d for six years all over U.S. and had a blast. 

Ken is survived by his wife, Catherine; daughters, Diana (Gene) McDaniel of Statesbo-ro, Georgia, Debbie (Alan) Jensen of Fremont, Denise (Clint) Mass of Columbus, Don-na Yates of Columbus; sons, Kenny (Donna) Kruse Jr. of Arlington, Texas, Dennis (Denise) Kruse of Lincoln, Don (Rhonda) Kruse of St. George, Utah, and David (Nan-cy) Kruse of Fremont; sisters, Reann Forsberg of Fremont, Ardyce Osbar of Hooper and Becky (Robert) Comstock of Rapid City, S.D.; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Mylet Clem, Marlene Nice and Donna Jean Kruse.

Leroy Grell, 81

Leroy Grell, 81, of Emerson, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at Heritage of Emerson. 

A private family service will be held at a later date. 

Condolences may be directed to Karen Grell, P.O. Box 203 Emerson, 68733. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.

Leroy was born July 16, 1936 in Chalco, to Chris and Marie (Voss) Grell. 

In 1955, he married Karen Scheef. The couple lived in the Pender area on the Mule Kick Ranch until moving to Emerson in 2015.

Leroy graduated from the Reisch Auction School in 1971 and spent many weekends auctioning at estate sales and at local auction houses in the Omaha, Gretna, Ashland and Fremont areas.

His favorite auction was the Scheef Family Reunion Action with his brother-in-law, Howard, as his ring man. 

Leroy worked for Thurston County Road Department for 27 years before retiring. Leroy enjoyed writing songs and poems, as well as fishing, playing pool and being around his horses and mules.

Trail rides with family and friends on his ranch always made him happy. He was known to his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Grandpa Partner, Grandpa Turtle and Papa Pony — and some just called him Grandpa.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Grell of Emerson; sons, Sterling (Kaylene) Grell of Ashland, Randy (Kathy) Grell of Emerson, daughters, Lori (David) Smith of McCook Lake, S.D., and Linda Malasek (Scott) Moeller of Lake View, Iowa.

Leroy is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; one brother; daughter, Virgin-ia; and grandson Keith Smith.


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