NHA Members & Former Members
Gene Weldon Grabenstein of Eustis, Nebraska passed away Monday, July 22, 2019 at St. Luke's Assisted Living in Kearney at the age of 77.
He was born to Paul Grabenstein and Clara (Holbein) in Cozad, NE on May 13, 1942. He was baptized on July 5, 1942, and confirmed on March 26, 1956 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis, NE and was a lifelong member. He served two terms on the Church Council in the late sixties.
He was married to Linda Witthuhn on August 1, 1971. To this union, two children were born: Terri and Todd.
Gene was passionate about Herefords, and was a committed volunteer for the Eustis community. He was a member of the Nebraska Hereford Association, and served as President. He hosted five Nebraska Hereford tour stops, and held 22 production sales at his ranch near Eustis, NE. In addition, he was a member of the Heart of Nebraska Hereford Association from the mid-sixties into the mid-seventies, and won several trophies over the years.
Gene was honored for his 50 years of service as a Eustis Fair Board member, and was a leader of the Rolling Meadows 4-H Club for 25 years. He organized several horse shows for the Frontier County area held in arenas near Farnam and Eustis.
Gene was preceded in death by grandparents: Dan and Minnie Grabenstein and Christian and Marie Holbein; parents Paul and Clara Grabenstein, and sister Phyllis Svoboda.
He is survived by children Terri (David) Bierbower of Lincoln and Todd (Tricia) Grabenstein of Smithfield; grandchildren Jillian and Joel Bierbower of Lincoln, Cooper and Cailey Grabenstein of Smithfield; siblings Lyle (Lonna) Grabenstein of Eustis, Janet (Don) Fleischmann of Cozad, brother-in-law Jon Svoboda of Elkhorn; and many other family and friends.
Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to Eustis Fire and Rescue or Eustis Fair Board. Services will be Monday, July 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Eustis with Pastor Steve Berke officiating. Burial will follow at Eustis East Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church. Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph Deck Estermann, age 94 years, 11 months, and 16 days of Wellfleet, NE passed away July 11, 2019 at Linden Court.
Joe was born on July 25, 1924 in Somerset, NE to Joseph Jacob and Jessie Joy (Hughes) Estermann. Joe attended Rose Valley school in Somerset, and high school at the Nebraska State Agriculture School in Curtis. Upon graduating he returned to the family ranch at Somerset. He met Marlene Gibson through the Nebraska Rural Youth program and the two were united in marriage on January 8, 1961 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Platte.
Joe raised purebred Hereford cattle which his father had started. He had continued to ranch up until recently when his health deteriorated. Joe was active in the Nebraska Hereford Association.
Traveling all over the world, especially following the family name was a passion of Joe’s. Taking the children on summer camping trips in different states was something to always look forward to.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene of Wellfleet; children, Teresa Ann (fiancé David Hewitt) Estermann of Ocilla, Ga, Deborah Jeanette (Randy) Weitzenkamp of Nebraska City, NE, and Joseph Daniel Estermann of Wellfleet, NE; grandchildren, Cassandra Jeanette (Miguel) Farfan-Weitzenkamp, and Bryan (Miranda) Weitzenkamp; great-grandson, Alexander Farfan-Weitzenkamp; sister, Dolores Kosmicki of North Platte; and in-laws, Kenneth (Beverly) Gibson of Geneva, Connie (Kim) Stewart of North Platte, Deloris Grauerholz of Sutherland, and Rodney (Carol) Gibson of North Platte.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant grandson, Brett Mitchell Weitzenkamp; and two brothers-in-law, Herman Grauerholz, and Al Kosmicki.
Memorials are suggested to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services were Monday, July 15, 2019 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, with the Reverend Bob Deardoff officiating. Burial will follow in the Morningview Cemetery near Wallace. Visitation will be noon – 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Lois Berdina (Stillman) Helms passed away June 25, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Arapahoe, NE. Lois was born to Herman and Meta (Haussler) Stillman on March 27, 1924 in the newly built family home northwest of Arapahoe. She attended St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church, northwest of Arapahoe, where she was baptized April 1, 1924, completed eight years of education in the parochial school and confirmed on May 31, 1936.
Lois married Clarence Helms on February 16, 1944 at St. Mathew’s Church. After their marriage, she followed Clarence to Camp Pendleton, CA before his deployment to Germany during World War II. After the war, they moved to the farm north of Holbrook, NE, which they purchased, raised their four boys and lived on for 60 years. Lois and Clarence held their farm sale in September of 2005 and moved into Prairie Pines Independent Living Center in Arapahoe, NE. They then moved into the Good Samaritan Home in 2011.
Lois played the organ for over 50 combined years at St. Mathew’s and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cambridge, NE. She also taught Sunday and Saturday School and was a faithful servant of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Lois supported her family in their farming and Polled Hereford business, was a longtime member of the Hereford Pollette Auxiliary. She also served many years with the VFW Auxiliary of Holbrook and the Holbrook Toastmaster’s Club. Her hobbies were quilting and embroidering and she gave many of her handmade masterpieces to others, including a quilt to every grandchild upon their high school graduation. She was well known for her homemade pies, especially sour cream raisin and Angel Food cake. Lois enjoyed baking and tending her flowers. Her greatest joy were her grandchildren.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Meta (Haussler) Stillman; husband, Clarence; sisters, Adelia (Hollis) Clausen, Lillian (Henry) Helms, brother, Paul (Barbara) Stillman, and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Survivors include sons Lanny and wife Martha of Arapahoe, Randy of Holbrook and fiancée Glenda Leithoff of Litchfield, Dick and wife Bonnie of Arapahoe and Bruce and wife Sue of Holbrook; nine grandchildren, Melanie (Rev. Ted) Olsen, Sarah (Titus) Staples, Cody (Casie) Helms, Sheree (Tom) Burford, Hannah Helms, Bryan (Shannon) Helms, Kyle (Kayla) Helms, Molly (Chris) Blickenstaff, and Cory (Katie) Helms. Her eighteen great-grandchildren are, Aimee, Ashlee and Abbee Olsen; Madilyn, Abraham, Samuel and Laura Staples; Hayden and Kylan Helms; Kaden Helms; Savannah Helms; Lillian and Abbigail Helms; Carter, Wyatt, Amelia and Beau Blickenstaff and Harrison Helms.
As a strong Christian wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend and witness to her faith, we know she has joined Clarence and her family in Heaven and waits for others to join her.
Visitation will be from 4-6 pm June 30that Wenburg Funeral Home, 652 Main Street, Arapahoe, NE and at the church before the funeral.
Services will be held on Monday July 1stat 10 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1005 9thSt, in Arapahoe with Rev. James Mosher officiating. Burial will be in the Arapahoe Cemetery beside her husband Clarence of 70 years.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Ministries.
Ken McMillen, 7 Mill Iron Ranch, Sidney, NE passed away Sun. June 2. Services were Saturday, June 8, at the First United Methodist Church in Sidney. Memorials to the Nebraska Hereford Foundation, c/o the family, 2230 Road 93, Sidney, NE 69162.
Jackie “Jack” D. Beeson, 90 of Wayne, Nebraska passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019 at a hospital in Wayne, surrounded by his family. Memorial Services will be held 10:30am Monday, June 3, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Wayne, NE. Burial will be in Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 5-7pm Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Waterbury Funeral Service of Sergeant Bluff.
Jack Delmer Beeson was born March 17, 1929 on a farm near Hunter, Oklahoma, the son of Dell and Olive (Neff) Beeson. He attended country school four years, then Hunter grade school for four years, then transferred to Garber, Oklahoma High School. Reason for transfer was his interest in Agriculture and FFA. Jack showed steers at Oklahoma City and Kansas City and was President of what was considered the strongest FFA in the county at the time.
After graduation he worked for Honey Creek Ranch in Oklahoma and Riffel Polled Herefords in Kansas. Then he poured concrete at cement elevators for a while, but he liked cattle raising better.
On July 12, 1950 he became Herdsman for Hervale Farms. Jack served 2 years in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He came right back to Hervale Farms where he showed cattle in over 20 states and Canada. Early we used boxcars on the railroad then semi trucks and later gooseneck trailers. We had the National Champion Female in 1965. Made several herd bulls Gold Trophy Bulls by point system.
In 1954, Jack met Beverly Ann Lunstra (Bev) of Beaver Creek, Minnesota. It was love at first sight for Jack, but it took him three years to convince Bev. On June 19, 1957 they got married in Beaver Creek, Minnesota. In this union one son, Jock, was born. He traveled with his parents from a young age until he went to college.
Jack was very proud of the accomplishments he and Bev received showing and selling bulls and also in the friendships they had developed across the county and especially with Nebraska and Midwest cattle people. Jack and Bev showed cattle in more than 50 Nebraska State Fairs. He was a board member of Wayne County and Nebraska Farm Bureau and believed strongly in their programs. Jack served as Beef Superintendent for 4-H Breeding Beef at the County Fair for many years, and more than 20 Nebraska Cattleman Classic shows and sales.
He loved his family more than cattle, but was always so happy when Jock and Bev would receive particular awards for their achievements in livestock activities.
Jack was first a Deacon and then an Elder for the First Presbyterian Church in Wayne; he also served on many committees which he thought were very important.
He is survived his wife Beverly, son Jock (Brenda) Beeson, one sister, Marilyn (Butch) Hale of Dallas, Texas, numerous brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ron, and Ron's wife, Sue Beeson.
The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be given to help fund youth activities.
Paul E. Allen, age 74 of Nebraska City, passed away early Monday, May 20, 2019 at St. Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, NE. Paul was born on August 18, 1944 at Plattsmouth, NE; the son of Floyd Leslie and Grace Emma (Graham) Allen. He attended school in Nebraska City and graduated from the Nebraska City High School with the Class of 1962.
He entered the U.S. Army National Guard in 1964 and honorably served until his discharge in 1970. On May 13, 1967, he was united in marriage to Linda Ann Gress at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City and to this union four children were born: Matthew, Paula, Joni and James.
Paul was a long-time farmer and purebred livestock producer; a job that he truly loved. Prior to his career in farming, he worked at the former Safeway Grocery Store in Nebr. City. He was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, the Polled Hereford Association and a 4-H Leader for many years.
He was always very proud of his family; they were his greatest love! He is survived by his wife Linda of Nebr. City; three children: Paula Aldana and husband Jose, Joni Flewelling and husband Dennis and James Allen and wife Chrissy all of Nebr. City; 11 grandchildren: Ashlee Miller and husband Jason, Adam Aldana and fiance’ Lauren Ball, Aaron Aldana, Andrew Aldana, Aidan Aldana, Michael Flewelling, Bryant Flewelling and wife Kassie, Matthew Flewelling, Nicholas Allen and fiance’ Bergan Johnston, Kealii Allen and Jhett Allen; three great-grandchildren: Ryan and Elijah Miller and Addy Flewelling, numerous nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Matthew Allen in 1969, six brothers and sisters: Marie, Dorothy, Orlane, Betty, Fred and Cliff as well as his parents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday (5/24) at 10:30 a.m. at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City. Burial will follow at St. Benedict’s Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Detail. Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com. Gude Mortuary in Nebr. City is in charge of arrangements.