Bates-Gould Funeral Home
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P.O. Box 574
Alliance, NE 69301
About UsWe at Bates-Gould Funeral Home are dedicated to providing services to the families of Alliance, Hemingford, and surrounding Sandhills Nebraska area with care and compassion.
For nearly 60 years families have trusted us with helping them plan the celebrations of lives lived.
We serve every family with great pride. We are able to offer a wide range of services to meet your familys needs and customs. We will listen to you and your wishes to help plan a celebration consistent with your expectations. We will take the time to plan every detail and help to relieve the burden on your family during your time of loss.
Von Bargen, Dora
June 19, 1920 - October 17, 2014
She was born on June 19, 1920 in Alliance to Henry and Anna (Donner) Von Bargen. She graduated from Alliance High School in 1939 and then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She graduated in 1943 from UNL School of Fine Arts. While in high school and college she was active in band. Following her graduation she worked for the university in the Extension Department in art education. She later received her masters degree from Penn State. Following her employment with UNL she began working as an Associate Professor in the Peck School of Arts music department at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee until she retired.
She is survived by her brother, Otto Von Bargen of Milwaukee, and nieces and nephews, George Koester and Virginia Dennison of Alliance, David Von Bargen of Milwaukee, Max Koester of Mesa, AZ, Joe Koester of San Diego, CA, John Koester of Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada, Kenneth Von Bargen of Lincoln and Eleanor Von Bargen of Denver, CO.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Bill, Emil, Carl, Frieda Koester and Gertrude Koester, her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dorothy Von Bargen, Ernest Koester, Henry Koester and Esther Von Bargen.
Graveside services will be Friday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Alliance Cemetery with Father John Kakkuzhiyil officiating.
Memorials may be given to the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School, 1024 Box Butte Avenue, Alliance, NE 69301 or the Milwaukee Catholic Home, 2462 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211.
September 10, 1925 - October 14, 2014
Vivian Elaine Linden, 89, died Thursday, October 14, 2014 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance.
She was born September 10, 1925 in Chadron, Nebraska to George and Jessie (Hershey) Staboulos. Vivian graduated from Chadron High School.
On August 13, 1946 she was united in marriage to Leroy R. Linden in Hot Springs, South Dakota. The couple made their home in Chadron. While in Chadron the couple raised three daughters. In addition to raising three daughters, Vivian also worked for the City of Chadron in the water department and then as the City Clerk. Vivian was also an active member of St. Patricks Catholic Church and Assumption Academy. In 1967 Leroy and Vivian moved to Imperial, Nebraska where she worked as the manager of an irrigation company.
In 1999 Vivian lost her daughter, Mary Lee McKinney and returned home to Chadron at the age of 74 to raise her three granddaughters, Kelli, Kaci and Kim. Once again she was attending ballgames and experiencing the world of teenage girls.
In 2012 Vivian moved to Highland Park Care Center in Alliance. Vivian met many new friends and during her time there showed us how to live life your way and still make others laugh.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Gary) Finger of Clinton, Missouri and Michele (Steve) Prochazka of Alliance. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, her daughter, Mary Lee McKinney and her sister, Helen Laue.
Memorial services will be held Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance. Father John Kakkuzhiyil and Father Tim Stoner will officiate. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. at St. Marys Cemetery at Rushville, Nebraska. Wake services will be Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, 1118 Flack Avenue, Alliance, Nebraska, 69301, or to the C.O.P.D. Foundation, 300 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Miami, Florida, 33134 or go to copdfoundation.org.
September 29, 1936 - October 5, 2014
He was born September 29, 1936 to Marcus and Adina (Koehn) Jantz. He grew up on the family farm in Montezuma. After graduating high school he began working for the Sante Fe Railroad in 1954 in Dodge City, KS. In 1958 he moved to Alliance working for the Burlington Northern Railroad as a conductor. He retired after 42 years of service. Dennis enjoyed camping and fishing with his friends and family and playing his guitar. He was a lifetime member of the Eagles and also belonged to the American Legion and V.F.W.
He married Lelagene Agnes Votruba on September 15, 1957 in Dodge City, KS.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Lelagene, his 3 children, Tammy (Tom) Fletcher and Karen Jantz-Best both of Alliance and Scott (Jodie) Jantz of Lincoln, NE, his 10 grandchildren, Kelly Davis, Josh and Kody Fletcher, Brock Best, Brittany Poss and Bridget Best, Seth, Clair, Lydia and Sam Jantz, his 5 great-grandchildren, Bella Davies, Traysn and Payton Best, Jaxon and Ryli Poss. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Irene Milbradt of Topeka, KS, Ivan (Norma) Jantz of Montezuma, KS, Vernon (Basil) Jantz of Salina, KS, Lillie Unruh of Georgetown, TX, Ervy (Jean) Jantz of Oklahoma, Virginia Yost of McPherson, KS, Ruby (Glenn) Nightengale of Montezuma, KS.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be Monday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Greg Carter officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Alliance Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance, 315 Cheyenne, Alliance, NE 69301.
October 5, 1924 - October 4, 2014
Glen A. Fiebig was born on a farm near Loup City, Nebraska, on October 5, 1924. His parents were Albert and Bertha Fiebig. He graduated from Loup City High School in 1942. He taught in a one-room country school in Sherman County for one year.
On June 17, 1943, he joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Camp Hood, Texas, for basic infantry training. Subsequently, he was selected for the Army Specialized Training Program at Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA. From there he entered Officers Candidate School at the Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, VA. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieut. in the Army Corps of Engineers on January 10, 1945, and was assigned active duty in the South Pacific Theater. Glen served from New Guinea to Leyte and Manila in the Philippines and finally in Japan. He was discharged as a 1st Lieut. In 1946
Glen enrolled in the University of Nebraska in 1946 and graduated from Law School in 1951. He was admitted to the practice of law in Nebraska in 1951.
He joined the FBI as a Special Agent and served in New Haven, CT, and Chicago, IL, until 1954 when he joined Albert Reddish in the practice of law in the firm Reddish & Fiebig in Alliance. He was elected County Judge in the 16th Judicial District of Nebraska in 1972 and served as County Judge until his retirement in 1991.
For several years after his retirement, he was employed as Associate Director of the National Rifle Associations Planned Giving Foundation.
Glen and Lila Lee Vanderwerth were married June 4, 1955, in Denver, CO., and have lived in Alliance since that date.
Glen and Lila had two children: Glen, Jr. and Lee Ann.
Glen, Jr., who died of leukemia in1992, received his bachelors in electrical engineering from Nebraska and his masters in electrical engineering from Iowa State. He worked for the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, MD.
Glen and Lila established the Glen A. Fiebig, Jr. Memorial Scholarship at the University of Nebraska, for upperclassmen in electrical engineering.
Lee Ann lives with her husband David Mathine and son Thomas Glen in Albuquerque, NM.
She received her bachelors in computer science engineering from Nebraska, her masters from Purdue in electrical engineering, and her PhD in biomedical engineering from Arizona State University.
Glen was a Life Benefactor member of the NRA; served as Vice-President of the Boy Scout Area Council of Sand Hills District, Wyo-Braska, served as Chairman of the United Fund. He was also an American Legion life member, a trustee of Jay Cees. He had been president of the Alliance School board and president of the Chamber of Commerce. He served as a trustee of the Presbyterian Church and had been president of Rotary. He was a member of the Chancellors Club of the University of Nebraska Foundation. He was a member of the Republican State Central Committee. For many years he was secretary-treasurer of the Alliance Rifle Club. The new shooting facility of the Alliance Rifle Club is named the Glen Fiebig Range.
Memorial services will be Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Lay Person Steve Swedberg officiating. Inurnment with military honors will be in the Alliance Cemetery.
Memorials may be to the Alliance Rifle Club, Guy Hielscher, P.O. Box 992, for the Glen Fiebig Range.
Shetler, Rev. Vernon
May 17, 1914 - October 3, 2014
He was born May 17, 1914 on a ranch in Sioux County, NE, the third child of Rolla Lester and Hattie Jean (Stewart) Shetler. He received a Theological Degree from Bresee Nazarene College in Hutchinson, KS and was a pastor in the Nazarene Church for 50 years. After serving the church in 9 states, Rev. Shetler retired in 1984 from the ministry, his last pastorate being at Elwood, IN.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Ila Madeline (Pearce) Shetler in 2003, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.
He is survived by 5 children, Janice E. (Morgan) Yewell of Frankfort, KY, Michael L. Shetler of North Charleston, SC, Gary B. (Kay) Shetler of Plymouth, MA, Curtis B. (Donna) Shetler of Hagerstown, MD, Timothy J. (Joyce) Shetler of Acton, MA, and a brother, John Claren Shetler of Norfolk, NE. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday, October 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hemingford Congregational Church with Pastor Jim West officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, 1-8 p.m. with the family present from 5-8 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home in Hemingford.
Memorials may be given to the Hemingford Congregational Church, P.O. Box 397, Hemingford, NE 69348.
December 18, 1928 - October 2, 2014
Catherine was born December 18, 1928 in Alliance, NE to Michael and Frances (Nepper) Sherlock. She graduated high school from the St. Agnes Academy in Alliance. Her entire life was spent in Box Butte County.
On May 1, 1951 she was united in marriage to Merle (Nip) E. Smith. Together they raised and enjoyed their 5 children Robert, William, Sandra, Sue and Shirley. Many fun hours of cards were played with these children, their 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Catherine worked for Carmen Knaub and then the Hemingford Cooperative Telephone Company for many years. She was a member of the St. Bridget Catholic Church. During her earlier years she enjoyed camping and fishing with friends and family and their trips to Vegas. Throughout her life she always loved playing Yahtzee and a game of cards with her card club and family. She started a tradition of Mexican food on Christmas Eve that she has taught and passed down for generations to follow and to enjoy. She made many strong relationships and thoroughly enjoyed her travels on the bus to Prairie Winds and her last year of life at the wonderful Highland Park Care Center.
She is survived by her sons Robert (Lynette) Smith of Brookings, SD and William (Deb) Smith of Alliance, NE; her daughters Sandra (Brad) Haas of Hemingford, NE, Sue (Mike) Carson and Shirley Donahue of Las Vegas, NV; her sister-in-laws Dee Smith and Vera Sherlock of Alliance, NE as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Nip and her brother Michael Sherlock.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Hemingford, NE. Father John Kakkuzhiyil will officiate with inurnment at the Hemingford Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Hemingford Volunteer Firefighters Association or Highland Park Care Center.
Planning a Funeral
Life ChoicesMost of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.
Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at 308-762-1755 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
Why Pre-Plan?Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
Immediate ArrangementsIn Time of Need
We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
Please call us at 308-762-1755 to make arrangements in person with a caring, professional Funeral Director.
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Bates-Gould Funeral Home
1020 West 10th Street
Alliance, NE 69301