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Obituaries
Donald L. Damkroger

Donald L. Damkroger

Donald L. Damkroger, 90, of Lincoln, died Feb. 6, 2018. He was born on March 10, 1927 in DeWitt, and was the son of Henry W. and Minnie Damkroger. Don had two brothers, Henry and Walter, and one sister, Pearl Splittgerber, all deceased.

Don married Doris Tate on Dec. 1, 1978. He farmed most of his life, even after moving to Lincoln in 1989. He and Doris enjoyed many years golfing, bowling, playing cards, traveling and dancing. He was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; his children, Dr. Sam and Patricia Boon, Dave and Margie Tate, Mike and Deb Eckery, Bill Tate, Dennis and Tina Gartner; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Eileen Damkroger; his nephews, Allen and Doug Damkroger, Ron and Vicki Splittgerber, Rick and Meredith Splittgerber and Gary Splittgerber; as well as his grand-nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at Southwood Lutheran Church, located at 4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd. There will be no visitation. Family will greet guests upon arrival. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Don's honor to Southwood Lutheran Church or Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach.


Obituaries
Donna L. Mueller

Donna L. Mueller

Donna L. Mueller, 57 years of age, of Odell passed away at the Beatrice Community Hospital on Saturday night, Feb. 3, 2018. She was born on Aug. 12, 1960 in Chula Vista, Calif. to Leonard and Marjorie (Johnson) Mueller, and she graduated from Hilltop High School in Chula Vista. Donna was a long distance truck driver for years, and moved to Odell in 1995. She was a member of the ARB Association, and was an avid reader and horse rider. She did cross stitch and crochet projects, and was a caregiver for her mother.

Survivors include two sons, John Mueller of Alexander, Va. and Jeremiah McClintock of Odell; her mother, Marjorie Irene Curran of Beatrice; her sister, Sandra Lynn Mueller of San Diego; and her great-aunt, Virgie Abrams of Wilber. She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Mueller (2008).

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church of rural Plymouth, with the Rev. Marilyn Hasemann officiating. Interment will be at the Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery. The body will lie in state on Saturday after 9 a.m. at the church. A memorial has been established to the family's choice with the funeral home in charge. Sign Donna's online guest book at www.ghchapel.com.

These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.


Obituaries
Wade James

Wade James

Wade James, 49, of Lincoln and formerly of Wymore, died Feb. 5 at his home.

Wade was born on Feb. 29, 1968 at Auburn, Neb., and was the son of Steve and Martha James. In 1986, he graduated from Wymore Southern High School. He attended and graduated from Southeast Community College and Peru State College.

Wade worked for the city of Lincoln for 21 years. He served in the Finance Department as a system software integrator. He enjoyed watching his nephews, Joe and Kaleb, at their wrestling matches and pestering his nieces, Molly, Alyson and Brooke. Wade also enjoyed golfing and computers, his dog, Max, and game nights with friends.

Survivors include his parents, Steve and Martha James of Wymore; his sisters, Amy (Kevin Parker) James of Marysville and Sally (Ron Spence) Braun of St. George, Kan.; as well as his nieces and nephews, Molly, Joe, Kaleb, Alyson and Brooke.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe and Ara May Zutterman, and Melvin “Doc” and Jeanette James; his uncle, Joseph A. Zutterman Jr.; and his aunt, Jackie Fulton.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at Roper & Sons South Mortuary, located at 40th and Yankee Hill Road in Lincoln. Private burial will be in the Blue Springs Cemetery of Blue Springs. A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary, located at 1006 Broadway, Marysville, KS 66508.


Obituaries
Mary T. Rinne

Mary T. (Vrtiska) Rinne

Mary Theresa (Vrtiska) Rinne, 98, of Pawnee City passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. She was born on Oct. 11, 1919 on a farm east of Steinauer to Anton and Emma (Obrist) Vrtiska.

She attended St. Anthony's grade school and Steinauer High School, graduating in 1937. During high school, and after graduation, she worked at a grocery store in Steinauer. She also was a bookkeeper for the store.

She was united in marriage to Norman Rinne on Nov. 28, 1940 at St. Anthony's chapel. To this union, five children were born: Donald, Russell, John "Jack," William "Bill" and Rosemary. They lived on a farm located southwest of Steinauer. Mary was a homemaker for many years until 1957, when she joined the workforce. She was employed at the Beatrice State Developmental Center as staff supervisor until her retirement in 1983.

Mary was a member of the choir from elementary school until her marriage and she was active in C.Y.O and served as president for many years. After her marriage, she became a member of Sacred Heart Church at Burchard. She was a member of Holy Rosary Altar Society, D.C.C.W. Auxiliary, and she was a member of the Pink Sisters and honorary member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She was a member of the Steinauer Women's Club for many years. Mary served as a member of the Ground Observers Corp, in the early 1950s. She and Norman visited family in Arizona, Nevada and the Boston area many times. She enjoyed following the school and sports activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary entered the Premier Estates Nursing Home in Pawnee City in August of 2013. Mary loved dancing and music and had many friends. A very special friend in the later years of her life was Helen Gyhra.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Emma Vrtiska; her husband, Norman (1996); her son, William (2013); her sisters and brothers-in-law, Donata and Jim Pendergast, Madaline and Lloyd Matthews, Dorothy and Tex Gunzelman, Sr. Mary Walter (Peggy), Esther and Bill Schafer, Erna and Vernon Hoffman and Emeline and Bob Morrissey; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Adrian and Leona Vrtiska, John and Norma Vrtiska, Charles Vrtiska and Tony and Pat Vrtiska.

Mary is survived by her sons, Donald (JoAnne) Rinne of Beatrice, Russell Rinne of Burchard and John (Mary) Rinne of Flagstaff, Ariz.; her daughter, Rosemary (Jay) Wischmeier of Burchard; her daughter-in-law, Janice Rinne of Boston, Mass.; her sister and brother-in-law, Betty Bedea (Gary); her sister-in-law, Clara Vrtiska; her brother, William (Carol) Vrtiska; 12 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews.


Obituaries
Donald E. Atkinson

Donald E. Atkinson

Don Earl Atkinson, 76, passed away on Feb. 6, 2018 in Beatrice. He was born on Aug. 20, 1941 in Lincoln.

Don was a strong Christian. Willing to help anyone. He was very active in his church. Don was also in the U.S. Army and was a trained paralegal .

He is survived by his wife, Selma Atkinson of Beatrice; his daughter, Sara Atkinson of Lincoln; his sister, Peggy Prey of Lincoln; and his brother, Bill Atkinson of Lincoln; as well as his nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Finish Line Church of the Nazarene, located at 1600 Sara Road in Beatrice.


Obituaries
Funeral notices

Donald E. Atkinson

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Finish Line Church of the Nazarene, located at 1600 Sara Road in Beatrice.

Darlene L. Meints

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. The Rev. Dan Heuer will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Home Cemetery in Beatrice. Memorials are suggested to the Team Jack Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer. Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.

Donna L. Mueller

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church of rural Plymouth, with the Rev. Marilyn Hasemann officiating. Interment will be at the Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery. The body will lie in state on Saturday after 9 a.m. at the church. A memorial has been established to the family's choice with the funeral home in charge. Sign Donna's online guest book at www.ghchapel.com.

Richard D. Rowden Sr.

A celebration of life reception will be held from 1-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at the Wymore Community Center. There will be no viewing or visitation, as cremation has taken place. Burial of his ashes will be at a later date at the Blue Springs Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the family's choice, with the funeral home in charge. Sign Rick's online guest book at www.ghchapel.com.

Melinda Doyle

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at Christ Community Church, with Pastors Jack Magness and Dan Martin officiating. Interment will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 in the Fair View Cemetery in Cambridge, Neb. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice, with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, and at the church for one hour preceding the service on Sunday. A family prayer service will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Melinda Doyle Charitable Foundation, with Jerry and Bev Hecox in charge.

Wade James

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at Roper & Sons South Mortuary, located at 40th and Yankee Hill Road in Lincoln. Private burial will be in the Blue Springs Cemetery of Blue Springs. A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later.


History
Today in history

Today is Friday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2018. There are 325 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 9, 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.

On this date:

In 1773, the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison, was born in Charles City County, Virginia.

In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.

In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected provisional president of the Confederate States of America at a congress held in Montgomery, Alabama.

In 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau was established.

In 1893, Giuseppe Verdi's last opera, "Falstaff," was first performed in Milan, Italy.

In 1942, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II. Daylight-saving "War Time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks moved one hour forward. The SS Normandie, a former French liner being refitted for the U.S. Navy at a New York pier, caught fire (it capsized early the next morning).

In 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the State Department was riddled with Communists.

In 1964, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," broadcast from New York on CBS.

In 1971, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in California's San Fernando Valley claimed 65 lives. The crew of Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.

In 1984, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov, 69, died 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he was followed by Konstantin U. Chernenko (chehr-NYEN'-koh).

In 1991, voters in Lithuania overwhelmingly endorsed independence from the Soviet Union in a non-binding plebiscite.

In 2002, Britain's Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died in London at age 71.

Ten years ago: Democrat Barack Obama swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state; Republican Mike Huckabee outpolled John McCain in the Kansas caucuses and Louisiana primary, while McCain won the Washington caucuses. A suicide bomber blasted a political gathering in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 27 people. Space shuttle Atlantis, carrying a European-built science lab, docked with the international space station.

Five years ago: Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries, including first lady Michelle Obama, packed the funeral service for Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor student who was shot and killed Jan. 29 as she stood with friends at a neighborhood park about a mile from President Barack Obama's Chicago home in the Kenwood neighborhood.

One year ago: A federal appeals court refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, unanimously rejecting the administration's claim of presidential authority, questioning its motives and concluding that the order was unlikely to survive legal challenges. President Donald Trump reaffirmed America's long-standing "one China" policy in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, potentially alleviating concerns about a major shift in Washington's relations with Beijing.

Today's Birthdays: Television journalist Roger Mudd is 90. Actress Janet Suzman is 79. Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee is 78. Actress-politician Sheila James Kuehl (kyool) (TV: "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis") is 77. Singer-songwriter Carole King is 76. Actor Joe Pesci is 75. Singer Barbara Lewis is 75. Author Alice Walker is 74. Actress Mia Farrow is 73. Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., is 72. Singer Joe Ely is 71. Actress Judith Light is 69. Rhythm-and-blues musician Dennis "DT" Thomas (Kool & the Gang) is 67. Actor Charles Shaughnessy is 63. Actor Ed Amatrudo is 62. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is 61. Jazz musician Steve Wilson is 57. Country singer Travis Tritt is 55. Actress Julie Warner is 53. Country singer Danni Leigh is 48. Actress Sharon Case is 47. Actor Jason George is 46. Actress Amber Valletta is 44. Actor-producer Charlie Day is 42. Rock singer Chad Wolf (Carolina Liar) is 42. Actor A.J. Buckley is 41. Rock musician Richard On (O.A.R.) is 39. Actress Ziyi (zee yee) Zhang is 39. Olympic silver and bronze medal figure skater Irina Slutskaya is 39. Actor Tom Hiddleston is 37. Actor David Gallagher is 33. Actor Michael B. Jordan is 31. Actress Rose Leslie is 31. Actress Marina Malota is 30. Actress Camille Winbush is 28. Actor Jimmy Bennett is 22. Actor Evan Roe (TV: "Madam Secretary") is 18.

Thought for Today: "What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance." — Havelock Ellis, English psychologist (1859-1939).