Obituaries for Fox Funeral Home Nebraska Obituary for William L. "Bill" WuskWilliam L. “Bill” Wusk, 73, of Tecumseh formerly of Sterling died at his home on February 24, 2015. He was born on April 17, 1941 at rural Sterling and graduated from Sterling High School in 1959. He worked for Cob Van Groningen in the produce store for several years. He was a full-time farmer until the late 1980’s and then started working for Nebraska Boiler until his retirement. In 1975, he was severely injured in a train accident which dramatically changed his life but he persevered in the challenges he faced. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Sterling. He was a Husker fan, especially men and women’s basketball and enjoyed attending their games. He enjoyed visiting with his friends at the Harvest Bowl in Tecumseh and the Jet Stop in Sterling. Survivors include two brothers, George Wusk of Lincoln and Harlan Wusk and wife Robin of Firth; four sisters, Judy Koch and husband Gerald of Lincoln, Marilyn Tabor of Raymond, Vera Sobotka and husband Dave of Prescott, AZ and Suzanne Goracke and husband Joe of Sterling; one brother-in-law, Galen Parde of Filley; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Irene Wilson Wusk; one sister, Ruth Parde; great-nephew, Nathaniel Longstein; one sister-in-law, Doris Wusk. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at St. John Lutheran Church of Sterling with Pastor Steve Chellew officiating. Inurnment of the cremains will be in the Sterling Cemetery of Sterling. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice and designations may be made to the Sterling FFA Chapter with Shannon and Erma Hazen in charge. A guestbook for signatures will be available at Zink-Fox Funeral Home from 12:00 noon to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, March 6, 2015. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Zink-Fox Funeral Home of Sterling in charge of arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e9fc357538Obituary for Emily Rose GrupeEmily Rose Grupe, 23, of Beatrice, died on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in Beatrice. She was born on August 28, 1991 at Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her family moved to Beatrice in 2001 and she attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and graduated from Beatrice High School in 2010. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Beatrice and attended Joseph College of Beauty. She enjoyed cosmetology work, doing make-up, writing, drawing and all animals. She had a kind, loving spirit and was loved by her family and friends. She will be missed by all. Survivors include her mother, Sonia Grupe of Beatrice; her father, Jim Grupe of Lincoln; one sister, Helen Grupe of Beatrice; grandparents, Doug and Naomi Grupe of Deshler and Russell Hietbrink of Lincoln; aunts and uncles, Fred and Louise Kenton, William and Linda Moser, Yvonne Wehrbein, Shelly Thomas, Bill and Paula Beavers and Barry Grupe; many cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bill & Irene Moser. Memorial services will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established in her memory. Cremation has taken place and there will be no viewing. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8033357199Obituary for Laney (Lane) C. IrwinLaney (Lane) C. Irwin, 60, of Beatrice died at the VA Medical Center in Omaha on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. He was born November 28, 1954 at Santa Barbara, CA. He graduated from Dos Pueblos High School in Santa Barbara and attended a trade school for two years. He served in the United States Air Force for two years and rebuilt missile silos. He moved to Nebraska and worked at Tri State Striping in Alma until retiring due to ill health. He was also a self-employed woodworker. He enjoyed computers, woodworking and building models. Survivors include his wife, Julie Irwin of Beatrice; two daughters, Cassie Irwin and Shelly Steele both of Beatrice; two sons, Jeremy Irwin and wife Jonna of Cheyenne, WY and Brandon Irwin of Texas; step-son, Josh Fate of Lincoln; seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Mary Oats Irwin and a grandson, Brogan Curtis. There will be no services at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=81c4356942Obituary for Anthony HetrickAnthony Hetrick, 52, of Beatrice died at a Lincoln hospital on Sunday, February 15, 2015. He was born on January 1, 1963 at Karlsruhe, Germany to Larry and Lieselotte Schuessler Hetrick. Survivors include his parents. The body was cremated and there will be no services. Inurnment of the cremains will be in Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=af83356732Obituary for James R. AgeeJames R. Agee, 68, of Beatrice died at St. Elizabeth’s in Lincoln on Friday, February 13, 2015. He was born on October 18, 1946 in Pier Point, West Virginia. He lived at home until the age of 15 and then lived at the State Home of West Virginia from 1962 to 1965. Beginning in 1966, he lived at the Norfolk Regional Center in Norfolk, Plantation Manor Nursing Home in Elgin and Shady Rest Lodge in Wakefield. He then moved to Mosaic in 1976. He was a member of Gage County JC’s. He enjoyed cowboys, rodeos, horses, basketball, bowling and trucking. Survivors include three brothers, Bobby Agee of Fremont, Hubert Agee of Council Bluffs, IA and Roger Agee of Omaha; two sisters, Dwanna Maddy of Council Bluffs, IA and Charlotte Agee of Corning, IA; special nephew, Roy Richardson of Council Bluffs, IA; other nieces and nephews and 19 great-nieces and great-nephews; friend, Ron Oates of Virginia; guardian, Jerry Kerl of Lecanto, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Agee and Thelma Farley Agee Miller; step-father, Frank Miller; one brother, Edward Agee; four sisters, Macie Richardson, Helen Hansen, Shirley Evans and Rosalie Agee. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Mosaic Chapel with Chaplain John Sipf officiating. Burial of the cremains will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. There will be no visitation. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e43a356625Obituary for Donna M. ShewDonna M. Shew, 84, of Beatrice died at Beatrice Rehabilitation and Health Center on Sunday morning, February 8, 2015. She was born on June 9, 1930 at rural Pickrell and graduated from Beatrice High School in 1948. She married Arnold Shew on January 24, 1954 at Cortland. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church of Beatrice where she had been a Sunday School teacher, VBS director, housekeeping chairman and wedding chairman. She worked for 24 years as a babysitter in her home and also was a supervisor at Formfit, did alterations for Schmitt’s, Kampler’s, Jan’s Cleaners and made clothing for others out of her home. She was a Star mail carrier for several years. She was a life member of Girl Scouts and had been a Girl Scout leader for 26 years, was a neighborhood chairperson and had served on the advisory council. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Beatrice. She enjoyed her family, grandchildren and friends and collecting salt and pepper shakers and thimbles. Survivors include her daughter, Joli Gullion and husband Mark of Beatrice; two sons, Jeff Shew of Beatrice and Jay Shew and Mel Rieber of Winston Salem, NC; five grand-children, Adam Gullion and wife Andrea, McKenzie Gullion and fiancé Jonathon Taper, Samantha Shew, Justin Shew and James Rieber; one great-granddaughter, Elliana Taper; one sister, Karla Hill and husband Wayne of Filley; one brother, Mike DeRyke and wife Jackie of Shelby; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Barnard of Marysville, KS and Bob Kuhl of Tecumseh; one sister-in-law, Lillian Shew of Colorado; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Dorothy Hansel DeRyke; her husband Arnold, who died on October 1, 2003; three sisters, Maxine Meints and husband Delmar, Ruth Vandegrift and husband Bill and Betty Barnard. Celebration of life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Centenary United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Charles Spence III officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 in the church library preceding the services. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 5:00 P.M. Tuesday until 9:00 P.M. Thursday with the family meeting and greeting relatives and friends from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M. and at the church one hour preceding the services on Friday. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=1150356029Obituary for Doris GronewoldDoris Gronewold, 86, of Beatrice, died Saturday morning, February 7, 2015 at Beatrice Health and Rehab. She was born on March 29, 1928 in Beatrice and attended the country school near Pickrell and Beatrice High through the 9th grade. She married John Gronewold on June 19, 1949 at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell. They lived and farmed east of Pickrell until moving to Beatrice in 1989. She was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell where she was baptized and confirmed and had been active in the Ladies Circle, Ladies Aid, was a Sunday school teacher and had served on the park board and altar guild. She enjoyed her family and grandchildren, sewing, quilting, bowling, gardening, traveling and playing cards with the card group. Survivors include two sons, John Gronewold of Pickrell and Steven Gronewold and wife Rosalee of Beatrice; one daughter, Janice Meints and husband Dailan of Cortland; five grandchildren, Natalie Niles, Joshua Gronewold and wife Linsey, Iris Wiese and husband Ryan and Trevor and Hannah Meints; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, LaVern Parde of Beatrice; two sisters, Evelyn Zimmerman and Wiona Jurgens both of Beatrice; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Marie Fritzen Parde, her husband, John, who died on December 12, 2011, two brothers-in-law, Arthur Zimmerman and Harvey Jurgens, and two sisters-in-law, Marlene Parde and Esther Parde. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell with Pastor Jerry Gilbreath officiating. Burial will be at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery. A family prayer service will be held at 9:45 A.M. Tuesday at the church. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice with Angeline Oltman and Emmalean Parde in charge. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home from noon Sunday until 9:00 P.M. Monday and one hour preceding the service at the church on Tuesday. A guest book for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=4271355844Obituary for Betty J. WalkerBetty J. Walker, 83, of Beatrice died at the Beatrice Community Hospital on Thursday, February 5, 2015. She was born on March 27, 1931 at Lexington and graduated from Hardy High School in 1949. She married David Walker on May 25, 1952 at Superior and lived in Hardy until moving to Beatrice in 1970. She attended beauty school, had been a cosmetologist for over 40 years and was owner and operator of Betty’s Beauty Boutique in Beatrice. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church of Beatrice. She enjoyed people, especially her customers. Survivors include her husband, David of Beatrice; two sons, Douglas Walker and wife Bonny and Michael Walker and wife Annette all of Beatrice; one daughter, Peggy Neumann and husband Peter of Beatrice; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Rust of Superior; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Emery and Henrietta Reitz Fischer and an infant sister. Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Rev. Dr. Charles Spence III officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 8:00 A.M. Sunday until time of services on Tuesday. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangementshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e1cd355768Obituary for Charles R. "Bob" WidickCharles R. “Bob” Widick, 74, of Blue Springs died in a Lincoln hospital on Tuesday evening, February 3, 2015. He was born on January 16, 1941 at St. Joseph, MO and attended school in Beatrice. He married Sheryl Ellwood on August 24, 1971 in Beatrice and they lived in Beatrice until moving to Blue Springs in 1975. He and his wife owned and operated the Bar W in Wymore. They lived in North Carolina for a short time, returning to Blue Springs in 1991. He was an over the road truck driver for many years and also worked at Seitz Quarry until his retirement. He was a member of the Wymore Church of Christ and the Wymore Jaycees. He enjoyed playing KENO, fishing, baseball and his grandchildren. Survivors include three sons, Michael Widick and special friend Donyll Murdock and Erin Widick all of Wymore and Christopher Widick of Beatrice; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Samuel Ellwood and wife Lorraine of Peoria, AZ; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. and Kathryn Bott Widick; his wife Sheryl, who died on August 8, 2011; one sister, Shirley Mason and husband Cliff and sister-in-law, Dorothy Reinwald and husband Merlin. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Wymore Church of Christ with Clayton Lundstedt officiating. The body has been cremated. There will be no viewing. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d126355576Obituary for Betty A. WermuthBetty A. Wermuth, 84, of Beatrice died at Mosaic on Sunday, February 1, 2015. She was born on July 25, 1930 in Omaha to Elmer and Hazel Farns Wermuth. She lived at BSDC from 1931 until moving to Mosaic. Survivors include her guardians, Charles and Katherine Dutton of Valley and all her friends at Mosaic. Memorial services will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Mosaic Chapel with Chaplain John Sipf officiating. Burial of the cremains will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. There will be no viewing. The body has been cremated. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=85a3355409