Duane Axtell  b: 12 Mar 1945  d: 18 Dec 2000
Larry Bahnsen  b: 28 Jul 1945  d: Oct 1978
David Borchert  b: 24 Sep 1945  d: 30 May 2000
Edward D. "Ed" Broadfoot  b: 10 Apr 1945  d: 7 Jan 2002
Eugene "Gene" Broekemeier  b: 31 Jun 1945  d: 7 Jan 2002
Herbert "Herb" Brown  14 Oct 1945  d: Nov 1983
Susan Kincaid De Jesus  b: 6 Apr 1945  d: 12 Dec 2006
Harly Otis Fester  b: 17 Aug 1945  d: 31 Aug 2011
Trudy Stengal Giliming  b: 13 Jul 1945  d: 6 Jun 2002
Bonnie Cleland Ingram  b: 11 Dec 1944  d: 14 Sep 2003
Douglas R. Johnson  b: 16 Nov 1945  d: 28 Jan 2001
James "Jim" Larsen  b: 7 Aug 1945  d: Jan 1985
Robert "Bob" Marzolf  b: 18 Jan 1945  d: 7 Jul 2003
Robert W. "Bob" Mischke  b: 30 Aug 1945  d: 9 Jan 1998
Warren "Butch" Palmer  b: 2 May 1945  d: 18 Aug 1996 

Bill Patsios b: 14 Mar 1945  d: 30 Mar 2009

Daily Hub, Kearney, Nebraska, 30 March 2009

William Patsios, Kearney resident, 64
   KEARNEY - William D. "Bill" Patsios, 64, of Kearney died Monday, March 30, 2009, at his home.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home with the Rev. Phil Vreeland officiating. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Navy Honors Team in conjunction with American Legion Post 52 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 of Kearney.
   Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
   He was born March 14, 1945, in Kearney to Don and Elvia (Cover) Patsios.
   Survivors include his mother, of Kearney; and brothers, Nick and James, both of Kearney.
   He grew up in Kearney and graduated from Kearney High School. He entered the U.S. Navy on Oct. 28, 1965, and served during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 7, 1969. He worked for various electronics repair businesses and was employed at Fasse Valves at the time of his death.
   He was a member of the Buffalo Bowmen Archery Club. He enjoyed archery, hunting, sail boating, motor boating and his dog Willie.
   He was preceded in death by his father and brothers, William and Tony.
   Online condolences or personal reflections can be submitted at

Toby Peterson  b: 17 Aug 1945 d: 8 Apr 2010
Toby Peterson b: 17 Aug 1945 d: 8 Apr 2010

Toby Peterson  b: 17 Aug 1945  d: 8 Apr 2010

The Durango Herald, Durango, Colorado, Saturday, April 10, 2010
Toby Peterson
by Ann Butler
Herald Staff Writer
He created the hangout that was the place to go in Durango for three decades. Toby Peterson died of a heart attack in his sleep Thursday. He was 64.
When Peterson and his wife, Mary Lou, bought The Pub with partner Phil Widman and opened Farquahrts and Pizza Mia in June 1973, downtown Durango was pretty quiet. By offering live entertainment, deli food and later its famous whole-wheat crust pizzas, the business became the go-to destination for 20-somethings. Farquahrts was particularly known for Wednesday Pitchers and the Friday Afternoon Club.
The Petersons sold Farquahrts last year.
“It was a helluva bar that was a lot of fun," said former patron Deborah Uroda, now the development and marketing director for the Women's Resource Center. “Toby was always a calming presence, standing in the corner with his arms folded. I always felt very welcome and safe there."
His family said Mr. Peterson, known for his signature handlebar mustache, became a fixture in Durango, a familiar face as he tended bar and mingled with patrons. He also will be remembered by the musicians and staff of the business.
“I looked at my calendar and realized I played 137 weeks over 20 years at Farquahrts," musician Ralph Dinosaur said. “He really took good care of everyone who worked for him. He paid good wages, paid for good accommodations. He was a smart, clever, great guy."
Gary Watkins played in the first band ever to play at Farquahrts.
“Of all the club owners I have ever worked for, none ever came close to Toby," he wrote in a remembrance. “He was always fair, always honest, always open and accommodating. He commanded a loyalty and respect from musicians unmatched in my experience."
In 1985, the Petersons opened a second Farquahrts at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, offering “boogie, booze and bizza" and their signature live music to the area's skiers.
The Petersons were enjoying retired life, although his family said he missed working the floor at the restaurant and bar and talking with locals and tourists.
Peterson was born to Kenny and Elsie Peterson on Aug. 17, 1945, in Kearney, Neb. When he was in high school, his family moved to Sterling, where he graduated from Sterling High School in 1963. He went on to attend Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
While there, Peterson met and fell in love with Mary Lou Brennan of Durango. The couple married Sept. 3, 1966, at St. Columba Catholic Church in Durango.
After his graduation from Mines in 1968, the Petersons moved to Kansas City where he had gotten a job with Procter & Gamble Co. While he enjoyed the work, he and his wife missed Colorado and took the leap of buying a restaurant in downtown Durango.
The Petersons devoted much of their spare time to St. Columba, where they taught marriage-preparation classes for more than 20 years. Toby Peterson also served on the finance committee.
After his grandchildren were born, they quickly became the light of his life, his family said. Frequent trips to visit them in the Denver area and vacations with the whole family were some of his favorite activities.
“He was looking forward to planting his famous summer garden, trying out new smoked-meat recipes, the annual summer trip with his family and friends to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and his 44th wedding anniversary," his family wrote.
His life and work made a lasting impression on the community.
“The era that Farquahrts operated in was a unique time and place, unlikely to happen again," Watkins wrote. “All of us in Durango were lucky to have had it as a social gathering place for many years."
Richard L. Peterson, d: July 9, 2010,
Richard L. Peterson, d: July 9, 2010,

Richard Peterson

Kearney resident, 64

KEARNEY - Richard L. Peterson, 64, of Kearney died Friday, July 9, 2010, at his home.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services with the Rev. Dean Pofahl officiating. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday and before services Tuesday at the funeral home.
Published in the Kearney Hub from 7/10/2010 - 7/11/2010


Judy E. Fish Quiles  b: 3 Nov 1944  d: 30 Jun 2006
Virginia Rivera d: 13 Feb 1986 of cancer
James C. "Jim" Van Horn  b: 23 Apr 1945  d: 15 Oct 1998

Kearney Daily Hub, Kearney, Nebraska, 1 Sep 2010

Ehley, Joyce, Kearney resident, 86

   KEARNEY - Joyce H. Ehly, 86, of Kearney died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial.
   Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church with the Rev. Lew Champ officiating. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery.
   Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services and one hour before services Wednesday at the church.
   She was born Feb. 13, 1924, in Hastings to Harry and Anna (Aabel) Anderson.
   On Oct. 27, 1943, she married Keith Cottrell in Kearney. He died in August 1979.
   In 1985, she married Reiney Ehly. He died in 2009.
   Survivors include her daughters, Kristi Lammers and her husband, Jack, of Minden, Connie Jo Fiddelke and her husband, Rod, of Ravenna, Jennifer Reeves of Phoenix and Carole Sue Cottrell of Kearney; sister-in-law, Bernadette Anderson of Port Huron, Mich.; grandsons, Terry Johnson and his wife, Joy, of Omaha, Scott Fiddelke and his wife, Karalee, Greg Fiddelke and his wife, Misti, all of Ravenna and Joel Swartsley and Mark Swartsley, both of Kearney; granddaughters, Kim Schelling of Kearney, Joell Penney and her husband, Jay, of Petersburg, N.J., Joanna Denny and her husband, Sean, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Elizabeth Reeves of San Diego and Megan Lange and her husband, Colby, of Gibbon; great-grandchildren, Faith Johnson, Taylor Venema, Hannah and Cassidy Schelling, Jarek, Jaide and Jonah Penney, Sadie, Wil and Wyton Fiddelke, Brooklyn, Jordyn, Ashlyn and Morgyn Fiddelke, Emma, Gabriel, Chloe and Logan Denny; special niece, Carmelle Beveridge of Denver; stepdaughters, Beth Heuermann and her husband, Ken, of St. Louis and Kristen Swenson and her husband, Jon, of Kearney; and stepgrandchildren, David and Sara Heuermann and Ryan and Joseph Swenson.
   Joyce graduated from Kearney High School in 1941 and attended Nebraska Teachers College in Kearney. Joyce and Keith lived in Wauneta and Ravenna, and in 1951 they moved to Kearney. Keith taught school and coached football and track and later entered into private business. Joyce was busy raising four girls.
   Joyce was a member of First Christian Church, Christian Women's Fellowship C.W.F., PEO chapter FN, Gamma Phi Alumnae, Shrines' Auxiliary, Goodfellows, Red Cross volunteer and Grey Ladies, and worked at the Good Samaritan Hospital Gift Shop.
   Her grandchildren were an important part of her life. Joyce also loved and appreciated all of the friendships that she had throughout her life. She enjoyed painting, crafts, candle making, gardening, growing pansies and roses, and playing bridge. She also loved her dachshunds, and was a great hostess to her family and friends.
   In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Reva Beveridge and Judy Barth; and brothers, Norris and Lyle Anderson.
   Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church.

Trudy Stengal Gillming  b: 13 Jul 1945  d: 6 Jun 2002 

Trudy Stengel Gilling was born in Kearney NE, July 13, 1945. She  married Richard Gillming and had two children from that marriage, Brenda and Mark.  Trudy and Rich lived in Kearney for a while, and then moved to North Platte to open a dry cleaning business.  Trudy was a very giving person and through her struggles with cancer helped establish a support group for cancer survivors in the North Platte area called Bosom Bodies.  Her hobbies included playing bridge, camping, shopping and spending time with her grandkids.  She and Rich also loved taking trips on Rich's Gold Wing motorcycle. 

She was survived by her husband Rich, daughter and son-in-law (Brenda Gillming Veith and Mike Veith), grandchildren, Joshua Veith, Julie Veith, and Janelle Veith; son and daughter-in-law (Mark and Amy Gillming), grandson Dillon Gillming, mother- Leta Stengel, sisters and brother-in-laws - Lynn Kelly and Jim Kelly, Des Moines IA; Nancy Henry and Bob Henry, Phoenix AZ; and Joann Tumbleson and Mike Tumbleson, Lincoln NE; brother and sister-in-law - Joe Stengel and Kim Stengel, Kearney NE; several nieces and nephews, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Stengel. 

Earla is the stepmother of Dennis Zink.  The class of 1963 sends their best wishes to Dennis and Earla's family.


Kearney Hub, Kearney, Nebraska
Kearney resident, 76 
   KEARNEY - Earla B. Zink, 76, of Kearney died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at her home. 
   Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home with the Rev. Michelle Reed officiating.
   Survivors include her sister, Vinnetta Henning of Kearney; stepsons, Dennis Zink and his wife, Connie, of Randolph, N.Y., Vincent Zink of San Antonio and Russell Zink of Kearney; brother-in-law, Burdette Clausen of Kearney; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; niece, Julie Clausen Robertson of Kearney; nephew, Alan Clausen and his wife, Mellisa, of Olathe, Kan.; and special nieces and nephews, Joci, Jodie, Jaedn and Jason Robertson of Kearney and Morgan May Clausen of Olathe. 
   She was a waitress at Hotel Fort Kearney, Holiday Inn and Chef's Oven. She started working as a travel consultant for Richardson Travel and was Kearney's first travel agent. She spent 37 years as a travel consultant and reached the highest level with a college degree as a certified travel consultant. After working for Holiday Tour and Travel, she owned Travel Designers. 
   She was affiliated with many organizations, which included Midlands Opera Association and Envoys. She was a charter member of Fort Kearny Genealogical Society, a life member of Buffalo County Historical Society and an honor member of Golden K Kiwanis. She will be remembered by her smile, cheerfulness, friendliness and generosity. 
   In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Darlene Henning Clausen. 
   Online condolences may be submitted at

Joy Potter is the mother of classmate Judy Potter Johnson.  The Class of 1963 send their best wishes to Judy and Joy's family.

Kearney Hub, Kearney, Nebraska
Joy F. Potter

   Joy F. Potter, 88, of Kearney, died Oct. 11, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital.
She was born Dec. 25, 1920, in Round Valley to William F. and Emma M. (Janesofsky) Weinman.
   She was the fifth of nine children. She grew up in the Arnold and Round Valley area, graduating from Arnold High School in 1939. She later graduated from Kearney State College.
   On May 28, 1943, she married Marshall E. Potter in Arnold. He died April 14, 1984. To this union two daughters were born.
   Joy taught third grade for 23 years in Elm Creek after spending 17 years in the rural schools of Custer, Blaine, Lincoln, Phelps and Buffalo counties.
She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for 64 years, Past Noble Grand Club, Degree Staff and Drill Team, NEA, NSEA, local and state retired teachers associations and the Buffalo County Historical Society.
   Joy was a devoted, loving and kind mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her.
   Survivors include daughters, Judy (Raoul) Johnson of Arnold, Janice (Cy) Rayburn of Gibbon; sister, Ploma (Morris) Geiser of Kearney; sister-in-law, Marjorie Weinman of Arnold; brother-in-law, Don Oberg of Sun City, Ariz.; five grandchildren and families, Marshall (Cindy) Johnson and Sean of Norfolk, Raoul (Karen) Johnson, Jr. and Adam, Kyle Horn and Ryan of Lincoln, Dawn (Ricci) Westland, Jayden, Tyce and Emme of Pleasanton, Jason Rayburn of Gibbon and Jami Rayburn of Omaha. 
   In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19, at the First Christian Church in Kearney with the Rev. Lew Champ officiating. Burial will be at the Arnold Cemetery at 2 p.m. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, at the O'Brien &
Straatmann Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the church.
   Online condolences or personal reflections may be submitted at O'Brien &
Straatmann Funeral Home of Kearney is in charge of arrangements.
Harold Ellingson b: 6 Aug 1945  D: 12 Dec 2009
Harold Ellingson, ’63, of Hendersonville, Tn., died December 12, 2009 from cardiac arrest. He was a retired computer programmer for the State of Arizona.
Kearney Hub, Kearney, Nebraska, 28 Jun 2013 
Teresa Sohl, Kearney resident, 67
   KEARNEY - Teresa M. (Knoll) Sohl, 67, of Kearney died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Mother Hull Home.
   O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Kearney Hub on June 28, 2013 

Beverly G. Merrick

November 20, 1944 – July 31, 2016

   Beverly G. Merrick of Lexington, Nebraska passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, CHI Good Samaritan-Kearney.

   Beverly was born November 20, 1944, in Troy, Kansas, to Horace and Vola (Clausen) Merrick.  She was a graduate of Kearney High School.  Education was always important to Beverly, and she went on the attain two Master’s Degrees with honors in Journalism and English from Marshall University, as well as a PhD with honors in Mass Communications and Journalism from Ohio University.

   She was a Professor, and taught at Ohio, University, Georgia Southern University, University of South Dakota, New Mexico State, and American University in Dubai.

   Beverly received numerous writing awards in journalism in poetry.  In the 1970’s she was awarded the Homemaker of the Year for the Ohio State Fair.

   Her varying interests included Horticulture, Genealogy, Women’s Journalism.

   Beverly was married to John D. Children for 37 years.  The marriage was blessed with three children, John Kevin, Pamela, and Jessica.  The marriage would end in divorce, with Beverly taking back her maiden name.

   Survivors include her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: John Kevin (Amy Childers of Albuquerque, NBM, and their children, Justin, Jennifer, and Paul and their children, Taylor, Dillon, Andrew and Braden; daughters, Pamela (Greg) Wells of Chillicothe, OH, as well as their children, Cara, Josey, Justin, Jordan, Bess, and Jackson; and their children, Makenzy, Aiden, Kennedi, Isaac, and Elyn; Jessica (Mark) Gomez of Albuquerque, NM, as well as their children, Christopher and Melissa; two brothers, Gary (Donita) Merrick of Kearney, Nebraska, and Lester (Sandy) Merrick of Myrtle Creek, Oregon; also surviving are nephews and niece, Gina, Mark, Mathew, and special nephew, Stephen.

   Beverly was preceded in death by her mother, Vola Yolantha Lamontagne; father, Horace Buchanan Merrick; and father of her children, John D Childers.

   Memorial Celebration of Life be Thursday, August 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Pastor Anne Gahn officiating.

   There will be no visitation as cremation was chosen.