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North Bend Eagle Obituaries

Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2020. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Jack D. French, Morse Bluff, Feb. 5, age 84
Jack Dale French of Morse Bluff died Feb. 5. He was born June 2, 1935, to Irl and Lona (Witt) French of Palisades. Jack served two years in the U.S. Army. Jack also went by the names of Mr. Easy, Jackson, Pierre, Stonewall, Cactus Jack and Old Fart.
Jack married Leona Witt on Jan. 29, 1963. They moved to Scribner area where they managed a 660 hog unit then moved to Prague in 1985 where they managed their own hog unit. Jack and Leona moved to Morse Bluff in 2004.
Jack is survived by his daughters Jackie (Billy) Hare of Maryland, JoAnn (Randy) Prochaska of Morse Bluff; sons Leon French (Lisa) of Prague, Dwight French (Ruth) of Fairbury; brother Wayne (Mary) French of Springfield; sisters Jane (Herb) Davis of South Dakota, Carol (Lonnie) Shafer of York and two grandsons.
Jack is preceded in death by Leona, his wife of 54 years, two sisters and a brother.
Jack loved gardening, mowing and falling down basement steps. He loved his cats.
Jack’s wish was to be cremated. There will be no services.
Jack and Leona ask that you remember them by sharing a kind word, a smile and hug with those you love.
Published Feb. 12, 2020
Dennis L, Novak, Wahoo, Jan. 29, age 91
Dennis L. Novak of Wahoo died Jan. 29. He was born on a farm near Malmo to Adolph and Helen (Placek) Novak. Dennis attended District 92 grade school and Morse Bluff and Prague high schools.
After high school graduation Dennis joined the Air Force, and after four years of military service he returned home and farmed north of Prague. He then worked in construction for many years in the Omaha area.
Dennis is best known for his talents as a self-taught drummer. He had his own polka band and could also be heard playing in numerous bands around the region. In the last two years Dennis played with an ensemble at nursing homes in the area.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by brother Francis “Shorty” Novak of Wahoo; sisters and brothers-in-law Leona and Lyle Torrens of Wahoo and Darlene and Dean McVicker of Bellevue; nine nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews and friends.
Services was held at Wahoo Presbyterian Church Feb. 1.
Published Feb. 5, 2020
Wally C. Kelberlau, Scribner, Jan. 28, age 91
Wally Kelberlau
Wallace C. ‘Wally’ Kelberlau, age 91, of Scribner passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Hooper Care Center.
Wally was born April 15, 1928, in rural Scribner to Carl and Hattie (Wegner) Kelberlau. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church near Scribner. Wally grew up in the area where he attended grade school and high school.
He married Elaine Westphalen on Feb. 15, 1948, at St. John’s Ridgeley Lutheran Church south of Scribner.
Wally was a true John Deere man. He began farming in the Winslow/Scribner area, and then moved northwest of Dodge where he also did custom corn shelling and baling. Wally and Elaine raised their family there. In the late ‘80s they moved to rural Scribner.
Wally was an active member at Trinity Lutheran Church until it closed. He served on the Trinity Cemetery Board along with being the grounds keeper for many years. He was currently a member at Ridgeley.
Wally was always pleased to share his memories of the history of the surrounding area and family ancestry to anyone who asked. Playing cards with friends and family, listening to polka music and working on puzzles were some of his favorite past times.
Survivors include his children Ken (Julie) Kelberlau of North Bend, Nancy (Tim) Kean of Papillion, Robert (Shirley) Kelberlau of Norfolk, Don (Liz) Kelberlau of Parker, Colo.; six grandchildren Aaron (Heather) Kelberlau, Marcus (Mindy) Kelberlau, Kelly (Jonathan) LaPar,
Nicholas (Dani Porter) Kelberlau, Bradley (Dominique) Kelberlau, Brittany (Tyler) Uhing; 13 great grandchildren; brother Charles (Beverly) Kelberlau of Fremont; sister-in-law Betty McDonald of Faribault, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
Wallace was preceded in death by his parents, wife Elaine, sister Joyce (Marvin ‘Doc’) Moeller, brother Stan (Mary) Kelberlau, sister-in-law Doris (Herbert ‘Buck’) Bennett and brother-in-law Harry McDonald.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. John’s Ridgeley Lutheran Church, burial will follow in Trinity Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Cemetery Association, St. John’s Ridgeley Lutheran Church or the Hooper Care Center. Visitation with the family present will be Friday, Feb. 7 at the Ludvigsen’s Scribner Funeral Chapel from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Online guestbook at
Published Feb. 5, 2020
Doris (Spice) Cruickshank, Loveland, Colo., Jan. 26, age 89
Doris Cruickshank of Loveland, Colo., passed away peacefully on Jan. 26.
Doris was born on Dec. 16, 1930, in North Bend, the only child of Ellsworth and Beulah (VanArsdol) Spies. She grew up in North Bend and graduated from North Bend High School in 1948.
Doris was employed in real estate, Hormel and Mutual of Omaha before her marriage to Robert V. Cruickshank on March 21, 1951. He died in 2012.
They lived in Fremont, Uehling, Leigh, and Mapleton, Iowa, before moving to Loveland, Colo., in July 1964. Though she lived in Colorado for 55 years, in her later years Doris always expressed her desire to return home to North Bend.
Doris is survived by daughters Julie Mills, Janet (Jim) Hardin, Jaymie Cruickshank, all in Colorado; two grandsons and two great-grandsons.
Private grave-side family services were held.
Published Feb. 5, 2020
Stan D. Kelberlau, Scribner, Jan. 26, age 78
Stan Kelberlau
Stanley D. Kelberlau of Scribner died Sunday Jan. 26 at Nye Pointe in Fremont
Stan was born Sept. 29, 1941, in West Point to Carl and Hattie (Wegner) Kelberlau. He was raised on the family farm northwest of Scribner. He graduated from Scribner High School in 1959. After high school he served in the U.S. Army as a cook. After his service he returned to Scribner and married Mary Stibor in 1966 and lived on his family’s farm. After his marriage Stan worked at IBP in West Point for ten years while he continued to farm. He and Mary then began the Kelberlau Mills (sawmill) and farmed.
Stan was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Scribner.
Survivors include daughters Linda (Steve Herbolsheimer) Kelberlau of Scribner, Sandy (David Baeumler) Kelberlau of Raleigh, N.C., Kathy (Andy) Ortmeier of Dodge; nine grandchildren Adam Muller, Megan (Andy) Stock, Carly (Kevin Mendick) Muller, Ashley Ortmeier, Taylor Ortmeier, Trevor Ortmeier, Allison Ortmeier, Calvin Baeumler, Theodore Baeumler; great granddaughter Izeyl Stock; brother Charles (Beverly) Kelberlau of Fremont; mother-in-law Alice Stibor of Fremont; sisters-in-law Cindy (Jim) Shotkoski of Scribner, Sara (Tim) Nielsen of Fremont; brothers-in-law John Stibor of Scribner, Pete (Georgia) Stibor of North Bend.
Stan was preceded in death by his wife, sister Joyce (Doc) Moeller, sister-in-law Elaine Kelberlau. His brother Wallace died two days after Stan.
The funeral was Feb. 3 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Scribner. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Cemetery Association. Sign the online guestbook at
Published Feb. 5, 2020
Bernard C. Pollard, Fullerton, Jan. 23, age 79
Bernard C. Pollard of Fullerton, formerly North Bend, passed away Jan. 23 at the Boone County Hospital in Albion.
Bernard was born Jan. 10, 1941, to John and Emma (Koliha) Pollard in North Bend.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his cousins, Genelle (Pollard) Rosenbaum, Frank Pollard, Tom Pollard, Pat Foust; great cousins Tami Jackson and Janette Rosenbaum.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Keith Rezac will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at church. Burial will be at the Holy Trinity Cemetery near Clarkson.
Online condolences may be left at:
Pubished Jan. 29. 2020
Bob L. Johnson, North Bend, Jan. 22, age 85
Robert L. Johnson
Robert L. “Bob” Johnson of North Bend died Jan. 22 at his daughter’s home in Omaha. Bob was born May 30, 1934, to Warren “Percy” and Meta (Black) Johnson on his family farm near North Bend, where he lived most of his life.
He was a 1953 graduate of North Bend High School, where he was an active member of Future Farmers of America. Bob was drafted into the Army in 1956 and served in Germany with the 2nd Armored Division.
Bob returned to North Bend in 1958 and began farming. He raised Angus cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, with corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa crops.
Bob married Lorrie Drevo on April 16, 1960, at United Presbyterian Church in North Bend.
He is survived by his daughter, Christine (Vivek Chand) Vivek of Omaha; sister Rosemary Euken of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; brother Richard “Dick” Johnson of Broken Arrow, Okla.; five nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. The Rev. Michael Hill will officiate. Visitation on Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Visitation on Saturday at the church is one hour prior to service.
Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery near North Bend.
Memorials may be given to United Presbyterian Church or Cancer Research Foundation.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Jan. 29, 2020
Dorothy Kavan, Morse Bluff, Jan. 15, age 87
Dorothy Kavan
Dorothy A. Kavan, 87 years, of Morse Bluff died Jan. 15, at Nye Pointe in Fremont.
Funeral Mass was Jan. 20 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Cedar Hill.
Memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Morse Bluff Fire Department, American Legion Post 340 in Morse Bluff, the Morse Bluff/North Bend Veterans Memorial Park and Kindred Hospice.
Online condolences may be left at:
Mary Lou (Stockman) Fuchtman, Creighton, Jan. 7, age 92
Mary Lou Fuchtman
Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Lou Fuchtman of Creighton was Jan. 11 at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton. Reverend Jeremy Hans was the celebrant, with burial in St. Ludger Catholic Cemetery in Creighton.
Mary Lou died Jan. 7 at Avera Creighton Care Centre.
She was born Jan. 6, 1928, to Earl and Amanda (Stark) Stockman on the family farm in Plainview.
Mary Lou attended rural school until the fourth grade when the family moved into Plainview. She graduated from Plainview Public School in 1946. After graduation, she was employed at Sehnert’s bakery, Council Oak Grocery and Falter and Smith’s Ideal Market in Plainview. Mary Lou was later employed at the New Home Bakery in Norfolk.
On Feb. 18, 1957, Mary Lou married Willard Fuchtman at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Plainview. They made their home on the east end of Creighton and later on a farm east of town until 1989 when they moved into Creighton. In December of 2012, Mary Lou moved to Avera Creighton Care Centre where she resided until her death.
Mary Lou was the mother of Barbara (Patrick) Kelley of Winnetoon and Marie (Roger) Nordboe of Ames and grandmother of Ryan Nordboe of North Bend and Melissa Nordboe of Scribner.
She was preceded in death by her husband Willard in 2010, parents, two infant brothers Herman and Charles, brothers Leo and Lawrence and sister Frances Pendergast.
Memorials may be directed to Avera Creighton Care Centre.
Published Jan. 15, 2020


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