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North Bend Eagle Obituaries

Below are listed obituaries published in the North Bend Eagle for people who died in 2017. Dates listed with the names are the dates of death. Click on each name to read the full obituary.

Donald E. Welty, Fremont, March 18, age 83
Donald Welty

Donald E. Welty of Fremont passed away March 18 at his home in Fremont.
Donald was born Jan. 27, 1935, to Arthur and Alberta (Jewell) Welty in rural Dodge County. He was baptized at the United Methodist Church and attended grade school in North Bend. His family moved to Kearney where he graduated high school and received a business administration degree from Kearney State College.
After college, Donald served in the U.S. Army from June 16, 1957, to June 16, 1959. After his service, he moved back to Kearney to take care of his mother. He served as a principal at Greeley High School in Greeley for a short time until moving to Denver, Colo. Donald worked as an accountant and real estate agent for over 40 years until retiring. In 2012, Donald moved to Fremont to be closer to family. He cherished the time he had with his nieces and nephews.
Donald loved to follow and invest in the stock market. He was an avid Denver Broncos and Yankees fan. He also enjoyed playing cards. Donald was very active in the Trinity United Methodist Church while he lived in Denver.
He is survived by his sisters Dorothy (Vernon) Poggensee of Fremont, Gloria Thege of North Bend; nieces Carol Thompson of Fremont, Denise (Tom) Ussery of California, Patricia (Blake) Lavery of Columbus, Linda (Robert) Bendig of Fremont; nephews Ron Poggensee of Nevada, Jerold (Joyce) O’Connor of Montana, and David (Teresa) O’Connor of Kearney.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Norma O’Connor; brothers-in-law Matthew O’Connor and Harold Thege; nephew Michael O’Connor; two infant nieces; and special friend Ruth Ann Hannen.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m., March 21, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Private burial with military honors will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be left at
Published March 21, 2018

Dennis J. Sperl, Stanton, March 11, age 64
Dennis J. Sperl
Dennis Jacob Sperl, age 64 of Stanton, died March 11 at Norfolk Care and Rehab Center in Norfolk. He was born Sept. 28, 1953, in Norfolk, the son of Lambert and Helen (Mundil) Sperl. He attended Stanton County District 34 school and was a 1972 graduate of Stanton High School. After graduation Dennis worked construction and went on to work for John Simpson Construction for 10 years.
On Jan. 17, 1981, Dennis married Robin Newkirk at Faith Lutheran Church in Stanton where he was a member until his death. The couple made their home in Stanton and Dennis started up his own carpentry business, Dennis Sperl Carpentry, where he was employed until he retired in 2015.
Dennis was a loving father and grandfather. His children and grandchildren were his world. Dennis also loved to snow ski in his younger years and spent many vacation trips to Colorado with his skiing buddies. Dennis was an avid lover of hunting and fishing. Because of his love for these sports he started his own taxidermy business which he operated for 30 years. He also was a lover of Nebraska football and a dedicated Husker fan. He enjoyed the Denver Broncos professional football team as well. His love for the outdoors played a big role in his life.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Robin Sperl of Stanton; his children Corrine (Mark) Mueller of North Bend; Cody Sperl of Omaha; Colton Sperl of Kearney; granddaughters Chasity, Macey and Montana Mueller, all of North Bend; sisters Janet (Bill) Hansen of Stanton; Susan Unger of Ponca; nieces and nephews.
Dennis is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Gene on October 11, 2017.
The funeral services will be Saturday, March 17, 10:30 a.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, Stanton, with the Rev. Timothy Booth officiating. Interment will be at the Stanton Cemetery. There will be visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Shultz-Vogel-Johnson Mortuary, 804 Jackpine Street, Stanton. Online sympathies at
Published March 14, 2018
Phebe (Sellhorn) Rehbein, Fremont, Jan. 29, age 94
Phebe Ann (Sellhorn) Rehbein of Fremont died Jan. 29 at the Cove House in Lincoln. Phebe was born May 16, 1923, in North Bend to Herman and Mary (Watt) Sellhorn. She joined a family of six brothers and sisters. Ralph, Luthera (Sally), Kathryn, Bernice, Doris and Agatha and later became a big sister to brother Willis. Phebe graduated from North Bend High School in 1941 and went on to study teaching at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont. Following graduation from Midland in 1945, she taught high school social science for two years at Hooper.
Phebe married Raymond Rehbein on June 10, 1947, in North Bend and began the remainder of her life as a wife and mother. They brought four children into the world, Karen, David, Nancy and Randy and farmed between North Bend and Dodge. The couple moved into North Bend in 1987. Ray died August 16, 2004, and Phebe moved into Fremont in 2008.
Phebe and Ray attended the Webster and North Bend Presbyterian churches and Phebe was active in the United Presbyterian Women in North Bend.
During their time on the farm, she was active in the Dodge County Extension Clubs and was always available to help a neighbor. After Ray’s retirement, she became active in the Ruth Chapter 119, Order of Eastern Star and they volunteered at the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont.
Phebe is survived by her children, Karen Dorian, David (Ann) Rehbein, Nancy (Stan)Vala and Randy Rehbein (fiance Loretta Tucker); nine grandchildren Debra (Mike), Scott (Tarrah), Chris, Jennifer (Mike), Justin (Karamie), Brock (Audra), Amanda, Tyler and Makayla; and 12 great-grandchildren Masie (Ian), Emilie, Averie, Garrett, Devin, Greyson, Camille, Kendall, Owen, Hailey, Sierra and Gemma.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were Feb. 1 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. The Rev. Bill Gepford officiated. Burial was at the Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Memorials may be directed to the family for a charity yet to be determined.
Online condolences can be left at
Published Feb. 7, 2018
Janice (Chromy) Boyd, David City, Jan. 29, age 77
Janice Boyd
A memorial service for Janice Boyd was held Feb. 10 at Kracl Funeral Chapel in David City. Committal will beat a later date.
Janice M. (Chromy) Boyd began her life journey on Dec. 18, 1940. She was born to Joseph and Alice (Nesladek) Chromy in Colon. She ended her journey on Jan. 29.
During her time on earth, she found many joys. She found her first love, Hilburt “Hip” Stieren at a dance in June of 1962. They married on Aug. 25, 1962. Janice became a mother to Hip’s daughter Anne, and together they had two additional daughters, Anastasia (Stacy) and Victoria (Vicky). Hip passed away in March of 1996.
In January of 1997, she met her second husband, Scott Boyd. They married in May of 1997. They enjoyed 20 years of vacations and lived in several communities during their marriage, including Arlington, David City and Waverly.
Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Each held a very special place in her heart and each grandchild brought a special talent to share with her and events to attend.
Janice and her siblings had a very close relationship. They shared daily e-mails, multiple phone calls and lunches. Some of her fondest memories were of her many “sister trips” with Bing and Margaret and her time hunting with her brother Ken.
Janice is survived by husband Scott Boyd of Waverly, daughters Anne (Kevin) Claussen of North Bend, Stacy (Shawn) Fotinos of Lincoln, and Vicky (Dean) Shonka of Schuyler. Additional survivors are her eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; brother Ken (Kathy) Chromy of Ohiowa; sister Margaret Nelson of Blair, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Hilburt, her parents and two siblings, an infant brother Joseph, and her sister Bernice (Bing).
Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph’s Home for Indian Children, the Wounded Warriors and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Published Feb. 7, 2018
Marie (Kopecky) Johnson, North Bend, Jan. 22, age 95
Marie Johnson
With very sad but very full hearts, the family of Marie Josephine (Kopecky) Johnson shares that Marie passed away on Jan. 22 in Fremont. Marie was 95 years old and a wonderful example of a life well-lived.
Marie was born on Sept. 5, 1922, to Bohumil and Anna (Justyn) Kopecky and grew up on a farm outside of Octavia. She was the sixth of seven children and spoke about having to share chores and beds and clothes and even bath water. “Everything. Back then we just shared everything.”
Marie attended Marietta Catholic School and graduated in 1940. She then attended nursing school at St. Catherine’s in Omaha, graduating in 1943 before enlisting in the United States Army. She went through basic training in Santa Anna, Calif., before being called upon to serve in WWII in the Army Nurse Corp. Marie was stationed in both Guam and Tokyo and would speak about caring for the wounded soldiers and “how much those kids suffered” with no acknowledgement of the fact that she was just a kid herself. Marie completed her service in 1946 as a First Lieutenant.
Marie met her husband, Harry John Johnson, at a dance at the Schuyler Ballroom and only agreed to dance with him because he wasn’t short! They married on Nov. 18, 1948, at Presentation Marietta Catholic Church outside of Bellwood.
They then opened Johnson Farm Equipment in North Bend in 1950 and bought a house there just before Christmas in 1951. It was in this house that they raised their four children, Galen Lee, Rodney Allen, Thomas Jeffrey and Rita Marie. Harry passed away on April 12, 1980, and no doubt was first in line to welcome his sweet Marie to her new home in heaven. There she also joins her parents, all of her siblings, a grandson, Zeth Michael, and many other family and friends.
Marie’s children all went on to marry—Galen to JoAnn, Rodney to Nancy, Tom to Marlene and Rita to Michael. This gave way to Marie becoming a grandma—a role she cherished more than anything. She had 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. And what a Granny she was! It was rare that you ever saw Marie without one of her grandkids in tow. She spoiled them with love and Pop-Tarts and attention and the occasional $10 bill.
There were many things Marie loved in life, foremost being God, country and family. She also loved raisin toast, flowers, sweatshirts with birds on them, polka music, playing cards with her friends, writing letters, Benny Hill, kolaches, going on drives in the country and the harmonica. Yes, Marie played the harmonica!
Marie was a long-time member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend, a member of the Veterans of Foreign War and honored as a 50-year member of the American Legion. She has received special recognition from the Chamber of Commerce, St. Catherine’s School of Nursing and was recently featured in Forever Heroes, a book by Joyce Winfield that shared WWII stories from Nebraska Veterans.
Funeral Mass was Jan. 26, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. The Rev. Keith Rezac officiated. Burial was at Woodland Cemetery, North Bend, with Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post 340 of Morse Bluff, VFW Post 8223 and AMVETS Post 20 of North Bend. Memorials may be given to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the American Legion Post 340.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Jan. 31, 2018
Leyroy "Red" Klinzing, Fremont, Jan. 21, age 79
Red Klinzing
Leroy "Red" Bernard Raymond Klinzing, 79, of Fremont, died Sunday, January 21, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.
Red was born November 2, 1938, in Fond du Lac, Wis. to Albert and Marguerite (Carey)Klinzing. He grew up in Wisconsin and after the death of his father, the family moved to Dodge in 1953. Red attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Olean. His family then moved to Fremont. He graduated from Milford College at the age of 16, with a degree in welding. Red then was employed by Bock Industries. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from February 1956 until August 1963. Red worked for McEwaine Welding from 1960 until it sold and became C & B Welding in 1964, and he became manager until he started his own business, Red's Welding in 1980. Red worked for Dunrite, Inc. until retiring in 2009.
Red married Gloria Jean Anderson on September 12, 1958. She died May 10, 1996. He then married Elaine Wesely on April 12, 1997.
Red enjoyed camping, fishing and boating. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, watching WWE wrestling, football, volleyball and his dog, Foxie, Red's tasmanian devil.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; sons, Rickie (Lisa)Klinzing, Russ (Marla) Klinzing and Jeff (Angie) Klinzing all of North Bend; step-children, Emily (Ken) Mahnke and Wendy (Shane) Gustafson of Fremont, David (Jennifer) Wesely and Cindie (Jesus) Serrano of North Bend; brother, Eugene Klinzing of Madison, Wis.; sisters, Elaine Smith of Appleton, Wisconsin, Pearl Selin of Chiloquin, Ore.; grandchildren, Hillary and Amanda Klinzing of Omaha, Josh (Elizabeth)Klinzing of North Bend, Tiffany (Brandon) Miller of Fremont and Breanna Klinzing of Norfolk; step-grandchildren, Hunter and Kailey Gustafson and Cheyenne Mahnke all of Fremont; Colton, Tyler and Maverick Wesely, Cassandra and Brian Wirka, and Joseph and Isaiah Bautista, all of North Bend.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 1st wife, Gloria; brother, Bernard; sisters, Thelma and Vivian Klinzing; and beloved dog, Foxie.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25 at United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. The Rev. Michael Hill will officiate. Visitation on Wednesday at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday at church 1 hour prior to service. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday with military honors.
Online condolences at
Published Jan. 24, 2018
Maxine (Ondracek) Raisl, Mulwaukie, Ore, Jan. 12, age 87
Maxine M. (Ondracek) Raisl, Milwaukie, Ore., died Jan. 12. She passed quietly surrounded by family.
Maxine was born July 31, 1930, in North Bend, to Anton and Libby (Hines) Ondracek. She was the oldest of four children. After graduating from high school she received her teaching certificate and taught country school for two years. She met her future husband at a dance in 1947, set up by her father.
On Nov. 22, 1949, she married the love of her life, Alvin E. Raisl. They moved to Richey, Mont., where they farmed and ranched. Four of their children were born during their 14 years in Montana. In 1963 they moved to Milwaukie, Ore., where Alvin and Maxine’s brother opened a meat plant. Later, Alvin worked at Cal-Ore Machine Co. Maxine was a stay-at-home mother. Their fifth and last child, was born in Portland in 1965.
Maxine was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and YLI. She also gained the title of KOP in the TOPS organization.
Maxine volunteered at the Christie School and grade schools. She was a 4-H leader teaching cooking and sewing. Reading, gardening, canning, sewing, dancing and playing cards were activities that she enjoyed. Maxine was a mom to everyone and never knew a stranger.
Maxine is survived by her five children: daughters Evelyn Lee of Milwaukie, Ore., Annette (Loren) Finifrock of Athena, Ore., sons Gary (Liz) of Milwaukie, Ore., Ed (Lynn) of Tacoma, Wash., and David (Karmyn) of Milwaukie, Ore., 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with another on the way; sister Arlene Lemke, Brainard and brother Tom (Lorrie) Ondracek of Duluth, Minn. She was preceded in death by her brother Dennis Ondracek and her love Alvin on Oct. 9, 2009. They were married almost 60 years.
Maxine’s funeral will be March 9 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Milwaukie, Ore. Rosary is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. with the funeral service at 12 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following the service. Maxine will be interned with Alvin at the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore.
Cards and condolences can be sent to the family at 5005 S.E. Aldercrest Rd. Milwaukie, Ore. 97222
Online Condolences may be left at
Published Jan. 31, 2018
Thomas T. Wilshusen, Fremont, Jan. 9, age 80
Tom Wilshusen
Thomas T. Wilshusen of Fremont died January 9 at Fremont Health Medical Center. Thomas was born May 29, 1937, in Polk to Ralph and Maxine (Henderson) Wilshusen.
He lived in Polk for about a year and then his family moved to California until 1943 when they moved to North Bend. He was a 1955 graduate of North Bend High School, where he was a two-time state track champion in the 880-yard run.
After graduation, Tom served in the U.S. Navy. Tom married Janice F. Erxleben on June 17, 1962, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend. She preceded him in death on June 6, 2014. He helped his father on the family farm and worked for Blevins Popcorn Company in North Bend. The couple lived in North Bend for a few years and then moved to Fremont, where they purchased a gas station and later built a convenience store. They owned and operated Tom’s Shell Gas Station for 43 years until selling it and retiring in 2009.
He enjoyed boating and water skiing, playing golf, traveling, bowling, going for drives, walks, exercising and listening to music.
Tom is survived by his son Lennie (Jana) Wilshusen of Fremont; daughter Susan (Roger) Nielsen of Nickerson; brothers Doug (Jean) Wilshusen, Randy (Donna) Wilshusen all of Omaha; sisters Nona (Marshall) Gibbs of Frankenmuth, Minn., Donna (Dennis) Flood of Omaha; grandchildren Taylor, Ali, Blayde, Chase, Korrbin, and Gavin; and great-grandchildren Lincoln, Tyton and Andi.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Janice and infant son Michael.
A Celebration of Life Service was Jan. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont with the Rev. Dan Heuer, officiate. Burial with military honors was at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church Ladies Aid.
Online condolences may be left at
Published Jan. 17, 2018
Donna (Platt) Brown, Norfolk, Jan. 2, age 87
Services were held Jan. 5 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Norfolk for Donna J. Brown. She died Jan 2 at Immanel-Fontanelle Home in Omaha.
Donna was born June 2, 1930, to Henry and Agnes (Buettner) Platt. She married Gary Logan on June 4, 1950. To his union were born six children. They resided in Norfolk.
On June 2, 1979, Donna married Gene A. Brown. Gene died in 2007.
Survivors are her son Chris Logan of Norfolk; daughters Suzanne (Dennis) Lambirth of Omaha, Laura (Stan) Heider of Lincoln, Peggy Harvey of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Julie (Joe) Howerton of Chandler, Ariz.; sister Janice (Robert) Nesladek of North Bend; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Dorothy Platt and Adeline Kmock, son Jon Scott Logan, granddaughter Leah Heider and both spouses.
Published Jan. 10, 2018


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