Cozad Resident: Richard Sabin (1937-2015)

Richard 'Dick' Dean Sabin, age 78 of Cozad, passed away November 13th, 2015 at Kearney Regional Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. Dick was born on April 29th, 1937 to Charles and Sibyl Sabin in Gothenburg, Nebraska. 
Dick grew up with an independent spirit and a love for the hay business in the Platte Valley. He excelled at buying and trading, from a minnow business at the river to making his own wagon to haul his first bale of hay. He loved to tell stories of his favorite horse named "Star" and the adventures they had at the river. Dick liked to say with a chuckle that he did go through school..."in the front door -- out the back". When he learned to drive a 1935 Ford at the age of 13, he paid so many fines for hotrodding around the neighborhood that he would joke about having paid for all the streetlights in 'Gothenburg. One of the things that helped Dick growing up was the time he spent at Boys Training School in Kearney. He worked in the laundry until they realized his skill at running a hay baler, and he made lifelong friends and learned many life lessons while there.
     Dick married the love of his life, Lucille Mae Dishman, on April 29th, 1955. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. To this union three children were born; Dixie, Jerry, and Pammy. Dick and Lucy spent many happy years together running a successful hay trucking business. Dick loved racing Ford stock-cars and had many awards and trophies through the years. He was happy when his son and grandsons showed an interest in racing also. He always had a sense of pride for his trucks and vehicles. Dick was never impressed with fanatical religion, but always drawn to a true heart, just like Jesus.
Dick enjoyed family, his dog Chipper, and always kept his sense of humor. In spite of recent failing health, he continued to operate his trucking business and race his stock car.  
Dick was preceded in death by an infant sister, Peggy; his parents, Charles and Sibyl; a brother, Joe Sabin; son-in-law, Steve Aitken; and great-grandson, Tyler Aitken.  
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Lucy, of Cozad; their children, Dixie (the late Steve Aitken) Aitken, of Cozad; Jerry (Chris) Sabin of North Platte; Pam (Mitch) Buckley, of Gothenburg; brothers Tony (Jean) Sabin, of Gothenburg, Dan (Marilyn) Sabin, of Lexington, Jim (June) Sabin, of Gothenburg, Rod (Lori) Sabin, Gothenburg; sisters Pat (Henry) Dishman, Gothenburg, Janice (Bobby) Linden, Cozad, Conny (Doug) Sitorius, Gothenburg, and Darla (Les) Pelzer, Gothenburg; grandchildren, Steve (Stacy) Aitken, Shannon Aitken, Kristy (Jason) Strohmyer, Bob (Lizette) Buckley, Brandon (LeAnn) Buckley, Rachel (Justin) Carter, Josh (Alisha) Sabin; great-grandchildren, Christopher Strohmyer, Brittney Aitken, Blake Aitken, Trinity Sabin and Wesley Sabin; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. 
 A memorial has been established in his memory.  Online condolences may be shared at
    Services will be, today, Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John States officiating. Burial will be at the Cozad Cemetery.  Visitation was held Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial Established: Delmar Anderson (1929-2015)

   Delmar  Anderson, 86, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died November 13th, 2015 in Gothenburg, Nebraska.  
    Delmar Eugene Anderson was born 4th son of Henning G. and Alice (Sreves) Anderson on February 14th, 1929, Valentine's Day (the day of the Chicago Massacre).  He grew up in Wild Horse Valley, attending Svea Dahl Church and working for farmers in the valley. 
     Delmar graduated from Milwaukee Bible College in 1950 and that summer was united in marriage to Pauline Pike on July 8th, at Newaygo, Michigan.  The first few months of married life were spent visiting churches to raise financial support for mission work in the Belgian Congo, Africa.
     The couple left the shores of the USA on March 1st, 1951 on the Norwegian tanker, Tatra.  After several stops along the African coast, they arrived at Matadi on April 1.  They continued their trip up the Congo River on an old Mississippi paddle boat, arriving at Mission Kama on April 15th.  Del was involved with agriculture, youth ministries, pastoral training and station maintenance.  
     When Congo received its independence in 1960, it was not safe for those in the bush country to remain as there was no way to leave quickly. The family returned to the USA and made their home in Denver, Colorado.  Del entered the sales field and spent one year as interim pastor at Derby Community Church.  He received a call to pastor the Cope Community Church in Eastern Colorado and remained there for 7 years.  During this time, he received his Ordination to the Ministry by the Grace Gospel Fellowship in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  
     Delmar then returned to sales and was available as a supply pastor for several churches in Eastern Colorado.  In 1982 he was called to be the visitation pastor for Grace Memorial Church in Denver, and later assumed the Senior Pastor responsibility. While in Denver he attended classes at Denver Seminary.
     In 1994 Del and Pauline retired from the ministry and moved to the Wild Horse Valley, restoring the house Del was born in.  He enjoyed country life doing carpentry work and serving as a supply pastor.  They moved to Gothenburg in 2006 and lived there before spending his final years at Hilltop Estates.
     He is survived by Pauline, his wife of 65 years, five daughters: Susan Magnuson of Eaton, Colorado; Donna (Fred) Priest of Orlando, Florida; Coni (Randy) Darling of Ault, Colorado; Dotty (Dale) Wheatley of Union, Washington; and Deanna Anderson of Brady. Eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, one sister, Jewel (Forrest) Johnson of Gothenburg, one brother, Wendell Anderson of Omaha, Nebraska, and two sister-in-laws Nadine Johnson of Portland, Oregon and Eloise Wasilchenko of Newaygo, Michigan.  
     He was proceeded in death by one daughter Alyce Cristine, his parents, granddaughter Jordanne Gerbing, son-in-law Ted Magnuson, five brothers Ray, Wilbert, Glen, Verlin and Cecil , two sisters-in-law Norrene Anderson and Marilyn Anderson and two brother-in-laws Vern Johnson and Jim Wasilchenko.
     Memorial Services will be held at Evangelical Free Church, 1721  Lake Ave, Gothenburg, NE, on Friday, November 27th, 2015 at 2:00 pm with Pastors Fred Priest and Ken Sawyer officiating.  
     Memorials to may be directed to the Grace Bible College or Radio Kahuzi, c/o the family, 1722 Ave H, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

Gothenburg Resident: James Stinehagen (1939-2015)

     James L. Stinehagen, 76, of Billings, Montana passed away on Nov. 9th, 2015. 
     Jim was born on Oct. 2, 1939, in Gothenburg, Nebraska, and graduated from Cozad High School in 1958. Jim then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jim was a private pilot, agribusiness entrepreneur, and loved ranching.
     Jim is survived by his wife, Chrystl; daughters Jolynn Stinehagen, Janna Eberle (Bruce), Catherine Nelson (Jay), Lyndsay Jensen (Drew); sisters Marilyn McNeal (Leigh), Shirley Hinkle, Ellen “Perk” Herrington; grandchildren Zachery, Megan, Jessica, Matthew, Hope, Alexa, Gavin and Taggart. 
     Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Martha.
     Memorial service was held at noon on Friday, Nov. 13th, at St. Patrick Cathedral in Billings, with a celebration of life at the Northern Hotel following the service.
     If you wish,  please send memorial gifts to the Montana 4-H Foundation, PO Box 173580, Taylor Hall, Rm 111, Bozeman, MT 58717.
     Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Cozad Resident: Dallas Malcom (1953-2015)

   Dallas L. Malcom of Cozad passed away November 11st, 2015 at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha at the age of 62.  
   Dallas was born May 1st, 1953 at Cozad, Nebraska to Glenn and Vera 'Mama' (Melstrom) Malcom. He graduated with the class of 1972. He joined the U. S. Army that same year. He was stationed in Korea, Fort Riley Kansas and Fort Richardson Alaska, where Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf was Deputy Commander.  His oldest son Jason was born there. While in Alaska, Dallas became an avid kayaker and cross country skier. In 1975, his life as a soldier ended and he began to grow a beard, never shaving it again. He returned to the lower 48 to work with his father as a carpenter. His second son, Dain, was born in 1976.  In August of 1978, a car accident left Dallas paralyzed. His 37 year journey as a paraplegic began, and lasted 27 years longer than the doctors told him he would live. After a long hospital stay and extended rehab, Dallas attended the Colorado School of Mines.   Always a gun enthusiast, he became a gunsmith.  Collecting guns became his passion, which he passed along to his boys.  Through those 37 years of dealing with V.A. hospitals, paper work, extended hospital stays, and lengthy bed confinements, Dallas always kept his determination, kind heart and sense of humor. Just a few months ago, after yet another serious surgery, he told a friend with a chuckle, 'I am too ornery and ugly to die'! But even ornery get tired and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  On Veteran's Day, November 11th, 2015, Dallas was set free to walk again, talk to his family members and pet and play with his beloved dogs at the Rainbow Bridge. Rest in peace Dal, you aren't ornery or ugly today.
     Dallas was preceded in death by his parents; brother Marvin and sister Marlene McCone.  
     Survivors include his 2 sons, Jason Malcom of Cozad and Dain Malcom of Cozad; grandchildren, Ethan, Larkyn and Maddux Malcom and Briana McCance; great granddaughter, Tenleigh Jeanne Malcom; sister, Judy Kraus; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 
     A memorial has been established in his memory.  Online condolences may be shared at        Services were held Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home Chapel.  Cremation followed.  Burial at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with military honors will be at a later date. 
     Visitation was held Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home, which was in charge of arrangements.

Former Farnam Resident: Willa McCaa (1929-2015)

Willa Eileen McCaa, formerly of Farnam, Nebraska, departed for Heaven, at the age of 86, on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. She was born on May, 6th, 1929 on the family farm, northwest of Farnam, to Henry H. and Hester (Carmen) Gewecke.
   Willa attended country school for her elementary education before she and her family moved to a farm northeast of Farnam, where she then attended school and ultimately graduated from Farnam High School with the Class of 1947.
Following graduation she attended Kearney State Teacher’s College and taught rural schools in the Farnam and Gothenburg areas. She also worked several summers in Estes Park, Colorado, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
   Willa met her husband, Thomas McCaa of Greensville, Mississippi while working in Estes Park and they were married in September of 1956 at the Methodist Church in Farnam. Thomas was in the United States Air Force and Willa agreeably signed up for a life of travel as they spanned the globe with Thomas’ various work stations. Willa served as a substitute teacher at the various Air Force Bases they were stationed at and enjoyed the fraternizing with the military wives and the military lifestyle as a whole.
   In late 1963, Thomas and Willa adopted a son, Timothy Jon, while stationed in Istanbul, Turkey. 
   Preceding her in death were her parents and brother in-law, Leon Kotschwar of Farnam, Nebraska.
   Survivors include son Timothy Jon McCaa of La Quinta, California, sister Muriel Kotschwar of Farnam, Nebraska, Nephews: Brent (Peggy) Kotschwar of Omaha, Nebraska, Perry Kotschwar of Elwood, Nebraska and Bryan (Nancy) Kotschwar of Big Springs, Nebraska. Niece: Lana (Nick) Cate of Peachtree City, Georgia and many great nephews/nieces & many other relatives and friends.
   Condolences and personal reflection may be left at
   There will be no viewing or visitation. Graveside services and interment were held at Farnam Cemetery, Farnam, Nebraska on Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg, officiating. Elwood Funeral Home, of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

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