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June 21, 2018

Obituaries (3-1-18)

Dennis Nelson, 75

Dennis V. “Gus” Nelson died Sunday, February 25, 2018 at CHI Immanuel Hospital in Omaha from a respiratory illness. He was born on July 28, 1942 at his parents’ farm near Bancroft. He attended District #62 in rural Cuming County through 8th grade and then Bancroft High School, graduating in 1960. Studying at Wayne State College, he graduated in 1964 with a teaching degree. He began teaching business classes at Madison Public Schools. He married Shyrl Karsk in North Bend on August 6, 1972. Gus taught in Madison until his retirement in 1999 after 35 years in education. He also farmed the family land near Bancroft with his brother, Dale during these years. He and his wife moved to Omaha in 2000 to be closer to their daughters. In retirement he enjoyed going to coffee, spending time with his grandchildren and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Shyrl; daughters Andrea (Kyle) Keifer of Omaha, Carissa (Mark) Donner of Blair and Diana (John) Prauner of Omaha, eight grandchildren; and brother Dale Nelson of Bancroft. He was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Marie Nelson, an infant sister, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorials may be sent to Maplewood United Methodist Church, Bancroft-Rosalie School Endowment, or directed to the family for a scholarship at Madison High School. Services are planned for Saturday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 11810 Burke Street, Omaha. Family will be receiving guests from 9-10:15 a.m. with a memorial service starting at 10:30 a.m. Private burial will be at the Bancroft cemetery at a later date. The family invites friends, neighbors and former students to a coffee reception on March 17 in Madison


Henry Sands, 53

Henry “Hank” W. Sands, 53, of Thurston died Monday, February 26, 2018 near Schuyler as the result of an automobile accident.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender. Pastor Randall Herman will be officiating. The visitation will be Thursday, March 1 from 5-7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Burial will be in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Pender. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh- Smith Funeral Home in Pender.


Eugene Hess, 58

Eugene R. Hess, 58, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado.

Eugene was born Oct. 2, 1959 in Wheaton, Minnesota. He moved with his parents to Sioux City in 1967. He was a 1978 graduate of North High School. He married Julie (Boyd) Hess in 1994 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in South Sioux City. Eugene was a sales associate at Menards and was transferred to Cheyenne four years ago. Eugene was a member of Miracle Valley Church. He enjoyed woodworking, stained glass and growing Bonsai.

He was survived by his wife, Julie Hess; two brothers, Jerald Hess (Louise) of Minnesota and David Hess (Clonnie) of Louisiana; and a sister, Diane Conway (Harold) of Colorado. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond and Ione Hess.

Services were held on Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at Miracle Valley Church. Burial will be at Omaha Valley Cemetery later this spring.


Rodney Beargeon, 73

Rodney “Pete” Dean Beargeon, 73 of Sioux City passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at a Sioux City hospital.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel. Burial will be at a later date in Armstrong, Iowa. Visitation with the family present will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to

Pete was born December 20, 1944 in Homer, the son of Frederick and Luella (Huggenberger) Beargeon. Pete grew up in the south bottoms of Sioux City. He attended Sioux City Schools, St. Michael’s Grade School in South Sioux City and then school in Dakota City. Pete served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967 on the U.S.S. Pine Island.

In 1967, Pete married Roxie Bossow of South Sioux City. To this union two sons were born, David and Chad.

Pete married Janet (Atkinson) Weber Jan. 3, 1997 in Dakota City.

Pete worked as a lineman in Kansas City, Missouri, as an independent truck driver and then for South Sioux City Foundry.

Pete enjoyed fast cars, going to the casino, football, baseball, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Janet of Sioux City; five children: David Beargeon of Missouri, Chad Beargeon of Texas, Michael Weber of Sioux City, Kristy Rowan (Eric) of Kentucky, and Matthew Weber of Sioux City; a sister Kay Nilson of South Sioux City; a brother Roger Beargeon (Alice) of South Sioux City; two sisters-in-law Karen Mitchell of Armstrong, Iowa, and Amy Atkinson of Fort Myers, Florida; three grandchildren: Marissa Weber, Michael Weber III and Emily Rowan; a great-granddaughter Kaitlyn Lopez; and several nieces and nephews.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Connor Rowan, and nephew Michael Hammers.

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