Tuesday morning, Sept. 9, Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann resigned his position as well as withdrew as the running mate for Pete Ricketts, Republican gubernatorial candidate. Monday, Sept. 8, Johnson County District Judge Daniel E. Bryan, Jr., issued a domestic abuse protection order against Heidemann. Lois Bohling, Heidemann’s sister, filed a petition for the protection order Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Johnson County District Court. The order is effective for one year unless vacated by the court before then.
FORMER LT. GOVERNOR Lavon Heidemann and his wife, Robin, were recognized with a plaque on the west side of the Oak Bowl at Peru State College. As a state senator, Lavon Heidemann helped secure state funding for the football stadium renovation.
The Auburn High School Harriers opened the 2014 campaign at the always tough Plattsmouth Invitational. The temperature at race time was 97 degrees and the competition on the course was just as heated. Twenty teams participated in the Sept. 4 meet, including defending state champions Elkhorn Mt. Michael on the boys side and Class A powerhouse Lincoln Pius X leading the girls contingent.
Championship matches were held Sept. 3 in Wednesday Afternoon and Evening men’s golf leagues. In the Afternoon League Championship, Phil Shaw’s team beat Rick Clark’s 11-3, with each team using five players last Wednesday. Shaw’s team had beaten Dave Hunter’s in Aug. 27 playoff action, while Clark’s squad drew a first round bye after finishing in the top two spots during the season’s first and second halves.
Douglas Jason King, son of Robert Gale King and Linda Lea (McKnight) King, was born November 21, 1966 in Humboldt, Nebraska. Doug attended Christian schools and Westside High School in Omaha, later earning his GED. He participated in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and attended Glad Tidings Church while growing up in Omaha. Doug served in the Nebraska Army National Guard following his schooling. On November 12, 1994 Doug was married to Caron (Bennett) Dowland in Las Vegas, Nevada. Doug welcomed Caron’s children: Don, Kristy, and Shane into his home. Doug and Caron made their home in Brock, Nebraska. Doug worked at a woodworking shop while he was in Omaha. After moving to Brock he worked outages at Cooper Nuclear Station at Brownville, Nebraska. He also farmed with his grandfather Lester McKnight and later for Fred Gauchat in the Brock area. Doug worked for many years with EnTire Recycling, first in Nebraska City and then in Rock Port, Missouri after the company’s move. He was still a valued employee at EnTire. Doug served on the Brock Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and liked to go camping and play board games with his family. He was a true handyman, and was especially talented at carpentry work. Above all, Doug put his family first in all that he did. On Sunday, August 31, 2014 Doug passed away suddenly in Brock. He had reached the age of 47 years, nine months, and 10 days. His grandparents, Lester and Maxine McKnight, preceded him in death. Doug is survived by his wife Caron of Brock; children Don and wife Candice Dowland of Syracuse; Kristy Wolsmann of Council Bluffs; Shane Dowland of Omaha; grandchildren Devin, Keaton, and Kendra Dowland; Nikolaus, Ethan, and Addison Wolsmann; Christian Dowland; mother and step-father Linda and Albert Zook of Nebraska City; father and step-mother Bob and Fran King of California; brothers Greg King and Mike King, both of Omaha; many other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Friday, September 5, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Brock, officiated by Rev. Larry Tolen. Special pre-recorded music was played. Doug’s body was cremated following the service. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.
Richard “Keith” Williams, age 56, passed away from pancreatic cancer on September 6, 2014. He wanted all to know that he didn’t die peacefully; he wasn’t quite done attending ball games, playing with his beloved grandchildren, hunting and fishing with his friends, working on his Willy’s Jeep, or with his ever-expanding list of projects. He left for his trip to heaven kicking and screaming but he was excited at the prospect of meeting his Lord and Savior. Keith was born January 16, 1958 in Belle Glade, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents Laurence Bruce Williams and Catherine Roper Williams. He is survived by Jackie, his wife of 36 years; children, Justin Williams, Jennifer (Rick) Smithpeter, and Nathan (Ashley) Williams; grandchildren, Samantha Chaney, Ross, Brent and Ty Smithpeter, and Madalyn and Laynie Williams; sisters, Kay (Kyle) Scott, Patricia (John) Hood, brother, Larry (LuAnne) Williams; sister-in-law, Cindy (Matt) Kreifels; father-in-law, Carl Baker; and a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Keith was the favorite son of Bruce and Catherine, even though they sometimes let Larry think that honor was his. Keith graduated from Glades Day School in Belle Glade, Florida and arrived in Peru in 1976 with a skateboard, long red hair, and wearing surfer shorts, to attend Peru State College on a football scholarship. He was heard to say that he would never drive a redneck pick-up truck, wear cowboy boots or those dumb blue jeans. It should be mentioned that one of his favorite sports in his early years was bull riding- while wearing cowboy boots and blue jeans and owning a pick-up truck. While in college, he majored in hunting, fishing, and partying. His many “diplomas” are mounted in his home. He met Jackie, the love of his life and fell in love with the community and countryside. He never looked back as he carved a wonderful life in Nebraska. He went to work at Cooper Nuclear Station in 1979 and spent 35 gratifying years there, ending his career as a Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor. But, Keith’s greatest accomplishments were his family, especially his grandchildren, his friends and his faith. One of the proudest moments of his life happened on August 20 when he and Jackie were baptized at their home. His many hobbies and interests included camping, snorkeling, welding, restoring his 1951 Willy’s jeep, bull riding, playing cards, playing practical jokes on all he loved and of course, hunting and fishing. He particularly loved telephone pranks until his mother taught him a hard learned lesson. He loved his years coaching youth baseball, softball, wrestling, and flag football with his friend Rodney. Keith was an avid collector of friends and unquestionably had one of the largest and finest collections known to man. In fact, in addition to his faith and his family, his collection of friends was one of his most treasured possessions. He had an uncanny ability of finding friends to add to his collection, and once he found one, he never let him or her go. He always went out of his way to make others feel comfortable. The family would like for Keith to be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, papa, son, brother, friend, and an all-around remarkable human being. A Memorial service for Keith was held Wednesday, September 10, at Auburn Christian Church in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Corey Miller. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.