CANDIDATES FOR ELECTED OFFICE in Nebraska and Nemaha County had entries in this year’s Nemaha County Fair Parade. Among those participating in the first night of the parade were (from top): supporters for Pete Ricketts for Governor and Ben Sasse for U.S. Senate campaigns; Steve Glenn, who seeks the District 5 seat on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents; incumbent District 1 Nemaha County Commissioner Bob Hutton; challenger Chuck Knipe and his family promoting his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Auburn; and Ryan Jones and his family. Jones is seeking one of three spots up for election this year on the Auburn Public Schools Board of Education.
THE AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL and Middle School Marching Bands participated in the 2014 Nemaha County Fair Parades under the direction of new band director Ben Hanika. The students have about two weeks until classes begin this fall.
The Peru State College baseball team was recently named as a 2013-2014 Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Team Award winner. Only one team from each of the NAIA’s 23 championship sports is selected as a winner each academic year. There are currently 188 NAIA institutions with a baseball program and Peru State was selected as the best.
PERU STATE BOBCAT Volleyball Advanced Team Camp participants and coaches pose for a photo.
Judy Rogge was born on June 10, 1942, in Auburn, Nebraska, the daughter of John G. and Glenna C. (McKenney) Sanders. She attended Auburn Public Schools and Peru State College. Judy then took a job at National Bank of Commerce in Lincoln, Neb., where she was secretary to the bank president for a number of years. In 1964, she was married to Ken Rogge. They moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa for a time before returning to Auburn. Judy was a stay-at-home mom until 1970 at which time she began a forty year career working at the Auburn Newspapers. During those years, Judy belonged to the Auburn Junior Women’s Club, served as president of Nemaha County Hospital Auxiliary, worked with Brandon and Becky on 4-H projects, county fair committees and enjoyed her goat, rabbit, chicken, horse, hog and flower hobbies. Her family topped it all. Judy was baptized at the Auburn Christian Church, a confirmed member of the Lutheran Church and when the family moved to the Bethel neighborhood, she became a member of Bethel Community Church. Judy was active on various church committees and boards. Judy passed away peacefully July 26th, 2014, with her husband of 49 years and 323 days at her side. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, John and Glenna Sanders, parents-in-law, Fred and Hilda Rogge, brother- and sister-inlaw, Eugene and Evelyn Rogge, and brother-in-law, Wayne Moody. Those remaining to enjoy her memory include her husband, Ken Rogge; son, Brandon (Lori) Rogge; daughter, Rebecca (Ken) Bridgewater; grandchildren, Kolton, Levi and Bryna Bridgewater; sister, Marilyn (Kenneth) Boush; sisterin- law, Norma Moody; brother- and sister-in-law, David (Nancy) Rogge; many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service, officiated by Pastor Terry Weible, will be Thursday, July 31, 11:00 a.m. at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Sue Hodges will be pianist for special music by Sandy Behrends and Allyn Remmers as well as congregational singing. Honorary bearers are Kolton and Levi Bridgewater, and Bryna Bridgewater is flower attendant. Judy’s ashes will be inurned at a later date at St. Paul (Hickory Grove) Lutheran Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.
Lt. Col. Gordon Eskil Peterson Jr., 81, of Lynchburg, Virginia, went to be with the Lord Saturday, July 26, 2014. He was the devoted husband to Elena T. Peterson for 49 years. Born Tuesday, March 14, 1933 in Auburn, Nebraska, Gordon was the son of the late Gordon Eskil Peterson, Sr. and the late Cornelia Tackett Peterson. He attended Auburn High School and graduated from the University of Nebraska, before joining the U.S. Air Force. Gordon served with distinction. He flew the F-100 Super Sabre and the F-4, serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In addition to his wife, Gordon is survived by his daughter, Christine Peterson Hoezee and her husband, Larry, of Lynchburg; three grandsons, Charles, Theodore, and Oliver; a sister, Myra Peterson Roddy; a nephew, Todd Roddy and two nieces: Valerie Dyer, and Debbie Igualada. A Mass of Resurrection will be conducted at 7 PM on Friday, August 1, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father James Gallagher officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow the service. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Condolences may be sent by visiting: tharpfuneralhome.com.