There will be a Prescription Take Back on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Family Value Pharmacy and at the Shopko Pharmacy. If you have unused or outdated medication, it can be safely and anonymously disposed of at either of these locations.
Harold Silvey, Nemaha County chief deputy sheriff, stated procedures for truck drivers to follow during the reconstruction of Highway 136 through Auburn. He explained any truck drivers needing to get to Auburn businesses to make deliveries in the city are allowed to use the side streets.
Tuesday, April 1, The Auburn Bulldog girls’ track and field team scored 54 points to take runner-up honors in their quadrangular. Syracuse won the meet scoring 136 points. Rock Port, Mo., scored 43 points for third and Falls City Sacred Heart tallied 23 points.
Fourteen schools participated in the Graceland University Spring Invitational at Mozingo Lake Golf and Country Club in Maryville, Mo., on March 28 and 29. Among the 14 teams, were seven of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) schools, including Peru State. It was sort of a preview of the HAAC Championships as the HAAC finals will be played at the Mozingo course later in May.
Wayne Eugene Schlange, one of four children of Vern William and Leona Fredericka (Stutheit) Schlange, was born June 12, 1941 at Auburn, Nebraska. He was baptized July 6, 1941 and confirmed April 3, 1955 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn. Wayne went to rural school near his home through the eighth grade and graduated from Auburn High School. He then attended Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska. On December 7, 1963 Wayne was united in marriage to Elaine Bath by Rev. Homer Clements at the First United Methodist Church in Auburn. Their union would be blessed with two children, Kristin and Kurt. Wayne served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968, receiving his honorable discharge at Fort George Mead in Maryland and returning to the farm near Auburn. With the exception of a year at Magnolia Metal in Auburn in 1963, Wayne was a farmer from a young age. After returning from the Army he farmed with his father until Vern’s death in 1978. Elaine then partnered with Wayne in the farm operation into the mid 1990s, at which time Kurt began farming with him. In addition to tending to the land, Wayne raised hogs on the farm for more than 35 years. As a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn, Wayne was very active in church affairs, serving on church council, in the choir and on the cemetery board, among other duties. He also belonged to the Quad County Pork Producers, Nemaha County Farm Bureau and the Auburn American Legion Post #23. Wayne enjoyed woodworking in his shop, as well as square dancing and traveling with Elaine. He loved his family, and his grandchildren were a special part of his life. He tried not to miss attending activities they were involved in. On Saturday, April 5, 2014 Wayne was rushed from his home to the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn. He went to be with his Heavenly Father at the age of 72 years, nine months and 24 days. His parents and brothers-in-law Jack Betts, Arnold Able and Ron Bath preceded him in death. Wayne is survived by his wife Elaine of Auburn; daughter and son-in-law Kristin and Kevin Stuart of Maryville, Mo.; son and daughter-in-law Kurt and Maria Schlange of Auburn; grandchildren Kory, Kyle and Keaton Stuart, and Anna, Jeremiah, Jonah and Luke Schlange; sisters Rosalie Betts of Auburn and Mary and husband Larry Boswell of Azle, Texas; brother Kenneth Schlange and best friend Pam Conn of Auburn; stepfather Raymond Hutton of Humboldt; stepbrother Guy and wife Karen Hutton of Nemaha; stepsister Raynell Able of Auburn; brother-in-law Wayne and wife Gladys Bath of Bellevue, Wash.; sister-in-law Marilyn and husband Richard Calhoon of Beatrice; and many other relatives and many friends. A funeral service for Wayne was Wednesday, April 9, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Ken Miller. Donna Caspers and Edith Schlange accompaniment for congregational hymns. Kory Stuart, Kyle Stuart, Keaton Stuart, Jeremiah Schlange, Jonah Schlange, Luke Schlange, Bill Ely, Marvin Davison, Eimer Schlange, Gary Schlange, Alan Moody, and Ed Cowan served as casket bearers. Anna Schlange and Sue Cowan were flower attendants. Burial preceded the funeral in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Graveside Military Honors were provided by American Legion Post #23 of Auburn. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.
Donald LeRoy LaBalle, son of LeRoy Emanuel and Eva (Goddard) LaBalle, was born March 11, 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended school in Woodard, Oklahoma, graduating from high school there in 1958. Don went on to attend Oklahoma Baptist University, earning a degree in English and journalism. He also served his country in the Oklahoma National Guard. On May 23, 1970 Don was united in marriage to Lynn Quig at Peace Lutheran Church in Hastings, Nebraska. They made their first home in Beatrice, Nebraska before moving to Auburn, Nebraska in October of that year. Don and Lynn were blessed with three children: Jennifer, Brad, and Nichole. Don purchased the Peterson Photography Studio when he moved to Auburn. He renamed the business LaBalle Studio, and operated for 35 years until closing the business in 2005. He also had worked part-time with KNCY Radio while it was in Auburn, and as an insurance agent for a telemarketing firm in Auburn. Don was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and had belonged to Rotary and Toastmasters in Auburn. He was also a proud member of the NRA. He enjoyed history in general, especially when it dealt with wars and World War II. He loved his work with photography and enjoyed literature of all types. Nichole’s dog held a special place in his heart. Don was known to family and friends to have a dry, witty sense of humor. Parkinson’s disease began to take a toll on Don in his later years, resulting in him moving to the Good Samaritan Society-Auburn in July of 2013. He passed there, with Lynn by his side, on Monday, March 31, 2014 at the age of 74 years and 20 days. His parents preceded him in death. Don is survived by his wife Lynn of Auburn; daughters and sons-in-law Jennifer and Darin Anderson of Auburn; Nichole and Landon Rafos of Fort Collins, Colo.; son Brad LaBalle and Masa Waring of Auburn; nine grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Dorsey and Debra Redd of Cherokee, Okla; and other relatives and friends. A funeral service for Don was Wednesday, April 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Jonathan Rathjen. Sharon Schuster, McKenzie Anderson and Brad LaBalle provided special music, as well as congregational hymns accompanied by Joan Wittmann. Landon Rafos, Darin Anderson, Chris Gibbs, Mike Curry, Ryan Raggasch and Aarin Anderson served as casket bearers; and Keegan Rafos and Owen LaBalle were honorary bearers. Burial followed in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery near Johnson. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.