More cities are beginning to take eating local food to the next level: from seasonal farmer’s markets and occasional nods to local foods in restaurants and grocery stores to a truly substantive economic generator. The Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities (JISC) has been exploring the possibilities of establishing a regional food hub in Lincoln with a number of stakeholders. The planning process is ongoing.
Ashley Wheeler of Auburn concluded her four-year career on the Midland University Warriors volleyball team second in serving aces and fourth in kills. A 2011 Auburn High School graduate, Wheeler had 196 service aces, 1,252 kills, 72 set assists, 1,204 digs, 28 solo blocks and 123 assisted blocks. Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 2 through 4, the Warriors dropped all three pool play matches in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) volleyball tournament at Sioux City, Iowa. Midland finished the 2014 season with a 24-11 record.
Ruby Lillian (Faulkner) Kappel, a long-time resident of Elk Creek, Nebraska, died Monday, the 1st of December, 2014 at Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Humboldt, Nebraska at the age of 98. She was born on January 24, 1916 in Wakefield, Kansas to William W. Faulkner and Edna May (Romesburg) Faulkner who farmed in the vicinity of Wakefield. She had four sisters who preceded her in death and a brother who died in infancy. Ruby was married for 69 years to Roy F. Kappel who preceded her in death in 2013. They met while he was assigned to Ft. Riley, Kansas. She traveled by train to San Antonio, Texas when he was reassigned there and they were married on December 21, 1943. She was a long standing and faithful member of the Church of the Nazarene. When there were none close enough for her to attend, she went to other churches but her love was always for the holiness way of life. Ruby was happiest when she could be with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved playing dominos and reading with her grandchildren. Ruby also loved to cook and bake for her family. Her cookie jar was rarely empty and Roy often enjoyed her pies for dessert. The greatest love of her life next to her husband and family was music. She was an accomplished pianist and organist. She played the piano for churches in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. She was called back to duty in her 80’s to play the piano for worship at the United Methodist Church in Elk Creek. She had two organs in her home and a keyboard in the apartment at Colonial Acres. She enjoyed playing the old hymns of the church. She worked at several jobs throughout the years to provide support for her family. In Nebraska, she helped take care of children for several families in Elk Creek, worked in the flower shop in Auburn and at Guy Eversole’s in Elk Creek. Ruby is survived by three sons, Roger (Dollie) Kappel of Denison, Texas, Ray Kappel of Pawnee City, Nebraska, and Rex (Sara) Kappel of Humboldt. She had six grandchildren: Kimberly (Chris) Welch of Derby, Kansas, Kris (Matt) Miller of Leawood, Kansas, Jesica (Jon) Slottje of Abilene, Texas, Britt Kappel of Houston, Texas, Erik Kappel of Humboldt, and Kasey Kappel of Humboldt, and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh, Nebraska with Father Roger Kappel officiating. Organist Loretta Kerchal accompanied congregational hymns, “Amazing Grace” and “The Old Rugged Cross”. Pallbearers were Erik Kappel, Kasey Kappel, Kris Kappel Miller, Kim Welch, Jon Hoke and Gus Freeman. Interment was in the Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.
Larry Gene Peterson, one of five children of Donald Everett and Perle Viola (Hunter) Peterson, was born December 16, 1947 on a farm near Corning, Iowa. He attended Grove #3 country school near his home until his family moved. He finished grade school and graduated from high school at Prescott, Iowa. As a young man he worked with race horses on an Iowa farm, and even rode as a jockey as part of his job. After two years at Southwest Iowa Community College, Larry attended Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Later in life he received his Master’s in Education at Northwest Missouri State University, and continued to pick up courses that interested him. On August 21, 1971 Larry was united in marriage to Dianne Dietrich at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Hamburg, New York. They made their home in Auburn, Nebraska, and would be blessed with two children, Nicole and Scott. In August of 1972 Larry took a position in the Industrial Technology Department at Auburn Public Schools. He taught there for over 30 years, retiring in 2003 after impacting a multitude of young minds and hands. Larry started the Industrial Technology Club in Auburn, received both the State of Nebraska and National Industrial Education Teacher of the Year Awards. He received a plaque from Auburn School District #29 for his many contributions and years of service to the students. After his retirement he opened “Pete’s Shop” in Auburn and worked on projects for many people in the community. A member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Auburn throughout his time there, Pete also belonged to various teacher’s organizations, including the Industrial Technology Association. Larry played baseball from the time he was a young boy, and enjoyed playing other sports as he grew. This love for sports carried over to coaching his children and his students in their athletic endeavors. He continued his sporting activities on the golf course and at the bowling alley. Always one to enjoy the company of others, Pete loved coffee time with his buddies and participating in his Fantasy Football group. A major accomplishment in his life was being a winner on the Price Is Right! Larry passed away suddenly at his home in Auburn on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, just 14 days before his 67th birthday. His parents, brother Eddie, and brothers-in-law Leo Dietrich, Dennis Dietrich, Richard Castillo, James Wyman, and Robert Bradley preceded him in death. Those left to remember Pete’s winning ways include his wife Dianne of Auburn; daughter and son-in-law Nikki and Aaron McCann of Kansas City, Missouri; son and daughter-in-law Scott and Anne Peterson of Leawood, Kansas; grandchildren Megan, Nora, Abi, and Lilly McCann and Addison and Elliott Peterson; sisters and brothers-in-law Janice and Bob Cooper of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Judy Castillo of Council Bluffs; Esta Marie and Bruce DuVal of Tabor, Iowa; sisters-in-law Marilyn Wyman of Evans, N.Y.; Gretchen Bradley of Point Breeze, N.Y.; Dorothea and Richard Fletcher of Clymer, N.Y.; Linda Dietrich of Amherst, N.Y.; Connie Dietrich of Cassville, Mo.; other relatives and many friends. A funeral mass was celebrated Friday, December 5, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Auburn, celebrated by Father Karl Millis. Readers were Anne Peterson and Suzanne Moody, and Jeff Falter presented a eulogy. Special music was provided by the St. Joseph Parish Choir. Casket bearers were Tom Stanley, Terry VanGundy, Bruce DuVal, Donny DuVal, Mike Vinson, Steve Cole, and Jim Oestmann. Honorary bearers were Rob Evans, Dana Farris, Jim Kearney, Allan Moody, Bob Kechely, Mark Oliver, Kristin Kudrna, Julie Lambert, Carrie Jeanneret, Amy Kroll, Randall Smith, and all those who touched Larry’s life. Larry’s body was cremated following the mass. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.