Nemaha Herald

Arnold Fredrick Ottemann, son of Edwin and Mary (Gobber) Ottemann, was born September 5, 1922 on a farm south of Johnson, Nebraska. He was one of four children. Arnold was baptized into the Lutheran faith at Martin Luther Church near his home on September 24, 1922, and confirmed at Martin Luther November 21, 1937 by Rev. W. R. Fruehling. He received his formal education at District 43 rural school. On November 9, 1943 Arnold was united in marriage to Laura Volker at St. James Lutheran Church near Humboldt, Nebraska by Rev. Harm Bents. Seven children were born to this union. Arnold was inducted into the U. S. Army on August 25, 1944. He served during World War II in the 274th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, and was honorably discharged on July 1, 1946. Arnold returned to rural Johnson at that time. Arnold returned to farming after the war, with help from Laura in the operation of the farm. He had sheep on the farm, and enjoyed tending to his flock. Arnold had also worked for June Moore shelling corn and driving a truck, and drove a truck for Hopper Brothers Quarries as well. In addition he worked for Gerdes Farms for a time. Arnold was a lifetime member of Martin Luther Church. The American Legion was important to him, and he was very involved with the activities of Post #330 in Johnson. Arnold and Laura loved to go to dances, and Polka music was a definite favorite. He enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends, and visits from the neighbors were always welcome. In all of his activities at work and play, family was first and foremost for Arnold. After Laura’s passing in February of 2014, Arnold stayed on the farm where they had spent so much of their life together. On April 9, 2015 he was admitted to St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. He passed away there, surrounded by family, on April 11, 2015 at the age of 92 years, 7 months, and 6 days. In addition to his wife Laura and his parents, Arnold was preceded in death by his sisters Elsie Mandery Knippelmeier and Iona Koehler, brother Mervin Ottemann, son Leroy, son-in-law Ed Sunneberg, and great-grandsons Kaden and Nicholas. Those who are left to carry on Arnold’s special ways include his children and their spouses Pauline and Gary Zoucha of Lincoln; Harlan and Deb Ottemann of Johnson Lake, Neb.; Dar and Lavon Beethe of Elk Creek; Dale and Pam Ottemann of Johnson; Martha and Gary Armknecht of Auburn; Pam and Steve Mitchell of Burchard; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Lila Ottemann of Johnson; other relatives and many friends. A memorial service was held Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Martin Luther Church south of Johnson, officiated by Rev. Richard Reumann. Special music was presented by the church choir, with Joan Bohling accompanying. Grandsons Paul Sunneberg was urn bearer, Preston Sunneberg was flag bearer, and Nathan Gansemer was picture bearer. Honorary bearers were Arnold’s remaining grandchildren. Burial of ashes was in the church cemetery, with graveside military honors by American Legion Post #330 of Johnson and the Nebraska National Guard. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.  

Dr. Royal W. Eckert was born May 9, 1927 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Winfred Raymond and Adele (Travis) Eckert. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and formerly lived in Omaha, Lincoln and Auburn before moving to Nebraska City in 1993. Royal was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Nebraska City and the Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Story Telling. He was a Professor in the Speech and Drama Department at Peru State College prior to his retirement. Royal was a loving father and was an avid story teller in the community and surrounding area for many years. Survivors include his family, Carol Eckert of Auburn; son, Andrew Thomas Eckert of Omaha; daughters, Susan Lynn Eckert of Lincoln and Heidi Ann Eckert of Crete; brother, James R. Eckert of Minneapolis, Minn.; several nieces and nephews; a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Dr. Eckert died January 23, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City at the age of 87 years, eight months an d 14 days. There will be no viewing or visitations. A celebration of life service will be 11 A.M. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City. Memorials are suggested to the Morton James Public Library in Nebraska City. Online condolences may be expressed at Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements. 

DeLynn Delbert Rippe, one of nine children of Herman and Laura (Lohaus) Rippe, was born on the family farm south of Johnson, Nebraska on June 16, 1936. He was baptized at home July 5, 1936 by Rev. W.R. Freuhling and confirmed April 2, 1950 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church by Rev. Freuhling. DeLynn attended Dewey School near his home and graduated from Johnson High School in 1954. On February 16, 1958, DeLynn was united in marriage to Phyllis Shanks at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn, Neb. They made their home on the farm where DeLynn was born, and were blessed with four children: Alan, Loyal, Carla, and Denise. DeLynn loved his family and many friends, he was never too busy to lend a hand and offer support. Farming and cattle were his and his wife Phyllis’s  ivelihood, and a passion of DeLynn’s from an early age. For a time, he served on the Farmers Home Administration Board, and for 20+ years he sold Pioneer Seed to other local farmers. As a lifelong member of Martin Luther Church, DeLynn had served on th e church council and belonged to Lutheran Brotherhood. DeLynn had many interests, when he wasn’t attending family functions he was playing cards, hunting deer, “coffeeing” in Elk Creek and Auburn, and helping Phyllis in the garden. In his later years he became a fan of watching football and basketball on television. Of all his interests, however, family always came first. He seldom missed a birthday party in the family, or school activities that included his kids and, later, his grandkids. On the evening of Tuesday, April 7, 2015, DeLynn was rushed to the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn. It was there he passed away at the age of 78 years, 9 months, and 22 days. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant granddaughter Lacy April, sisters and brothers-in-law Wilma and Eddie Speckmann, Elzada and Mervin Schneider; brothers and sisters-in-law Enus and Alice Rippe, Wilbert and Lucille Rippe, Herschell Rippe, Eldor Rippe; infant brother Herman Rippe, Jr.; and brother-in-law Lindall Gerdes. Those who will always remember DeLynn include his wife Phyllis of Johnson; sons Alan and wife Kelly Rippe of Syracuse; Loyal and wife Beth Rippe of Johnson; daughters Carla Belisle and special friend Tom Bellendir of Ft. Collins, Colo.; Denise and husband Robert McGinley of Bruning; grandchildren Blake and wife Ashley Rippe; Maura Rippe and fiancé Bryan Hillman; Chrystine Rippe; Alyssa Rippe; Keith Fischer; Kayla Fischer and fiancé Nate Neemann; Sarah Belisle and special friend Eric Dickson; Ryan Belisle; Justin McGinley; Derek McGinley; Jacob McGinley and fiancée Alex Kluna; great-granddaughter Anya Belisle-Dickson; sister Iva Dell and husband Larry Bohlken of Auburn; sister-in-law Edus Rippe of Auburn; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. A funeral service was Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church near Johnson, with Rev. Richard Reumann officiating. Hymns by the church choir and the congregation were accompanied by organist Joan Bohling. Casket bearers were grandsons Blake Rippe, Justin McGinley, Keith Fischer, Derek McGinley, Jacob McGinley, and Ryan Belisle. Burial was in the church cemetery. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.