Nemaha Herald

Karlene Elaine Harris Brueggemann age 60 of Fairbury died March 31, 2015. Karlene was born second oldest to Larry Harris and Barbara Bigley Harris, on February 21, 1955 at Auburn, Nebraska. Karlene received her education at Auburn Public Schools. She graduated with the “Betty Crocker Home Maker of Tomorrow” Award in 1972 Karlene is survived by her husband Jerry; daughters Jill Louise Brueggemann and Tom Crowell, Jodie Ann and husband Terrance Rowe of Fairbury; grandchildren Brandon Lenners of Lincoln, Trenton and Jillian Slama of Reynolds, Christian James, Dawson Jay, Zander Jerry, and Gracie Jo Rowe of Fairbury, Neb.; great-granddaughter Hayden Marie Lenners; sisters Debra and husband Mark Dean of Lincoln, Janet Sobotka and husband Don of Cortland, Neb.; brother Larry Dean and wife Brenda Harris of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces and nephews, aunts Bobbie (Barbara) Harris and Ardith Harris of Anita, Iowa, and Uncle Herbert Cooley of Omaha, Neb. Services will be Friday April 3, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Brian Julin-McCleary officiating. Family will greet friends on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to family’s choice. Burial will be at Plainview Cemetery at Western, NE. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Leland Leroy Blankenship, one of eight children of Charlie and Erma (Allgood) Blankenship, was born January 29, 1926 in Peru, Nebraska. He attended school in the Peru public school system. In 1943 Leland was married to Norma Barton in Peru. A son, Leland, Jr., and daughter, Linda, were born to this union. The couple would later divorce. Leland served in the U.S. Merchant Marine, and then the U.S. Army. After his honorable discharge he returned to Nemaha County in Nebraska. On September 4, 1973 Leland was united in marriage to Mary (Ballue) Stephens in the Christian Church in Auburn, Nebraska. Mary’s daughter Julie was welcomed as a part of Leland’s family. Leland drove a truck for over 30 years for Darling Transfer in Auburn. He retired in the 1970’s. He enjoyed horses, and was a horse trader and seller throughout his life. Leland was a member of the Nemaha County Saddle Club and the Johnson American Legion Post #330. He loved to play with his grandkids and follow them in their activities. Leland passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, having reached the age of 89 years, one month, and 25 days. His wife Mary, brothers Dale and Lester, and sisters Delia Blankenship, Lena Bennett, and Neva Weisbrook preceded him in death. He is survived by his son Leland L. “Butch” Blankenship, Jr. of Onawa, Iowa; daughters Linda Huey of Omaha; Julie and husband Gary Thompson of Columbia, Missouri; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; brothers Charlie of Auburn; Carroll of Newton, Iowa; friend Nikki Colglazierqli of Auburn; other relatives and friends. A memorial service, officiated by Rev. Corey Miller, was Monday, March 30, 2015 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Honorary bearers were Al Blankenship, Gary Blankenship, Bruce Blankenship, Luke Buchmeier, Brett Vinson, and Gary Thompson. Burial of ashes was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Peru, with graveside military honors provided by American Legion Post #330 of Johnson. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.

Dorothy (Allen) Blount, one of two children of Chester and Lulu (Bell) Allen, was born May 4, 1914, in rural Nemaha County, Nebraska. She attended Bedford School near her home and graduated from Auburn High School in 1932. Dorothy received a teaching degree from Peru State Teachers College in 1937, and later added classes from the University of Nebraska. She taught kindergarten in Scotia, Nebraska in 1938. On January 1, 1941 Dorothy was united in marriage to Harold Blount at the First Presbyterian Church in Omaha, Nebraska. A son, John, and a daughter, Barbara Jean, were born to the couple. Both Dorothy and Harold taught in Chicago after their marriage. They later taught at locations in Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. The couple retired from teaching while they were in Lincoln, Nebraska. At that time they moved to Auburn, Nebraska. After Harold’s passing in 1997, Dorothy continued to live in their home in Auburn until November of 2014. It was then she became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society- Auburn. Dorothy passed away at Good Sam on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the age of 100 years, 10 months, and 19 days. In addition to her husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by her daughter Barbara in 1962, son John in 2008, and her brother Arthur in 1999. Dorothy had no living relatives at the time of her death. A graveside funeral service and committal was Friday, March 27, 2015 at Sheridan Cemetery near Auburn. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.