Parents agree that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthday
The Doug Meyer family recently added a third dealership to its line of automobile businesses. Effective April 1, Meyer Auto Center of Maryville, Mo., offers a full line of General Motors vehicles including Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC.
The Peru State baseball team cracked the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time since at least 2000 when the NAIA began keeping their Top 25 records. The Bobcats entered the rankings at 25th after having previously receiving votes the previous week. Since 2000, the only other time Peru State had been noted was in the 2012-13 preseason poll.
MEMBERS OF 2015 Auburn Middle School Girls Track Team are (front row, left to right) Rachel Bohling, Avery Arban, MacKenzie Oestmann, Bethany Kiekel, Jynica Thomas, Kaelyn Noel, Amelia Becker, Addie Gyhra; (second row, L-R): Kassidy Zaruba, Faith Santana, Sierra Jones, Alyssa Mather, Shelby Neiman, Hannah Rathjen, Mollie Grant, Maclaine Hug, Sadie Shriver, Emily Gill, Carolyn Billings, (third row, L-R) Emma Goering, Allie Gerking, Kara Mertes, Macy Rieschick, Lainey Stukenholtz, Madison Reiman, Kaycee Voss, Leslie Puente, Sydnie Reeves, Kaylee Voss, Chloe Hamilton, Sydney Rogers; (back row, L-R) Ashley Teten, Haley Clark, Emma Murphy, Lindsey Wills, Hannah Curry, Kacynn Jones, Rebekah Nelson, Kathryn Kudrna,Leah Nichols, Grace Powell; and not pictured Faith Allgood, Sydney Golladay.
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 www.marshallfuneral.com. Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.