Friday, May 21, 2010

Obituary Barb Becker

Barbara Jean (Powers) Becker was born to Max and Vera Mae (Klone) Powers on April 1, 1943 in York, Nebraska. She passed away peacefully on May 15, 2010 in her home in Exeter, Nebraska at the age of 67.

Barb graduated from York High School in 1961. On October 20, 1962 she was united in marriage to Thomas Becker of Exeter at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. They had four children: Jacquelyn, Paul, Stephanie, and Jamie.

Barb's pride and joy were her 10 grandchildren. From the moment they were born, she loved holding and spoiling them as much as her children would allow! She was always willing to lend a hand and babysit when called upon. Barb thoroughly enjoyed her every-other-weekend visits from her sister, Pat. Together, they enjoyed running to York shopping and going out for dinner, playing cards, and laughing about anything and everything. Other interests included: Music, Husker Sports, and collecting Angels. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Exeter Senior Center. Barb truly loved animals, especially her dog, Cheyenne.

Throughout her life in Exeter, she was a day care provider and was employed at the Exeter Drive-In and the Exeter Care Center. She was an active member of the Exeter United Church of Christ and Women's Fellowship organization.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Max Powers and Vera Mae Hueske.

She is survived by her sister and best friend, Patricia Powers of Lincoln, her children Jacquelyn (Greg) Yound of Exeter, Paul (Julie) Becker of Omaha, Stephanie (Thom) Kastrup of Omaha, and Jamie (April) of Columbus. Ten grandchildren: Anthony, Travis, and Erica Yound, Claire and Paige Becker, Katherine and Elizabeth Kastrup, Caitlin, Brayden, and Hailey Becker. Step Father:Al Hueske of Beatrice.

Memorial services were conducted from United Church Of Christ in Exeter, Nebraska on Wendesday, May 19, with Rev.s Tim & Ginny Adams officiating. Diane Hanson accompanied Jessica Ruhl who sang ' Amazing Grace' and 'Hear I Am Lord'. Inurnment was in the Exeter Cemetery with Farmer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Memorials are directed to the United Church of Christ (Exeter, Nerbaska) or Adopt-A-Pet .(York, Nebraska)


Exeter-Milligan Track students headed to Omaha on Thursday afternoon to compete in the State Track meet. More than half of the Class D qualifiers from the area are from Exeter-Milligan. Students qualifying are:

Junior Cassie Harre - 100 Meter Dash and 200 Meter Dash
Freshman Jen Pribyl - 400 Meter Dash, 800 Meter Run, 1600 Meter Relay, 3200 Meter Relay
Junior Heather Pribyl - 800 Meter Run, 1600 Meter Relay, 3200 Meter Relay
Freshman Alicia Bigelow - 3200 Meter Relay
Freshman Taylor Erdkamp - 1600 Meter Relay, 3200 meter Relay
Sophomore Mariah Bigelow - 1600 Meter Relay
Senior Shane Manning - Pole Vault, 400 Meter Relay, 1600 Meter Relay
Senior Ryan Harre - 100 Meter Dash, 200 Meter Dash, 400 Meter Run, 1600 Meter Relay
Junior Austin Stride - 400 Meter Dash, 400 Meter Relay, 1600 Meter Relay, 3200 Meter Relay
Junior Cody Soukup - 3200 Meter Relay
Senior Dillan White - 1600 Meter Relay
Junior Zach Jensen - 3200 Meter Relay
Sophomore Quinten Loontjer - 400 Meter Relay
Junior Tyler Manning - 1600 Meter Run, 3200 Meter Relay

Get Ready to Slide Away as the Exeter Aquatic Center is Set to Open May 31st

The new slide is assembled at the Exeter Aquatic Center. Exeter Village summer employee Richard Erdkamp touches up some paint on the slide while a crew from Mid-Plains Electric installs the time and temperature display on the bathhouse and Village Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller uses a power washer to clean the "winter gunk" out of the pool before filling it with water.

After the Memorial Day program in Exeter make plans to head to the Aquatic Center in town to take a turn down the new slide in Exeter.
Two groups of volunteers spent many hours assembling the new slide and it's many pieces. Heavy equipment was also donated by local business Horizontal Boring and Tunneling to help move the very heavy ladder pieces over the pool fence. Their crane truck, and operator Paul Erdkamp helped hold the pieces in place as they were assembled. Nearly all of the Exeter Village Board members were on hand to help with assembly of the stair parts.
On Friday, May 14th, another crew gathered to assemble the flume. John Mueller, Village Maintenance Supervisor, along with Bob Mueller, Jim Mueller, Brian Petro, Keith Mathieson and Alan Michl spent the evening on the project.
The slide was paid for with funds from the additional sales tax that was passed two years ago to pay for the bond for the pool. The monthly amount that the village has collected has greatly surpassed the projected income. Unfortunately, the bond will not allow funds to be paid in advance so the Village Board opted to purchase the slide with these extra funds. Future bond payments will be higher but the current income from the city sales tax will cover most of that cost.
The Village plans to open the Aquatic Center on May 31st and anyone can enter the drawing at local Exeter businesses to take the first slide down the new slide.

Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten Graduation

Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten graduates were excited about moving on to first grade. They are pictured in the front row from the left Kole, Alec, Peyton, Brekken, Braden, and Ben. Middle row begins on the left with Olivia, Emma, Becca, Cameran, Alivia, Briana, and Katelyn. Standing behind her students is Kindergarten teacher Judy Kassik. Not pictured Casey.

It was all smiles for the Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten class as they graduated from Kindergarten on Wednesday, June 19th. Fourteen students walked in wearing their mortar boards as Pomp and Circumstance was played. They were accompanied by Jordyn Brandt and Meredith Emshoff on the piano.

The students performed If You're Happy and You Know It with a modified last verse about moving on to first grade. They also performed From the Inside Out about character.

Kindergarten teacher Judy Kassik and Elementary Principal Mari Lyn Poppert presented the students with Kindergarten Diplomas, Book It awards, Field Day ribbons and attendance awards.

Parents and family members cheered the students on as they each received special medallions that were purchased by the Exeter-Milligan Booster Club.

After the ceremony guests and participants were invited to a cookie and punch reception in the Kindergarten room.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Exeter Foundation Receives Challenge Grant

Richard and Louisa Manning help begin Foundation’s drive to establish endowment for Exeter and Fillmore County.

Exeter, NE, May 19, 2010: The Exeter Area Community Foundation of Exeter Nebraska has been offered a $50,000 challenge grant by Richard and Louisa Manning of Geneva, Nebraska. Manning’s who are both graduates of Exeter High School issued the challenge grant for the purpose of building an unrestricted endowment for the Exeter Area Community Foundation Fund, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation. In order for the full grant to be received, the Exeter Area Foundation must raise $100,000 of additional funds over a three-year time frame.

The challenge grant and funds raised for the endowment will be used by the Exeter Area Community Foundation to focus on grant making for community development efforts, which ideally will lead to community population growth, job creation, building local leadership capacity and additional wealth retention to sustain the community of Exeter and the surrounding area into the future.

Exeter Area Community Foundation Fund Chairman Alan Emshoff expressed his gratitude towards the Manning’s. “We are very grateful for the generosity that Dick and Louisa have shown towards the Exeter community. Our fund is fairly new, and this challenge is just what we needed to get us started to do good things for the community.”

For additional information about the challenge grant and how to help meet the challenge please contact Alan Emshoff at 266-1221, Bob Mueller at 266-2581 or any Exeter Area Community Foundation Fund Committee member.

Click here to donate to the fund online.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

American Legion Auxiliary Presents Ditty Bags

Exeter American Legion Auxiliary Post 218 presented two packed ditty bags to their Girls State representatives Amanda Dinneen, left, and Kelsey Moore, right. Presenting the bags was Auxiliary member Pat Rocole (middle). Pat made the beautiful bags for the girls and the Auxiliary members packed them with snacks and toiletries to make the trip more fun for the representatives.


Makenna Morgan leads her team for the tug of war at the Exeter-Milligan Field Day.

Kayla Geiger was having a ball practicing for the potato sack race at the Exeter-Milligan Field Day.

Jack Dinneen clears the high jump at the Exeter-Milligan Field Day.

Perfect weather made for a perfect Field Day for Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten through sixth graders.

Parents and family members watched as the classes raced against each other, running, skipping and relaying. The Kindergarten through second grades enjoyed trying out some of the field events while the third through sixth graders got to choose which activities they would participate in.

The long jump was very popular and the younger set got their first chance to see how far they could go. The high jump and softball throw were a challenge for the older group.

During the afternoon the high school helpers set up an obstacle course for the Kindergarten through second graders cheering them on under hurdles, through hoops, hitting a ball on the ground and a mini potato sack race.

All the students had the option to participate in the potato sack races. But the final event for the younger set was the four way tug of war. The Kindergarten, first and second graders were divided up and placed together on teams on each of the four rope tails. After they pulled awhile, their parents and siblings were invited to join in the pull.

All the teachers, Principal Mari Lyn Poppert and P.E. teacher Darcy White were instrumental in organizing the event.
Throughout the afternoon's activities the winners in each grade level were announced along with their times and distances.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Exeter-Milligan Graduation Photos

Class of 2010

Class of 2010 boys

Class of 2010 girls

Obituary: Wayne Moore

Wayne LaVern Moore was born May 9th, 1928 to Frank and Fay Winnie (Stenson) Moore in Republic Country, KS on a farm near Hardy, NE, the second of two children. He passed away on May 9th, 2010 at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln, NE on his birthday at the age of 82.
Wayne’s family moved from the farm to Hardy, where he attended school. He began his electrical utility career during high school in the summer of 1945 working for Consumer’s Public Power. Following graduation from Hardy High School in 1946 he began full-time work with Consumer’s, which later became a part of Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD).

He was drafted into the United States Army in November 1950, reporting to Fort Sill, OK. He served in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division, Headquarters Company, 15th Field Artillery Battalion from April 1951 through March 1952 as a communications lineman with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Their Battalion fought during the “May Massacre” and the battles of “Bloody Ridge” and “Heartbreak Ridge”.

Two weeks after returning from Korea, on March 23rd, 1952, he was united in marriage to Loryne Yvonne Jensen at the Methodist Church in Superior, NE. To this union was born four children. They lived in Superior where Wayne worked at NPPD as a lineman and foreman. In January 1968 Wayne and Loryne relocated to Exeter, NE after Wayne accepted the job of Local Manager II with Nebraska Public Power in Exeter. In 2003 Wayne and Loryne moved to their current home in York, NE.

Wayne was employed with NPPD until 1987 when he retired due to his health following a heart attack. He enjoyed his work and took pride in his service to his customers. Wayne did custom wiring in the evenings and on weekends, wiring many of the new homes and the Elks Club in Superior in the 1960’s. In the late 1970’s, he took an upholstery course from Southeast Community College in Milford, NE, after which he upholstered furniture for many people. Following his retirement he worked part time with Horizontal Boring & Tunneling Co. in Exeter.

He enjoyed gardening and took pride in his home and lawn. He was never idle, always creating something with his hands, from building a full size catamaran and kayak to model replica wooden boats and airplanes and fine wood-working with his scroll saw.

Wayne and Loryne enjoyed boating and camping at Lovewell Lake and Lewis & Clark Lake, graduating from tents to a fifth-wheel, and creating lifetime memories for their children and grandchildren. After retirement Wayne and Loryne enjoyed many vacations together, traveling around the United States. They also enjoyed their cabin on Sundance Lake near Clarks, NE.

Wayne was fortunate to have his family living nearby, and he watched with enjoyment and pride as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grew-up.

Wayne was a member of the United Methodist Church for over fifty years, and also served on the church board. He was honored for his fifty years of membership in the American Legion and was instrumental in the starting of the Exeter-Cordova VFW. Wayne was a volunteer fireman for over 25 years and served as Fire Chief and an EMT. He also served on the Exeter Village Board.

Wayne was a charter member of the State Line Elks Club in Superior, NE; a past member of the Eagles Club in Superior and belonged to the Lions Club and Commercial Club in Exeter and was an assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Arlene Mitchell of Richland, MS; and daughter Shelley Hansen of York, NE.

He leaves to mourn his wife of 58 years, Loryne; daughters Patrice Lovegrove and husband John of Fairmont, NE; Vicki Lovegrove and husband Bob of Grafton, NE; son Brent Moore and wife Lori (Bristol) of Exeter; former son-in-law Merlyn Hansen. Eleven grandchildren: Jason Hall and wife Roxy of Lincoln, NE; Heidi Combs and husband Travis of York, NE; Heather Kimble and husband Jeff of Lincoln, NE; Lisa Finkner and husband John of Lincoln, NE; Justin Lovegrove and wife Alecia of Lincoln, NE; Brandon Lovegrove and fiancé Holli Stolcpart of Geneva, NE; Ashley Lovegrove of Lincoln, NE; Bobbi Lovegrove of Grafton, NE; Kenton, Lindsey, and Kelsey Moore of Exeter, NE. Nine great-grandchildren: Cori, Kynli, and Kain Combs; Owen and Maura Kimble; Olivia and Emily Lovegrove; Hailley and Merritt Finkner; sister-in-law Heral Jean and husband Keith Schultz; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and many friends.

Death Notice: Barb Becker

Becker Barbara J., Age 67, of Exeter, Nebraska
died Saturday May 15, 2010 in Exeter

Born to
Max & Vera Mae ( Hueske ) Powers
on April 1,1943 at York, Nebraska

Sister & best friend
Patricia Powers Lincoln, NE
Sons & Daughters-in-law:
Paul & Julie Becker-Omaha, NE
Jamie & April Becker-Columbus, NE
Daughters & Sons-in-law:
Jacquelyn & Greg Yound-Exeter, NE
Stepheanie & Thom Kastrup-Omaha, NE

Al Hueske Beatrice, NE

Anthony, Travis & Erica Yound
Claire & Paige Becker
Katherine & Elizabeth Kastrup
Caitlin, Brayden & Hailey Becker

Services 10:30 a.m., Wednesday
United Church Of Christ
Officiating is Revs. Tim & Ginny Adams
Exeter, Nebraska
No visitation - Cremation
Private Family Burial
Memorials to United Church Of Christ-Exeter Or Adopt-A-Pet-York, NE