Saturday, June 12, 2010

Obituary: Jay Luzum

Jay D. Luzum was born on August 19,1964 to James J. and Arlene Rischling Luzum at Friend, Nebraska. He passed away on June 7, 2010, while doing what he dearly loved, working on the farm.

Jay attended Exeter Public School, graduating with the class of 1982. After high school, Jay continued with farming along with his father, Jimmy where he also raised cattle. On February 18, 1997, Jay was united in marriage to the love of his life, Rebecca (Becky) McCoy of Fairmont. Jay dearly loved his family and he enjoyed spending time with his family, and many friends. He was also proud of his step daughter and her husband and grandchildren.

Jay took great pleasure in raising cattle, and working in his shop. One of his greatest enjoyments was being active and cooking with the Milligan Sons of the Legion. His culinary talents were exhibited at every stag party and wild game feed. Jay also enjoyed working with the Legionnaires and he had quite the reputation as a practical joker.

Jay loved hunting and he made several trips to Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona and New Mexico hunting elk. He never scored the elk of his dreams, but he always made the trips quite entertaining for his fellow hunters.

Four years ago, Jay was diagnosed with cancer and he began a very courageous battle to conquer this terrible disease. Jay’s true character could be seen as he endured rounds of chemo and difficult surgeries with a positive outlook and determination to get well. After several years of treatment, Jay appeared to be cancer free.

Jay’s illness brought together many dear friends and family who faithfully volunteered to help him continue with his farming and cattle. Jay and Becky could never be able to express in words the thanks that should be given to these wonderful friends and family for their countless hours of work. Like his friends, Jay also possessed this same kindness and strong work ethic, and love for life.

Jay is survived by his wife, Becky of Exeter, step-daughter, husband, Jessica and Nick Mayfield of Eagle, mother, Arlene Luzum of Exeter, sister and brother in law, Julie Erdkamp and Dale, of Exeter, three grandchildren, Barrett, Jackson and Wyatt Mayfield, nieces and nephews, Danielle, Taylor and Richard Erdkamp, father-in-law, mother-in-law, Robert and Imelda McCoy, Fairmont, Nebraska. Preceded in death by his father, James Luzum Jr. and infant sister, Kim.

Thank you, Jay, for the wonderful memories.

Jay funeral was held along with his mother’s funeral at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 11, 2010 at the Milligan Auditorium with Kim Dunker officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Luzum, Jeff Thompson, Bob Thompson, Jim Zeleny, Dennis Oliva, Dave Zeleny, Will Jansky, Brian Hafer and Jan Rischling. Inurnment was in the Bohemian National Cemetery with Farmer & Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Memorials are directed to the Sons of the American Legion.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Obituary: Arlene Luzum

Arlene (Rischling) Luzum passed away on June 9th, 2010 at Bryan LGH Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Arlie, as she was affectionately called, was born on December 18th, 1933 on a farm south of Milligan. She was one of five children born to Adolph and Mary (Kratina) Rischling. She attended Milligan Public School all twelve years and graduated with her class in 1951. After graduation she worked at the Milligan Drug Store. Her high school sweetheart, James Luzum, was a frequent customer and they were married on the hottest day of the summer, July 30th, 1955. The newlyweds made their home near Exeter and continued living there until late July 2005 when they moved into Exeter and their son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Becky Luzum, took over the family farm. They continued living in town until their deaths.

James and Arlene were the parents of three children, Kim, who died in infancy, Julie, now Mrs. Dale Erdkamp, and their youngest, Jay, who was married to Rebecca McCoy. Her pride and joy were her three grandchildren, Danielle, Richard, and Taylor Erdkamp. A family tradition came every holiday where the grandchildren and Grandma Arlene would bake her famous rolls, and even Richard was learning the art of roll-baking. Her children Julie and Jay, along with their spouses made every holiday a truly memorable experience. Arlene was also known for her delicious pickles which were loved throughout the county. No one could can delicious pickles or fruits as well as she could. Many of her grandchildren's friends soon claimed her as their own grandma. She loved having them to talk to and their frequent and spontaneous visits. She had three grand kids by blood, but really many, many more.

Her three grandchildren kept her and Jimmy busy throughout their lives. She was so very proud of Danielle and her many accomplishments in high school and college. Arlie especially enjoyed many of her wonderful vocal and band concerts at Doane. Both Jimmy and Arlene enjoyed all sports but most of all watching the high schoolers play. Their love of softball was a particular joy that kept them busy following Danni and Taylor throughout the summer. They both enjoyed watching Richard along with his cousins and friends under the Friday night football lights. Richard's love of his grandma's rolls always kept him close by. Taylor's talents in track, volleyball, and basketball always made her grandma proud, she especially loved following the volleyball team all the way to a state title. Taylor would love to visit her grandma during the summer with her young cousins to do anything from making puzzles, painting ceramics or just talking until the day was gone.

Arlene faced many hardships in her lifetime with her husband's sickness and her son's battle with cancer. She managed to be upbeat and not complain, but her health began to fail about six years ago. She fought gallantly against diabetes and kidney failure. She was forced into going to dialysis three times a week in York, where she made the best of it by becoming friends with everyone she met, nurses and patients alike. Many thanks go to her twin sisters Irma and Alma for all of their love. Her sister Alma Placek was a wonderful caregiver and helped to keep her spirits high even in the darkest of times, taking her to all of the sporting events they were able to go to and keeping her happy on the way to doctor's visits. Her other sister Irma Kudlacek baked to bring smiles to everyone when Arlene wasn't up to strength and she also would help keep the house clean and the flowers up to a status that would make Arlene proud. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband James J. Luzum Jr., her infant daughter Kim, her parents Adolph and Mary Rischling, and her only son, Jay.

She is survived by her daughter Julie & husband Dale Erdkamp of Exeter, NE; Brothers, Robert and wife Carolyn Rischling of Milligan, NE, Richard & wife Kathy Rischling of Milligan, NE; Sisters,; Alma Placek of Milligan, NE, Irma & Al Kudlacek of Geneva, NE; Grandchildren, Danielle, Richard & Taylor Erdkamp; Daughter-in-law, Becky Luzum of Exeter, NE; Step-granddaughter, Jessica and Nick Mayfield; and Step-great grandchildren, Barrett, Jackson and Wyatt Mayfield.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 11, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. from the Milligan Auditorium. Arlene and her son Jay services were conducted together with Rev. Karla Sheffy serving as pastor for Arlene and Kim Dunker serving as pastor for Jay. Casket bearers were; Scott DeCamp, Tim DeCamp, Steve Briske, Jim Svec, M. Ron Svec Jr., Brad Kresak, Dwayne Luzum Jr., Dale Luzum, Ryan Rischling, Jan Rischling and Bob Svec. Honorary bearers were: Michelle Edgecombe, Becky Vonderfecht, Mitzi DeCamp, Dawn Baxa, Debbie Adams, Jennifer Wurzelbacher, Paige Kronhofman, Marci Stewart, Amanda Barney, and Kristine Briske. Interment was in the Bohemian National Cemetery with Farmer & Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Memorials are directed to the Exeter-Milligan School Foundation.

Exeter Public Library Making a SPLASH!!!!

Exeter Public Library Reading program got off to a Splash the first few weeks of June. Preschool through third graders are enjoying special times for reading stories about sea life, doing special "oceany" crafts and playing games.

It's time for the sea turtle races! Christopher Kelch, left, moves his turtle fast down the racing lane, leaving Emma Olsen to catch up. The other participants watch the race progress before taking a turn to race.

Kindergarteners and first graders gather to make an ocean scene of sea animals and seaweed. The are pictured from the left facing forward, Ben Bartu and Christopher Kelch. The girls intently working are from the left Emma Olsen, Cami Harrison and Summer Auld.

Kindergarteners and First graders are memorized by the book Exeter Librarian Nina Bartu is reading to them.

Exeter Pack 218 Webelos Scouts Enjoy Rockets and Leathercraft

Exeter Pack 218 Webelos Cub Scouts enjoyed making rockets Saturday afternoon with their pack. They shot the rockets off in the park later in the afternoon with the help of their dads and leaders. They also made leather belt holders for pocketknives in preparation for their upcoming trip to Camp Cornhusker, near Humboldt. The five boys are from the left, Joey Bartu, Peytan Brandt, Johnny Babula, Eric Olsen and Travis Gilliam. Johnny Babula's rocket (thanks to an extra powerful engine) flew the farthest. It went over a half a mile to the southeast.

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Books at the Exeter Library

What's New At Exeter Public Library

For Adults:
Blue-eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker
Innocent by Scott Turow
Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber
This Body of Death by Elizabeth George
The Scent of Rain and Lightining by Nancy Pickard
This Time Together by Carol Burnett
Every Last One by Anna Quindlin
Storm Prey by John Sandford
61 Hours by Lee Child
Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
The Lion by Nelson DeMille
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

For Kids:
The Science Project That Almost Ate the School
Deep & Dark & Dangerous

Plus lots of new books for Summer Reading Program.