Alumni Obituaries

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  • Loren R. Campbell,  a 1952 Hastings High graduate passed away on June 16, 2022.  He worked for Spady’s, Central Radio Supply - Hastings and then McCook, owned L & M electronics and moved back to Hastings in 1980 and worked for Thermo King until retirement in 1999.

  •  Norma E (Swift) Fielder, a Hastings High graduate passed away on June 9, 2022. She worked in a few food factories in Hastings as well as the food department at the Hastings Regional Center.

  • John P Langdon, a 1973 Hastings High graduate passed away on June 4, 2022. He worked for Built Rite and Carmichael Construction and retired after 28 years at Hastings Street Department.

  • Robert E. Hansen, a 1955 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 26, 2022.  He had a long successful career with the United States Department of Labor.  

  • Rose M (Hill) Peister, a 1948 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 31, 2022.  She went on a traveling ministry for 12 ½ years until moving back to Hastings. 

  • Thelma (Ricker) Graham, a Hastings High graduate passed away on May 2, 2022.  She worked as a clerk at J.M. McDonalds/Herbergers and was Sunday School superintendent and Bible School Principal at First Christian Church.  

  • Robert Curtis, a 1968 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 18, 2022.  He served in the United States Marines and worked for Ryan Electronics and Teledyne Reynolds as well as taught and coached football at a California school.

  • Douglas L. Warrings, a 1963 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 5, 2022.  He was employed by the Iowa Department of Transportation Bridge Design Department in Ames, Iowa until retirement in 2000.

  • Barbara (Spady) Buchholz, a 1949 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 22, 2022.  She was a bookkeeper for a local dairy until moving to Ayr to farm.

  • Brian E. Bottolfson, a 1979 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 1, 2022. Brian was employed as a welder at Thermo King and was a member of the First Saint Paul Lutheran Church.  

  • Steven Erickson, a 1980 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 30, 2022.  He worked for Powell Tower Maintenance,  drove for Becker Trucking and then Dial Heating & Air Conditioning for 30 years. 

  • Marilyn I. (Heinrichs) Denkert, a 1957 Hastings High graduate passed away. She worked as a teacher and was a part-owner and bookkeeper for Kenesaw Motor Company.

  • Ronald D. Erickson, a 1978 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 13, 2022.  He worked several jobs throughout his life, most recently at the Hastings Public Schools as Transportation Coordinator.  

  • Daisy J. (Thomas) Patterson,a 1939 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 11, 2022.  She was a past President of the Nebraska World Organization of China Painters, a charter member of Hastings China Bells, and a member of the Faith Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. 

  • Paul R. Grothen, a 1947 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 3, 2022.  He served in the United States Army, was a farmer and an active member of the Hastings Rural Volunteer Fire Department.  

  • Ronald B. Patterson, a 1959 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 23, 2022.  He worked for 37 years as a chemist for Lorillard Tobacco company in North Carolina until his retirement.

  • Cindy L. (Thaut) Paczkowski, a 1972 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 24, 2022.  She was a bookkeeper for 39 years for ESU 9.  

  • R. Joe Howat, a 1968 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 27, 2022.  He served in the United States Army Reserves and owned and operated a Valentino’s Restaurant in St. Joseph for 14 years.

  • Diane (Longwith) Crawford, a 1975 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 29, 2022.  She worked as a general laborer with a box manufacturer.

  • Robert J. Soares, a 1964 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 21, 2022.  He served in the United States Marine Corps and  he was a plumber for multiple companies as well as our very own Hastings Public Schools.

  • Robert L. Brommer, a 1957 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 18, 2022.  He served in the Army National Guard and worked as a draftsman, taught at CCC in Hastings and sold chemicals before forming a financial services company, Robert L Brommer and Associates

  • Debra A. (Dycus) Bruntz, a 1979 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 11, 2022.  She was a homemaker and managed and maintained rental properties.  

  • Vernon D. Cook Sr., a 1948 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 14, 2022.   He served in the United States Army and was a Nebraska farmer.

  • Sheryln L. (Meerkatz) Podewitz, a 1967 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 14, 2022.  She was an accountant and bookkeeper for CPI in Hastings.

  • John E. Borrell, a Hastings High graduate passed away on March 17, 2022.  He worked for Hastings Industries for many years before retiring.

  • Robert P. Fast, a 1950 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 19, 2022.  He served in the United States Navy and then was part owner of Fast Construction and then worked for Geist Masonry in Grand Island till retirement.  

  • Gary A. Smith, a 1966 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 14, 2022.  He served in the United States Army and then worked for Children’s Social Services in Nebraska and as an auditor for the IRS in Arizona.

  • Jeneane (Krull) Johnson, a 1966 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 28, 2022.   She worked as a bookkeeper for Hastings Motor Truck and then for Kully Pipe and Steel until retirement.

  • Vernon L. Plambeck, a 1953 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 26, 2022.  He taught in the English Department at University of Nebraska-Keraney until retirement in 2000.  He also officiated high school sports for 52 years.

  • Dale E. Bierman, a 1950 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 28, 2022.  He served in the United States Army, was a letter carrier for the Post Office and then farmed.  

  • Carolyn A. (Kohlmeier) Thompson, a 1960 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 20, 2022.  She worked at Dillard's as a clerk and a buyer.

  • Thomas R. Dobesh, a 1958 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 17, 2022.  He served in the United States Army Reserves and worked for Hastings Industries until retirement.

  • Chuck A. Janssen, a 1986 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 26, 2022.  He managed Janssen Auto Body and later Chuck’s Auto Detailing and was a bartender at the Plainsman Steakhouse.

  • Randy L. Dack, a 1980 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 26, 2022.   He worked for nearly 25 years as the master blacksmith at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island

  • William Hall, a 1943 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 1, 2022.  He worked as a custodian at the Hastings Regional Center and was a member of the Salvation Army.

  • Denise K. (Kelly) Janssen, a 1971 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 4, 2022.  She was a cosmetologist for many years.  

  • Connie (Miller) Kubicka, a 1960 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 22, 2022.  She worked for Longfellow Elementary, First Presbyterian Church and Central Community College until retirement.

  • Neil D. Sanders, a 1949 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 15, 2022.  He served in the United States Air Force for 35 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  After retiring from the service he worked as a counselor with Bridgeway.   

  • Lois A. (Erickson) Wiens, a 1964 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 24, 2022.  She taught 19 years at Glenwood Elementary in Kearney, Nebraska retiring in 2008.  

  • Betty Louis (DeMoulin) Heuermann, a 1958 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 25, 2022.  She worked as a bookkeeper in the Agronomy Department at the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture

  • Marsha M. (Troudt) Elliott, a 1965 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 21, 2022.  She worked at Head Start until retirement in 2012.  

  • Steven E Debacker, a 1990 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 21, 2022.  He attended Good-Will Industries, was active in the Special Olympics, Hastings Kiwanis Aktion Club and St Cecilia’s Special CCD

  • Glen A. Wiens, a 1959 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 16, 2022. He served in the Army National Guard and farmed.

  • Duane E. Fritz, a 1959 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 7, 2022.  He served in the Army National Guard and worked for Tops, Hastings Casket Company, McRoberts, and Hastings Irrigation Company.  

  • Ruth (Leonhardt) Barfknecht, a 1947 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 9, 2022.  She worked for the City of Hastings, City Clerk, Hastings Utilities and Hastings Public Schools.  

  • Wayne B Weber II, a 1963 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 11, 2022.  He worked for State Federal Savings and Loan - American Charter Savings and Loan, and opened franchises of Eileen's Cookies in Lincoln.  Retiring in 2007.  

  • Glenn G. Hunnicutt, a 1943 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 13, 2022.  He served in the United States Army, worked as an electrician at his business Service Electric until retirement.

  • James E. Stutesman, a 1961 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 11, 2022.  He served in the Army National Guard and the United States Army and was employed as a deputy sheriff in Adams County until retirement

  • Julia A. (Rippen) Schutte, a Hastings High graduate passed away on January 1, 2022.  She was a farm wife and made ammunition at the Naval Ammunition Depot.

  • Phyllis M. (McWhirter) Marian, a 1946 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 2, 2022.  She worked for the Kansas Nebraska Gas Company and then was an assistant librarian at the Lincoln Elementary school for 24 years.

  • Helen J. (Nauenburg) Valentine, a 1948 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 4, 2022. She was a homemaker, sold Avon, worked part-time for Union Elevator and at The Regency as a meal preparer.