Hastings Alumni Obituaries 2019

  • Janell J Watts, a 1971 Hastings High graduate passed away.  She was known as the “Bird Lady” of the Monterey Zoo/Vision Quest in Salinas, California.
  • David R. Fergus, a 1966 Hastings High graduate passed away on July 3, 2019.  He was a Vietnam War veteran and served two tours earning several medals including the Purple Heart.
  • Rosemarie (Fast) Farris, a 1943 Hastings High graduate passed away on June 23, 2019.  She was a member of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hastings, taught Sunday school, and was involved in women’s ministries and funeral Committee.
  • Roger L. Fox, a 1975 Hastings High graduate passed away on June 4, 2019.  He was a member of the Berean Bible Church and enjoyed playing tennis, disc golf, reading and watching sports.
  • Timothy L. Obester, a 1986 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 30, 2019. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Desert Shield/Storm receiving many awards and medals.  He was a former Boy Scout, past member of American Legion, and present member of Disabled American Veterans.
  • Charles R. Yost,  a 1956 Hastings High graduate passed away on June 3, 2018.  He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked for Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph for 40 years.  After retiring, he worked part time for the Nebraska State Historical Society for 15 years.
  • Rick A. Reed, a 1972 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 25, 2019.  He worked for Vontz Construction and enjoyed fishing, cooking and spending time with granddaughter.
  • Tammy R. Hohensee, a 1990 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 30, 2019.  She participated in Special Olympics and was currently involved the Alumni Group.  She loved bowling and won recognition in various activities including the Special Olympic Hall of Fame.
  • Donna Reiners Binfield, a 1953 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 4, 2019.  She loved to paint and create art and had her works displayed at the Governor’s Art Show, Nebraska Land Days and noted galleries throughout the state and in San Francisco.
  • John H. Woodward, a 1954 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 15, 2019.  He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and partnered and operated Woodward’s Disposal retiring in 1997.
  • Leland Wright, a 1951 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 17, 2019.  He served in the U.S. Navy and was on the USS Duncan during the Korean War.  He worked as a guard at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, owned Lee’s Conoco, drove a school bus and was a car salesman for Burge & Sons Motors.
  • John C. Spencer, a 1946 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 19, 2019.  He was a book-keeper for several businesses and was a member of the United Methodist Church at Doniphan.
    Simon F. Smith, a 2015 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 16, 2019.  He attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska and was in the lineman program.  He was also a member of Faith Lutheran Church.
  • Larry G. Spencer, a 1968 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 23, 2019.  He was an elementary teacher for eleven years and owned and operated Midtowne Mart in Hastings.  He was a member of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, the Gingerbread daycare board and account manager of Midwest Engine Services.
  • Lori L. (Smith) Wilson, a 1972 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 12, 2019.  She served as an attorney for Legal Aid of Nebraska and was a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, Rotary International, American Association of University Women and Saline County Child Abuse/Neglect Network.  She also served on many boards.
  • Larry R. Rader, a 1958 Hastings High graduate passed away on May 26, 2019.  He was in the family insurance agency for 59 years.  He was the member of many groups and served on many boards, one being the Hastings Public Schools Foundation in which he was president.  Larry had a deep passion for his high school class of 1958 and was very committed to the Class of 1958 Endowed Scholarship Fund.
  • Marcia Guildner Pasquer, a1954 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 13, 2019, at her home in Boulder, CO.
    She was a graduate of the University of CO in Boulder and received her PhD in French literature. She and her husband, Andre, founded the Denver International School. Marcia served as Music Director of the Unitarian Church for many years and continued playing the piano with an ensemble of local musicians.
  • Barbara K (Kluver) Johnson, a 1967 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 29, 2019.  She worked for Hastings Family Practice and then retired from Mary Lanning Healthcare.
  • Barbara J (Kottwitz) Gartner, a 1956 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 4, 2019.  She at Transportation Equipment Company and was a member of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
  • Keith R Rolls, a 1956 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 2, 2019.  He worked with New Holland and retired from Thermo King in 2000.  He was a member of Rosedale United Methodist and Hall County Historical Society.
  • Kenneth L Bohlen, a 1952 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 5, 2019.  He was a lifelong farmer and belonged to many co-op boards. He served in the Army and served on the school board for 40 years and was on the Adams Central board.
  • Kathryn R (Hegwood) Panker, a 1948 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 7, 2019.  She was the owner of the Doniphan Tavern renamed Katy’s Old Town Saloon for 45 years.
  • Ronald L Haubold, a 1967 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 6, 2019.  He served in the U.S. Army and was in real estate investments.
  • Rikki J Bruckman, a 1969 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 12, 2019.  She Managed Great Plains Equestrian Center for 12 years has been a lifelong member of United States Dressage Federation.  She served on the board of directors for Western New York Dressage Association and was an active member of the New York State Horse Council and Genesee Valley Riding and Driving Club.
  • Leah L (Harrenstein) McCrady, a 1948 Hastings High graduate passed away on April 10, 2019.  She worked for the milk association and Pittsburgh Plate Glass and Johnson Cashway Lumber Company and Hastings Building Company.
  • Wilbur H Ocker, a 1953 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 28, 2019.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, was employed as a welder for Ingersoll Rand, farmed, drove a truck, and was a bricklayer.
  • Mary Ann (Von Kampen) Steinkruger, a 1951 Hastings high graduate passed away on March 17, 2019.  She worked as the office manager at Central Dental Group in Hastings for 50 years until her retirement.  She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.
    Jacquelin D (Scribner)Bramman, a 1966 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 21, 2019.  She worked for Good Samaritan Village in Villa Hope, Kings Food Host and Imperial Mall.
  • Michael C Maggart Jr., a 1999 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 16, 2019.  He owned and operated his own construction business and attended North Shore Church.
  • Joe R Dixon Sr., a 1954 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 2, 2019.  He served in the Nebraska Army National Guard for 32 years and after was employed at Hastings Senior High and Whelan Energy Center.
  • Richard A Becher, a 1957 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 1, 2019.  He served in the Air Force Reserves, had successful career in technology sales and worked with his family to support numerous philanthropic projects.
  • Phyllis (Watts) Barrett, a 1965 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 9, 2019.  She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska.  She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, animals and being outdoors.
  • Jundine M (Webster) Steward, a 1957 Hastings High graduate passed away on March 9, 2019.  She worked as a teacher and then at the YMCA as a volunteer coordinator.
  • Sharren A. (Theesen) Speth, a 1961 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 17, 2019.  She worked at Mode O Day as a seamstress; Ebko Boat Factory as manager of the upholstery department; Hastings Industries as a welder; and retired as Food Service Manager at Hastings Regional Center.
  • Mark A Richardson, a 1978 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 24, 2019.  He worked for Gottsch Feedlot, was a Schwan’s delivery man and was a propane route driver and gas attendant for Farmer’s Co-op.
  • James J LaPorte, a 1959 Hastings High graduate passed away on February 24, 2019.  He worked for Western Land Roller Company for 35 years.
  • Julie A (Janssen) Vanderpool, a Hastings High graduate passed away on February 26, 2019.  She worked for Mary Lanning for 40 years in Pediatrics and Outpatient Surgery.
  • Cohleen E (Kuehn) Nienhueser, a 1951 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 14, 2019.  She assisted in Sunday School, confirmation class, Vacation Bible School and preschool and also volunteered at the hospital and crocheted afghans for hospital patients.
  • Gerald L Bond, a 1964 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 18, 2019.  He served In the National Guard and taught in Petersburg and Lewellen and served as secondary principal in Polkmer, Franklin and Milford Nebraska.
  • Tamra A (Allison) Hughes, a 1981 graduate passed away on January 24, 2019.  She was a cook at the Homestead and enjoyed babysitting her grandsons.
  • Joyce E. (Drohman) McCoy, a Hastings High graduate passed away on January 9, 2019.  She taught at Zion Lutheran School and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and ARC.
  • Ward J. Snow, a 1943 Hastings High graduate passed away on January 7, 2019.  He farmed for many years and started the Tin tower Trader Antiques in Pauline after he retired from farming.  He was a member of Pauline Methodist Church.