Ainsworth Star Journal

Barbara R. Kruger, age 87, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2015 in Kearney, NE. Barb was born on January 19, 1928 to Erland and Gertrude Carlson as the youngest of four children with two sisters Virginia and Ann, and one brother Eugene. At three months old she moved to Minnesota where she lived with her Aunt and Uncle. She attended school in Beardsley, MN and graduated from there in 1946. In the fall of 1946 she moved to Washington State where she married on December 6, 1946 and had three children Kay, Janice, and Randy. Her husband was in construction so they moved a lot but ended up in Colorado. She worked at Autry Bros. for several years doing printing and engraving. Barb married Leonard Kruger on October 1, 1965. Then moved to the Kruger Ranch in Crookston, NE. Leonard passed away in May of 2010. Barb then moved to Valentine in October of 2010 and moved again in May of 2011 to Cherry Hills in Valentine where she lived out the rest of her life. When on the ranch she helped Leonard with chores, haying, milking cows, and many other tasks that came with the life of a rancher’s wife. She also raised chickens and a garden and liked to can vegetables. In the later years on the ranch she worked at Pine View and drove the mail route south of Crookston for 19 years. She is survived by children, Kay Healy of Idaho; Janice Nelson of Idaho; and Randy Kruger (Becky) of Valentine. Grandchildren, Sonya, Keith, and Luke Nelson, Dean Byers, Amber Kruger, Chuck (Kadie), Robert, Jordan, Johnathan; step grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, Jackie and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; her parents, Erland and Gertrude Carlson and siblings. Memorials may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church, 115 N Maple Street, Crookston, NE. Funeral Service for Barbara Kruger was held Monday, July 29, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church in Crookston. Pastor Greg Hinners and Pastor Andrew Utecht officiated at the 2:00 p.m. service. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was entrusted with funeral arrangements.  

Sheri Denise Walkling, age 52, of Elkhorn, NE passed away, July 15 2015, near Johnston NE. Sheri was born on August 17, 1962 in Valentine, NE to Tom and Darlene Heinert and spent her early years on the farm north of Parmelee, SD. She attended Valentine Rural High School and later graduated Mid Plains Community College in North Platte, NE as a certified Dental Assistant. On her 22nd birthday she met the love of her life Vance Walkling and they were united in marriage in the Valentine City Park on June 29, 1986. They were blessed with two children a daughter and son. Sheri was a loving mother and wife but her love extended far beyond her family. She served those who were disabled in both Valentine and Hastings, NE and considered her job in the Christian book store a ministry that she loved. In her later years she traveled the country in their fifth wheel supporting her husband’s work and shared the love of Jesus through the Walk to Emmaus, Celebrate Recovery, and often leading contemporary worship at her church. She enjoyed taking care of her many flowers and house plants, creating jewelry with her collection of beads, and spoiling her two grandchildren. Her family was the most important thing to her and she loved them with her whole heart and soul. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Vance; daughter, Brandi (Chad) Bennett and their children Isaiah and Isaac; son, Branden; father, Thomas Heinert; sisters, LeAnn (Matt) Schubauer and Melinda (Jim) Otto; brothers, John (Rosie) Heinert and Dean (Bonnie) Heinert. She was preceded in death by her mother, Darlene Heinert. A Memorial Service was held Monday, July 20, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Valentine. Pastor Corey Jenkins and Pastor Carroll Plisek officiated at the 10:00 a.m. service. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was entrusted with funeral arrangements.  

Harold L. Jensen, 79, of Kearney, formerly of Maxwell, died on July 18, 2015 at the Mother Hull Home in Kearney. Memorial Graveside Services will be Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, NE. Rev. Ben Eickhoff will officiate. Military rites at graveside will be provided by the North Platte American Legion Post #163 and the Nebraska National Guard Funeral Honors Team. There will be no Visitation. Memorials are suggested to the Jensen Family for designation at a later date. Please visit to leave a tribute or message of condolence. Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements. Harold was born on January 6, 1936 near Maxwell, NE to John S. and Viola (Nelsen) Jensen. He was the third of four children. He graduated from Brady High School in 1954, salutatorian of his class. After high school he received a teaching certificated from Kearney State Teacher’s College. He taught for two years at rural Nebraska schools. In 1958 he was drafted into the United States Army. He went to basic training, after which he was a surveyor. He farmed/ranched south of Maxwell, NE in the Cottonwood Canyon on the home place for many years. Harold took up residence at Cherry Hills Assisted Living Facility in Valentine, NE in April of 2010. He enjoyed his time there until transferring to Mother Hull Home November of 2013. Harold was an avid fisherman taking every opportunity to throw a line in. He loved the outdoors. He also ran a trap line for several years in Cottonwood Canyon. His second love, next to fishing, was cards. He was a wicked pitch and cribbage player up until his dying day. He was even known to play for “quarters” at Cherry Hills Assisted Living Facility. He was preceded in death by parents, John and Viola; sister, Ruby and her husband Bob Sailor and nephew, Dennis Dailey. Surviving relatives include his sisters, Ila Dailey and her husband Earl of Arnold NE; Margie Miller and her husband Gayle of Kearney, NE. Nephew, Robert Sailor and his wife Deb of Maxwell, NE; niece Annette Miller and her husband Michael Wescott of Kearney, NE; and nephew, Douglas Miller and his wife Rachel of Tucson, AZ. He is also survived by great nieces and nephews, Brent Dailey, Steven Dailey, Dannette Dailey, Rocky and his wife Candy and children Layton and Taren Sailor, Lexi Wescott, and Ila and Luca Miller.   

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