Ainsworth Star Journal

Marvin Earl Dorsey was born on March 17, 1927 south of Newport, NE to Charles R. Dorsey and Florence P. (Thompson) Dorsey and passed away on March 21, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE at the age of 88. Marvin was the second child of four sons. He grew up south of Newport attending grade school at District 21 and graduated from Rock County High School in 1944. Marvin joined the Army and was stationed in Germany. Returning to Nebraska, he pursued his lifelong passion of ranching with his father. On March 14, 1955 he married Mary Yenglin and to this union, two sons were born, Warren and David. They continued to live south of Newport with the exception of one year spent in Wyoming, where Marvin worked in the Salt Creek Oil Fields. Upon returning to Nebraska, Marvin went into partnership with his parents and continued ranching. Marvin and Mary later divorced. Marvin met and married Laurine Dittmer in 1981. Marvin and Laurine continued living on the ranch until 1983 when they moved to the Eddie Miller place between Newport and Bassett. They moved into Bassett in 1991 and Marvin served as the County Veterans Officer for several years. Laurine passed away on March 22, 2001. Marvin remained living in Bassett until his passing. Marvin will forever be remembered for his good nature, great stories and love of life. He took great pride in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing cards, playing the penny slots at the casino and especially enjoyed the “Newport Mafia Coffee Bunch.” Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Delmer and Dallas, wife Laurine and many aunts and uncles. To mourn his passing he leaves behind: sons, Warren (Dawn) Dorsey of Ainsworth, NE, David Dorsey of Valentine, NE; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; step-daughters, Mary (Mark) Shaffer Mark of Valentine, NE, Shirley (Ronald) Fuller of Payson, UT; six step-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren; brother, James (Cathie) Dorsey of Greenacres, WA; aunts, Minnie Hooks of Euless, TX, Eva Thompson of Omaha, NE and Stella Thompson of Newport, NE; along with nieces, nephews and other family members. Funeral services were held at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bassett, NE on Thursday, March 26, 2015 with Father Randy Goeke officiating the service. Music was provided by Faye Smith and Stanley Larson provided the song selection of “In the Garden.” Pallbearers were Warren Dorsey, David Dorsey, Miles Dorsey, Nick Klabenes, Marty Jespersen and Joe Caulfield. Honorary bearers were the Newport Mafia Coffee Bunch and all of Marv’s other family and friends. The Bassett American Legion Post #123 presented the Military Flag with Taps. Interment was held at the Crookston Cemetery near Crookston, NE under the direction of Hoch Funeral Home of Bassett. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Funeral services for Eugene Smith were held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burke with Father Godfrey Muwanga officiating. Mary Horn was lector and Tony Opbroek and Deb Indahl were eucharistic ministers and AnneMarie and Isaac Smith were servers. Music was provided by the Sacred Heart Church choir, accompanied by Jan Determan and Luke Smith, organists. Mary Drey was in charge of registration. Casket bearers were Tim Redberg, Jeff Redberg, Gary Redberg, Darrell Hay, Jr., Doug Pochop and Mark Fortuna. Honorary casket bearers were all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment was in the Graceland Cemetery in Burke. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Eugene Martin Smith was born January 31, 1937 at Burke to Elmer and Mary (Cerny) Smith. At home, he joined his sister, Lila. In 1941 a brother, Alvin, was born. He passed away during infancy, leaving them a family of four. Gene was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burke. On September 24, 1959, he was united in marriage to Avis Hutchison. Five children would be born to this union. Gene served two years in the US Army, some of that time in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1962 and his family returned to Burke to join his parents in operating the family farm. After his father suffered a heart attack, Gene and Avis operated the farm together, along with their children, as they became old enough to help. Gene retired from farming in 2005, entrusting its care to his sons, Ken and Brad. Gene loved farming, especially along side his wife and children. He enjoyed teaching his children, nieces and nephews how to hunt and fish. He served on many boards, including the Burke School Board and Union Township Board. He was active at Sacred Heart Catholic Church as a lector and member of the Knights of Columbus. He took pleasure in playing cards with family and friends, and traveling. Gene passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Burke at the age of 78 years. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Mary; his brother, Alvin; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leonard and Arlene Hutchison; his brother-in-law, Dick Redberg; and his “adopted” brother, Jack Hampton. Gene is survived by his wife Avis and their five children: Angie and husband Allen Teel of Stickney; Steven and wife Carol of Groton; Kenneth and wife Wanda of Burke; Bradley of Burke; and Andrea and husband Allen Steffen of Burke; thirteen grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and his sister, Lila Redberg and family of Coon Rapids, MN.

Funeral services for Robert Putnam were held at St. Anthony’s Church in Bristol at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2015. Burial was in the St. John’s Cemetery in Paxton on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Robert John Putnam (Bob), a long time Bristol resident, passed away near his home in Mesa, AZ on March 12, 2015, at the age of 83. Robert was born October 29, 1931 on a farm south of Dallas, the eldest son of Francis and Bertha (Determan) Putnam. He attended Sunnyside Grade School, a one room school house south of Dallas. While attending Gregory High School, Bob worked for the Gregory newspaper. After graduating, Bob joined the Marines and was stationed in Japan. Returning from the service, Bob started working for the Gregory Farmers Union driving the gas truck. He was hired as the manager of the Bristol Farmers Union and to Bristol was where he brought his bride, Mary Jane Lang Putnam. With five little children Bob traded their house in town for a farm west of Bristol. The farm, the Farmers Union, and their family continued to grow. Bob was an active member of the Bristol St. Anthony’s Parish, and served as a board member. He volunteered as Bristol Fire Chief and was also President of the Bristol School Board. He enjoyed sports, serving as a little league baseball coach. At the age of 53, Bob and Mary Jane moved to California, where Bob began a new career in the automotive business, working for his brother Joe. He quickly became a manager, and continued in the automotive business until he retired. Bob and Mary Jane moved to Mesa, AZ, where Bob soon became an avid golfer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Bertha Putnam, and his sister Margaret (Nan). He is survived by his four siblings, Joseph Putnam of Woodside, CA, James Putnam of Visalia, CA, Doris Miner of Gregory and Patrick Putnam, San Mateo, CA; his wife Mary Jane (Lang) Putnam; his six children: Rodney Putnam, Anchorage, AK, Michael and DaleAnn Putnam, Chandler, AZ, Randall Putnam, Paris, France, Timothy and Tori Putnam, Visalia, CA, Cheryl Putnam of Redwood City, CA and Steven Putnam and Rey Flores of Desert Springs, CA; grandchildren: Aubrey Putnam Graber, Cole Bakke, Natalie Putnam, Valerie Mork, Bridget Hurt, Katelynn Dunn, Hannah Putnam, Jonathan Putnam, Robby Putnam, Jake Jagannathan and Zachary Jagannathan, and three great- granddaughters.

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