Sunset Memorial Park under new ownership

Sunset Memorial Park cemetery formally owned by Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel has been sold to Henne Family Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC.  Corporate documents were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State's office on May 28, 2015 by LLC member Charyl Henne.

Henne Family Funeral & Cremation Services also operates a funeral services business by the same name in Aurora, Colorado.  Both businesses are currently being managed by Josh Henne, son of Charyl Henne, although it appears Charyl is doing most of the groundskeeper work at Sunset.

In discussing the acquisition with Charyl, it became quite obvious that this is a highly motivated family with grand plans for Sunset Memorial Park which was established and has been in continuous operation since 1956.  Charyl shared some of their visions and plans for the cemetery and went so far as to suggest they may be entering the mortuary business in the panhandle area of Nebraska at some point in the future.

The staff of the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center welcomes the Henne family to the area and we look forward to working with them in the future.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Aug 2015

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center conducts a monthly Genealogy Roundtable Forum on the third Saturday of each month at 1:30 pm. Topics vary in subject matter and length of presentation but are always followed up by a question & answer period. The programs are free and open to the public.


Gladys Wyatt: History of the Germans from Russia

Gladys will present a program on "The History of the Germans from Russia" which explains who they are, why they are called Germans from Russia, and traces their path from Germany to Russia and to the Americas on Saturday, August 15th at 1:30pm.  Gladys will also show the video, "The Beet Tenders' Destiny," which was produced by the Panhandle Chapter of the American Historical Society of the Germans from Russia and which details how and why so many of the Germans from Russia came to the North Platte Valley.

Gladys Wyatt is a retired teacher from Harrisburg where she lives on a farm and taught school for 34 years.  She has A.B.A. and B.S.B.A. degrees from the University of Denver and an M.S. degree from Chadron State College.  She taught high school English and business classes, Title I reading and math, and junior high language arts.  She has three children and six grandchildren. 

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Lt. Col. George A. Larson USAF (Ret.) Book Signing

Lt. Col. George A. Larson USAF (Ret.): Author of "Great Plains Warriors of World War II: Air Bases and Plants Built for War: Nebraska's Contribution to Winning the War" book signing event was held on Thursday, July 23rd from 9:00am to noon in place of our regularly scheduled forum .  Mr. Larson gave us a short PowerPoint presentation on some of the highlights of his book and outlined some of the details of where he obtained his information.  We found it especially interesting to hear about all of his on-site research and trips through fields trying to locate specific airfields and/or munitions plants.  Mr. Larson was accompanied by his wife Vickie who was happy to interject minor details occasionally overlooked by Mr. Larson.  We appreciate Mr. & Mrs. Larson taking the time to stop by our facility and we look forward to Mr. Larson's next book and hope we have a chance to provide our patrons with another book signing event.


What's New:

The following items have been added to our collection and are located in the Carole Tucker Reading Room:

• Great Plains Warriors of World War II : Air bases and Plants Built for War
                          : Nebraska's Contribution to Winning the War
c2014 - Lt. Col. George A. Larson USAF (Ret.) - 256p

• 1943 Wings over America : Buckley Field, Denver, CO annual
                          : Army Air Forces Technical Training Command, Fourth District
                          - c1943 - Army and Navy Publishing Co. - 172p

• Willmington, Ohio : Images of America series
                          - c2010 - by Arcadia Publishing - 128p

• Poems and Memories of Bessie O. Phillips
                          -c [unknown] - by Bessie O. Phillips and Loretha Phillips - 88p

• Our Family History : A History of Our Family workbook w/forms, charts, etc.
                          - 1977 - by Julie Hausner - 142p

• 1982-83 Who's Who among American High School Students : Midwest Region : v13
                          - c1983 - by Educational Communications, Inc. - 584p

• 1945 Bugle : Marietta High School annual : v1
                          - c1945 - [editor unknown] - 72p

• 1946 Bugle : Marietta High School annual : v2
                          - c1946 - [editor unknown] - 72p


Contributions & Donations:

We wish to gratefully and publically acknowledge the recent research material donations and/or financial contributions by the following individuals and/or organizations.  Their contributions and support is paramount to our success and we truly appreciate their generosity.

• Shirley Sample

• Heritage Estates

• Tom Perkins c/o Prairie Studio

 **The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center was incorporated in the state of Nebraska in 2003 as a not-for-profit, public genealogy and local history research library.  Funding provided primarily through donations**


Looking For...

"Looking For..." is designed to bring attention to some of the research we have recently been contacted about while offering collaboration opportunities to those that may know something about the subject(s) being researched.  The name and contact information of the researcher is listed below, please feel free to contact them if you have any information that may further their research.

• ECKLUND / LARSON research update :
          Obituaries were requested and subsequently located for Charlie ECKLUND (1912), Gustaf ECKLUND (1913), Anna ECKLUND (1909), John & Christine LARSON (1926), Linliey LARSON (1937), Harry A. LARSON (1961) and Selma LARSON (1995).
          According to the research, most of the family members met untimely and unexpected deaths.  John & Christine LARSON died on the same day of accidental Botulism food poisoning, Gustaf died due to injuries received after being kicked by a horse, Gustaf's wife Anna died from burns and injuries received from a kerosene lantern blowing up when she tried to light it.  Linliey, first wife of Harry A. LARSON died from injuries received in an auto accident.  Research is continuing and descendants of the families are being located.
          ~ Bengt Granefelt :