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October 17, 2017

Obituaries (9-7-17)

Clayton Millie, 79 

Clayton P. Millie, 79, of Fremont, Neb., died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. Clayton was born May 11, 1938 at Newcastle, Neb., to Perry A. and Eleanor (Blatchford) Millie.

Funeral services were 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation was from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial was at 2 p.m. at the Omaha National Cemetery at Omaha.

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Clayton lived on a farm at Newcastle until 1957 when he moved to Fremont. He was a member of the Army National Guard from 1957 to 1963. He worked at Watson Industries in Fremont from 1958 for twenty six years. Clayton married Donna M. Langan Villwok on July 14, 1984, and they later divorced. He worked as a custodian for the Fremont Public Schools retiring in 2000. He volunteered for the Inglewood Fire Department from August 1979 to 1994. He enjoyed spending time outside, gardening, attending auctions, swap meets, clock repair and working on small engines. He was a member of FO Eagles #200 in Fremont.

He is survived by sons, Jim (Donielle) Villwork of Rowlett, Texas, John (Lisa) Villwok of Blair, Neb., and Brian (Dana) Villwok of Fremont; brothers, Jim Millie of Omaha, Neb., David (Leatta) Millie, John (Sue) Millie, Randy (Robin) Millie all of Fremont; sisters, Shirley(Carl)Hansen of South Sioux City, Neb., Marianne Kollbaum of Ponca, Neb., Joy Millie of Sun City West, Ariz., Judy (Ed) Rezac of Wahoo, Neb., Janet (Larry) Ranslem of Hooper, Neb., Mish (Larry) Gutz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Mollie (Mike) Anderson of Waterloo, Neb.; six grandchildren; twenty-three nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jewel Allen; brother, Dale Leroy Millie; brother-in-law, Royce Kollbaum and sister-in-law, Lynell Millie.

Thomas McTaggart, 81

Thomas George McTaggart, 81, of Emerson, Neb., passed away peacefully Sept. 2, 2017, after receiving the Sacrament of the Sick, including Apostolic Blessing/Pardon. Surrounded by family, Tom died of complications of pneumonia at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, Neb. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emerson; the Rev. Gerald Leise will be celebrating Mass. The visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. The burial with military honors will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Emerson. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.

Thomas George McTaggart was born to Thomas Vincent and Catherine Cecelia (Liewer) McTaggart on April 4, 1936 on the family farm east of Emerson. He attended Emerson Sacred Heart School, graduating in 1954. Thomas worked on the family farm until serving in the US Marines. Upon being honorably discharged, he returned to the family farm as a cattle feeder and farmer. A lifelong Catholic, Thomas loved the Rosary. He was a kind and caring person with a huge sense of humor with a memorable laugh. Thomas loved to talk about growing up in Emerson on the farm and his time at Sacred Heart School. He also loved to reminisce about his fond acquaintances from when he lived in Oklahoma. Thomas took care of his father and mother during their last days and brought Communion to his mother when she wasn’t able to make it to Mass. He loved working on the farm and using Case Tractors.

Thomas was survived by his siblings, Mary Catherine (Toots) and Tom McCarthy, Sarasota, Fla., Sister Margaret McTaggart, Chicago, Mike and Virginia (Jeanie) McTaggart, Beemer, Neb., Pat McTaggart, Lakeland, Fla., Dan McTaggart, Wayne, Neb., John and Theresa McTaggart, Emerson Neb., Barbara and Don Mueller, Earling, Iowa, William and Janelle McTaggart, Hartington, Neb.; and 19 nieces and nephews.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Vincent and Catherine (Liewer) McTaggart; sister-in-law, Cheryl McTaggart; nephews, Mark McCarthy, Doug Temple, Matthew McTaggart, Eric and Brian McTaggart.

Verona Byrne, 80

Verona M. Byrne, 80 of South Sioux City passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 at a South Sioux City care center.

Services were 11 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 5 at Becker – Hunt Funeral Home with her son the Rev. Matthew Byrne officiating. Burial will be in the Dakota City Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Verona was born July 19, 1937, in Hillsboro, N.D., the daughter of Albert and Dorothy (Agaard) Bohm. She graduated from high school and attended one years of college. She married Richard Byrne October of 1961.

She owned and operated her own her stylist salon and was an instructor in cosmetology. She managed Hawkeye Alano Society and served as vice present and on the board of directors. She managed Lakeside Lodge in Waubay, S.D., and enjoyed meeting and visiting with the people.

She was a former member of Morningside Lutheran Church.

She loved canvas painting, company, fishing, horseback riding and roller skating. She loved spending time with family.

Survivors include four sons: Kelly and his wife Kim of Sioux City, Shawn and his wife Lisa of Sioux City, Patrick and his wife Vicki of Dilller, Neb., Matthew of Houston, Texas, a daughter Darcie Byrne of Sioux City, a sister Charmaine Swenson of Milaca, Minn., 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, and her furry friend and companion, Spirit.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son-in-law Myron Swenson.

Pallbearers will be Grandsons: Dale, Taylor, Michael, Joshua and Travis Byrne and Matt Larson.

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