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Devon Thelen

Devon Thelen

STANTON — Services for Devon L. Thelen, 24, Stanton, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Faith Lutheran Church in Stanton. The Rev. Timothy Booth will officiate with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday at the church under the direction of Shultz-Vogel-Johnson Mortuary in Stanton.

He died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, as a result of an automobile accident near Stanton.


Devon Lee Thelen was born Jan. 3, 1995, at Norfolk, the son of Brian Lee and Carol (Field) Thelen. He attended Stanton elementary school and graduated from Stanton High School in 2013.

He lived every day to help anyone he could. His sisters were everything to him. Devon enjoyed going down the river with his friends, parting out cars, repairing cars, demo cars and race car set up.

A member of Faith Lutheran Church in Stanton, he was employed at Tony’s Steakhouse near Stanton and, in Norfolk, he worked at HyVee East, City of Norfolk, Apache Manufacturing for three years and last year for Cross-Dillon/Pump and Tire.

Surviving Devon are his mother, Carol Thelen of Stanton; his three sisters, Megan, Paige and Alexandra Thelen, all of Stanton; paternal grandmother Imogene Thelen of Norfolk; maternal grandmother Twyla Field of Norfolk, and half-sister Denielle Sherry of Florida. His aunts and uncles include John and Kathy Field of Kempner, Texas, Andrea and Jason Genovesi of Salt Lake City, Utah, Erich and Lisa Field of Norfolk, Hiliary and Doug Hoffman of Norfolk, Donn Field of Norfolk, Larry Field of Scottsdale, Ariz., Nikki and Rich Heidmann of Albion, Jarod Field and Daniel Roberge of Washington, D.C., Wendi and Albert Lierman of Merna, Neil Thelen of Hoskins, Sherri and Doug Backhaus of McLean, Julie and Dan Drahota of Norfolk, Jeff Thelen of Stanton and Tricia Thelen of Pilger; and many cousins and friends.

Preceding him in death were his father, Brian Thelen on Nov. 14, 2001; paternal grandfather Paul Thelen and maternal grandfather Lester Field.

Music will be provided by organist Carol Whipple with the congregation singing “Amazing Grace,” “I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”

Pallbearers will be Michael Clemens, Randy Schaible, Jeb Dunklau, Kris Mann, Brian Peterson and John Rusk. Honorary pallbearers will be Ana Aranivar, Jorge Molina, Ismael Molina, Jolene Clemens, Karsyn Clemens, Kamryn Clemens, Bill Jensen, Charlene Schaible and John Field Jr.

Online sympathies can be left at

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NORFOLK — Services for Patricia A. Kropp, 85, Omaha, formerly of Battle Creek, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Home for Funerals Chapel at 708 Georgia Ave. in Norfolk. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

YANKTON — Services for Rodger E. Johnson, 89, Yankton, formerly of Northeast Nebraska, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at First United Methodist Church in Yankton. The Rev. Ron Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton.

BLOOMFIELD — Services for James Huttmann, 76, Bloomfield, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. The Rev. Jacob Bobby will officiate with burial at a later date.

WISNER — Services for Vera M. Hansen, 97, Pilger, are pending at Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner. She died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at the Stanton Health Center.

NORFOLK — Memorial services for Dorothy I. Currie, 98, Norfolk, formerly of rural Elgin, will be at a later date at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. She died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at her residence in Norfolk.

WAYNE — Services for Wilbur Heithold, 85, Wayne, are pending at Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne. He died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Wayne Country View Care.

Services for Timothy T. Hughes, 84, Urbandale, Iowa, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Burial will be in the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

O’NEILL — Services for Sharlene Summers, 72, O’Neill, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the First United Methodist Church in O’Neill. The Rev. Brian Loy will officiate. Burial will be in the O’Neill Cemetery.

TILDEN — Services for Betty E. Schwarting, 92, Oakdale, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the United Methodist Church in Oakdale. John Petersen will officiate with burial in Oakdale Cemetery.

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Jimmy Johns