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Alvin Shipps

Alvin Shipps

NORFOLK — Memorial services for Alvin W. “Al” Shipps, 86, Norfolk, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. The Rev. Mike Vincent will officiate. Inurnment will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk.

He died Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.


Al was born on May 22, 1934, in rural Creighton to Wayne and Ruth (Sollmann) Shipps. He was baptized in 1949 at Mount Olive Church in Norfolk. He graduated from high school in San Pedro, Calif., in 1954.

Al grew up in Norfolk and lived in various places in Nebraska and Colorado before moving back to Norfolk in 2013.

Al owned The Golden Steer Restaurant in Ainsworth for 15 years. He also worked for the Lund Co. in Omaha as a real estate agent for many years before moving to Norfolk.

Al enjoyed fishing, playing cards, golfing, and spending time with family.

He married Jean Hartzell on June 10, 2018, in Salina, Kan.

He was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Norfolk.

Survivors include his spouse, Jean Hartzell-Shipps of Norfolk; his children, Jennifer (Michael) Dennington of Prescott, Ariz., Jeff (Roxanne) Shipps of Spokane, Wash., James Shipps and dear friend, Sylvia Quellmalz of Spokane, Wash., Joel (Roxane) Shipps of Norfolk, January (Blake) Chartrau of Las Vegas, Nev.; five stepchildren; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and siblings Leroy (Mary) Shipps of Stanton, Mary Lewis of Norfolk, Linda (Ed) Peterson of Norfolk and Fred (Pam) Shipps of Bullhead City, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Ruth; his siblings, Claude Shipps, Bertha Burns, Shirley Carter and infant son Arty Shipps; and grandson Joshua Christensen.

Musician will be Jim Casey. Honorary casketbearers will be Rodney Palmer, Rick Scott, Dick Mullins and Lon Atwood.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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CREIGHTON — Services for LaVerne Opkis, 70, Creighton, are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton. He died Friday, July 10, 2020, at his residence.

HARTINGTON — Services for Gerald Pinkelman, 72, Wynot, are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. He died Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

NORFOLK — Services for Kelly A. Schramm, 57, Madison, are pending with Home for Funerals in Norfolk. She died Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Clarkson Community Care Center.

WEST POINT — Services for Lois H. Wiechman, 90, West Point, are pending at Minnick Funeral Home in West Point. She died Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Franciscan Healthcare in West Point.

NORFOLK — Services for Bobbie S. Bell, 45, Norfolk, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Christ Lutheran Church in Norfolk. The Rev. Adrian Hanft will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk.

NORFOLK — Services for Raymond E. “Gene” Kincanon, 92, Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, at First United Methodist Church in Norfolk. Masks are requested. Gene bequeathed his body to the Nebraska Anatomical Board.

WAYNE — Private services for Dorothy Johnson, 93, Wayne, will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne.

CLEARWATER — A celebration of life for Gerald “Jerry” Sisson, 77, Clearwater, will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at his home at 211 Colorado St., in Clearwater.

NORFOLK —  Memorial services for Solomon E. Partee Jr. of Stanton will be at 5 p.m. Monday, July 13, at Home for Funerals Chapel, 708 Georgia Ave., in Norfolk. The Rev. Joan Alexander will officiate.

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