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Wenburg Funeral Home

901 8th Street
Arapahoe, NE 68922
(308) 962-7940
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Bob Ream | Obituaries | missoulian.com - The Missoulian

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ph. D. in 1963 in botany and zoology and was hired to teach at the University of Denver. While there, he started the Colorado chapter of The Nature Conservancy, served on ski patrol at Arapahoe Basin, and helped start the DU Alpine Club. He honed his skiing skills while in Colorado, and skiing became a lifelong passion he shared with family and friends.Bob was hired by the U.S. Forest Service in 1966 to study ecology in Minnesota’s million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Over the next three years he was able to hike and canoe most of the trails and lakes in the BWCA. During this period, Bob met Dr. Dave Mech, who was studying wolves in Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, and began assisting Dave there and in the BWCA. This was the only area in the lower 48 states then inhabited by wolves, and Bob was with Dave in 1968 when the team captured the first wolf and radio-collared it. In 1969, Bob was offered a faculty position in the University of Montana’s School of Forestry by Dean Arnold Bolle, a noted conservation leader, and moved to the state he would call home for the rest of his life. He began the Wolf Ecology Project in 1973 and determined no established pack or breeding pair existed in Montana. He received funding to hire two biologists, and in 1979 they trapped a wolf in the North Fork of the Flathead River valley and tracked her for a year and a half. This wolf found a mate and produced seven pups in 1982, marking the first pack documented in the northern U.S. Rockies in at least 50 years. By 1995, Bob estimated 80 wolves resided in northwest Montana, and wolves now appear to have become a stable part of Montana’s wildlife ecosystem again.   Bob was well known for heading up the Wolf Ecology Project, but he took most pride in the Wilderness and Civilization Program he established at UM in 1975.  The W&C Program is an interdisciplinary program providing students an opportunity to explore humans’ relationship to wilderness and civilization, and includes faculty from wilderness management, ecology, philosophy, Native American studies, economics, creative writing, and others. The program begins each fall with a 10-12 day backpack trip, combining outdoor skills with education. Bob often described how students’ inhibitions dissolved during the trip, which stimulated lively class discussions once they returned to their traditional classroom settings. Thousands of students studied with Bob during his tenure at UM, in courses such as resource conservation, large mammal conservation, wildlife ecology and management, habitat management, and wilderness management, and Bob helped launch the careers of many talented conservationists. Bob capped his UM career as Acting Dean of the School of Forestry from 1993-1994.Bob was passionately involved in politics. He served in the Montana Legislature as a representative from Missoula from 1983-1997, where he distinguished himself on fish and game, taxation, and natural resource issues, sponsoring Montana’s stream access law, mini-Superfund law, and restitution payments for illegally taken wildlife, among others. Bob served as Chair of the Montana Democratic Party from 1997-2005, a period in which the Party saw significant electoral gains at the legislative and statewide levels.    Bob’s other professional accomplishments incl...

Hornungs take ownership of Brenneman Funeral home - Leader and Times

Monday, February 20, 2017

Kelly’s dad, Chuck Bowman a fellow funeral director, of whom he was friends looking to add additional staff . He recommended his own son-in law Mike Hornung, who had graduated with honors from Arapahoe Community College Mortuary Arts program. “My wife brought me to Liberal when we first met,” he said. “I have always enjoyed the small town sense of community that Liberal has, so when the opportunity came to become an apprentice under Rick and Mellissa, we knew it was the perfect fit for us.”Mike has been a part of the funeral industry in Colorado since 2009, where he was a part of the management team that oversaw St. Simeon Cemetery and funerals with the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. “Mike’s caring nature was evident in the few times when had been around him in the past,” Rick Brenneman said. “When we did meet for the job interview, his knowledge, integrity, and professionalism made us want to hire him immediately. We were so pleased when Mike and Kelly called to tell us that they were ready to come to Liberal.” In addition to her duties at the funeral home, Kelly works at the Colvin Adult Learning Center, teaching GED and AOK classes. The Colvin Adult Learning Center is a part of Seward County Community College. The ownership transition was final on Jan. 31. The new owners are pleased to announce that Richard Harrison, Charlie Maddox, Gerald Mann, Gary Riffe, Kye Peterson, and Arlen Ankle will continue their service to families in the community. In March, Kelly’s mom and dad will be moving home. Kelly’s father, Chuck Bowman, will be joining the staff. Chuck has had a 35-year career in funeral service in Colorado. Chuck has also served as the President of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association, and for many years has chaired the State Legislative Committee, acting as a spokesperson for the profession and giving testimony at the State Legislature. Chuck is currently serving this year as Treasurer of the National Funeral Directors Association. He plans to bring his years of service and dedication to the funeral profession to the community in order to maintain the high quality of standards this community has come to expect. Rick and Mellissa Brenneman will stay in Liberal and assist with the transition until the end of March. “Just as when we purchased the funeral home from Tom and Betty Kitch, the sale of the funeral home has gone very smooth and God’s reassurance in this decision has been evident in so many ways,” Rick Brenneman said. “After nearly 30 years in funeral service, with being on call and working an unpredictable schedule, i...

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Bob Ream | Obituaries | missoulian.com - The Missoulian

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ph. D. in 1963 in botany and zoology and was hired to teach at the University of Denver. While there, he started the Colorado chapter of The Nature Conservancy, served on ski patrol at Arapahoe Basin, and helped start the DU Alpine Club. He honed his skiing skills while in Colorado, and skiing became a lifelong passion he shared with family and friends.Bob was hired by the U.S. Forest Service in 1966 to study ecology in Minnesota’s million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Over the next three years he was able to hike and canoe most of the trails and lakes in the BWCA. During this period, Bob met Dr. Dave Mech, who was studying wolves in Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, and began assisting Dave there and in the BWCA. This was the only area in the lower 48 states then inhabited by wolves, and Bob was with Dave in 1968 when the team captured the first wolf and radio-collared it. In 1969, Bob was offered a faculty position in the University of Montana’s School of Forestry by Dean Arnold Bolle, a noted conservation leader, and moved to the state he would call home for the rest of his life. He began the Wolf Ecology Project in 1973 and determined no established pack or breeding pair existed in Montana. He received funding to hire two biologists, and in 1979 they trapped a wolf in the North Fork of the Flathead River valley and tracked her for a year and a half. This wolf found a mate and produced seven pups in 1982, marking the first pack documented in the northern U.S. Rockies in at least 50 years. By 1995, Bob estimated 80 wolves resided in northwest Montana, and wolves now appear to have become a stable part of Montana’s wildlife ecosystem again.   Bob was well known for heading up the Wolf Ecology Project, but he took most pride in the Wilderness and Civilization Program he established at UM in 1975.  The W&C Program is an interdisciplinary program providing students an opportunity to explore humans’ relationship to wilderness and civilization, and includes faculty from wilderness management, ecology, philosophy, Native American studies, economics, creative writing, and others. The program begins each fall with a 10-12 day backpack trip, combining outdoor skills with education. Bob often described how students’ inhibitions dissolved during the trip, which stimulated lively class discussions once they returned to their traditional classroom settings. Thousands of students studied with Bob during his tenure at UM, in courses such as resource conservation, large mammal conservation, wildlife ecology and management, habitat management, and wilderness management, and Bob helped launch the careers of many talented conservationists. Bob capped his UM career as Acting Dean of the School of Forestry from 1993-1994.Bob was passionately involved in politics. He served in the Montana Legislature as a representative from Missoula from 1983-1997, where he distinguished himself on fish and game, taxation, and natural resource issues, sponsoring Montana’s stream access law, mini-Superfund law, and restitution payments for illegally taken wildlife, among others. Bob served as Chair of the Montana Democratic Party from 1997-2005, a period in which the Party saw significant electoral gains at the legislative and statewide levels.    Bob’s other professional accomplishments incl...

Hornungs take ownership of Brenneman Funeral home - Leader and Times

Monday, February 20, 2017

Kelly’s dad, Chuck Bowman a fellow funeral director, of whom he was friends looking to add additional staff . He recommended his own son-in law Mike Hornung, who had graduated with honors from Arapahoe Community College Mortuary Arts program. “My wife brought me to Liberal when we first met,” he said. “I have always enjoyed the small town sense of community that Liberal has, so when the opportunity came to become an apprentice under Rick and Mellissa, we knew it was the perfect fit for us.”Mike has been a part of the funeral industry in Colorado since 2009, where he was a part of the management team that oversaw St. Simeon Cemetery and funerals with the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. “Mike’s caring nature was evident in the few times when had been around him in the past,” Rick Brenneman said. “When we did meet for the job interview, his knowledge, integrity, and professionalism made us want to hire him immediately. We were so pleased when Mike and Kelly called to tell us that they were ready to come to Liberal.” In addition to her duties at the funeral home, Kelly works at the Colvin Adult Learning Center, teaching GED and AOK classes. The Colvin Adult Learning Center is a part of Seward County Community College. The ownership transition was final on Jan. 31. The new owners are pleased to announce that Richard Harrison, Charlie Maddox, Gerald Mann, Gary Riffe, Kye Peterson, and Arlen Ankle will continue their service to families in the community. In March, Kelly’s mom and dad will be moving home. Kelly’s father, Chuck Bowman, will be joining the staff. Chuck has had a 35-year career in funeral service in Colorado. Chuck has also served as the President of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association, and for many years has chaired the State Legislative Committee, acting as a spokesperson for the profession and giving testimony at the State Legislature. Chuck is currently serving this year as Treasurer of the National Funeral Directors Association. He plans to bring his years of service and dedication to the funeral profession to the community in order to maintain the high quality of standards this community has come to expect. Rick and Mellissa Brenneman will stay in Liberal and assist with the transition until the end of March. “Just as when we purchased the funeral home from Tom and Betty Kitch, the sale of the funeral home has gone very smooth and God’s reassurance in this decision has been evident in so many ways,” Rick Brenneman said. “After nearly 30 years in funeral service, with being on call and working an unpredictable schedule, i...