Sep 27, 2019 5:52 PM

Morris Engebretsen (1923 - 2019)

Posted Sep 27, 2019 5:52 PM

Morris Engebretsen, 96, of Harrison, Nebraska passed away peacefully in his sleep at The Village at Regional West Assisted Living in Scottsbluff on September 23, 2019. Funeral Services will be held Monday, September 30, 2019 at 10:00AM at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Harrison, Nebraska with Pastor Rockhill officiating. Burial will follow at the Harrison Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Church.


Morris was born May 13, 1923 to Nels and Emma Engebretsen at their Harrison ranch. He attended country grade school and continued on to graduate from Sioux County High School in 1941. He worked on his parents’ ranch until joining the United States Army Air Corps on October 12, 1942. He served his country during World War II and was honorably discharged on February 8, 1946.


On September 12, 1949, Morris married Alda Grote, who was also from Harrison. They were married in a double ceremony with Dick and Jackie Herren at the Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, WY. He worked as a carpenter in the Harrison area while the couple owned and operated the Sioux Motel where they raised their three children. Morris willingly served on the town board, as mayor, on the volunteer fire department, as well as numerous offices in Redeemer Lutheran Church. In 1971, they moved to Loveland, Colorado, where he continued doing carpentry for eight years during a building boom before they moved back to live on the Engebretsen ranch near Harrison in 1979. Morris and Alda built their beautiful partial earth home in Sowbelly Canyon in 1984. In his retirement, he enjoyed helping his wife run their Sowbelly home as a Bed and Breakfast, as well as tending their large garden, still doing carpentry, and fiddling in his woodshop until the house burned down in the Pine Ridge fire of July 2006. Morris and Alda then moved to town and fixed up two different houses, and he resided in one of them until he moved to assisted living just a little over two months before he passed away.


Morris is survived by his son, Lee and his wife Barbara of Harrison; daughter Roxanne and her husband Tim Engelland of Gering; son William and his wife Barbara of Wayne, Nebraska; grandchildren Marcie (Sean) Warner, Lacy (Phil) Smay, Colin (Katie) Engebretsen, Ian (Katlyn) Engebretsen, and Emma (Ben) Kneifl; eleven great-granchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews as well as one sister-in-law, Helen Engebretsen.


He was preceded in death by his wife Alda, his parents, and his three sisters and six brothers.



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Frances Thyne, (1921 - 2019)

Frances Thyne, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.


Frances was born November 19, 1921 to Iver and Florence (Buckley) Lingwood in Crawford, Nebraska.


Frances Lingwood married Robert Bachmann in 1940. She later married Bill Thyne in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado.


Frances worked for Dr. Owen for 20 years as a medical assistant in Hay Springs and Gordon. This was the beginning of caring for others. Her generosity, devotion and unconditional love were the heart and soul of our family. All were blessed by her strong faith in God that she shared with those she loved.


Survivors include three daughters, Barbara (LaVern) Hankins, Kay (Mickey) Myrick, DeEtta (Delray) Bassett, son Jim (Teresa) Bachmann, grandchildren Kim, Melanie, Julie, Jill (Jack), Jason (Laura), Matt (Lexi), Isaac (Jami), Kelsey, Dain and Jordan; great grandchildren Tanner, Drew, Maxwell, Cooper, Hudson, River, Jude, Luca, Evie, Quinn, Huxley and Rosemary; her sister Ann Paschal and 1 niece and 1 nephew.


She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Robert Bachmann, second husband William Thyne, daughter Saundra Roberts and granddaughter Karla Letcher.


The family wishes to extend a thank you to the staff of Pioneer Manor Nursing Home for their loving care of our mother.


In lieu of flowers memorials have been established for Pioneer Manor, Hay Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Zion Lutheran Church.

Funeral Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church on Monday September 30, 2019 at 10:00AM. Visitation with family will be Sunday September 29th from 4:00-6:00PM.