Nov 18, 2019 10:03 PM

Dr. Robert J. Crownover, DDS, 88

Posted Nov 18, 2019 10:03 PM

Dr. Robert J. Crownover, DDS, went home to be with the Lord he loved and served on Thursday, November 14, 2019, age 88. Left to miss him and honor his life are his beloved wife, Beverly, as well as his sons Bruce (Anne) Bremer, MBA of Portsmouth, VA and Eric (Serena) Bremer of Alliance. Bob was a well-loved grandpa of Heather (Sean) Hall of Roca, NE and Heath (Jessie) Bremer of Seward, NE, as well as Jon Marquez of Hastings, NE and Daniel Marquez of Lincoln, NE. Bob was also blessed with six great-grandchildren, Eric and Maxim Hall, Holden, Brayden, Easten and Emersen Bremer. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Joyce and his sister, Patricia Erlewine.

He was a quiet, God-loving, and humble man of dignity and courage. A Korean-War era veteran, he was a member of the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. Bob received both his undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was honored by the Nebraska State Dental Association for 50 years’ service. 

Following retirement from his Alliance dental practice, he served as a dental missionary to Grenada, in the Caribbean. Bob traveled extensively from the Galapagos Islands, to Okinawa, to Hawaii, to his ancestral country of the Netherlands, and beyond. Among his many hobbies were gardening, land conservation of his property, RV travel, Cornhusker football, and household maintenance.

He was a strong Christian and a faithful 44-year member of the Hemingford United Methodist Church (HUMC). No task was too great or too small. His areas of service included: Board of Directors of Camp Norwesca, HUMC Pastoral Care Chairman, HUMC Adult Sunday School teacher, HUMC Chairman of Trustees, Nebraska Walk to Emmaus facilitator, and Lay Witness Weekends facilitator. Bob’s many personal ministries in less public settings were just as impressive. His quiet means of sculpting souls took us years to understand.

No tribute to Bob’s life would be complete without mention of his deep love for and happy marriage to Beverly. Aside from his love for God, his greatest treasure was his wife. They served together in nearly every ministry. Bev learned dental assisting, because he loved her near his side assisting once a week. Every day included prayer and a Bible lesson at the kitchen table, whether happily RV traveling or at home.

Well done good and faithful servant.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hemingford United Methodist Church. Pastor Esther Achi will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the Crownover family would greatly appreciate donations to the Hemingford United Methodist Church Chair Lift Fund.

Online condolences may be left at Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Nov 18, 2019 10:03 PM
James (Jim) Wegner (1935 - 2019)

James (Jim) Wegner, 84, of Alliance, NE passed away peacefully at home during the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 13th. He was born January 2nd, 1935 to Lawrence and Alice (Snyder) Wegner in Palmer, NE. 


On November 27, 1954 at Palmer, NE he was united in marriage to Joanne Kay Aschwege. Jim joined the Navy in October 1952 and arrived home December of 1955 to meet his first daughter Kathy who was born while he was serving in the Mediterranean. After release from the Navy, Jim and Jody moved to Omaha, NE. Jim attended business school and then went to work for HP Smith Motors in Omaha. He made the car business his life, working for H P Smith for 15 years until purchasing the GM dealership in Alliance, Ne, Wegner Motors. Jim was a respected business man in Alliance for 20 years. He loved the car business and the many great people he dealt with and many who became his lifelong friends. 


Jim is remembered by his family as a kind, gentle man who always had a twinkle in his eye. He was ornery and loved to tease and joke with his many grandkids and great grandchildren, who all adored him. Jim loved to boat and fish and spent many weekends at the lake and made great memories with dear friends and family. 


Jim is survived by his loving wife Jody. He is also survived by daughters Kathy (Chris) Thompson of Alliance, Jill (Kent) Green of Alliance, Jenny (Jerry) Dillon of Discovery Bay, CA, and son Ryan Wegner of Denver. He is also survived by grandchildren Chad (Sarah) Thompson, Joe (Kathleen) Thompson, Jeff (Emily) Thompson, Seth Thompson, Trevor Thompson, Melissa (Julian) Wozniak, Andy (Jessica) Wegner, Case Wegner, Cody (Kayla) Green, Ali Green, Emily Green, Patrick Laing, Katie Dillon, Kenzie Dillon, and Dyllin Wegner, 14 great grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by son Dave Wegner, granddaughter Lindsey Green, and grandson Cale Wegner, and his beloved best friend and dog Jake. 


Funeral service is Monday, November 18th, at 10:30a.m. at Bates-Gould Chapel with Rev Tim Stadem officiating. There will be a gathering after funeral service at Westside Events Center. Burial will be held Tuesday at the Alliance Cemetery at 2p.m. Visitation will be Sunday, 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Pillars in the Park, Paws, or VFW all of Alliance.


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