Verda Anderson Rhoadarmer
Two lives lost in Gothenburg crossing crash
Mrs. Verda Rhoadarmer and Harold Krings Instantly Killed In Crash.
PLANNED TO BE MARRIED
Mrs. Verda May Rhoadarmer and Harold J. Krings, who were to have been united in marriage Saturday were killed last Friday night at Gothenburg, when their car was struck by a speeding eastbound mail train.
The car was hit at a crossing 2400 feet west of the Gothenburg depot. The body of Mr. Krings was thrown clear of the wreckage at a point about 100 feet east of the depot and Mrs. Rhoadarmer was found in the wreckage of the car at the east edge of Gothenburg, when the train came to a stop.
It is reported the couple drove onto the tracks after a westbound freight passed, and the car was struck by the second section of number six a mail-express train. Delbert Slack and Wayne Thomas of Gothenburg were said to have been eye-witnesses to the crash.
The train, eastbound, passed the Gothenburg depot at 9:45. It was reported the couple had been at the home of the Gothenburg Catholic priest, where Mrs. Rhoadarmer had received final instructions preparatory to becoming a member of the Catholic church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, at Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, for Mr. Krings. The services were held at 9:00 o'clock from the Catholic church at that place, and the American Legion had charge at the grave. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Krings of Cedar Rapids, he is survived by two brothers, Alfred Krings of Lexington, and Leonard Krings of Cedar Rapids; and a sister, Mrs. Emanuel Petersik of Lexington.
Mr. Krings had been employed by the Dawson County Feed Products Co., for the past four years. He had been located here for some time and later went to Brule for the above company. For the past several months he had been stationed at Gothenburg with the Dawson Company Feed Products Co.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 21, at the Methodist church in Lexington for Mrs. Rhoadarmer. Rev. L.R. Davis was in charge and burial was in Greenwood cemetery.
Verda May Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Anderson, was born June 18, 1907 near Lexington. She attended the country schools and the Lexington High School graduated in 1925.
She was united in marriage to Floyd Rhoadarmer, August 22, 1927. Mr. Rhoadarmer was in the military service in World War II, and was killed in action in Germany, December 3, 1944. She was employed as a clerk and bookkeeper at the Farmer's State Bank and at Wheeler Chevrolet Garage in Lexington, for several years.
She united with the Methodist Church at the age of eight years with other members of her Sunday School class, and only a few days ago was confirmed in the Catholic church. She was a member and officer of the Business and Professional Women's Club and the Veteran's of Foreign War Auxiliary.
One sister, Clair Ellon, preceded her in death in 1912. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Anderson, a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Anderson, and a nephew, Kerry, all of Lexington, many uncles, aunts and cousins and numerous friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, parents of Mrs. Rhoadarmer, were on a trip in Minnesota, when the accident occurred, and were not aware of the death of their daughter until they returned home Monday afternoon. The radio and press had been used very liberally in an effort to locate them, but it had been impossible to get word to them.