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New sign welcomes visitors to Champion cemetery PDF Print E-mail
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican

    Standing on a hill just outside of Champion is the Lakeview Cemetery, dating back about 100 years. The newest addition to the cemetery is a sign at the entrance.
    It was donated by the Jeannine Cox family, with some money coming from memorials to her late husband, Arlyn.
    “Dad always liked to have things looking nice and ‘done right,’” daughter Arlys Cupp noted. She added that her family “wanted to make some improvements for the cemetery.”
    The sign was designed by her husband, Ed, and built by Condon’s House of Signs in North Platte. Ed Cupp is in the process of completing some brick work.
    The arch was erected the Friday before Memorial Day.
Gravestone photos
    Persons searching for family information for genealogies have a new tool in
    Thanks in part to the efforts of Kermit Karns of Imperial, gravestones at Mt. Hope Cemetery are now online.
    Karns took over 2,900 photographs of gravestones in the ceme­tery. There is some text accompanying most of the pictures.
    Lakeview Cemetery near Champion and parts of Riverside Ceme­tery at Wauneta are also online.
    To find the site, visit, then click on Nebraska Gravestone Photos.
    Then browse Gravestones By Cemetery and select Chase County, then Mt. Hope.
    There are over 56 pages of photos at Mt. Hope.
    Karns said Bill Hardwick of Benkelman set up the links, using Karns’ photos.