Locating obituaries or indexes to obituaries can be helpful, particularly if they are online. Columbus and Norfolk, Nebraska Historical Obituaries are indexed.
The Columbus (Platte County) obituaries are indexed from 1930-2006 from the "Columbus Telegram" newspaper. This is provided by the Platte Valley Kin Seekers of Columbus. They will research requests for a fee. Their charges are $5 for a copy of the newspaper obituary, which includes postage.
Norfolk (Dodge County) obituaries are indexed for a variety of years which are 1888-1918, 1940, 1944-1945, 1954, partial 1955-1956, 1957-1969, partial 1993-1994, partial 1997-1998. By using the index you can request a copy of the obituary from the Norfolk Public Library, 308 Prospect Ave., Norfolk, NE 68701. Their fee is $10 per obituary, with SASE.
Obituaries in both of these communities often pertain to people who lived close by the counties or community and those who had relatives in Columbus or Norfolk.