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  • Cozad Resident: Leon Myer, age 73 (1940-2013)

    Leon Myer, 73, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Thursday, April 11th, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital. 

    Leon was born February 24th, 1940, at Cozad to Lloyd “Dutch” and Maxcine (Beckley) Myer and was raised by his maternal grandparents, W.W. “Bud” and Mary Elta Beckley. Leon graduated from Cozad High School in 1958 and continued work with his Grandpa Beckley on the family hay-hauling business.

    On September 10th, 1960, Leon was united in marriage to Sharon K. Leahy at Cozad. The couple made their home in Cozad their entire married life and their union was blessed with five children, Anne, Joe, John, Mary and Ellen. In the late 1970’s, Leon started his career with Paulsen Inc., working on a paving crew. Leon worked at Paulsen’s for over 30 years, serving as the Ready-Mix Plant Manager in Lexington, Nebraska, until his retirement in 2009. He had a tremendous work ethic and took pride in a job well done. In addition to Paulsen’s, Leon partnered with his friend Lee Whitehead to form Tri-City Auction Service. The Myer and Whitehead families orchestrated auctions all over the area for over 20 years, their wives by their sides serving as clerks. 

    Leon had been a member of Christ The King Catholic Church for over 50 years, many of those spent as an usher at Mass. He was a charter member of the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250 and a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. In 1990, Leon and his family were honored as the Christ The King Parish Family of The Year.

    For over a decade Leon coached his two sons as they competed in amateur boxing and more recently was content working in his garden and keeping up with his grandchildren who he loved so much. 

    Leon was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon in 2010; his grandparents; parents; two brothers, Bill and Ricky; and a special uncle, Fred Myer.

    Survivors include his three daughters, Anne (Eric) Seaman, Mary Myer and Ellen Myer, all of Cozad; two sons, Joe Myer and John (Julie) Myer, all of Cozad; six grandchildren, Cora-Leigh, Jacob, Jordan, Bianca, Alynne, and Maddux; two special sisters, LaVon (Richard) Beans of Cozad, Jean (Cecil) Woodward of Callaway, Nebraska; two brothers-in-law, Michael (Molly) Leahy and, Patrick (Deb) Leahy of Cozad; four sisters-in-law, Maureen (David) Lewis of Missoula, Montana, Janis Hutchins and LaDonna Dannehl, all of Lincoln, Nebraska and Vicki Smith of Cozad; He also leaves behind a host of other relatives and friends.

    A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 15th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Christ The King Catholic Church in Cozad with Father Don O’Brien as celebrant. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery. 

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Callaway Resident: Dean Shadel, age 91 (1921-2013)

    Dean Shadel, 91, of Callaway, Nebraska, died Monday, January 7th, 2013, at Callaway Good Life Center.

    Dean was born August 5th, 1921, to Samuel B. and Bertha Ellen (Wells) Shadel, on a ranch south of Callaway. He grew up in the Callaway area, graduating from Callaway High School with the class of 1940. He lived in Wyoming and California before entering the United States Army, serving in the European Theatre. While serving in France and Germany, he was awarded the Bronze Medal with five battle stars. After the war, he returned to Callaway and went to work for the Hunt Telephone Company, which later became Great Plains Communications. He spent the next 45 years in this business.

    On August 11th, 1946, he was united in marriage to Ann Walker in North Platte, Nebraska. To this union three children were born, Charlynn, Sue and Neil.

    Dean was a quiet man, but an active man. He was a member of the Callaway American Legion for over 50 years, a member of the Callaway Village Council and past Mayor, past president of Boy Scouts of American, an active member of the United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher for 40+ years, a 10-year member of the Callaway Board of Education, a 4-H leader for 22 years, and was a charter member of the Lions Club, the Callaway Rodeo Association and the Callaway Coffee Club.

    Dean loved his horses and rode pastures for local ranchers and farmers after his retirement. He has often said, “When you are on a good horse on a high hill looking over the hills, valleys and fields you are awfully close to God”.

    Dean is survived by his children; Charlynn (Dick) Behrends of Broken Bow, Nebraska; Sue (Randy) Stratton of Callaway; and, Neil Shadel of Pocatello, Idaho; six grandchildren, Scott (Shawna) Behrends of Broken Bow; Kimaree (Bernie) Woodward of Broken Bow; Stevi (Clayton) Rawles of North Platte, Nebraska; Kara (Patrick) Henry of Pocatello; R.D. Stratton and Travis Stratton of Kearney, Nebraska; 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way; two nieces and many, many friends.
    Dean was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ann; and one sister, Betty.

    Funeral Services were held Thursday, January 10th, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Callaway with Pastor Roger Gillming officiating.

    Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Callaway with Military Honors.

    Memorials are suggested to the Shadel Family for later designation.

    Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Callaway is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Donald D. Barta, age 81 (1931-2013)

    Donald D. Barta, 81, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Wednesday, January 9th, 2013, at Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington. 

    Donald was born February 27th, 1931, at Sumner, Nebraska, to Mike G. and Eva A. (Warner) Barta.

    He was united in marriage to Helen Ropers on October 3rd, 1954, at Callaway Lutheran Church in Callaway, Nebraska. Five children were blessed to this marriage; Zelda, Roger, Glen, Gladys and Howard.

    Donald loved to do gardening. He also loved to help mow yards and scoop snow around town. He was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

    He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years; Helen Barta of Lexington; five children; Zelda (Dennis) Wood of Duncan, Nebraska; Roger Barta of Lexington; Glen Barta of Mt. Washington, Kentucky; Gladys (Greg) Johnson of Columbus, Nebraska; and, Howard Barta of Leigh, Nebraska; also, two brothers, Harmon Barta of Lexington and Fritz Barta of Oregon; one sister, Dorothy (Marvin) Linder of Cozad, Nebraska; 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
    Donald was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers; George, Ed, Frank, Lloyd and Chester; four sisters, Edna, Martha, Mildred and Leora; one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter. 

    Services will be Saturday, January 12th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating.

    Visitation will be held Friday, January 11th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery at Lexington. 

    Memorials are suggested to the Barta family for later designation.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.  

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Delores Fredericksen, age 78 (1934-2013)

    Delores M. Fredericksen, 78, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Wednesday, December 9th, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.

    Delores was born April 16th, 1934, at Grand Island, Nebraska, to Irven and Erna (Luebbe) Brown. She graduated from Grand Island High School with the class of 1952. 

    On September 19th, 1954, Delores married Gene Fredericksen at Grand Island. The couple made their home in Cozad, where they lived their entire married lives. Delores worked at J.C. Penney and Hunt Cleaners before going to work at the Jack and Jill Grocery Store in the early 1970’s. Delores’ time at the Jack and Jill Grocery Store spanned three different owners; she later joined the staff at Sonny’s Super Foods, where she worked until the present. 

    Delores loved watching football, both college and professional. Her home in the country was always of great comfort to her, as she enjoyed the serenity that country life provided. Delores would spend hours of enjoyment watching the birds that flocked to the many feeders in her yard, as well as her daily game shows. She was an avid reader, and loved to play cards with her husband and their friends.
    Delores was a member of the Church of Christ in Cozad. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gene; son, Alan; and two sisters, Barbara Taylor and Evangline Schumacher.

    Survivors include her son, Kelly (Shawna) Fredericksen of Milford, Nebraska; two grandsons, Kirk Fredericksen of Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Sean Fredericksen of Milford; sister, Jacqulyn (Ivan) Harwood of Cozad; two brothers-in-law, Robert Taylor and Wayne Schumacher, both of Grand Island; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Services will be held on Saturday, January 12th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ on Newell Street in Cozad with Pastor Mike Dennis officiating. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery. 

    Visitation for memorial book signatures will be held on Friday, January 11th, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad. 
    Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Children’s Home Society or the American Cancer Society in her memory. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Lexington Resident: Marjorie Jean Stewart, 87 (1925-2013)

    Marjorie Jean Stewart, 87, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Sunday, January 6th, 2013, at Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska.

    Marjorie was born November 14th, 1925, in Lexington to William and Hazel (McCall) Britton. She spent her entire life in Lexington.  She graduated from Lexington High School. Marjorie was united in marriage to Stanley Stewart on May 27th, 1946. The marriage was blessed with three children, Lynda, Peggy and John. 

    Marjorie was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, active in the community as a Girl/Boy Scout leader and former president of the Tri-County Hospital Auxiliary and Lakeside Country Club Women’s Golf Association. 

    Marjorie was also active in Studio 21 and belonged to several bridge groups. 
    Marjorie is survived by one son, John Stewart of Lexington, Nebraska; two daughters, Lynda (Richard) Thoreen of Omaha, Nebraska and Peggy (Eugene) Munstermann of Villisca, Iowa; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan; parents, and two brothers, William Britton, Jr. and Chester (Chet) Britton.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be (today) Thursday, January 10th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Reverend Neal Nollette officiating.
    Burial will be in the St. Ann’s Cemetery at Lexington.

    Wake Services were held Wednesday, January 9th, 2013, at 7 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. There will be no visitation.

    Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements.

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Norma Hagan, age 81 (1931-2013)

    Norma Hagan, 81, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, January 4th, 2013, at Park Avenue Estates in Lexington.

    Norma was born to Jess and Minnie (Heaffner) Brisco on March 16th, 1931, in Lexington. She married Kenneth Hagan on December 9th, 1951, in Lexington.To this union one son Steven was born.  Norma never lived more than five blocks away from where she was born. She was very proud of that. She and Kenneth made their last home just across the alley and down the block from her birth place.

    Norma was a spunky and quite determined woman. She loved family and because her mother passed away when she was just nine years old, she always felt it was her responsibility to take care of her father Jess and her brother Junior. She did so with all the love and caring she could give them. She was very dedicated to Kenny and rarely went anywhere without him and was proud of their 60 years of marriage. When he passed away a large part of her went with him.

    She enjoyed family, having company and sharing coffee with anyone who would stop in to visit. She and Kenny always had the coffee ready and daily enjoyed having coffee with neighbors and her sister-in-law Janice Hagan, nephew Butch Hagan and his wife Dot (Dorothy).

    Norma and Kenny managed the White Island Cafe’ for several years, she then cleaned homes for several Lexington families. She spent many years assisting her brother Junior in his greenhouse business that was located on the family land on West High Street. One of Norma’s favorite activities later in life was going for “a ride with Ken” and then “people watching at Walmart”.

    Norma is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Steve and Rochelle (Jones) Hagan, Rochester, Minnesota; granddaughter Amanda (Dain) Kavars, Muncie, Indiana; grandson Kent (Heidi Mueske) Hagan of Rochester, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Emmalyn Kavars of Muncie and Gavin Hagan of Rochester. She is also survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Janice Hagan and sister-in-law, Lucille Hagan, all of Lexington; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clifford and Lois Hagan of Elwood, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Verla Whidby of Victorville, California and Velma and Bill Blythe of Brownwood, Texas.

    Also surviving are niece, Veronica (Tommy) Smith and nephew, Butch (Dorothy) Hagan of Lexington, as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family members and close friends.

    Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth in September of 2012, her parents, and her brother, Junior Brisco.

    Funeral Services were Wednesday, January 9th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Lexington with Pastor Duane Russell officiating.

    Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department or Lexington Regional Health Center Hospice.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements.

    Please forward online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Memorials Are Suggested: Gilbert Edward Karges, age 81 (1931-2013)

    Gilbert Edward "Gil" Karges, 81, of Lincoln, Nebraska, formerly of Kearney, Nebraska, died Friday, January 4th, 2013, in Lincoln. 

    He was born February 12th, 1931, in Auburn, Nebraska, to Gilbert S. and Jessie (Rogers) Karges. 

    On June 7th, 1953, he married Connie Clark in St. Edward, Nebraska.

    He spent his early years in Sterling and in Glendale, California and returned to Nebraska when he was in the fifth grade. 

    The farm outside Albion, Nebraska, was his home for most of his early school year and he treasured his years at Albion High School. He was a part of the undefeated football team of 1948. He graduated from high school in 1949. 

    Gil graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1953 and majored in vocational agriculture. Following his ROTC training in college, he entered the U.S. Army in 1953 and served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Hood, Texas, and Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. 

    He and Connie were married at the Presbyterian Church in St. Edward during a tornado. The marriage lasted for almost 60 years. 

    Following his Army service, Gil was a dairy farmer for 18 years. He started on a farm in the Woodville, Nebraska, area south of St. Edward and then farmed on the family farm just west of Albion. That was where he felt the call to the ministry in 1971 and went to St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri, for his training. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1974. 

    He served a Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas, while in seminary and was appointed to United Methodist Churches in Doniphan/Rosedale and Waverly. After retirement, he served Cortland United Church and Denton/Pleasant Dale United Methodist Churches in Nebraska. His "home church" was the United Methodist Church in Albion. He recently was a retired minister at Christ United Methodist Church in Lincoln. 

    Gil was appointed to serve as a district superintendent of the Central District of the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1990 and retired (sort of) in 1995. 

    Gil was an avid UNL football fan, loved playing golf and enjoyed singing tenor in various church choirs. He was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. He treasured his friends and colleagues. He loved his family and enjoyed Christmas with them this past week. 

    Survivors include his wife; and sons and their families, Todd and his wife, Dianne, their sons, Tim and wife Elissa, Joshua and Matthew and daughter, Joy, Kelly and his wife, Cindy, their daughters, Katie and Emily and son, Zack and Casey and his twins, daughter, Maggie and son, Michael. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Beckwith; and brother, Bill. 

    Memorial services were held Tuesday, January 8th at Christ United Methodist Church in Lincoln with the Rev. Jim Miller officiating. 

    Memorials are suggested to Christ United Methodist Church.

    Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln was in charge of arrangements.

  • Elwood Resident: James Robert Puls, age 69 (1943-2013)

    James Robert Puls, 69, of Elwood, Nebraska, died Friday, January 4th, 2013, at the Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington, Nebraska.

    He was born July 21st, 1943, in McCook, Nebraska, to Walter Henry and Ailene (Warnsing) Puls. He was a 1961 graduate of Elwood High School and continued his education at Chadron State College and Kearney State College. 

    James then entered the United States Army on March 24th, 1965, until being Honorably Discharged on March 23rd, 1971, serving in Vietnam. 

    Upon his return from the service, he married Jacque Hartman Summers, in September of 1971 in Elwood. One son was born to this marriage, James David. His working years were spent in the construction and plumbing business and prior to his retirement he trucked. 

    James loved spending time with his son and grandchildren, motocross racing and until the last couple years even enjoyed getting on a bike and going around the track himself.

    He was a member of a pool league and competed in the Cornhusker State Games where he won 3rd place in the Master Division, a fete he was very proud of. 

    He was a member of the Elwood American Legion Post #290 and the VFW. 

    Survivors include his son; James D. and wife Chris Puls of Lincoln, Nebraska; two grandchildren, Alysha and Aaron Puls both of Lincoln; step-children, Penny Kendall of Nashville, Tennessee; Patricia Summers of Lexington; Wesley Summers of Dallas, Texas and Virginia Yoder of Boston, Massachusetts, as well as nine step-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Carol Robinson of Kearney, Nebraska; nephews, Duane and Troy Sheldon, Marshall and Darren Robinson and niece, Tammie Robinson Runions.

    James was preceded in death by his parents.

    Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 11th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Our Redeemer 
    Lutheran Church in Elwood with Reverend Dave Dobbertien officiating.

    Visitation will be held (today) Thursday, January 10th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the 

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Burial with Military Honors conducted by the Elwood American Legion Post #290 and the Nebraska Army National Guard will be in the Elwood Cemetery at Elwood.
    Memorials are suggested to the Elwood American Legion Post #290.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please forward online condolences to the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Erma L. Feddersen, age 92 (1920-2013)

    Erma L. Feddersen, 92, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, January 3rd, 2013, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington. 

    She was born December 5th, 1920, in Cozad, Nebraska, to Earl E. and Autumn L. (Parkin) Bennett.

    Erma grew up in the rural Eustis/Farnam, Nebraska area. She was united in marriage to Wilbert Feddersen on August 10th, 1940, at Kearney, Nebraska. The couple lived in the Buffalo area. Wilbert died on November 16th, 1967, Erma then moved to Lexington in 1968.

    Her working years were spent at Monroe Auto in Cozad as well as being an Avon Representative for many years. She grew very close to her Avon customers and enjoyed their visits together. Erma also enjoyed taking care of her yard and flowers and being with her family. 

    Erma is survived by two sons; Ray “Bud” (Dorothy) Feddersen of Lexington and Jerry (Peggy) Feddersen of Gothenburg, Nebraska; one sister, Lila “Peg” Brown of Gothenburg; 10 grandchildren, many great and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death, besides by her husband, by her parents; daughter, Bonnie; sister, Vivian and infant sister, Eva; and eight brothers, Vern, Virgil, Donald, Melvin, Mervin, Keith, Bob and Clinton.

    Funeral Services were held Monday, January 7th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Lexington with Pastor Duane Russell officiating.

    Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
    Memorials are suggested to the Donor’s Choice. 

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Eva May Marie Hilker, age 93 (1919-2013)

    Eva May Marie (Toomey) Hilker, 93, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, January 3rd, 2013, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

    Eva was born May 18th, 1919, to Salem and Mahala (Pierson) Toomey, north of Holbrook, Nebraska and grew up south of Arapahoe, Nebraska, on a farm. She spent most of her young life there with the exception of a few years in Michigan. 

    She was united in marriage to Alfred Hilker on June 16th, 1946, at Junction City, Kansas. Following their marriage they farmed the home place north of Holbrook for eight years. They then moved to Washington State and Idaho for work until 1959, when they moved to Lexington. They built their home on south Washington Street where they enjoyed many wonderful years sharing their bountiful garden and the fruit from their fruit trees with friends and neighbors.

    Eva enjoyed collecting dolls and being a part of the “Do Nothing” Club. She was also a faithful member of the Evangelical Free Church. 

    Eva is survived by several close nieces and nephews; as well as grand-nieces and grand-nephews, other relatives and many friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred in 2001; two infant children, Bruce Jon and Dawn Elaine; half-brothers and sisters, Ben, Mike, Simon, Mary, and Ada.

    Funeral Services were held Saturday, January 5th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Free Church in Lexington with Pastor Duane Russell officiating.

    Burial was in the Holbrook Cemetery in Holbrook, Nebraska.
    Memorials are suggested to Evangelical Free Church or the Holbrook Cemetery Association.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements.

    Please forward online condolences to the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Floyd A. Lindekugel, age 88 (1925-2014)

    Floyd A. Lindekugel, 88, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died August 25th, 2014, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
    He was born September 12th, 1925, in Hershey, Nebraska, son of Fredrick William “Bill” and Clara (Culp) Lindekugel.
    Floyd enlisted in the US Navy and served his country for three years during WWII on the US Corregidor, USS Mission Bay and USS Barnwell. Floyd married Marjorie Sherman on April 30th, 1954, at Lexington, Nebraska.
    They lived in North Platte, Nebraska from 1954 to 1959. They lived in San Bernardino, California, from 1959 to 1985 while Floyd worked as a sheet metal worker in Riverside. After retirement they returned to Nebraska, making their home in Gothenburg. Floyd was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
    Survivors include his wife Marjorie; son Jim (Shelly) Lindekugel; daughter, Paula (Larry) Hashman; daughter, Joan (Tom) Lunsford; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; a sister, Hazel Wynne; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
    Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Jerry; grandson Tim Lindekugel; brothers, August, Charles, Ivan and Ervin Lindekugel; sisters, Bertha and Edna Lindekugel and Esther Founds.
    Cremation was chosen. Memorial services and inurnment in Gaslin Cemetery will be at a later date. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Former Cozad Resident: Julia Brown, age 81 (1932-2013)

    Julia Brown, 81, of Chandler, Arizona, died Saturday, July 20th, 2013, at Total Care Assisted Living in Chandler.

    Julia was born February 25th, 1932, at Hastings, Nebraska, to Albert and Anna (Lindeman) Herbek. She graduated from Cozad High School. During school Julia worked as an usher at the Rialto Theatre. She had also spent some time working at the local shoe store. 

    On September 10th, 1949, she married Kenneth H. Brown. The couple made their home at Cozad, Nebraska, where Ken was employed at the hay mills and later at Doc’s 66 Station, while Julia cared for the family. In most recent years, Julia made her home in Chandler since February of 2011 to be close to her family.

    Julia loved animals and also loved to garden. She took great pride in her yard and landscaping.

    Julia is preceded in death by her husband in 2005; four brothers-in-law, Harold Sweeney and Lawrence, Lloyd and Wayne Brown and sister-in-law, Margaret Garcia.

    Survivors include her son, Larry (Pam) Brown of Chandler, Arizona; sister Beverly Sweeney of Cozad; brother, Bob (Debbie) Herbek of Lincoln, Nebraska; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn (Sam) Stelk of Grand Island, Nebraska and Elnora Ryckman of Mohave Valley, Arizona; three grandsons, Dana (Leah) Brown of Queen Creek, Arizona, Chad Brown of Chandler, Cory Brown of Queen Creek, Arizona and five great-grandchildren, Madison, Rain, River, Caleb and Carter.

    Memorial services will be held on Friday, August 2nd, 2013, at 11 a.m. a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad. 

    A private inurnment will be held in the Cozad Cemetery.

    Visitation for memorial book signatures will be held on Thursday, August 1st, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Berryman Funeral Home.

    A memorial has been established in her memory. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com

  • Memorials Are Suggested: Cathy Ann Kohl, age 61 (1952-2013)

    Cathy Ann Kohl, 61, of North Platte, Nebraska, died July 19th, 2013, at the North Platte Care Center.

    Cathy was born April 7th, 1952, in North Platte to Everett and Jan Gray Zeigler.

    Cathy attended school in North Platte, graduating from North Platte High School in 1971. She was a cook and waitress while raising her children, then drove a semi with her husband until they retired. 

    She will be remembered as a good wife, awesome mom and wonderful grandma.

    Survivors include her husband, Bruce A. Kohl of North Platte; children, Shawn (Kristi) Kohl of Grant, Nebraska; Lisa (Chuck) Sabin of Cozad, Nebraska and Toby (Ave) Kohl of North Platte; grandchildren, Tucker, Jack and Jeb Kohl, Jacob and Brady Sabin and Mattaya Kohl; parents, Everett and Jan Zeigler of North Platte; and brothers, Raymond Zeigler of Cozad and Toby Zeigler of North Platte.

    She was preceded in death by her father and mother in-law, Ed and Pauly Kohl; and a sister, Mary Ziegler.

    Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 26th, 2013, at Harvest Christian Fellowship with the Reverend Jeremy Rinke officiating.  

    Those wishing to sign the register book may do so from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. today through Thursday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.

    Memorials may be made in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.

    Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

  • Former Gothenburg Resident: Joleen J. Shaw, age 76 (1918-2013)

    Joleen Joyce Shaw, 76, of North Platte, Nebraska, died July 15th, 2013, in North Platte. 

    She was born February 6th, 1937, in Gothenburg, Nebraska, daughter of Theo and Nora Rodine. She grew up at Gothenburg and attended New Hope elementary and graduated from Gothenburg High School.  She married Larry Shaw Jr., June 17th, 1961, they had three children. Larry preceded her in death in 1981. For the past 10 years she worked at the Cabela's Call Center in North Platte. She attended First Baptist Church in North Platte. Her passions were her family, Nebraska Football, golf and her animals.

    Joleen is survived by her friend Mel Sappenfield of North Platte; daughter - Sandy McFarland of Salt Lake, Utah; son Larry (Kris) Shaw  of Tampa, Florida; two grandsons - Josh McFarland of Los Angeles, California; Austin Shaw of Carrollton, Georgia; two granddaughters - Ashley McFarland of Salt Lake, Utah, Chelsea Shaw of Peru, Indiana;  brother - Wallace Rodine of North Platte, Nebraska; sister - Marian Peterson of Brady, Nebraska; along with nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

    Joleen was preceded in death by husband, Larry Herman Shaw Jr.; father, Theo Rodine; mother, Nora Rodine; daughter, Debbie Shaw; son-in-law, Dillon McFarland and her in-laws.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, July 18th, 2013,  5-7 p.m. 

    Services will be held at First Baptist Church, July 19th, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Bill Ivey officiating.  

    Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.

    Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church.  To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Vera May Brummet, age 94 (1918-2013)

    Vera May Brummet, 94, of Lexington, Nebraska, died July 11th, 2013, at the Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

    Vera was born June 23rd, 1918, at Callaway, Nebraska, to George and Minnie (Reed) Klein. She spent her younger years in the Callaway and Cozad, Nebraska, areas before moving to the Lexington area in 1928, where she lived the remainder of her life. On June 29th, 1935, she married Raymond Brummet, the love of her life. This union was blessed with two daughters, Geraldine and Janet; whom she called her “two darling daughters.”

    She loved being a homemaker and mother and later a grandmother. After the girls were grown she worked for 18 years at Holen Floral until she fell and broke her hip. Ray preceded her in death on August 23rd, 1997 and later, after living in the same house for over 50 years and because of health problems, she moved to Park Avenue Estates and later to Plum Creek Care Center.

    She received Christ as her savior in 1950 and soon after became a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Lexington. She was active in Sunday school, Bible School, ladies activities, Bible studies, choir, etc. as long as her health permitted.

    She and Ray enjoyed traveling and camping and spent many happy days camping in various parks around the country, especially enjoying spending winters in Texas where they made many more friends.

    Surviving are her daughters Geraldine (Bill) Powell of Gordon, Nebraska and Janet Mills of Lexington, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Laura Haney of Denver, Colorado; Tim Dixon of Maywood, Nebraska; Mark (Ann) Mills of Pella, Iowa and Ross (Holli) Mills of Bellevue, Nebraska; great-grandchildren, Nate and Kyle Haney, Nikki (Ross) Rice and Casey Dixon; Amanda VanLandingham; Eric, Stephen, Justin, Emily and William Mills; great-great-grandchildren, Shea and Brock VanSickle; sisters-in-law, Viva Klein and Mary Brummet; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. 

    Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Ray; sisters, Velma Hammond and Annetta Marie Marsh; brothers, Lawrence and Robert Klein; great-grandson, Shawn Haney; son-in-law, Denzel Mills; and, several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

    A Celebration of her life will be held Thursday, July 18th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Lexington with Pastor Duane Russell officiating. 

    Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 17th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

    Vera’s body will be cremated with Inurnment to be held Friday, July 19th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Robb Cemetery south of Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical Free Church.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Former Cozad Resident: Kevin Morris, age 57 (1955-2013)

    Kevin Morris, 57, of Grand Island, Nebraska, formerly of Clarks, Nebraska and Fullerton, Nebraska, died Tuesday, July 9th at his home.

    Kevin was born October 26th, 1955 at Grand Island to William and Ardeen (Anderson) Morris. He grew up in Fullerton and graduated Fullerton High School in 1974. He attended Kearney State College.

    He lived in Cozad and worked for Monroe Shocks. He worked for a time at Lindsay Manufacturing. He was a motorcycle mechanic in California. He returned to the Clarks area and did farm and construction work. 

    He enjoyed working on motorcycles, fishing, dancing, watching movies, listening to rock and roll music and riding motocross bikes.

    Survivors include one brother, Robert Morris of Newman Grove, Nebraska and his daughter Ashley; two sisters, Melody Kohl and husband Jeff of Gothenburg, Nebraska and their children Mike, Heather, Pat and Eric, Barbara Frederick and husband Doug of Guernsey, Wyoming and their children Laurie, Rodney and Scott.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, maternal grandparents, Buster and Sarah Anderson and paternal grandparents Albert and Josephine Morris.

    Memorial Services were Friday, at Palmer Funeral Home in Fullerton. Rev. Val Warman officiated. 

    Burial was in the Fullerton Cemetery.

  • Lexington Resident: Lolita M. Biehl, 86 (1927-2013)

    Lolita M. Biehl, 86, of rural Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, July 11th, 2013, at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad, Nebraska.

    Lolita was the third of seven children born to W.E. “Edd” Riley and Grace Harriett Davis at Trenton, Nebraska, on March 26th, 1927. She attended Trenton Public Schools all 12 years and graduated as salutatorian of the class of 1944. She was baptized and raised in the Trenton Congregational Church. Lolita had taken the normal training courses in high school and following graduation she taught in a rural school in Hitchcock County. Before WWII was over she took training in Omaha, learning Teletype and was sent to Dayton, Ohio and worked at Wright-Patterson Airbase. In 1949, she accepted a teaching position at Dawson County District North 17 where she taught all eight grades. 

    Lolita was united in marriage to Jerold “Jerry” Biehl on August 20th, 1950, in the Trenton Congregational Church. They started their married life in Augusta, Georgia, as Jerry served in the U.S. Army. While living there, their first child was born, Cathy. In 1952, they returned to Lexington to farm with Jerry’s parents. Two more daughters were born to this union, Nancy and Cheryl. They fed cattle and farmed, expanding the operation through the years. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2007, continued to live on the farm until 2009 when she would reside at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

    She was an active member of Farm & Fireside Extension Club, serving in all the offices. She served on the Dawson County Extension Club Council and Extension Board. Lolita was a 4-H leader for many years. She served as a mentor for the HOSTS program in the Lexington Schools. Lolita was a member of the Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church, she enjoyed teaching Sunday school, vacation Bible school, youth fellowship, leading Bible studies and serving the women in all capacities, including Presbyterian Women. Lolita loved being a part of women’s groups, especially PEO Chapter HV.

    Lolita liked to do all kinds of crafts, sewing, knitting and crocheting. She collected poetry, which she put into scrapbooks. Lolita loved her family and enjoyed family gatherings, hosting many at her home. She will be greatly missed.

    Survivors include her daughters and their husbands: Cathy and John Hanson of Lexington, the Revs. Nancy and Lance Isaacson of Jackson, Minnesota and Cheryl and Steve Roberts of Omaha, Nebraska; two sisters and a brother-in-law, LaVerna Amann of Atwood, Kansas, Linda and Gary Wooters of Ponca City, Oklahoma and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lynn and Sharon Riley. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jennifer and Mike Cumming, Brian and Sarah Hanson, Mark and Heather Hanson, Jay and Samantha Roberts, Jana Roberts and Brett Colburn, John Isaacson and Maddie Isaacson; six great-grandchildren, Adah, Boden and Spencer Cumming, Graden Hanson, and Griffin, Wyatt and Quinn Hanson and one more coming this year.

    Lolita was preceded in death by her husband Jerry, her parents, her in-laws, Bill and Rose Biehl sisters and brothers-in-law, Edna Fick, brother, Paul D. Riley, sisters, Edna and Floyd Fricke and Nedine and Bill Skinner, brother-in-law, Hugh Amann, unborn infant children and grandson, Timothy Hanson.

    Memorial Services will be held Monday, July 15th, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Lance Isaacson, officiating.

    Visitation will be held Sunday, July 14th, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Private Burial will be prior to Memorial Service at Buffalo Grove Cemetery.

    In Lieu Of Flowers, Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Lexington Community Foundation.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

  • Lexington Resident Frederick “Bill” Slater, age 70 (1943-2013)

    Frederick W. “Bill” Slater, 70, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

    Bill was born January 20th, 1943, in Smith Center, Kansas, to Rhuben and Alvrada (Lewis) Slater. He graduated high school from Kearney, Nebraska, in 1961. Bill was united in marriage to Kay Reed on August 12th, 1967, in Lexington.Two children were blessed to this marriage; Don and Kelly. 

    Bill’s working career included; Darr Packing, Monroe Auto, Valley Sales and Orthman Manufacturing, where he retired from in 2005. He was a welder by trade.  
    His interests were many, but among his favorite were woodworking, fishing, hunting, reading, finding treasures at garage sales, music, playing the guitar, gardening, but most especially, spending time with the grandkids.  

    Survivors include his loving wife Kay of nearly 46 years of Lexington, Nebraska; daughter, Kelly Slater and companion Harold Beam of Johnson Lake, Nebraska; four grandchildren: Timothy and Adam Beam of Johnson Lake; and Brian (Jessica) Slater of Wenstchee, Washington; and Elisabeth Slater of Chelan, Washington; brother-in-law, Dennis (Nancy) Reed of Lexington; also surviving are several siblings and their families. The family also wished to mention his wonderful Hospice volunteers who took such loving care of him through his sickness and death.

    Bill was preceded in death by his parents; son, Don in 2007 and mother-in-law, Velma Hammond. 

    It was Bill wishes that his body be cremated. The family has honored those wishes. There will be a private graveside service at a later date.

    Memorials are suggested the Family for later designation. 

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Cozad Resident Peter J. Huber, age 85 (1927-2013)

    Peter J. Huber, 85, of Cozad, Nebraska, died July 2nd, 2013, at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad

    Peter was born July 10th, 1927, at Savage, Montana, to Theodore and Margaret (Mock) Huber, Sr. He attended District 33 School in Crane, Montana.

    Following his schooling, Peter served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1946 to 1949. On July 16th, 1958, Peter married Phyllis Peden at Elwood, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Cozad where Peter quickly began work at Nebraska Plastics. In the late 1960’s, Peter took a job with Monroe Auto where he remained until eventually taking a position as a crane operator with New Holland. In the late 1970’s, Peter began work with the Cozad City Schools as a janitor, retiring in the early 90’s.

    Peter was a hard worker his entire life. His parents were sugar beet farmers, and Peter had been accustomed to working on the farm since the age of four. Because of his upbringing, Peter always enjoyed keeping a garden. His childhood also instilled in him a sense of appreciation for everything that he had. While material things never mattered much to Peter, he took wonderful care of everything in his possession, never taking anything for granted. Peter loved music and dancing. He was a caring and loving husband, dad and grandpa.

    Peter was a long-time member of the American Lutheran Church in Cozad.

    Peter was preceded in death his parents; brother, Joe, his twin brother, Leo, Don, and Harold; along with a sister, Viola.

    Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Huber of Cozad; four daughters, Ramona (Wes) Neben of Lexington, Nebraska, Debbie (Jay) Smith of Hebron, Nebraska, Shelly Enyeart (Capri Chapman) of Holdrege, Nebraska and Lana (Mike) Nicolen of Holdrege; three brothers, Alvin Huber of Seattle, Washington, Ted Huber of Great Falls, Montana and Richard Huber of Billings, Montana; sister, Eileen Loegering of Billings, seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter and many other relatives and friends.

    Services were held on Friday, July 5th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Cozad with Pastor Mike Parsh officiating. 

    Burial with military honors was at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell.

    Memorials are suggested to Central Plains Home Health and Hospice in Peter’s memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Former Cozad Resident Ismael L. Cañas, age 79 (1934-2013)

    Ismael Lopez Cañas died on June 18th, 2013, four days after his 79th birthday. 

    Ismael, known to many as Izzy, was born in Big Springs, Texas, on June 14th, 1934, and before his 20th birthday he married the love of his life, Maria Elena Kuri. 

    The young couple began 59 years together by moving to Cozad, Nebraska, where they started a family.

    Ismael spent many years at Allied Mills tending to Nebraska-grown alfalfa in the company's grain elevators. As her youngsters moved into teen years, Maria wished to find work, so Izzy "bought Maria a job." He purchased Cozad's Dairy Sweet ice cream store in 1969 and operated it with the help of the family for the next eight years. Soon, the Cañas family migrated to Phoenix, where Izzy returned to grain elevators. He worked for Bay State Mills, the towers now a landmark in downtown Tempe and later in Tolleson, Arizona. 

    He was preceded in death by a sister, Esther Cañas Lopez and a brother, Jose Lopez Cañas, Jr. 

    Izzy is survived by Maria, six children and two grandchildren.The grown children are Izzy Cañas, Jr., Anna Maria Cañas (Reggie Lowe), Annabelia Boyles (Bob Boyles), Amelia Cañas, all of Phoenix, Maggie Cañas (Juan Rodriguez Moreno) of Nogales, Mexico and Jose Luis Cañas (Jaason Gregorovious) of Denver, Colorado. 

    Grandsons who made him very proud, Mario Cañas and Mozart Cañas Rentana, both hail from Phoenix. He also is survived by his brother David and sister Rebecca of Cozad.

    He leaves behind a loving family and many admiring friends and neighbors.
    All who knew this kind, out-going, mellow man would agree with his fellow Bay State workers, who took joy in changing his nickname from "Izzy" to "Easy." 

    Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, June 24th at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. 

    Interment then took place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

  • Cozad Resident: Fred Hecox, age 88 (1924-2013)

    Dr. Fred W. Hecox, 88, of Cozad, Nebraska, died July 1st, 2013, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg, Nebraska.

    Fred was born October 11th, 1924, at Cozad to Dr. Rexford A. and Margaret R. (Janssen) Hecox. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1942. Fred followed in his father's footsteps and pursued a career in dentistry. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he was President of his senior class and a two-year letter winner for the Huskers in basketball. Fred went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska Dental School. 

    On August 1st, 1946, Fred married Marilyn Boettcher at Columbus, Nebraska. In 1951, the couple moved to San Diego, where they lived while Fred was serving in the U.S. Navy. In 1953, the family moved to Cozad, where Dr. Fred joined his father in the family dental practice and Marilyn lovingly cared for their three children, Terri, Cathy and Mike. In 1964, Dr. Fred and his father established the Cozad Dental Clinic at its present location on E street. 

    Fred was very active in his community throughout his career in Cozad, having served on the School Board for 13 years in numerous capacities, including president, secretary and treasurer. He was a member of the Cozad Chamber of Commerce for nearly 40 years. He was active in the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250, Rotary Club, Masons and had served on the Airport Authority Board. He was inducted into the Cozad Community Hospital Health Care Hall of Fame in October of 2006. In addition to Fred’s civic service, he was also very active in the Nebraska Dental Association on both the state and district levels. Fred had been a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cozad for over 50 years, and had served as both an elder and trustee.

    Fred enjoyed playing bridge, Husker football, hunting, golfing, gardening, travelling and spending time with family at their cabin at Jeffrey Lake. An active life never kept Fred from his highest priorities, family and God. He was incredibly proud to have served his country, and carried a deep sense of patriotism throughout his life.

    Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn in November of 2012; sister, Orvene Welden and a brother, Donald Hecox.

    Fred is survived by two daughters, Teresa (Jim) Lambrechts of Westminster, Colorado and Catherine Kissel of Kearney, Nebraska; son, Dr. Michael (Dawn) Hecox of Cozad; seven grandchildren, Gina (Jeff) Denton, Darcy (Quincy) Week, Cody (Brittany) Kissel, Christopher (Linda) Lambrechts, Dr. Ashton (Sara) Hecox, Tarron Hecox and Cullon Hecox and three great-grandchildren, Kyle, Evan and Riley.

    Memorial services were held on Monday, July 8th, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Cozad with Pastor Elaine Besthorn officiating. 

    A private family burial was held in the Cozad Cemetery prior to the service.

    In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his memory. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Sandra Hayworth, age 68 (1945-2013)

    Sandra Hayworth, 68, of Central City, Nebraska, formerly of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died on Saturday, June 29th, 2013, at Bryan East Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

    Sandra was born on June 7th, 1945, in Gothenburg to Harold and Hazel (Bringelson) Hayworth. She attended grade school in Gothenburg and graduated from Hershey High School. After graduation, Sandra worked at various jobs; and lived with her family in Hershey and then moved with them to Gothenburg. After the death of her sister, Jackie, Sandra moved to Central City to be closer to her niece, Sheila Lenhart.
    Survivors include: Sheila and Kip Lenhart of Central City; her nephew, Kevin Bodfield of Gothenburg; nine great-nieces and nephews; and three great-great-nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Hazel Hayworth; two sisters, Charlotte Hayworth and Jackie Bodfield; and one brother, Larry Hayworth.

    Funeral services will be held Friday, July 5th at 11 a.m. at Faith Chapel in Gothenburg with Rev. Larry Viter officiating.  

    Interment is in the Peckham Cemetery near Gothenburg.

    Solt Funeral Home of Central City was in charge of the arrangements. 

    Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com

  • Lexington Resident: Oscar W. Ziebell, age 95 (1918-2013)

    Oscar W. Ziebell, 95, of Lexington, Nebraska, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at the Shackley Retirement Village in Lexington.

    He was born May 12th, 1918, in Arapahoe, Nebraska, to Wilhelm B. and Sophie (Esslinger) Ziebell. Oscar attended school at Immanuel Lutheran School northeast of Arapahoe. Oscar lived at home until 1940 where he worked at various farms for his Uncle William Monter. He then worked on the J-1 and J-2 powerhouse at Johnson Lake. Before Oscar enlisted into the Navy he joined the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corporation), also known as FDR’s Tree Army. They planted trees, built dams and did terrace work on farm fields with shovels and wheelbarrows.

    Oscar enlisted in the United States Navy as a Seaman in October of 1941, he spent time in Pearl Harbor, Melbourne, Australia and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Oscar served his country and was honorably discharged in St. Louis Missouri, in October of 1945.

    Oscar was united in marriage to Hertha Monter on February 10th, 1946, in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Three children were blessed to this marriage: Janet, Don and Jolene. The family lived in Lexington where Oscar worked at the Lexington Mill and Elevator sacking livestock feed and then worked for Dawson County Motors. In 1960, they had a shop built called “Oscar’s Garage,” which he ran until retiring in 1981. On August 15th, 1977, Hertha passed away. On June 17th, 1978, he married Verna Beyl Pittenger. They did quite a bit of traveling in the United States until Verna’s health started deteriorating. She passed away on August 22nd, 2008.

    Oscar enjoyed woodworking, gardening and worked for Hillside Farms with the fall harvest. He also liked playing pool and Domino’s with his friends at the Grand Generation Center and made many close friends while living at Shackely Retirement Village. Family was also very important to Oscar and he will be greatly missed.

    Oscar was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Hertha, second wife Verna, two brothers; Lorenz and Emil; two sisters; Marie Weber and Ida Roth, step-son, Gordon Dean Pittenger and step-daughter, Linda Nelson.

    Survivors include his son: Don (Jill) Ziebell of Lincoln, Nebraska; daugthers, Janet (Dennis) Austin of Brighton, Colorado and Jolene Ziebell of Madison, Nebraska; step-daughter, Diana McCartney of Chappell, Nebraska; step-son-in-law, Dan Nelson of Lincoln, Nebraska; sister, Irene Monter–Chadwick of Denver, Colorado; five grandchildren; Kevin (Shannon) Ziebell of Gretna, Nebraska; Kim (Doug) Glaze of Lexington; Nathan (Jessaca) Austin of Brighton; Scott (Amanda) Austin of Brighton and Megan (Trevor) Strohfus of Thornton, Colorado and eight great-grandchildren. 

    Funeral Services were held Saturday, June 29th, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Rob Kuefner and Vicar Bill Ohlmann, officiating.

    Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements. 

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  • Cozad Resident: Margaret D. Stuart, age 94 (1918-2013)

    Margaret D. Stuart, 94, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Thursday, June 27th, 2013, at Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad.

    Margaret was born November 10th, 1918, in Cozad to Earl and Mabel (Atkins) Luttin.  

    Unfortunately, the next day her father died of the 1918 Flu epidemic. Margaret and her mother then lived for several years with her maternal grandparents, who operated a large dairy on what is today East 12th street in Cozad. Since Margaret was an only child the four children of her mother’s twin sister were like siblings. 

    She graduated from Cozad High School in 1936 and attended junior college in Long Beach, California. Following her schooling, Margaret returned to Cozad and was employed as a bank teller. The job at the bank led to Margaret meeting her future husband, M. Jack Stuart, who was in the early stages of launching F & S Sausage Company. The couple married on June 25th, 1948 and remained in Cozad as business partners with Cot and Euvah Stuart and Rudy and Sophie Fischer. Margaret assisted with the business any way she was needed until they had a family and her children became her primary focus. Jack and Margaret remained involved with F & S Sausage Company for over 30 years.

    Margaret placed a high value on her family throughout her life, and even kept up with distant family members by writing frequent letters. A few letters reached the hands of relatives she had never met. She sought to make connections whenever she could, and maintained them fervently. It was important to Margaret that she nurtured an appreciation for music, learning, and volunteerism in her children.

    Margaret was active in her church through youth Sunday School, choir, Bible study, Adult Sunday School and Women’s Society. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader in addition to involvement in Extension Club and Birthday Club. Margaret served in numerous leadership roles: Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, President of the United Methodist Women, President of the Countryside China Painter’s and President of the Tri-County Shrine Auxiliary. An active life never kept Margaret from her highest priorities, family and God.

    Margaret was preceded in death by her husband in 1985; her son Orlo Brent Stuart; and her parents.

    Survivors include her two daughters, Earlene Uhrig of Omaha, Nebraska and Marla (Stephen) Houston of Omaha; six grandchildren, Stephanie, Louree, Jack and Andrew Houston and Brent and Brian Uhrig; brothers-in-law, D.M. “Cot” (Euvah) Stuart and Ervin Kloppenborg, all of Cozad; and Jack King of New Carrolton, Maryland.

    Memorials have been established in her memory with Cozad United Methodist Church, Meadowlark Pointe Assisted Living and Tri-County Shrine Auxiliary. 

    Services will be held on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Cozad Cemetery.

    Visitation will be held on Monday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Elna “Jean” Bevard, age 83 (1929-2013)

    Elna “Jean” Bevard, 83 of Cozad, Nebraska, died Saturday, June 29th, 2013, at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

    Jean was born September 3rd, 1929, at Lexington, Nebraska, to John and Jenny (Holster) Flynn. She attended Lexington High School.

    On December 14th, 1946, Jean married Thomas F. Bevard, Sr. at Lexington. The couple made their home in Cozad where Jean was employed with Monroe Auto for 29 years where she held a multitude of different positions. While at Monroe’s she worked concurrently in housecleaning, all while raising her five children.

    Jean was a member of the First Church of The Nazarene in Cozad. She enjoyed doll making, sewing, embroidery, watching TV and spending time with her family. Jean also spent a great deal of time working on her family’s genealogy and expanding her spoon collection.

    Jean was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sons, Tom, Jr. in 2005 and Bill in 2012; five grandchildren; two brothers and seven sisters.

    Survivors include her son, Victor Bevard of Cozad; two daughters, Linda (Gary) France of Papillion, Nebraska and Sally Maher of Lincoln, Nebraska; 15 Grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a host of great-great-grandchildren; sister, Janice Bevard of Lincoln; and many other relatives and friends.

    Arrangements are pending at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

    Memorials are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation Jean’s memory. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Former Brady Resident: Dean Fredrick Jones, age 77 (1935-2013)

    Dean Fredrick Jones, 77, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, formerly of Hermiston, Oregon and Brady, Nebraska, died June 3rd, 2013, in Los Vegas, Nevada. 

    He was born October 14th, 1935 in Hyannis, Nebraska, son of Ervin and Florence (Trunnell) Jones. 

    As a young man, he went to work for Union Pacific Rail Road in the communications department as a lineman and radio man, eventually becoming the manager communication of the Northwest district and one of two construction managers for UPRR. His job took him to many locations and new homes thru the years. He retired early in 1989 and went on the consult for UPRR and had his own business in A/C and handyman in Arizona.  He continued to better himself with schooling and had many interests. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking and traveling. He owned and flew his own airplane. Some other interests include racecar, auto mechanics, upholstery, beekeeping, welding, cooking, gardening, and reading. He always visited family and friends and made sure they had what was needed. He generously gave of his time and himself. He was loved and will be greatly missed.

    Survivors include two daughters: Barbara (James) Wilson of Milton-Freewater, Oregon; Donna (Raul) Jones-Ochoa of North Platte, Nebraska; son: Michael (Marge) Jones of Pendelton, Oregon; two grandsons: Casey (Jessica) Jones of Portland, Oregon and Ryan Ochoa of North Platte; two granddaughters: Kathern (Elliott) Kreshner of Denver, Colorado and Amber Ochoa of Lincoln, Nebraska; two great-granddaughters: Lillian Jones and Cordila Jones; sister: Edith Trowbridge of Montpelier, Ohio; four nieces: Mitchy, Kelly, Margie and Angie; along with extended family and friends.

    Dean was preceded in death by father, Ervin Jones; mother, Florence Jones; brother, Robert Jones; grandparents.

    Memorial services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel onFriday, June 28th, 2013, at 11 a.m. 

    Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery.

    Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Lexington Resident Marianne Fagot, age 93 (1919-2013)

    Marianne Fagot, 93, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, June 24th, 2013, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

    She was born July 10th, 1919, in Stanton, Nebraska, the daughter of Marie (Rieger) and Fred Slobodney. The family later moved to Kearney, Nebraska, where she attended high school, graduating in 1936, then attended Kearney State College where she earned a degree in accounting. She worked as an accountant for a law firm until her marriage to Lexingtonite, Harold “Jake” Jacobson at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington.

    Marianne and Jake adopted a newborn son on December 26th, 1942, naming him John Harold Jacobson and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, with their new baby, where they remained for the duration of WWII. After the war they returned to Lexington, where they opened a plumbing business. After Jake’s death in 1953, Marianne married Joseph Fagot in 1954 and then worked alongside Joe at their liquor store for many years.  She and Joe acquired a second residence in Pharr, Texas, where they spent many winters, until Joe’s death there in 1997. After that, Marianne continued to winter in Texas until her health forced her to remain in Lexington year round.

    Marianne loved music and was an accomplished violinist, organist and saxophone player. Both her parents were musicians and taught her to play various instruments. It is said she played with the Kearney Symphony Orchestra as well as the family band at a very young age. Marianne had many talents and enjoyed gold, sewing and doll making.  She loved the lake and fishing. She was an excellent cook.

    Preceding  her in death were her two husbands, Harold Jacobson and Joseph Fagot, her parents, her son, John H. Jacobson of Gillette, Wyoming and step-son, Raymond Fagot of Lexington.

    She is survived by her sister, Catherine Lamb of Sparks, Nevada, her brother, Joe Slobodney of Escondido, California, her step-daughter, LaDonna (Fagot) Bieker of Pahrump, Nevada, two daughters-in-law, Connie Fagot of Ord, Nebraska and Mary Ellen Jacobson of Gillette; 13 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, and multiple nieces and nephews.

    Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, June 29th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Neal Nollette, officiating.

    Her wishes to be cremated were honored and burial will be at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery

    Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Rd, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida, 32456

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

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  • Gothenburg Resident: Emil Charles Alberts, 79 (1933-2013)

    Emil Charles Alberts, 79, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died June 26th, 2013, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital. 

    He was born August 15th, 1933, on the family farm north of Gothenburg, son of Charlie and Hilway (Haddad) Alberts.

    Emil graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1951. On November 3rd, 1955, he joined the army and served his country until he was honorable discharged on June 26th, 1957.

    On January 18th, 1973, Emil married Lois Vickers at the First United Methodist Church in Gothenburg.

    In 2005 Emil was elected into the Dawson County Cattleman Hall of Fame, for his life long dedication to his herd of high-quality Hereford and crossbred cattle.

    Emil was always proud that he was born on his dad's farm north of Gothenburg and was able to live there all his life except for the two years he spent in the service, stationed in Germany. He loved to work with cattle and trapping. He had a special place in his heart for his horses, especially Babe and Joker and his dogs, Spotty, Daisy, Honey. Emil had a green thumb and was known as the Watermelon Man to many as well as his home grown cantaloupe. Emil was a faithful giver of blood to the Red Cross until they could no longer find a vein; at last tally he was over 13 gallons donated

    Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Lois Alberts, step-daughters, Shirley Logan, Karen Mann, Janet Jenkins all of Gothenburg; brother, George C.(Rosemary) Alberts of Gothenburg; sister, Bessie (Tony)  Shada of Kearney, Nebraska; sister-in-law Cleta Alberts of Aurora, Nebraska; nephews Mark Alberts, Mike Alberts,  Dan Alberts, David Shada, Gary Shada; nieces Cindy  Burns, Cheryl Irwin, Mary Rivett, Toni Ann Jackson; six step-grandchildren, 15 step- great-grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

    Emil was preceded in death by his parents, Hilway and Charlie Alberts, brothers Jesse Alberts, Alfred Alberts, Johnny Alberts, nephew, Lane Alberts and step-son Mike Jenkins.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Sunday, June 30th, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 2-4 p.m.

    Services will be held at First United Methodist Church on July 1st, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg. 

    Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, NE 69138. 

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Herbert J. Kuhlman, 89 (1923-2013)

    Herbert J. Kuhlman, 89, of Cozad, Nebraska, died June 22nd, 2013, at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

    Herbert was born August 1st, 1923, at Los Angeles, California, to Henry and Anna (Shelter) Kuhlman. Herbert attended high school before entering the U.S. Army, where he faithfully served his country in WWII. Throughout the war effort Herbert, a teenager at the time, fought in tanks all the way to victory in Germany.  

    Following the war‚Äôs conclusion, Herbert returned to Los Angeles where he met Ruth, from Cozad, who worked in an armament factory with Herb‚Äôs sister. Herbert and Ruth moved to Cozad in 1949 to become farmers. Herb also learned the plumbing trade and worked over 20 years for Maline and Dodson plumbing shops. Herbert and Ruth had five children. Ruth died in 1968, at the age 45 from cancer.  

    On July 10th, 1970, in Cozad, Herbert married Mary L. Hime, who was also a widowed in 1967.

    In 1973 Herbert and Mary moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where they both worked at Maricopa County Hospital. Herbert, in the building maintenance and Mary, in admissions. Herbert retired in 1988. In December of 2009, they moved from Phoenix to Meadowlark Pointe assisted living at Cozad.   

    Herbert was a proud part of what is often referred to as the ‚ÄúGreatest Generation.‚Äù He exhibited many of the wonderful qualities and values that have come to characterize his generation as special.  His greatest effect on others was his sense of humor and kind ways.  He was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandpa.

    Herbert enjoyed playing cards, traveling, golfing, woodcarving, his grandkids and making people laugh.

    Herbert was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth in 1968; son, Larry D. Kuhlman in 2009; and stepson, Michael Hime in 1995.

    Survivors include his wife, Mary Kuhlman of Cozad; children, Janice (Larry) Knoedler of Lexington, Nebraska, Henry (Dorothy) Kuhlman of Bowling Green, Florida, Beverly (Dan) Bernal of Bellingham, Washington and Peggy (Dan) Pohlman of Arnold, Missouri; stepchildren, Nancy (Randy) Kopf of Lexington and Jerry Hime of Leadville, Colorado; grandchildren, Dustin Kuhlman, Nick Kuhlman (Henry's sons); Jason Bernal and Michelle Berg (Beverly's children); Jeffrey Knoedler and Kari Knoedler (Janice's children); Preston Stout and Jessica Stout (Peggy's children); Tiffany Kopf and Brandy Connerley (Nancy's daughters); Jason Hime and Bobbie Hime (Mike's sons); Graham Hime (Jerry's son); numerous great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends

    Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 29th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad with Father Don O‚Brien officiating. Inurnment will be held in the Cozad Cemetery at a later date.

    Visitation for memorial book signatures will be held on Friday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

    A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Donna “JoAnne” Miller, 82 (1930-2013)

    Donna "JoAnne" Miller, 82, of Axtell, Nebraska, formerly of Brady, Nebraska, died Sunday, June 23rd, 2013, at Bethany Home in Minden, Nebraska.

    JoAnne Miller was born November 2nd, 1930, in North Platte to Dewey McKinley and Alice Bernice Lawrence. She graduated from North Platte High School in 1948 and married Anton (Tony) Miller of rural Gothenburg July 31st, 1948, in North Platte. After he re-enlisted, the couple moved to Germany in 1950, where Tony, a World War II army veteran, was assigned. They returned to the North Platte area in 1953 upon his discharge. The couple farmed near Hershey, Maxwell and moved to Wild Horse Valley north of Brady in 1964 where they farmed and raised livestock. Tony died in 2008 and she moved to Axtell in 2009 and to Bethany Home in 2013. 

    JoAnne, who loved to cook, grew many vegetables in a large garden from which she prepared excellent meals. She loved cattle, the farm life and the farm, walking in the canyons - especially with their dog Beau, her family and her grandchildren. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary for more than 45 years, a long-time member of Zion Lutheran Church of rural Gothenburg and was a current member of Bethany Lutheran of Axtell.

    She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, Doug; and a sister, Maxine. 

    Survivors include sons Terry and wife Donella Miller of Garden City, Kansas, Steve and wife Geri Lynn Miller of Laramie, Wyoming and Doug and wife Laura Miller of Axtell; four grandsons, Derek, Eric, Jordan and Benjamin; and three granddaughters, Melissa, Kristen and Morgan; and a sister-in-law, Jeannine Lawrence of Tempe, Arizona.

    Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 27th, at 1 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Gothenburg with the Rev. David Evenson officiating. 

    Interment will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. 

    Visitation is 1-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26th, at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg. 

    Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com. Arrangements are in care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

  • Gothenburg Resident Elnora Brown, 78 (1935-2013)

    Elnora V. Brown, 78, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died June 23rd, 2013 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. 

    She was born March 1st, 1935, in Melbeta, Nebraska, daughter of George L and Kathryn (Kihlthau) Kaufman.

    Elnora grew up in Scottsbluff County and graduated from Minatare High School. Elnora married Harry Brown on January 1st, 1956, at the First United Methodist Church in Lodgepole, Nebraska. To this union four children were born: Byron, Marcella, Glen and Peggy. They lived in Lodgepole, Nebraska and then moved to Gothenburg in 1970.  Elnora was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Gothenburg Gardenaires, and the United Methodist Church Women. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, baking, crafting, and volunteering. She loved spending time with her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

    Surviving are husband, Harry Curtis Brown of Gothenburg; two sons, Byron (Marilyn) Brown of Curtis, Nebraska, Glen (Shelly) Brown of Amherst, Nebraska; two daughters, Marcella (Jerry) Ballah of Scottsdale, Arizona, Peggy (Michael) Hudson of Mansfield, Texas; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; four sisters, Loretta (Don) Roth, Janice (Melvin) Laeger, Joyce (Dick) Brown, Sandy (Wayne) Howard; three brothers, Milton (Sharon) Kaufman, Steven Kaufman, George (Pat) Kaufman Jr.; along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Elnora was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, Byron Kaufman and sister-in-law, Carol Kaufman.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg; Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8.  

    Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church, June 26th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. 

    Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska. 

    Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, NE 69138.  To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Former Cozad Resident: Charles Wilcox, age 82 (1930-2013)


    Charles Eugene Wilcox, 82, better known as “Chick” died on February 1st, 2013, at the hospital in Portland, Oregon, of a stroke.

    Charles was born on February 3rd, 1930, in Cozad, Nebraska, to Glen and Hazel (Post) Wilcox.

    Before entering the Army in 1950 where he served in the Korean War, he worked for farmers in Cozad. On November 10th, 1949, he married Eugena Cross and to this union one daughter, Teri Marie, was born. He worked for the Portland, Oregon, Water Bureau for 15 years until transferring to Oak Grove Water Bureau where he served as manager until retirement.

    On September 26, 1985, he married Ginny Zakur and lived in an A-frame cabin he built in Wamie, Oregon.

    Charles enjoyed many hobbies and interests, including his life-long collection and restoration of John Deere tractors, which he proudly displayed in local parades and other events. Additionally, working with his hands, he constructed the trailer that was used by many organizations such as a Family Fun Day platform, Rendezvous Parades and the trailer booth that was seen at many events, a ticket booth for Family Fun Day, Memorial Day raffles, American Legion and ice cream and popcorn vending.

    He and his wife Ginny greatly enjoyed their many community turkey feasts that were often held at their home with almost everyone looking forward to those nifty gatherings. He was most happy with people...people he could spend quality time with...people he loved and cherished.?He was a very quiet, mild mannered man who just enjoyed life to the fullest.

    Charles was preceded in death by his father, mother and a stepfather, Togo Nakano; two sisters, Ella Ione (Fleming) Wilcox and Deloris Irene (Miller) Wilcox; two brothers, Fred Junior and Welman (Bud) Lloyd Wilcox.

    Survivors are one daughter, Teri Aladaya of Oregon; two sisters, Donna May (Hayes) Wilcox of Kearney, Nebraska; Glenda Marie and husband John Trausch of Roseland, Nebraska and one brother, Jim and wife Penny Wilcox of Gurley, Nebraska along with four grandchildren and many relatives and friends. Thank you for your memories, Charles, we all miss you and will always hold dear your sharing love to others.

    There will be graveside services held Saturday, July 6th at 10 a.m. at the Cozad Cemetery.

  • Lexington Resident Max Donald Kitsmiller, 80 (1932-2013)

    Max Donald Kitsmiller, 80, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

    He was born July 31st, 1932, in Beatrice, Nebraska, to Max M. and Ruth A. (Roepke) Kitsmiller. Max moved to Lexington at the age of eight. He attended school and graduated from Lexington High School. Following graduation, he joined the United States Army Reserves. He then was called to duty and served his country during the Korean Conflict, being honorably discharged January 11th, 1957. 

    Max was united in marriage to Marjorie A. Moore on May 22nd, 1954, at the Methodist Church in Arcadia, Nebraska. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Linda, Barbara and Mike.

    Max began his career as a lineman with Dawson Public Power in 1957, retiring in 1994.  His second job, more like his hobby, was bartending at the Veteran’s Memorial Club, a job that he thoroughly enjoyed. He retired when the club closed in 2011, after 30 years. He enjoyed playing cards and reading. But his favorite pastime was teasing the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.

    Survivors include his wife of 59 years; Marjorie of Lexington; son, Mike Kitsmiller of Lexington daughters, Linda Linn and Barbara Rhone both of Lexington,; brother, Joe (Barb) Kitsmiller of Lincoln, Nebraska; sister, Lois Rutt of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Gene Conrad of Lincoln; and, sister-in-law, Peg Kitsmiller of Lincoln; five grandchildren; Ryan Rhone of Lexington,; Matt (Jackie) Wright of Lincoln; Riley (Lexi) Rhone of Lexington; Michele (Travis) Sund of Lexington and Megan (Clint) Stubbs of Pleasanton, Nebraska; 12 great-grandchildren, Alex, Max, Emmett, Addison, Harley, Rhiannon, Reno, Maci, Jack, Avry, Colton and Bentley.

    Max was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger; sister, Barbara Conrad; brothers-in-law, James Moore and Ted Vose; sister-in-law, Joyce Moore; and sons-in-law, Bill Linn and Randy Rhone.

    A Memorial Celebration of Life will be Friday, June 21st, 2013, at 2 p.m., at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Tess Hufford officiating.

    Burial will be held prior to the memorial service at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska.

    Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department or the Donor’s Choice. 

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.  

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Isabel Garcia, age 77 (1936-2013)

    Isabel Garcia, 77, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, June 14th, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.

    She was born May 5th, 1936, in Manuel Benabides, Chihauhua, Mexico, to Jose Rios Rivera and Dolores Galindo.

    Isabel moved to the United States years ago and has made Nebraska her home for the last 45. She moved to Lexington and worked at IBP for 10 years prior to her retirement. She was united in marriage to Juan Molina Garcia on April 15th, 1991, in Lexington.

    She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, cooking and being with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Isabel is survived by one son; Jose Rios of Lincoln, Nebraska; brothers, Ezequiel Rios Galindo of Lexington; Vicente Rios Galindo of McCayme, Texas; sisters, Maria De los Angeles Rios Galindo of New Mexico; Maria Del Socorro Rios Galindo of New Mexico; Alejandra Rios De Almeras Anthony of New Mexico; and, Conchita Munoz of Lexington; two grandsons, Billy Rios and Jonathan DeLeon Rios of Lexington and two great-grandsons; Dallas and Dominique, both of Lexington. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Isabel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Juan in 1992; two brothers and two sisters.

    Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.

    Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

    Burial will be with her husband in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska.

    Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Memorials Are Suggested: Larry E. Struempler, age 56 (1957-2013)

    Larry E. Struempler, 56, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died at his residence in Lincoln.

    Larry Struempler was born January 14th, 1957, at Callaway, Nebraska, to Fritz and Bonnie (Weaver) Struempler. He was baptized February 10th, 1957, at the Lutheran Church in Callaway. Confirmed May 3rd, 1971, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Arnold, Nebraska. Larry grew up south of Arnold on Tallin Table where he attended Tallin School through the 8th grade. He attended Arnold High School for three years, and Loup City High School.

    Larry served in the Marine Corp September of 1974 to September of 1976 and was stationed in Hawaii. 

    On December 15th, 1978, Larry married Sharon Collier at Amelia, Nebraska. Larry worked at various jobs over the years including construction, fencing and for the railroad.

    Larry is survived by a son Chancey Struempler of Grand Island, Nebraska; two daughters, Brandy (Rodney) Holling of Hastings, Nebraska and Roxie (Saul) Tranquilino of Ceresco, Nebraska; six grandchildren; mother, Bonnie Struempler of Broken Bow; two sisters, Shirley (David) Steele of Lexington, Nebraska, Patricia (Paul) Wathen of Hastings. He was preceded in death by his father Fritz Struempler.
    Funeral services were held Thursday, June 13th at 11 a.m. at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow, Nebraska, with Rev. Ryan Loeslie officiating.

    Burial was at the Christ Lutheran Cemetery near Oconto, Nebraska, with Military rites at 2:30 p.m.  

    Memorials may be made to the family for later designation.

  • Opal Dorothy Henrietta Quitmeyer, 90, of rural Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, June 10th, 2013, at the Callaway District Hospital. Opal was born April 9th, 1923, on a farm in the Buffalo community to Frank and Bertha (Kopf) Quitmeyer. She received the

    Opal Dorothy Henrietta Quitmeyer, 90, of rural Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, June 10th, 2013, at the Callaway District Hospital.

    Opal was born April 9th, 1923, on a farm in the Buffalo community to Frank and Bertha (Kopf) Quitmeyer. She received the sacrament of Holy Baptism on April 9th, 1923 and reaffirmed those vows at her confirmation on May 16th, 1937.

    She attended First Lutheran Parochial School and Lexington High School, graduating in 1941. She moved to California and worked as a telephone operator for 10 years, returning to Nebraska in 1952 to help her brother Marvin raise his three children. She was a life-long member of First Lutheran Church at Buffalo and an active member of the First Lutheran Ladies Aid.

    Opal enjoyed playing cards with friends and family, gardening and large family get-togethers.

    She is survived by her sister, Nora Prange of Redding, California; nieces and nephews, David (Janet) Quitmeyer of Lexington, Nebraska; Eileen Sawyers of Omaha, Nebraska; Debbie (Greg) Kitch of Georgia; Tom (Andrea) Prange, Kathie (Steve) Sturzenacker, Sue (Steve) Bailey all of California; grandnieces & nephews; Katie (Slim) Reece of Harrison, Nebraska; Casey (Crystal) Quitmeyer of Lexington, Nebraska; Brooke (Ryan) Donovan of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Nick (Lindsey) Sawyers of Long Beach, California; and their families.

    Opal was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Marvin and wife, Ruby Quitmeyer; brother-in-law, Ernie Prange and niece, Letty Quitmeyer.

    Graveside Services were held Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at Buffalo Lutheran Cemetery with Reverend Victor Rasmussen officiating.

    A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the church. There will be no visitation.

    Memorials are suggested to the Buffalo Lutheran Church or The Lutheran Hour.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Elwood Resident: Corrine Ruth Ficken, age 83 (1929-2013)

    Corrine Ruth Ficken, 83, of Elwood, Nebraska, died on Monday, June 10th, 2013, at Elwood Care Center, in Elwood. 

    She was born on December 21st, 1929, at Cheyenne County, Kansas, to Fred and Virginia (Trembly) Sass.

    She attended school at St. Francis High School at St. Francis, Kansas and graduated with the class of 1947. She continued her education at McCook Community College, McCook, Nebraska and Kearney State College, in Kearney, Nebraska, while graduating with at degree in Physics and Math. She would then teach math at Arapahoe, Nebraska, for three years. On November 12th, 1967, she married Harvey Ficken at Haigler, Nebraska. They made their home south of Eustis, Nebraska where they farmed and ranched. She enjoyed tutoring area school children, being a homemaker, knitting, crocheting and helping her husband on the farm. She went to the Elwood Care Center in 2008 because of health reasons. She was a member and confirmed on February 20th, 1968, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Peter William Sass; sister, Lillian Anderson; brother-in-law, Everett Carlson and sister-in-law, Phyllis Sass.

    She is survived by her husband Harvey Ficken of Eustis; sister, Marjorie Carlson of Lakewood, Colorado; brother-in-law, Norvin Anderson of St. Francis and many nieces and nephews

    Viewing and visitation will be Tuesday, June 11th, 2013, from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. at Elwood Funeral Home in Elwood and prior to the service at the church. 

    Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood, with Rev. David Dobbertien officiating.  

    Interment will be at Salem West Cemetery, Elwood. 

    Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com

    Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood is in charge of the arrangements.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Kim Taylor DeCamp, age 57 (1955-2013)

    Kim Taylor DeCamp, 57, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died June 7th, 2013, of natural causes in Gothenburg.  

    He was born June 28th, 1955, in Gothenburg, son of Kenneth and Marlene (Jobman) DeCamp. 

    Kim was born and raised in Gothenburg and graduated with the class of 1973. After graduating high school he farmed with his grandfather Hank Jobman. On July 3rd, 1976 he married Leslie Howard at the home of his grandparents, Hank and Lillian Jobman. This union was blessed with two daughters, Jessica and Quinn. They were later divorced and Kim was blessed with another daughter, Candace.

    Kim was a lifelong resident of Gothenburg, living on a farm north of town. He always had a passion for sports he loved to watch sports on television and greatly enjoyed attending sport events, especially for his friend Madison Barner, nephew Blake and grandson Matthew. Kim was never happier then when he was in the saddle of one of the paint horses that he loved. 

    Surviving are his special friend, Debra Owens of Brady, Nebraska; mother, Marlene DeCamp of Cozad, Nebraska; sisters, Kami (John) Brandt of Ogallala, Nebraska; Kressy (Ross) Ristine of Gothenburg; daughters, Jessica (Charlie) Kafka of Omaha, Nebraska; Quinn (Jacob) Murphy of Chicago, Illinois, Candace Slack of Gothenburg; five grandchildren (soon to be six) and a host of extended family and friends.

    Kim was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth DeCamp, paternal grandparents Fred and Vinnie DeCamp and maternal grandparents Hank and Lillian Jobman.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Tuesday, June 11th, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    A Memorial Service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church on June 13th, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tom Wilson, and Pastor Larry Viter officiating. 

    Inurnment will follow in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
    Memorials may be given to the Behavioral Health Services of North Platte. 
    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Babe R. VanCura, age 78 (1934-2013)

    Babe R. VanCura, 78, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, June 6th, 2013, at the Lexington Regional Health Center.

    He was born October 7th, 1934, in Elsie, Nebraska, to Henry and Lola (Ramsey) VanCura. Babe attended school in Elsie and Ogallala, Nebraska. In May of 1957, Babe joined the Nebraska National Guard until being relieved of his duties in 1966.

    Babe was united in marriage to Shirley Finn on May 6th, 1960, in Arthur, Nebraska. Four children were blessed to this marriage: Randy, Corrine, Scott and Marla.

    The family moved to Lexington in 1976 from Ogallala. Babe worked for the State of Nebraska, Department of Roads from 1961 to 1976, in 1976 he went to work for Sperry New Holland in Lexington until 1984 and retired from Orthman Manufacturing in 1996. After retiring, Babe did the mowing for the Lexington Optimist Rec Complex for five years, a job he thoroughly enjoyed.

    Babe enjoyed woodworking, quilting, yard work, gardening and being with his family and teasing the grandchildren.

    He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

    Survivors include his wife of 53 years; Shirley of Lexington; sons; Randy VanCura of Logandale, Nevada; Scott VanCura of Lexington; daughters, Corrine (Ed) Adams of Garden City, Kansas; and Marla (Scott) Arp of Bertrand, Nebraska; one brother, Delmar (Deanna) VanCura of Ogallala; one sister, Betty Davis of South Barre, Vermont; sister-in-law, Charlotte VanCura of Colorado Springs, Colorado; eight grandchildren; Nicholas (Carrie) VanCura of Lincoln, Nebraska; Nathan VanCura of Lincoln; Jason (Amanda) Adams of Montana; Ashley Adams of Montana; Kayla Arp of Holdrege, Nebraska; Alissa Arp of Bertrand, Nebraska; Matthew Adams of Garden City, Kansas; and Diana Arp of Bertrand, Nebraska; along with nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Babe was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Henry, Jr. and Charles.
    A visitation will be held Monday, June 10th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

    Babe’s body will then be cremated and a Memorial Graveside Service will be held in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.

    Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.
    Please share online condolences with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Yvonne M. Ault, 73 (1940-2013)

    Yvonne M. Ault, 73, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died June 5th, 2013, in Omaha, Nebraska. 

    Funeral services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Monday, June 10th, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Father Don O'Brien officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Peckham Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska. 

    Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. 

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Bruce L. Kennedy, age 78 (1934-2013)

    Bruce L. Kennedy, 78, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died June 4th, 2013, in Gothenburg. 

    He was born July 27th, 1934, in Page, Nebraska, son of J.M. "Ket" Kennedy and Catherine (Loy) Kennedy.

    Bruce grew up in Page and Ainsworth, Nebraska and graduated from Ainsworth High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956.  He later attended UNL. He married Joanne Carr on December 22nd, 1957, at Ainsworth. Bruce lived at Gothenburg for the last 38 years and worked for Cargill. He retired from Cargill in 1996 after over 20 years of service. Bruce enjoyed antiques, flower gardening and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He was an active member of the Gothenburg Presbyterian Church and a former Gosper & Dawson County CASA board member. 

    Surviving are daughter: Dana (Mike Weckesser) Kennedy of Reston, Virginia; two sons: Jeffrey M. Kennedy of Gothenburg and Jason (Anne) Kennedy of McCook, Nebraska; five grandchildren: Tyler Weckesser of Reston, Andrew Kennedy of Kearney, Nebraska, Kristin Kennedy of Kearney, Mari Kennedy of McCook, Anna Kennedy of McCook; two sisters: Jeane Sorensen of O'Neill, Nebraska and Louise Spear of Ann Arbor, Michigan; mother-in-law: Miriam Carr of Springview, Nebraska; brother-in-law: Harley (Sharon) Carr of Omaha Nebraska; sister-in-law: Helen Kennedy of Texas, special friend: Carol (Rose) Einspahr of Liberty, Missouri; along with many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. 

    Bruce was preceded in death by wife, Joanne Kay Kennedy; an infant child; his parents; grandson, Alex Weckesser; brother Duane Kennedy; father-in-law, Armand Carr and brother-in-law, William Sorensen.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Friday, June 7th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church, June 12th, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Matt Coplen officiating. 

    Private interment will be in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.

    Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave, PO Box 194, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Foundation, 910 20th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Eddyville Resident: Francis “Frank” Schuster, 82 (1931-2013)

    Francis “Frank” Schuster, 82, of Eddyville, Nebraska, died Tuesday, May 28th, 2013, at home following a long battle with cancer.

    He was born May 7th, 1931, on the family farm near Callaway, Nebraska to Felix and Clara (Wistuba) Schuster.

    Frank graduated from Callaway High School with the class of 1950. After spending two years in the United States Army he attended Parks College of Aeronautical Technology in East St. Louis, Illinois, transferring to St. Louis University and later taking classes at Washington University majoring in Engineering. He was working for the Army Corps of Engineers when he and his wife decided to move with their two sons to the farm near Eddyville in March of 1964, where he farmed/ranched for the next 49 years.

    Frank was united in marriage to Betty Randall on October 25th, 1958, in St. Louis, Missouri. Two sons were blessed to this marriage; Paul and Michael.

    He was a member of the Oconto Catholic Church where he taught 7th and 8th grade catechism for two years. He later became a member of the Eddyville Catholic Church and a member of the church board. Frank was also a member of the Eddyville Legion Post #0225 and the National Rifle Association.

    Survivors include his wife Betty of Eddyville; son, Paul of Hong Kong; and, two grandsons, Kenton of New York and Craig of Hong Kong; brothers, Norman (Betty) Schuster of Phillips, Nebraska; Louis (Joan) Schuster of Callaway; sister, Carolyn Farina of St. Louis; brother-in-law, James (Therisa) Randall of St. Louis; nieces Glenda Hogue and Brenda Acord both of St. Louis, Becky Whipple of Grand Island, Nebraska, Michelle Magruder of Denver, Colorado and Lisa Herr of St. Louis; nephews Jeff Randall of St. Louis, Greg Magruder of Denver, Colorado and John Farina of Milan, Italy.

    Frank was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael; sister, Barbara; Nephew, Ron Magruder; and, father-in-law and mother-in-law.

    The family has honored Frank’s wishes that his body be cremated. 

    Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, June 4th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Eddyville with Reverend Neal Nollette celebrating. Inurnment with Military Honors was in the Viola Cemetery near Eddyville.

    Memorials, in lieu of flowers, are suggested to Viola Cemetery or the family for later designation.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Katholeen Noreen Hiles, 97 (1916-2013)

    Katholeen (Kaye) Noreen Hiles, 97 of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died on June 3rd, 2013, at her home. 

    She was born on January 20th, 1916 at the family home on the 'round barn place' southwest of Gothenburg. Kaye was the second of four children born to Harry and Rose (Sylvan) Hiles.  As a small child she became a baptized child of God.

    At an early age Kaye developed a life-long passion for the hills south of Gothenburg and as a youngster she regularly rode her horse the five miles south from town to check the cows at pasture. Taking a ride to the farm and pasture remained one of her favorite things to do until well into her 90's.

    Kaye attended Gothenburg schools and graduated with the Class of 1933. She attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln until the economics of the depression years no longer allowed it. She then moved to Denver and attended Barns Business School. It was there that she met (William) Glenn Dalrymple and he stole her heart. She and Glenn were married on June 20th, 1937 and they danced the night away to the Lawrence Welk Orchestra at Elitches Gardens in Denver. Three sons were born to them, James, (Wesley) Glenn and Daniel.

    During the war years, Glenn and Kaye lived in California while he served in U.S. Naval Intelligence. After the war his position with the Coors Brewing Company led them to Denver and Greeley, Colorado, Phoenix, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their home was always open to friends; family and business acquaintances from 'back home' whether in the area on business, attending school, or just vacationing.

    Kaye was a woman of many talents. She was an excellent markswoman and member of the Denver Police Department's Pistol Team. She was a great cook and hostess, planning and preparing dinner parties for Coors business events. She was an artist, an accomplished seamstress, a Toastmistress and a savvy businesswoman. Fishing was a favorite pastime, especially trout fishing in the streams of the Colorado Mountains. She enjoyed Western programs, crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. But, what she truly enjoyed was a good cup of coffee and a visit with a relative or friend. Family was her delight and she holds a special place in the hearts of her nieces and nephews who spent countless hours with her and Glenn.

    After the death of her husband in 1969, Kaye returned to Gothenburg and in 1976 moved to her childhood home where she passed away. 

    Kaye was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Rose Hiles, sister Patricia (Marvin) Stickleman and brother James Hiles. She is survived by her sons, Jim (Connie L), W. Glenn,and Dan, her sister Rosemarie (Walter) Kampfe and a former daughter-in-law Connie Dalrymple, all of Gothenburg, grandchildren JD (Kellie) Dalrymple of Lincoln, Nebraska, Matthew Dalrymple of Gothenburg, Sonja Dalrymple and family of Grand Island, Nebraska and a great-grandson Keegan Dalrymple of Lincoln. Also, step grandchildren, Chad (Shellie) Stull of Central City, Nebraska, Corey Stull of Milford, Nebraska and Cressy Daharsh of Gothenburg along with 12 step great-grandchildren. Cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends will miss her presence.

    Funeral arrangements are in the care of Blasé-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg. 

    Visitation will take place Thursday June 6th, 2013, from 1-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m.    

    Services will be held on Friday, June 7th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg and burial will take place at the Gothenburg Cemetery.

    Memorials may be directed to the Gothenburg American Lutheran Church, Central Plains Hospice in Cozad, or Gothenburg Fire Dept.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at www.blasestrauser.com

  • Cozad Resident: Warren Kloepping, 90 (1922-2013)

    Warren “Red” Kloepping, 90 of Cozad, Nebraska, died Monday, June 3rd, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital in Cozad.

    Red was born October 6th, 1922, at Lexington, Nebraska, to Burrell and Minnie (Pieper) Kloepping. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1939. In 1944, Red enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served our country until he was honorably discharged in 1946.  

    Red married Anna Jewell Williams on April 2nd, 1947, at Holdrege, Nebraska. This union was blessed with six children, Mary, Ross, Jon, Kris, Hans and Eric. Red worked for Monroe’s in Cozad for 20 years.  

    He enjoyed spending time in his gardens and he was an avid reader. Red loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

    Red was a member of the Buffalo Grove Church and the American Legion. He was also a member of the Cozad Elks Lodge, #2250, where he served as a Charter Member. 

    Red is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna Jewell in 2008; two brothers, Harold and Wilber and a sister, Verna Hall. 

    Survivors include his daughter, Mary Kloepping of Marshfield, Wisconcin; five sons, Ross (Gloria) Kloepping of rural Lexington, Jon (Jann) Kloepping, Kris (Susan) Kloepping, Hans (Cheryl) Kloepping, all of Cozad and Eric (Lori) Kloepping of Gallatin, Missouri; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and one on the way; and many other relatives and friends.

    Graveside inurnment services with military honors were held on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Buffalo Grove Cemetery, east of Cozad.  

    In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements.

  • Lexington Resident: Ricahrd Nilsson Kline, 62 (1951-2013)

    Richard “Rich” Nilsson Kline, 62 of Lexington, Nebraska, died on Monday, June 3rd, 2013, at the Lexington Regional Health Center at Lexington.

    Rich was born March 5th, 1951, at Gothenburg, Nebraska, to Boyd and Kathryn (Nilsson) Kline. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1969 and went on to attend Hastings Tech studying sales. 

    Rich married Nancy J. Stoll on August 25th, 1973, at Cozad, Nebraska. This union was blessed with two daughters, Merigan and Allison. Rich worked for Bethphage Mission of the Great Plains in Holdrege, Monroe’s in Cozad and New Holland in Lexington for many years before he found himself selling monuments for Kline Brothers Monuments and Holdrege Monument, a service that he was proud to provide until the time of his death.   

    Rich was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with them, especially his two granddaughters. He enjoyed traveling to see his daughters and he loved Nebraska Football. Rich knew no stranger and enjoyed serving the many families in the areas for years. His kind hearted spirit and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. 

    Rich was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington and the Lexington Lions Club. He also belonged to many coffee groups in the area.  

    He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Clifford and Eunice Stoll; and a brother-in-law, Lee Perkins.  

    Rich is survived by his loving wife, Nancy of Lexington; two daughters, Merigan (Sean) Kline-Neben of Naperville, Illinois and Allison (Jeremy) Towne of Omaha, Nebraska; two granddaughters, Ella Neben and Ava Neben of Naperville; brother, Maurice (Lou Ann) Kline of Cozad; two brothers-in-law, Jerry (Sandy) Stoll of North Platte, Nebraska and Paul (Sherry) Stoll of Yutan, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Sue Perkins of Omaha; as well as many other relatives and friends.

    Services were held on Thursday, June 6th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Megan Morrow officiating. Burial was in the Cozad Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Grace Lutheran Caring Cooks or AKALOO (Grace Lutheran Church children’s ministry) in his memory. 

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements.

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com

  • TRIBUNE Publisher, Dean Dorsey, 75 (1937-2013)

    Dean G. Dorsey, 75 of Cozad, founder of the Tri-City TRIBUNE newspaper and radio station KAMI-FM (104.5) died May 30, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE. 

    He was born at Lexington, NE on June 11, 1937, the son of Marion and Helen Dorsey. Dean was raised in the Lexington area and graduated from LHS 1955. He moved to Cozad just a few days after receiving his high school diploma. 

    Initially, he was a door-to-door bakery salesman for Evans Bakery. He joined the Cozad Local newspaper staff as an advertising salesman in 1956, and later became a sportswriter. He founded the Tri-City TRIBUNE, one of Central Nebraska’s first offset-produced newspapers on November 16, 1965. Later he became publisher of The FREE PRESS, a weekly publication serving communities on the Nebraska Hi-Line. 

    The publications received over 350 Nebraska Press Association and Ak-Sar-Ben/Conagra awards through the years, including the recent General Excellence award by the NPA. Dean was named as the Master Editor-Publisher by the Nebraska Press Association in 2009. The award is the highest attainable in the Nebraska newspaper profession.

    Dean and his wife, Nancy, purchased KAMI-AM radio in 1981, and established operation of the 100,000 watt KAMI-FM station in August 1983. He sold his broadcast interests in 1985. 

    Dean was an avid sportsman. He officiated high school and collegiate football and basketball games for about 25 years. He officiated the first ever Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game in 1968 and also worked the 1975 Nebraska Shrine Bowl. He was one of nine officials in the United States selected to officiate the National Junior College Basketball Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1976. He also worked several Nebraska State High School Basketball Tournament games. 

    He was among the organizers of the Cozad Jaycee Chapter and served as a Nebraska Jaycee state vice president. He was also a member of the Cozad Chamber of Commerce board of directors, served as a Trustee for the Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2250, where he founded the monthly Elks Student of the month honor, was a member of the Cozad Lions Club and served as president of the Cozad Development Corporation. He served as the chairman of the Midstates Federation and AAU sponsored track and field championships which were held at Haymaker Stadium in Cozad for 20 years. 

    He was also honored as the ‘Cozad Sports Fan Of-The-Year’ and was named as a ‘Distinguished Service’ Award winner by the Nebraska School Activities Association in 1997. 

    Dean and his son Corbey shared their interest and passion in thoroughbred race horses as owners at numerous thoroughbred race tracks across the United States. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother. 

    Survivors include his wife, Nancy of Cozad, Nebraska; one son, Corbey and wife Amber of Kearney, Nebraska ; grandson Kaeden Dorsey and granddaughter Keagan Dorsey of Kearney; and one sister, Francis Freeman of California. 

    Visitation will be held Monday, June 3, 2013; 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Tuesday, June 4th, 2013; from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm at Blase Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg, NE. 

    A private family graveside service will be held at the Gothenburg Cemetery. 


    A Memorial fund has been established in Dean's Name.

  • Cozad Resident: Donna Hohnstein, age 88 (1932-2013)

    Donna Hohnstein, 88, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Thursday, May 30th, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital.

    Donna was born May 10th, 1925, at Exeter, Nebraska, to Armin and Edith (Whitlock) Rauscher. At an early age, Donna went to live with Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Whitlock, who was a brother of her mother, Edith. The family resided in Sutton before moving to Harvard, where Donna graduated from high school in 1943. 

    Following graduation, Donna worked at the Harvard Air Base until she was accepted into the Army Nurse Cadets. Donna took her nursing training at the Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings for two years. 

    Donna married Clinton Hohnstein at Harvard, Nebraska, on September 22nd, 1946. The couple moved to Cozad in June of 1947 and has resided there since. Donna served as a bookkeeper for Zook’s Welding for a number of years before retiring in 1985. 

    Donna was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She enjoyed traveling, Cozad High School sports and Nebraska Cornhusker football games. Donna also liked to bowl, play golf and especially enjoyed Florida winters. 

    Donna was a long-time member of the Cozad United Methodist Church, the Cozad Country Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. She served on the Cozad Community Hospital Board for 11 years.   

    She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald and her stepfather, Richard Balduff. 

    Survivors include her husband, Clinton Hohnstein of Cozad; her son, James Hohnstein of Moore Haven, Florida; granddaughter, Lisa (Russell) Wenk of Litchfield Park, Arizona; great-grandson, Graden Wenk of Litchfield Park, Arizona; sister, Geraldine Moore of Hemet, California; two sisters-in-law, Marge Hohnstein and Mae Morgan both of Hastings, Nebraska; a special friend, Sheryl Tatum of Ft. Myers, Florida; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many other relatives and friends.

    Services were held on Monday, June 3rd, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Burial was in the Cozad Cemetery.

    Memorials are suggested to the Cozad United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association or Donor’s Choice in her memory. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements.

  • Lexington Resident: Donald J. Johnson, age 90 (1923-2013)

    Donald J. Johnson, 90, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

    He was born May 21st, 1923, near Oconto, Nebraska, to Ralph and Lottie Bell (Preston) Johnson. He attended grade school at District #231 until the 8th grade, which was a quarter of a mile from home. Don then began high school in Lexington in 1936, at the age of 13, but the depression was bad and he remained at home for the next year. By 1938, Oconto had completed a new school building to accommodate grades 1-12, so he finished high school there.

    In spring of 1945, he was drafted into the United States Army. He spent two years in Japan, until being honorably discharged in 1947.

    Don returned from the service and began farming. He was united in marriage to Ilece Potts in the spring of 1950. In 1983, the couple retired to a home by the Overton Golf Course. They enjoyed their time there where Don loved to golf. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling. Ilece passed away in October of 1992. He found love again at a dance in Miller, Nebraska, and was married to Irene (Clark) Johnson on March 24th, 1994, in Ogallala. The couple enjoyed dancing, growing a large garden, playing pitch and bridge. Don also enjoyed meeting friends at the Grand Generation Center where he played a mean game of pool.

    Don was a member of the Oconto American Legion upon his return from the service, but transferred his membership to the Lexington American Legion. He was also a charter member of the Elks Lodge in Cozad.

    Don is survived by his loving wife Irene of Lexington; stepson, Kent Johnson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; stepdaughter, Kathlene Cone of Fresno, California; brother, Stanley Johnson of North Platte, Nebraska; sister, Doris Fischer of Lewellen, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Bertha Johnson of Rapid City, South Dakota; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Don was preceded in death by his first wife, Ilece; parents; an infant brother, brother, Ralph Johnson and sister, Berdina Mulhair.

    Memorial Celebration of Life Service was held Tuesday, May 28th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Tess Hufford officiating, burial was held that same morning at Oconto Cemetery in Oconto, Nebraska with Military Honors.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences to the family through reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Memorials Are Suggested: Ina Grace Harwick, 94 (1918-2013)

    Ina Grace (South) Harwick died on May 19th, 2013 at the North Platte Care Center in North Platte, Nebraska. 

    She was born in Sarles, North Dakota, on June 29th, 1918, to Jay and Hannah South. Her family moved to Bemidji, Minnesota, where she graduated from high school in 1936. She moved to California to live with her sister and look for work. She met Paul Smith there and they were married in Las Vegas in 1941. Daughter Billie was born in California. She and Paul moved to Nebraska in 1945 and settled in Maywood in 1946, where their son Dan was born. Paul passed away in 1958. Grace married V. J. (Fritz) Harder in 1966 and they lived in rural Stockville and Curtis. Fritz passed away in 1975. Grace married Kenny Harwick in 1988. Kenny passed away in 2002. 

    Grace worked out of her home doing laundry and ironing. She also cleaned houses and worked several years as a custodian at Sunset Haven in Curtis. She also cleaned several businesses and private homes in Curtis. She enjoyed reading and had a book by her side at the very end. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and made blankets, pillows, bean bag chairs and other items for her family and friends. She also enjoyed collecting turtles and her collection numbered over 400 in a variety of sizes. She also liked to fish and spent many hours at lakes in the area. Her greatest joy was her families. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents and eleven brothers and sisters. Grace is survived by her sister Laverne Whelan of Bemidji, Minnesota; daughter Billie Christensen of Littleton, Colorado; son Dan (Karen) Smith of Maywood, Nebraska. Step daughter Darlene (Tedd) Hinton of Colorado Springs, Colorado; step daughter Lynda (Denny) Drayton of Lemon, South Dakota and step-son Fayette (Ronnie) Harwick of Alliance, Nebraska. Grandchilden Dan Christensen of Littleton, Colorado; Paul (Dawn) Smith of Kansas City, Missouri and Chad (Jean) Smith of Overland Park, Kansas. Great-grandchildren, Jessica (Ben) Vinci; Troi Christensen; Trysten Brown Christensen; Josie Smith and Gavin Smith. Great-great grandchildren Cadence, Michael and Avery Vinci, of Littleton, Colorado. Numerous nieces, nephews, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

    Private services and burial at the cemetery in Riverton, Nebraska, was on Wednesday, May 22nd. 

    Memorials may be directed to the Curtis Public Library, 316 Center Ave, Curtis, Nebraska 69025

  • Eustis Resident: Rose J. Herrick, age 99 (1913-2013)

    Rose J. Herrick, 99 of Eustis, Nebraska, died on May 26th, 2013 at the Elwood Care Center.

    Rose was born July 23rd, 1913 at Eustis to William and Caroline (Ebele) Janus. Rose graduated from Eustis High School.

    Following high school, Rose became a teacher and taught rural school northwest of Eustis. After a few years of teaching, Rose decided to move to Chicago with her sister, Lucy. Rose and Lucy lived and worked together in Chicago for several years. On April 24th, 1937, Rose married Joseph Herrick in Chicago and the couple continued to reside in the area their entire married lives. Rose got a job working at Sears and remained with the store until her eventual retirement. Mr. Herrick preceded Rose in death in 2001. Despite living in Chicago for so many years, Rose had maintained a connection to her roots in Eustis and in 2006 she returned to Eustis to be closer to family.

    Rose was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and only consented to having DISH service so that she could watch her beloved team play. While in Chicago, Rose lived very close to Wrigley Field, but never attended any of the games in person. While Rose lived nearly an entire century, she was content to never own a car or obtain a driver’s license. She enjoyed her French Poodle and always maintained a close relationship with her sister, Lucy. 

    In addition to her husband, Rose was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters and three brothers.

    Rose is survived by several nieces and nephews; her St. John’s Lutheran Church family; and many other friends.

    Memorial services will be held (today) Thursday, May 30th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis with Pastor Harold Laursen officiating. Inurnment will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell.

    A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Lexington Resident: Raymond E. Linden, age 95 (1917-2013)

    Raymond Edward Linden, 95, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, May 21st, 2013, at the Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington, surrounded by his family.

    He was born October 19th, 1917, in Litchfield, Nebraska, to Henry and Inez (Spiker) Linden.  He attended school at Litchfield. Ray was united in marriage to Helen Benjamin in 1948, in Duluth, Minnesota. Six children were blessed to this marriage; Bonnie, Ronnie, Danny, Bobby, Roger and Donna. The marriage would later end in divorce.

    Raymond’s working years were spent at Racine Foundry and American Motors in Racine, Wisconsin, farming and local hay mills. 

    He was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Lexington as well as being active in the men’s group.

    Survivors include his children; Bonnie (Gene) Holbrook of Lexington; Ronnie (Judy) Linden of Lexington; Danny Linden of Lincoln, Nebraska; Bobby (Janice) Linden of Cozad, Nebraska; Roger Linden of Lexington; 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

    Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Verna Schue; daughter, Donna; daughter-in-law, Carol Linden and two great-grandchildren.

    The family has chosen cremation. There will be no service at this time. 

    A Memorial Graveside Service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington at a later date.

    Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    To share online condolences with the family please go to: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Phillip Araujo, age 80 (1932-2013)

    Phillip Araujo, 80, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013, at his home in Lexington surrounded by his loving family.

    He was born September 20th, 1932, in Shelton, Nebraska, to Marcus and Gertrude (Hernandez) Araujo.

    Phillip was united in marriage to Josephine Hernandez on December 17th, 1951, in Littleton, Colorado. Six children were blessed to this marriage; Phillip, Jr., Cynthia, Peggy Jo, Jeffrey, Marty, and Christine.

    Always a hard worker, Phil worked for area Hay Mills, worked on the construction of the IBP plant in Lexington and retired from Tyson Fresh Meats in Lexington.

    He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.  Phil’s loves included being a Golden Glove Boxer as a young man, playing baseball, pool, cards, gardening and just tinkering around his place. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and collecting caps. His large family brought him much enjoyment and he loved having the family over for gatherings. Phil will be so very missed by all who knew and loved him. 

    Phil is survived by his wife of 61 years; Josephine of Lexington; children, Phillip Araujo, Jr. of Lexington; Cynthia (Michael) Moats of Omaha, Nebraska; Peggy Jo Hubbard of Lexington; Jeffrey (Joanna) Araujo of North Platte, Nebraska; Marty (Jodi Phillips) Araujo of Lexington; and Christine (Rafael) Villalpando of Lexington; 13 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister, Ruby Rangel of Lexington; brothers, Paul (Jackie) of Omaha and Pedro “Pete” (Helen) Araujo of Lexington; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
    Phil was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Cruz Araujo, Sr.; granddaughter, Deanna Davis and brother-in-law, George Berumen.

    The family has chosen cremation and there will be no visitation or rosary service.

    A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, May 25th, 2013, at 2 p.m., at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Reverend Jorge Canela officiating.

    Inurnment will be in the St. Ann’s Cemetery at Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    To share online condolences with the family please go to:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Nanett Jo Holtz, age 39 (1974-2013)

    Nanett Jo Holtz, 39, of Lexington, Nebraska, died away Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, following a battle with uterine cancer.

    She was born March 29th, 1974, in Kearney, Nebraska. She was lovingly adopted by her parents, Rodney and Marcia (Peterson) Holtz.

    Nanett was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington in April of 1974 and confirmed at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood. She graduated from Elwood High School with the class of 1992. She then went onto further her education at Wayne State College. She graduated from college in 1996, with a BA in Sociology. Upon completing college she returned to Lexington and went to work for Tri-County Hospital, now Lexington Regional Health Center, in the Housekeeping department.

    Nanett absolutely loved her friends from work, playing Farmville on Facebook, Mickey Mouse, professional football, basketball and baseball; and, of course, her Nebraska Cornhuskers. She was very bright and intelligent and was always picked first for trivia games and knew all the answers on Jeopardy. She was a joy to her family and co-workers and will be so missed.

    She is survived by her parents; Rod and Marcia Holtz of Lexington; her brother, Curtis Holtz and niece, Olivia Nicole of Lake Stevens, Wisconsin; maternal grandmother, Arlene Peterson of Kearney, Nebraska; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members as well as her hospital family.

    Nanett was preceded in death by a sister, Nicole Holtz; paternal grandparents, Walter and Agnes Holtz and maternal grandpa, Harold Peterson.

    Funeral Services were held Saturday, May 18th, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating.

    Burial was held Monday, May 20th, 2013, at Westlawn Memorial Park in Grand Island, Nebraska.

    Memorials are suggested to Dawson County Relay for Life or Trinity Lutheran Church.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Former Cozad Resident: Mary E. Alberts, age 57 (1956-2013)

    Mary E. Alberts, 57, of Sioux City, died Tuesday, May 14th, 2013, at her residence.

    Mary was born January 29th, 1956, in Ord, Nebraska, the daughter of Frank and Shirley (Guyle) Ingraham. She lived in many places throughout Nebraska. Mary married A.J. Alberts on January 4th, 1984, in Lexington, Nebraska and they made their home in Cozad, Nebraska. They moved to Seward, Nebraska and then to Sioux City in 2010. Mary had a variety of employments, while in Cozad she worked at Monroe Auto Equipment, South View Manor as a CNA, Nebraska Plastics and Alco. She worked at Orscheln in Seward and then Bomgaars in Sioux City. Mary had a love for cooking and trying new recipes; she also enjoyed blue-tipped carnations and doing ceramics. Mary loved being with her family and was not just a loving mother and wife, but she was a best friend. 

    Survivors include her husband A.J. Alberts; daughters Jennifer (Andre) Murphy of Sioux City, April Alberts of Seward and Davida (Anthony) Wright of Cozad; brothers Mark Ingraham of Seward and John (Geri) Ingraham of Holdrege, Nebraska; step-sister Amy Wilson of Greenwood, Iowa; grandchildren Daniel (Amber) Sattler, Andrew Sattler and Chase Sattler; great-grandchildren Daniel "D.J." Sattler, II and a great-granddaughter on the way. 

    Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents.

    Per her wishes, Mary has been cremated and services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Waterbury Funeral Service. 

    A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad with Pastor Mike Dennis officiating.

    A memorial has been established in her memory.

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Don Knauss, age 76 (1937-2013)

    Don Knauss, 76, of rural Cozad, Nebraska, died at his home on Friday, May 17th, 2013. 

    He was born February 8th, 1937, in Lexington, Nebraska, to Harold and Meredith (Gosnell) Knauss. He graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1955 and married Marian (Aden) Knauss on October 4th, 1959.

    He served with the Nebraska National Guard while working on the family farm east of Cozad where he spent the rest of his life raising cattle and farming. Don was very active with the Cattleman’s Association and served as director and president while a member. He was a lifetime member of Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church and served as Elder and Trustee many times, as well as holding various other duties in the church. 

    His great joys in life were his family, especially is grandkids. He loved being with his sons on the farm and was always so happy to spend time in the North Carolina mountains with his daughter and her family. 

    Don is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marian; sons Stuart (Tammy) Knauss of Cozad; Spencer (Dona) Knauss of Gothenburg, Nebraska and daughter Summer (Dan) Hays of Banner Elk, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Jake Knauss, McKenzi Knauss, Madeline Hays and Tucker Knauss. Don is also survived by sisters Nadine (Dennis) Berke of Cozad and Marilyn (Carl) Jessen of Fruitport, Michigan, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Phyllis and Karl Kostbahn of Grand Island, Nebraska and sister-in-law Peg Aden of Gothenburg, along with close cousins, nieces and nephews. 
    Don was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Al Jessen and brother-in-law Lyle Aden, nephew Scott Berke and niece Kyle Jessen. 

    Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, May 21st, at 2 p.m. at Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church in rural Lexington with Ethel Fox, C.L.P., officiating.

    A private family graveside service will be held prior to service.

    Memorials are suggested to Buffalo Presbyterian Church.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Online condolences may be directed to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com

  • Gothenburg Resident: Dorothea Kampfe, age 89 (1923-2013)

    Dorothea Johanna Louise Kampfe, 89, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died May 15th, 2013, at Stone Hearth Estates, in Gothenburg.

    Dorothea was born on June 27th, 1923, to Herman H. and Ella M. Bunsen Ebmeier in Bertrand, Nebraska. She was the fourth of six children. She graduated from Bertrand High School and taught school for several years in the Bertrand area.

    She was united in marriage to Reuben O. Kampfe on May 21st, 1944. To this union, two sons were born. Dorothea was an active member of American Lutheran Church where she served on many committees and was active in the women’s groups. She was a charter member of her Extension Club and a member of the Hilltop Birthday Club. Dorothea was a lifelong artist, with her favorite media being china and watercolor. Dorothea demonstrated and displayed her painting on the local, state and national levels. She shared this talent with others by teaching classes for many years.

    She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Reuben O. Kampfe, brothers Richard Ebmeier, Marvin and wife Ethel Ebmeier, and Roger Ebmeier, brothers-in-law Roger Forsberg, Marvin Kampfe and wife Helen, LaVern Kampfe and Roger Kampfe. 

    She is survived by her sons Randall R. Kampfe and wife Patricia of Decatur, Illinois Steven J. Kampfe and wife Helen of Lincoln, Nebraska, granddaughters Anne Sievers and husband Shann of Columbia, Missouri, Elizabeth Plinske and husband Paul of Whitewater, Wisconsin, Caroline Kampfe of Omaha, Nebraska, grandsons John Kampfe and Anthony Kampfe of Lincoln and four great-grandchildren; brother Lloyd Ebmeier, sister Vida Forsberg; sisters-in-law Shirley Ebmeier, Doris E. Kampfe, Joan Wuest and husband Curt, Doris F. Kampfe, and brother-in-law Raymond Kampfe.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Sunday, May 19th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

    Funeral services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 Tenth Street, Gothenburg on May 20th, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jeff Cottingham and Rev. Tom Wilson officiating.  

    Interment will follow in the American Lutheran Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska. 
    Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Trinity Lutheran Church, PO Box 68, Gothenburg, NE 69138.  

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Gothenburg Native: Larry Joe Juhl, age 66 (1946-2013)

    Larry Joe Juhl, 66, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died May 8th, 2013, in Las Vegas. 

    He was born November 21st, 1946, in Gothenburg, Nebraska, son of Joseph Burton Juhl and Dorothy Marie (Sabin) Juhl.

    Larry grew up in the Cozad, Nebraska and Gothenburg area. He attended Cozad schools and graduated from Kearney High School. He served his country in the US Army (1966-1968 and 1980-1983) where he was a medical specialist and a unit supply specialist. On September 29th, 1981, he married Naomi Fish in Columbus, Georgia. Larry was the father of four children - David Lynn, Thorin Kirkendall, Crystal Lee and Mistienne. Larry lived in many places including: Nebraska, Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, Alaska, Kentucky, Georgia, New Mexico, Texas, California, Nevada and Germany. He worked as a respiratory therapist, a pharmacy tech, OR tech, CNA and was the owner/operator of Tatanka and Tiki Hut. Larry enjoyed music, movies, balsa wood airplanes and history.

    Surviving are wife, Naomi May Juhl; two sons: David Lynn Juhl (daughter-in-law Suyean and grandson Alex), Thorin Kirkendall Juhl; two daughters: Crystal Lee Juhl and Mistienne Juhl; brother: Riley Del Juhl; sister: Karen A. Gilb (brother-in-law Theodore J.); brother-in-law and sister-in-law: John and Vivian Childers of Denver, Colorado; along with many extended family and friends.

    Larry was preceded in death by father, Joseph Burton Juhl; mother, Dorothy Marie Juhl; stepmother, Laura Juhl and sister, Linda Joy Juhl.

    Graveside services will be held at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Tuesday, May 21st, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Don O'Brien officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska. 

    Memorials may be given to the family.  

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Former Johnson Lake Resident: Maxine Schlientz, age 84 (1928-2013)

    Maxine M. Schlientz, 84, of North Platte, Nebraska, formerly of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, died Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

    She was born November 2nd, 1928, in Depew, Oklahoma, to Merrill L. and Nona Edith (Holton) Southworth. She moved to Kansas when she was a young girl and graduated from Chase High School in 1946. On January 21st, 1947, she was united in marriage to Charles R. Schlientz, in Hoisington, Kansas. Five children were blessed to this marriage; Teri, Toni, Cristy, Kelly and Kent.

    Chuck and Maxine moved to North Platte in 1947 and in 1959, settled in Lexington, Nebraska. In 1974, the family moved to Johnson Lake. Many happy memories were made while living at the lake. 

    Maxine was always active in her children’s lives as well as her church.  She was a 50 year member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington where she served as the youth choir director and Men’s choir director for 10 years and was a 50 year member of the Chancel choir.  She was also a member of the Lexington Women’s Bowling Association since 1959, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Rainbow Garden Club. She also spent 10 years making ladies beautiful by being an Avon representative.

    She loved playing cards, painting pictures and spending time with her family. Maxine had a wonderful sense of humor which will be missed by her many friends.
    Survivors include five daughters; Teri (Bob) Vasko of Riverdale, Nebraska; Toni (Larry) Smith of Lexington; Cristy (“Bud” Milner) Schlientz of Lebanon, Indiana; Kelly (Steve) Thomalla of North Platte; one son, Kent (Val) Schlientz of Lincoln, California; one sister, Juanita Hughes of Morrow, Ohio; eleven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

    Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chuck in 1991; sister, Alice Brush; and two brothers, Donald and Robert Southworth.

    Funeral Services will be Saturday, May 11th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Tess Hufford officiating.

    Burial will be held at 2 p.m. at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens in North Platte.

    Visitation will be Friday, May 10th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Johnson Lake EMS or the Donor’s Choice.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.  

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Former Lexington Resident: Marjory Ann Beyer, age 83 (1930-2013)

    Marjory Ann Beyer, 83 of Denton, Texas died on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. She was born February 4th, 1930 in Lexington, Nebraska to Harold and Lena (Gelhaar) Andersen. She was retired from Dallas Fort Worth Airport in Quality Control. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

    Mrs. Beyer is survived by her daughter, Michelle Breithaupt of Sherman, Texas; sons, Brian Small of Mesquite, Texas and Mark Small of Las Vegas, Nevada five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

    A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 in the Chapel of Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust, Denton, Texas and a visitation will be held before the funeral from Noon until the service. 
    Burial will follow in Elwood Cemetery in Elwood, Nebraska, at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17th, 2013.

    Online condolences may be left at www.mulkeymasondenton.com

  • Elwood Resident: Vera E. Schwarz, age 90 (1966-2013)

    Vera E. Schwarz, 90, of Elwood, Nebraska, died Saturday, May 4th, 2013, at Elwood Care Center in Elwood.

    Vera Elizabeth Hock was born to Fred and Helena Maria (Baumgartner) Hock in Waterloo, Iowa, on May 14th, 1922. She was baptized at Trinity American Church in Waterloo. When she was a year old Vera’s family moved to a farm northwest of Strawberry Point, Iowa and lived in that area for many years. Vera graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1939, where she received normal school training in order to obtain her elementary school teaching certificate on her eighteenth birthday. She then taught country schools in the Strawberry Point area for the next 10 years. One of the schools she taught was one her mother attended as a child, near St. Sebald Lutheran church.

    Until 1947, Vera was able to teach on a “War Certificate” but that summer she enrolled at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa in order to renew her regular teaching certificate. There she met a young soon-to-be seminarian from North Dakota, Richard Schwarz. On July 29th, 1951, Vera and Richard Walter Schwarz of Hazen, North Dakota, were married at St. Sebald Lutheran Church by Vera’s brother and spent the next year living in a small trailer at Wartburg Theological seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. While Dick, as Vera called him, finished his final year of seminary, Vera taught at a local rural school. The couple’s first parish was Zion Lutheran Church in Kulm, North Dakota. The family then moved to Parkston, South Dakota, in 1957, where they served for twelve and a half years. A call to St. John’s Lutheran Church moved them to Eustis, Nebraska, for seven years and then they moved to Long Lake, South Dakota. Vera and Richard retired to Elwood, Nebraska, in 1988. Vera and Richard had four children; Jonathan, Kathryn, Joel and Steven.  

    Vera was a faithful servant of the Lord in her ministry as a pastor’s wife. She accompanied her husband much of the time on his pastoral calls as well as teaching Sunday School, conducting Bible Studies and ministering to their congregations with a warm and caring personality as well as with her wonderful cooking and baking talents. Vera’s glazed donuts were sinfully delicious and are remembered fondly by all who were able to enjoy them.

    Vera’s great sense of humor and enthusiastic laughter will also not soon be forgotten. She loved to make you smile. She was known as the card lady at the Elwood Senior Center where she recycled greeting cards for a number of years. She loved crossword puzzles and word games, but one of her great joys in life was playing UNO with the grandkids…sometimes she even let them win!

    Vera is survived by sons: Jonathan (Carolyn) Schwarz of Lincoln, Nebraska; Joel (Maria) Schwarz of Layton, Utah and Steve Schwarz of Arapahoe, Nebraska; daughter, Kathy Gundell of Eustis, Nebraska; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; Jeremy (Brooke) Schwarz and Gavin of Lincoln, Jennifer (Dayne) Crawford and Brooklyn of Goodyear, Arizona; Amanda (Bryant) Brockmeier and Lane Baxter, Evan, Reid, and Jeannae of Eustis; James (Gwen) Gundell and Turner and Jaxson of Gothenburg, Nebraska; Christopher Schwarz of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Adam (Jessica) Schwarz and Jaleigh and Reese of Suffolk, Virginia; Danielle Schwarz and fiance’ Scott Woodstock of Logan, Utah and Samuel Schwarz of Layton, Utah; her brother,  Pastor A.L. (Gerda) Hock of Strawberry Point, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Pauline (Melvin) Brinkmeyer of Eureka, South Dakota and Eva (Richard) Newkirk of Gehanna, Ohio; as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Pastor R.W. Schwarz on March 19th, 2013; parents; sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Orville Wandersee, and her brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Fern Hock.

    Funeral Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran church in Eustis with Pastor Harold Laursen officiating.

    Burial will be in the St. John’s Lutheran East Cemetery at Eustis.

    Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis.

    Memorials are suggested to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America or the American Diabetes Association.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Darrell “Bubs” Petersen, age 83 (1929-2013)

    Darrell Lloyd “Bubs” Petersen, 83, of Lexington, Nebraska, died May 2nd, 2013, at the Lexington Regional Health Center.

    Darrell was born October 14th, 1929, to Walter and Grace Petersen at Little Sioux, Iowa. In 1947, he married Lavonne White and was married 65 years. Two children joined their young family, Linda Kneifl and David Petersen and eventually three grandchildren; Jon, Seth and Christopher.

    Bubs was the Regional Produce Manager for Safeway Stores for 25 years. He was an exceptional golfer and card player, but family always came first.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Grace Petersen; sister, Yvonne (Kenny) Moore and his beloved grandson, Christopher Lloyd Kneifl.

    Survivors include his loving wife, Lavonne of Lexington; daughter, Linda Kneifl of Lexington; son, David of Lexington; grandsons, Jon (Radana) Kneifl of Washington, D.C., Seth Petersen of Phoenix, Arizona; sister, Delores (George) of Ft. Collins, Colorado; brother, Earl (Marge) Petersen of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    A family memorial service will be held over Memorial Day. It was Bubs’ desire to be cremated.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Charlene Devine, age 66 (1946-2013)

    Charlene Rae Devine, 66, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died May 5th, 2013, at her home in Gothenburg, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

    She was born May 13th, 1946, in Gothenburg, daughter of Harry James Crawford Sr. and Lorraine Elbera (Franzen) Crawford. 

    Charlene graduated from Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1964. She married Ron Devine on April 2nd, 1966, at Colorado Springs; to this union, two daughters were born: Kelli and Kristi. 

    Charlene worked as a tax preparer for many years. Charlene was a 4-H mom to many. She collected porcelain dolls, enjoyed shopping and going to garage sales. Charlene was a very generous person who shared many of the things she purchased with the less fortunate. She was a member of the Birthday Club, Card Club, Red Hat Society, Meals on Wheels Volunteer, Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, Lutheran Church Women, and Luther League Sponsor. 

    Charlene's greatest treasures were her grandchildren. She loved "heading east" to attend their many activities. 

    Surviving are loving husband Ron Devine of Gothenburg; two daughters - Kelli and husband Rod Mattson of Wahoo, Nebraska; Kristi Phillipson of Omaha, Nebraska; five grandchildren: Colter Mattson, Chaleigh Mattson, Cadie Mattson, Emma Phillipson and Brody Phillipson; sister - JoAnn Norris; brother - Daniel (Daryl) Crawford; her father-in-law Morris Devine, along with many extended family and friends. 

    Charlene was preceded in death by her father, Harry James Crawford Sr., mother, Lorraine Elbera Crawford and a brother, Harry "Butch" Crawford, Jr and mother-in-law Cora Evelyn Devine. 

    The Devine family would especially like to thank the Hospice nurses and staff and the Gothenburg Rescue Unit for their tender care of Charlene. 

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 5-7. 

    Funeral Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, (today) May 9th, 2013 at 10 a.m. 

    Interment will follow in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska. 
    Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society Heartland Division 9850 Nicholas, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68114; Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department 602 Tenth Street Gothenburg, Nebraska 69138; Central Plains Home Health & Hospice 300 E 12th Street Cozad, Nebraska 69130.

  • Cozad Resident: Nina Lindekugel, age 86 (1926-2013)

    Nina M. Lindekugel, 86, of Cozad, Nebraska, died May 3rd, 2013, at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

    Nina was born September 17th, 1926, at Cozad to Reginald E. and Cora M. (Stauffer) Davis. She graduated from Gothenburg High School.

    On July 6th, 1945, Nina married Ivan Lindekugel at North Platte, Nebraska. The couple made their home in the North Platte area briefly before moving to Hershey, Nebraska, where Ivan drove truck. Eventually the couple moved to Cozad, where they bought the Davis Sand and Gravel Company from Nina’s parents. Their union was blessed with three children, Rodney, Lonnie and Carolyn. While in Cozad, Nina had worked at the Cozad Telephone Company and the Cozad Local, but the most important job she ever held, was that of a stay-at-home mom. She was a loving and dedicated wife and mother and poured everything she had into her family. Ivan preceded Nina in death in 1997. In most recent years, she had made her home at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad, where she enjoyed the residents and staff.

    Nina was a very family-oriented person. She loved to entertain and cook big meals. She always seemed to have enough food; no matter how many visitors she had at her home. Guests and family alike were often treated to warm homemade bread and her famous apple pie. She undoubtedly spent some of her happiest moments with a houseful of family. She also maintained very close relationships with her siblings through the years.

    Nina was a long-time member of the Cozad Christian Church.

    Nina was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ivan in 1997; two brothers, Robert and Gerald; two sisters, Norvene Bowden and Dorothy Feddersen; and a grandchild, Debbie Lindekugel.

    Survivors include her two sons, Rodney (Cheryl) Lindekugel of Hershey and Lonnie (Brenda) Lindekugel of Maumelle, Arkansas; daughter, Carolyn (Rock) Weatherly of Cozad; two sisters, Norma Struempler of Callaway, Nebraska, Janice (George) Kraft of Kansas City, Missouri; brother, Doug (Jean) Davis of Cozad; seven grandchildren, Cari (Mike) Brownwell of Hershey, Roxanne Weatherly of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Randy (Tonya) Weatherly of Cozad, Kim Lindekugel of Durham, North Carolina, Robyn (Scott) Geiser of Cozad, Greg (Annie) Lindekugel of Bovey, Minnesota, Steven Lindekugel of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; two step grandchildren, Blair (Danielle) Pedersen and Brandi (Eric) Stockman all of Maumelle, Arkansas; 15 great-grandchildren; Mike Johnston of Lincoln and many other relatives and friends.

    Services will be held on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Cozad Christian Church with Pastor Jeremy Jech officiating. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.

    Visitation will be on Monday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

    A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Pauline M. Dodson, age 100 (1912-2013)

    Pauline Marie Dodson, 100, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, April 30th, 2013, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

    She was born August 17th, 1912, in Cambridge, Nebraska, to Ray William and Hazel Pearle (Carter) Coleman. She was a 1931 graduate of Cambridge High School. Pauline lived in the Cambridge area until moving to Lexington in 1947. In 1934, she was united in marriage to Earle Collicott. Two daughters were blessed to this marriage, Shirley and Bonnie. On June 4th, 1978, she married Delmar Dodson. He preceded her in death on March 18th, 1990.

    Pauline owned and operated the Avilon Beauty Shop for 30 years in Lexington, retiring in 1978.

    She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, as well as past president of the Soroptimist Club and Eagles Auxiliary.

    Pauline’s interests were many; she enjoyed spending time with her family, fishing and was known to enjoy a bit of gambling.

    Pauline is survived by one daughter; Shirley (Dan) Wolfe of Johnson Lake, Nebraska; two step-daughters, Beverly Thompson of Johnson Lake and Jackie Ewald of Kansas; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and many step-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delmar; daughter, Bonnie (Maloley) Neff; brother, John Coleman; sister, Verna Estergard; stepdaughter, Bonnie DeFruiter; granddaughter, Amy and grandson-in-law, Jim Powers.

    Funeral Services will be Saturday, May 4th, 2013, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Tess Hufford officiating.

    Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

    Visitation will be held Friday, May 3rd, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please forward online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Rhonda Morrison, age 46 (1966-2013)

    Rhonda Morrison, 46, of Cozad, Nebraska, died on Monday, April 29th, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital after a short battle with cancer. 

    Rhonda was born on June 6th, 1966, at Montgomery, Alabama, to Ron and Judy (Grimm) Wallingford. She attended school in Cozad and later graduated from Summit High School in Frisco, Colorado, in 1984. She later returned to Nebraska where she attended Mid-Plains Community College in pursuit of a degree in Psychology. Rhonda moved around the Dawson County area throughout the course of her life but always remained connected to Cozad through her family, who she cared for deeply.

    Rhonda enjoyed 80’s music and loved singing karaoke. She also enjoyed dancing and spending time with friends at BBQs. Rhonda’s favorite past time was sharing quality time with her family, especially her children, nieces and nephews.  

    Rhonda was preceded in death by her Grimm grandparents; her Dillon grandparents and a step brother, Derek Gilbert. 

    Survivors include her daughter, Mariah Morrison of Cozad; son, Jeremy Halbgewachs of Panama City, Florida; fiancé, Tony Whiters of Cozad; mother, Judy (Dave) Gilbert of Cozad; father, Bob Dillon of Cozad; two sisters, Kim (Brett) Sassali and Michelle (Cory) Spotanski, all of Cozad; half sister, Abbi Jensen of Cozad; step brother, Blake Gilbert of Denver, Colorado; step sister, Erin Gilbert of Casper, Wyoming and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

    Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 3rd, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Cozad with Pastor Elaine Besthorn officiating. A private family inurnment will be held in the Cozad Cemetery at a later date.
    A memorial has been established in her memory. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Herman B. Hart, age 97 (1916-2013)

    Herman B. Hart, 97 of Cozad, Nebraska, died May 2nd, 2013, at Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad.

     

    Herman was born March 25th, 1916, at Cozad to Walter E. and Carrie (Ware) Hart. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1934.

     

    Herman was united in marriage to Gladys Uhlig on January 1st, 1936, at Overton. The couple made their home in Cozad, where they farmed with the Hart brothers, which Herman had been doing for several years prior. Herman and Gladys rented a farm northwest of Cozad where they boarded teachers, using the extra money to help with their living expenses. Herman became the proud owner of his rental ground after signing his name to a contract with Bob VanNortwick, which had been drawn up on the back of a check blank. Herman and Gladys worked hard together farming the land and raising cattle. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Gail and Shelley. In 1951, starting with a snowman display, the Hart family home transformed into what would be a perennial Christmas spectacular.

     

    Christmas was always a special time for the Hart family, as they worked diligently for months in advance preparing their home with the trappings of the season. Eventually the couple moved to Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad, where they received wonderful care and made great friends with the other residents and staff. Gladys preceded Herman in death in February of 2008.

     

    Herman was a long-time member of the Cozad United Methodist Church. He was proud to have been a charter member of the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250 and was the last living member of the Cozad High School Class of 1934. 

     

    Like any good husband, father and grandpa, Herman cherished spending time with his family. He had a way of bringing out the good in people and seemed to brighten the lives of those he made contact with. Despite outliving many of his classmates and original friends, Herman had a way of engaging people that always left him with new ones.

     

    In addition to his wife; Herman was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers; Elmer, James, Jesse, Walter, Miles, Lane; and a sister, Helen Wilkens.

     

    Survivors include his two daughters, Gail (Bob) Starr of Lincoln, Nebraska; Shelley (Steve) Morris of Aurora, Colorado; five grandchildren, Kim (Monte) Huggett of Overland Park, Kansas; Bart (Monica) Starr of Kansas City, Missouri; Jennifer (Darin) Mackender of Westminster, Colorado; Chad (Ramona) Morris of Aurora, Colorado; Brandon (Marie) Morris of Aurora; eight great-grandchildren, Connor and Emma Huggett, Allyson and Ethan Mackender, Brooke and Brandee Morris, Iris Starr and Graham Starr; along with many other relatives and friends.

    Services will be held on Monday, 6th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.

     

    Visitation will be held on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

     

    A memorial has been established in his memory. 

     

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

     

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Cozad Resident: Zelma Gaudreault, age 87 (1925-2013)

    Zelma Lorine Gaudreault, 87, of Cozad, Nebraska, died April 29th, 2013, in Cozad. 
    She was born June 10th, 1925, in Winder, Georgia, daughter of William Preston and Bertha Ophilia (McDaniel) Wall. 

    Zelma grew up in Monroe, North Carolina and graduated from Monroe High School. She married Marcus Crampton Gaudreault on November 27th, 1944, at Topeka, Kansas. Zelma and Marcus moved to Curtis, Nebraska and then later to Farnam, Nebraska.

    She retired in 1981 from the ASCS office in Frontier County after 28 years. She then went to work for the Frontier County Clerks office and retired after 10 years. When she could no longer drive, Zelma moved to North Platte, Nebraska. In November 2012, she moved to Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad. She enjoyed socializing, cooking, sewing, crafts and dancing. Zelma always had a large garden which she enjoyed giving away the produce. 

    Surviving are son - Don (Janice) Gaudreault of Farnam; granddaughter - Betty (TO Loeske) Gaudreault of Paxton, Nebraska; two grandsons - Marc (Oksana Trofycnuk) Gaudreault of Lone Tree, Colorado, Tony (Michelle) Gaudreault of Henderson, Nevada; great-grandchildren- Austin Hackney of Paxton; Landon Gaudreault of Henderson, Nevada; Jaylen Gaudreault of Henderson; brother-in-law - Eugene (Joyce) Elmore of North Carolina; nieces and nephews. 

    Zelma was preceded in death by husband, Marcus Gaudreault, father, William Preston Wall, mother, Bertha Ophilia Wall; one brother, four sisters, three brother-in-laws. 

    Memorial services will be held at Farnam United Methodist Church, May 17th, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.

    Private inurnment will follow in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska. 

    A memorial has been established. 

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Eugene Allen Smith, Sr. age 81 (1931-2013)

    Eugene Allen Smith, 81, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, April 25th, 2013, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington, after a courageous fight with lung cancer.

    He was born in Toronto, Kansas, on December 19th, 1931, to Marion Francis (Frank) and Elsie (Wooten) Smith. He was one of seven children. Gene served in the United States Army and is a veteran of the Korean War. On April 25th, 1955, he married Pearl Roller in Sperry, Oklahoma and they started their family with a son. After moving to Lexington, they added two daughters to their family.

    Gene spent his working life in the meat business; he was a butcher for a local market before working at Cornland Dressed Beef Company for 27 years. He then worked for Gibbon Packing Company before retiring from the Tyson Meat Packing Plant in Lexington. He enjoyed softball, bowling, archery, and pool. His passions included spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids, gardening and touring on his motorcycle. He loved being outdoors and spent a great deal of time fishing and hunting. Every year the whole family would gather at Johnson Lake on Free Fishing Day in May for a day of fishing, feasting and just being together.

    After Pearl’s death two months shy of their 50th wedding anniversary, he married Bonnie Teel and made his home in Kearney, Nebraska. He had many gatherings and tailgate parties with an extended family that he had known for the better part of his life.

    Gene was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1994 and with lung cancer in early 2012.

    Survivors include: Wife, Bonnie, of Kearney; Son, Eugene (Allen) Smith of El Dorado, Kansas; daughter Anita Smith of Elwood, Nebraska; daughter, Janet Henderson of Lexington; daughter, Pam Spiehs of Genry, Arkansas; grandchildren: Stacey (Nate) Loose and daughters Kyra and Riley of Madison, Alabama; Matthew (Shayla) Holliday and children Blake and Morgan of Grand Island, Nebraska; Adriana Henderson (Andy Franklin) and baby of Kearney; Tony Henderson of Lexington; Chad (Brenda) Smith of Johnson Lake, Nebraska; Autumn (Dustin) Johnson and daughters Reagan and Chloe of Wilcox, Nebraska; Crystal Smith (Lance Ryan) and baby of Hastings, Nebraska; Amy Middleton and children Tre, Marcus and Vanessa; Cory Middleton and children Madison and Jaden, partner Leah and her children Avenelle and David; Joseph (Katie) Spiehs of Lexington; Amber Spiehs of Gentry, Arkansas. Gene also had two sisters and a brother in Kansas and many nieces, nephews, brothers- and sisters-in-law in many locations.

    He was preceded in death by his wife Pearl, his parents, an infant sister, two brothers, a son-in-law, nieces and nephews and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

    Funeral Services were held Monday, April 29th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to Lexington Regional Health Center Hospice.

    Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery with Military Honors at Lexington.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements. 

    Please forward online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Former Gothenburg Resident: Signe Vera Block, age 92 (1921-2013)

    Signe Vera Block, 92, of Boulder, Colorado, formerly an 80 year resident of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 27th, 2013, at the home of her granddaughter, Christiana Lucanil.

     

    Signe was born on January 16th, 1921, to Carl Wahlgren and Signe (Fernstrom) Wahlgren, both immigrants from Sweden. She was the youngest of six children. She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1938. On August 21st, 1940, Signe married Clarence M. Block in Gothenburg. They honeymooned in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  She became a member of the Lutheran church in 1940, continuing to be a member for the remainder of her life. In 1943, they began farming north of Cozad. In 1950, they purchased a farm southwest of Gothenburg, which they farmed until retiring. Clarence and Signe enjoyed taking their family on yearly trips to the mountains and other interesting places.

     

    They had opportunity to travel to visit Signe’s relatives in Sweden and see other sights in Europe. Signe was an active community member, serving at church and involved in women’s clubs, and senior center activities. She studied painting and came to find great pleasure in painting china;  her love of beauty was expressed through her paintings of flowers and landscapes on china, which are treasured by her family.

     

    Gardening, canning and baking were her favorite jobs and her Swedish pancakes were a family favorite. Family was her passion; she spent her life involved in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had moved to Boulder into Dunn Memorial Senior Housing to be near family and both her family and her friends at Dunn provided activities and a caring environment that gave her a sense of wellbeing and peace. She was blessed with amazing endurance and continued to live independently until the last months of her life. As the family gathered by her bedside on the last evening of her life, she spoke to each family member individually, telling each of her great love for them and blessing them.

     

    Survivors include two daughters, Janet (Ed) Youngberg of Evergreen, Colorado and Rhonda Block Alstad of Boulder and one son, Mark (Kim) Block of Denver, Colorado and son-in-law, Terry King.  Grandchildren include Sonja Youngberg, Elise (Dan) Vaughan, Gesyka (Daniel Burkard) Youngberg, Britt Alstad, Christiana (Leonardo) Lucani, Zachary Alstad, Mistia (Harmon) Zuckerman, Jeneia Mullins, Dustin Block,  Ryan (Samantha White) Block, Jim King, Libby (Jamie) King and David (Tiffany) King. There are 12 great-grandchildren, who will also, dearly miss her.

     

    Signe was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Block; daughter, LaDonna King; son-in-law, John Alstad and great-granddaughter, Fritzie Zuckerman; all her siblings and most of her dear friends. She was blessed with such a long and rich life. 

     

    Funeral services will be held at the American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg on Friday, May 3rd at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be (today) Thursday, May 2nd, from 3 to 8 p.m., at the Blase -Strauser Memorial Chapel, with Signe’s family present to welcome friends and family from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will follow the service at the American Lutheran Church cemetery, northeast of town.

     

    The family suggests that memorials may be given to “The City of Gothenburg Commemorative Tree Program” in Signe Block’s name or the “Gothenburg Senior Center”. 

     

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

     

  • Former Cozad Resident: Jean Grothe, age 73 (1939-2013)

    Jean Grothe, 73, former Cozad resident, died Saturday, April 27th, 2013, at The Independence House in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Jean Grothe was born October 10th, 1939, in Tekamah, Nebraska, the daughter of Darcy and Neva (Snow) Rouse. She attended school in the Tekamah and Cozad area, graduating with the class of 1957.  Jean received her teaching degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. She was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.   Jean married Donald Lee Grothe on June 14th, 1959, in Tekamah. She worked most of the time as a substitute teacher in the Omaha and Cozad areas in Nebraska and later became a Library Aide at Cozad Middle School. Jean enjoyed gardening crafts, swimming, water skiing and loved to travel with her husband in their RV. She was a Girl Scout leader and member of the American Lutheran Church in Cozad, Nebraska.

    Jean is survived by her three daughters, Donelle Bell and her husband Jonathan of Omaha, Nebraska, Cindy Linke and fiancé Troy Henderson of Lincoln, and Holly Egger of Lincoln; eight grandchildren, Alexandrea Romano, Nicolas Romano, Jacob Linke, Falesha Bell, Cole Linke, Ann Marie Bell, Tanner Egger, and McKinnon Egger; sister, Ramona Hawkins of Fremont, Nebraska; and brother, Boyd Rouse of Murray, Nebraska.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Don Grothe.

    Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 6th, 2013, at Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church in Lincoln with Pastor Lance Ferguson officiating.  

    In honoring her wishes to be cremated there will be no viewing.

    Lincoln Family Funeral Care in Lincoln, Nebraska is handling arrangements.

    Memorials may be directed to her family to designate at a later date.

    Condolences can be left at www.lincolnffc.com

  • Former Cozad Resident: Jay Alvin Williams, age 80 (1932-2013)

    Jay Alvin (Red) Williams, 80, of North Platte, Nebraska, died April 28th, 2013, at his home. 

    Jay was born on November 25th 1932, in Cozad, Nebrask,a to George H. and Laura F. Williams. Jay grew up in Cozad and graduated from Cozad High School in 1950. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was a third degree Knight. 

    Jay was united in marriage to Wilma (Dolly) Ruby Wehrli on September 6th, 1952, she preceded him in death on November 25th, 1987. To this union was born two daughters, Kristy Linn Williams of Eustis, Nebraska and Jody Lee Williams Cisneros of North Platte, Nebraska. 

    Jay never knew a stranger and was always friendly to all he met. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Jay started working at the young age of nine carrying out groceries. He had various jobs in Cozad. He worked for Jack and Jill Grocery Store, a carpenter for Leroy Whitehead, delivered furniture for Boerkirchers Furniture Store and worked at Evans Bakery. He then moved to Longmont, Colorado and worked at Walmart.  He transferred to Walmart in Grand Island, Nebraska, before retiring. 

    Jay married Maxine Kamper Sedlacek on May 23rd, 1992, in Cozad. They had a wonderful life together and had recently moved to North Platte to be with family and friends. 

    Jay was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Wilma, a brother, Charles Williams, a sister, Anna Jewel Williams Kloepping, a step-daughter, Gail Sedlacek Potter and three great-step-grandchildren.

    Survivors include his wife Maxine of North Platte; two daughters Kristy Linn Williams of Eustis, Jody (Benny) Cisneros of North Platte; two grandsons Joshua Jay Cisneros of North Platte and Jeffrey Luis ( Alyssa) Cisneros of Lincoln, Nebraska; two great grandchildren  Adalyn Jo Cisneros and Isaac Luis Cisneros of Lincoln; stepsons and wives Stan (Nancy) Sedlacek of Broken Bow, Nebraska, Patrick (Eileen) Sedlacek of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Lynn (Beth) Sedlacek, Lee (Janie) Sedlacek, Gene (Marsha) Sedlacek and Thomas (Merry) Sedlacek all of North Platte; step-daughters Paula Sedlacek of Lincoln, Nebraska, Debra (Ray) Kizer of North Platte, Suzette (Niles) Dodson of North Platte and Sandra (Brad) Jensen of Parker, Colorado; he had 28 step-grandchildren and 46-step-great-grandchildren. 

    Rosary was Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. 

    Mass of Christian Burial will be (today) Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Platte. 

    Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Cozad Cemetery, Cozad. 

    Carpenter Memorial is in charge of the arrangements. 

    Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com

  • Cozad Resident: Encil Williams, age 91 (1921-2013)

    Encil Williams, 91 of Cozad, Nebraska, died April 22nd, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital.

    Encil was born October 7th, 1921, at Scottsbluff, Nebraska, at his grandparents house to Leonard and Mary (Yocum) Williams. Encil attended school in Lyman, Nebraska, before graduating from Huntley High School in Wyoming.

    Encil went on to attend Bible College in Minnesota and it was there that he met his future bride, Lois Witcombe. The couple married on June 22nd, 1947, in Cherokee, Iowa. They made their home in Cherokee, where Encil worked as a mechanic. 

    Shortly after they were married, Encil and his family moved to his parent’s farm south of Lyman. They eventually bought a farm in Torrington, Wyoming and resided there for a few years before selling it and moving into town. 

    In addition to his farming experience, Encil had also worked at a sugar factory, cheese factory, Couplamatic in Lyman. Encil eventually returned to his roots in agriculture, serving as an independent crop insurance adjuster. In later years, Encil and Lois moved to Cozad to be closer to their children. 

    It was important to Encil that his faith always underscored the life he lived. He always worked hard to provide for his family, often times holding as many as three jobs simultaneously. Encil was also a spiritual provider for his children, helping to instill in them a faith that played an integral part in his own life. 

    Encil found joy in the outdoors amid God’s creation, traveling, fishing, camping and hunting. He took yearly trips to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to hunt elk and moose. He also loved hunting deer and antelope. He also enjoyed raising gardens along with leathercraft and woodworking. 

    Encil was an active member in the Cozad Christian Church. He had also served on the Board of Trustees that founded the Platte Valley Bible College, which later became Summit Christian College.

    Encil loved to tease and play pranks on people. His playful demeanor lent itself well to being a grandpa, and he was able to make some wonderful memories with his grandkids and his family.

    Encil was born with ectodermal dysplasia and was the oldest living person with the affliction. He made many trips to the National Institute of Health in Maryland to aid in the research effort, wanting to make things better for those that were affected; particularly two of his grandsons.
    Encil was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Maurice and Evelyn “Betsy” Williams; two infant brothers, Leon and Victor; a foster son, Richard Williams; an infant son and daughter; and a nephew, Bill Williams.

    Survivors include his wife, Lois Williams of Cozad; son, Roland Williams of Cozad; two daughters, Christie (Terry) Weinberg of Kearney, Nebraska, Diana (Neil) Coleman of Arnold, Nebraska; 13 grandchildren, Abby and Jessy Williams, Aaron (Cheryl), Rebecca (fiance, Matt Davis) and Joshua Weinberg (Rachel), Nathan Aguallo, Casey and Thomas Derr, Christina (Jeff) Johns, Candi (Scott) Tucker and Kerri (fiance, Brandon Owens) and Logan Coleman; six foster grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and numerous foster great-grandchildren.

    A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Services were held Saturday, April 27th, 2013, at the Cozad Christian Church with Pastor Jeremy Jech officiating. Burial was at the Sunset Cemetery in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 1 p.m. MDT.

  • Cozad Resident: Robert Kloepping, age 62 (1950-2013)

    Robert “Bob” Kloepping, 62 of Cozad, Nebraska, died April 24th, 2013, at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

    Bob was born April 27th, 1950, at Gothenburg, Nebraska, to Wilbur “Doc” and Doris (Schroeder) Kloepping. He attended rural school in the Willow Island area and later graduated from Cozad High School.

    In 1975, Bob married Deb Edwards at Cozad. Their union was blessed with two boys, Marcus and Kirk. Bob held many jobs throughout his life, but farming and ranching always remained closest to his heart. In later years, Bob enjoyed working at the Cozad City Schools, where he interacted with many of the teachers and students.

    Bob loved football and studying war history, particularly World War II, Vietnam and Korea. He loved to tell stories and make people laugh. Bob also liked travelling and working with horses. He was a member of the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250. 

    Bob is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Burrell and Fred; sister-in-law, Maxine; brother-in-law, Larry Beyersdorf; and a nephew, Scott.

    Survivors include his two sons, Marcus Kloepping and Kirk Kloepping (Haylae) of Cozad; three sisters, Jann (Dwight) Kloepping of Cozad, Gwen Kloepping and Linda Beyersdorf, both of Denver, Colorado; sister-in-law, Sharon Kloepping of Eustis, Nebraska and many other relatives and friends.

    A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Graveside inurnment services will be held Monday, April 29th, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Grove Cemetery. 

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Elwood Resident: Donald Chapman, age 92 (1920-2013)

    Donald R. Chapman, 92, of Elwood, Nebraska, died Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013, at the Lexington Regional Health Center, in Lexington, Nebraska. 

    He was born on August 31st, 1920, at Powell, Nebraska, to Ralph and Esther (Leisenfeldt) Chapman.  

    He attended grade school in Powell, Nebraska. The family moved to Fairfield, Nebraska, in 1933 and he graduated from Fairfield High School with the Class of 1937. After high school, he began working for Union Pacific. After several years, he accepted a position with Charles DeLue engineering company in Chicago, Illinois, as chief of party survey crew. Later he would move back to Clay Center, Nebraska and work for the Navy Depot at Hastings, Nebraska. In 1946, he began trucking grain, gravel and welding gas. He would also own a tavern in Clay Center for a few years. Then move to Elwood and purchased a liquor store in 1950. After selling the business, he became a car salesman for the Ford garage in Lexington. He would retire in 1984. 

    He married Velma Godtel on December 27th, 1940 and later divorce in 2006. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and financially supported many projects, organizations and churches in Elwood. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

    He is survived by his nephew Jim Chapman of Nelson, Nebraska and friends and neighbors Alice and Don Leggott of Elwood.

    Graveside services were held Friday, April 26th, 2013, at the Elwood Cemetery, in Elwood with Pastor Phyllis Dunlop, officiating. 

    Memorials are suggested to the Gosper County Senior Center in Elwood, Nebraska. 

    Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.

    Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

  • Lexington Resident: Carol Ann Linden, age 69 (1944-2013)

    Carol Ann Linden, 69, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Saturday, April 20th, 2013, at Lexington Regional Health Center, following a courageous battle with cancer.

    She was born January 20th, 1944, in St. Francis, Kansas, to Garnet Vinton and Bessie Pearl (Baker) Gilmore. Carol graduated from Osborne High School with the class of 1962, in Osborne, Kansas. Following graduation she attended the Brown-Mackie School of Business in Salina, Kansas. She worked as a secretary for Frank Wheeler during high school. She then went to work for Safeway. 

    Carol moved to Lexington in 1974. She was united in marriage to Roger Linden on March 7th, 1975, in Lexington at the First Christian Church. Carol brought her son from a previous marriage, Vincent Keith to this union. The marriage was then blessed with three more sons, Jonathan, Jeffery and Jerold. When Carol moved to Lexington she was employed by Hennek’s, the Lexington Public School system in Food Service and at the time of her death was employed by South Central Special Services in Cozad. 

    She was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church, where she was active in the church choir and taught Sunday school. She also volunteered for the Volunteer Network as well as the Lexington United Way. Carol was always active in the P.T.A. when her sons were young. She was a thoughtful person who cared about everybody. She loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her large extended family. She loved taking pictures, collecting rocks, baking, canning, crafting, sewing doll clothes and gardening. She will be so very missed by her loving family as well as her many friends.

    Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Roger Linden of Lexington; four sons, Vincent Keith Moody of Lexington; Jonathan (Karen) Linden of Sidney, Nebraska; Jeffery (Heather) Linden of Hershey, Nebraska and Jerold Linden of Bertrand, Nebraska; one brother, Ray Gilmore of Ellis, Kansas; two sisters, Jan Scott of Ellis and Glenda (Sam) Green of Woodson, Kansas; 16 grandchildren, Jason, Steven, Amber, Michael, Ashley, Alex, Maiya, Rylie, Kyler, Katelyn, Payton, Jenny, Aiden, Keegan, Lucas and Kallie; eight great-grandchildren, Jaeden, Isaiaha, Madison, Kylie, Keaton, Kaeden, Kaiah and Kiki; her beloved canine daughters, Annie, Mollie and Chewie; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Carol was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Kathy Lyons.

    Funeral Services will be Friday, April 26th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Lexington with Pastor Rex Adams officiating.

    Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
    Visitation will be held (today) Thursday, April 25th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Norine Quitmeyer, age 94 (1919-2013)

    Norine (Landercasper) Quitmeyer, 94 of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, April 18th, 2013, at Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington.

    She was born on March 3rd, 1919, to Henry and Marvel (Hayden) Landercasper in Hillside Precinct, Dawson County, Nebraska. She was baptized on April 21st, 1935, at Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church and was confirmed at First Lutheran Church, Buffalo, on August 21st, 1938.

    Norine attended rural school District #58 (the Campbell Schoolhouse) through eighth grade and graduated from Lexington High School in 1936. After graduation Norine was employed as a clerk at Baumgartner’s Variety Store. In 1942, she was employed as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for several years. She also assisted her husband in his accounting practice.

    On January 22nd, 1946, she was married to Ernest Quitmeyer at First Lutheran Church at Buffalo. To this union three sons and two daughters were born. Except for a year and a half in Kearney in the early 1950’s, they lived their entire married life in Lexington where they owned Quitmeyer Accounting and La Petite Beauty Salon.

    Norine was a faithful member of First Lutheran Church at Buffalo.  She was always an active supporter of her children’s activities as she served as President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Pershing P.T.A. She also volunteered as a Brownie leader, Cub Scout leader, 4-H and Lexington Swim Team. Norine enjoyed quilting and crocheting.

    She is survived by her children; Gordon (Diane) Quitmeyer of Lincoln, Nebraska; Janet Merchen of Champaign, Illinois; Cynthia Quitmeyer of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Kevin (Janice) Quitmeyer of Denver, Colorado; eight grandchildren; Heather Quitmeyer (Brian Boone) of Lincoln, Leslie Quitmeyer of Fort Collins, Colorado; Brett Merchen of Chicago, Illinois, Todd Merchen of Japan, Joel Merchen of Champaign, Illinois, Dalton, Pierce and McKenae Quitmeyer, all of Denver; four great-grandchildren, Christian and Faith Quitmeyer of Auburn, Nebraska and Rowan and Malcolm Boone of Lincoln; one sister-in-law, Margaret (Peggy) Landercasper of Phoenix, Arizona; she is also survived by nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Norine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest; son, Larry; sister, Zaida Kraus; brother, Robert Landercasper and two grandsons, Mike and Matt Quitmeyer.

    A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, April 24th, 2013, at 2 p.m., at First Lutheran Church at Buffalo with Reverend Victor Rasmussen officiating.

    Inurnment will be in the First Lutheran Church at Buffalo Cemetery.

    Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington. Cremation will follow visitation.

    Memorials are suggested to First Lutheran Church at Buffalo Building Fund, the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department or the Donor’s Choice.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

    To share online condolences with the family please visit: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Leonard Widholm, age 84 (1929-2013)

    Leonard Ernest Widholm, 84, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 16th, 2013, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. 

    He was born January 25th, 1929, at Tallin Table north of Gothenburg, son of Ernest and Martha Alma (Weeks) Widholm.

    Leonard grew up at Tallin Table and graduated from Gothenburg High School, class of 1947. He served his country as an Army Medic during the Korean War. Leonard married Leona Mae Sitorius June 6, 1950 at Gothenburg. They began a lifetime of farming and raising their three children; Susan, Trudy and Gary. Leonard enjoyed farming, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He also liked to travel and enjoyed Husker football.

    Surviving are his wife Leona Widholm of Gothenburg; two daughters: Susan (Eldon) Franzen of North Platte, Nebraska, Trudy (Tim) Kotschwar of Kearney, Nebraska; one son: Gary (Brenda) Widholm of Gothenburg; four granddaughters: Angela (Gabriel) Morrow of Wisconsin; Jennifer Fiese of Gothenburg; Sarah (Travis) Nichelson of Michigan; Jenn Kotschwar of Kearney; five grandsons: Richard (Melissa) Fiese of Elm Creek, Nebraska; Jeffrey (Shiloah) Franzen of North Platte; Tyson Franzen of North Platte; Jordan (Meggie) Widholm of Sioux City, Iowa; Jeff (Becky) Kotschwar of El Paso, Texas; 13 great-grandchildren: Zacheri Caldwell, Sky Lineger, Trenton Flies, Ameila Grace Morrow, Jude Morrow, Mikayla Nichelson, Madison Nichelson, Adam Nichelson, Zander Fiese, Kegan Fiese, Audrey Kotschwar, Makenzie Kotschwar, Feona Mae Franzen; sister: Carolyn (Donald) Glenn of Omaha;  sister-in-laws: Elaine Widholm of Glendale, California, Sandy Widholm of Gothenburg; Margery (Norman) Jensen of Council Bluffs, Iowa; brother-in-law: Bill Sitorius of Gothenburg; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

    Leonard was preceded in death by his father, Ernest 

    Bernard Widholm; mother, Martha Alma Widholm-Fry; step-father, Samuel Fry; and two brothers, Marvin "Red" and Harold Widholm and sister-in-law, Susie Sitorius.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Sunday, April 21st, 2013, from 2 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Funeral services will be held at Evangelical Free Church, 1721 Lake Avenue, Gothenburg on April 22nd, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with David Wiseman officiating. Interment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery.

    Memorials may be given to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 or Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000. 

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Carol Bauer, age 63 (1949-2013)

    Carol Bauer, 63, of Cozad, died on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital. 

    Carol was born November 10th, 1949, at Pittsburg, Kansas, to James E. and Mary “Joan” (Kendall) Flesch, Sr. Following her graduation from Gothenburg High School in 1967 she attended Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska and later, Kearney State College.  

    Carol married Jim Bauer on September 12th, 1971, at Gothenburg. The couple made their home just east of Cozad where they lived their entire married lives and raised their family. Carol worked for the Home Spun Company in Cozad for many years before eventually opening her own store, Carol’s Sewing, in 1990.   

    Carol was proud to call Cozad her home and worked hard to make a difference. She was tremendously active in the Cozad United Methodist Church, where she served on the Missions Team, Witness Team and was the current Lay Leader. She was integral in the founding of the “Cloth ‘Em” program, which grew from humble beginnings to become a much larger and ecumenical project that all of the churches in Cozad have come to participate in. Carol made a special effort to always have her life intertwined with God’s teachings and his word. Her faith was the focal point of her life and as a result, her customers sometimes sought and received more than sewing when they visited her shop. Carol was so open with her faith that her shop was often thought of as an “extension” of the church.  

    Carol will be remembered for her faith and nurturing spirit. She was often mothering others, which was a pattern that developed early since she was one of six children. Carol’s impact in the lives of her family will never be forgotten, her example of God’s love will serve as a lasting guide.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Roger Bauer. 

    Carol is survived by her husband, Jim Bauer of Cozad; two sons, Chad (Alicia) Bauer and Drew (Janelle) Bauer, all of Cozad; daughter, Michelle “Shelly” (Jimmy Roberts) Bauer of Cozad; three grandchildren, Jessie Suhr and Kristine Bauer of Cozad and Steve Roberts of Kansas; three brothers, James E. (Georgie) Flesch, Jr. of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Michael (Peggy) Flesch of Omaha, Nebraska, Russell (Deb) Flesch of Central City, Nebraska; two sisters, Margaret “Marge” (George) Spencer of Brady, Nebraska, Virginia (Joe) Dyess of Plattsmouth, Nebraska; five brothers-in-law, Don (Bonnie) Bauer of Cozad, Larry (Joyce) Bauer of Lexington, Tom Bauer of Farnam, Nebraska, Steve (Carol) Bauer of Eddyville, Nebraska, Mike Bauer of Bailey, Colorado; seven sisters-in-law, Phyllis (Gene) Robinson of Holdrege, Nebraska, Beverly (Dale) Tomasek of Omaha, Nebraska; Mary Bauer of Denver, Colorado, Julie Tucker of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Dorothy (Fred) Larson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Marilyn Stephens of Denver, Alice Bauer of Overton, Nebraska; a special friend, John Zgud of Cozad; and a host of other relatives and friends.

    Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeremy Jech officiating. 

    A private family inurnment will be held in the Cozad Cemetery at a later date.

    Visitation will be on Friday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church.
    A memorial has been established in her memory. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Norma Jean Bappe, age 78 (1934-2013)

    Norma Jean Bappe, 78, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, April 15th, 2013, at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton, Wyoming. 

    Norma Jean Henderson was born September 9th, 1934, to Ross and Faye (Goedert) Henderson in Lexington. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1952. She lived in and around Lexington her entire life with the exception of the last three weeks when she moved to Riverton, Wyoming and Help for Health Hospice.

    She married Robert “Bob” Bappe on September 29th, 1953 and had two children; Michael and Mark. After 55 years of marriage, Bob passed away in 2008.  Norma spent 10 years with Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator and it was while at this job that she and Bob met. Bob was a clerk with the Union Pacific Railroad and they often spoke on the phone as Bob was making long-distance business calls.

    Norma enjoyed people. She was easy to be with and enjoyed living a simple, frugal life. One of her great pleasures was digging up an old coin found using her metal detector, another was discovering a piece of depression glass at a garage sale. She spent much of her life volunteering with the hospital auxiliary, Red Cross and was a mentor at the Morton/Sandoz Elementary for many years. The latter gave her special pleasure and she often spoke about the children that she hoped to have positively influenced.  Her two boys were in the center of her heart and she was always their cheerleader. She was a member of the Evangelical Free Church. 

    Her mother, father and only sibling, Duane Henderson also preceded her in death.

    Survivors include her two children Mike, his wife Sandra of rural Cozad, Nebraska and Mark and his wife Becky of rural Riverton, Wyoming. She had four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a special nephew, Greg Henderson and wife Kathy of Kearney, Nebraska.  

    Funeral Services will be Saturday, April 20th, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Lexington with Pastor Duane Russell officiating.

    Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

    Visitation will be held Friday, April 19t, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical Free church.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.  

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com

  • Former Cozad Resident: Donald “Don” Grothe, age 74 (1938-2013)

    Donald “Don” Grothe, 74, former Cozad, Nebraska, resident died Monday, April 15th, 2013, at The Independence House in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Donald Lee Grothe was born November 2nd, 1938, in Tekamah, Nebraska, the son of Oscar and Mildred (Paulsen) Grothe. He graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1956 and received his degree in business from Midland Lutheran College. Don married Margaret Jeanine Rouse on June 14th, 1959. He worked for North Western Bell before becoming an independent seed corn deal with Pioneer. Don was an avid fisherman and loved to travel, often snow birding to Mexico, Arizona and Branson in his RV. He enjoyed playing bridge, golfing and bowling. Don was a member of the Elks Club and American Lutheran Church both in Cozad.

    Don is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean of Cozad; three daughters, Donelle Bell and her husband Jonathan of Omaha, Nebraska, Cindy Linke and fiance Troy Henderson and Holly Egger, all of Lincoln; eight grandchildren, Alexandrea Romano, Nicolas Romano, Jacob Linke, Falesha Bell, Cole Linke, Ann Marie Bell, Tanner Egger and McKinnon Egger.

    A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, April, 19th, 2013, at Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church in Lincoln with Pastor Lance Ferguson officiating.

    In honoring his wishes to be cremated there is no viewing.

    Memorials may be directed to his family to designate at a later date.

    Lincoln Family Funeral Care in Lincoln, Nebraska is handling arrangements.

    Condolences can be left at www.lincolnffc.com

  • Memorials Are Suggested: Jeanne Marie Whitehead, 91 (1921-2013)

    Jeanne Marie Roggenhofer Whitehead, 91, former Cozad resident, died on January 18th, 2013, in Norman, Oklahoma.

    Jeanne was born July 14th, 1921, in Mulhouse, France, to Valentine and Helene (Lothimar) Roggenhofer.  At the end of WWII she worked as an interpreter for the American Red Cross at the Swiss Leave Center in Mulhouse where she met an American GI, Everett Eugene (Gene) Whitehead. They were married in Mulhouse in December 1946. Jeanne came to the U.S. on a ship of War Brides. She arrived in New York where she boarded a train alone and traveled to Chicago where she was met by Gene and his brother, Lee. They then made their way to Cozad, Nebraska, where they spent their married lives and raised their two children, Mimi and Steve.

    Jeanne worked briefly at Sullivan’s Department Store in Cozad until Mimi was born. She then worked hard as a homemaker and mother to Mimi and Steve until 1968 when she opened her own shoe store, Jeanaud Shoe Boutique. She and Gene operated the shop until their children completed college. 

    Jeanne loved baking, especially chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon rolls, which she generously shared with members of the community, family and friends. She also loved to play bridge and was a member of various clubs and duplicate bridge tournaments. Jeanne was a faithful member of the American Lutheran Church in Cozad where she made many lifelong friends and donated time in support of others.

    Jeanne maintained her French accent until the end and never forgot her French heritage but to her, home was with her family and friends in Cozad.

    Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Gene. She is survived by her brother, Fernand Roggenhofer (Betty); sister, Mimi Roggenhofer Risch (Antoine); her daughter, Mimi Whitehead Harm; son, Steve Whitehead; son-in-law, Nick Harm; daughter-in-law, Heidi Whitehead; grandchildren, Matt Whitehead (Kate), Nickolas Harm (Angela), Megan Harm Sparkman (Joseph), Lindsey Whitehead, Blake Whitehead, step-grandchildren, Courtland Trimm, Christopher Trimm, Joshua Trimm and great-grandchildren, Gray Sparkman, Boyd Sparkman, Nora Meier-Person, Oliver Trimm and Annabella Trimm.

    A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Cozad.

    Inurnment will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 19th, 2013, in the Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell. 

    Memorial donations can be made to the American Lutheran Church, 200 E. 12th Street, Cozad, Ne. 69130.

  • Maywood Resident: Darlene Werkmeister, age 74 (1938-2013)

    Darlene Louise Werkmeister, 74, of Maywood, Nebraska, died April 10th, 2013. at her home. 

    She was born July 8th, 1938, at White in Hayes County to Adolph and Ella (Klug) Werkmeister. She attended Valley School. She moved to Longmont, Colorado, in 1960. She was employed and retired from AT&T after 27 years of service. After retiring she returned home to Maywood sometime in the 90’s were she made her home until her passing. 

    She is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers Max, Raymond and Elgie; sister in-law Jean Werkmeister and brother in-law Chet Bennett of Niwot, Colorado. 

    Survivors include her twin sister Arlene Werkmeister of Longmont, Colorado; sister Lois Bennett of Niwot, Colorado; three brothers Leo Werkmeister of Maywood; Ernest and wife Pat Werkmeister of Longmont; Melvin and wife Lucille Werkmeister of Maywood; three sister in-laws Betty Werkmeister and a special niece Sherri Werkmeister, who took the time to check on her each day, of Maywood; Donna Werkmeister of Maywood; Roberta Werkmeister of Palisade, Nebraska; also a close friend Pam Branham of Longmont; as well as many nieces and nephews. 

    Graveside services will be held Monday, April 15th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Maywood Cemetery with Fred Werkmeister officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Maywood Cemetery. 

    Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.

  • Memorials Are Suggested: Keya Kay Foss, age 59 (1954-2013)

    Keya Kay Foss, 59, of Holdrege, died Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. She was born March 1st, 1954, in Riverside, California, the only child of Harley “Fuzz” and Linnea May (Nelson) Kennedy. She was baptized on the day of her Confirmation on April 7th, 1968. Keya received her education in Cozad, Nebraska, graduating from Cozad High School with the class of 1972.

    Following her education, she was united in marriage to Rodney McCance and to this union one daughter, Charmin was born. The family made their home in Cozad, where Keya focused on being a homemaker. Later in years she was employed in the restaurant and entertainment industry throughout several states as she experienced life and met many diverse people. On February 25th, 1989, she was united in marriage to Norman Kent Foss. They continued to travel, providing music entertainment throughout the Mid-West until settling in Denver, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman in 1999. Keya returned to Holdrege to be with her family, where she resided until her passing.

    She was a member of the Westmark Evangelical Free Church, north of Loomis and also attended the North Park Assembly of God Church in Holdrege for the past several years when it became difficult for her to travel.

    Besides her love for music, Keya loved to write poetry and reading her Bible was very important to her.

    Besides her parents and her two husbands; Keya was preceded in death by her aunt, Harriet Nelson; cousins: Renee Hillman, Roger Rehnberg and Mike Nelson.

    Keya leaves to mourn in her passing; her daughter, Charmin Brooks and her husband, Shawn of Cozad; four grandchildren: Chasity McCance and her fiancé, Chase Albrecht, Forest Toledano and James Brooks and Kyle Brooks, all of Cozad; one aunt, Grace Rehnberg of Holdrege, Nebraska; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

    There will be no visitation as the family is honoring her wish for cremation.

    Celebration of Life Service for Keya will be conducted at the Westmark Evangelical Free Church north of Loomis, Nebraska, on Saturday, April 27th, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Rick Smith officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

    A memorial has been established in Keya’s memory and kindly suggested to the family.

    Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com.

    The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

  • Lexington Resident: Lamoine D. Duis, age 61 (1951-2013)

    Lamoine D. Duis, 61, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, April 8th, 2013, at his home in Lexington, following a courageous fight with cancer.

    He was born June 17th, 1951, in Gothenburg, Nebraska, to George and Leona (Sommer) Duis. He attended school at Gothenburg. Lamoine was united in marriage to Linda Defruiter on April 1st, 1967; in Gothenburg. Two sons were blessed to this marriage; Andrew and Shane. The couple later divorced.

    Lamoine worked for Sperry New Holland after moving to Lexington in the mid 1970’s. He attended auctioneer school in Billings, Montana, in 1977. He later worked for the Kugler Family and then 25 years at Designer Craft Woodworking for Steve Atwood. His health forced him to retire three years ago. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Gothenburg. 

    Lamoine loved riding his Harley Davidson, woodworking, fishing, hunting and going to the sale barn. His greatest joys in life were times spent with his sons and grandchildren.

    Survivors include his sons Andrew (Wendy) Duis of Grand Island, Nebraska and Shane Duis of Gothenburg; five grandchildren; Carter, Bryce and Andrea Duis, all of Grand Island, Judd Duis of Cozad and Justin Duis of Fort Collins, Colorado.

    Lamoine was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Mearle, Kermit and Clifford.

    Services will be held Tuesday, April 18th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating.

    There will be no visitation.

    Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Gothenburg at 2 p.m.

    Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Terry William Weeks, age 66 (1946-2013)

    Terry William Weeks, 66, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 9th, 2013, in Omaha, Nebraska. 

    He was born December 13th, 1946, in Gothenburg, son of Robert Lee and Dorothy Mae (Rose) Weeks.  By the age of six Terry had lost both of his parents.  His aunt Ellen raised him. Ellen was very special to Terry and he was able to care for her as she got older.

    Terry grew up in Gothenburg and graduated from Gothenburg High, class of 1965. Terry went to Denver for two years of drafting school at ITT. He married Marsha Werner on March 7th, 1969, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Gothenburg. To this union a daughter Ramona was born. Terry worked for Monroe Auto Equipment for 40 years. Terry was a member of the JC's. He loved Nascar, Husker football and Sandra Bullock movies. 

    He is survived by his wife Marsha Weeks; daughter Ramona (Brian) Wellmann; two granddaughters Kerry and Kasey, all of Gothenburg; extended family includes: sisters-in-law Monie (Dick) Martin of Redmond, Oregon; Joyce Sabin of Gothenburg; Norma (Bob) Richards of Cozad, Nebraska; Mary Buesing of Cozad;  brother-in-law Larry (Janice) Werner of Cozad; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family & friends. 

    Terry was preceded in death by his parents Robert Lee and Dorothy Mae Weeks; mother-in-law Doris Werner-Earl; brothers-in-law, Terry Werner and Leo Sabin; aunt and uncle, Ellen and Brown Weeks; special friend, Cora Devine. 

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Friday, April 12th, 2013, at 1 p.m.-8 p.m. 

    Funeral services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, Saturday, April 13th, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Larry Viter officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg.

    Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department 602 Tenth Street Gothenburg, NE 69138 or ALS Association National Headquarters, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005.  

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Callaway Resident: Loma J. Ballenger, age 89 (1923-2013)

    Loma J. Ballenger, 89, of Callaway, Nebraska, formerly of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, at Callaway Good Life Center.

    She was born June 10th, 1923, in Callaway, to William J. and Etta May (Weaver) Longmore. Loma attended Hillside rural school near Callaway. She was united in marriage to Carl W. Ballenger on June 29th, 1946, in Callaway. Seven children were blessed to this marriage; twin sons, David and Dale, Dorothy, Darla, Dea and Daryl.

    Loma grew up in the Callaway area and moved to the Lexington/Overton area in 1953. She worked for a time at the Overton Cafe, Dugdale Packing Plant and Excel Packing Plant. She volunteered her time at Love-In-Action in Lexington. Church was always a big part of Loma’s life and was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Callaway and attended the Christian Church in Overton.  She was the past president of the Christian Women’s Fellowship in Overton, as well as past member of the Garden Club and Extension Club. She also taught youth group at the Christian Church in Overton.

    Loma had a strong love for her family and so enjoyed her grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, reading, crocheting, quilting, sports, especially the Nebraska Cornhuskers, word search puzzles and writing poetry. She will be so very missed by her large, loving family and friends.

    Survivors include her children; David Ballenger of Elsie, Nebraska, Dale (Lisa) Ballenger of Security, Colorado, Dorothy (Rod) Longmore of Cozad, Nebraska, Darla (Larry) Banzhaf of Eustis, Nebraska and Dea (Augustin) Lopez of Blanket, Texas; 31 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; one sister, Irva Lange of Riverton, Wyoming; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Loma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl in 1989; two sons, Wesley and Daryl; one granddaughter, Monica Jay; one brother, William and one great-granddaughter, Maribel Lara. 

    Funeral Services will be Friday, April 12th, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Pastor Shawn Banzhaf officiating.

    Burial will be in Sand Valley Cemetery near Callaway.

    Visitation will be held Thursday, April 11th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    To leave online condolences to the family please visit:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: John Kruse, age 88 (1925-2013)

    John F. Kruse, 88, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013, at Solara Hospital in McAllen, Texas.

    John was born January 13th, 1925, at York, Nebraska, to Johann and Helen (Kruse) Kruse, the second of eight children. He graduated from Burchard High School with the class of 1941. He was united in marriage to Lillian (Fran) Weakland on July 14th, 1947, in Beatrice. Nebraska. This union was blessed with two daughters, Linda and Cheryl.

    John served in the United States Navy from March 22nd, 1943, until being honorably discharged on February 17th, 1946, with the rank of Petty Officer Radioman 2nd Class. He graduated from Electronic Technical School at Omaha and later worked for WABL radio station in Apollo, Pennsylvania, KRVN radio station and Reach Electronics both in Lexington. He was the owner/manager of Lexington Communications for many years. He retired in January 2001, at the age of 75.

    John married Darlene Samples on March 30th, 1985, in Aurora, Nebraska.The couple enjoyed traveling, especially touring Europe and visiting cousins in Germany.
    John and Darlene spent their retirement winters at Alamo Palms, Alamo, Texas, where his favorite activities were playing bridge and coffee time at the recreation hall with his many friends.

    He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, as well as the VFW and American Legion in Lexington.

    He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Lexington; two daughters, Linda (Gene) Shaw of Hastings, Nebraska; Cheryl (Shane) Lobdell of Lexington; three grandchildren, Jeremy (Rylee) Shaw of McCook, Nebraska, Jason Shaw of Central City, Nebraska and Nathan Lobdell of Lexington; three great-grandchildren, Karragan, Caleb and Corbin Shaw; three stepsons, Ron (Cheryl) Samples of Hastings, Bradley Samples of Grand Island, Nebraska, Michael Samples of Waverly, Nebraska; 10 step-grandchildren; brothers, Carl (Marjorie) Kruse of Canyon City, Colorado, Walter (Anita) Kruse of Beatrice, and Harry Kruse of Blue Springs, Nebraska; sisters, Lorena Higgens of Beatrice and Dorothy Siske of Tecumseh, Nebraska; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill (Virlene) Shaffer of Lincoln, Nebraska, Gene (Glenda) Anderson of Fairmont, Nebraska; Chuck (Nadine) Smith of Edmond, Oklahoma and Leroy (Donna) Bose of Stamford, Nebraska; as well as many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

    John was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Don; sister, Anni Stuteville; brother-in-law, Gene Siske; and, sister-in-law, Marlene Kruse.

    A Memorial Mass will be recited Thursday, April 11th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Reverend Jorge Canela celebrating. Inurnment will be in the St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery in Lexington with Military Honors.

    Memorial Book Signing will be held Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Donor’s Choice.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Leo Dean Sabin, age 70 (1942-2013)

    Leo Dean Sabin, 70, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 2nd, 2013, at his home in Gothenburg following a battle with cancer. 

    He was born June 14th, 1942, in Gothenburg, son of John and Eva Louise (Cloyd) Sabin. He attended schools in Gothenburg and then joined the Navy. Leo served his country in the US Navy from 1960-63. After his discharge, he worked at Monroe's and later as a semi-driver. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

    Leo married Joyce Werner Ostendorf on December 28th, 1963, at the First Baptist Church in Gothenburg. 

    Surviving are wife, Joyce E. Sabin of Gothenburg; three sons: Jerry Ostendorf of Amherst, Nebraska, Gene Ostendorf of Amherst and Monty Sabin of Hastings, Nebraska; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters: Alice (Archie) Curtice of Cozad, Nebraska, Betty (Phillip) Bottom of Lincoln, Nebraska and Geil (John) Gilbert of Kearney, Nebraska; two brothers: Robert Sabin and Terry "Chub" Sabin; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

    Leo was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Stanley and Norman; sister, Jean; and daughter, Shelly.

    Memorial Services will be held at First Baptist Church on April 6th, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Bill Ivey officiating. 

    Memorials may be given to the Central Plains Home Health & Hospice, 300 E 12th Street Cozad, NE 69130; First Baptist Church, 1002 Ave C, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or American Cancer Society, 5733 S 34th Street, Ste 500, Lincoln, Nebraska 68516.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: John Loostrom, age 98 (1915-2013)

    John Andrew Loostrom, 98, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 3rd, 2013, in Gothenburg. 

    He was born January 21st, 1915, on the family farm in Custer County north of Gothenburg, son of Peter and Marie (Peterson) Loostrom.

    He attended New Hope School and Gothenburg High School. He spent his lifetime farming and ranching north of Gothenburg in Custer County and in Lincoln County between Brady, Nebraska and Maxwell, Nebraska. He married Beulah Bedell at North Platte, Nebraska, on February 26th, 1939, to this union, three children were born: David, Peggy and Mark.

    Surviving are wife, Beulah Loostrom of Gothenburg; two sons: David (Linda) Loostrom of Gothenburg; Mark (Shawn) Loostrom of Maxwell; daughter: Peggy (John) Pape of Grand Island, Nebraska; six grandchildren: Perry (Kristin) Loostrom, Gothenburg; Wendy Jensen, Grand Island; Merry (Mark) Danley, Lincoln, Nebraska; Dr. Jeff (Stephanie) Pape, Norfolk, Nebraska; Sherry (Ryan) Sanner, San Diego, California; John (Melodie) Loostrom, Maxwell; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters: L. Johanna Bedell of North Platte and Carol May Brown of Lexington, Nebraska; brother-in-law Rod Carlson of Cozad, Nebraska; sister-in-law Rosemary Loostrom of Plymouth, Michigan; along with a host of friends and extended family as reflected by his recent 98th birthday party. 

    John was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Marie Loostrom; three brothers Robert, Bruce and Ivan Loostrom, sister Mary Ann Carlson and two great-grandchildren Lane Michael and Bobbi Jo Loostrom.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on Friday, April 5th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. with the family present from 5-7 p.m. 

    Graveside services will be held at Gothenburg Cemetery on Saturday, April 6th, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Robert Litzenberger officiating. 

    Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, 1540 South 70th Street, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68506. 

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Irma Johnson, age 93 (1919-2013)

    Irma Johnson, 93, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, formerly of Brady, Nebraska, passed away April 1st, 2013, at her daughter's home in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

    Irma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louis: six sisters; and her daughter-in-law Judy Johnson.

    Survivors include sons, Tedd (Lila) of North Platte; John of Brady; daughter, Pamela (Bill) Weekly of Lincoln. Grandchildren include:  Shawne Coonfare of Papillion; Bonita Johnson (Jim Jefferson) of Spearmont Maine; Shane (Amanda) Johnson of Benkleman; Matt (Vicki) Weekly of Brainard; Kurt (Tiffany) Weekly of Lincoln; Jael (John) Roschewski of Kearney and Judd and Jack Johnson. Great grandchildren include: Chloe and Isabella Coonfare, Connor Coonfare; Will, Mike, PJ, Drew Weekly; Hunter, Avery Weekly.

    Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-8 p.m., at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg.

    Services will be held at 3 p.m. at the Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, April 10th, with Pastor Larry Viter officiating. Private family internment, prior to services, will be at Svea Dal cemetery north of Brady.

    In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Svea Dal Church (Ladies Aid), 1676 S. Svea-Dal Road, Brady NE; or to the donor's choice.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Lexington Resident: David Paul Anderson, 63 (1950-2013)

    David Paul Anderson, 63, of rural Lexington, Nebraska, died Sunday, March 31st, 2013, following a brave fight with cancer, at the Anderson Home place.

    He was born January 12th, 1950, in Lexington, Nebraska, to James B. and Kathleen E. (Norris) Anderson.

    David attended rural school at District #59 through the 8th grade. He then went onto graduate from Lexington High School with the class of 1968. While in high school David trained horses for Wayne Smith, thus began his lifelong love of horses. He worked in agriculture and sold cars in Kearney prior to going into the United States Navy. He served his country from September of 1975 until being honorably discharged in November of 1977. 

    After his time in the service he moved to New Mexico where he worked as a Line Maintenance Supervisor for the railroad. After his father died he eventually moved back to the home place and cared for his mother until she moved to assisted living at Park Avenue Estates. 

    David enjoyed gardening, hunting and horses.  He loved his life-long friend and was so very appreciative of Rob Heins and Rob’s wife Brenda for the care given to him during his illness. David had a special way about him with his gentle sense of humor and good natured teasing that put everyone at ease. After his diagnosis of cancer his perspective on life took on a whole new meaning and he would be forever grateful to his caretakers and friends.

    David is survived by his mother of Lexington; two sisters; Connie Wolfe of Lincoln, Nebraska and Jennifer Andersen of Lincoln; two nephews and their families; David (Kristi) Harrington of Mineola, Iowa, and Corey (Tory) Harrington of Lincoln; niece, Kristi Nichols and her family of Lincoln; aunt; Virgene (Dale) (Fagot) Forest of Roanoke, Texas; as well as many friends, extended family and caregivers.

    David was preceded in death by his grandparents; father, James and aunts and uncles.

    It was David’s wishes that his body be cremated with no formal service. His wishes will be carried through.

    Memorials are suggested to Dawson County Horse 4-H Clubs, c/o Reynolds-Love Funeral Home, 106 W. 8th St.  Lexington, Nebraska 68850.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. To remember David with online condolences please go to:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Memorials Are Suggested: Lupe Clark, age 82 (1931-2013)

    Lupe Clark, 82, of Kearney, Nebraska (formerly of Holdrege, Nebraska) died on Friday, March 29th, 2013, at the Mt. Carmel Home – Keens Memorial in Kearney.  

    Lupe was born February 11th, 1931, at Powell, Wyoming, the youngest of seven children born to Joseph and Jesse (Garcia) Rodriguez. Lupe was baptized and confirmed at the St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Powell. She received her education from Powell High School, graduating with the class of 1949.

    Following her education, she began a life-long career in retail sales, where she was employed by Koprivia’s Grocery Store and later at J.C. Penny’s in Powell, where Lupe would meet the love of her life and future husband. On April 5th, 1959, she was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Clark at Powell and to this union five children were born: Deborah, Christine, Kenneth, David, and Richard. During her years raising their children, Lupe focused her life on caring for the needs of her family. The couple then purchased the Sears Catalog Store in Holdrege and later the Western Auto Store in Lexington, Nebraska, while they continued to reside in Holdrege. Lupe enjoyed collecting figurines, photography of the family, she loved entertaining, especially hosting family holiday dinners at their home, and most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren.  

    She was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church, where she active with the Altar Society.

    Lupe was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Debbie at the age of 25 years; two sisters: Mary who died in infancy and then second sister, Mary; one brother, Robert Rodriguez; and sisters-in-law: Marlene Clark and Sally Clark. 

    She leaves to mourn her passing; her husband of almost 54 years, Ken Clark of Kearney; one daughter, Christine Clark Phipps and her husband, Troy of Lincoln, Nebraska; three sons: Ken Clark and his wife, Brenda of Benedict, Nebraska, David Clark of Lincoln and Richard Clark and his wife, Nicole of Kearney; five grandchildren: Cassandra Larreau, Dalton and Trevor Clark and Haley and Ryan Clark; two brothers: Raymond Rodriguez and his wife, Marina of Powell and Joe Rodriguez Jr. and his wife, Lourdes of Southgate, California; brother-in-law, Floyd Clark of California; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013, from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. with the family greeting from 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

    Mass of Christian Burial for Lupe Clark will be conducted from the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege on Thursday, April 4th, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Father Thomas Lux officiating.

    Rosary will be held at the church prior to the Mass at 9:30 a.m.  

    Following the traditional funeral, cremation will take place and a private family inurnment will be held at the Cozad Cemetery at Cozad, Nebraska.

    A memorial has been established in Lupe’s honor and kindly suggested to the family for later designation.

    Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

    The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

  • Cozad Resident: Arlene Stephens, age 89 (1923-2013)

    Arlene Stephens, 89, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Thursday March 28th, 2013, at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

    Arlene was born November 1st, 1923, at Cozad to Harry and Cora (Waldo) Eaton. She graduated from Cozad High School in 1942.

    Following high school, Arlene resided in Texas for two years before returning to Cozad. In 1945, she married Barney Stephens. The couple moved around the United States frequently during Barney’s service in the U.S. Air Force. Their union was blessed with one child, Guy. Arlene eventually made her way back to Cozad, where she rekindled old friendships and happily made new ones. 

    Arlene enjoyed making dolls and sewing. She loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends. 

    She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cozad for over 70 years. Arlene was also a member of the V.F.W. Post #890. 

    Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; son, Guy; and two brothers, Darrell and Clifford.

    Survivors include her sister-in-law, Carol Eaton of Prescott, Arizona; two nieces, Vicki Reich of Arizona, Christi VanKirk of Mesa, Arizona and Wendy Ysasi of Phoenix, Arizona; nephew, Scott Eaton of Phoenix, Arizona and many other friends. 
    Funeral Services are scheduled for Monday, April 8th at 2 p.m., at the Cozad United Methodist Church.

    Memorials are suggested to the Wilson Public Library in her memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Arrangements are pending at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Eleanor Mann Sitorius, age 97 (1915-2013)

    Eleanor Mann Sitorius, 97, a long-time resident of the Gothenburg, Nebraska, area died Easter Sunday, March 31st, 2013, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg.

    She was born December 9th, 1915, in Steamboat Springs to Albert A. and Annie Jane Mann as the next to the youngest in the large family of 10 children. She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1933 and worked for several years at Potter's Pharmacy.

    On June 30th, 1940, she married Romaine J. Sitorius. They lived in Texas and California while Romaine was in the Army and in Omaha, Nebraska, after World War II. In 1950 they moved back to Gothenburg and the farm with their three daughters. In 1989, they retired and moved off the farm and into Gothenburg.

    Eleanor was a member of the United Methodist Church and attended regularly and served in many Methodist Women’s Society positions over the years. She was a 4-H Leader as her daughters were growing up and a member of P.E.O. later in life. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed reading.

    She is survived by her three daughters, Susan Monk of Denver, Colorado; Jane (Patrick) Veress of Cambridge, England and Sally (Wally) Trimble of Gothenburg; three grandchildren, Justin Monk of Denver; Molly (Marc) Logemann of Omaha, Nebraska and Sheridan Trimble of North Platte, Nebraska. She has five great-grandchildren, Jordon Monk, Jadon Monk and Layla Monk, all of Denver; Schuyler Logemann and Ryder Logemann of Omaha; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. 

    She was preceded in death by her husband Romaine who died in 1998; her parents and her six brothers and three sisters, Frances (Wesley) Poulson, George (Ruth) Mann, Ralph (Susie) Mann, Horace (Mildred) Mann, Lawrence (Ruby) Mann, Alberta (Chet) Stumpff, Mary (Stan) Tederman, Milton (Vivian), Arthur Mann.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, Nebraska 69138.

    The Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 8th, 2013, at 11:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, with Dr. Jeff Thurman and Rev. Donna Dudley Officiating.

    Private family internment, prior to services, will be in Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell where she will be buried next to Romaine.

  • Cozad Resident: Rachel A. Hild, age 74 (1938-2013)

    Rachel A. Hild, 74, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Thursday, March 28th, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

    She was born September 24th, 1938, in Oconto, Nebraska, to Walter and Effie (Elston) Garringer. Rachel graduated from Plattsmouth High School with the class of 1957. She was united in marriage to Dale Hild on June 9th, 1962, at Christ Lutheran Evangelical Church in Louisville, Nebraska. Four children were blessed to this marriage; Mike, Doug, Ricky and Janet. Ricky passed away as a young child. 

    The couple lived in Louisville until 1976, when they moved to the Kearney/Elm Creek, Nebraska area. Rachel adored children and for many years ran a day care in her home. In 1989, the family moved to Columbus, Nebraska, back to Kearney and then to Cozad.

    Rachel’s loves in her life were her family, babysitting, camping, cooking and baking. She made the best Choke Cherry jelly around. She never said a bad word about anyone and her little granddaughter remembers grandma as always caring for everybody. 

    Rachel was a member of the Lutheran faith.

    Survivors include her husband of 50 years; Dale Hild of Cozad; two sons, Mike Hild of Cozad, Doug (Deb) Hild of Elm Creek; daughter, Janet (Craig) McCollum of Columbus, Nebraska; brothers, Harlan Garringer of Lexington, Nebraska; Jerry Garringer of Holdrege, Nebraska; and, Keith Garringer of Kearney; two sisters, Thelma Sturgeon of Bellevue, Nebraska; and, Mary Garringer of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; there brothers-in-law, LeRoy (Pat) Hild of Surprise, Arizona, Ron (Dixie) Hild of Millard, Nebraska; Richard Hild and his companion, Ron of New Mexico; many nieces, nephews, who lovingly referred to Rachel as Aunt Rachie, extended family and friends.

    Rachel was preceded in death by her parents, son, Ricky; sisters, Fay Crow and Rhonda Trampe.

    Visitation will be held Monday, April 1st, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington with Prayer Service at 7 p.m. with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating.

    It was Rachel’s wishes her body be cremated following the Prayer Service with Inurnment held later in Evergreen Cemetery at Lexington. 

    Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.
    Please forward online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

  • Johnson Lake Resident: Berdena “Bernie” Gartner, 89 (1923-2013)

    Berdena M. “Bernie” Gartner, 89, of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, died away Sunday, March 24th, 2013, at Elwood Care Center.

    Bernie was born October 13th, 1923, in Edison, Nebraska, to Hugh and Bernice (Stevens) Deselms, the second of four children. The family moved to the Albin, Wyoming, area when she was a child. She graduated from Albin High School in 1941. She was united in marriage to Ray Monk in Kimball, Nebraska, on September 13th, 1942, just before he left for the Navy during WWII. The couple had four children.

    Throughout the years they lived in many different places. They lived in California for a time when Ray was in the Navy. They also lived in Wyoming and multiple towns throughout Nebraska. The couple owned and operated several different businesses throughout the years. They divorced in 1977. Bernie was then married to John “Red” Gartner on October 13th, 1979. The couple traveled extensively throughout the United States and they took cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.

    Upon their retirement 25 years ago, they wintered in Pharr, Texas. In addition to their extensive travels they were avid golfers. She also loved to read, cook and sew. Red and Bernie were huge Nebraska Cornhusker football fans.

    Bernie had an unusual situation growing up in her family. She had multiple double cousins, as her mother and two of her aunts married brothers. Needless to say, they were always a close-knit family and remained so to this day.

    Bernie is survived by her husband, John “Red” Gartner of Johnson Lake; four children; Bonnie Newman of Lyons, Colorado; Dennis Monk of Keystone, Nebraska; Jon Monk of Grand Island, Nebraska; Patrick Monk of Denver, Colorado; two stepsons, Rick Gartner of Kearney, Nebraska and Jim Gartner of Lincoln, Nebraska; 11 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; a brother, Lyle “Jack” (Anne) Deselms of Lebanon, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Norma Deselms of Albin, Wyoming and Delores Monk Bennett of Oxford, Nebraska; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Kenneth Deselms; sister, Margie Butler; her children’s father, Ray Monk; daughter-in-law, Sandi Monk and stepson, Adam Gartner.

    Funeral Services will be held (today) Monday, April 1st, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington, Nebraska, with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating.

    Burial will be later this afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska.

    Memorials are suggested to the Elwood Care Center.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

    Please share online condolences with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Curtis Resident: Elna Berthe Kibben, age 100 (1913-2013)

    Elna Berthe (Petersen) Kibben, 100, of Curtis, Nebraska, died March 24th, 2013, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, Nebraska.

    She was born February 8th, 1913, in Norman, Nebraska, daughter of Nels and Dorthea (Jensen) Petersen. 

    Elna grew up in Norman until she was five years old, when her family moved to Curtis. On July 10th, 1935, Elna married Oliver Kibben at Curtis, they then moved to the family ranch at New Raymer, Colorado. Elna's happiest days were raising her three daughters Carol, Sandy and Janet on the ranch. The family returned to Curtis in 1963. Elna enjoyed traveling to numerous states and countries. She went to Alaska several times to visit her daughter Carol. She enjoyed reading books, knitting and crocheting, but most important of all was her family. She felt that raising a good family was the most important job a person could ever have. 

    Elna was involved in PEO; a 4-H leader, Frontier County Extension Club and a 50-year member of the United Methodist Church. 

    Surviving are daughters, Carol (David) Unruh of Moab, Utah, Sandy Stencel of Curtis, Janet Kohl of Berthoud, Colorado; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Kathleen Marshall and a host of extended family and friends. 

    Elna was preceded in death by husband, Oliver Kibben; parents, Nels and Dorthea Petersen; brother, Harry Petersen; and sister, Doris McKinney, infant sister Vera Peterson. 

    Services were held at First United Methodist Church, March 28th, 2013, with Rev. Bonnie Forney officiating. 

    Interment followed in the Curtis Cemetery, Curtis. 

    Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 402 Center Ave., Curtis, NE 69025 or the Curtis Public Library, P.O. Box 29, Curtis, NE 69025.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Arnold William Buss, age 93 (1919-2013)

    Arnold William Buss, 93, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 25th, 2013, in Gothenburg. 

    He was born August 15th, 1919, in Eland, Wisconsin, son of William and Francis (Gracyalny) Buss. He grew up at Eland and graduated from St. Elizabeth's high school in Milwaukee in 1933. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945 and served in the Battle of the Bulge. He married Alberta Esther Gust on September 14th, 1946, at Mother of Perpetual Help in Milwaukee. He lived in Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, Palaski, Cedarburg, Newburg and West Bend. They lived in Kingman, Arizona from 1988-2006. They moved to Gothenburg in 2006. 

    Arnold worked as a factory supervisor in many different manufacturing facilities. 
    He enjoyed fishing, hunting, baseball, puzzles and gardening. 

    Surviving are wife, Alberta Esther Buss of Gothenburg; two daughters: Linda (Dan) Butterfield of Gothenburg, Jean (Dan) Schaich of The Villages, Florida; four sons: Robert (Donna) Buss of Las Vegas, Nevada, David (Karenne) Buss of Kingston, Massachutes, Alan Buss of Grafton, Wisconsin, Bill (Jody) Buss of Cedarburg, Wisconsin; brother: Richard (Doris) Buss; four sisters: Elaine Behnke of Woodstock, Illinois, Rosalind Wincell of Brookfield, Wisconsin, Millie (Edward) Buss of Scottsdale, Arizona, Anne-Marie (Mervil) Buss of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and extended family. 

    Arnold was preceded in death by his parents William and Francis Buss; three brothers, Edward, Mervil and Lenny Buss. 

    Cremation was chosen.

    Inurnment will at a later date in the Arlington National Cemetery.

    Memorials may be given to the family.

  • Elwood Resident: Guiva Weismann, 87 (1925-2013)

    Guiva Weismann, 87, of Elwood, Nebraska, died Tuesday, March 26th, 2013, at the Lexington Regional Health Center.

    Guiva was born June 18th, 1925, at Elwood to Clarence and Myrtle (Whisler) Moncrief. She attended Kampton District 13 for eight years and graduated from Elwood High School in 1943. 

    On August 29th, 1943, Guiva married Martin Weismann at St. Francis, Kansas. The couple made their home in Elwood and their union was blessed with three children, Barry, Bill and Colleen.  Guiva and Martin were proud to have been charter members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood.  In addition to raising her family she worked and cooked at the sale barn for a number of years, often having her children assist her in making homemade ice cream which she brought over for all to enjoy. She had also worked at Cliff’s Cafe for several years.  Most recently, Guiva had made her home at the Elwood Care Center where she made many good friends.

    Guiva enjoyed traveling with her husband and the two enjoyed spending winter months in Texas. The couple bowled together on leagues for many years and enjoyed their card club, “Country Cousins and Uncle George”. Guiva also spent many hours crocheting anything from pillowcases to rugs and loved caring for houseplants and spending time in her garden.  

    Guiva was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Martin in 2004; a son, Barry in 1963; all of her siblings, Robert and Eileen Moncrief, Burdette and Janice Moncrief, Clyde and Doris Moncrief, Bud and Meredith Whitman-Seiler and Vada and Corvin Puls.

    Survivors include her son, Bill (Kathy) Weismann and daughter, Coleen (Bob Beam) Weismann, all of Elwood; brother-in-law, Hank Seiler of Grant and a host of relatives on both the Moncrief and Weismann family sides.

    Services will be held on Friday, March 29th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood with Reverend David Dobbertien officiating. Burial will be in the Elwood Cemetery.

    A memorial has been established in her memory. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Lexington Resident: Jean G. Apgar, age 83 (1929-2013)

    Jean G. Apgar, 83, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, March 26th, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. 

    Jean was born November 8th, 1929, in Amherst, Nebraska, to Fred and Edna A. (Freeze) Holliday. She moved with her family to Lexington when she was eight years old. She attended rural school near Lexington and then Lexington High School.  

    She was united in marriage to Robert K. Warner on September 13th, 1946, three children were blessed to this marriage; Charles, Robert and Sherry. Bob died when he was 21 years old. Jean was pregnant with Sherry at the time of Bob’s death. She then was married to Edward “Joe” Apgar on September 17th, 1951, he died February 11th, 1983. 

    Jean was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, being outdoors, gardening, and all board games. She will be so very missed. 

    Survivors include her children; two sons, Charles (Denise) Warner of Canyon, Texas; Bob (June) Warner of Lexington; daughter, Sherry (Ken) Carlyle of Lexington; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill Holliday of Lexington; Jess Holliday of San Antonio, Texas; David Holliday of Winnebago, Minnesota; sisters, Myrl Kneeland of Lexington; Mardel Griffis of Albuquerque, New Mexico; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Jean was preceded in death besides by her husbands, by her parents; and one sister, Judy Eaton. 

    Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 30th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Evangelist Mike Millican officiating. 

    Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Lexington.

    Visitation will be held Friday, March 29th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral home in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association Dawson County Relay for Life.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Memorials Are Suggested: George Nutt Jr., age 85 (1928-2013)

    George Maurice Nutt Jr., 85, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died March 21st, 2013. 

    George was born January 25th, 1928, in Tekamah, Nebraska, to Florence (Webster) and George M. Nutt. Served in the Army in Korea. Graduate of Lincoln High, University of Nebraska and the University of Colorado. Pitched for the Links and Cornhuskers earning the nickname “Lefty” from teammates. Member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church, American Legion, Lincoln Senior Men’s Golf League, both National and Nebraska State Education Association, and Nebraska Coaches Association. 

    He taught physical education, health and biology for 35 years in Dorchester, Elwood, Omaha, Arapahoe, Gordon and Lincoln Public Schools while coaching a variety of sports. Honored as the Retired Teacher of the Year at the 2012 Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day.

    Survived by wife Marilyn (Lincoln), daughter and son-in-law Nikki and Rex Scott (Lincoln), son and daughter-in-law Bob and Melanie Nutt (Cozad, Nebraska), brother Rollin Soderling (Fargo, North Dakota) and sister and brother-in-law Jodi Nutt and Steve Wilson (Fresno, California), eight grandchildren: Eric Scott and wife Deanna (Valentine), Libby Scott (Lincoln), Amber Fredericksen and partner Samantha Medlock (Lincoln), Tom Fredericksen (Washington, DC), Amber Cochran and husband Joey (Kearney), Brandon Ross (Kearney), Michaela Bradshaw and husband Mark (Cheyenne, Wyoming) and Mallory Nutt (Kearney), five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by beloved daughter Nancy Fredericksen, mother Florence, step-father Ross Soderling, father George and sister-in-law Margaret Soderling.

    Funeral Service will be held, Saturday, March 30th, 2013, at Wyuka Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. David Lux, St. Paul United Methodist Church officiating, reception at Wyuka to follow. 

    Memorials to Omaha Schools Foundation for the Nancy A. Fredericksen Fund or St. Paul United Methodist Church.

    Online condolences may be left at www.wyuka.com

  • Cozad Resident: Pauline Trowbridge, age 90 (1922-2013)

    Pauline Trowbridge, 90, of Cozad, Nebraska, formerly of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, March 21st, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at the Cozad Community Hospital.

    She was born December 11th, 1922, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Sam and Della (Pitts) Hall.

    Pauline attended Cozad Public Schools. Her working years found her working for the care home in Cozad and Nebraska Plastics in Cozad. But her most cherished occupation was taking care of her five children. She also enjoyed gardening.

    She is survived by her children; Larry Copass and Kenneth Copass both of Cozad; daughters, Diana Stoneking of Clinton, Missouri and Jolene Burrell of Concord, North Carolina; brother, Lawrence Hall of Cozad; 10 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.

    Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Elmo Copass and William Trowbridge; daughter, Debra; two grandchildren; and one brother, Paul.

    The family has honored Pauline’s wishes that her body be cremated.

    A Memorial Inurnment Service will be held at a later date in the Cozad Cemetery.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

    To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Former Cozad Resident: Helen N. Curtiss, age 83 (1929-2013)

    Helen M. Curtiss, 83, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died on March 23rd, 2013.

    Helen was born in Cozad, Nebraska, on August 24th, 1929, to Walter and Anderson Peden and Frances Bertha (Kandler) Peden.

    Helen graduated from Cozad High School in 1946, the Valedictorian of her class; she then attended Nebraska Wesleyan, Lindenwood College and UNL. She was a Cub Scout Den mother, member of PTA Council and past president of Hartley PTA, member of PEO, Chapter IL and Past State President, member of the Lincoln Law Wives, Book Club, Senior Striders and Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Helen loved quilting, flower gardening and formerly played league volleyball.

    Survivors include: husband of 63 years, J. Arthur; sons and daughter-in-laws, John and Charlene of Houston, Texas; Jim and Gayle of Brookeville, Maryland; Alan and Trisha of Lincoln; and David and Jo of Malmo, Nebraska, nine granddaughters and 11 grandchildren. 

    Preceding her in death are her parents and all her siblings, Ernie, Leo, Oliver, Arlene, Ruby, Bette, Bob and Darrell.

    Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 30th at 3 p.m. at Roper & Sons, 4300 ‘O’ Street in Lincoln. 

    Memorials are suggested to PEO Home, 413 No. 5th St., Beatrice, NE 68310-2902.
    Condolences may be left online at roperandsons.com

  • Elwood Resident: Richard W. Schwarz, 90 (1923-2013)

    Pastor Richard W. Schwarz, 90, of Elwood, Nebraska, died Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter in Cozad, Nebraska.

    Richard Walter Schwarz was born January 2nd, 1923, to Matthaeus and Katherine (Weisz) Schwarz, on a farm southwest of Hazen, North Dakota. 

    He graduated from Wartburg College of Waverly, Iowa, in 1946 and then from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, with a Master of Divinity degree in 1952. He married Vera E. Hock of Strawberry Point, Iowa, in July 1951. This union was blessed with four children, Jonathan, Kathryn, Joel and Steven.

    Following graduation from seminary, Richard was ordained at Peace Lutheran Church in Hazen on July 13th, 1952. He served congregations in Kulm, Jud and Fredonia, North Dakota. The family then moved to Parkston, South Dakota, in 1957, where he served for 12 1/2 years. He then accepted a call to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis, Nebraska and was there for seven years before accepting a call to Long Lake, South Dakota. He retired from full-time ministry in 1988, when he and Vera retired to Elwood.

    Since his retirement, Pastor Schwarz served as interim pastor in over 30 different parishes through the ELCA’s Nebraska Synod. Sometimes the road was very rough and he learned that thus the Lord lead in the refining of his instruments. But always God’s promises were a sure and faithful guide and the joys and satisfactions outweighed the disappointments.

    Surviving Pastor Schwarz are his wife, Vera of Elwood Care Center; sons, Jonathan (Carolyn) Schwarz of Lincoln, Nebraska; Joel (Maria) Schwarz of Layton, Utah and Steve Schwarz of Arapahoe, Nebraska; daughter, Kathy Gundell of Eustis, Nebraska; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, Jeremy (Brooke) Schwarz and Gavin of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jennifer (Dayne) Crawford and Brooklyn of Goodyear, Arizona; Amanda (Bryant) Brockmeier and Lane, Baxter, Evan, Reid and Jennae of Eustis; James (Gwen) Gundell and Turner and Jaxson of Gothenburg, Nebraska; Christopher Schwarz of Sioux Falls; Adam (Jessica) Schwarz and Jaleigh and Reese of Suffolk, Virginia; Danielle Schwarz and fiance, Scott Woodstock of Logan, Utah; and, Samuel Schwarz of Layton, Utah; his sisters, Pauline (Melvin) Brinkmeyer of Eureka, South Dakota and Eva (Richard) Neikirk of Gahanna, Ohio; brother-in-law, Pastor A.L. (Gerda) Hock of Strawberry Point; as well as many nieces and nephews.

    Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Emil, Martin, Wilhelm and Bernhard; and sisters, Helen Zenker and Maria Scheid.

    A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis, with Reverend Beverly Rautenberg-Panko officiating.

    Burial will be held prior to the memorial service at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Eustis.

    Visitation will be Friday, March 22, 2013, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis.

    Memorials are suggested to Oaks Indian Mission, Oaks, Oklahoma.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Orvin Henry Stevens, age 89 (1923-2013)

    Orvin Henry Stevens, 89, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 19th, 2013, in Gothenburg. 

    He was born June 7th, 1923, near Gothenburg, in Dawson County, Nebraska, son of Peter and Mary (Fickenscher) Stevens.

    Orvin was baptized July 8th, 1923 and was confirmed on March 17th, 1940, at the Christ Lutheran Church, northeast of Gothenburg.  Orvin attended Valley School and graduated from Gothenburg High School. He married Lorene Grace Jobman on November 23rd, 1947, they adopted two children. Lorene preceded him in death after 56 years of marriage.

    Orvin married Shirley Province on December 24th, 2005, at Presbyterian Church in Gothenburg.

    Orvin was an active lifetime member of the American Lutheran Church. He served on various committees and church council, and was also a Sunday School Superintendent. He was on the 100R school board for 6 years. He was a farmer and rancher until his retirement. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
    Surviving are wife, Shirley Stevens; daughter, Renee (Frank) Cordova; granddaughters Becky (Jeremy) Bartels and Jennifer Cordova, grandson Franky Cordova; seven great-grandchildren; step daughters Sherry (David) Heun, Nancy (Bruce) Ouderkirk, Linda Province and Patti Vesley; nine step grandchildren and 18 step great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Paul Johnson, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

    Orvin was preceded in death by first wife, Lorene Stevens; parents; son, Harlan Stevens; brothers Albert, Edward and Richard; sisters Rosena Franzen, Marie Ellison, Katherine Vieselmeyer, Tillie Johnson and step granddaughter Kelly Jo Stalder.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg on Thursday, March 21st, 2013, from 1 p.m.-8 p.m., with the family present from 5-7.

    Funeral Services will be held at American Lutheran Church, Friday, March 22nd, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Tom Wilson, Rev. Matt  Coplen, and Lonna Grabenstein PMA officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery.

    Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, Nebraska 69138 or Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th Street, Gothenburg, Nebraska 69138.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Betty Jean Stuckey, age 89 (1923-2013)

    Betty Jean Stuckey, 89, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, March 15th, 2013, at her home from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Betty was born September 27th, 1923, at home in Lexington, to William Fellers, Sr. and Minnie (Speak) Fellers. Betty attended Lexington schools and graduated in 1940. She met her husband, Dean Stuckey, while attending high school and they were married February 4th, 1944, in Lexington. 

    Betty was a vital part of the Lexington community serving in numerous organizations and volunteering; including, the American Legion Baseball program, Red Cross Blood Mobile, Newcomers Club, Dawson County Commissioner from 1987 to 1995, VFW Ladies Auxiliary for 51 years, PTA, Girls Scouts, President of the Dawson County Republican Women’s Club, director of Duplicate Bridge and Presbyterian Church Circle.

    Betty is survived by her children; Diana Pitcher of Chandler, Arizona; Tom Stuckey, Jr. of Omaha, Nebraska; Dixie (John) Bednar of Omaha and Ed (Sally) Stuckey of Appleton, Wisconsin; Nine grandchildren, Corrie Kielty, Melinda Westerlin, Joe Westerlin, Andy Pitcher, Ryan (Kelley) Pitcher, Katie (Chris) Lyon, Rachel Stuckey, Ben Stuckey and Allyson Stuckey; nine great-grandchildren, Casey, Nic, CJ, Alli, Dillon, Cruz, Noah, Hudson and Hadley; brother, Ted (Candy) Fellers of Lincoln; sisters, Bonnie (Don) Tomasek of Lexington; Kay (Don) White of Gravois Mills, Missouri; sister-in-law, Bev Fellers of Lexington; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dean in 2007; two brothers, William Fellers, Jr. and Robert Fellers and sister, Norma Hock.

    Funeral Services will be Friday, March 22, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating. Burial will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

    Visitation will be held (Today) Thursday, March 21st, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Lexington American Legion Baseball Association, Alzheimer’s Foundation or First Presbyterian Church.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Lloyd K. Nordin, age 88 (1924-2013)

    Lloyd K.  Nordin, 88, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 17th, 2013 in Omaha, NE. 

    He was born May 12th, 1924, in Gothenburg to Andrew and Augusta (Carlson) Nordin. Lloyd attended elementary school in Gothenburg, middle school in Riverside, California and high school in South Gate, California. He graduated in 1942 from South Gate High. During WWll, Lloyd was drafted into the United States Army Air Corp. After training school, he was stationed for two and half years in India as a parachute rigger. Staff Sgt. Lloyd Nordin was honorably discharged in February of 1946.  After his discharge, he returned to Gothenburg.

    On September 27th, 1947, Lloyd married Caryl Mae Sall. Four children were born to this couple; Kathleen, Patricia, Jo Lynn and Pamela. Also in 1947, Lloyd established Nordin Construction Company. During his construction career Lloyd built churches, commercial building and over 100 homes from Sutherland to Hebron, Nebraska.

    Survivors include: his devoted wife Caryl Mae, his children: daughter, Kathleen Nordin of Moreno Valley, California; daughter, Patricia (Jerry) Shinley of Moreno Valley; and their children Kristen (Glenn) Morris and Brandon Shinley; daughter, Jo Lynn Van Cleave and her children Cameron (Chrissie) Van Cleave and Cortney (Jeff) Anderson; daughter, Pamela (Larry) Henry of Omaha, Nebraska and their children Michelle (Anthony) Jackson, Philana Conley, Damon (Stephanie) Ruffin, Jared Ruffin, Brittney Ruffin, Lea Henry, Isaiah Henry; also nine great-grandchildren.

    Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Walter, his sister Violet Peters, an infant brother, and his son-in-law Phillip Ruffin.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Sunday, March 24th, 2013 2 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Funeral Services will be held at Evangelical Free Church on Monday, March 25th, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Doug Monkemeier officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Helen “Claire” Kinnan, age 94 (1918-2013)

    Helen “Claire” Kinnan, 94 of Cozad, Nebraska, died Monday, March 18th, 2013, at the Elwood Care Center.

    Claire was born October 9th, 1918, northeast of Cozad to Charles and Vernie (Harrington) Knauss. Claire grew up east of Cozad, where her family farmed and attended the Buffalo Grove Church. She graduated from Cozad High School in 1935 as the Valedictorian and President of her class.    

    On October 9th, 1937, Claire married Ivan “Tiny” Kinnan at Cozad.  The couple made their home south of town where they farmed briefly, eventually moving to a farm site east of Cozad where their four children were born. Following the death of her husband in 1986, she remained on the farm where she managed the business along with her son, Larry. In July of 2007, she moved to Meadowlark Pointe where she enjoyed loving and caring assistance and made numerous good friends. In July of 2012, her health necessitated a move to the Elwood Care Center, where she continued to receive excellent care.

    Claire’s hobbies included gardening, crossword puzzles and games and she was an avid Cornhusker fan. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ in Cozad. She was devout in her faith and was active in her church, teaching Sunday school, and having involvement with the Missionary Society, King’s Daughters and the Priscilla Club. She was also a member of the Eastern Star for 50 years. 

    Claire was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ivan "Tiny" Kinnan; two brothers, Harold and Elwood; a sister, Marie; and a son in law, Keith Pardee.

    Survivors include her children, Peggy Pardee of Lakewood, Colorado, son, Larry (Vicki) Kinnan of Lincoln, Nebraska, Joan (Roger) Rupp of Johnson Lake, Nebraska and Kathy Muirhead of Omaha, Nebraska; 13 grandchildren, Denice Pardee, Darrin Pardee, Rhonda Hammond, Janna Shanno, Karma Halbgewachs, Canda Montgomery, Bart Swanson, Chad Swanson, Kurt Swanson, Nicki Finan, Kim Erickson, Lori Melhorn and Michelle Hall; 21 great-grandchildren; along with several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

    Visitation will be held on Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

    Memorial services will be held on Thursday, March 21st, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ on Newell with Pastor Mike Dennis officiating. A private family burial will be held in the Cozad Cemetery prior to service time.

    A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Cozad Pharmacist: Howard M. McGinnis, age 79 (1933-2013)

    Howard M. McGinnis, 79, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Sunday, March 17th, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.

    Howard was born May 20th, 1933, at Wisner, Nebraska, to Elmer and Mae (Miller) McGinnis. Following his graduation from Wisner High School he attended Wayne State College and later Kansas State.  Howard was drafted into the U.S. Army in the late 1950’s and following his discharge, he returned to Nebraska where he attended the University of Nebraska. On August 7th, 1960, Howard married Joell A. Henderson at Omaha, Nebraska. Two years later, he completed his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at UNL. 

    Howard began his career in pharmacy at Falls City, Nebraska and later Auburn, Nebraska. He always had a passion for his work in pharmacy and his passion culminated into his eventual purchase of Service Drug in October of 1972 in downtown Cozad. Under Howard’s direction, the store flourished and even expanded three different times over the years. In 2002, Howard proudly welcomed his son Paul to the business, and they worked side by side serving Cozad for the next 10 years.    

    Howard was immensely proud to call Cozad his home and worked tirelessly to make a difference. He had served on the Cozad Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, several chamber committees, the Cozad Hospital Board, the Cozad Housing Authority Board for over 35 years and a multitude of other church and civic related boards.  Howard gave generously of his time and resources toward the betterment of his community, but always sought to curtail the recognition of his efforts. He was the patriarch of his family and a steady presence in his community. For his many friends and loved ones, Howard’s passing marks the falling of a ‘grand old oak.’

    Howard loved to play bridge, golf and spend time in his yard. Over the years, Howard and Joell transformed their backyard into a sort of sanctuary that they came to enjoy regularly. They loved to spend time on the deck, cooking and socializing. Their outdoor space even became the venue for a family wedding. As all proud grandparents do, Howard also cherished the time he spent with his grandkids and family.

    Howard was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Scott Luther McGinnis.

    Survivors include his wife, Joell McGinnis of Cozad; son, Paul (Lori) McGinnis of Cozad; two daughters, Sarah Henderson McGinnis of Denver, Colorado, Amy (Jeff) Henderson Swartz of Olathe, Kansas; three grandchildren, Adam, Margaret and Aiden; brother, Jim (Bonnie) McGinnis of Spearfish, South Dakota; sister, Sally Chisholm of Lincoln, Nebraska and a host of friends.

    Visitation will be on Thursday, March 21st from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

    Services will be held on Friday, March 22nd, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church. 

    Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.

    A memorial has been established in his memory.

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Former TRIBUNE Pressman: George Parks, age 76 (1937-2013)

    George Parks, 76, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Sunday, March 17th, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital.

    George was born March 6th, 1937, at Norton, Kansas to Rex and Caroline (Moss) Parks. He attended school in Cambridge, Nebraska and Phillipsburg, Kansas. 

    George served in the US Navy from 1955 to 1958 where he worked as a printer. Following his discharge, George married LaVonne Brown on July 12th, 1959, at Cambridge.    

    George began work for the Cambridge Clarion Newspaper before moving to Cozad in 1961, where he worked for the Cozad Local Newspaper. George was later employed with the Tri-City TRIBUNE for over 20 years. He also worked at Cornland, H & H Auto and later, Monroe Automotive, retiring in 1999. Following his “retirement,” George worked part-time for Advanced Auto in Lexington, Nebraska. 

    George was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cozad. He was a past member of the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250, the Eagles Club, the Lions Club, the Cozad Jaycees and the V.F.W., Post #4. George served as a volunteer for the Cozad Fire Department and was a member of many car clubs in the area. 

    George enjoyed working on and restoring old cars. He attended many swap meets, car shows and loved going to the car races. The best moments in George’s life were made with his friends and family. 

    George was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and a sister.

    Survivors include his wife, LaVonne Parks of Cozad; son, Michael Parks of Kearney, Nebraska; two daughters, Cheryl (Joel) Canas and Susan (Jerry) Thurn, all of Cozad; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Lewis (Irma) of McCook, Nebraska; sister, Beveline Bevins of Kansas; and many other relatives and friends.

    Services will be held (today) Thursday, March 21st, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church in Cozad. 

    Burial with military honors will be in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska. 

    A memorial has been established in his memory. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements

  • Cozad Resident: William “Bill” Lee, age 62 (1950-2013)

    William “Bill” Lee, 62, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Saturday, March 16th, 2013, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Clarkson in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Bill was born October 10th, 1950, at St. Joseph, Missouri, to William and Lena (McVay) Lee. At a young age, Bill’s family moved to the Stockton, California, area where he graduated from high school. 

    Following his graduation, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served in Vietnam. Following his discharge from the service, Bill moved to Colorado. On July 22nd, 1971, he married Twila Pacheco at Elko, Nevada. Bill and his family made their home in Colorado, where he worked as a cook at a ski resort. Bill eventually took a job in trucking, and did that for several years before moving to Cozad in 1990 to work at Paulsen Inc as a heavy equipment mechanic. Bill also enjoyed doing seasonal trucking work for local farmers. 

    Bill loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing whenever he could. His primary focus in life was always his family. It was important to him that he always make time to bond with his kids doing the things that they enjoyed, like working on their demolition derby cars. As a proud grandparent of 14, it was a high priority for Bill to spend time with his grandkids, offering them guidance whenever he could.

    Bill was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jesse and Norman; two sisters, Janet and Jarene "Kay"; two nephews, Albert and Roger; and a niece, Anna.

    Survivors include his wife, Twila Lee of Cozad; four sons, Travis (Candi) Lee, Justin Lee, Jeremy (Jennifer) Lee and David (Crista) Lee, all of Cozad; daughter, Dayna (Israel) Barrios of Merced, California; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many other relatives and friends.

    A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad with Pastor J.C. Calhoun officiating. There will be no inurnment.

    Visitation for memorial book signatures will be held on Tuesday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

  • Former Gothenburg Resident: Kathleen Gaboury, age 74 (1938-2013)

    Kathleen Mary (Breitzmann) Gaboury, 74, formerly of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 13th, 2013, in Fullerton, Nebraska. 

    She was born June 26th, 1938, in Superior, Wisconsin, daughter of Rudolph Sr. and Rosa (O'Connell) Breitzmann.

    Kathleen grew up in Superior, Wisconsin; Pontiac, Michigan and Duluth, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Jean-Baptiste High School in Duluth with the class of 1956. She was married in Duluth and was the mother of four children: Paul, Lorraine, Deb and Douglas. She lived in many places including Superior, Wisconsin; Pontiac, Michigan; Duluth, Minnesota; St. Louis Park, Minnesota and Rapid City, South Dakota. In Nebraska: Gothenburg, North Platte, Kearney, Grand Island, Lincoln and Fullerton. She worked as a police dispatcher for Gothenburg Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol. She enjoyed her grandchildren, working crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles.

    Surviving are two daughters Debra (Daniel) Metzger of Cozad, Nebraska; Lorraine (Rex) Messersmith of McCook, Nebraska; son Paul (Paulet) Gaboury of McCook; sister-in-law Anita Breitzmann, of Zimmerman, Minnesota; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents Rudolph Sr. and Rosa; brother Rudolph Breitzmann Jr. and son Douglas Anthony Gaboury.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Sunday, March 17th, 2013, from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.with the family present.

    Funeral services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel March 18th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Don O'Brien officiating.

    Burial will be in the Gothenburg Cemetery.

    Memorials may be given to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-5018.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Rose Zook, age 94 (1918-2013)

    Rose M. Zook, age 94, passed away on March 13, 2013 at Golden Living Center Cozad, NE.

    She was born June 15, 1918 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Rose grew up and attended school in the area and graduated from Monroe Township High School in 1936. 

    Rose married Harold Zook on July 31, 1936 and lived in West Liberty, Ohio until 1945, when they moved to Cozad, Nebraska. In Cozad, Rose was active with her husband’s business, Zook’s Welding Shop, as she was responsible for the financial and accounting for the business. Rose enjoyed being a stay-at-home wife and mother to their five children. She was an avid bridge player and belonged to many bridge clubs during her life. Memories at the cabin, on Midway Lake, included family and friends, where they gathered for many years. She enjoyed playing cards, attending school activities for her children and grandchildren that attended the Cozad Schools, along with many years traveling to Lincoln to attend the Nebraska Football games. 

    Rose was a 50+ year member of First United Methodist Church and Meridian Chapter of the Easter Star, and Charter Member of the Cozad Does.

    She is preceded in death by her mother, Ethel Weatherby; step-father, Robert Weatherby; father, Ed Mitchell; husband, Harold Zook; brother-in-law, Ervin “Burky” Burkholder and sister-in-law, Grace Burkholder.

    Rose is survived by her children, Bob (Avis) Zook and Jerry (Kem) Zook all of Cozad, Tom (Nancy) Zook of Blue Eye, MO, Raye Ann “Rachel” (Bob) Schum of Surprize, AZ, and Jane (Jim) Conroy of Peyton, CO. Surviving grandchildren include: Mike Zook of Omaha, Robin Kuhlman of Murdock, NE, Teresa Chramosta of Minden, Rene Hadjuk of Montgomery, TX, Debbie Pearce of Eldon, MO, Michele Diederich-Wagner of Redwood City, CA, Greg Diederich of Modesto, CA, Jeff Meyer of Casper, WY, Aimee Erickson of Lincoln, Mitch Zook, Wendy Waller, and Nicole Zook of Cozad. Surviving great-grandchildren include: Natalie and Rachel Zook of Omaha, Allison, Jake, and Carlie Kuhlman of Murdock, NE, Katie Chramosta of Holdrege, Brittany and Ryan Chramosta of Minden, Christopher and Jericho Hadjuk of Grand Junction, CO, Jimmy, Autumn, Mackenzie, and Miranda Pearce of Eldon, MO, Jordan and Garrett Diederich of Modesto, CA, Gus and Silas Meyer of Casper, WY, Gabriel Erickson of Lincoln and Abbie Waller of Cozad. Rose is also survived by two nephews, Dave and Ervin T. Burkholder and their families along with many friends in the community.

    Memorials have been established at Cozad United Methodist Church in Cozad or to the Cozad Volunteer Fire and Rescue. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. A private family burial will be held in the Cozad Cemetery prior to services. 

    Visitation will be held on Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman’s Funeral Home. 

    Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

  • Former Cozad Resident: Jerry X. McCarthy, age 66 (1946-2013)

    Jerry X. McCarthy, 66, formerly of Cozad, Nebraska, died on Monday, March 11th, 2013 at Buxton, Oregon.

    Services are pending in Oregon at this time.

  • Lexington Resident: Clara N. Boggs, age 95 (1917-2013)

    Clara N. Boggs, 95, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, March 11th, 2013, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

    Clara was born August 7th, 1917, in Cozad, Nebraska, to Lloyd C. and Emma (Selk) Jolliffe.

    She attended school in Cozad and lived her entire life in the Cozad and Lexington areas. Clara was united in marriage to Darrel Boggs on May 15th, 1937, in Norton, Kansas. Four children were blessed to this marriage.

    Clara spent seventeen years working at Coast to Coast in Lexington, and eighteen years beautifying the ladies of Lexington by selling Avon. 

    She was a faithful member of the Berean Bible Church in Lexington. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

    Clara is survived by her children; son, Frank (Donna) Boggs of Bertrand, Nebraska; daughters, Darla (Melvin) Bye of Overton, Nebraska; Artie (Irl) Smith of Lexington, Nebraska and Linda (Wayne) Maaske of Bertrand, Nebraska; sister, Naomi Patterson of Lexington, Nebraska; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Darrel; three brothers, Glen, Vernon and Lloyd Jolliffe; two sisters, Mildred Hansen and Marie Lauby; as well as a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

    Funeral Services will be Friday, March 15th, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Berean Bible Church in Lexington with Pastor Duane Russell officiating.

    Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery at Cozad, Nebraska.

    Visitation will be held Thursday, March 14th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Berean Bible Church or the American Cancer Society.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

    Please share online condolences with the family at: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Dale Mitchell, age 72 (1940-2013)

    Dale Mitchell, 72, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Saturday, March 9th, 2013, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Dale was born June 13th, 1940, at Cozad to Walter and Ina (Troxel) Mitchell. Dale graduated from Cozad High School and went on to attend Kearney State College.

    Following his schooling, Dale entered the U.S. Army where he served in 1958 and 1959. Following his discharge, Dale returned to Cozad and on June 1st, 1970, he married Lanna Lorentzen at North Platte, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Cozad where they resided their entire married lives. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters, Kimberly, Kristin and Karma. While in Cozad, Dale worked as the Fertilizer Sales Manager for All Points Cooperative. Although ownership changed during his career, he spent nearly 50 years with the company that began as Bellamy Grain. 

    Dale loved Husker football, golfing, deep sea and freshwater fishing and hunting pheasants and turkey. He was active in his community, having memberships and serving as past President for the Nebraska Fertilizer Institute, Cozad Jaycees and the Cozad Chamber of Commerce respectively. Dale was currently acting as co-chairman of the Chamber’s Ag Committee. He was a dedicated member of the American Lutheran Church in Cozad where he had served on various boards both past and present. Dale was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather; while he gave generously of his time to civic service, he cherished every moment spent with his family.

    Dale is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Betty Schultz and Marjorie O'Hara.

    Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Lanna Mitchell of Cozad; three daughters, Kimberly and Todd Frazier of Johnston, Iowa, Kristin and Michael Carnes of Urbandale, Iowa, Karma and Brian York of Johnston, Iowa; six grandchildren, Sarah Frazier, Katie Frazier, Kiana Carnes, Tessa Carnes, Cooper York, Braden York and another grandchild on the way.

    Services will be held today, Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Cozad with Pastor Mike Parsh officiating. 

    Burial with military honors will be in the Cozad Cemetery.

    Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 13th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

    A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Elvira Barela, age 70 (1942-2013)

    Elvira Barela, 70, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Saturday, March 9th, 2013, at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

    Elvira was born March 31st, 1942, at Big Springs, Texas, to Natividad and Vicenta (Jaure) Barela. She attended school in the Big Springs area.

    Following her education, Elvira moved with her dad to Cozad where she lived and raised her family. Elvira never married, but maintained a committed relationship with Juan Sanchez, their companionship spanned over 45 years. Elvira’s life was blessed with four children, Elva, Armando, Joe “Chief” and Jesse. While in Cozad, Elvira worked at Cozad Floral, cleaned houses and did some work briefly as a CNA at the Southview Manor. 

    Elvira was a dedicated and loving mother. She worked hard and always sought to instill that same work ethic in all of her children. She always enjoyed growing plants, which was something she did a lot of while working at Cozad Floral. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren.

    Elvira was preceded in death by her parents; companion Juan Sanchez; daughter, Elva; two sons, Armando and Joe; five brothers, Martin, Lorenzo, Juan, Manuel and Oswaldo; and a sister, Gloria Cavitt.

    Survivors include her son, Jesse Barela of Morrison, Colorado; three grandchildren, Jade, Christian and Tyler; one great-grandchild, Aaron; along with many other relatives and friends.

    Graveside inurnment services will be held on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the Cozad Cemetery with Father Don O’Brien officiating. 

    Visitation for memorial book signatures will be Tuesday, March 12th, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

    A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Delories Elaine Streeter, age 85 (1927-2013)

    Delories Elaine Streeter, 85, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 5th, 2013, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital in Gothenburg. 

    Delories was born November 14th, 1927, to Rankey and Ellen (Buesing) Block. She became a child of God through baptism in December 1927. She renewed these vows at her confirmation at Christ Lutheran Church in 1943. She was lifelong member of the Lutheran community in Gothenburg, first at Christ Lutheran Church and then at American Lutheran. She claimed the promise of her baptism on March 5th, 2013. 

    Delories grew up northeast of Gothenburg and attended Rural School District 84. She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1945 and earned a teaching certificate from the State of Nebraska. She taught rural school for three years in District 82. 

    On June 15th, 1948, she married Lloyd L. Streeter. They made their home and raised their children in Gothenburg. 

    Delories was a gifted and patient teacher, and a lifelong learner herself. She was an avid reader and enjoyed working crossword puzzles, writing poetry and working on family genealogy. Delories loved to cook and bake for family gatherings, raise beautiful gladiolas and preserving the bountiful harvest from the garden. She was an outside-the-box innovator who loved trying new thing such as hosting Christmas in June to make it easier for her large scattered family to celebrate together, even if out of season. She will be remembered by her family for the gorgeous afghans she crocheted for her grandchildren at their baptisms and graduations. She enjoyed traveling and cherished the years she and Lloyd wintered in Mission, Texas. During her retirement years she learned to play pool, shuffleboard and paint china. 

    Delories was a former employee of the Gothenburg Times, Dudley Elementary School as secretary and Gothenburg Public Works Division.

    Delories is survived by her five children: two daughters, Connie (Jim) Dalrymple of Gothenburg, and Colleen (Bill) Ramsay of McCook, Nebraska; three sons, Cal (Diane) of Pflugerville, Texas, Carl (Donna) of Ord, Nebraska, Craig (Kay) of Gothenburg; 14 grandchildren, J. D. Dalrymple of Lincoln, Nebraska, Chad (Shellie Stull) of Central City, Nebraska, Corey of Seward, Nebraska, Cressy Daharsh of Gothenburg, Brian and Aaron Streeter of Pflugerville, Brooke (Kurt) Stevens, Blayre Streeter, Blake (Mary) Streeter, all of Gothenburg, Jay (Mandi) Schmierer of Rapid City, South Dakota; Cara (Chris) Scudder, Jenna Dostal of Omaha, Nebraska, Cale Streeter of Kearney, Nebraska, Lauren ( Micah) King of Ravanna, Nebraska, Eric Ramsay of McCook; 22 great-grandchildren, one great-greatgrandchild and a host of extended family and friends.

    Preceding her in death were husband Lloyd, her parents, Granddaughter Bailey Kay, and brother Milton (Ruth) Block.

    Services will be held at American Lutheran Church on Fridayl, March 8th, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Tom Wilson and Lonna Grabenstein PMA officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.

    Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, Helping Hands or the Donor's Choice. 

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Mary Mathieu, age 96 (1916-2013)

    Mary Aileen Mathieu, 96, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 6th, 2013, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. 

    Mary Aileen Kinyon was born September 17th, 1916, in Gothenburg, daughter of Daniel Lee and Oi Cleo (Greene) Kinyon. She attended Gothenburg grade and high school. She was a graduate of the Gothenburg High School class of 1934 as their Valedictorian. Aileen then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University graduating in 1939. She taught vocal music at Sterling, Nebraska, from1939 to 1940. 

    On September 4th, 1940, she was united in marriage to Lewis G. Mathieu. This union was blessed with a son, Lewis G. Mathieu, Jr. They made their home in Gothenburg until moving to Holdrege where they lived for 20 years before moving back to Gothenburg. Aileen was past President of UMW in Holdrege; President Mother's Club in Holdrege; President of the Gothenburg Women's Club 1955-56; and other offices in UMW.

    She is survived by her daughter-in-law Sharron Mathieu of Gothenburg; two granddaughters Merilee Parks of Gothenburg and Shari Murer of Lincoln, Nebraska; grandson William Mathieu of Lincoln; great-granddaughter Heidi (Jared) Bussing of Omaha, Nebraska; great-grandsons Joseph and Zachary Murer of Grand Island, Nebraska; great-great granddaughters Wren and Sophia Bussing, great-great grandson Devin Bussing, all of Omaha,; and many more relatives and friends.

    Aileen was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Gaulden Mathieu, her parents Daniel Lee and Oi Cleo Kinyon, her son Lewis Gaulden Mathieu Jr., and her sister Dorothy French.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska, on Friday, March 8th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Services will be held at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 9th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery.

    Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, NE 69138. 

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Farnam Resident: Barbara Widick, age 88 (1924-2013)

    Barbara Jeanne Widick, 88, of Farnam, Nebraska, died February 28th, 2013, at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska.  

    She was born October 7th, 1924, on the family farm near Atlanta, Nebraska, daughter of Ernest and Wilhelmina (Engel) Lantz.

    Barbara attended rural schools in Buffalo County, Nebraska, until the family moved to Kearney, Nebraska. She graduated from Kearney High School in 1941 and from Kearney State Teachers College in 1945. In the fall of 1945, Barbara came to Farnam to begin her teaching career. She taught Home Economics, English, typing and was the class sponsor for the class of '48 for three years. She thoroughly enjoyed her career in teaching students how to can and prepare food, along with making jelly and preserves and planning meals. Later she taught five years at Stockville High School and set up the Home Ec Department there. 

    Barbara married Orvale Widick on November 26th, 1947, in Gothenburg, Nebraska, at the Methodist Minister's home. They had been married 10 years and considered adopting children and were greatly surprised a few months later to learn they were expecting twins, Glenda and Paula. A year later a son Andrew was born and then another daughter Carol was born.    

    Barbara was a member of the H.O.P. Club, 60 plus year member of the Methodist Church and a MYF Youth sponsor for 7 years.

    Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, Orvale Widick of Farnam; son, Andrew (Karen) Widick of Moorefield, Nebraska; three daughters, Paula (Doug) Klein of Moorefield, Glenda (Danny) Kipp of Keenesburg, Colorado and Carol (Paul) Pagel of Kearney; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law Jack Randecker and Wallace Petersen along with many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. 

    Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Burl (Virginia) Lantz; sister, Lucille (Leonard) Balk; sister, Delores (Tom) Pratt; sister, Lila Peterson; sister, Marilyn Randecker.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg; Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 from 2 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Services will be held at Farnam United Methodist Church, March 4th, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. 

    Memorials may be directed to the Farnam Rescue and Rural Fire Department, 319 Main St, Farnam, NE 69029 or donor’s choice.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Cozad Resident: Nova Walker, age 49 (1963-2013)

    Nova Walker, 49, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Thursday, February 28th, 2013, at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer.

    Nova was born April 20th, 1963, at Cozad to John and Shirley (Adle) Freeman. She attended Cozad High School.

    On April 9th, 1979, she married William “Bill” Walker in Mississippi.  The couple made their home in Cozad where she began work at SouthView Manor as a CNA. Nova continued her education while working at the care home and eventually worked her way into the Dietary Management position. After about 10 years, Nova began work at Burkinks Foods where she became a supervisor. She also drove the school bus for the Cozad school system. In 1993, Nova and Bill moved to Eddyville, Nebraska, where she drove the local school bus and also served as an EMT for the local rescue squad. They would later move to Osceola, Nebraska, to be close to family, eventually returning to Cozad in January of 2013.  

    Faith was the backbone of Nova’s life and it was her self-proclaimed goal in life to let others know that Jesus loves them through encouragement and time spent with others. She made a conscious effort to live her faith daily, even when her health left her with plenty of things she could have complained about. She volunteered as a Salvation Army bell ringer and absolutely loved working with kids; exemplified by the special efforts she made travelling to local schools and raising awareness of bullying among young students by means of puppets. She had also volunteered as an EMT for both the Cozad and Eddyville rescue squads. 

    While Nova was devout in her spiritual life, in the context of family life, she was a wonderful prankster and always made people laugh with her great sense of humor and easy smile. Nova deeply enjoyed socializing and when she and Bill returned to Cozad, she loved to spend time at the coffee shop with friends. Nova was also a wonderful grandmother and loved every minute spent with her three grandchildren.

    Survivors include her husband, Bill Walker of Cozad; daughter, Tanya (James) Pearson of Osceola; two sons, Talon Walker (Angela Perrin) and William L. Walker of Osceola; three grandchildren, Tana, Zoey and Zayden; two brothers, Rick (Linna) Freeman of Seattle, Washington and Jesse (Katrina) Freeman of Jay, Oklahoma; three sisters, Alicia Heiden of LaVista, Nebraska, Bonnie Jeanne (Wesley) Flaming of Jay and Dawn (Ben) Hosterman of Tulsa, Oklahoma and many other relatives and friends. 

    Nova was preceded in death by her parents; son, Shane; and brother, Nolan Freeman.

    Services will be held on Monday, March 4th, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Cozad with Pastor Rodney Mohler officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery, north of Cozad. 

    A memorial has been established in her memory. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

  • Formerly Of Brady: Orrin Lee Bailey, age 72 (1940-2013)

    Orrin Lee Bailey, 72, of Show Low, Arizona, formerly of Brady, Nebraska, died February 26th, 2013, at Show Low.  

    He was born April 15th, 1940, in Brady, son of Ernest and Mary (Anderson) Bailey.

    Orrin grew up in Brady and graduated from Brady High School with the class of 1959. He attended Mid-Plains Community College for two years. He married Janice Brown on November 26th, 1960, at North Platte. He was an electrician for NPPD in various places in Nebraska and then moved to Oregon and worked for Sprint. 

    Survivors include his wife, Janice Bailey of Show Low; son, Clint Bailey; son, Ken Bailey; grandson, Kandall Bailey; sister Jeanne (Earl) Max; sister-in-laws Virginia Bailey and Carolyn Bailey; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

    Orrin was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Marvin, Russell and Don Bailey and a sister-in-law, Leona Bailey.

    Cremation was chosen.  A memorial service will be held at Brady at a later date. 
    Memorials may be given to the family in care Jeanne Max, 219 West River St, Brady, NE 69123

  • Lexington Resident: Marjorie Burnett, age 90 (1922-2013)

    Marjorie J. Burnett, 90, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, February 25th, 2013, at Park Avenue Estates in Lexington.

    She was born June 30th, 1922, in Smithfield, Nebraska, to Charles and Elizabeth (Melosh) Carroll. Marjorie graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1937. Following graduation she worked for Smith Law Firm in Lexington. On September 19th, 1942, she was united in marriage to James Burnett in Austin, Texas. Jim was serving his country in the military at the time of their marriage and Marjorie would work for the government wherever Jim was stationed. They returned to Lexington in 1945.

    Marjorie was an accomplished pianist and organist and played for many area weddings and funerals throughout the years. She was a founding member of the Lexington Christian Women’s Club and past president of Chapter GR PEO. Always active in the First United Methodist Church, Marjorie taught Bible study as well as being on several church committees throughout the years.

    The couple loved to travel and attended many conventions for Jim’s work. They visited most of the state capitals as well as many of the Presidential libraries.They had a wonderful circle of friends and enjoyed get-togethers for coffee and Canasta. Many summer days were spent at their Johnson Lake cabin with good memories of being with family and friends. Marjorie’s favorite times were spent with family who was so incredibly important to her. 

    Survivors include her husband of 70 years; Jim Burnett of Lexington; sons, Dennis (Irene) Burnett of Springfield, Virginia; Terry Burnett of Lexington; David (Sue) Burnett of Danvers, Massachusetts; daughter, Vicki (Loren) Danhauer of Lincoln, Nebraska; sister, Carolyn (Harry) Dorwart of Reedsport, Oregon; sister-in-law, Marilyn Weissner of Green Valley, Arizona; nine grandchildren; Carolyn (Todd) Hudson of Caines, Australia; Christopher (Kristin) Burnett of Durango, Colorado; Corrie Kielty of Lincoln; Erika (Jim) Pearl of Lincoln; Thad Danhauer of Arlington, Texas; Andrea (Rao) Gutta of Omaha, Nebraska; Beth (Shawn) Nault of Somersworth, New Hampshire; Kate Burnett of Danvers, Massachusetts and Adam (LeAnne) Burnett of Ipswich, Massachusetts; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Sandra; two brothers and sisters-in-law; Delbert (Doris) Carroll; Jean (Alice) Carroll; sister and two brothers-in-law; Geraldine (Virgil) Berryman and Dick Weissner.

    Funeral Service will be Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Doug Smith officiating.
    Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

    Visitation will be held Friday, March 1st, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Curtis Native: LaVaughn Schmidt, age 92 (1920-2013)

    LaVaughn Schmidt, 92, of Curtis, Nebraska, died February 23rd, 2013.

    LaVaughn was born in Curtis, to Roy and Gladys Williams. She attended school in Curtis and graduated from Curtis High School. She married Dorrance Schmidt in 1939, two children were born to this union. Dorrance and LaVaughn lived in Rushville, Nebraska, after they married and then Bridgeport, Nebraska, where they raised their children. In 1970, they returned to Curtis and lived on their farm until 1980 when they moved to town. LaVaughn had many friends and enjoyed playing cards, visiting and shopping. LaVaughn was a home-maker her entire life and took great pride in her home. 

    LaVaughn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her sister, Lucille Haynes.

    She is survived by her daughter, Janice (Duane) Bright and son, John (Deanna) Schmidt.She leaves five grandchildren: DeAnn and Darryl Bright, Steven and David (Jennifer) Schmidt and Carrie (Keith) Duesenberg; four great-grandchildren: Destiny Bright, Chancellor Bargen, Natalie and Christian Duesenberg; three sisters-in-law: Betty Christensen, Frances Schmidt, Virginia Schmidt, and many nieces and nephews. 

    Visitation will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Bridgeport, Thursday, February 28th, 2013, at 10 a.m.-11 a.m. MST. 

    Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport, February 28th, 2013, at 11 a.m. MST with Rev. Ronald Nuss-Warren officiating. 

    She will be laid to rest beside her husband at the Oregon Trail Cemetery, Bridgeport. 
    A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Curtis Senior Center.

    Memorials may be given to the 1st Presbyterian in Bridgeport, or Frontier County Rescue.

  • Lexington Resident: Judy Marie Krajeski, age 68 (1945-2013)

    Judy Marie Krajeski, 68, of Lexington, Nebraska, died February 23rd, 2013, in the company of her beloved caretakers and sister Susan.

    Judy was born in Valentine, Nebraska, on January 20th, 1945, to Paul and Ruth Krajeski. Judy was full of life in so many ways and touched many hearts on her journey through life despite having profound developmental disabilities.

    Judy was moved to Beatrice State Developmental Center in 1947, where caregivers could assist with her special needs. She remained there until 2008, when she moved to a residential home at Lexington. She shared an apartment with a female peer and loved the company of the seven other individuals living in the complex. She enjoyed the loving support of her sister, Susan Johnson, who became her guardian in 1984 and the wonderful caregivers who provided for her individual needs.

    Judy loved music, especially Elvis. She loved hearing bells and watching fireworks.  Judy had a sense of humor and was very social. She enjoyed shopping trips and the friendship of those she met. She treasured the outdoors and enjoyed walks to the park. Judy participated in retirement activities at the Adult Development Center in Cozad and attended Mass at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Plum Creek Care Center and Park Avenue Estates. She enjoyed dances and games at the Grand Generation Center. 
    Judy was diagnosed with cancer in January 2013 and with hospice care, remained in her apartment at Lexington until her death.

    She is survived by her siblings Betty Jean (Carroll) Peterson of Valentine, James Krajeski of Corte Madera, California and Susan (John) Johnson of Cody, Nebraska. She is survived by four nephews and three nieces along with 17 great-nieces and nephews and two great-great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one niece.

    The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Church at Nenzel, Nebraska on February 26th, 2013. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery at Nenzel.

    Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of arrangements. 

    Memorials can be made to South Central Developmental Services at 821 J St., Cozad, NE 69130.

  • Cozad Educator: Brandy Bond, age 38 (1974-2013)

    Brandy Christine Bond, 38, of Cozad, Nebraska, formerly of Grand Island, Nebraska, died Monday, February 25th, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center following complications from an illness.

    Ms. Bond was born March 12th, 1974, at Grand Island the daughter of Jerry and Nancy (McMillan) Bond.

    Brandy is a graduate of Grand Island Northwest High School, class of 1992. She received her Bachelors degree from the University of Kearney and had been receiving hours for her master degree from UNK and Concordia. Brandy was in her 8th year of teaching in Cozad. She was involved in early childhood education, elementary art and P.E. She was also the 7th grade assistant basketball coach.

    Memberships include Trinity United Methodist Church and Nebraska Education Association. She was an avid NASCAR fan; loved Harley Davidson's and enjoyed quilting.

    Survivors include her mother, Nancy Fisher of Grand Island; her father and step-mother, Jerry and Cynthia Bond of Alda; fiance, Marcus Krueger of Pleasanton.

    Those also left to cherish her memory are her grandmother, Norma McMillan of Grand Island; uncles and aunts, Russ and Eileen McMillan and Mary Kohl, Ronald and Gail Bond, Sheri and Henry Husen; many cousins and her four legged friends, Tootsie, Fletcher and Wiggins.

    She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Dale McMillan; grandparents, Donald and Dolly Bond and cousin, Matthew Bond.

    A memorial fund will be established in memory of Brandy to benefit Trinity United Methodist Church or Cozad Public Schools.

    Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 511 N. Elm, Grand Island. The Rev. Jay Vetter will officiate. Burial will be in the Chapman Cemetery.

    Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at All Faiths Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Island.

  • Lexington Resident: Esther L. Debban, age 79 (1934-2013)

    Esther L. Debban, 79, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, February 25th, 2013, at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

    She was born February 26th, 1934, in Amherst, Nebraska, to Rudolph and Elsie (Sohrweid) Abels. 

    Esther graduated from Amherst High School with the class of 1951, she then went on to further her education at Kearney State Teacher’s College and taught for one year in a rural school near Riverdale. She was united in marriage to Alan Debban on June 6th, 1954, in Kearney, Nebraska. The marriage was blessed with seven children.

    She is a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington.  She was confirmed June 15th, 1947 and baptized March 18th, 1934. 

    Esther loved watching all sports, especially football, was an avid Husker fan and loved watching her grandchildren’s sporting events.  Esther loved tending to her garden and flowers and an occasional visit to the Casino to share pennies. 

    Esther was a true rival when playing Scrabble, cards and her computer games with her children and others. She was fondly remembered with several nicknames including; Auntie Estie, Grandma Du, G.G., Doodle, Mamasita and of course, Mom. 

    She is survived by her children; Pamela Debban of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Robin (Donn) Debban of Elwood, Nebraska; Dianna (Tim) Wheeler of Smithfield, Nebraska; Jackie (Erik) Rowan of Lexington; Bryan (Renee) Debban of Claremore, Oklahoma; Angela (Mike) Long of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Marvin (Betty) Abels of Amherst, Nebraska; Melvin (Del) Abels of Kearney, Nebraska; sister, Lola (Ray) Geiger of Papillion, Nebraska; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

    Esther was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alan in 1977; daughter, Cheryl Lou and granddaughters, Sandra Dawn and Erika Joy.

    Funeral Services will be held (today) Thursday, February 28th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating.

    Burial will be that same day at 2 p.m. at Kearney Cemetery in Kearney, Nebraska. 
    Visitation will be Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, from 5-8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    In lieu of flowers, gifts may be directed to the Erika Joy Rowan Foundation or the Donor’s Choice in her memory.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be in charge of arrangements.

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Alice Elaine Johnson, age 85 (1927-2013)

    Alice Elaine Johnson, 85, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died February 25th, 2013, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. 

    Alice was born October 26th, 1927 in Gothenburg, daughter of Henry and Bertha (Westerbuhr) Franzen.

    Alice lived in Gothenburg her entire life. She graduated from Gothenburg High School. She married James Richard Johnson at North Platte on September 15th, 1948. To this union four daughters were born: Barbara, Donna, Kay and Beverly.  Alice worked as a cook for Gothenburg public schools for over 20 years. Alice enjoyed sewing and dancing.

    Surviving are four daughters: Barbara (Terry) Lehman of Hopkins, Minnesota; Donna (Stan) Haynes of Omaha, Nebraska; Kay (special friend Dave) Kottwitz of Gothenburg; Beverly (Kirt) Peden of Gothenburg; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren.

    Alice was preceded in death by husband, James Richard Johnson; parents; brother, Melvin Franzen; two sisters Emma Brooks and Frieda Swanson; and son-in-law, John Kottwitz.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. with the family present from 5-7 p.m.

    Funeral services will be held at American Lutheran Church, Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tom Wilson officiating.  

    Interment will be at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska, Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, at 10 a.m.

    Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Robert Bruce Rapp, age 74 (1939-2013)

    Robert Bruce Rapp, 74, of rural Lexington, Nebraska, died Sunday, February 24th, 2013, at Lexington Regional Health Center.

    He was born February 10th, 1939, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Robert Beckwith and Carol (Powers) Rapp. Robert attended school and graduated from Palmer High School in Colorado Springs with the class of 1957. He was united in marriage to Georgiann Thomas on June 26th, 1960, in Colorado Springs. Two children were blessed to this marriage, Robert and Becky. 

    As a young man, Robert moved to Calgary, Canada, where he broke horses. He rode his favorite horse he broke, Alberta Min, 3,000 miles from Calgary to Rush, Colorado. Robert was a man of the range, he loved his horses and his cattle and the adventures both brought him.

    The couple raised Scottish Highlander cattle on a ranch southeast of Colorado Springs after they were married. They then moved the herd to northern Minnesota for a time. Robert and Georgiann sold the herd and moved to Nebraska, near Guide Rock, from 1971 to 1983, where Robert managed the VLT Ranch. In 1983, the family moved to Randolph, Nebraska, where they raised dairy cattle and he also managed the Country Boy Restaurant in Ravenna, Nebraska. In 1989, they moved to rural Lexington. The couple grazed cattle and raised hay. Robert and Georgiann enjoyed gardening and sharing their produce with neighbors and friends.

    Robert loved sports, especially boxing, he helped coach Junior Glove, Silver Glove and Golden Glove boxing throughout the years. He coached Little League baseball and umpired girls fast pitch softball. He was the self-proclaimed pinto bean piler of the world and a great first basement as a young man. He loved to travel; his adventures took him to the outback in Australia, Venezuela, Scotland and Hawaii. He was a past member of Guide Rock Masonic Lodge #128 and the Tehama Shrine. He was a man of great integrity, philosopher, loved to read and enjoyed life to the fullest. He had a deep love for his family and was always optimistic about every opportunity life threw his way. He will be greatly missed. 

    Survivors include his wife of almost 54 years; Georgiann Rapp of rural Lexington; son, Robert Rapp, II of Omaha, Nebraska; daughter, Becky (Chris) Kautz of Gering, Nebraska; three grandchildren; Megan Kautz of Kansas City, Missouri and her fiance Casey Collins of Beatrice, Nebraska; Erin Kautz of Lincoln, Nebraska and Alexander Rapp of Omaha, Nebraska; two nephews he finished raising; Val (Kim) Horne and Gene (Modesta) Horne both of Red Cloud; two sisters, Crystal Horne of San Antonio, Texas; Jeanie De Leon of Houston, Texas; a dear family friend, Ren Rasmussen of Bertrand, Nebraska; and several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Robert was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lowell B. “Bucky” Rapp; daughter-in-law, Patricia Rapp and brother-in-law, Frank Horne.

    Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Mary Fuller officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad, Nebraska.Visitation will be held Friday, March 1st, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Baseball Association. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Elwood Resident: Fred Martin, age 72 (1940-2013)

    Fred Martin, 72, of Elwood, Nebraska, died Friday, February 22nd, 2013, at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, Nebraska.

    Fred was born August 31st, 1940, at Cozad, Nebraska, to Henry R. and Nellie E. (Newhouse) Martin. He attended Cozad High School.

    On June 30th, 1962, Fred married Patricia “Patsy” Putnam at Gothenburg, Nebraska, in a double wedding ceremony that also involved Patsy’s sister. The couple was blessed with a son, Tom.  Shortly after their marriage, Fred began work at the hay mill in Cozad.  A few years later, the couple moved to Kearney, Nebraska, where Fred was employed at RE Coldwell and later Eaton. Fred and Patsy moved to Colorado briefly before moving to Lexington in 1975, where Fred worked at Sperry New Holland until 1985. After his time at New Holland, Fred went to work at Orthman Manufacturing for 15 years.  Most recently, Fred had worked at Walmart in Lexington, where he enjoyed assembling the store’s bicycles.

    Fred enjoyed being outdoors in his free time. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, though he never seemed to have enough time to fish as much as he wanted. He also loved gardening, westerns and watching rodeos. He was a Nebraska football fan and loved watching his granddaughters throughout all of their many activities. Fred was also active in the Elwood Booster Club for many years.

    Fred was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Callie McClendon; and two brothers, Wallace and Harry Martin.

    Survivors include his wife, Patsy Martin of Elwood; son, Tom (Melissa) Martin of Elwood; three grandchildren, Alexa and fiance Andrew, Manon, Hadley; great-granddaughter, Reagan; sister, Elaine (Bob) Keiser of Gothenburg; and many other relatives and friends.

    A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Services will be held on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Elwood with Pastor Mary Fuller and Sharon Corder officiating. Burial will be in the Elwood Cemetery.

    Visitation will be on Tuesday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Elwood.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Gothenburg Native: Sandy L. Grim, age 66 (1946-2013)

    Sandra  “Sandy” L. Grim, 66, of Kearney, Nebraska, died Friday, February 15th, 2013, at her home near Kearney. 

    Sandra  “Sandy” L. Grim was born April 17th, 1946, in Gothenburg, Nebraska, to Myron “Mike” H. and Hazel L. (Adkinson) Williams, which is where her family lived until age two when they moved to Arcadia, Nebraska, until the passing of her father in 1956. In the summer of that year her mother, sister Judy and she moved to Farnam, Nebraska, where they would be closer to relatives as they grew up.  Valedictorian of her 1964 graduating class at Farnam High School, Sandy chose to further her education at the Lincoln School of Commerce.  Upon completion, she was employed at the Nebraska Book Store for one year. Choosing to live in Kearney with good friends, she took a position with Philip G. Johnson accounting firm in 1966.  It was while in their employ she met her Danny, as they both tell “their story”, it was truly love at first meeting and they married on April 6th, 1968.  Their marriage was blessed with two children, a son Wade Lee and a daughter Wendy Danette. 

    The family moved back to Kearney in 1978 where she enjoyed being a housewife and mother until taking a volunteer position at Kearney Junior High (now Horizon Middle School) in the copy room that led to her being hired as secretary to the Principal for the past 28 years. A job she was extremely good at and held with pride, enjoying office staff, teachers, students and parents until December 2012, retiring to spend more time with her husband, family and friends, unfortunately due to ill health. Being diagnosed with cancer, retirement was not hers to enjoy. Sandy enjoyed a number of hobbies, favorites of which were reading, quilting and her outdoor flower garden, traveling in their motor home and a somewhat new love for her was with her arms wrapped around Danny touring Nebraska on their beautiful Gold Wing Trike. Opening her home to friends and family was one of her greatest joys, most especially her S & B buddies on Monday night.  

    Survivors include: Husband-Danny of Kearney; son-Wade Grim and his wife Mindi of Omaha, Nebraska; daughter-Wendy Grim of Lincoln; grandson-Mario Grim of Kearney, two granddaughters-Haley and Molly Grim of Omaha and one sister-Judy King and her husband Larry of Kearney; three sisters in law-LouWana Mills and her husband Gordon of Adams, Judy Williams of Gothenburg and Iris Hoffling and her husband Greg of Sioux City; three brothers in law-Don Grim and is wife Pat of Central City, Brent Grim and his wife Mellody of St. Libory and Brad Grim and his wife Marcia of Grand Island; 24 nieces and nephews and because of her big heart and kind ways, leaves more friends than the average to mourn her passing.

    Sandy was preceded in death by both her and her husband’s parents along with brother in law Jim Williams.
    Memorial services will be Friday, March 1st, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Stan Murdock officiating. 

    Inurnment will be at a later date in the columbarium at the Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska.  

    There will be no visitation.

    Memorials are planned to the Kearney Public School Foundation to establish a scholarship in Sandy’s name for a Horizon Middle School graduate.  

    A message of condolence, tribute or memory can be left at www.hlmkfuneral.com . 
    Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services of Kearney are in charge of arrangements.

  • Callaway Resident: Kristina Allen, age 19 (1993-2013)

    Kristina Allen, 19, of Callaway, Nebraska, died Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, in an automobile accident near Giltner, Nebraska.

    She was born June 12th, 1993, in North Platte, Nebraska, to David Allen and Ann Marie Dauel. Kristina attended grade school in Florida and middle school at Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She moved to Callaway in 2007, where she attended school and graduated with the class of 2012. 

    Kristina was a beautiful young lady who was always active in school.  She loved sports and excelled in volleyball, basketball, and track. She was a cheerleader, on the speech team, one-act play, and gymnastics. Kristina’s sparkling and giving personality led her to be in her church youth group and helping others by going on mission trips. 

    She absolutely loved being with her family and friends. You never saw her without her IPod, a smile on her face or a hug for the people she cared for. Like all active teenage girls she loved to shop for clothes, not only for herself but for gifts as well. She had a strong work ethic and at the time of her death was attending Iowa Western Community College pursuing her dream of becoming a Physical Therapist.   She was a wonderful daughter, sister and friend who will never be forgotten.  

    Kristina is survived by her mother and her mother’s fiance; Ann Marie Stout and Lawrence Paulsen of Callaway; stepfather, Greg Stout of Colorado Springs, Colorado; biological father, David Allen of Missouri; brothers, Damien (Diamond) Allen of Dover, Delaware; G.W. “Cole” Stout of Callaway; Landen Paulsen of Callaway; sisters, Mattisen Stout of Callaway; Megan (Brad) Reed of North Platte; Olivia Paulsen of North Platte; grandparents; Don (Darlene) Allen of Overton, Nebraska; Gary Dauel of Gothenburg, Nebraska; Kent (Elaine) Cole of Alliance, Nebraska; nephew, Dalton Allen of Dover, Delaware, and niece, Kinlee Reed of North Platte; several aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and many, many friends.

    Kristina was preceded in death by her great-grandparents.

    Funeral Services will be held Monday, February 25th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Callaway, Nebraska with Reverend Roger Gillming officiating.
    Memorials are suggested to Kristina’s Family for later designation.

    Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Callaway is in charge of arrangements. 

    Online condolences may be shared with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Memorials Are Suggested: Janice Kay Mitchel, age 71 (1941-2013)

    Janice Kay Mitchel, 71, died February 18th, 2013, at her home at Tecumseh, Nebraska. 

    Janice was born as a twin to Vern and Margaret (Linberg) Lawhead on July 13th, 1941 at Omaha, Nebraska. As a small child she and her family moved to Cozad, Nebraska. She was baptized April 5th, 1953, at the age of 11 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Cozad. She became a member of this church on May 29th, 1955. Jan attended Cozad Elementary and graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1959. On May 13th, 1961, Jan was united in marriage to LeRoy A. Mitchel at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Cozad by Rev. Don Miller. To this union three children were born, a daughter, Terri Lynn and two sons, Kelly Joe and Allen Eugene. 

    On May 20th, 1968, she transferred her membership to the United Methodist Church in Clatonia, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the church choir. On December 7th, 1971, she transferred to the United Methodist Church in Tecumseh. She served as the financial secretary for the UMC for two years as well as on several committees.

    Jan was installed into the Order of the Eastern Star January 14th, 1969, in the Blue Valley Chapter #69 of Wilbur. In 1973 she transferred her membership to Eastern Star Chapter #226 of Tecumseh. Jan was also a member of the VFW Legion Auxiliary Post #2 of Tecumseh, Tecumseh Senior Citizens and served as Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Party for two years. In addition to being a housewife and mother, Jan worked as a Deputy County Clerk and as a dispatcher for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. 

    She is survived by her husband, LeRoy Mitchel of Tecumseh, daughter, Terri Wright and husband Steve of Phoenix, Arizona, sons, Kelly Mitchel of Union and Allen Mitchel and wife Deb of Kearney, Nebraska, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson, brothers, Eugene Lawhead of Denver, Colorado and Bob Lawhead of Henderson, Nevada, nieces and nephews and friends. 

    Jan was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Marjorie Sanchez and her twin Judy Mae Meyer.

    Memorial services were held at the United Methodist Church in Tecumseh on February 23rd, 2013 with Reverend Clifford Reynolds officiating. 

    Memorials in lieu of flowers may go to the United Methodist Church, Tecumseh, Nebraska. 

    Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Matt Dukes, age 38 (1974-2013)

    Matt Dukes, 38, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, at Lexington Regional Health Center. 

    Matt was born March 20th, 1974, in Aurora, Nebraska, to Wilson and Judy (Anderson) Dukes. He spent his early childhood on the farm outside Aurora and attended grade school in Aurora. In 1983, Matt, his parents and brothers, Wilson, III and Michael, moved to rural Lexington where he attended District #16 school through the 6th grade and then Lexington Middle School. Matt graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1992. He was a member of the Lexington Chapter of Future Farmers of America. Matt joined the workforce in the early 1990’s at the former 6th Street Food Market. He enjoyed the people he met and the friendships he made with his coworkers. In the mid 1990’s, he began his career with Walmart where he continued to work until his passing. He enjoyed his career and those he worked with, making many great friends.

    Matt was an avid comic book collector.  He was so enthralled with them that he and his father made a cross-country trip from Lexington all the way to Dallas, Texas, to attend a comic book convention. He also enjoyed professional wrestling with C.M. Punk being one of his favorite wrestlers to follow. Matt made frequent trips to the TNA/MMA wresting events when they were in the area. Matt also enjoyed watching movies, especially the new movies based on the comic books that he collected. He would “critique” the movies based on the comic story and making sure you could find Stan Lee’s cameo appearances. 

    Matt recently purchased his dream vehicle, a 2010 Ford Mustang, GT, which he took great pride in driving around town. He used to joke that he wasn’t used to driving such a nice vehicle that turned heads, he was always looking behind him to make sure nothing was falling out of his vehicle like it did in his old truck. 

    Matt’s other love in life was his family.  He spent time with his father watching movies and wrestling and helping his mother. But, his favorite enjoyment was spending time with his great-nephew, Mycah James. Matt and Mycah’s favorite past time was reading books, their favorites were “Marvin K.Mooney” and Dr. Seuss books.  

    Matt is survived by his parents, Wilson and Judy Dukes of Lexington; brother, Wilson, III of Lexington; brother, Michael and wife Cammi Dukes of Waunita; niece, Ashley (Preston) Holbrook of Lexington; nieces, Michaela Dukes and Gennie Crowell of Wauneta; nephew, Gage Crowell of Wauneta; Aunt and uncle, Emily (Tom) Mersch of Aurora; aunt and uncle, Debbie (Larry) Johnston of Chapman; aunt, Kathy Blath of Lexington; great-aunts, Doris Plummer of Central City; and, Myrtle Buller of Aurora; and numerous cousins and other friends and relatives. He is also survived by his little buddy, great-nephew, Mycah James Dukes of Lexington.

    Matt was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Wilson and Gladys Dukes; maternal grandparents, Virgil and Nina Anderson; and uncle, Steven Anderson.

    Funeral Services were held February 25th, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Evangelist Mike Millican officiating. 

    Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Epilepsy Foundation or the LHS Class of 1992 Matt Dukes Scholarship Fund.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.  

    Please forward online condolences to the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Eustis Resident: Jeff Debban, age 48 (1965-2013)

    Jeff Debban, 48, of Eustis, Nebraska, died Tuesday, February 19th, 2013, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Jeff was born January 28th, 1965, at Lexington, Nebraska, to William and Lola (Hansen) Debban. He graduated from Elwood High School and attended Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.

    Following Jeff’s education in North Platte, he began his career with John Deere, in Colorado, Yuba City, California and Missoula, Montana. In 2000, Jeff returned to Eustis, where he worked at Nebraska Truck and Equipment. In 2004, Jeff met Celeste Darnall in Eustis; eventually marrying in 2010. Around the time of their nuptials, Jeff’s father had a heart attack and was confined to Bryan LGH Medical Center in Lincoln. They held an intimate wedding on July 22nd, right in the hospital, so that Bill could be a part of their union; then held a ceremony in Eustis just a few days later. Jeff eventually went to work for the LandMark Implement, where he served as the Service Manager.

    While Jeff’s life was cut too short, he lived it with passion. He was a tremendous Husker football fan and could always be counted on by family and friends to know everything and everyone involved with the team. Jeff was also an avid Harley Davidson fan and rode his bike with pride every chance he got. He was even a proud member of the Patriot Guard Motorcycle Club.  Jeff was loving and generous; he cherished his time with his family, which included four very special dogs and his many nieces and nephews. Jeff loved people and his personality and sense of humor always shined when he was around them. He had a special gift for making others laugh and he never lost it, even when his declining health had him confined to a hospital bed.  Jeff loved to hunt and fly fish; he also loved camping and spending time at the family cabin at Plum Creek, usually accompanied by his loyal companion, “Husker.” Jeff knew how to have fun in life and one of his favorite times of the year was Halloween. He and Celeste would often plan their holiday festivities well in advance of the actual day and had a great deal of fun over the years. When Jeff wasn’t having fun, or was engaged in a conversation that he didn’t want to continue, he would without fail say, “How about those Huskers?”  

    Jeff loved participating in youth hunts and was a supporter of Quails Unlimited.

    He was preceded in death by his father; infant sister, Debra Ann Debban; his grandparents; two uncles, Ralph and Alan Debban; two aunts, Ardis Jenkins and Eunice Stoll.

    Survivors include his wife, Celeste of Eustis; mother, Lola Debban of Elwood; three sisters, Valorie (Rob) Wallace of Fayetteville, Georgia, Lisa Koch of Kearney, Nebraska and Jan Raine of  Curtis, Nebraska;  brother, Keith (Lisa) Debban of San Diego, California; aunt, Dorothy (Dode) Getty of Grand Island, Nebraska; parents in law, Bryan and Deb Darnall of Eustis; sister-in-law, Nicky (Ross) Collins of Eustis; four beloved dogs, Husker, Ollie, Reece and Krinkles of Eustis; two guardian brothers, Youl (Calie) Brown of Colorado and Paul (Tommy) Brown of Omaha; close friends, Mike Koch of Eustis and Dana Hunzker of Lincoln and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Services were held on February 25th, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Eustis with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

    A memorial has been established in his memory. 

    Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. 

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • VFW Auxiliary Member: Jerri Eilert, age 69 (1944-2013)

    Jerri Eilert, 69, of Sterling, Colorado, died on February 15th, 2013, in Greeley, Colorado.

    Jerri was born February 9th, 1944, in Torrington, Wyoming, to Loyal Jared and Dorothea Elizabeth (Glanz) Ford. She graduated from high school. She moved to Sterling 36 years ago.

    On May 19th, 1960, she married Crespin Martinez. He passed away. She later married Norbert Eilert on October 15th, 2005.

    Jerri was a member of New Beginnings Outreach and Emmanuel Baptist Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary. The joys of her life were her family. 

    She is survived by her sons, Ricky Martinez of Sterling, Jeff Martinez and Erin of Wyoming; daughters, Janae Gertner and husband Larry of Sterling, Tamra Futch and husband John of Sterling, Michelle Sanchez of Sterling and Adina Howard and husband Phil of Sterling; sisters, Patricia Marreel of Sterling, Ann Seaman of Florida, Gewn Ford of California; brother, Skeeter Ford of Florida; sister-in-law, Kay Ford of Kentucky; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and special friends, Joe and Velma Cabrera. 

    She was preceded in death by her husbands, Crespin Martinez and Norbert Eilert; brother, Jan Ford; sons-in-law, Cruz Avalos and Eleazor Canas. 

    Funeral services were held Thursday, February 21st, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, with Pastor David L. Baines officiating. 

    Interment was at Riverside Cemetery. 

    Memorials may be made to Jerrene Eilert Memorial.  

  • Memorials Are Suggested: Oliver L. Farver, age 91 (1921-2013)

    Oliver Leroy Farver, 91, died on February 18th, 2013, at Brodstone Memorial Hospital.

    Oliver the son of Otto and Mary (Baker) Farver, was born on September 26th, 1921, in Nelson, Nebraska.

    Pete graduated from Nelson High School in 1939. He was inducted into the United States Army on June 29th, 1942 and was honorably discharged on November 5th, 1945. He served overseas in France, Germany, Austria and Italy, earning three battle stars and the good conduct medal.

    He was united in marriage to Mary Frances Redding on January 4th, 1948, in Lincoln, Nebraska. They made their home in Cozad, Nebraska, where Pete was a Superintendent at Continental Grain; upon his retirement they moved to Nelson, Nebraska where Pete was raised.

    He was a member of the VFW and American Legion in both Cozad and Nelson. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends and reminiscing. He loved horses and early in life he farmed with them. Together Pete and Frances would always go see the Sandhill Cranes near Grand Island.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Frances on January 13th, 1999; four brothers Earl, Ora, Jess and Elbert and two sisters Margaret Reed and Opal Stahl.
    He is survived by his nieces and nephews and many friends.

    Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 23th, 2013, at 2 p.m., from the Nelson Community United Church of Christ in Nelson with Rev. Dr. Stephen Berry officiating.

    Interment with full Military Honors was in the Nelson Cemetery at Nelson.
    Memorials are suggested to the Nelson Rescue Squad.

    Condolences may be sent to Klawitter-Price Funeral Home, 446 South Main St., Nelson, Nebraska 68961 or in care of www.pricefuneralhomes.com.

    Klawitter-Price Funeral Home of Nelson was in charge of the arrangements.

  • Memorials Are Suggested: Gregory Anderson, age 64 (1948-2013)

    Gregory Joseph Anderson, 64, of Sioux City, Iowa, died February 18th, 2013, in Gothenburg, Nebraska. 

    He was born October 17th, 1948, in North Platte, Nebraska, son of Joseph and Ruth (LaValley) Anderson.

    Gregory grew up at Brady, Nebraska. He lived at Brady, North Platte, Omaha and Sioux City. He married Jeanne Carlson on May 17th, 1967, at North Platte; to this union four children were born: Brian, Tim, Jeff and Kristina. He worked as a grocery store director.

    Surviving is his wife, Jeanne Rene Anderson; three sons, Brian, Tim and Jeff Anderson; daughter, Kristina Anderson; two sisters, Sandra (Fred) Peters, Linda Slack; two brothers, Mark Anderson, Billy (Tiffany) Anderson, five grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Gregory was preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Ruth Anderson and sister, Roxanne Dishman.

    Register book signing will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m.

    Services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, February 23rd, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Larry Viter officiating. 

    Inurnment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery.

    Memorials may be given to Central Plains Home Health & Hospice, 300 E 12th Street, Cozad, NE 69130 or American Cancer Society Heartland Division, 9850 Nicholas, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68114.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Bertrand Resident: Betty Holen, age 84 (1928-2013)

    Betty Lou Holen, 84, of Bertrand, Nebraska, died Thursday, February 14th, 2013, at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, Nebraska. 

    Betty was born on May 12th, 1928, on the family farm east of Bertrand. She was the eldest of two daughters born to Walter and Bertha (Ebmeier) Maaske. Betty graduated from Bertrand High School with the class of 1945. She then pursued higher education to receive her teaching credentials from Kearney Teachers College in Kearney, Nebraska, and Valparaiso University in Indiana. Following her education, Betty taught in rural Phelps County schools.     

    On August 26th, 1951, Betty was united in marriage to Herman Holen and to this union four children were born: Kathy, Weston, Marcy and Tami.The couple farmed near Bertrand. Following retirement, Betty opened “The Growing Child” clothing store in Bertrand, which she operated for eight years.   

    Betty and Herman loved to travel. They visited all 50 states on various trips and also enjoyed trips to Europe and the Scandinavian Countries. She enjoyed friendships from school, MNO Extension Club, coffee club, book club, card club, church and community. Betty enjoyed supporting her grandchildren and attending many of their activities. On January 16th, 2004, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herman.   

    Betty was an active member of the Westmark Evangelical Free Church. Betty and Herman were engaged on Valentine’s Day in 1951 and according to God’s plan they were reunited in Glory on Valentine’s Day 2013.  

    Besides her parents and husband, Herman; she was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Jonathan Lucas and Grace Sauter; one great-granddaughter, Lexi Hock; brothers-in-law: Floyd Holen and his wife, Grace; Chester Holen and his wife, Gladys; Norris Holen and his wife, Flo; Virgil Holen and his wife, Doris; Milford Holen and his wife, Bernice; Wallace Holen and his wife, Naomi; Ralph Holen and sisters-in-law: Rachael Bard and her husband, Franklin and DeLoris Gustafson and her husband, Keith.

    Survivors are four children: Kathy Robison and her husband, Gary of Bertrand; Weston Holen and his wife, Christa of Oxford, Nebraska; Marcy Lucas and her husband, John of Cozad, Nebraska; and Tami Sauter and her husband, Matthew of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; 11 grandchildren: Chad Robison; Joey Robison and his wife, Lindsey; Kristy Hock and her husband, Nick; Blake Holen; Joy Solomon and her husband, Bryan; Heather Brennan and her husband, James; Linda Brown and her husband, Scott; Tom Lucas and his wife, Kimberly; Mikaela Sauter; Bridgette Sauter; Eden Sauter; 11 great-grandchildren: Reyclyn Robison, Ryan Robison, Adlea Hock, Shevin and Kaisha Solomon, Anna, Blair and Riley Brennan, Ian and Owen Brown and Henry Lucas; one sister, Donna Holmquist and her husband, Bruce of Omaha, Nebraska and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 24th, 2013, from 1p.m.-5 p.m. with the family greeting from 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege, Nebraska.

    Funeral Services for Betty Lou Holen will be conducted from the Westmark Evangelical Free Church on Monday, February 25th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Rick Smith officiating.  

    Interment will be in the Sandstrom Cemetery in Phelps County, Nebraska.

    A memorial has been established in Betty’s honor and will be designated at a later date.         

    Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

    The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Charles ‘Cork’ Purintun, age 84 (1928-2013)

    Charles "Cork" Purintun, 84, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died February 14th, 2013, in Gothenburg. 

    He was born September 21st, 1928, in Overton, Nebraska, son of Hugh L. and Emma V. (Anderson) Purintun.

    Cork grew up in Overton and attended school there. He enlisted in the US Army in 1946 and served his country in the Army in Korea. On September 26th, 1948, he married Kathryn Jones at Lexington, Nebraska. To this union three children were born: Kathleen, Daniel and James. The family moved to Gothenburg in 1954. Cork worked as a carpenter for many years.  He was active in his community in the VFW, serving on the Gothenburg Volunteer Department, and was an EMT. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising a big garden.

    Surviving are wife, Kathryn Purintun of Gothenburg; daughter, Kathleen (Keith) Vogt; two sons: Daniel and James Purintun, all of Gothenburg; five grandchildren, Kanda (Clayton) Kleinknecht, Kody Vogt, Karmen Jones, Jessica Purintun, Erika Purintun; five great-grandchildren, Kyle, Karliegh and Kaitlyn Kleintnecht and Kalib and Kehl Jones; sister, Catherine (Bob) Adams, along with nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Cork was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Mike and Vernon "Pat"; two sisters: Lela Ann "Dot" Huff and Eileen Jones.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Sunday, February 17th, 2013, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church on February 18th, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery. 

    Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department 602 Tenth Street Gothenburg, NE 69138, First United Methodist Church 1401 Lake Ave Gothenburg, NE 69138.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Former Cozad Resident: Mamie Perry, age 92 (1920-2013)

    Mamie Bernice (Griffith) Perry, 92, of Kearney, Nebraska, formerly of Cozad, Nebraska, died February 14th, 2013, at St. John’s Good Samaritan Society in Kearney. 

    Mamie was born in Roten Valley in Custer County, Nebraska, to Herbert and Bessie (Anderson) Griffith on August 29th, 1920. She was raised on a farm in Roten Valley and received her education in the area.

    On August 27th, 1939, she married Allen Perry in Cozad. The couple made their home in Cozad their entire married lives, which spanned 71 years. While in Cozad, Mamie worked at the Cozad Telephone Company for almost 30 years, beginning her career as a switchboard operator. Following the death of her husband, Allen, in October of 2010, she eventually moved to Kearney to be closer to her daughter.

    Mamie and Allen grew many exquisite flower gardens over the years. They also loved canning and often put up peaches, pears, chokecherry jam and green beans. Mamie always seemed to put great effort into everything she did. She was a terrific cook and did beautiful embroidery work. It was often jokingly said that after Mamie became a Perry, she had to learn to play cards and drink her coffee black. God was always a focal point in Mamie’s life; she was proud to be a longtime member of the Church of Christ in Cozad.

    Mamie is survived by her son, James Perry and his wife Jan of Georgetown, Texas; daughter, Jane Perry of Kearney; four grandchildren, Todd, Darin, Erin and Nichole; nine great-grandchildren, Tanner and Sydney; Madeleine and Olivia; Chelsea, Nathan and Abigail and Jack and Max and many other relatives and friends.

    In addition to her husband, Mamie was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Arlene; brothers Howard and Earl; and sisters Mabel and Hazel. 

    Services will be held on Sunday, February 17th, 2013, at 3 p.m., at the Church of Christ in Cozad with Pastors Mike Dennis and Roger Sloan officiating. A private family burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery at a later date.

    Visitation will be on Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Cozad Resident: Linda S. Kniesteadt, age 60 (1952-2013)

    Linda Kniesteadt, 60, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Thursday, February 14th, 2013, at her home in Cozad.

    Linda was born June 7th, 1952, at Cozad to Chris and Irma (Fenno) McNulty. She attended school in the Cozad area most of her life, until her mother’s passing in 1969 necessitated her move to Washington to live with her uncle. Linda graduated from high school in Walla Walla, Washington, in 1971. 

    Following high school, Linda moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she worked at the casinos. Around 1974, Linda returned to Cozad where she began work at Tenneco Automotive. On June 28th, 1975, she married Bob Kniesteadt at Cozad. The couple made their home in Cozad where they raised their two children, Crystal and Bobby. Linda would eventually move on to be a cashier at C-Mart and Jack & Jill before entering the field of home health. She loved her work as a caregiver and continued that career until 2008, when her failing health would no longer allow her to work.

    Linda loved getting out of the house and being active. She enjoyed shopping and going for long car rides. She spent as much time outdoors as she could, even tagging along with Bob when he went hunting. Her five grandchildren always brought tremendous joy to her life and she loved to spend time with them. Most recently, she enjoyed spending time with her hospice nurses, who always seemed to bring her comfort throughout the long struggle she had with her health. She was a dedicated wife, mom, grandma, sister and friend. 

    Linda was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters Dorothy Beberniss, Joann Mayer and Dianna Holbrook; and a brother, Jerry Wilson.

    Survivors include her husband, Bob Kniesteadt of Cozad; daughter, Crystal (Candy) Rodriguez of Omaha, Nebraska; son, Bobby (Danielle Walker) Kniesteadt of Cozad; five grandchildren, Haelie, Sebastian and Serena Kniesteadt; Calyssa and Carley Rodriguez; a sister, Doris Anderson of Cozad; two brothers, Tom McNulty of Texas, Larry Wilson of Indiana; and many other relatives and friends.

    A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Services will be held on Monday, February 18th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.

    Visitation will be held on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Vera Francis Oliver, age 94 (1918-2013)

    Vera Frances Oliver, 94, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died February 13th, 2013 in Gothenburg.  

    She was born August 26th, 1918, in Tryon, Nebraska, daughter of Charles A and Lena Belle (Parkhurst) Daly.

    She grew up in McPherson County, Nebraska and graduated from McPherson County High School in 1934. She taught elementary school in rural McPherson County until her marriage to Chancy A Goodwin in 1936. Vera was married to Chancy Goodwin Sr. from 1936 to his death in 1957.She then was married to Claren Goodwin in 1965 until his death in 1974. She married Harold D. Oliver in 1977 and he preceded her in death in 1998.

    She lived in several places including North Platte, Nampa, Idaho; Tacoma,Washington; and in Gothenburg. While in Gothenburg, Vera worked for Peterson's Grocery as a department manager. She was a member of the Gothenburg Presbyterian Church where she was ordained as an Elder in 1976.  She was involved with many church activities and Lions Club activities. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Former Prisoners of War Auxiliary. Vera was busy with many volunteering activities. She was a longtime Meals-On-Wheels volunteer.She enjoyed dancing and playing cards with her friends. Reading, puzzles, gardening and family activities were important to her.

    Surviving are four sons: Stanley (Carmen) Goodwin, Duane (Karen) Oliver, Chancy A. Goodwin Jr., Lane Goodwin; five daughters: W. Joan (John) Swenson, Thaine (Clifford) Freese, Kimberly (Ken) Crisman, Sandra Downs, Carmen (Stanley) Goodwin; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

    Vera was preceded in death by her three husbands; her parents Charles Daly and Lena Daly Traphagan; son, Charles Goodwin; daughter, Y. Jean Keahey; three brothers and two sisters.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, February 18th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, Tuesday, February 19th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Matt  Coplen officiating. 

    Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the North Platte Cemetery, North Platte, Nebraska.

    Memorials may be given to the Helping Hands, 1322 Ave I, Gothenburg, NE 69138, First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave, PO Box 194, Gothenburg, NE 69138, Meals on Wheels, 410 20th , Gothenburg, NE 69138. 

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Oconto Resident: Garry Benckeser, age 63 (1949-2013)

    Garry Benckeser, 63, of Oconto, Nebraska, died February 11th, 2013, at the Callaway District Hospital in Callaway, Nebraska. 

    Garry was born December 8th, 1949, to Clifford and Mary Barron Benckeser. He was five minutes younger than his twin brother Larry. Garry lived and worked his entire life in Central Nebraska. He was raised on the farm southeast of Oconto on Highway 40.

    Garry attended rural school District 245 until its closure, he then attended Oconto school and graduated with the class of 1968. He played football, basketball and ran in track. While growing up he was a member of the Woodriver Beavers 4-H Club and also became a junior leader. He was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, also a member of Legion Post 250 in Oconto. He attended Chadron State College before enlisting in the Army in 1969 serving a tour in Vietnam. He was honorablely discharged in1971 and returned to Oconto.

    Garry worked in construction all his life and worked at Paulsen, Inc. in Cozad, Nebraska, for many years and worked odd jobs for Hendrickson Construction until his health started is fail. Garry and his wife ran the Blue Jean Cafe in Oconto for a few years. He enjoyed watching and caring for his three stepchildren while they had the cafe.

    Garry loved to fish and hunt and spent time fishing with family and friends at every lake you can name. He had the stories to go along with the fish, he also had the fish fries for everyone to enjoy. He traveled to Arizona and stayed the winter in 2011 with Marlene and Ted. He would spend his days looking out the window to watch people going by and he enjoyed all the sports he could watch on TV with his close little friend Shorty, football, basketball, baseball, he was a loyal Yankee fan. He loved to call Polly when they played the tigers.

    He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Mary Benckeser; brother Larry; brothers-in-law Ronald Bain and Lawrence Mackey.

    He leaves to mourn his sisters Pauline Ransley of Livonia, Michigan, Marlene and Ted Boysen of Eddyville, Nebraska; stepchildren, nephews and nieces and a host of friends.

    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 16th, 2013, at the Community Building in Oconto with Pastor Dale Coates officiating.

    Visitation will be Friday, February 15th, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary.

    Interment will be at the Oconto Cemetery. 

    Memorials are suggested to the Oconto American Legion Post.

  • Overton Resident: James Ourada, age 55 (1957-2013)

    James Ourada, 55, of Overton, Nebraska, died Monday, February 11th, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska, shortly after admittance. 

    James D. Ourada was born September 19th, 1957, in Kearney to Donald and Donevieve (Kaps) Ourada. He received his education in Elm Creek, Nebraska, graduating in 1975. Jim farmed after high school and later worked for Walnut Grove, Golden Harvest and CHS. On September 22nd, 1984, he was united in marriage to Renita (Kenning) Bray in Elm Creek. Jim was a charter member of the Pheasants Forever, as well as, a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the First Christian Church of Overton. He enjoyed hunting and lead several guided hunting trips for people all over the world. 

    He started his selling career working for Walnut Grove then Golden Harvest. He finally found his dream job working for Rusty Fertilizer. He earned Seed Adviser of the Year in 1999. He was active in the Corn Growers Association as he served Director of both Dawson County and the Nebraska Association. He traveled to Washington D. C. for meetings related to biotechnology issues. Jim also served the students of Lexington Public Schools as an in-school suspension supervisor. He was well respected and improved the life’s of many children. Helping people in need was always of importance to him. Jim was a 10-year member of the 4-H Program in Buffalo County. He enjoyed hunting and led several guided hunting trips for people from all over the world, especially through the International Falconeer’s Association.

    Survivors include his wife, Renita of Overton; son, JD Ourada of Overton; daughters, Janelle Francis and husband, James of Lincoln, Nebraska, Selena Kiger and husband, Art of Overton, Chandra Bray and fiance, Justin Anderson of Pahrump, Nevada; grandchildren, Jorja and Jager Francis, Dusti and Cinch Kiger, and William Virchow; mother, Donnie Ourada of Elm Creek; sister, Kathy Gifford of Kearney; brother, Mike Ourada and wife, Marsha of Overton: sister-in-law, Gloria Ourada-Simonson and husband, George of Elm Creek; and many treasured nieces and nephews.

    Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, father; brother, Nick Ourada; brothers –in-law, Mike Gifford and Bryan Kenning and sister-in-law, Donna Kenning.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 15th, 2013, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elm Creek with the Rev. Jose Chavez celebrating.

    Burial will be at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Elm Creek. 

    Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. 

    Online Condolences or personal reflections may be submitted at www.osrfh.com. 
    O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

  • Lexington Resident: Donald Edward Lahm, age 86 (1926-2013)

    onald Edward “Don” Lahm, 86, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Sunday, February 10th, 2013, at Lexington Regional Health Center. 

    Don was born June 3rd, 1926, at Sumner, Nebraska, to Arthur Jacob “Dude” Lahm and Ruby Pearl (Fleming) Lahm, the youngest of four boys. He was educated in Sumner and graduated in 1943, and furthered his education at auctioneer school at Decatu, Illinois, in 1944. He entered the Army February 15th, 1946, after the first of the older brothers came home from WWII and was stationed at Fort Lewis Washington. In 1948, Don attended an additional auctioneer school in Mason City, Iowa.

    Don married Irene Ruth Biltoft September 20th, 1948. To this union four children were born; Ruby Irene (Iszler), Rita Ilene (Beck), Dennis Edward, and Dona Ruth (Sabby). 

    After being employed by Harley Johnson, at his service station in Cozad, Nebraska, Don entered into a farm implement business partnership with Bob Perkins, in Lexington, in 1951. The family moved from Cozad to Lexington in 1952, where he owned and operated Valley Implement, Inc. until 1988. He continued auctioneering until his health did not allow it, while also working for Reynolds Love Funeral Home delivering death notices to local businesses. He accomplished many things during those deliveries; including, getting exercise for his heart health, socializing with the community, and fulfilling his interest in the funeral business. We're sure he checked the obituaries from Heaven to read this obituary as was his practice for many years.


    Don took flying lessons from Frank Beran, who was a good friend and mentor. He received his pilot's license in 1960. Flying was a big part of Don's life. He was passionate about flying and owned four different planes over the course of many years and treated friends to "first airplane rides". He even missed his grandson, John’s first birthday party because of poor weather conditions for flying, and refusing to drive. He justified it by assuring family that John wouldn’t care in years to come. Don influenced his son Denny, nephew Dave Lahm, and grandson Kevin Beck, to become pilots in his shadow.

    Don has been a member of the First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Tehama Shrine, and Oddfellows since his early 20s.  Don was very proud of his Masonic 60-year pin.

    Don is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Richard, Russell, and A.R. (Mac), son, Dennis; grandchildren, Melissa Major and John Beck.

    He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Irene, daughters, Ruby (Roger) Iszler, Rapid City, South Dakota; Rita (David) Beck, Nebraska City, Nebraska and Chicago, Illinois; Dona (Larry) Sabby, Fargo, North Dakota; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Funeral Services will be held Monday, February 18th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Tess Hufford officiating. Masonic Rites will also be held at the church by Thistle Lodge #61.

    Visitation will be Sunday, February 17th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church, Lexington Volunteer Fire Department, or the Masonic Lodge.

    It was Don’s wishes his body be cremated following the funeral service. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington with full Military Honors.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home is honored to be charge of Don’s arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Vincent Allen Bonifas, age 41 (1972-2013)

    Vincent Allen Bonifas, 41, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died February 7th, 2013, at his home in Gothenburg. 

    He was born January 22nd, 1972, in St Marys, Ohio, son of Clifford and LeAnne (Frysinger) Bonifas.

    Vincent lived for many years in Anderson, South Carolina, in November of 2011 moved to Gothenburg, to be closer to his family. He enjoyed drag racing with his brothers Jeff and Nate and spending time with his nieces, Autumn and Stormie. Vincent worked as an electrician for Electric Rain. 

    Survivors include his mother, LeAnne Frysinger of Munsey, Indiana; brothers: Jeffrey (Tammy) Bonifas of Gothenburg and Nathan (Tisha) Bonifas of Lexington, Nebraska; sisters: Michelle (Mohammad) Abdulla of Munsey, Indiana and Amy Martin of Doublin, Geogria; son, Nathan Bonifas; daughters: Brittiany Bonifas, Shannan Bonifas, Margret Bonifas, Brandy Bonifas and many nieces and nephews and his racing family.

    Vincent was preceded in death by father, Clifford F. Bonifas, paternal grandparents, Ken and Rita Bonifas, maternal grandparents Dean and Margret Frysinger and nephew, Vincent Lee Bonifas.

    Services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, February 13th, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Larry Viter officiating. 

    Memorials may be given in his name in care of Jeff Bonifas 1813 Ave A, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

    To sign the online guest book, go towww.blasestrauser.com.

  • Special Services Held: Gentry Nicole Lee Farr (2013-2013)

    Gentry Nicole Lee Farr was born Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, at 5:43 p.m., at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.  There she was blessed by Father Joe Hannappel and baptized by Pastor Jeff Cottingham. Held in our arms for only moments...she touched our hearts forever. 

    Gentry was welcomed to heaven by her special aunts, uncles and great-grandparents. Left to mourn her here on earth, her Mommy and Daddy, Lindsey and Dallas Farr, a big brother Haydn and her big sisters Blayklee and Maddyn of Maywood, Nebraska; grandparents Verl and Monika Jurjens of Eustis, Nebraska and Stan and Ann Farr, Farnam, Nebraska; great-grandparents Roy and Lore Loshonkohl of Cozad, Nebraska and Doris Farr of Cambridge, Nebraska, along with many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. 

    A special service with close friends and family was held for Gentry, Sunday, January 6th, 2013, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Eustis. Pastor Beverly Ruttenburg shared words of comfort. Lullabies were sang by a family friend Sherry Timm and a book “I Couldn’t Love You More” was read by big brother Haydn. Burial followed the service. Gentry was laid to rest at the East Cemetery in Eustis. Balloons were released and sent to her in heaven. 

    Berryman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Mildred Schledewitz, age 88 (1925-2013)

    Mildred (Millie) Elnora Schledewitz, 88, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died on February 9th, 2013 at Milder Manor in Lincoln, Nebraska

    Mildred was born February 2nd, 1925; she married John Schledewitz on July 20th, 1941 and spent her life as a farmer’s wife for 66 years, which she loved. She always took pride in the fact that she was such a hard worker. She worked on the farm side-by-side with her husband John beginning in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and finally settling in Maxwell, Nebraska, in 1968, where they resided until retiring in 1995 when they moved to Gothenburg. They were sugar beet farmers earning several top awards. While living in Maxwell, Mildred ran a ceramic business in her home and always loved crocheting selling her works at craft shows. She taught Sunday school for several years and worked with the American Lutheran Church quilting circle for many years. For fun she ALWAYS loved bowling, which she did for 50 years and is, proud of her many trophies. She and John loved polkaing and in 1987, Mildred was queen of the German American Club.

    She was preceded in death by her husband John (2007); her parents Jake and Frieda Weinmaster, brothers Hank, Elmer, Carl, Jake and Delbert; and a sister Martha Kuhlman. She was also preceded in death by her great-grandsons Derek Henry and Joe Klein.  

    She is survived by three children JoAnn (Alan) Rosse of Lincoln, John (Donna) Schledewitz, and Larry (Sue) Schledewitz, all of Maxwell; eight grandchildren Mitch (Diane) Gregg, Kelly Henry, Jill (Jim) Falcon, Johnny Schledewitz, Janet Schledewitz, Aaron (Teri) Schledewitz, Amber (Bruce) Schledewitz-Watson and Samantha Schledewitz; and 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Also survived by sisters Helen Kuhlman of Kimball, Nebraska; Elsie Mason of Milton Freewater, Oregon; Barb Steffensen of Gering, Nebraska; Delores Sell of Glennville, Arizona; Sheron Dinnel of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and brother Rex Weinmaster of Hoffman, Minnesota.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-10 a.m.

    Funeral Services will be held at the American Luther Church, 1512 Avenue G in Gothenburg on Wednesday, February 13th at 10 a.m. with Pastor Tom Wilson, Lonna Grabenstein PMA officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery.

    Memorials are established to the Alzheimer's Foundation, 1500 S 70th Street, Suite 201, Lincoln, NE 68506 and the Maxwell Scholarship Fund. 

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Graveside Services To Be Held: Maureen Elaine Adams, 85 (1928-2013)

    Maureen Elaine Bailey Adams, 85, of Yuba City, California died February 6th, 2013, in Marysville. 

    Born January 4th, 1928, in Pleasanton, Nebraska, she was a Yuba Sutter area resident since 1960. She was an elementary school teacher for 31 years, 25 of which were at King Avenue School in Yuba City. 

    Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Marcie and William Clay of Apple Valley, California and granddaughter Karen Clay. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Ivan and Orpha and a brother Lennis Bailey.

    She was a member of the California Retired Teachers Association, Marysville Arts Club, American Association of University Women and Yuba City First United Methodist Church, graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She also did her postgraduate work at the University of Davis and Sacramento State. She was active with the Yuba City Senior Center, Red Hats and numerous bridge clubs. 

    Services will be conducted Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Yuba City First United Methodist Church.

    A graveside service will be held Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Cozad Cemetery with Pastor Doug Smith officiating.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Elwood Resident: Robert Brell, age 88 (1924-2013)

    Robert Brell, 88, of Elwood, Nebraska, died February 7th, 2013, at the Elwood Care Center.

    Robert Harold Brell was born February 17th, 1924, at Smithfield, Nebraska, to William C. and Opal (Swanson) Brell. He attended rural school and later graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1941.

    Robert was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church near Smithfield where he remained a member his entire life. On September 21st, 1947, Robert was united in marriage to Eunice Marie Holscher at St. Pauls’ Lutheran Church in Bertrand, Nebraska. The couple made their home in the Elwood area where they engaged in farming and raising livestock. Their union was blessed with three daughters, Sharon, Marlene and Judy.

    Robert enjoyed mechanical work and for a time worked at the Ford Garage in Lexington, Nebraska. In later years, Robert spent many hours “fine tuning” old tractors, gas engines, cars and collecting antique machinery. Robert and Eunice enjoyed participating in Antique Farm Shows. Robert was a past member of the Hope Lutheran Church Council, Johnson Lake Development Board, Platte Valley Antique Machinery Association and the Golden Rod Car Club.

    Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice on June 24th, 2010; his parents, W.C. and Opal Brell; a brother, Wilbur and his wife Renata Brell; brothers-in-law, William Kegley, Louis and his wife Emma Holscher, Harlan and his wife Lucille Holscher, Ronald Holscher, Milton Danielson, sister-in-law, Velma Haight and her husband Eugene; and a nephew, Robert Haight.

    Survivors include his daughters, Sharon (Alan) Miller of Elwood, Marlene (Terry) Evans of Elwood, Judy (Mark) Eilers of Seward, Nebraska; sister, Alice Mercer and her husband Dick of Kearney, sisters-in-law, Neva Danielson of Kearney, Celeste Cox and her husband Ken of Bertrand; four grandchildren, Dale Miller and his wife Susan, Scott Miller, Rebecca Miller and Jamie Evans; three great grandchildren, Lily and Ava Miller and Zoie Nichols and many other relatives and friends.

    Services will be held on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Hope Lutheran Church in Smithfield with Rev. Tim Glendening officiating. Burial was in the Elwood Cemetery.

    A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Cozad Resident: Harold Schneider, age 82 (1930-2013)

    Harold Schneider, 82, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Friday, February 8th, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital.

    Harold was born February 12th, 1930, at Lyman, Nebraska, to Henry and Mildred (Schilreff) Schneider. He attended rural school in the Cozad area and went on to graduate from Cozad High School with the class of 1948.

    On February 12th, 1950, Harold married Blanche Stauffer. Their union was blessed with four children, Vickie, Randy, Paula and Marla. They made their home in rural Cozad, later moving to Overton, Nebraska and Holdrege, Nebraska. The family returned to Cozad in 1956; throughout all of their moves, they farmed and ranched. Blanche passed away in November of 1987 and following her passing, Harold began transitioning away from farming. 

    One of Harold’s favorite pastimes was polka dancing; and one evening at a dance in Ogallala, he met LuAnna (Plymell) Shill through some mutual friends. The couple shared a love for polka and dance and developed a relationship that culminated in marriage on February 12th, 2001 at Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home in Cozad and would enjoy countless dances to follow, even travelling to multiple states, until Harold’s health would no longer allow.

    Harold was an outdoorsman at heart, and thoroughly enjoyed hunting. It wasn’t uncommon for him to travel throughout the United States to spend time on a big game hunt. 

    Harold was a past member of the Parkview United Methodist Church in Cozad.

    Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Blanche; and a great grandson, Isaac.

    Survivors include his wife, LuAnna Schneider of Cozad; son, Randy (Cindy) Schneider of Cozad; three daughters, Vicki Schneider of Cozad, Paula Slack of Seward, Nebraska, Marla (Mark) Bruder of Crete, Nebraska; two brothers, Hank (Shirley) Schneider of Cozad, Jim "Duke" (Sally) Schneider of Bennington, Nebraska; two sisters, Darlene Hawke of Cozad, Betty (Richard) Putnam of Gayville, South Dakota; step-son Ivan (Brenda) Schill of Benkelman, Nebraska; two step-daughters, Kathy (Brad) Johnstone of Lohn, Texas, Christine (Donald) Schlike of Imperial, Nebraska; nine grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

    Memorials are suggested to the Dawson County 4-H Foundation or the Cozad Community Hospital Foundation in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Services will be held on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church in Cozad with Pastors Doug Smith and Mike Parsh officiating. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.

    Visitation will be on Monday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

  • Eustis Resident: Jerry Rupe, age 68 (1944-2013)

    Jerry Rupe, 68, of Eustis, Nebraska, died February 6th, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.

    Jerry was born August 13th, 1944, at Eustis to Walter and Anna (Oldenburg) Rupe. He graduated from Eustis High School.

    Following his schooling, Jerry worked in construction at Gothenburg before entering the Army National Guard in the late 1960’s. Jerry married Linda Cochrane in 1971 at Eustis.  Their union was blessed with two children, Anna and Cody. They family made their home on the family farmstead south of Eustis, where Jerry farmed and raised livestock. The couple later divorced.  

    Jerry always had a love for animals, from his dogs to the livestock that he raised. One of his outlets in life was riding his horses. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting, particularly deer and elk.  In his free time, Jerry also liked to hunt the Eustis countryside for artifacts.

    Jerry was a member of the United Methodist Church in Eustis.
    Jerry is preceded in death by his parents and 3 stepsisters, Geraldine Stahl, Marjorie Mosher and Winifred Sturb.

    Survivors include his daughter, Anna Rupe and fiancé Brestel of Eustis; son, Cody (Amanda) Rupe of Kearney, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Sebastian D. Rupe, Dakota L. Wigstone, Wyatt H. Stumpf and Amelia L. Rupe; two sisters, Verna Mae (Wayne) Gruber of Eustis, Eloris Burham of Washington D.C.; and many other relatives and friends.

    A memorial has been established in his memory.  Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 11th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Eustis with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Inurnment will be in the Westview Cemetery at Eustis at a later date.
    There will be no visitation.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Audrey Grunden Krone, age 82 (1930-2013)


    Audrey Fae Grunden Krone, 82 of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died on February 5th, 2013, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.

    Audrey was born July 9th, 1930, to Forrest and Blanche Grunden, north of Curtis, Nebraska, in Frontier County. She was the third of four children.

    Audrey attended District 76 School. She attended and graduated from NSA in Curtis in 1947. Upon graduation, she taught at the Austin Country School, located north of Ingham. She also taught at District 4 for one year following her marriage to Ed Krone on July 9th, 1948.

    Ed and Audrey lived their married days on the Krone place located seven miles north of Moorefield, Nebraska and were blessed with five children: Emilyn Kay, Edward Robert Jr, Cheryn Sue, Donna Jo and Mary Rose.

    Audrey was an active partner on the family farm and in the neighborhood. She attended the Church of God in Moorefield, was a 4-H parent of the Tri County 4-H Club in Lincoln County, a member of the Farnam School Board, the Neighborly Belles Extension Club, Frontier County Extension Vice and Chairman, Lincoln County Election Board and employed at the Huss Livestock Sale Barn in Curtis. 

    Ed and Audrey enjoyed many years on the farm north of Moorefield, hosting many card parties and other neighborly get-togethers at the White House. 

    Preceding her in death were her parents, Forrest and Blanche Grunden; brother, Harold Grunden; husband, Ed Krone; granddaughter, Elizabeth Stevens and son in law, Kim Stevens.

    Survivors include: daughter Kay of Curtis; son, Ed and Deb of Gothenburg; daughters, Cheryn and Gerald of Maysville, Oklahoma, Donna Stevens of Kearney, Nebraska, Mary and Nick Klintworth of Moorefield; grandchildren: Lori and Chad Kolbo of Gothenburg, Susan and Brock Massin of Lincoln, Nebraska, Travis and Jessica Beck of Portales, New Mexico, Dayna and Nathan Sukraw of Wichita, Kansas, Chaunci and Erica Beck of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, McKenzie Stevens of Omaha, Nebraska, Nathan Stevens of Lincoln and John and Ryan Klintworth of Moorefield and nine great-grandchildren.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg; Thursday, February 7th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-6 p.m., with the family present from 2-4 p.m.

    Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 402 Center, Curtis, February 8th, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Bonnie Forney, Pastor Brian Nicklas officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.

    Memorials may be given to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 or Donor's Choice. 

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Donald Wayne Cook, age 81 (1931-2013)

    Donald Wayne Cook, 81, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died Monday, February 4th, 2013, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.

    Don was born to Wayne Stuart and Olive Alice (Benson) Cook July 10th, 1931, at Cozad, Nebraska. He attended and graduated from Cozad High School in 1949. He then attended a trade school in Omaha, Nebraska, for one year and went to work as a railroad depot employee June 2nd, 1950. On March 13th, 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for a four-year stint spending time in California, Mississippi, Adak in the Aleutian Islands, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska and New Mexico. He was honorably discharged at Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 12th, 1956. Don, "Hooter" as he was known on the railroad, then resumed with the Union Pacific at Gothenburg and retired after 42 years as Telegraph Operator and Freight Agent.

    On September 12th, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gothenburg, he was united in marriage with Alverda L. Sommer and to this union two daughters were born: Debra and Sandra. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to coffee with old friends, local sports and especially Nebraska football, belonging to the Touchdown Club and was a charter member of the Husker Power Club. Don served on various local committees and with Dawson County Selective Service System until 1975. He was a member of the American Legion Post #64 at Gothenburg and was a member of the American Lutheran Church.

    Don was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Marion Eilers, brother-in-law Richard Eilers and nephew Brian Eilers. He is survived by his wife, Alverda, two daughters, Debra (David) Clark and Sandra (Lonnie) Warner, a granddaughter, Ashley Clark (Rob) Micek of Grand Island, Nebraska; three grandsons, Jed Clark of Aurora, Colorado, Adam Warner of Kearney, Nebraska and Caleb (Stephanie) Warner and their daughter, Dakota of Gothenburg. Two nephews, David Eilers of Overton, Nebraska and Mark Eilers of Seward, Nebraska and a sister-in-law, Arleen Gifford, of North Platte, Nebraska, also survive him.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Wednesday, February 6th, 2013, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. with the family present and Thursday, February 7th, 2013, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Funeral Services will be held at American Lutheran Church on February 8th, 2013, at 3 p.m., with Pastor Tom Wilson and Lonna Grabenstein PMA officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.

    Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138; Meals on Wheels, 410 20th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138; or Donor's Choice.

    To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Ardis W. Smith, age 88 (1924-2013)

    Ardis W. Smith, 88, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, at Lexington Regional Health Center.

    She was born May 1st, 1924, in Kearney, Nebraska, to Harry and Dortha (Bowen) Wilke. Ardis was a 1941 graduate of Wood River High School. She then went onto further her education at Kearney State Teacher’s College. She taught for a time in rural schools and Morton Elementary in Lexington.

    Ardis was united in marriage to G. Hanford Smith on April 6th, 1947, at the United Methodist Church in Lexington. Four children were blessed to this marriage; Sheryl, Susan, Steve and Sally. Ardis was a stay-at-home mother who encouraged her children to be active in activities both at church and at school. She was a Cub Scout pack leader and Girl Scout troop leader. She was a member of Dawson Chapter #33 Order of the Eastern Star.

    Ardis was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington where she served on several committees, belonged to Esther Circle and taught Sunday school.  She enjoyed belonging to Lakeside Country Club and playing golf, attending Nebraska Cornhusker football games, yard work, gardening, sewing, cross-stitch, cooking and made the best chokecherry jelly! 

    Ardis is survived by her children; son, Steve (Mary) Smith of Lexington; daughters, Sheryl (Rex) Hunt of Lexington; Susan (Bob) Wallace of Kearney and Sally (Ed) Stuckey of Appleton, Wisconsin; sister, Jean (Marvin) Gehle of Albert Lea, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren, Wendy Hunt (Stephen Benge) of Denver, Colorado; Stacey Hunt of Lexington; Sarah (Sean) Hickey of Denver; Tracy (Colin) Parsons of San Diego, California; Tami (Eric) Wong of San Francisco; Kyle Smith of Lexington; Cameron Smith of Lexington; Rachel Stuckey and fiance’ Erich Schwarz of Madison, Wisconsin; Ben Stuckey of Appleton, Wisconsin; and Allyson Stuckey of Stevens Point, Wisconsin; six great-grandchildren; Jaden Hunt, Tate and O’Brasia Amos and Olivia, Lily and Luke Parsons; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Ardis was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, G. Hanford on January 13th, 2013; brother, Lyle Wilke and sister, Doris Spencer.

    Funeral Services will be held (today) Thursday, February 7th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Tess Hufford officiating. 
    Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. 

    Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church, Lexington Community Foundation or Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Johnson Lake Resident: David Lawhead, age 61 (1951-2013)

    David Rodney Lawhead, 61, of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, died suddenly of a heart attack, Wednesday, January 30th, 2013, at the Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington, Nebraska.

    He was born December 29th, 1951, in Jamestown, New York, to Donald and Marie (Gustafson) Lawhead. He grew up and attended school in Oeneota, New York, graduating from Oeneota High School with the class of 1970. Following graduation, he worked in the kitchen at Gimble’s Department Store. 

    In the 1970’s, Dave moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he managed several restaurants and met his future bride, Peg Glenn. The couple was married February 14th, 1982, in Tucson. Two sons were blessed to this marriage; Chris and Steven. In 1989, the family moved to Lexington. It was this same year he began his career at the Veteran’s Memorial Club as the manager, he held this position until the club’s closing in 2011. Dave made the club fun and the wonderful food was a well-known staple around the area.  

    Dave was a member of the Lexington Optimist Club and the Lakeside Country Club. He enjoyed sports, especially the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Arizona Wildcats Basketball teams, golfing and cooking. Dave loved “men talk” and was faithful friends to his buddies. His greatest love was for his wife, sons and grandchildren and the kids at the day care center. 

    Survivors include his wife; Peggy Lawhead of Johnson Lake; sons, Chris (Kara) Lawhead and Steven Lawhead of Lincoln, Nebraska; three grandchildren, Moriah, Gabriel and Isis Lawhead of Lincoln, Nebraska; brother, Donald (Patricia) Lawhead and their children, Michael, William and Kelly, all of Tucson; one sister, Dorinda (Fred) Plautz of Boca Raton, Florida; mother-in-law, Dorothy Glenn of Lexington; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 
    Dave was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law.

    It was Dave’s wishes that his body be cremated and there will be no visitation. 

    A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held Monday, February 4th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating. 

    Memorials are suggested to the family for the education of Dave’s grandchildren. 

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences with the family through:  reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Ruth Evelyn Anderson, age 85 (1927-2013)

    Ruth Evelyn Anderson, 85, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, February 1st, 2013, at Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington.

    She was born December 6th, 1927, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Paul I. and Viola M. (Goldstein) Stevens. Ruth was a 1945 graduate of Lincoln High School. Following graduation she worked for Russell-Stover Candy and Western Electric.

    Ruth was united in marriage to Richard “Andy” Anderson on August 3rd, 1947, in Lincoln. Three children were born to this marriage; Cindy, Richard and Michael.
    The couple lived in Arvada, Colorado, Gretna, Nebraska and retired to Lexington in 1991, to be near their daughter. She so enjoyed supporting her grandsons at their school activities.

    Ruth loved to read books and novels, golfing, bowling, knitting, fishing, camping and was known to spend some time playing slot machines.

    She attended the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington.

    Ruth is survived by her husband of 65 years; Richard C. “Andy” Anderson of Lexington; daughter, Cindy (Roger) Reutlinger of Lexington; sons, Rick (Sheri) Anderson of Lincoln and Mike (Kathy) Anderson of Lathrop, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Chad (Stephanie) Reutlinger of Lexington; Troy (Maria) Reutlinger of Lexington; Corey Reutlinger of Fairfax, Virginia; Justin (Julia) Fry of Cross Lake, Minnesota; Jeremiah Brown of Lincoln; Jennifer (Matt) Meyer of Minneapolis, Kansas; Jennifer (Ben) Kapelke of Seattle, Washington; Justin James of Fort Collins, Colorado; and Renee (Jason) Krause of Fort Collins; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Richard in infancy and Kenneth Stevens and one sister, Phyllis Lou Ehly.

    Funeral Services will be Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverends Philip Ehly and Caroline Vickery officiating.

    Visitation will be held Monday, February 4th, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department or the Donor’s Choice.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

  • Eustis Resident: Eva R. Jack, age 91 (1921-2013)

    Eva R. Jack, 91, of Eustis, Nebraska, died Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at her home in Eustis.

    Eva was born August 12th, 1921, at Axtell, Nebraska, to Carl and Josie (Berguson) Sherman. She graduated from Kearney High School and went on to attend Kearney State Teacher’s College, where she obtained her teaching certification. 

    Eva taught school for a few years before WWII compelled her shift her career toward civil service. She served as the secretary to the commanding officer at Kearney Air Base during the war effort. Following the war’s conclusion, she worked for the Department of the Navy in Washington D.C. Eva returned to Nebraska where she ended up teaching at District 8 in Gothenburg, Nebraska. One evening, at a dance, she made the acquaintance of Willard Jack; the two were later married on March 19th, 1950.  

    Eva had grown up and been confirmed in the Evangelical Free Mission Church. After getting married, she joined the Evangelical United Brethren Church, which later merged with the Methodist church in Eustis to become what is now the United Methodist Church. She was a past UMW President, helped teach Bible and Sunday Schools and served as an organist and pianist for countless church services, including weddings and funerals.

    Eva was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile and several other organizations. She and Willard enjoyed travelling extensively throughout the United States and overseas with four other couples. She valued education and always encouraged her children to pursue higher learning. She also valued music, as was evidenced by her many years served as an organist and pianist.
    Her parents; husband, Willard; twin son, Raymond; brother, Carl; and an infant granddaughter precede her in death.

    Survivors include her daughter, Linda (Rodger) Taylor of Leawood, Kansas; two sons, Ronald (Jane) Jack and Kevin Jack, both of Eustis; five grandchildren, Jeff and Bradley Boyle, Michael, Michelle and Karen Jack; five great-grandchildren, Westin, Audrey, Lincoln, Colton and Brexton; brother, Roland Sherman of Kenesaw, Nebraska; sister, Ella Lemmon of Holdrege, Nebraska; and many other relatives and friends.

    Memorials are suggested to the Eustis Senior Center in her memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Services will be held on Monday, February 4th, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Eustis with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Burial will be in the Westview Cemetery at Eustis.

    Visitation for memorial book signatures will be held on Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Eustis.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Elwood Resident: Lois Bernice Houser, age 69 (1943-2013)

    Lois Bernice Houser, 69, of Elwood, Nebraska, died Wednesday January 30th, 2013, at the Lexington Regional Medical Center in Lexington, Nebraska. 

    Lois was born September 12th, 1943, at the Jameson home in Thedford, Nebraska, to Kenneth and Margaret (Warner) Piel. She attended grade school in Thedford. In 1957, Lois and her mother moved to North Platte, Nebraska, where she graduated from North Platte High School with the class of 1962. 

    Lois married William Houser on October 14th, 1962 at Sutherland, Nebraska. Their union was blessed with three sons, William Jr. “Rusty,” James LaMonte “Monty,” and Derrick “Casey.” 

    Lois was employed with the Elwood Bulletin and later the Elwood Care Home, where she served as the Activities Director for 17 years. Lois enjoyed her hobbies, which included crafts, knitting and making greeting cards.  

    Lois had a very tough difficult upbringing and often did without. As a result she became an incredible saver as an adult, from food to sentimental belongings. She was an immensely loving person who always found fulfillment in helping others, from her family, to the folks that she cared for at the nursing home. She enjoyed having fun and joking around with her family and friends and her house always seemed filled with laughter for some reason or another. She made a lasting impact on the lives of her husband of over 50 years, sons, grandchildren and friends and will be deeply missed.

    Lois was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Nathan; a daughter-in-law, Karla; and a brother, Jim Knapton. 

    Survivors include her husband, William Houser of Elwood; three sons, William C. "Rusty" (Tina) Houser, Jr. of Wilcox, Nebraska, James LaMonte "Monty" (Peg) Houser of Alma, Nebraska, Derrick "Casey" Houser of Elwood; 11 grandchildren, Karrissa, William C. “CJ” Houser, III, Ryne, Wilie, Mari, Jasmine, Zander, Kayla, Tyler, Riley and Morgan; two great-grandchildren, Cayden and Mitchell; her many good friends from South Padre Island, Texas; and many other relatives and friends. 

    A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 3rd, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad, Nebraska, with Pastor Megan Marrow officiating. A private inurnment will be in the Elwood Cemetery at a later date.

    A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Cozad Native: Ralph Rasmussen, age 89 (1923-2013)

    Ralph Rasmussen, 89, died Monday, January 28th, 2013, at Heritage Club Mountain View in Denver, Colorado.  

    Ralph was born April 8th, 1923, in Cozad, Nebraska, to S. John and Marthine (Thomsen) Rasmussen. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1940. He served in the United States Navy from 1944-1946.  

    Ralph married Lucille Maack of Cozad on July 12th, 1952, in Los Angeles, California. This union was blessed with one daughter, Cindy Ann. After living in California and Kansas, they settled in Denver, where Ralph worked for the Denver Post until his retirement in 1986. Ralph and Lucille lived in Sun City, Arizona, from 1997-2004. Ralph was active in the Lions Club, Nebraska Club and the Willowbrook Methodist Church. They returned to Denver to be closer to family. After his wife, Lucille, passed away in May 2012, he continued to be a resident of Heritage Club Mountain View in Denver.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille, his parents, brother, Edwin Rasmussen and sister Viola Brake. 

    Ralph is survived by his daughter, Cindy  (Michael) Staughton  and grandson Taylor Staughton of Edwards, Colorado, sister, Betty Baker, of Cozad and brother in law, Lawrence Maack of Cozad.

    Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 9th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Cozad Cemetery with Pastor Kathy Gundell officiating.

    Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

  • Gothenburg Resident: Vernon Lee Maline, age 71 (1941-2013)

    Vernon Lee Maline, 71, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died January 28th, 2013, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. 

    He was born July 3rd, 1941, at his parent's home on Rock Island Table, north of Gothenburg, son of Byron and Opal (Anderson) Maline. Vernon grew up on the family farm, where a love of farming was instilled at an early age. While in high school, Vernon was involved in FFA as a reporter. He graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1958.

    Vernon married Joyce Cooper on April 21st, 1963, at Gothenburg; to this union three sons were born Kevin, Keith and Kerry. Vernon and Joyce farmed north of Gothenburg; they also raised hogs and cattle.

    Vernon is survived by his three sons: Kevin (Lindi) Maline of Gothenburg, Keith (Anita) Maline of Gothenburg and Kerry Maline of Lincoln, Nebraska; four grandsons: Kyle, Andrew, Hayden and Holden; granddaughter: Jennifer; brother: Gaylord L. Maline of Gothenburg; sister: Lynette White of Lexington, Nebraska; brother-in-law: Jim (DeeDee) Cooper of Littleton, Colorado; sister-in-law: Janice Cooper of Cozad, Nebraska; many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

    Vernon was preceded in death by wife, Joyce Maline, parents, Byron and Opal Maline, brothers-in-law Richard White and Ben Cooper.

    Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, January 31st, 2013, from 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. with the family present from 5-7 p.m.

    Funeral services will be held at Evangelical Free Church, February 1st, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Doug Monkemeier officiating. 

    Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery.

    Memorials may be given to the Evangelical Free Church, 1721 Lake Avenue, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Donor's Choice.  To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

  • Lexington Resident: Harold Arthur Chase, age 91 (1921-2013)

    Harold Arthur Chase, 91, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Saturday, January 26th, 2013, at his home.

    He was born on March 18th, 1921, in Mason City, Nebraska, to Jess and Lillie Mae (Davis) Chase. Harold grew up in Mason City, Nebraska and attended school there graduating with the class of 1941. He was an outstanding basketball player and team captain. He married Irdell Dona Chartraw on May 25th, 1944, his high school sweetheart in Broken Bow, Nebraska, while on furlough. The couple was blessed with one daughter, Barbara.

    Harold enlisted into the United States Army on September 17th, 1942, at Fort Crook, Nebraska. He was honorably discharged on December 15th, 1945, at Fort Bliss, Texas. Harold was awarded the Victory Medal and American Theater Asiatic Pacific Theater Good Conduct Medal.

    Upon his return to Nebraska, Harold and Irdell lived in Gothenburg, Nebraska, where he worked from 1945 to 1961 at Gothenburg Motors the Ford Garage in Gothenburg. In 1962 the family moved to Lexington where Harold worked at the car dealership, Hodges Autoworld and was a front-end wheel alignment specialist. He would spend the next 18 years working at the dealership. Harold was a longtime cook at Hodges during the annual company picnics. He made two barbeques out of 50-gallon drums for cooking steaks. After he retired, Harold sold for Bell Additives and enjoyed popping corn at Platte Valley Auto Mart until Irdell’s health started to deteriorate.

    Harold enjoyed working in the yard, gardening, tinkering in his shop, welding and fishing. He was a faithful member of Parkview Baptist Church in Lexington.

    Survivors include his daughter: Barbara Chase of Lexington and his beloved canine therapy companion, Benny.

    Harold was preceded in death by his parents, wife Irdell, as well as many aunts and uncles.

    A Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington, with Pastors John Shields, Paul Pack and Paul Thomas officiating.

    Visitation will be held prior to the Graveside Service from 10-11 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

    Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.

    Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. 

    Please share online condolences with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com