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

Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.


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