Cozad Resident: Dean F. Baalhorn, age 85 (1928-2013)

Dean F. Baalhorn, 85, of Cozad, Nebrask,a died Monday, December 9th, 2013, at Cozad Community Hospital.

Dean was born March 24th, 1928, at Cozad to Fred and Minnie (Wolf) Baalhorn. Dean attended District 19 in rural Cozad and graduated from Cozad High School in 1945.

Following high school, Dean attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he played football. In 1946, he transferred to Kearney State to be closer to home. He ran track and played football at Kearney State.

Following college, Dean went to work for Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Company for a year before returning to the family farm.

On June 6th, 1948, Dean married Lois Gill. Dean and Lois were blessed with two children, Cindy and Dahlas.

Dean farmed and ranched in rural Dawson and Custer Counties for 40 years before his retirement in 1987.

During his career, Dean received the award for Nebraska Outstanding Young Farmer. He was an active and devoted member of the American Lutheran Church in Cozad. Dean was a proud member and Past Exalted Ruler of the?Cozad Elks Lodge #2250. He and Lois won the Elks National Foundation Award for Nebraska West District and earned the Elks National Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dean enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding horses and ranching. He was an avid baseball player and fan and played for the Cozad Green Sox in his early years.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents and two infant brothers.

Survivors include his loving wife, Louis; daughter Cindy (Mark) Peyton of Gothenburg, Nebraska, son Dahlas (Marilyn) Baalhorn of Lincoln, Nebraska; four grandsons, Reece and Alex Peyton and Brett and Riley Baalhorn; great-granddaughter, Emilia Jo Peyton; brother and sister-in-law Larry and Jan Gill of Gothenburg; nieces Claudine Kennicutt of Gothenburg and Sally Guthmiller of Omaha, Nebraska; nephew Ben Gill of San Diego, California and many other relatives and friends.

Services will be held (today) Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Cozad, with Paster Michael Parsh officiating.

Burial will be at the Cozad Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel.

Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church in Cozad or the donor’s choice.

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