Johnnie Joe Tvrdy, 85, of Platte City, Missouri, formerly of Lexington, died Monday, January 1, 2018, at Hillview Nursing Home in Platte City.
He was born October 25, 1932, in Sumner, Nebraska, to John and Mary (Kutnik) Tvrdy. He graduated from Overton High School with the class of 1951.
Johnnie served his Country in the United States Army from March 4, 1953, until his honorable discharge on March 1, 1955, as a Corporal. He was united in marriage to Peggy Dixon on February 2, 1956, in Cozad, Nebraska. Three sons were blessed to this marriage; Terry, Larry, and John. The couple made their home near Lexington since 1956.
Johnnie farmed from 1956 until 1973, when he went to work for Sperry New Holland, until they closed the Lexington plant in 1985.
He was a member of the VFW. He enjoyed collecting guns, hurricane lamps, playing Bingo, and was a constant teaser. He loved playing practical jokes, and being with the family, especially the grandkids, and great-grandkids.
Johnnie is survived by his three sons; Terry (Kim) Tvrdy of Central City, Nebraska, Larry (Deb) Tvrdy of Cozad, Nebraska, and John Tvrdy of Kansas City, Missouri; Sister-in-law, Mavis Tvrdy of Ralston, Nebraska; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren with one on the way; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Peggy in 2006; two brothers, Ed and Art; and sister, Pat Ruhter.
Funeral Services were held Friday, January 5, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Pastor Daniel Sauer officiating.
Burial with Military Honors was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Visitation was held Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneral.com.
Leslie A. “Bud” Hickenbottom, Jr. was born July 10th, 1928, in rural Callaway, Nebraska, to Leslie Sr. and Anna (Lewis) Hickenbottom, the fifth of nine children. He passed from this life on Sunday, December 24th, 2017, at the Callaway Good Life Center.
Bud lived his entire life in Callaway, Nebraska, except for his time in the United States Air Force from March 9th, 1951, until his honorable discharge on February 7th, 1959, where he was a staff sergeant, serving in Japan, Colorado and California, during the Korean War.
While serving in Colorado, he met and married the love of his life, Luella (Marie) Cadwallader. Following the military years, Bud and Marie moved their growing family back to Callaway, where they raised their five children. Bud farmed for most of his life, and after the children were raised, he and Marie began a new business venture, Bud and Marie’s Steakhouse, from which they both eventually retired.
Bud, always being a farmer, took over gardening after his wife of 44 years passed away on August 13th, 2000. He enjoyed gardening, and had a sense of pride, when others asked him for advice. Bud was very proud of the years he served his country, and also of his son, Dean, and grandsons, David and Christian’s service in the Army. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, as well as playing pool, cards and dominoes.
Bud never knew a stranger. He had an amazing outlook on life and was known for his great sense of humor and turning frowns upside down. He will be remembered as one of Callaway’s “characters,” known and loved by Callaway residents of all ages and walks of life, as well as those from the neighboring towns.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife; four brothers, Donald, Alvin, Roger and James; three sisters, Dorothy (Lloyd) Edwards, Mildred Hickenbottom, and Laura (Palmer) Bybee; son-in-law, Rene Twohig; and a stillborn grandchild.
He is survived by his sons, Dean and Karen (Crow) of Spokane, Washington, and Mike and Stacy (Reier) of Cozad, Nebraska; daughters, Micki Twohig of Curtis, Nebraska, Terri and Joe Schierbeek of Rockvale, Colorado, and Cheryl and Lee Nielsen of Wood River, Nebraska; sister, Lois Franzen of Grand Island, Nebraska; 15 grandchildren, Lane Hickenbottom, Ryan Gibson, Monaca Brown, Shane Miller, Cody Milller, Chris Twohig, Jessica Crowder, Kayla Schierbeek, Kaleb Hickenbottom, Mallory Gibreal, Jordan Hickenbottom, Jennifer Raburn, David Nielsen, April Martin and Christian Nielsen; 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
It was Bud’s wishes his body be cremated. The family has honored those wishes. There will be no visitation.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held Friday, January 5, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Callaway Community Center with Fred Werkmeister, PMA officiating.
Inurnment with Military Honors will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Callaway.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers please, are suggested to the Callaway Good Life Center.
Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home of Callaway is assisting the family with arrangements.
Walter Allen DeWitt passed away on December 24th, 2017 at his home in Cozad, Nebraska at the age of 74. He was born July 19th, 1943 at Gothenburg, Nebraska, the older of two sons, to Alvor and Betty (Brooks) DeWitt. Walt graduated from Cozad High School where he was a three-sport athlete for the four years and was selected to the all-state football team. He played in the 1961 Shrine Bowl.
After graduation Walt joined the U.S. Marines and served in the Pacific and the naval base in Kittery, Maine. Walt married Winnie Richards on December 30th, 1964. They had two sons, Wade and Eric DeWitt. Walt cared for his grandparents in Cozad until the family relocated to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he worked as a golf course superintendent. After his divorce he moved to Susanville, California, and continued to work as a golf course superintendent. Walt also worked as a farm hand, a prison guard, a ditch rider, and pheasant distributor. Walt was an avid hunter, expert marksman, competitive pool, golf, and card player. He was a loyal friend, a loving father and brother.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his sons, Wade DeWitt of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Eric DeWitt of Portland, Oregon, a granddaughter, Emma DeWitt of Portland, Oregon, and brother, Brad DeWitt of Huntington Beach, California.
Memorials are suggested to the Cozad Country Club or donor's choice. Online condolences may shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Cremation was chosen.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, January 5th, 2018 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home.
Enola Yvonne “Bonnie” West, age 95 years, went to live with the Lord on Sunday, December 31, 2017.
Bonnie was born May 14, 1922, to Herman Hershel Buckley and Hilda Marie Sandine Buckley in Cozad, Dawson County, Nebraska.
She attended elementary school at Pine Ridge School District 80 and graduated from Cozad High School in 1939.
At age 17, Bonnie began waitressing at the B & D Café in Cozad, then at Haps Café. In 1940, she moved to Los Angeles, California and worked as a long distance telephone operator. She continued working as an operator after moving back to Omaha in 1941, where she met the love of her life.
Bonnie married her sweetheart, William Harmon West, Jr. on December 24th, 1943, in Santa Ana, California, where Bill was stationed in the Air Force in cadet training.
Bill’s military service took them to several places in the United States, until the war ended in 1945. They then moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, for the remainder of their lives.
In 1952, Bonnie began working as a teller at Hancock Bank and retired from there in 1984, as a vice president. While working for Hancock Bank, she attended the LSU School of Banking in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For many years, she was a member of the international service organization, Altrusa Club.
Bonnie is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Euvah and Cot Stuart, and by her cherished and beloved nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces and great great nephews and nieces.
She is predeceased by her parents, an infant sister, brothers Herschel and Richard, husband Bill and their infant son.
Visitation will be held Sunday, January 7th, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Riemann Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 8th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5007 Lawson Ave., Gulfport. Burial will follow the service at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 8910 Carl Legett Road, Gulfport. For further information, please call Riemann Funeral Home at 228-539-9800.
Katherine Monica Ernst Eliker, 87, of Overton, Nebraska, was transferred from the Lord’s Kingdom of grace to His kingdom of glory on Christmas Day, 2017, at her home in Overton.
She was born on November 16th, 1930 at Friedensau (Hebron) Nebraska. Her parents were David and Theodora (Schabacker) Ernst. She became a baptized child of God on November 23rd, 1930. She made a public affirmation of her baptism at her confirmation in May, 1945. Her confirmation verse was “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give you a Crown of Life.” Revelation 2:10.
Katherine graduated from high school at Lexington, Nebraska, and attended college at Concordia University, Seward, and at the University of Nebraska in Kearney from which she received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. Katherine taught school for a number of years including Lutheran parochial schools at Wisner, Nebraska, and Brighton, Colorado. She was elected Dawson County Superintendent of Schools and held that position for 17 years.
Katherine was married to James Eliker on June 11th, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington. James preceded her in death in 2002.
She is survived by her children, Peg (Larry) Fisher of Overton, Nebraska, Jane (Dale) Sprague of Huntley, Nebraska, and Ted of Holdrege, Nebraska: eight grandchildren, Jill, Justin, James, Monica, Amanda, Benjamin, Anthony, and Addy: and a number of great grandchildren. She has three surviving siblings, John Ernst of Rockford, Tennessee, Charlotte Leckband of Urbandale, Iowa, and Margaret Hammes of King, Wisconsin, along with a large number of nieces and nephews with their mates and offspring, including two very special nieces, Margaret Booth and Susan Holder.
Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and sisters, two grandchildren, Adam and Jan Lee, and one great-grandson, Taylor.
Katherine had a rich heritage of LCMS (Lutheran) pastors in her extended family, including both grandfathers, eight uncles, two brothers, some cousins, and a couple of nephews.
Katherine served in a number of organizations, including the UCIC Extension Club, LWML Women’s group at her church, the Human Care Guild, an officer in the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA), the Nebraska Association of County Superintendents (NACS), and was on the Board of Directors for the Community Center in Overton.
She enjoyed the life that God had given her and had a number of interests. She was the genealogist of her family, read voraciously, loved music and was very active in her church including playing the organ for church services and teaching Sunday school. She liked to travel, sew, garden, quilt, embroider, crochet and photography.
Funeral Services were held Friday, December 29th, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor William Ohlmann officiating.
Burial was in the Overton Cemetery.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.