Junior Ervin “Erv” Kloppenborg was born in Glenvil, Nebraska on November 3rd, 1923 to Henry “Doc” and Grace (Lindeman) Kloppenborg. He was the second of 6 children. He entered into eternal rest with his Creator on November 28th, 2017 at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska.
The Kloppenborg family moved to a farm Northwest of Emmet, Nebraska when Erv was a small child. He attended elementary school in Emmet, and graduated from the O’Neill High School with the class of 1942. As a child, Erv enjoyed playing baseball, football, and track. At the age of 16, he was in an accident with a rake and horses. It was in this accident that he broke his neck and his left wrist. To heal, he was in continuous traction for 3 months. Erv attended Milford Trade School, learning Auto Body Repair. He has worked at a Service Station in Rawlins, Wyoming and as a mechanic in Casper, Wyoming where the owner did a “White Glove” inspection daily. After moving back to Cozad, Nebraska, he worked at F & S Sausage Company, R & R Service Station, and Monroe Auto Equipment Company, where he became the Plant Chemist.
Erv married Vera Stuart on November 8th, 1946 in the Methodist Parsonage in Atkinson, Nebraska. This union was blessed with six children, Wynona, Merna, Torrey, Neil, Dru Ann, and Buf. Sadly, Dru Ann died very soon after birth. Erv and Vera celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June, 1996, just one week before Vera’s death.
On February 14, 2000, Erv married Doris Poesnecker in Doniphan, Nebraska. He became the step-father to her nine children. Doris died in February 2014.
Over the years, Ervin has been very involved in the Cozad community. He has served as a Sunday School Teacher at the Cozad United Methodist Church, as well as been a part of the United Methodist Men’s group. He was baseball coach for many years, and at one time, built a baseball pitching machine for people to practice batting. He has also helped the United Methodist Women with the Thrift Shop and Quilt shows. He has been very active in Habitat for Humanities, working on every Habitat home built in Dawson County. He also served as coordinator for the Cozad Food Pantry for 20 years. He also served as PTA President. Ervin was very involved in Scouting for 45 years. He served as a Pack Leader for Cub Scouts and Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 187. We believe he was also the first Scout Master to alter the Boy Scouting program (Troop 190) for young people with disabilities. Erv also received The Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor granted to non-scouts. He also was present to help the Cub Scouts and Webelos in Douglas, Wyoming as they advanced in rank when his grandson was involved in that program. He has received several awards for some of his community activities. Among the awards he has received are the Sunshine Award from 10/11 News in 2006, Cozad Citizen of the Year in 2006, and Community Service Award in 2001.
For relaxation, Erv could be found doing building projects, remodeling homes, gardening, fishing, hunting, or participating in or attending activities with his children, step-children, and grandchildren. He has instilled wonderful hunting values in his children and grandchildren and enjoyed many hunting adventures with his sons-in-law. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and European countries. His creativity was demonstrated through doing some interesting things, like having an upside-down Christmas tree one year, and another year the Christmas tree was through the roof of the porch on the house, or building giant snowmen. He was also welcoming to the stranger into the home, when he welcomed several families into the home during a blizzard, and when he was a Foster Parent.
Ervin moved to Park Avenue Estates in Lexington in April, 2015, and then to Elwood Care Center in December 2015, after fracturing his hip.
Erv is preceded in death by his wives, Vera and Doris, daughter Dru Ann, Sister Lavina and husband George Pierson, Brothers: Ernie, Alvin and Don Kloppenborg, brother-in-law Norman Wayman, son-in-law Paul Refior, daughter-in-law Susie Kloppenborg and granddaughter, Mackenzie Latimer; brother and sister in-laws Dick Veda, Velma Knapp, Jack and Margaret Stuart, Roger and Varneal Schmidt and Mildred and Jack King.
He leaves to treasure his memory his children, Wynona and husband Wendell Lawhead of Cozad, Merna Carver of Baggs, Wyoming, Torrey Kloppenborg of Cozad, Neil Kloppenborg of Eustis, and Buf and Sally Kloppenborg of Farnam; Sister Ruby Wayman of O’Neill, Nebraska; Sisters-in-laws Helen Kloppenborg and Toby Kloppenborg of O’Neill, Jackie Kloppenborg of Emmet, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; daughter-in-laws Nancy Kloppenborg and Nytasha Bryson; brother and sister in-law Cot and Euvah Stuart; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. His presence will be missed by one and all who knew him.
Memorials are suggested to Paws4Vets or Boy Scout Troop 189. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Services were Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church with Kathy Gundell, PMA officiating. Burial followed at the Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was held on Sunday at Berryman Funeral Home.
Alice R. France of Cozad passed away November 30th, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at the age of 91.
Alice was born September 6th, 1926 at Binghamton, New York to Charles and Rachael Greenblatt. The family moved to California when she was 3 years old. Alice worked at movie studios after high school.
She married Dale Jack at Loup City, Nebraska. Alice settled in Cozad to raise her 3 children. She worked at Monroe Auto for years, as well as waitressing at the Cozad Elk's Club and Gothenburg Legion Club. Alice married Milford France in 1974 and helped raise his 2 sons on a farm North of Willow Island. She was proud of her family and loved them very much. She will be missed by many.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents; husband Milford; daughter Cindy Kuklis; son Pat Jack and brother Art Greenblatt.
Survivors include her son Mike and wife Jodi Jack of Texas; sister Marie and husband Mark Lindsey of North Carolina; daughter-in-law Cheryl Jack of Iowa; son-in-law Jerry Kuklis of Cozad; step sons, Scott and wife Jackie France of Gothenburg and Joe and wife Kathy France of Gothenburg; 12 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and other family members and close friends.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
A memorial service was held Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jill Boyd officiating. Cremation was chosen. Memorial book signing was held Friday, December 1st and Sunday, December 3rd at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Rex Eugene Fenner, 94, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died November 24th, 2017 at Gateway Vista in Lincoln, Nebraska.
He was born December 26th, 1922 in Sumner, Nebraska son of Dale DeWayne and Goldie Estella (Rea) Fenner.
Rex grew up at Eddyville and graduated from Eddyville High. Rex loved to play baseball and was on the Sodbusters Team. Rex married Dorothy Franzen on February 8th, 1948. To this union three children were born son - Eric, two daughters Carol and Audrey. Rex and Dorothy were long time active members of the Zion Lutheran Church and were Luther League Sponsors along with many other areas of service. He enjoyed his family and had a great sense of humor and was well liked by his many friends. He had no difficulty talking to strangers. Rex farmed in the Gothenburg area. He had a very special talent of making small replica metal tractors and other creative things. After he moved into the assisted living he made very detailed things such as a horse drawn wagon and other old time implements out of wood and other materials. He had patience like no other in getting everything made to his perfection.
Surviving are son, Eric (Beverly) Fenner of Gothenburg, Nebraska; two daughters, Carol (Loren) Gronewold of Sedona, Arizona, Audrey (Terry) Haake of Denton, Nebraska; four grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sister, Crystal Johnson; brother-in-law, Willard Kuhlman; along with nieces and nephews and extended family.
Rex was preceded in death by wife, Dorothy Fenner in 2015; his parents; brother, Earl Fenner; two sisters, Ellen Larson and Mary Gruber.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Friday, December 1st, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00-8:00 p.m..
Funeral Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Carol Mapa officiating.
Interment will follow in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church, 77191 HWY 47, Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Norman Gene Porter, 84, of Gothenburg, Nebraska died November 22nd, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
He was born October 31st, 1933 in Eddyville, Nebraska, son of William and Caroline (Ogg) Porter.
Norm spent many of his growing up years in Brady, Nebraska and served his country in the US Army from 1954-1956. Norm married Margaret Ann Norsworthy on October 19th, 1952, and to this union, six children were born.
Norm and Margaret lived in several different towns in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado where he was manager of different lumberyards. Norm returned home to Gothenburg in 1969 and started S & N Building, with his good friend, Sumner Middleton. As a businessman, Norm sold and built many Butler steel buildings and grain bins, and was a member of their million dollar club.
Golf was Norm’s preferred hobby, and he was pretty good at it, even sinking several holes in one.
Norm will be remembered for his kindness, integrity, and his devotion to his family, especially to his wife, Margaret. He was a long-time member of the Gothenburg First Baptist Church, and there he served on various committees. Those who knew him can testify to his quiet, sustaining faith in God.
Surviving family members are four children; Brenda Huff of Gothenburg, Brad (Mary) of Fremont, Nebraska, Beth (Mark) Jones of Midwest City, Oklahoma, and Bill of Gothenburg; five grandchildren; Adam (fiancee Amy Dall) of Olathe, Kansas, Megan (Levi) Duncan of Blair, Nebraska, and Amanda, Peter, and Stacie Jones of Midwest City, Oklahoma.
Norman was preceded in death by wife Margaret Ann Porter in 2014, son-in-law Russell Huff in 2016, sons Bruce Eugene and Brian Ray Porter; three brothers; James (infant) and Herbert and Don Porter; and his parents William and Caroline Porter.
Book signing was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 4-6.
Memorial services will be held at First Baptist Church, 1002 Ave C, Gothenburg, Nebraska on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Inurnment will follow in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church, KJLT, or Lions Club. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Velma Jean Elizabeth (Peterson) Brown age 85 of Brady passed away November 24th, 2017 at Great Plains Health with her loving family surrounding her. Velma was born January 6th, 1932, the youngest child, of Clarence and Mary (Stevens) Peterson.
She grew up in Valentine and graduated from Valentine Rural High School with the Class of 1950. She completed her teaching degree at Chadron State Teachers’ College. Velma married Gerald Brown on November 15th, 1952 in Pierre, So Dakota. To this union five children were born, Mike, Pam, Kathy, Deb and Shelle.
Velma was a teacher at heart, she loved children and always provided an opportunity for those around her to learn something new. After 38 years of teaching elementary grade students in one-room schools and larger public schools she retired from Maxwell Public School. Velma was a loving wife who cared deeply for her husband. She was especially fond of her family, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of her life. Holidays were always a festive occasion where she enjoyed having her family together and decorating her home for the holiday seasons. In her last days she had her family over for Thanksgiving. Baking was a passion of Velma’s and her talent of decorating cakes was shared when she baked birthday cakes designed uniquely for each grandchild. She also decorated cakes for weddings, graduations and any other special occasion. Velma touched the lives of many people throughout her life and she will be remembered for her love, nurturing and caring.
Velma is survived by her children Mike (Sandi) Brown of Lincoln, Pam (Jack) Mann of Brady, Kathy Hoffman of Brady, Deb Franzen of Rifle, Colorado and Michele (Stacey) Blagdon of Brady. She is survived by 19 grandchildren, Josh Brown (Melanie O’Donnell) of Omaha, Cassandra (Dan) Lee of Mahomet, IL, Chantel Brown of Omaha, Hillary (Logan) Collins of Jonesboro, Arkansas; Whitney (Ryan) Brown of Kearney, Lucinda (Dan) Robison of Brady, Luke (Kim) Mann of Clayton, North Carolina; Jill Miller of Brady, Angel Hoffman of North Platte, Chris (Priscilla) Franzen of Greeley, Colorado; Keith Franzen (Lakyn Parrish) of Fort Morgan, Colorado; Justin Franzen (Kelsey Hauge) of Sidney, Holly (Korry) Kinnison of Ovid, Colorado; Dylan Blagdon (Bailey Maddox) of North Platte, Cameron (Kellie) Ristine of Lincoln, Torey (Matt) Franzen of North Platte, Mark (April) Hoffman, Karen (Lonnie) McClellen and Sarah Hoffman, 38 great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Joan (Orrin) Thiede of Springview, Janice (Tim) Cook of Bassett; Jalene Duggan of Ontario, California and Judy (Lyle) Nickerson of Imperial, numerous nieces and nephews , the surviving classmates of VRHS Class of 1950 and special long-time friend, Wanda Maxey of Pico Rivera, California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, parents, Clarence and Mary, brothers, Carl, Laurence, Clarence, Ralph and their wives, her sisters, Luellabel Groome and Irene Laleff and their husbands, twin infant sisters, grandchildren, Brianna Brown, Jeremy (Becky) Bartels and Jason Bartels, great granddaughters, Lehya Jane Bartels and Madison Joy Lee
Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, November 27th, 2017.
Services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor John Pauls officiating.
Burial followed in the Gaslin Cemetery, Brady, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the Brady Volunteer Fire & Rescue, PO Box 31, Brady, NE 69123.