James C. Hunke of Cozad passed away August 30th, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 88. Jim was born July 4th, 1929 in West Point, Nebraska to John and Theresa (Kaup) Hunke. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1947.
Jim entered the U.S. Army in 1951 and proudly served during the Korean War. On November 28th, 1953, he married Sharalyn Van Dyke at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington, Nebraska. The couple resided in Lexington before making their home in Cozad to raise their seven children. Jim farmed, built homes and worked as a manager at Paulsen Inc until his retirement.
Jim enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. Jim had a personality that was contagious to those who met him and those who were good friends, of which he had many throughout his lifetime. Jim was a faithful member of Christ the King Catholic Church. He volunteered his time for many of the church groups and was active with The Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sharalyn; and brother, Larry Hunke.
Survivors include his children, Chris Hunke and wife Deb of Cozad, Steve Hunke and wife Trudi of Corona, California, Deb Gentleman and husband Bob of Omaha, Cindy Kinnan and husband Lane of Cozad, Patti Kuhn and husband Theron of Elkhorn, Marcia Keller and husband Brad of Eustis and Matt Hunke and wife Lisa of Cozad; sister, Ann McKee and husband Paul of Oxnard, California; 16 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
A memorial has been established in his name. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Mass of the Christian Burial was held Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church.
Burial with Military Honors followed at Cozad Cemetery.
Rosary was recited Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Visitation was Monday, September 4th, 2017 at Berryman Funeral Home.
Raymond Lester Klein, 83, of Trenton, formerly of Bartley, Nebraska, died August 28th, 2017 at Great Plains Health in North Platte, NE.
He was born February 27th, 1934 in Farnam, Nebraska son of Louis and Nona (Hayworth) Klein.
Raymond married Arlene Toberer on August 25th, 1951 to this union five children were born; Gary, Rod, Brent, Carla and Jeff. He farmed and ranched in the Farnam area and sold seed for NC+ seed company for many years. In the early 1990's he moved to Bartley where he went to work at the UAP fertilizer plant where he sprayed for clients all over the area. Raymond enjoyed hunting and trapshooting, going snowmobiling, heading to the mountains and playing cards. He loved his horses and cattle.
Surviving are sons, Gary (Dianne) Klein of Farnam, Rod (Marla) Klein of Farnam, Brent (Bev) Klein of McCook, Nebraska and Jeff (Dee) Klein of Maywood, Nebraska; daughter, Carla (Tony) Boots of North Platte, 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 8 step great grandchildren, aunt, Darlene Klooz, along with many friends and extended family.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Ruth Klein, brothers, Russel and Ross Klein, grandson, Tony Klein, great-granddaughter, Aubrey Ann Klein.
Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Wednesday, August 30th, 2017.
Funeral services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 2:00 pm with Greg Boller officiating.
Interment followed in the Farnam Cemetery, Farnam, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the Farnam Fire Department or the El Dorado Manor Nursing Home in Trenton, NE. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Paul Thompson, 95, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died August 28th, 2017 in Kearney, Nebraska.
Paul was born December 8th, 1922, the son of Agnes and WT Thompson of Cozad, Nebraska. Paul grew up in Cozad and worked at JC Penny's part time and graduated from Cozad High School. He lived at Cozad until he went to California to attend aeronautic school. Paul served his country in World War II as a navigator in the Air Corps. He married Jewell Thompson, an Army nurse during WWII.
After his air force career, Paul returned to Cozad and went into the insurance and real estate business with his father W.T. Paul worked into his seventies. He also was a senior master appraiser and appraised farm land into his eighties.
In December of 1973 Paul married Patricia Ann Bargholz of San Diego, California. Patricia and Paul have resided in Gothenburg for forty three years. Paul and Patty loved to travel and were always on the go. They shared a strong faith and were active in the Victory Assembly of God Church. Paul was an avid reader and enjoyed good humor.
Surviving are wife, Patricia Ann Thompson of Gothenburg,; son, Paul Richard Thompson, daughter Dianne Thompson, step-daughters, Jodi (Keith) Carlson and Dorrie Unlauf; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren and a host of friends and extended family.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, sister Maxine Thompson Churchill, brother Ted Thompson, step-son Jeff Bargholz and great granddaughter Juliet Strasburg.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, September 4th, 2017, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Graveside services were held at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 10:00 am with Rev. Ray Corlew and Rev. Mark Borchardt officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Victory Assembly of God, 2611 Lake Avenue, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or donor's Choice. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Sarah Ellen Major, 92, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington.
She was born January 16th, 1925, in Cozad, Nebraska, to George P. and Gertrude E. (Griffith) Parsons.
Sarah attended school in Cozad where she graduated high school. She was united in marriage to James E. Major on January 16th, 1946. The couple made their home at Eustis, Nebraska until 1949, when they moved to Lexington.
Sarah was involved with the Boy Scouts in her younger years, and was always active in the First Christian Church in Lexington.
She is survived by her children, Clinton E. Major of Lexington, Nebraska, Virginia Sue Gates of Gainesville, Texas, and Cassandra Kay Carlson of Lexington, Nebraska; seven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and one sister-in-law.
Sarah was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James on November 6th, 1998, and nine siblings.
It was Sarah’s wishes for cremation. The family has carried out those wishes. There will be no visitation.
A Memorial Graveside service will be held at a later date at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Carol June (Johnson) Warner, 76, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, August 18th, 2017, at Elwood Care Center.
She was born February 11th, 1941 in Chickasha, Oklahoma to Edythe (Hay) and Ray Johnson. She was an only child, and the mother of 5 children; twins, Delores Marie & Diana Joyce; Son, Garry Ray; youngest daughter Denise Arlene; and her baby boy David Wade. She had 15 grandchildren, 34 great- grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
She married 3 wonderful men; Charles Gilmore, Harrison Thompson, and her one true love, Robert "Roberto" Warner, because "sometimes it takes a while to get it right". June and Robert married in Ft. Smith, Arkansas in November 1986. And like so many of us, his heart will never heal from this loss.
June was never considered a quiet soul, a blending wallflower. She was an absolute beauty, fiercely independent, and had an opinion on everything.
She loved back roads, her cars, traveling, rescuing stray animals & most of all, she loved her family. She would help a stranger the same as she would a family member.
June enjoyed reading, her flowers and shocking people with her colorful sign language. June had a way of making complete strangers feel like they'd been lifelong friends. And if you were one of the fortunate ones that she called family, there wasn't a thing you couldn't ask of her.
It is impossible to sum up her life in a few paragraphs because she lived a lifetime of great stories. She will be missed by her traveling companions Zippy of 22 years and his sidekick Izzy, along with all of her family and friends.
June was proceeded in death by both parents.
She leaves behind her beloved husband, Robert Warner of Lexington, Nebrasla; her daughters Delores Webster of Sallisaw, Oklahoma; Diana & Terry Hickey of Charlotte, North Carolina; Denise & Toby Norvell of Sallisaw, Oklahoma; sons Garry & Diane Thompson of Union Mills, Indiana; David Thompson of Sallisaw; and 1 daughter by marriage Niki & Rod Stewart of Georgia.
A heartfelt Thank you to Elwood Care Center & RuralMed for being so wonderful during this difficult time for the family. It was June’s wishes for cremation and there will be no services at this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.