Mary Franzen passed away August 31st, 2017 at her home in Cozad at the age of 71. Mary was born July 30th, 1946 at Fort Dodge, Iowa to Wilbur 'Barney' and Mary Genevieve (Butler) Nickless. Mary spent most of her childhood in Stuart, Nebraska before moving to Wausa, Nebraska her senior year where she graduated high school with the class of 1965. She attended beauty school in Omaha.  
  In 1975, Mary married Jim Franzen in Cozad, Nebraska. The couple raised their three daughters on the family farm north of Cozad. Mary worked at Monroe Auto for 8 years, but spent most of her time working with Jim on the family farm.  The couple moved to town around 2005 and continued farming until their retirement. Mary loved riding horses, especially with her siblings, when they were young. She was a member of the Cozad Newcomers Club, Mrs. Jaycees and the American Agricultural Movement. She enjoyed gardening and reading. Family was everything to Mary, her most treasured times were spent with her grandchildren. 
  She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim Nickless and sister, Barbara Sterba.  
  Survivors include her husband, Jim Franzen of Cozad; daughters, Tracy Lindstedt and husband Scott of Cozad, Sheila Eich and husband Jeffrey of Elkhorn and Julia Myer and husband John of Cozad; grandchildren, Sydney Noel and Jake Nicholas Lindstedt, both of Cozad, Cooper Cole Eich of Hooper and Alynne Marie and Maddux John Myer, both of Cozad; brothers, John Nickless and wife Mary Jean of O'Neill, Jerry Nickless and wife Ruby of Florida, Doug Johnson of Hot Springs, South Dakota, Justin Nickless and wife Jenny of Ainsworth; sister, Chrystal Mlnarik and husband Dave of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Maxine Nickless; brother-in-law, Bob Sterba; step-parents Darleen (Nickless) Mahlendorf and husband Leonard of Norfolk; step-sisters, Dranoel Fleharty and husband Bill and family of Cozad and Danielle Hatterman and husband Will and family of Tilden; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends that she loved very much.
  Online condolences may be shared at A memorial has been established in her memory.
  Services were held Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.. at Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating.  Burial was at Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at Berryman Funeral Home.
    Celebration of Life Services for Joyce M. Bauer will be held on Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating. Interment will be held in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington, following the services.  
   Joyce Marie (Hansel) Bauer, 71 years of age, of Lexington, passed away on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family, following a year-long battle with cancer. Joyce was born December 5th, 1945 at Morris, Minnesota, the younger of two children born to Arthur Louis and Edith “Marie” (Regelin) Hansel. On December 20th, 1945, she was baptized by Rev. H.C. Duchlmeier at the family home. As a young girl, Joyce was raised on a farm near Hancock, Minnesota. When Joyce was five years of age the family moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska, where her parents purchased a business.  Joyce received her primary education from Trinity Lutheran Parochial School in Arapahoe, through the eighth grade. She was confirmed on April 10th, 1960 by Rev. G. A. Weinrich at Trinity Lutheran.  In 1961, the family moved to Lexington, where Joyce completed her education, graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1964. 
   During her senior year, she met the love of her life, Larry Alexander Bauer of Lexington. The couple were united in marriage on August 22nd, 1964, and to this union three sons were born: Troy Allen, Ryan Lynn, and Kent Alexander.  They made their home on a farm north of Overton, Nebraska.  While living at Overton, Joyce was employed at Plectron Corporation as an electronics technician. In 1972, they moved to their new home in Lexington.   
   After her boys were born, Joyce dedicated her life to caring for them, and being a homemaker. When the boys began school, she served her Lord as the custodian of her church for several years. Joyce then began a long career as an Associate Department Manager for District #637 Wal-Mart Store in Lexington. She loved working under store manager, Mike Milligan until her retirement, after 26 years of service to the company.  Her work ethic was pure devotion, and set a standard for her sons to emulate in their future careers.
   After moving to Lexington, she transferred her membership from Trinity in Arapahoe, to Trinity in Lexington in 1961, where she not only served as the custodian, but helped with Wednesday night Catechism classes, Vacation Bible School, and served with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League in the years past.  Joyce also enjoyed her involvement in the Joslyn Jabber’s Extension Club for many years, and she and Larry loved getting together with their card club friends for special occasions. She also spent several years making friends as a Tupperware Rep.  When retirement years rolled around, she and Larry enjoyed traveling together, spending time visiting with family and friends, and weekends with family at Johnson Lake.    
   Many miles were traveled, and countless hours on bleachers took place when the boys were involved in activities, and sporting events.  After grandchildren, and her great-grandson arrived, they became the highlight of her life.  And, in return they thought “Grandma Joyce”, and “Grandma-Great” walked on water. The grandchildren’s birthdays were always special with hand-sewn personalized birthday banners created by Grandma, which represented their current interests, and stage of life. In addition, her hobbies included: crafts, home decorating, and writing poems about her family. Her marvelous cooking, and baking skills will be missed. Serving others brought joy to her life.
   Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Alex and Wilma Bauer; her brother, Clark Hansel; brothers-in-law:  Ken Strickland, Roger Bauer, and Dale Tomasek; sisters-in-law:  Cathy Bauer and Carol Bauer; and a niece, Linda Thomsen.
   She leaves to celebrate her life; her husband of 53 years, Larry Bauer of Lexington; three sons: Troy Bauer of Cozad, Nebraska; Ryan Bauer and his wife, Jody of Holdrege, Nebraska; and Kent Bauer and his wife, Amanda of Lincoln, Nebraska; five beloved grandchildren:  Kristen Johnson and her husband, Nathan of Johnstown, Nebraska; Jake Bauer and his wife, Heidi of Central City, Nebraska; Blare Bauer of Holdrege; and Blake and Morgan Bauer of Lincoln; one treasured great-grandson, Carter Johnson; sisters-in-law:  Carol Hansel of Hastings, Nebraska; Phyllis Robinson and her husband, Archie of Holdrege; Beverly Tomasek of Omaha; Mary Bauer of Indio, California; Julia Tucker of Lee Summit, Missouri; Dorothy Larson and her husband, Fred of Loveland, Colorado; Marilyn Stephens of Englewood, Colorado; and Alyce Bauer of Overton; brothers-in-law:  Donald Bauer and his wife, Bonnie of Cozad; James Bauer of Cozad; Thomas Bauer of Farnam, Nebraska; Steven Bauer and his wife, Carol of rural Eddyville, Nebraska; and Michael Bauer of Bailey, Colorado; in addition, she is survived by a host of special cousins, nieces and nephews who she loved individually, and many friends.  
   Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington.
   A memorial has been established in Joyce’s honor and kindly suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington.
   Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
     The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.
    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 
  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
  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