Thomas R. Rowan, 91, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, April 12th, 2018, at his home in Lexington.
He was born July 28th, 1926, in Brandon, Nebraska, to Charles and Susan (Stubbart) Rowan.
Tom was united in marriage to Wanda Whipple on August 9th, 1947, in Smith Center, Kansas. Four daughters were blessed to this union: Diane, Kathy, Carolynn & Lois. The family moved to Cozad, Nebraska, in 1934 and moved to Lexington, Nebraska, in 1976. Wanda passed away on August 26th, 1965.
Tom would find love again and married Frieda Shanholtz on December 26th, 1971. Four children were added to the family: Karla, Toni, Margo & Tim. Frieda passed away on March 30th, 2015.
Tom worked at the Cozad Hay Mill before working at Haymaker Feeds from 1961 until 1996 where he was a mechanic.
He was a jack of all trades. Tom could fix anything. He enjoyed working on tractors, cars and remodeling homes. He was very organized and a good welder. He enjoyed going to Auction sales and didn’t miss a family event.
Survivors include his children, Diane (Gordon) Quitmeyer of Lincoln, Nebraska, Kathy (Keith) Schmeeckle of Eustis, Nebraska, Carolynn (John) Wells of Cozad, Nebraska, Lois (Dave) Peters of Lincoln, Nebraska, Karla Woods of Gering, Nebraska, Toni McGrath and Margo McCance of Lexington, Nebraska & Tim (Terri) Keesecker of Lincoln, Nebraska; one sister, Marjorie Smith of Sterling, Kansas; thirty-eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, wives, Wanda and Frieda; two grandchildren, Timothy McGrath and Michael Quitmeyer; sister, Lavonia Snodgrass; and, son-in-law, Vern McGrath.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Pastor Rex Adams, officiating.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel.
Interment will be in the Cozad Cemetery at Cozad.
Memorials are suggested to Central Plains Home Health and Hospice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
June E. Easterday of Eustis passed away April 14th, 2018 at the Elwood Care Center at the age of 83. June was born June 3rd, 1934 in rural Frontier County to Clifford and Helen (Heater) Stombaugh. June attended country school in Frontier County to 8th grade. June went to Idaho to help her sister's family after the birth of a baby. While there, she met her brother-in-laws brother, Donald Easterday, a widower with two children. Donald and June were married April 4th, 1953. June became mother to Donald's two children, Gene and Carolyn.
To their marriage four children were born, Vernon, John, Rodney and Marjorie. In 1958, June and Donald moved to Nebraska to a farm south of Eustis. The family grew and all worked the family farm. In December 1975, they moved to their new home in Eustis to make more room for the boys. In later years, Donald built Easterday Restorations and they down sized to an apartment there. Having raised her family, June began working for Central Plains Home Health out of Cozad. She worked there for 17 years while taking college classes to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse. The Easterdays traveled to many countries in Europe and to Hawaii with a farm tour group. They belonged to the Golden Rod Antique Auto Club and took many trips with the group in their Model A. One of June's pastimes was embroidery work, she was noted for her tiny stitches. June volunteered at the Eustis Senior Center for years and was a long time member of the West Canyonettes Extension Club and Christian Womens Club. She was a member of Community of Christ Church in North Platte. She served on many boards of the church over the years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald; son, Gene; sisters, Lila Wahley, Verna Ercoli and Opal Easterday; brothers, Earl and Glen Stombaugh; son-in-law, Rex Houser and 2 great granddaughters. Survivors include her children, Carolyn Houser of Eustis, Vernon Easterday and wife Maria of Eustis, John Easterday and wife Pamela of CA, Rodney Easterday and wife Kim of Eustis and Marjorie Hueftle of Bartley; brothers, Clyde Stombaugh and wife LaVeda of Cozad, Jay Stombaugh and wife Sharon of Lexington; daughter-in-law, Sherry Easterday of Eustis; 17 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.
Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to the Elwood Care Center. Services will be held Friday, April 20th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Mitch Korf officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery, Eustis. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home.
LeRoy Edward Cyriacks, 85, of Grand Island, formerly of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 7th, 2018 in Grand Island.
He was born September 19th, 1932 on the family farm near Gothenburg, son of Albert and Margaret Cyriacks.
In 1953, LeRoy joined the Army and served as a confinement specialist for two years. While serving his country he earned the National Defense Service Medical SS (Carbine) and the Good Conduct Medal. He married Elsie Struempler on July 24th, 1955 in Cozad and to this union two daughters were born - Darlene and Lisa.
LeRoy was baptized and confirmed in the American Lutheran Church. He served one term on the church council and several years on the church cemetery board. Farming and ranching were LeRoy's life and hobby, he was always busy on the farm and never one to sit idle. LeRoy and Elsie lived on the farm until 2000, and then they moved into Gothenburg. In 2015 they moved to Grand Island.
Surviving are wife, Elsie Cyriacks of Grand Island, NE, two daughters, Darlene Boehnke of Omaha, Lisa (Curtis English) Cyriacks of Crestone, CO; sister-in-law, Ruth Cyriacks; two nephews, Dan (Audrey) Dyke, Bradley (Carol) Cyriacks; three nieces, Diane (Sisto) Rangel, Julie (Cal) Dooley, Debra (Mike) Olsen.
LeRoy was preceded in death his parents; two brothers, Donald Cyriacks, Charly Norman Cyriacks; sister, Rosella Dyke; son-in-law Walt Boehnke; two nephews, Craig Cyriacks, Steven Cyriacks.
Memorial Services were held at the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Ave G, Gothenburg, NE on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 10:00 am with Rev. Jon Mapa officiating.
Interment followed in the Gothenburg cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given in LeRoy's honor to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138, or the Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th Street Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
William L. McCandless, 98, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, April 7th, 2018, at Brookdale Senior Living in Lexington with his family by his side.
Bill was born December 15th, 1919, in Burlington, Iowa, to John Thomas and Gretchen Elizabeth (Milliman) McCandless. He attended primary school in Clearfield, Iowa and Bedford, Iowa. Following his schooling he farmed in Iowa. He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1937-1939. He then learned his diesel mechanic skills from a correspondence course.
He was united in marriage to Lucille Snyder on October 7th, 1939, in Hiawatha, Kansas. Five children were blessed to this marriage, Arlene, Carol, Judy, Don & Sharon. The couple moved to Lexington in 1952.
Bill worked as a mechanic for Valley Implement, Wink Implement in Elm Creek, sold welders, baled hay, did custom farming, trucking, and farmed until he was 89 years old.
Bill was never one to walk away from hard work. His start in life was a tough one, but as he said, “taught him how to work hard and he never walked away from that”. He was a kind man with a heart of gold. He always fought for the underdog, never took any guff from anyone, and loved those who were sometimes unlovable. His belief in doing good ran deep. He had a mouth like a sailor, but a soft touch and always a twinkle in his eye.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, and the Eagles Club, where he served as a Trustee for several years.
Survivors include his children; Arlene Reed of Lexington, Nebraska, Carol Stock of Lexington, Nebraska, Judy (Morrie) Andres of Cozad, Nebraska, Don (Linda) McCandless of Lexington, Nebraska, and Sharon (Michael) Gerken of Wichita, Kansas; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and twelve great-great-grandchildren with three on the way; two brothers-in-law, Leo Snyder of Arizona, and Edward Snyder of Washington; two sisters-in-law, Fern Mingus of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Betty Cook of Council Bluffs, Iowa; also surviving are nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and many friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; sister, Jean Kitzman Blumer; and sons-in-law, Larry Reed and Calvin Stock.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, April 12th, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel with Pastor John Shields officiating.
Burial will be in the Robb Cemetery south of Lexington.
Visitation was held Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to Central Ne. Human Trafficking Outreach, the Dawson Co. Parent/Child Center or Donor’s Choice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Marjorie E. (Gilbert) Worley of Cozad passed away March 18th, 2018 at Cozad Care Center at the age of 98. Marge was born March 6th, 1920 in Eustis, Nebraska to James and Margaret (Cooley) Fair. She attended Lexington High School and graduated with the class of 1938.
Marge married Glenn Gilbert and were blessed with 2 children, David and Judy. Marge worked at the dime store and helped with the family dry cleaning service. She was an amazing cook and went all out for Dave and Judy's birthdays. She enjoyed entertaining and having friends over for food and drinks. Marge loved playing bridge with the ladies during the week and poker with the gentlemen on the weekend. Marge would later marry Darrell Worley. Marge enjoyed dancing with each husband and belonged to a local dance club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Glenn Gilbert and Darrell Worley; sister, Thelma Bullock; grandson, Derek Gilbert and granddaughter, Rhonda Morrison. Survivors include her son, David Gilbert and wife Judy of Cozad; daughter, Judy Anderson and husband Denny of WA; brother, Don Fair and wife Joan of Wahoo; grandchildren, Erin Gilbert of WY, Blake Gilbert of CO, Brooke Smith and wife Sandy of ID, Pat Smith of OR, Kimberly Sassali and husband Brett of Cozad and Michelle Spotanski and husband Cory of Cozad; and numerous great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor Jill Boyd officiating. Visitation was Sunday from 4 to 6 at Berryman Funeral Home.