Ronald Dean Mercer, 79, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died July 6th, 2018 at home in Gothenburg after a courageous battle with cancer.  
He was born July 8th, 1938 in North Platte, NE, son of Clarence and Florence (Johnson) Mercer.
He lived in several towns in Nebraska which include: Brady, Cozad, Central City, and Gothenburg. He also lived in Longmont, CO and Phoenix, AZ. 
Ron graduated from Brady High School in 1956.  He worked as a truck driver and a mechanic.  Ron had four children; daughter, Shaun Stevens, and three sons, Ryan Mercer, Duane Mercer, and Steve Mercer.  He liked playing cards and shooting pool.  Ronald also enjoyed playing with his grandkids and drinking coffee with friends and family. He had 25 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchildren.  
Surviving are daughter, Shaun (James) Stevens of Gothenburg, NE, son, Steve (Mellany) Mercer of Gothenburg, NE, son, Duane (Terri) Mercer of Cozad, NE, son, Ryan (Sarah) Mercer, sister, Lea (Larry) Irvine of Grand Island, NE, and sister, Judy (Earl) Essex of Moses Lake, WA.
 Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Florence, his sisters, Delores and Norma, his brother, Duane, and three infant brothers.
Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, NE; Monday, July 9th, 2018, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm with the family present from 5:00-7:00 pm.
Funeral Services were held at Victory Assembly of God, Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 10:00 am with Pastor Mark Borchardt officiating.  
Interment followed in the Gaslin Cemetery, Brady, NE.
Memorials may be given to the Victory Assembly Church or Guardians of the Children, Flatrock Chapter.  To sign the online guest book, go to
Haisley Anne Schilke was born to Mark and Cathy (Wilson) Schilke on October 2nd, 2017 at Women’s Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.  Haisley was born with multiple health issues and was in and out of Children’s Hospital in Omaha and Denver. She enjoyed a total of 9 weeks at home which included her first Christmas. During this time at home she bonded with her siblings and continued to grow and thrive. In March, Haisley returned to Children’s Hospital in Omaha where she underwent multiple surgeries and remained there until her passing on July 3rd, 2018 at the age of 9 months and 1 day.
Haisley was a happy baby that loved music, snuggles, rocking, playing with her toys and her favorite soft cuddly bear that brought her so much comfort. Haisley stole many hearts and became loved by so many. She was strong and courageous with a fighting spirit that inspired many. She never gave up and defied so many odds.  Haisley taught us many lessons in her short time with us, but the most important lesson she taught us was that the quality of life is not about the material things we have, but it is about love; the giving and sharing of love with those around us. 
                       MADE A DIFFERENCE 
Survivors include: Parents, Mark and Cathy Schilke of Imperial. Grandparents: John and Arlene Wilson of Cozad, Nebraska and Darty and Marla Schilke of Imperial. Brothers and sisters: Caleb Weiss, Jaiden Schilke, Kora Weiss and Ty Schilke. Aunts and uncles, Dave and Deb Harmon of Imperial; Russ and LaRae Schilke of Imperial; Brent and Amy Thelander of Grant, Nebraska; and Sonia Lee of Lincoln, Nebraska. Numerous Cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles. 
Funeral services for Haisley Anne Schilke were held at 10:00 A.M. (MT), Monday, July 9th, 2018 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial with Pastor David Kahle officiating.  Interment followed services in Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
A memorial has been established in her name.
Online condolences may be left at
                         HAISLEY STRONG
Liewer Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Marcella M. “Sally” Esslinger, 77 of Lexington passed away Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Lexington after a ten year battle with cancer.
Sally was born March 21st, 1941, in Ord, Nebraska, near the Loup River, to Milford and Myrtle (Bartos) Naprstek. She moved with the family to the Lexington area when she was six months old.
Sally was united in marriage to Wesley Esslinger on August 30th, 1959 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington. Sally and Wes have always been very active in church activities.
Sally worked at Lexington Community Hospital and later Monroes. She then was co-owner of the Sale Barn Cafe before being a waitress at several Lexington businesses including Little Paris, the Leprechaun and The Vet’s Club. She was a great people person, so these jobs fit her to a tee. She enjoyed traveling, especially her trips to Daytona in February for many years with Wes and Sandie. She spent many nights watching racing at local tracks. In later years she enjoyed watching the Food Network, when racing wasn’t on TV. Sally and Wes enjoyed dancing for many years and Sally enjoyed bowling in league. Sally also always enjoyed being with her large family.
Survivors include her husband, Wes of Lexington; children, Sandie and husband Bob Anderson of Lexington, Rick and wife Jill Esslinger of Cozad and Sherry and husband Shane Area of Overton; three brothers: Milton (Arla) Naprstek of Minden, Melvin Naprstek of Metter, Georgia and Milford (Loretta) Naprstek of Lexington; four sisters, Marilyn Fuqua of Kearney, Mary Ann Todd of Simi Valley, California, Martha Dory of Lexington and Marjorie (George) Trent of Columbus, Nebraska; ten grandchildren, Katie Rhodig, Lynn Forster, Korey Forster, Seth Area, Brett Area, Andrew Area, Amanda Area, Samantha Area, Steven Area and Mica Esslinger. Nine great-grandchildren, with baby girl Area on the way.  Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
The family would like to extend special gratitude to Vesta Liehs, Karen Latter, Diana Underwood, Trudy Svoboda and Char Barron & Elaine Peck, affectionately known as the Elves.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Sharon Forster, two brothers, Marvin and Marion and two sisters, Maxine Rieker and Marsha Pearson, brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws and extended family.
Visitation was held Sunday, July 1st, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
Funeral services were Monday, July 2nd, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastors Rob Kuefner and Bill Ohlmann, officiating.
Interment was in the Elwood Cemetery in Elwood, Nebraska.
Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church or the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was honored to have assisted the family with arrangements. To share online condolences, please visit:
Cynthia E. Schurr passed away June 29th, 2018 at her home in Eustis, Nebraska at the age of 62. Cynthia was born September 28th, 1955 in Marshall, Minnesota to Thomas B. and Marie L. (Curwick) Sullivan. She graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School with the Class of 1974 and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Cynthia married Stanley T. Schurr on May 26th, 1979 at the American Lutheran Church in Cozad, Nebraska. 
Cynthia was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Sullivan and her father and mother in-law, Martin and Erna Schurr. 
Survivors include her husband, Stanley of Eustis; children, Melissa Thompson and husband Joey of Omaha, Rebecca Maboussou and husband Alain of Elkhorn and Patrice Schurr of Omaha; grandchildren, Emma, Kailey and Gracie Thompson and Catherine, Madeleine, Sophia and Elizabeth Maboussou; mother, Marie Sullivan of Marshall, MN; sisters, Kerry Braithwait and husband Ken of Wathena, KS, Erin Zlomke and husband Scott of Grand Island and Abby Appel and husband Randy of Marshall, MN; brothers, Kevin Sullivan and wife Crystal of Grayslake, IL, Kirby Sullivan and wife Mary Claire of Omaha, Jim Sullivan and wife Terri of Aberdeen, SD, Murray Sullivan of Marshall, MN and Tom Sullivan and wife Wendy of Eau Claire, WI; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials suggested to the Eustis Senior Center or Eustis Fire and Rescue. Online condolences may be shared at Mass of the Christian Burial will be Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cozad with Father Don O'Brien as celebrant. Rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Cremation was chosen. Inurnment will be Friday, July 6th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Omaha National Cemetery, Omaha, NE. 
Sherryln Jeanene Davis, 70, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died June 29th, 2018 in Omaha, NE.  
She was born February 6th, 1948 in Denton, TX, daughter of Bill and Dorothy Loader.
Sherryln grew up in Texas and graduated from Lewisville High School. Sherryln was blessed with two children Scott and Heather from her first marriage. In 1980, Sherryln moved the family to Nebraska. She married Neil Davis on December 12th, 1981 and to this union one son, Allan, was born.
She was a member of the Victory Assembly of God Church in Gothenburg. She enjoyed decorating, reading, cooking, and had a love of rescue animals. Her heart was always open to helping others.
Surviving are husband, Neil Davis of Gothenburg, daughter, Heather Clement of Kearney, three grandchildren, Blake (Cora-Leigh) Munster of Gothenburg, Brittyn Munster of Kearney, and Caelan Davis of Georgia, one great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Munster, brother, Bill (Karen) Loader of Texas, sisters, Debbie Alexander of Oklahoma, and Becky (Larry) LaDuke of Texas, close friends Katherine Middleton, Tia Britten, Brenda Holt, along with many other family, friends, and caretakers. 
Sherryln was preceded in death by her parents, son, Scott Pecchi, and step-father, Chester Crabille. 
Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, July 2nd, 2018, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Memorial service was held at Victory Assembly of God, Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 11:00 am.
Memorials may be designated to the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, 610 10th street, Gothenburg, NE 69138,  or may be sent to the family. 
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