Gertrud “Gertie” Sund, 88, of Lexington passed away Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born June 13th, 1930 in East Prussia to Rudolf and Bertha Herzog.  She attended school in Berlin, graduated from High School, and became an English translator. This is how she met Bill and fell in love.
On July 7th, 1948 she married William H. Sund Jr. in Berlin, Germany, by the German authority and July 8th, 1948, by the American authority.  The couple moved to the United States and made their home in Burwell and Franklin, Nebraska. Four children were blessed to this union: Jimmy, Tim, Denny and Patty.  In 1951 they moved to Lexington, Nebraska, where they raised their family and lived their remaining years.
For many years Gertie was a foster parent for many children and also housed and cared for several elderly people.  Everyone that walked through her front door, she always made them feel welcomed and loved. In 1968, she and Bill started Sund Construction where she did the bookkeeping and they operated together until retiring in 1993.  It was through Bill and Gertie that T.L. Sund Constructors, Inc. was founded.
Gertie made sure every one of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren received a special handmade sequin Christmas stocking. Each stocking took many hours and were made with such love. She enjoyed volunteering at the Church, knitting, gardening and was a wonderful German cook.  She always enjoyed watching Nebraska Husker football on TV. She also enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in their activities and sporting events. The most important thing to Gertie was spending time with her family.
Survivors include her sons, Tim (Deb) Sund of Lexington, Nebraska and Denny (Angie) Sund of Lexington, Nebraska; one daughter, Patty (Les) Wolfe of Cozad, Nebraska; grandchildren, Melissa Brown of Waverly, Nebraska, Jeni (Ryan) Johnson of Lexington, Nebraska, Mandy (Jeremy) Evans of Hastings, Nebraska, Travis (Shelley) Sund of Lexington, Nebraska, Nate (Cassondra) Sund of Lexington, Nebraska, Brooke (Chris) Barber of Cozad, Nebraska and Tyler (Karly) Branstiter of Kearney, Nebraska; Derek (Sarah) Wolfe of Lexington, Nebraska and Kyle Wolfe of Elwood, Nebraska; twenty-one great-grandchildren; one sister, Anni Töpfer of Berlin, Germany, a special niece, Ursel Eckhardt of Hemer, Germany, and special family friends, Terry (Bobbi) Montey of Lexington, Nebraska, and Linda (Dell) Wolfe, Lexington, Nebraska; also surviving are extended family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William in 1999,  son, Jimmy, great-grandson Gabriel Brown, four brothers, and two sisters.
Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Bill Ohlmann & Pastor Rob Kuefner, officiating.
Visitation was on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church, Lexington Community Foundation or Grand Generation Center.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was honored to assist the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:
Dwight Trautman, 89, of Johnson Lake, passed away Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 at CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Dwight Trautman was born on July 11th, 1929 in Sutton, Nebraska to Leon and Beaulah (Ransdell) Trautman.  Dwight graduated from Lexington High School in 1947.  He then went on to attend Hastings College where he was a record holder on the swim team.  He enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Endicott as a radio man during the Korean War.
He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Shirley Ransdell on August 22nd, 1952 in Lexington.  Three children were born to this union: Kerry, Joni and Cathy.  Shirley passed away on May 7th, 1994.  Dwight later married Darlene Hennek on March 8th, 1996.
Dwight owned Sixth Street Locker and Grocery with his father-in-law, Clayton Ransdell which later became Trautman’s Meat Center.
He was a 50 year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington where he served as Elder, Past Master of the Masonic Thistle Lodge #61 in Lexington, and Past President of the Tri-County Shrine Club.  He was very active with the Lexington Jaycees.  When a group of friends aged out of Jaycees, they organized a social club called the B&S Club (Bent & Spent).
He was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing Cribbage and woodworking.  Many family and friends cherish the beautiful wooden creations he made.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Lexington, Nebraska; three children, Kerry Trautman and Cathy (Scott) Sarnes of Lexington, Nebraska and Joni (Ed) Bennett of Lincoln, Nebraska; six step-children, Rod (Lynne) Hennek of Atlanta, Georgia, Tom Hennek of Providence, Rhode Island, Kris (Randy) Strohmyer of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Jayne (Mark) Meyer of Kearney, Nebraska, Patty (Mike) Mandelko of Lexington, Nebraska, and Mary (Scott) Hofferber of Tucson, Arizona; seven grandchildren, sixteen step-grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; niece, Susan (Wes) Hartman of Montrose, Colorado; nephew, Don McKean of Lewellen, Nebraska.
Dwight was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; parents, in-laws, Clayton and Melrose (Young) Ransdell; brother, Darrell Trautman and brother-in-law, Robert Ransdell.
Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Pastor Eddie Mariel, officiating.  The casket was closed at the church.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral home in Lexington.
Burial with Military Honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Memorials are suggested Johnson Lake Hike & Bike Trail, Johnson Lake EMS, Paws For Cause Or The Shrine Transportation Fund.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was honored to assist the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:
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: