Robert A. 'Bob' Irish of Cozad passed away December 2nd, 2017 at Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 58. Bob was born April 29th, 1959 at North Platte, Nebraska to Bennett and Verna (Glenn) Irish. He grew up in Cozad, Nebraska where he attended school.
On August 8th, 1976, Bob married Penny Kraft in Julesburg, Colorado. The couple was blessed with a son, Travis. Bob worked for Easterday Trucking, Evans Bakery for many years and was currently with Gruber Painting. Bob was an avid Husker fan, but enjoyed supporting Cozad Haymaker teams the most. He could be tough and outspoken at times, but his family and dog Max meant everything to him. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bennett, Patrick, Steve and Mel; nephew, Jeremy Stephens; great nephew, Nathaniel Irish.
Survivors include his son, Travis and wife Christie Irish of Cozad; grandchildren, Aubrea and husband Jade Janssen of Litchfield, Jercey and Boston Irish of Cozad; great grandson, Ryker Janssen of Litchfield; brothers, Ed Irish of North Platte, Ben Irish of North Platte; sisters, Rhonda Stephens of Gothenburg, Cindy Irish of North Platte, Trudy Delgado of Sterling, Colorado, Judy Vanderpool of Tennessee; and many other nieces, nephews and extended family.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Services were Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Matt Irish officiating. Burial followed at Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
￼Norma J. Foss, age 80, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the Elwood Care Center, Elwood, Nebraska. She was born November 19th, 1937 to Earl and Ruth (Dunlap) Randolph in Oxford, Nebraska. She grew up in Arapahoe and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1955.
On January 11, 1959 she married Donald Foss at Salem Lutheran Church south of Elwood. Four children were born: Doug, Roger, Jennifer, and infant daughter who died at birth. They farmed for many years before moving into Elwood. Don and Norma were faithful followers of Elwood High School athletics and attended many years of activities for their children and grandchildren.
Norma enjoyed neighborhood card clubs, dancing with Don, and was a founding member of the Udder Bunch. From this grew her love of collecting cows, and she had quite a herd. Norma was also a very talented cake decorator which became a successful business for her.
Survivors include her children: Doug and wife Barb Foss of Elwood, Roger and wife Kelli Foss of Wichita, Kansas, Jennifer and husband Craig Ward of Elwood, Nebraska; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her parents, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
Viewing & visitation were Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at Elwood Funeral Home in Elwood, Nebraska and prior to the services at the church.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Michael Wolff, officiating. Interment was at the Salem West Cemetery at Elwood. Memorials are suggested to the Elwood Booster Club and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Conrad Huerta, age 90, of Cozad, Nebraska passed away on Friday, December 1st, 2017 at the Cozad Community Hospital in Cozad, Nebraska. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas on February 19th, 1927 to Manuela (Ledesma) and Pasqual Huerta.
The family moved to the Valley of Mitchell/Scottsbluff Nebraska while he was a child. He graduated from Mitchell High School, Mitchell, Nebraska in 1945. After high school Conrad went to serve in the United States Army. He attended Officer’s Candidate school and served as 2nd Lieutenant during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1954 and returned home. He enrolled at Chadron State College where he studied Education. He was the first student of Mexican/American Descent to attend Chadron State College. Many friends and his brothers, followed his example and went on to Chadron to successfully earn a degree. While at Chadron State College, Conrad was actively involved and lettered in college baseball and track. In the spring of 1955 he met his future wife Mary Nell (Semroska) of Chadron, Nebraska. They married in 1956. In 1955, J. Conrad Huerta graduated from Chadron State College with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. He was employed by District #3 in the Mirage Flats near Alliance, Nebraska as the head teacher. Conrad continued in Education as a teacher/administrator for 37 years. He received his Master’s Degree in 1959 and his Specialist Degree in 1973. As he pursued his administration degrees he served the schools of Martin Elementary School- Martin South Dakota, Hay Springs Public Schools- Hay Springs, Nebraska, Sargent Public Schools-Sargent, Nebraska, Newman Grove Public Schools- Newman Grove, Nebraska, Beaver City Public Schools- Beaver City, Nebraska, Elwood Public Schools- Elwood, Nebraska. He retired from Education in 1992 and continued working the summers for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at Johnson Lake Recreational Area. Conrad enjoyed singing with the Barbershop Chorus in Lexington, Nebraska but he especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Conrad was preceded in death by his parents, Manuela and Pasqual Huerta, his sisters Sr. Pasqualita Huerta, Connie McDowell and Theresa Ramirez, his brothers Jose (Natalie) Huerta and Pasqual Huerta , Jr., and step sister Agnus DeBano.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nell (Semroska), his six children Kathy (Bill) Simpson-Lincoln, Nebraska, Tony (Connie) Huerta- Caddo Mills, Texas, Greg (Lisa) Huerta, Kearney, Nebraska, Andy (Bev) Huerta- Aurora, Colorado, Vickie (Kevin) Gilbert, Cozad, Nebraska and Tim (Krista) Huerta, Lexington, Nebraska; 16 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren with one more on the way. Sisters Rita Garcia, Kansas City, Missouri, Cora Lucius, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary Blanchard, Wray Colorado, Brothers: Salvador (Helen) Huerta, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Philip J Huerta Roswell, New Mexcio, Patrick (Franca) Huerta, Bern, Switzerland, Steven Huerta, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Sister in laws: Laura Huerta, Brighton, Colorado., Irene Rex, Rapid City, South Dakota., Mary Ellen Semroska, Brother in laws; Ray (Doreen) Semroska, Harrison, Nebraska, Ed (Marylou) Semroska, Omaha, Nebraska, Joe (Karen) Semroska, Little Falls, Minnesotta, Mary Ellen Semroska, Harrison, Nebraska and many nieces and nephews.
Conrad wanted to be remembered as a loving spouse, father and grandfather. As a person proud of his family and his heritage. As an American of Mexican Ancestry protecting the best of two cultures. As a devoted Catholic leaving everything in God’s hands. As a person who believes in doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Memorials Christ the King Catholic Church or Cozad Community Hospital, Cozad, Nebraska. Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
Viewing was 1 hour before Rosary and Funeral Mass at Christ The King Catholic Church, Cozad. Rosary was Monday, December 4,th 2017 at at Christ The King Catholic Church of Cozad, Nebraska. Funeral Mass was Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Christ The King Catholic Church in Cozad, Nebraska. Inurnment wil be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, at Maxwell, Nebraska at a later date. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements.
Junior Ervin “Erv” Kloppenborg was born in Glenvil, Nebraska on November 3rd, 1923 to Henry “Doc” and Grace (Lindeman) Kloppenborg. He was the second of 6 children. He entered into eternal rest with his Creator on November 28th, 2017 at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska.
The Kloppenborg family moved to a farm Northwest of Emmet, Nebraska when Erv was a small child. He attended elementary school in Emmet, and graduated from the O’Neill High School with the class of 1942. As a child, Erv enjoyed playing baseball, football, and track. At the age of 16, he was in an accident with a rake and horses. It was in this accident that he broke his neck and his left wrist. To heal, he was in continuous traction for 3 months. Erv attended Milford Trade School, learning Auto Body Repair. He has worked at a Service Station in Rawlins, Wyoming and as a mechanic in Casper, Wyoming where the owner did a “White Glove” inspection daily. After moving back to Cozad, Nebraska, he worked at F & S Sausage Company, R & R Service Station, and Monroe Auto Equipment Company, where he became the Plant Chemist.
Erv married Vera Stuart on November 8th, 1946 in the Methodist Parsonage in Atkinson, Nebraska. This union was blessed with six children, Wynona, Merna, Torrey, Neil, Dru Ann, and Buf. Sadly, Dru Ann died very soon after birth. Erv and Vera celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June, 1996, just one week before Vera’s death.
On February 14, 2000, Erv married Doris Poesnecker in Doniphan, Nebraska. He became the step-father to her nine children. Doris died in February 2014.
Over the years, Ervin has been very involved in the Cozad community. He has served as a Sunday School Teacher at the Cozad United Methodist Church, as well as been a part of the United Methodist Men’s group. He was baseball coach for many years, and at one time, built a baseball pitching machine for people to practice batting. He has also helped the United Methodist Women with the Thrift Shop and Quilt shows. He has been very active in Habitat for Humanities, working on every Habitat home built in Dawson County. He also served as coordinator for the Cozad Food Pantry for 20 years. He also served as PTA President. Ervin was very involved in Scouting for 45 years. He served as a Pack Leader for Cub Scouts and Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 187. We believe he was also the first Scout Master to alter the Boy Scouting program (Troop 190) for young people with disabilities. Erv also received The Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor granted to non-scouts. He also was present to help the Cub Scouts and Webelos in Douglas, Wyoming as they advanced in rank when his grandson was involved in that program. He has received several awards for some of his community activities. Among the awards he has received are the Sunshine Award from 10/11 News in 2006, Cozad Citizen of the Year in 2006, and Community Service Award in 2001.
For relaxation, Erv could be found doing building projects, remodeling homes, gardening, fishing, hunting, or participating in or attending activities with his children, step-children, and grandchildren. He has instilled wonderful hunting values in his children and grandchildren and enjoyed many hunting adventures with his sons-in-law. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and European countries. His creativity was demonstrated through doing some interesting things, like having an upside-down Christmas tree one year, and another year the Christmas tree was through the roof of the porch on the house, or building giant snowmen. He was also welcoming to the stranger into the home, when he welcomed several families into the home during a blizzard, and when he was a Foster Parent.
Ervin moved to Park Avenue Estates in Lexington in April, 2015, and then to Elwood Care Center in December 2015, after fracturing his hip.
Erv is preceded in death by his wives, Vera and Doris, daughter Dru Ann, Sister Lavina and husband George Pierson, Brothers: Ernie, Alvin and Don Kloppenborg, brother-in-law Norman Wayman, son-in-law Paul Refior, daughter-in-law Susie Kloppenborg and granddaughter, Mackenzie Latimer; brother and sister in-laws Dick Veda, Velma Knapp, Jack and Margaret Stuart, Roger and Varneal Schmidt and Mildred and Jack King.
He leaves to treasure his memory his children, Wynona and husband Wendell Lawhead of Cozad, Merna Carver of Baggs, Wyoming, Torrey Kloppenborg of Cozad, Neil Kloppenborg of Eustis, and Buf and Sally Kloppenborg of Farnam; Sister Ruby Wayman of O’Neill, Nebraska; Sisters-in-laws Helen Kloppenborg and Toby Kloppenborg of O’Neill, Jackie Kloppenborg of Emmet, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; daughter-in-laws Nancy Kloppenborg and Nytasha Bryson; brother and sister in-law Cot and Euvah Stuart; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. His presence will be missed by one and all who knew him.
Memorials are suggested to Paws4Vets or Boy Scout Troop 189. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Services were Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church with Kathy Gundell, PMA officiating. Burial followed at the Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was held on Sunday at Berryman Funeral Home.
Alice R. France of Cozad passed away November 30th, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at the age of 91.
Alice was born September 6th, 1926 at Binghamton, New York to Charles and Rachael Greenblatt. The family moved to California when she was 3 years old. Alice worked at movie studios after high school.
She married Dale Jack at Loup City, Nebraska. Alice settled in Cozad to raise her 3 children. She worked at Monroe Auto for years, as well as waitressing at the Cozad Elk's Club and Gothenburg Legion Club. Alice married Milford France in 1974 and helped raise his 2 sons on a farm North of Willow Island. She was proud of her family and loved them very much. She will be missed by many.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents; husband Milford; daughter Cindy Kuklis; son Pat Jack and brother Art Greenblatt.
Survivors include her son Mike and wife Jodi Jack of Texas; sister Marie and husband Mark Lindsey of North Carolina; daughter-in-law Cheryl Jack of Iowa; son-in-law Jerry Kuklis of Cozad; step sons, Scott and wife Jackie France of Gothenburg and Joe and wife Kathy France of Gothenburg; 12 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and other family members and close friends.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
A memorial service was held Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jill Boyd officiating. Cremation was chosen. Memorial book signing was held Friday, December 1st and Sunday, December 3rd at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
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