Leta Ellen Batie, 96, of Lexington died Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at the Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington.
  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14th, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Anne Gahn officiating. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, August 13th, 2017 at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in rural Lexington.
  Leta was born July 28th, 1921 in York at her grandparent’s home to Herbert and Gertrude (Salmen) Burbank. She and her three sisters and two brothers grew up in rural Perkins County where she graduated from Madrid High School in 1939. She was active in 4-H as a youth, judging canning at the National Judging Contest and attending 4-H Club Congress, all in Chicago.
  She attended Kearney State Teachers College in Kearney before transferring to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1944. Later that same year she was hired by the Dawson County Extension Service as their Home Demonstration Agent. During the next three years she launched the County 4-H Speech Contest, which is still held today, and the 4-H Song Contest, which continued through the 1990s.
  She met Warren Batie at county Rural Youth activities and the couple was married September 14th, 1947 at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington. To this union five children were born, Jeannine Louise, Lynn Eileen, Barbara Ann, Christopher Joseph and Donald Paul. After all her children were in school, Leta returned to work with the Dawson County Extension Service in 1965 as a part-time Home Extension Agent. She worked with Home Extension Clubs and women’s programs and during the summers helped with the 4-H program. She retired from Extension in 1975.
  Warren and Leta farmed northeast of Lexington on the home place of Warren’s family. She was a wonderful mother and homemaker, and always had a large garden and beautiful flowers. In 1990 Warren and Leta were honored as the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce Farm Family of the Year. Leta was active in Dawson Chapter #33 of the Eastern Star, serving as an officer for 24 years in the local chapter. On the state level she was a Grand Representative and was Assistant Grand Warder several times at Grand Chapter. She was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church for over 72 years, serving in many offices, including president of the church board for four years. She and Warren were also long-time members of the Mercury Club and she served in many capacities with the Methodist Women on the local and district levels. She was also active in many community groups and activities including the Goldenrod Kensington, the Golden Hours Extension Club and P.E.O. Chapter AN.
  Leta is survived by her five children, Jeannine (Gene) Nelsen of Lyons, Lynn (John) Greer of Edgar, Barbara (Marvin) Hilgedick of Hartsburg, Missouri, Chris Batie of Durham, North Carolina, and Don (Barb) Batie of Lexington; six grandchildren, Anne (Eric) Ostendorf of Gothenburg, Sarah Greer Humphrey of Aurora, Ben (Kim) Hilgedick of Hartsburg, Missouri, Caroline Hilgedick of Eugene, Oregon, Julie (Doug) Loudon of Grand Island and Cicely Batie of Washington, D.C.; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vaunia Miyoshi of Denver, Colorado, and Laura Atkins of New Hill, North Carolina; two brothers, Wayne (Jackie) Burbank of Des Moines, Iowa, and John (Nancee) Burbank of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
  Preceding her in death were her husband Warren, her parents, sister Mary Anderson, and brothers-in-law Earl Anderson, Miles Miyoshi and Haywood Atkins.
  Memorials are suggested to the Warren and Leta Batie Scholarship Fund through the Lexington Community Foundation, the Dawson County 4-H Foundation, First United Methodist Church and the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.  
  Bernice Nadean Burnett, 91, of Brady, Nebraska, died July 22nd, 2017 in Brady, Nebraska.  
  She was born March 6th, 1926 in McClellan, AR, daughter of Jesse T. and Elizabeth (Hollingsworth) Stacks.
  Bernice grew up in Arkansas and later moved to Freeport, Texas in 1951. In 1963 she moved to Nebraska. She was a cook and waitress for multiple generations in the Brady community. Bernice had a love for gardening and always enjoyed canning the vegetables she harvested from her garden. 
  Surviving are daughter, Deborah C. (King) Owens of Brady; son, Robin W. Burnett of Brady; three grandhcildren; two great-grandhcildren; sister Billie Jeann Burnet of Georgia; along with many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. 
  Bernice was preceded in death by her daughter Bobbie F. (King) Brown, son, Robert F. King Jr., her parents, four brothers, Jesse T. Stacks Jr., MG Stacks, Bobby Wayne Stacks, and John Calvin Stacks; two sisters, Norma Dodge, and Margaret Preston, and granddaughter Dawn Johnson.  
  Private family graveside services were held at the Brady Cemetery. 
  Memorials may be given to the Brady Fire Department. 
  To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
  Violet M. Spradlin of Cozad passed away July 23rd, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Lexington, Nebraska at the age of 94.    
  Violet was born March 8th, 1923 at Gothenburg, Nebraska to Ray and Sylvia (Hill) Hughes. She graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1941. Following graduation, Violet taught at school in rural Dawson and Hall counties.  
  On January 2nd, 1946 she married Edwin Spradlin at Grand Island, Nebraska. The couple made their home on a farm north of Cozad before moving to a farm site north of Darr where they lived and farmed nearly their entire married lives. Violet was a devoted wife and mother and loved helping out on the farm. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and other needle work. Violet and Ed loved to winter in Arizona which they did routinely for 26 years. Violet was a member of the Cozad Hospital Auxiliary, Busy Thimble Extension Club, VFW Auxiliary, Church Circle and a 40 year member at St. John Lutheran Church.  
  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Dennis; and 3 brothers.  
  Survivors include her son, Darold and wife Peg Spradlin of Cozad; daughter, Diana and husband Delbert Puls of Murray, Nebraska; grandchildren, Dustin Puls of Omaha, Danelle and husband Blair Higgins of Omaha, Brian and wife Kiffany Spradlin of Kearney, Jennifer and husband Aaron Huff of Lincoln; 3 great grandsons; 2 sisters, Dorothy Knight of Chapman and Jewell Deichmann of Central City; sister-in-law, Helen Spradlin of Gothenburg; and many other relatives and friends. 
  Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. A memorial has been established in her name for later designation. 
  Services will be held Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church with Kathy Gundell PMA officiating. Burial will be at Cozad Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 8:00 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home. 
  William, E. “Billy” Dugan, 72, of Greeley, Nebraska, died Friday, July 21st, 2017, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, Nebraska. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley, Nebraska. The Rev. James P. Warner celebrated the funeral mass. Interment was in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday at the church with a vigil service.   
  Billy was born October 25th, 1944, at Grand Island, Nebraska. He was the son of Marvin W. “Bill” and Mary E. “Mac” (Stark) Dugan.
  Survivors of his immediate family include his children, William Donald “Billy Don” and Paula Dugan of Parker, Colorado; Jean Ann “Tina” and Steve Carbaugh of Paragould, Arkansas; Jared Patrick and Kristie Dugan of Cozad, Nebraska; Wade Michael and Debbie Dugan of Lincoln, Nebraska. His father, Bill Dugan of Greeley, Nebraska. Siblings, Gary and Sarah Dugan of Elizabeth, Colorado; Carol and Ed Reilly of Greeley, Nebraska; Jane Dugan-McIntyre of Greeley, Nebraska; Barbara and Tim McIntyre of Greeley, Nebraska; Mary Frances and Mark Haschke of Spalding, Nebraska and David John Dugan of Grand Island, Nebraska. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Carli, Trevor, Kylee, Kyra, Reilly, Cale, Ashton, Chase, Brenna, Jed, Kennedy, and his two great grandchildren, Kelseigh and Ellery, and several nieces and nephews.
  Billy grew up on the family farm in Greeley. He attended Sacred Heart School graduating in 1963. He continued his education studying Ag Business at UNL.  After college he returned to Greeley where he farmed with his father. He married Dianne Kennedy on May 1st, 1965, at Greeley, Nebraska. They made their home in Greeley where he continued farming.  
  Billy most enjoyed time spent with his family. He loved attending his grandchildren’s school and sporting activities. He was an exceptional athlete with a passion for baseball where he ruled center field.  He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a successful thoroughbred horse owner celebrating in the winner’s circle with Inferno’s Reality. Farming and being on the family farm was what he relished most.   
  He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley.
  He will be welcomed into heaven by his infant daughter Ann Marie and his mother Mac.  
  A memorial at the Greeley Ball Park will be established in Billy’s name at a later time.
  Your thoughts and prayers may be given at www.curranfuneralchapel.com under Billy’s obituary.
  Mass of Christian Burial for Kenneth L. Clark will be conducted from the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Thomas Lux officiating. Rosary will be held at the church prior to the Mass at 9:30 a.m.  Following the traditional funeral, cremation will take place and a private family inurnment will be held at the Cozad Cemetery at Cozad, Nebraska.
     Kenneth Lowell Clark, 78 years of age, of York, Nebraska (formerly of Holdrege) passed away on Sunday, July 16th, 2017 at the York General Hearthstone in York. Ken was born October 22nd, 1938 at Hettinger, North Dakota, the eldest of two sons born to Ray and Vera (Dern) Clark. He received his education from Hettinger Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1956.
     Following his education, he began a life-long career in retail sales, where he was employed at J.C. Penney’s in Powell. This is where Ken would meet the love of his life. On April 5th, 1959 he was united in marriage to Lupe Rodriguez at Powell and to this union five children were born: Deborah, Christine, Kenneth, David, and Richard.  The family made their homes in Great Bend, Kansas, Cozad, Nebraska City, Geneva, Holdrege and Hastings all while with J.C. Penney’s. They later settled in Holdrege, where Ken and Lupe owned and operated the Sears Catalog Store in Holdrege, and later purchased the Western Auto Store in Lexington, Nebraska, while they continued to reside in Holdrege. In later years, Ken was employed by the Holdrege Public School System until his retirement in 2009.  In 2012, the couple moved to Kearney, Nebraska. On March 29th, 2013, he was preceded in death by Lupe. Ken later began to make his home at York General Hearthstone, where he received loving care until his passing.  
     Ken was a handyman, who could fix most anything that came his way, and in retirement years he and Lupe loved to travel. Throughout his years in business, Ken enjoyed helping customers, and many friendships bonds were formed that lasted throughout his career. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. 
     He was an active member of the All Saints Catholic Church, and a 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council #8590 in Holdrege. He was also a past member of the Chamber of Commerce.  
    Besides his parents and wife, Lupe, Ken was preceded in death by one daughter, Debbie at the age of 25 years; two brothers-in-law: Robert Rodriguez and Joseph Rodriguez; and sisters-in-law: Marlene Clark, Sally Clark, Mary Rodriguez who died in infancy, and Mary Valles.
     Ken leaves to celebrate his life; one daughter, Christine Clark Phipps and her husband, Troy of Lincoln, Nebraska; three sons: Ken Clark and his wife, Brenda of Benedict, Nebraska, David Clark and his husband, Jason Conrad of Lincoln, and Richard Clark and his wife, Nicole of Kearney; five grandchildren: Cassandra Larreau Bailey and her husband, Dallas, Dalton and Trevor Clark, and Haley and Ryan Clark; one great-grandchild, Fletcher Bailey; brother, Floyd Clark and his wife, Karen of San Diego, California; two brothers-in-law: Raymond Rodriguez and his wife, Marina of Powell, Wyoming, and Joe Valles of Paramount, California, and one sister-in-law, Lourdes Rodriguez of Southgate, California; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
     Visitation was held on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.
     A memorial has been established in Ken’s honor and kindly suggested to the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege.
     Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
     The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.