Joseph Rios Hernandez, 90, died Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at his home.
  Joseph, also known as Joe, was born May 25th, 1927 in Torrington, WY to Jesse Rios and Guadalupe (Mendoza Hernandez.
  Joe enjoyed working on cars and was often found working in his garage.
  He was always willing to help out a neighbor.
  He is survived by his daughter, Linda Rios of Aurora, CO.
  He was preceded in death by his son David Hernandez. 
  Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date.
  Jonathan A. Buss of Cozad passed away February 16th, 2018 in Crete, Nebraska at the age of 64. Jon was born December 8th, 1953 in North Platte, Nebraska to wonderful parents, Arthur and Virginia (Kostman) Buss, joining older sister Judy. They resided in North Platte and later moved to Cozad in 1959. Jon graduated from Cozad High School in 1972. He spent most of his life driving truck and working alongside his father at various alfalfa mills in the area. Jon loved his nephew and niece, Greg and Heather Rhoadarmer. 
  Jon was a fan of hot rod cars and drag races. He could be seen spending much of the day driving through the Cozad area or walking for exercise. Jon loved animals of all shapes and sizes, especially his faithful buddy, Jasmine.  Jon knew no stranger. He always had a smile on his face and boisterous laugh for all. Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Virginia Buss and sister, Judy Rhoadarmer. He is survived by his nephew and niece, Greg and Heather Rhoadarmer. 
  Memorials are suggested to an animal shelter of donors choice.  Cremation was chosen. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cozad Cemetery. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so on Monday from 9 to 5 at Berryman Funeral Home.
Charles L. “Spike” Wooldridge, 94 of Cozad, NE departed this life at 11:48 am, Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Spike was born Sept. 28th, 1923 in Winfield KS, to Charles Franklyn and Martha Ivory (Gibson) Wooldridge.  
  He grew up in Douglass KS (with extended stays in the Mammoth Springs, AR area). He graduated early from Douglass High School in 1942, in order to join the military at the outbreak of World War 2.  In high school, Spike was a standout athlete earning letters in 4 sports, and state recognition in football and baseball.  Spike served his country honorably from December of 1942 until November of 1945.  He was married to Edyth Louise Kyle in October of 1946 at Newton KS.  Following their marriage they lived several years in Southeast KS before moving to Cozad NE in 1949. Their marriage was steeped in love, and was truly blessed until, March 19th of 1972, when Edyth left Spike to be with her Lord.  After several years as a widower, Spike was again blessed to meet and marry a lovely lady. On August 16th, 1975, He and Lois (Piller) Strohmyer were married in North Platte, NE. Their marriage and their love grew and strengthened for over 42 years, until last Thursday, when Spike changed his address to heaven.  
  After moving from Kansas to Cozad, Spike worked at W.J. Small Alfalfa mills and Allied Mills and Feed for about 7 years.  After that he became a rural mail carrier for nearly 30 years. He retired from the Post office in 1983 and, for the next 7 years worked as an independent paint contractor. After that, Spike and Lois “unofficially” went into the child care business, babysitting several grandkids, and a special child that they considered a grandchild, Austin Brockmeier.  Spike loved sports (especially Husker Football, Cubs baseball and anything his grandkids were playing). When he was still able, he enjoyed gardening and caring for his lawn. Even when age and arthritis slowed him he was still able to enjoy his lawn, thanks to a wonderful neighbor, Lemoyne Strasburg who treated Spike like a father. Spike had a passion for fishing and had made an artform out of catching crappie.  
  Spike was a member of the Cozad Church of Christ and served as an Elder. He was very proud of his Church, and spoke often about her.   Spike was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edyth; 2 brothers, Hubert and Jesse Wooldridge; 1 son, Joe Wooldridge and his wife Kathleen; 1 grandson, Jesse Sheffield. Survivors include his wife, Lois; 3 sons, Fred and his wife Katherine of Oswego, KS, Terry and his wife Teresa of Valley, NE and Tom Strohmyer and his wife Jenny of Savage, MN; 4 daughters, Donna Sheffield and her husband Kenny of Gothenburg, NE, Nikki Kriz and her husband Tony of Kearney, NE, Janna Kuklis and her husband Dan of Grand Island, NE and Kathi Gentzler and her husband Bob of Gretna, NE; 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren (with more coming). He is also survived by a Church family that he cared about deeply. 
  Services were held Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ on Newell with Pastor James McCrickard officiating.  Burial with Military Honors followed at Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was Monday from 1 to 8 with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home.
Ralph Lavern Lammers, age 97, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, passed away on Monday, February 12th, 2018 at Phelps Memorial Hospital, Holdrege, Nebraska. He was born on December 7th, 1920 in Upland, Nebraska to Chris & Dora (Klahn) Lammers.
  He was baptized on October 13th, 1921 in Hildreth, Nebraska and attended school through the 8th grade. After his schooling, he worked on the family farm. On July 13th, 1942 he was drafted in the US Army and served in Central Europe. He earned a Silver Star while serving as Sergeant of the 395th Infantry. He was honorably discharged on January 24th, 1946. After his time in the service, he spent some time ranching in the Harrison, Nebraska area. He was united in marriage on February 19th, 1950 to Joanne Rose Kauffelt. They were blessed with two daughters; Kristie Jo and Kathy Louise.
  Many of Ralph’s working years were spent farming with Neil Ranch south of Cozad, Nebraska until 1967, when he began working at Cozad Culligan Water Soft and later purchased this business. They truly enjoyed serving their customers in Dawson County. He sold his business in 1982 and retired to Arapahoe to be closer to his family.
  He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe and a Lutheran Brotherhood Representative and served on various church boards. He also served on the committee which built the Veteran’s Memorial wall in downtown Arapahoe. He was a member of the VFW Post 9357. He and Joanne enjoyed square dancing and playing cards with friends.
  He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Kathy and husband Steve Lallman, granddaughter-in-law Kasey Jo Warner, brothers Carl, Jacob, Alfred, Roy, Willis, & William, sisters Julietta, Clara, Lena, Bertha, & Anna, Brothers-in-law Donald Vannier and Gene Osterbuhr, Sister-In-Law Gloria Vannier. 
  He is survived by his wife of 68 years Joanne Lammers of Arapahoe, Nebraska, daughter Kristie Warner and husband Monte of Beaver City, Nebraska, grandsons Darren Warner and wife Amy of Edison, Nebraska and Dan Warner and wife Kate of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Brother Donald Lammers and wife Joann of Minden, Nebraska, Sister-In-Law Patricia Osterbuhr of Minden, Nebraska. Great-Grandchildren: Aubree, Bryson, Gentry, Berkley, Addelyn, Kallan, and Creyton Warner and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Viewing and visitation was held Sunday, February 18th, 2018 from 2 PM till 6 PM with family present from 2 PM till 4 PM, and Monday, February 19th, 2018 from 2 PM till 6 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main St., Arapahoe, Nebraska.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment was held Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 2:30 PM at Minden Cemetery with Military rites by the Minden American Legion and the Nebraska Army National Guard Honor Guard. Directly after the interment, a reception was held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Lutheran Hour, Trinity Lutheran Church, or donor’s choice. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.
  Carolyn Irby died Monday, February 12th, 2018 at Brookestone Acres in Columbus.
  Carolyn Ann Irby was born September 30th, 1932 in Cozad, Nebraska to Robert R. and Fern (Griffith) Good. She graduated from Cozad High School and Stephens College followed by 2 years at UNL. On June 2nd, 1954 Carolyn was united in marriage to William H. Irby at the First Presbyterian Church in Cozad, a marriage that would last over 63 years. Carolyn and Bill had 4 children; Robert (Maureen) Irby of Columbus, NE, Susan Irby of Minneapolis, MN, Sarah (Mark) Boaz of Omaha, NE and was predeceased by daughter Cynthia Irby.
  Carolyn enjoyed supporting her children's activities including Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. She also enjoyed playing bridge and community activities. Carolyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and a dedicated homemaker.
  Carolyn is survived by her husband, William (Bill) H. Irby, 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 2 sisters: Jane (Don) Kinnan of Cozad, NE, Mynette (Chan) Komarek of Grand Island, NE.
  She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Cynthia.
  Memorial Service was held Friday, February 16th, 2018 at the Federated Church in Columbus, NE.
  Burial followed at the Columbus Cemetery.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Federated Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or Donor’s Choice.
  Condolences may be left at www.mckownfuneralhome.com