June L. Walker of North Platte passed away June 9th, 2017 at Great Plains Hospital at the age of 83. June was born June 22nd, 1933 at Farnam, Nebraska to Elmer and Eva (Keiper) Hilton. When June was very young the family moved to the farmstead north of Cozad, Nebraska. June graduated from the Cozad High School in 1951.
In 1956, she was united in marriage to Gerald Walker at the United Methodist Church in Cozad. In 1962, the Walker family began with the births of Michelle Lynn, Monte David and Marsha Sue. Soon after they moved the family to North Platte, Nebraska.
June was a great home maker and also worked at the Greyhound Bus Depot and NBC computer center. Her most treasured times were spent at home taking care of her family and spoiling her grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, tea parties with her girlfriends, listening to country music and the Grand Ole Opry.
June was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Michelle Gill; sister, Doris Hergenrader; and brother, Leonard Hilton.
She is lovingly survived by her children, Monte (Anissa) Walker of North Platte and Marsha (Rick) Nester of Layton, Utah; 6 grandchildren, Sam Gill and David Gill of Phoenix, Arizona, Brittany Nester of Layton, Utah, and Colton (Erin Lewis) Walker, Luke Walker and Bryson Walker, all of North Platte.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com.
Services were held Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Platte First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Doug Delp officiating. Burial at Farnam Cemetery followed. Visitation was Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel.
Charles E. Mladek of Cozad passed away June 10th, 2017 at Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 92. Charlie was born March 5th, 1925 at Poole, Nebraska to Frank I. and Mary Grace (White) Mladek. He grew up in several rural Nebraska towns. In 1943 at age 18, Charlie joined the U.S. Navy during WWII. He served on the USS Hoggatt Bay aircraft carrier as well as a submarine chaser. He was a fireman and a machine gunner. He loved showing his Order of the Golden Shellback Award which he received for crossing the equator 78 times while aboard the USS Hoggatt Bay. He received an honorable discharge in 1946. He returned to Cozad in 1946 and worked at the Allied Mill until he retired.
He met Violet Virginia Dishman from Gothenburg and were married on June 7th, 1949. The couple were blessed with 5 children. Charlie had a lot of interests and hobbies such as his birds, fish, exotic animals and a white crane. He enjoyed taking care of his animals and showing people around his duck pen. In the 1960's, he raised bees and rendered the honey which his children sold door to door around town. In the last 2 1/2 years, he made 3 trips to Texas visiting Six Flags, SeaWorld and the ocean. He also visited the USS Lexington, a ship that he fought side by side with in WWII.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Violet; 2 sons, Allen and Frank Mladek; grandson, Kenneth Copass and a sister, Rozella Perry.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Charlotte (Richard) Tabor of Douglas, Wyoming and Vicky Kruse of Cozad; son, Charles E. (Carol) Mladek Jr. of Cozad; grandchildren, Crystal Sorge of Cozad, Frank (Barb) Mladek of Cozad, Allen Mladek of Florida, Meranda Mladek of Texas, Terry Kruse Jr. (Becky) of Laguna Beach, California, Jonathan (Amber) Kruse of Cozad, Tricia Kruse and Cody Kruse of Cozad, Brandi Bodfield-Coufal of Overton and Johnnie Whitthuhn of Lincoln; great grandchildren, Christopher and Samantha Sorge, Aubree, Jesse and Emmajean Mladek, Kayla and Nathan Kruse, Kaden Kruse, Addyson and Cyle Kruse, Kelsey and Dylynn Coufal and Ashian Mladek; great great grandchildren, Erika and Emilyn Sorge and Tenliegh Malcom.
Services will be held Friday, June 16th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Susan Sukraw officiating. Burial will be at the Cozad Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home.
Donald John Foss, age 90, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, June 10th, 2017, at the Elwood Care Center, Elwood, Nebraska. He was born on February 13th, 1927 to John Charles and Hilda (Pfeiffer) Foss on the family farm in Gosper County, Nebraska.
Don grew up on the farm and graduated from Elwood High School. After his schooling, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He came back to Elwood and married Norma Randolph on January 11th, 1959 at Salem Lutheran Church south of Elwood. To this union 4 children were born; Doug, Roger, Jennifer, and infant daughter who passed at birth. They farmed for many years on the family farm. He also served as Gosper County Commissioner for several terms.
Don and Norma were faithful followers of Elwood High School Athletics; they received an award from the Elwood Booster Club for this honor. They followed their children and grandchildren for many years in all their activities. He was a member of the Elwood Lion’s Club, American Legion, & Salem Lutheran Church before transferring his membership to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. He enjoyed neighborhood card club, dancing, and was a founding member of the Udder Bunch.
Don is survived by his wife Norma of Elwood, Nebraska, sons: Doug & wife Barb Foss of Elwood, Nebraska & Roger & wife Kelli Foss of Wichita, Kansas, daughter: Jennifer & husband Craig Ward of Elwood, Nebraska, sister: Laurine Nitz of Coco, Florida, 8 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, and sister Irene Weissert.
Viewing & visitation was Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood, Nebraska and prior to the services at the church.
Funeral services were Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Michael Wolff, officiating. Interment was at the Salem West Cemetery at Elwood, Nebraska with military rites provided by Elwood American Legion and Nebraska Army-National Guard Honor Guard.
Memorials are suggested to the Elwood Lion’s Club, VFW, 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.
Marilyn Joy (Strothkamp) Saville, 71, of Kirwin, Kansas, former Lexington resident, died suddenly Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, at the Phillips County Hospital in Phillipsburg, Kansas.
She was born December 7th, 1945, in Geneva, Nebraska, to Donald J. and Joy Ann (Thomas) Strothkamp. Marilyn attended country school and graduated from Geneva High School with the class of 1964. She was united in marriage to Curtis R. Saville on July 12th, 1964, in Geneva. Four children were blessed to this marriage; Kimberly, Kelly, Corey, and Paul. This year they would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.
During the time Marilyn and Curtis lived in Lexington, she worked at Wheelers for many years. She also started the floral shop, Roses 4 You in Grand Island, Nebraska. She still helped out at the shop during the holidays.
The couple built several homes over the years and she enjoyed painting and decorating their homes.
Marilyn was always busy. She loved sewing, crafting, playing cards, snow skiing, riding 4-wheelers, fishing, and traveling, where she made many new friends. Her greatest love though was spending time with family, especially the grandsons.
Marilyn had a strong faith, and enjoyed attending Bible studies several times a week.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Always helpful, always smiling, and will be so very missed.
Marilyn is survived by her husband of nearly 53 years, Curtis of Kirwin, Kansas; three daughters, Kim (Steve) Lueck of Kearney, Nebraska, Kelly (Chris) Jensen of Lexington, Nebraska, and Corey (Troy) Fellers of Lexington, Nebraska; one son, Paul (Nicole) Saville of Martell, Nebraska; five grandsons, Justin Shriver of Lexington, Nebraska, Tanner Shriver of Kearney, Nebraska, Seth Lueck of Kearney, Nebraska, Matthew Lueck of Kearney, Nebraska, and Logan (Sarah) Fellers of Cozad, Nebraska; one great-grandson, Jaxon Shriver; also surviving are many siblings, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law, brother, Roger; and, grandson Devon Shriver.
It was Marilyn’s wish, after death, that any part of her body that could be used to save another should be done. This was done in Wichita, Kansas. Cremation was then chosen.
A Memorial Celebration of Life was held Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor William Ohlmann officiating.
A Memorial Book Signing and visiting with family time was held Monday, June 12th, 2017 at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
Inurnment will be held privately for family only later in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to have assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
LaDonna Walker, 86 of Kearney, formerly of Elm Creek, died Monday, June 5th, 2017 at Mount Carmel Home and Rehabilitation. Funeral services were Thursday, June 8th, 2017 at the Elm Creek United Methodist Church. Interment followed at Elm Creek Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday at the O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Elm Creek and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the Elm Creek United Methodist Church or the Elm Creek Public Library. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com. O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She was born December 29th, 1930 to Edward and Cecile (Wolfe) Carlson in Cozad, Nebraska. LaDonna was a 1948 graduate of Cozad High School and later earned a teaching degree from Kearney State Teachers College. She taught at a country school North of Cozad, at Alma and at Holdrege.
On June 8, 1951, she was united in marriage to Robert Walker in Holdrege. Nebraska. To this union three sons were born, Mike, Roger and Gary. They farmed North of Alma before moving to a farm near Overton and then Northeast of Lexington. In 1966, they bought the current farm North of Elm Creek. Robert passed away in 2006. LaDonna lived there on the farm until moving to Mt. Carmel Home in 2013.
LaDonna enjoyed spending time with family, working in her garden and attending various coffee clubs and quilting with her friends at the Methodist Church. She cherished her time with family cheering on the Huskers on game day. LaDonna volunteered for numerous functions in the Elm Creek community. She was a longtime member of the Elm Creek United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her children and spouses; Mike Walker and wife Jane of Elm Creek, Roger Walker and wife Judy of Kearney and Gary Walker and wife Julie of Kearney; grandchildren Brandon (Stephanie) Walker of Elm Creek, Loren Walker of Elm Creek, Chris (Lauren) Walker of Kearney, Heather Walker of Lincoln, Travis (Morgan) Walker of Denver, Colorado and Tyler Walker of Kearney; great grandchildren Colin and Calvin Luna of Omaha, Madison Walker of Kearney, Devon, Preston, and Corbin Walker all of Elm Creek; grandson-in-law Homer Luna of Omaha.
LaDonna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; brother Lloyd Carlson and a granddaughter Carolyn Walker-Luna.
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