Don Gruber was born August 16th, 1933 to Paul and Vilda Gruber in their farm house south of Cozad, Nebraska. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1951. Don attended the University of Nebraska, where he was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity. He graduated, a proud Cornhusker, in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.
In 1955, Don married Shirley Knispel and they moved to the east coast where he served two years in the Marine Corps, reaching the rank of Captain. He served an additional year in the Reserves. After his discharge from the Marine Corps in 1957, Don and Shirley returned to Nebraska to farm south of Cozad, where they lived until moving to Mesa, Arizona in 1985.
Don’s favorite hobbies were piloting small airplanes, dancing, riding motorcycles, traveling, and golfing. He was active in International Flying Farmers, school board, church boards, Nebraska College of Agricultural Technology Board, and irrigation district board.
Don and Shirley have four children: Tracy (wife Lana, Phoenix, AZ); Keri Ohlson (husband Doug, Alliance, NE); Teresa (husband Reid Scott, Washington, DC); and Kim Sunia (Mesa, AZ.) Don’s greatest joy was spending time with his seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Vilda; sister, Jan Nielsen; brother-in-law, Donnie Nielsen; and son in law, Pita Sunia.
Don died Wednesday, January 10th, in Mesa, Arizona. His memorial service and celebration of life were held Saturday, January 13th, also in Mesa.
Kathryn J. Nelsen, 66, of North Platte, passed away Friday, January 12, 2018 at Great Plains Health.
She was born February 16, 1951 to James C. and Evelyn J. (Reiter) Breeden at Lexington, NE. Kathryn graduated from Cozad High School. Later she moved to North Platte, where she worked for Municipal Light and Water as a payroll clerk for over 44 years, retiring in 2014.
On Feb. 26, 1988, she was united in marriage to Ernest E. Nelsen in North Platte. They enjoyed fishing and camping together.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest of North Platte; two step-daughters; and two step granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William “Bill” Breeden.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Memorials are suggested to Great Plains Health Callahan Cancer Center.
Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in care of arrangements.
Eloris A. Burham of Platteville, Colorado and Las Cruces, New Mexico, passed away January 7, 2018 at her home in Las Cruces following a short battle with brain cancer, at the age of 78.
Eloris was born November 19, 1939 on the family homestead in Eustis, Nebraska to Walter and Anna (Goldstein) Rupe. She graduated from Eustis High School with the class of 1957. In August of 1959, Eloris married Clarence Burham at Eustis, Nebraska.
The couple were blessed with 2 children, Debora and Bret. The family moved around between Colorado and Wyoming installing Power Lines, before settling in Denver. Eloris had a strong work ethic.
When she became a single mother, she was able to support herself as well as put her children through college. She worked in the Trucking Industry for over 50 years, before her retirement at age 70. Eloris loved to travel. She always drove and took every opportunity to see everything she could before leaving that location. Some of her favorite places included the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Alaska and Washington D.C. When she was home she enjoyed reading, playing checkers and going on walks with her neighbors.
Eloris was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Jerry Rupe. Survivors include her daughter, Debora Burham of Las Cruces, NM; son, Bret Burham of Platteville, CO; sister, Verna Mae Gruber of Eustis; sister-in-law, Linda Carpenter of Gothenburg; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial has been established in her name for later designation. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Services were held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Eustis with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Burial followed at Westview Cemetery. There was no visitation. Berryman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Celebration of Life Service for Alan L. “Al” Holt will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bertrand, Nebraska with Pastors Ted Carnahan and Brady Clevenger officiating. Interment will be held in the Platte Valley Cemetery, north of Loomis in the Williamsburg Township in Phelps County.
Alan Leroy Holt, 84 years of age, of rural Overton, Nebraska, passed on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at CHI Health - St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Al was born on July 28, 1933 at Cozad, Nebraska, the sixth of eight children born Alfred and Pearl (Jensen) Holt. He received his primary education from a country school in Dawson County, and then graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1951.
Following his education, Al served his country in the United States Air Force, stationed in Alaska until his honorable discharge at Omaha, Nebraska. In March of 1956, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Jean Lawson, and to this union four children were born: Larry, Joni, Laura, and John. The family made their home on farms in the Williamsburg area in northern Phelps County, where Al engaged in farming, and raised livestock. The farm was his passion, and hobby. His work ethic was admired by all who knew him, and was proud to have passed this trait on to his children. Al was a humble man who never wanted the spotlight, and always attempted to be a man of actions, not words.
When the children were young, he enjoyed the involvement with 4-H, attended many horseshows, and always took the time to climb out of the tractor when it came to the kids’ activities.
He was an avid baseball fan. Al also loved to play a good game of cards with his friends, and most recently even taught the grandchildren several card games. The time spent with his grandchildren were the highlight of his life, and he always looked forward to their activities and sporting events.
Al was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Loyd Holt and his wife, Virginia, and Lee Holt; and three sisters: Loree Larsen and her husband, Harold, Goldie Stapp, and Judy Arnold and her husband, Jerry; and sister-in-law, Judy Holt.
He leaves to celebrate his life; his four children: Larry Holt of Hastings, Nebraska; Joni Strahm and her husband, Jay of Broomfield, Colorado; Laura Clevenger and her husband, Allen of Crook, Colorado; and John Holt and his wife, Jackie of rural Loomis, Nebraska; thirteen grandchildren: Shelby and Nicholas Holt; Jessica, Jordan, and Jacob Strahm; Brady Clevenger, Justin Clevenger and his wife, Ailene, and Troy Clevenger; and Joshua, J.C., Joe, Jory, and Autumn Holt; one brother, Paul Holt of Holdrege, Nebraska; one sister, Lois Holen and her husband, Don of Bertrand; brother-in-law, Roy Stapp of Omaha; sister-in-law, Doris Holt of Kearney, Nebraska; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.
A memorial has been established in Al’s honor, and will be designated at a later date.
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.
LaVon E. Kirk of Cozad, Nebraska, died Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Silverado Memory Care in Encinitas, California at the age of 85.
LaVon was born October 30, 1932 in Cozad, Nebraska, to Max and Ida (Ostendorf) Gayman. She graduated from Cozad High School in 1950 and attended Kearney State College where she obtained her teaching certificate. LaVon married Melvin Kirk on August 16, 1953 in Cozad. Their marriage was blessed with four girls, Jamie, Marcia, Michelle and Jennifer. LaVon had a lifelong love for children and taught country school in the Cozad area for years. Later she owned her own preschool until she retired from teaching. LaVon and Melvin owned and operated Kirk's Trenching and Excavating until Melvin retired in 2005.
LaVon was a friendly, compassionate person who was willing to help anyone. Gardening was a favorite past time of hers and one could usually find her outside tending her raspberries or peonies. She enjoyed traveling with Melvin to visit their daughters and grandchildren. LaVon's family was always her number one priority and her role as a grandmother was no different.
LaVon was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; her parents; and brothers, Gene and Ron.
Survivors include four daughters, Jamie Krason of San Diego, California, Marcia (Monte) Hueftle of Bonsall, California, Michelle (Jason) Young of Omaha, Nebraska and Jennifer (Kevin) Gengenbach of Cozad, Nebraska; a sister, Faye Fetter of Lawndale, California; seven grandchildren, Jordan (Becky) Krason, Jessica (Nick) Nelson, Kate (Jeff) Mettee, Cory and Caleb Young, Haley and Emily Gengenbach; and 4 great grandchildren. A Celebration of her life is planned for the end of May. A memorial has been established in her memory for later designation. Berryman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.