Karla Lynn Bryant, 68, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 29, 2018 in Gothenburg, NE.
She was born April 2, 1950 in Lexington, NE, daughter of Paul and Lola (Tharp) Heins.
Karla lived in the Cozad area until moving to Gothenburg in 1967. She attended school at District 29 south of Cozad and Cozad High School before graduating from Gothenburg High School. She continued her education at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine (BS in Physical Therapy); Nebraska Wesleyan University (BS in Biology) and Kearney State College.
Karla begin working as a Physical Therapist in 1973. In the 1990's she started serving many of the area schools. Karla truly loved working with the kids, something she continued to do until her passing. She incorporated as Karla Bryant, PT, PC in 2003. Karla was a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Nebraska Chapter, Pediatric Section, Private Practice Section, and the Neuro-developmental Treatment Association.
She married Cedric Bryant on May 23, 1971 at Gothenburg, and to this union daughters Amanda and Alison were born. The couple later divorced. Karla was a member of the Gothenburg Community Playhouse and the Gothenburg First United Methodist Church. Her faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior was most special to her, along with her family and friends.
She liked to play cards, board games and puzzles. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping, biking, hiking, therapeutic riding and riding the motorcycle. She enjoyed a wide variety of sports, especially softball and baseball. She participated in Wellsprings Camp for many years.
Survivors include: two daughters, Amanda (Corey) Rossell of Gothenburg and Alison (Matt) Feik of Cozad; brother, Byron Heins; sister, Myra (Dale) Gronewold; granddaughter, Makenzie Rossell; three grandsons, Tra Rossell, Bryant Feik, Austin Feik; former husband, Cedric Bryant; two sisters-in-law, Judy (John) Jensen and Loretta (Robert) Todd; brother-in-law, Roger (Sharon) Bryant; boyfriend Charles Bean of Cozad; lifelong friend Iris Desmarteau; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews along with many friends.
Karla was preceded in death by her parents; nephew, Chad Gronewold; grandparents, Fred and Sophie Heins, Cyrus, Myrtle and Luella Tharp.
Book Signing will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, May 3, 2018, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm. with the family present from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Memorial Services will be held at Cozad First United Methodist Church, 151 B Street, Cozad, NE, Friday May 4, 2018 at 10:30 am with Pastor Doug Smith officiating.
Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad, Nebraska.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to AWANA, Gothenburg First United Methodist Church, Banner United Methodist Church, or Farnam United Methodist Church. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
William G. Umberger, formerly of Elwood, passed away April 29, 2018 at the Aksarben Village Independent Living facility in Omaha at the age of 86.
William was born June 11, 1931 to Perry J. and Alice (Kolb) Umberger on the Umberger ranch southwest of Elwood, Nebraska, in the same bedroom where his father was born in 1895. William had two sisters to greet him, Mary Ellen and Janet.
Bill attended country school for eight years and then went to high school at the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska. He attended college at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, receiving an Associate degree in 1951. Bill returned to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in the fall of 1951, was accepted into the Advanced ROTC program and received a Bachelor degree in Agronomy.
William married Shirley I. Miles on August 10, 1952 at the Christian Church in Elwood, Nebraska. They moved to Lincoln where Bill finished his schooling and Shirley taught Home Economics in Eagle, Nebraska. Bill was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the United States Army in 1953. When Bill was called to active duty, Shirley accompanied him to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma where they lived in Lawton, Oklahoma for 8 months. Bill went to Karlsruhe, Germany as an artillery officer in July of 1953 and Shirley was able to join him in November. While Bill was stationed in Germany for 16 months, he and Shirley traveled all over Europe.
After Bill's discharge from the Army in 1955, the couple returned to the family ranch southwest of Elwood. Four children were born to their family between January of 1957 and November of 1963: Laura Ann, Julia Ruth, Patrick Miles and Mary Lynne. Bill continued to farm and raise cattle and hogs while Shirley taught school.
In 1972, Bill became the Director of the Soil and Water Conservation District in Holdrege, Nebraska. Bill served as the director until 1978 when the Soil and Water Conservation District transitioned into the Natural Resources District. Bill was the Manager of the Tri-Basin Natural Resources District in Holdrege from 1978 until his retirement in 1995.
The Umberger Ranch was recognized in 1985 by the Knights of AK-SAR-BEN and The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers with the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award for long and meritorious service to agriculture, as exemplified by continued ownership within the family of the same Nebraska farm for 100 years or more. Bill and Shirley retired to Omaha, Nebraska in 2007.
William was baptized as a young man at the First United Methodist Church in Elwood, Nebraska and was an active member of the church until his death. Bill was also a member of the Tahama Shriner's Association, and was honored for 60 years of service as a Master Mason of Thistle Lodge No. 61. He was an active member of the American Legion Post of Elwood and called bingo and worked the Legion food booth at the Gosper County Fair for many years.
William was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley in 2016; his parents; 2 sisters, Mary Ellen Balke and Janet Schutz; sister-in-law, Gloria MacEwen; 4 brothers-in-law, Larry Miles, G.A. MacEwen, Ted Schutz and Harold Balke.
Marjorie Elinor Lofquist, age 87, of Elwood Nebraska passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska. Elinor was born on September 20, 1930 at Peoria, Arizona to Frank D. and Elizabeth (Foss) Bonser.
She moved to Beaver City, Nebraska at the age of 9 months and later moved to Holdrege, Nebraska in 1941. She was baptized at an early age. She graduated from Holdrege High School with the Class of 1948. She was united in marriage on August 14, 1948 to Clyde Lofquist in Holdrege. They lived north of Bertrand and east of Elwood, before moving into Elwood in 1964. In May of 1970, they purchased the welding business with son Steve and joining later were sons Donald, Gary, and Stuart. Elinor was secretary for 29 years, before retiring in May of 1999.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Elwood, T.O.P.S. of NE 771, of Johnson Lake, and Plum Creek Garden Club. She enjoyed quilting, walking, crafts, and family.
She is preceded in death by, her parents, husband Clyde, 1 brother William Bonser, and 3 sisters Helen Hall & Carol Broberg, Frances Capps.
She is survived by daughters Nancy Cargill of Allen, Kansas and Rosalie (Robert) Hathaway of Omaha, sons Steven (Arlene) of Kearney, Donald (Kay) of Elwood, Gary of Grand Island, Stuart of Mesa, Arizona, sister Dorothy Greening of Holdrege, 10 Grandchildren and 2 step-Grandchildren, 15 Great-Grandchildren, and 5 Step-Great-Grandchildren, Sisters-In-Law Roma Jean Lofquist of Bertrand, Nebraska, and Doris Reisig, of Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Condolences and personal reflections can be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 6 PM till 8 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Elwood, Nebraska. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church, in Elwood, Nebraska with Pastors Soonil Park and Phyllis Dunlop, officiating. Interment will be at the Elwood Cemetery, Elwood, Nebraska. Elwood Funeral Home, of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Elwood, Gosper County Senior Center, and American Diabetes Association.
Clinton D. Hohnstein, of Cozad passed away April 27, 2018 at the Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 94. Clint was born March 20, 1924 in rural Clay County, Nebraska to Henry and Esther Hohnstein.
He grew up in rural Clay and Hamilton counties and attended school in Stockam for six years and moved with the family to Harvard at the age of twelve. He graduated from Harvard in 1941.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in March of 1943 and served 32 months until late November of 1945. He served in the European Theater with the 106th Infantry Division and was taken as a prisoner by the German Army on December 19, 1945. He made his way to friendly troops on April 24, 1945. He was discharged in late November of 1945. Within a week of his discharge, he went to work for Kansas Nebraska Natural Gas Co. in Hastings.
On September 22, 1946, he married Donna Rauscher in Harvard, Nebraska. In June of 1947, they were transferred to Cozad where he worked for the company until his retirement in 1985.
He enjoyed time with his family as well as Cozad High School sports and Cornhusker football games.
He was a longtime member of the Cozad United Methodist Church. He served on boards of the church, Cozad Country Club, United Way, Dawson County American Red Cross, as well as 10 years on the Cozad Fire Department. He also was lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW, American Ex-Prisoners of War and the Combat Infantryman's Association.
His real passion for many years was golf and spending the winters in Florida with his wife.
Clint was preceded in death by his parents; wife Donna; siblings, Mae Morgan and Gerald Hohnstein.
Survivors include his son, James Hohnstein of Florida; granddaughter, Lisa Wenk and husband Russell and his great-grandson Graden of Arizona; several nieces and nephews; and daughter-in-law, Sheryl Tatum of Florida.
Memorials are suggested to Cozad United Way, Cozad Country Club or Central Plains Hospice.
Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Services will be Monday, May 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating.
Burial with Military Honors will be at the Cozad Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 4 to 6 at Berryman Funeral Home.
William R. “Bill” Berryman, 75, died Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at his residence in Kearney.
Memorial services were held Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney. Rev. Dean Pofahl officiated. There was no visitation. Memorials are suggested to Ft. Kearny Preservation, Restoration and Development Fund. Please visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a message of condolence.
Bill was born October 13th, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri to Virgil and Geraldene (Carroll) Berryman. His family moved to Cozad in 1945 and he graduated from Cozad High School in 1961. He then graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
After losing his first wife, Nancy Rasely, he met and married Karen Michael. They lived and started their family in Omaha. They moved to Kearney in 1980 and he opened the Dean Witter investment agency in Kearney which later became part of Morgan Stanley from which he retired.
Bill was an avid fisher and hunter and was committed to conserving Nebraska’s natural resources. He was active in the Democratic Party and served as a member on the Nebraska Game and Parks Board. He was a member of the Rotary and Cosmos Clubs.
Surviving relatives include his wife Karen of Kearney; son, Michael Berryman and wife Gwendolynn and their children Applelynn and Broderick of Blair, NE; daughter Lisa Barnidge and husband Michael and their children Grady and Myles of St. Paul, MN; sisters, Janet Thompson of Santa Rosa, CA and Betty Rowe and husband Terry of Elwood, NE; brothers James Berryman and wife Phyllis of Memphis, TN and Richard Berryman of Seal Beach, CA.
In addition to his first wife he is preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Berryman.
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