Rita Mae Tingelhoff Adams, 89, of Overton, Nebraska, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 4, 2018, in her sleep at her residence in Cozad with her daughter, Marietta, granddaughter, Randi Cook, and three of her great-grandchildren by her side.
Rita was born August 31, 1928, on the Tingelhoff farm in rural Dawson County, Nebraska, to Henry A. and Clara (Ortmeier) Tingelhoff.
She was united in marriage to Billy C. Adams on June 10, 1953, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington. The couple traveled with the Air Force for several years, but made their home in Overton in 1970. Rita then babysat for many years loving all the little ones who grew up who called her Aunt Rita and even Grammie.
Rita and her family raised rabbits, chickens, turkeys, and ducks. She loved to garden and can, filling her shelves as well as her children’s with goodies. Besides canned goods she loved to bake and could make the best pies and cookies. When she sat down she loved to play cards, especially pinochle, cribbage, and pitch. She enjoyed embroidery and many a girl received a set of pillowcases for their high school graduation.
She followed all sorts of sports on TV being a big Nebraska Husker and Minnesota Viking fan. She resided in her home in rural Overton until she moved in 2013, to her daughter Norma’s house where she continued to be found rocking babies, cutting vegetables, folding laundry, studying spelling words, coloring pictures, or playing card games on her tablet.
Rita was a faithful member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington. She was a member of the Funeral Dinner Committee, and spent time collecting cakes and salads for funeral meals for many years.
She was a true angel on earth and will be so very missed by all who knew and loved her.
Rita is survived by her children; Marietta Adams of Henderson, Nebraska, Jolene Fischer of Cambridge, Nebraska, Norma (Gary) Yeutter of Cozad, Nebraska, Kellie (Brian) Anderson of North Platte, Nebraska, and Thomas Adams of Bellevue, Nebraska; nine grandchildren, Eric Fischer and (Michelle Doetker) and their children, Nick, Christina Aaliyah, and Hailea of Cambridge, Nebraska, Tyler Fischer of Grand Island, Nebraska, Brooke Fischer of Cambridge, Nebraska, Megan (Brad) Reed, of North Platte, Nebraska and their children, Kinlee and Brody, Clint Yeutter of Virginia, Randi (Justin) Cook and their children, Dakota, Carolyn, and Logan of Cozad, Nebraska; Myriah (Austin) Durner and their children, Montana, Monte, and Milee of Cozad, Nebraska, Chareese (Shawn) Daffer and their daughter Makenna of Indianola, Nebraska, Clarissa and Tim Hansen, of North Platte, Nebraska, Lew Marsolek and son Josiah of North Platte, Nebraska; sisters, Willie Campbell of Kentucky, Dorothy Bergstraesser of Smithfield, Nebraska, Dee (Jim) Saulsbury of Iowa, and brother, Mick (Phyllis) Tingelhoff of Minnesota; and sister-in-law, Kay Tingelhoff of Eustis, Nebraska, and Ellen Adams of Kansas.
Rita will also be missed by her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and all the children she babysat through the years.
Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Adams; children, Connie, Joann, Marie Kathleen, Mary Elizabeth; her parents, Henry and Clara Ortmeier Tingelhoff; her brother, Lawrence Tingelhoff; brothers-in-law, Lyle Bergstraesser, Homer “Bud” Adams, James “Harold” Adams, Larry Adams, Kenny Brandenberg, John Dorner; and, sisters-in-law, Donna Brandenberg, Jeannette Dorner, and Carol Adams.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Reverend Jose Chavez celebrating.
Burial was in the St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation was held Monday, January 8, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. with Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to St. Ann’s Catholic Church or to the family for later designation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Johnnie Joe Tvrdy, 85, of Platte City, Missouri, formerly of Lexington, died Monday, January 1, 2018, at Hillview Nursing Home in Platte City.
He was born October 25, 1932, in Sumner, Nebraska, to John and Mary (Kutnik) Tvrdy. He graduated from Overton High School with the class of 1951.
Johnnie served his Country in the United States Army from March 4, 1953, until his honorable discharge on March 1, 1955, as a Corporal. He was united in marriage to Peggy Dixon on February 2, 1956, in Cozad, Nebraska. Three sons were blessed to this marriage; Terry, Larry, and John. The couple made their home near Lexington since 1956.
Johnnie farmed from 1956 until 1973, when he went to work for Sperry New Holland, until they closed the Lexington plant in 1985.
He was a member of the VFW. He enjoyed collecting guns, hurricane lamps, playing Bingo, and was a constant teaser. He loved playing practical jokes, and being with the family, especially the grandkids, and great-grandkids.
Johnnie is survived by his three sons; Terry (Kim) Tvrdy of Central City, Nebraska, Larry (Deb) Tvrdy of Cozad, Nebraska, and John Tvrdy of Kansas City, Missouri; Sister-in-law, Mavis Tvrdy of Ralston, Nebraska; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren with one on the way; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Peggy in 2006; two brothers, Ed and Art; and sister, Pat Ruhter.
Funeral Services were held Friday, January 5, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Pastor Daniel Sauer officiating.
Burial with Military Honors was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Visitation was held Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneral.com.
Leslie A. “Bud” Hickenbottom, Jr. was born July 10th, 1928, in rural Callaway, Nebraska, to Leslie Sr. and Anna (Lewis) Hickenbottom, the fifth of nine children. He passed from this life on Sunday, December 24th, 2017, at the Callaway Good Life Center.
Bud lived his entire life in Callaway, Nebraska, except for his time in the United States Air Force from March 9th, 1951, until his honorable discharge on February 7th, 1959, where he was a staff sergeant, serving in Japan, Colorado and California, during the Korean War.
While serving in Colorado, he met and married the love of his life, Luella (Marie) Cadwallader. Following the military years, Bud and Marie moved their growing family back to Callaway, where they raised their five children. Bud farmed for most of his life, and after the children were raised, he and Marie began a new business venture, Bud and Marie’s Steakhouse, from which they both eventually retired.
Bud, always being a farmer, took over gardening after his wife of 44 years passed away on August 13th, 2000. He enjoyed gardening, and had a sense of pride, when others asked him for advice. Bud was very proud of the years he served his country, and also of his son, Dean, and grandsons, David and Christian’s service in the Army. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, as well as playing pool, cards and dominoes.
Bud never knew a stranger. He had an amazing outlook on life and was known for his great sense of humor and turning frowns upside down. He will be remembered as one of Callaway’s “characters,” known and loved by Callaway residents of all ages and walks of life, as well as those from the neighboring towns.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife; four brothers, Donald, Alvin, Roger and James; three sisters, Dorothy (Lloyd) Edwards, Mildred Hickenbottom, and Laura (Palmer) Bybee; son-in-law, Rene Twohig; and a stillborn grandchild.
He is survived by his sons, Dean and Karen (Crow) of Spokane, Washington, and Mike and Stacy (Reier) of Cozad, Nebraska; daughters, Micki Twohig of Curtis, Nebraska, Terri and Joe Schierbeek of Rockvale, Colorado, and Cheryl and Lee Nielsen of Wood River, Nebraska; sister, Lois Franzen of Grand Island, Nebraska; 15 grandchildren, Lane Hickenbottom, Ryan Gibson, Monaca Brown, Shane Miller, Cody Milller, Chris Twohig, Jessica Crowder, Kayla Schierbeek, Kaleb Hickenbottom, Mallory Gibreal, Jordan Hickenbottom, Jennifer Raburn, David Nielsen, April Martin and Christian Nielsen; 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
It was Bud’s wishes his body be cremated. The family has honored those wishes. There will be no visitation.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held Friday, January 5, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Callaway Community Center with Fred Werkmeister, PMA officiating.
Inurnment with Military Honors will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Callaway.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers please, are suggested to the Callaway Good Life Center.
Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home of Callaway is assisting the family with arrangements.
Walter Allen DeWitt passed away on December 24th, 2017 at his home in Cozad, Nebraska at the age of 74. He was born July 19th, 1943 at Gothenburg, Nebraska, the older of two sons, to Alvor and Betty (Brooks) DeWitt. Walt graduated from Cozad High School where he was a three-sport athlete for the four years and was selected to the all-state football team. He played in the 1961 Shrine Bowl.
After graduation Walt joined the U.S. Marines and served in the Pacific and the naval base in Kittery, Maine. Walt married Winnie Richards on December 30th, 1964. They had two sons, Wade and Eric DeWitt. Walt cared for his grandparents in Cozad until the family relocated to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he worked as a golf course superintendent. After his divorce he moved to Susanville, California, and continued to work as a golf course superintendent. Walt also worked as a farm hand, a prison guard, a ditch rider, and pheasant distributor. Walt was an avid hunter, expert marksman, competitive pool, golf, and card player. He was a loyal friend, a loving father and brother.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his sons, Wade DeWitt of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Eric DeWitt of Portland, Oregon, a granddaughter, Emma DeWitt of Portland, Oregon, and brother, Brad DeWitt of Huntington Beach, California.
Memorials are suggested to the Cozad Country Club or donor's choice. Online condolences may shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Cremation was chosen.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, January 5th, 2018 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home.
Enola Yvonne “Bonnie” West, age 95 years, went to live with the Lord on Sunday, December 31, 2017.
Bonnie was born May 14, 1922, to Herman Hershel Buckley and Hilda Marie Sandine Buckley in Cozad, Dawson County, Nebraska.
She attended elementary school at Pine Ridge School District 80 and graduated from Cozad High School in 1939.
At age 17, Bonnie began waitressing at the B & D Café in Cozad, then at Haps Café. In 1940, she moved to Los Angeles, California and worked as a long distance telephone operator. She continued working as an operator after moving back to Omaha in 1941, where she met the love of her life.
Bonnie married her sweetheart, William Harmon West, Jr. on December 24th, 1943, in Santa Ana, California, where Bill was stationed in the Air Force in cadet training.
Bill’s military service took them to several places in the United States, until the war ended in 1945. They then moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, for the remainder of their lives.
In 1952, Bonnie began working as a teller at Hancock Bank and retired from there in 1984, as a vice president. While working for Hancock Bank, she attended the LSU School of Banking in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For many years, she was a member of the international service organization, Altrusa Club.
Bonnie is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Euvah and Cot Stuart, and by her cherished and beloved nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces and great great nephews and nieces.
She is predeceased by her parents, an infant sister, brothers Herschel and Richard, husband Bill and their infant son.
Visitation will be held Sunday, January 7th, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Riemann Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 8th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5007 Lawson Ave., Gulfport. Burial will follow the service at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 8910 Carl Legett Road, Gulfport. For further information, please call Riemann Funeral Home at 228-539-9800.