Mary L. (Fox) Morse of Cozad passed away April 21st, 2018 at the Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 47.
Mary was born April 8th, 1971 in Atlanta, Iowa to Dennis and Elaine (Johnson) Fox. She grew up in Custer County and graduated from Arnold High School with the class of 1991. Mary attended Colby Community College in Kansas. She took many classes in horse training and equestrian riding.
During college, she met Kent Morse. They were married on September 18th, 1993 in Broken Bow, Nebraska at the Baptist Church. The couple were blessed with 3 children, David, Rachael and Dorothy. Mary and Kent moved to Cozad in 1997 where they raised their family. Mary had a passion for helping children and the elderly. She taught Sunday School and served on the Livin' Light Christian Women and Mission to Cozad committees and did mission work on the Indian Reservation. She would bring her horse, Cowboy, to town and give rides to children. She participated in the annual reenactment of the Pony Express Ride. Mary loved all animals, training horses and became the neighborhood vet. She was currently employed at Orschlen Farm and Home in Gothenburg.
Mary was preceded in death by her horse, Juanitas Cowboys (Cowboy).
Survivors include her mother, Elaine Fox of Kearney; father, Dennis Fox of Texas; husband, Kent Morse of Cozad; son, David Morse of Kearney; daughters, Rachael Morse of Gothenburg and Dorothy Morse of North Platte; grandchildren, Dalyla Cañas of Cozad and Antonio Escamilla of North Platte; sister, Susan Fox of Nevada; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and pets.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
A memorial service was held Friday, April 27th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cozad Bible Church with Pastor JC Calhoun officiating. Cremation was chosen.
Ruby L. Axtell, 94, of Kearney, Nebraska, formerly of Callaway, Nebraska, passed away on Monday, April 23rd, 2018, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney.
Ruby Lucille Hueftle Axtell was born June 27, 1923, near Eustis, Nebraska to Charley and Henrietta Fasse Hueftle. She was baptized as an infant by Rev John Schaum. In 1936 she was confirmed and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
When Ruby was seven, she began taking piano lessons from Emilie Schaumn. At age 11 she began playing the violin and participated in the school orchestra, and in 1937 she began taking organ lessons from the minister’s wife. A couple years later opportunity fell in her lap. One Sunday morning there was no organist to play for church. Ruby went to the organ to play for the service, and continued playing for church services until she retired in 2010.
In her senior year of high school she completed Normal Training, and so after graduating from Eustis High School in 1940, she taught rural school in Frontier County. She also clerked in the Gauger Store in Eustis.
Ruby was united in marriage to Charles Axtell on March 8th, 1953 in Eustis, Nebraska. The couple made their home in the Callaway area. Three children were blessed to this union: Kurt, Steven and Karen.
Ruby was a past president of the United Methodist Women and past Worthy Matron of Clara Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She was a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star.
She was employed for 15 years as a nurse aide at the Good Samaritan Care Home in Callaway.
Survivors include her sister, Helen Jorges of Elwood, Nebraska
Two sons: Kurt Axtell of Kearney, Nebraska, and Steve (Jane) Axtell of Omaha, Nebraska
One daughter: Karen (Brian) Plomondon of Erie, Colorado
Five grandchildren: Jeff Axtell of West Point, Nebraska; Ashley Axtell of Arlington, Virginia; Renee, Daniell & Dylan Plomondon, all of Erie, Colorado.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother Harold.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, April 30th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Callaway United Methodist Church with Pastor Shanon Williams, officiating.
Visitation was on Sunday, April 29th, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. at Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Callaway.
Burial was at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30th, 2018, at the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge.
Memorials are kindly suggested to Callaway United Methodist Church.
Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Callaway is honored to have assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
Thomas R. Rowan, 91, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, April 12th, 2018, at his home in Lexington.
He was born July 28th, 1926, in Brandon, Nebraska, to Charles and Susan (Stubbart) Rowan.
Tom was united in marriage to Wanda Whipple on August 9th, 1947, in Smith Center, Kansas. Four daughters were blessed to this union: Diane, Kathy, Carolynn & Lois. The family moved to Cozad, Nebraska, in 1934 and moved to Lexington, Nebraska, in 1976. Wanda passed away on August 26th, 1965.
Tom would find love again and married Frieda Shanholtz on December 26th, 1971. Four children were added to the family: Karla, Toni, Margo & Tim. Frieda passed away on March 30th, 2015.
Tom worked at the Cozad Hay Mill before working at Haymaker Feeds from 1961 until 1996 where he was a mechanic.
He was a jack of all trades. Tom could fix anything. He enjoyed working on tractors, cars and remodeling homes. He was very organized and a good welder. He enjoyed going to Auction sales and didn’t miss a family event.
Survivors include his children, Diane (Gordon) Quitmeyer of Lincoln, Nebraska, Kathy (Keith) Schmeeckle of Eustis, Nebraska, Carolynn (John) Wells of Cozad, Nebraska, Lois (Dave) Peters of Lincoln, Nebraska, Karla Woods of Gering, Nebraska, Toni McGrath and Margo McCance of Lexington, Nebraska & Tim (Terri) Keesecker of Lincoln, Nebraska; one sister, Marjorie Smith of Sterling, Kansas; thirty-eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, wives, Wanda and Frieda; two grandchildren, Timothy McGrath and Michael Quitmeyer; sister, Lavonia Snodgrass; and, son-in-law, Vern McGrath.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Pastor Rex Adams, officiating.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel.
Interment will be in the Cozad Cemetery at Cozad.
Memorials are suggested to Central Plains Home Health and Hospice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
June E. Easterday of Eustis passed away April 14th, 2018 at the Elwood Care Center at the age of 83. June was born June 3rd, 1934 in rural Frontier County to Clifford and Helen (Heater) Stombaugh. June attended country school in Frontier County to 8th grade. June went to Idaho to help her sister's family after the birth of a baby. While there, she met her brother-in-laws brother, Donald Easterday, a widower with two children. Donald and June were married April 4th, 1953. June became mother to Donald's two children, Gene and Carolyn.
To their marriage four children were born, Vernon, John, Rodney and Marjorie. In 1958, June and Donald moved to Nebraska to a farm south of Eustis. The family grew and all worked the family farm. In December 1975, they moved to their new home in Eustis to make more room for the boys. In later years, Donald built Easterday Restorations and they down sized to an apartment there. Having raised her family, June began working for Central Plains Home Health out of Cozad. She worked there for 17 years while taking college classes to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse. The Easterdays traveled to many countries in Europe and to Hawaii with a farm tour group. They belonged to the Golden Rod Antique Auto Club and took many trips with the group in their Model A. One of June's pastimes was embroidery work, she was noted for her tiny stitches. June volunteered at the Eustis Senior Center for years and was a long time member of the West Canyonettes Extension Club and Christian Womens Club. She was a member of Community of Christ Church in North Platte. She served on many boards of the church over the years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald; son, Gene; sisters, Lila Wahley, Verna Ercoli and Opal Easterday; brothers, Earl and Glen Stombaugh; son-in-law, Rex Houser and 2 great granddaughters. Survivors include her children, Carolyn Houser of Eustis, Vernon Easterday and wife Maria of Eustis, John Easterday and wife Pamela of CA, Rodney Easterday and wife Kim of Eustis and Marjorie Hueftle of Bartley; brothers, Clyde Stombaugh and wife LaVeda of Cozad, Jay Stombaugh and wife Sharon of Lexington; daughter-in-law, Sherry Easterday of Eustis; 17 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.
Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to the Elwood Care Center. Services will be held Friday, April 20th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Mitch Korf officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery, Eustis. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home.
LeRoy Edward Cyriacks, 85, of Grand Island, formerly of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 7th, 2018 in Grand Island.
He was born September 19th, 1932 on the family farm near Gothenburg, son of Albert and Margaret Cyriacks.
In 1953, LeRoy joined the Army and served as a confinement specialist for two years. While serving his country he earned the National Defense Service Medical SS (Carbine) and the Good Conduct Medal. He married Elsie Struempler on July 24th, 1955 in Cozad and to this union two daughters were born - Darlene and Lisa.
LeRoy was baptized and confirmed in the American Lutheran Church. He served one term on the church council and several years on the church cemetery board. Farming and ranching were LeRoy's life and hobby, he was always busy on the farm and never one to sit idle. LeRoy and Elsie lived on the farm until 2000, and then they moved into Gothenburg. In 2015 they moved to Grand Island.
Surviving are wife, Elsie Cyriacks of Grand Island, NE, two daughters, Darlene Boehnke of Omaha, Lisa (Curtis English) Cyriacks of Crestone, CO; sister-in-law, Ruth Cyriacks; two nephews, Dan (Audrey) Dyke, Bradley (Carol) Cyriacks; three nieces, Diane (Sisto) Rangel, Julie (Cal) Dooley, Debra (Mike) Olsen.
LeRoy was preceded in death his parents; two brothers, Donald Cyriacks, Charly Norman Cyriacks; sister, Rosella Dyke; son-in-law Walt Boehnke; two nephews, Craig Cyriacks, Steven Cyriacks.
Memorial Services were held at the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Ave G, Gothenburg, NE on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 10:00 am with Rev. Jon Mapa officiating.
Interment followed in the Gothenburg cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given in LeRoy's honor to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138, or the Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th Street Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
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