Katherine Monica Ernst Eliker, 87, of Overton, Nebraska, was transferred from the Lord’s Kingdom of grace to His kingdom of glory on Christmas Day, 2017, at her home in Overton.
She was born on November 16th, 1930 at Friedensau (Hebron) Nebraska. Her parents were David and Theodora (Schabacker) Ernst. She became a baptized child of God on November 23rd, 1930. She made a public affirmation of her baptism at her confirmation in May, 1945. Her confirmation verse was “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give you a Crown of Life.” Revelation 2:10.
Katherine graduated from high school at Lexington, Nebraska, and attended college at Concordia University, Seward, and at the University of Nebraska in Kearney from which she received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. Katherine taught school for a number of years including Lutheran parochial schools at Wisner, Nebraska, and Brighton, Colorado. She was elected Dawson County Superintendent of Schools and held that position for 17 years.
Katherine was married to James Eliker on June 11th, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington. James preceded her in death in 2002.
She is survived by her children, Peg (Larry) Fisher of Overton, Nebraska, Jane (Dale) Sprague of Huntley, Nebraska, and Ted of Holdrege, Nebraska: eight grandchildren, Jill, Justin, James, Monica, Amanda, Benjamin, Anthony, and Addy: and a number of great grandchildren. She has three surviving siblings, John Ernst of Rockford, Tennessee, Charlotte Leckband of Urbandale, Iowa, and Margaret Hammes of King, Wisconsin, along with a large number of nieces and nephews with their mates and offspring, including two very special nieces, Margaret Booth and Susan Holder.
Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and sisters, two grandchildren, Adam and Jan Lee, and one great-grandson, Taylor.
Katherine had a rich heritage of LCMS (Lutheran) pastors in her extended family, including both grandfathers, eight uncles, two brothers, some cousins, and a couple of nephews.
Katherine served in a number of organizations, including the UCIC Extension Club, LWML Women’s group at her church, the Human Care Guild, an officer in the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA), the Nebraska Association of County Superintendents (NACS), and was on the Board of Directors for the Community Center in Overton.
She enjoyed the life that God had given her and had a number of interests. She was the genealogist of her family, read voraciously, loved music and was very active in her church including playing the organ for church services and teaching Sunday school. She liked to travel, sew, garden, quilt, embroider, crochet and photography.
Funeral Services were held Friday, December 29th, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor William Ohlmann officiating.
Burial was in the Overton Cemetery.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Marvin Ferguson, 73, born Eddyville, Nebraska to “Bert” and Zelma Ferguson January 4th, 1944 passed away on December 14th, 2017.
Marvin is survived by his wife of 51 years Sharon Ferguson (Purvis), son Travis (Amanda) Ferguson, daughter Marci Harwood, grandkids Tate, Tayler and Christian and Hinson grandkids Brandon, Joe, Nick and Jacob, all of Litchfeld Park, Arizona. A sister Hazel (Ferguson/Harvey) Hagler of Arnold, Nebraska. Sister-in-law Bonnie Ferguson of Ansley, Nebraska and nieces, nephews and cousins galore.
He was preceeded in death by father ‘Bert” Ferguson, mother Zelma (Staab/Ferguson) Bristol, sister Helen Burgaman, brothers Richard “Dick”, Jim and Claris Ferguson. Also a sister Bonnie Bell Peterson.
Marvin grew up on a farm in Ansley, Nebraska. Upon graduation from High School he was drafted into Vietnam and served in the Air Force as a Jet Engine Welder. He loved it and stayed in the service for 20 years.
He married his childhood sweetheart/Pen Pal Sharon in 1967. In the service they lived in North Dakota, Okinawa, Idaho, Thailand, South Carlolina, Montana, Hawaii, Oklahoma. He retired out of Tinker Air Force Base in 1983. After retirement the family moved to Denver, Colorado and then to Cozad, Nebraska where he opened up Cozy Corner Restaurant, Bait & Tackle; which he owned and operated for 17 years before moving to Litchfield Park, Arizona in 2002. It was there that he felt led to feed homeless breakfasts. Through donations, he fed 100’s a day of homeless 3 days a week and teamed up with other veterans. They dubbed themselves, “Marvin’s Crew.”
Marvin, who went by “Grand Pa” is remembered as having a contagious smile and would lighten your heart. He never met a stranger and was happy to help anyone in need. He was strong and hard working. He cultivated love in his family and spoiled them all. He was an onery tease who was quiet and unassuming in his interactions with family and friends. We all loved the sparkle in his eyes.
He loved God, the outdoors, metal detecting, hunting, fishing and rock hunting. Marvin was in 2 bowling leagues and he loved to heckle his son’s softball teams. He cooked breakfast for his grandkids with consistent love and took great joy in helping neighbors and friends and cooking for the homeless. He was a mentor to many, a shining light always and “Marvelous Marvin” to some.
A memorial service and one last breakfast is being held Thursday, January 4th, 2017 at Refinery Christian Church, 600 Ballard Ave. Suite A10, Goodyear, Arizona from 9-11:00 a.m. (Grand Pa’s) Birthday. Immediately following breakfast a service with full Military Honors will be held at National Cemetery of Arizona.
Elaine Ruth Schlake, 89, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died December 20th, 2017 in Gothenburg, Nebraska.
She was born July 9th, 1928 at Jansen, Nebraska daughter of Ernest and Frieda (Sandman) Schmidt. She attended schools in Jefferson County and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1944. Elaine taught in Rural schools for 3 years. Elaine married John Schlake on October 3rd, 1948 making their home in Beatrice, to this union two sons, LaMonte and Leslie were born. In 1958, the family moved to Gothenburg where they have resided since.
Elaine was a member of member of the ALCW, American Legion Womens Auxiliary, bridge club, and dance clubs. Elaine enjoyed traveling the world with her husband John, watching the flowers bloom throughout the spring and summer, bowling, and enjoyed spending holidays with family.
Surviving are son, LaMonte (Darla) Schlake of Gothenburg, Nebraska; Grandson, Trent (Misty) Schlake of Gothenburg and their children Bryn and Austin, Granddaughter Keri (Corey) Roth of Gothenburg and their children Kya and Cooper, Grandson, Jeff Schlake (Marg) of Lincoln, Nebraska and their child Jack, Granddaughter Erin Schlake and child Walker; Granddaughter Lesley Ann Roberts of Lincoln and children Sawyer, Maisy, Kiernan, and Silas, Sister, Vernel Hueske of Plymouth, Nebraska, Sister-in-lawVirgene Schmidt of Jansen, Nebraska.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John Schlake, son, Leslie Schlake, seven sisters and two brothers.
Visitation was held at American Lutheran Church, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Tuesday, December 26th, 2017.
Services were held at American Lutheran Church, December 26th, 2017 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Jon Mapa officiating.
Interment followed in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
Memorials may be designated to the American Lutheran Church, or the Alzheimer's Association.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Evelyn Joan Breeden, 89, of Cozad, Nebraska, died December 20th, 2017 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, Nebraska.
She was born October 25th, 1928 in Lexington, NE, daughter of Clarence and Ethel (Evans) Reiter. She attended school in Lexington graduating from Lexington High School in 1946.
Evelyn married James Breeden on November 27th, 1949 at Lexington; to this union two children were born- Kathryn and Bill. She worked for Evans Dress Shop in Lexington and Five & Dime in Cozad, Nebraska. Evelyn enjoyed reading in her spare time.
Surviving are daughter, Kathryn and husband Ernest Nelsen of North Platte, NE; sister-in-law Bonnie and husband Steve Pfister of Lexington, Nebraska. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Evelyn was preceded in death by husband, James Cecil Breeden, parents Clarence P. Reiter and Ethel Reiter, son, Bill Breeden, brother Lee Reiter, sisters Mary Lou Taylor and Charlotte Selk and their spouses.
Graveside services were held at Cozad Cemetery, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Donor's Choice.
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Joe Earnest Haynes of Cozad, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, Novermber 22nd, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney, Nebraska.
He was born August 11th, 1944 to Milan And Margart (Moore) Haynes in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Joe grew up in Gothenburg, Nebrska and graduated with the class of 1963. He later made his home in Cozad and was employed with Monroe Auto Equipment until his retirement.
Joe enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years and loved his country home and all his special pets. Joe had a kind heart and was always there to help where needed. He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends.
He is survived by his dauther Jennifer of Kearney, Nebraska, three dearly loved grandchildren-Michaela, Draven and Trenton. Also his sisters Peggy Knoedler of North Platte, Nebraska; Kay Swan of Cozad, Nebraska and Margy (James) Seeber of Omaha; two neices, Janell Svoboda of Lincoln, Nebraska and Melissa Leaming of Longmount, Colorado. Four nephews; Troy Knoedler of North Platte, Nebraska, Jeff and Brian Seeber of Omaha, Nebraska and Michael Swan of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Joe was preceeded in death by his parents, and brothers-in-law Keith Knoedler and Doug Swan.
Creamation was choosen. Further arrangements are pending at this time.
Condolences may be sent to Jennifer Haynes, 2900 Grand Ave. 148, Kearney, NE 68847.