Joan B. Hockley of Cozad passed away August 9th, 2018 at Cozad Care Center at the age of 90. 
Joan was born August 3rd, 1928 on the Dillon Farm to Dana Bliss and Ella (Edwards) Dillon. The family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas after she graduated from high school. She attended Del Mar Junior College and met her husband, Calvin Hockley, while performing in an operetta. Joan and Cal were married on January 28th, 1947. They were blessed with three children, Sandra, Mike and Sarah. 
In 1957, Joan and Cal moved their family to Cozad where they established their home. Joan was a devoted mother and attended all Cozad football games, home and away, and every activity her children were involved with. When her children were grown, Joan fulfilled her lifelong dream of being a retail owner.  She and her friend Jean Hagadone opened a dress shop in downtown Cozad called The Looking Glass. When Jean moved away, Linda Toberer stepped in as co-owner. Joan was a faithful and devoted member of the Cozad United Methodist Church and active with Job's Daughters and Eastern Star. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Colonel Dana B. Dillon and 3 Dillon uncles. Survivors include her husband, Cal Hockley of Cozad; her children, Sandra Hockley of Cozad, Mike Hockley and wife Kathy of Overland Park, KS and Sarah Hockley of Eustis; 3 grandchildren, Chris Hockley, Anne Crofford and Andrew Jensen; sister-in-law, Frances E. Dillon; 4 great grandchildren; and many Dillon cousins.
Online condolences may be shared at Memorials are suggested to the Cozad United Methodist Church. Private family burial will be at Fairview Cemetery and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Berryman Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Wendell D. Tobaben, beloved son of Horst and Marilyn (Poppe) Tobaben, was born in Cozad, Nebraska on March 29th, 1962, and passed away August 6th, 2018 at the Decatur Health System in Oberlin, Kansas, at the age of 56.

Wendell attended schools in Eustis, Nebraska and later received his GED and Tech Certificate. On May 11th, 1984, Wendell married the love of his life, Deborah Kugler in Eustis, Nebraska. They lived in Cozad, Nebraska before moving to Norton, Kansas in February to make it their forever home.
Wendell was a Harley-Davidson mechanic and loved his motorcycles. He greatly enjoyed going on road trips with his wife and dogs, visiting art museums, and anything that had to do with art or history. His greatest love was his dogs and his soul mate, Deborah.
Survivors include: his loving wife, Deborah Tobaben of their home in Norton; two brothers, Dave, and wife, Kim Tobaben, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Doug, and wife, Sue Tobaben, Plattsmouth, Nebraska; one sister, Lori, and husband, Kevin Welch, Leigh, Nebraska; one sister-in-law, Marilyn, and husband, Rich Twehous, Maricopa, Arizona; several other relatives and friends.
Wendell was preceded in death by his parents.
Deborah would like to express her heartfelt gratitude for everyone who took the time to try and help save her husband. A very special thank you to the Decatur EMS, Decatur Health System Staff, and especially Dr. Jeffrey McKinley for everything he did.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Enfield Funeral Home in Norton, Kansas. Visitation was Friday, August 10th, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Enfield Funeral Home in Norton. A private inurnment will take place at a later date. 
Memorials suggetsted to the Wendell Tobaben Memorial Fund.
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Enfield Funeral Home of Norton assisted the family with arrangements.
Retha Mae Wycoff, 96, passed away June 2nd, 2018, at Linden Court in North Platte, Nebraska.
She was born March 31st, 1922, to Alvin Silvester Edeal and Edna Mae (Cole) Edeal in the rural Fairhaven area northwest of Overton, Nebraska, and grew up on a family farm.  She attended rural school at Fairhaven (Dawson County District #21) and after graduation from Lexington High School continued her education at the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture earning her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1942. The following year, she taught Home Economics at Gothenburg, Nebraska.
On June 12th, 1943, she married Keith Hamlin Wycoff in Seattle, Washington, where the newlyweds spent the summer before settling in Chicago.  Retha was employed at Marshall Field’s in children’s wear sales before being promoted to the personnel office.
The next year, while her husband was at sea, she taught in Hay Springs, Nebraska.  In 1945 Retha and Keith settled in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and started a family.  They were active in the Northampton Methodist Church and made friendships which endured a lifetime.
From 1949 to 1963 the family lived near Overton, Nebraska.  Retha was a homemaker and busy mother as her family eventually grew to three sons and two daughters.   Retha designed her next house and personally did all the floorplan and elevation drawings.  It was built in Lexington, Nebraska, and the family moved there in 1963 where she continued to live until age 89.
Retha loved dancing.  She was tap dancing by age 7 and at age 10 performed on the Paramont Theater stage in North Platte.  At her 80th birthday party she astonished her family by demonstrating the splits and straight-leg high kicks.  She excelled academically in college with awards including a Danforth summer study fellowship for outstanding young women.
Her interests in later life included music, gardening and writing.  She served many years as a Sunday School teacher and was a devoted member and past District President of United Methodist Women.  Retha had a keen interest in fostering international understanding and had many opportunities for travel.  She sometimes accompanied her husband on international business trips. Together they visited mission or service organizations and former international exchange students.  They served as delegates to international Methodist Conferences.  She took pride in five children with adult careers in the arts or in medicine and in their families.  She was an example to all of generosity and kindness.
Retha was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Edna Edeal, brother, Dean Edeal, her husband Keith H. Wycoff, sister-in-law, Ruby (Wycoff) Crandall, and niece Karen (Edeal) Kander.
Survivors include sons Delane [Dorothy] Wycoff, Kevin [Paige] Wycoff, Timothy Wycoff [Susan West], daughters Janine Wycoff, Valerie Wycoff [James Lovell-Smith], exchange daughter, Naoko [Tomo] Okamoto, grandchildren Jason Wycoff, Kathryn (Wycoff) Gross, K. Tyler Wycoff, Reid Wycoff, Cole Wycoff, Isaac Wycoff, Olivia Wycoff, Timothy Lovell-Smith and Jasmine Lovell-Smith,  sister-in-law Arlene Edeal, brother in-law George Crandall, nieces Georgene (Crandall) Smidt, Eldeana (Edeal) Boals, nephews Russell Edeal, Brian Edeal, Arlin Edeal, Robert Crandall, Richard Crandall, James Crandall, step-grandchildren, Chad Woodrum, Derek Woodrum, Jeremy Woodrum, and  Ben Woodrum, plus multiple great-grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews.
Retha chose cremation.  Her life was honored on August 15th, 2018, with a 10:30 AM memorial service at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington.  Further celebration of her life followed with lunch in the fellowship hall.  A private inurnment will take place, at a later time.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the church, to The Dawson County Historical Society and Museum or to donor’s choice.  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home, Lexington, Nebraska, assisted the family with arrangements.  
  Jeweldine Gaibler, 88, of Farnam, Nebraska, died July 17th, 2018 at her home near Farnam, NE.
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, July 23rd, 2018, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm. with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 
  Funeral services were held at Farnam United Methodist Church, Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 11:00 am with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating.  
  Burial followed in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
Richard “Rick” Alan Whitfield, 67, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 20th, 2018 in Greenville, North Carolina. A celebration of life was held on Sunday, July 22nd, 2018. Burial followed in Pinewood Memorial Park with military honors. Rick, son of the late Richard Alan and Hilda Whitfield, grew up in Cozad, Nebraska. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1974 and retired in 1995. He went on to become a machinist with United Machine Works in Stokes, NC, for 20 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved his family and church family. He had a servant’s heart in his care for others.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linnette Whitfield of Greenville; sons, Christopher Whitfield and wife, Angie, Matt Whitfield, all of Omaha, Nebraska, and Richard Whitfield and wife, Kate of Greenville; daughter, Tiffany Mosley and husband, Justin, of Winterville; grandchildren, Tara, Christopher, Allison, Caden, Levi, and Cora; and his siblings, Mary Andersen, Daphne Hayes, and Doug (Karen) Whitfield.