Beverly E. Johnson, 96 of Cozad passed away February 20th, 2018 at her home with family by her side.   Beverly was born August 2nd, 1921 in Minden, Nebraska to Fred and Elizabeth (Podewitz) Arent. She graduated from Stockville High School. On December 25th, 1941, Beverly married Raymond Johnson at Overland, Kansas. She and Ray moved to Gothenburg, following his discharge from the Navy, where they operated a Cabin Camp. In 1948, the couple moved to a farm site south of Farnam, where they resided until 1979.  
  In 2005, Beverly and Ray moved from North Platte to Cozad.  Beverly was a skilled quilter and loved to paint landscapes of the farm and cardinals. She enjoyed camping, square dancing and playing cards. She loved spending winters in Arizona and summers in Colorado with her husband. Family was important to Beverly and she cherished every minute with them. 
  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Survivors include her son, Larrie Johnson and wife Janice of Cozad; daughter, Sharon Call and husband Larry of Omaha; grandchildren, Brenda Stombaugh and husband Farren of Cozad, Phyllis Johnson of Cozad, Rick Johnson and wife Stacey of North Platte, Jennifer Schneider and husband Jason of Cozad, Lacey Anderson and husband Allen of Cozad, Michael Call and wife Lea of Council Bluffs, IA, Brian Call and wife Pam of Pocatello, ID, Joseph Call of Fort Calhoun, NE; 25 great grandchildren; 19 great great grandchildren; sister, Leona Greenlee of North Platte; brother, Charley Arent and wife Carol of Loveland, CO; and numerous nieces, nephews and special friends. 
  Memorials are suggested to Cozad Fire and Rescue or Central Plains Hospice. Online condolences may be shared at Services were held Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ on Newell with Pastor James McCrickard officiating.  Burial followed at 12:00 p.m. at Arbor Cemetery, Stockville, NE. Visitation was Friday from 1 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home.
  Verna Jean (Frew) Deans, 94, of Chadron, passed away Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at Chadron Community Hospital. Her funeral service was held at 10:00 AM Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chadron, with burial following at Calvary Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life was held at the Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, February 23rd, 2018.
  Verna was born January 26th, 1924 at Cozad, Nebraska to George and Elizabeth (Hoselton)  Frew.  She grew up on a farm south of Cozad, attending rural school and then Cozad High School. After graduating from high school, Verna taught in a rural school near Cozad. On June 6th, 1946, she married F.S. (Bud) Deans at St James Catholic Church in Kearney, Nebraska. They moved to a farm south of Chadron.  Together, Verna and Bud raised their seven children on the farm.
  Along with raising a family, she worked part time jobs including selling Rainbow vacuum cleaners, cleaning the District 69 schoolhouse, and as a nursing aid at Chadron Community Hospital. She always enjoyed the interaction with people, and especially loved her work at Chadron Community Hospital. In 1985-1986, she was chosen by her peers as the recipient of the Caring Kind Employee of the Year Award, and travelled to Lincoln for a banquet where she was presented the award by the Hospital Administrator.  She made many friendships with co-workers, and loved helping and caring for patients.  She was always a very hard worker in anything she did. 
  Verna was a creative and giving person by nature.  She had a joy for life and sense of humor she shared with all who knew her.  She touched many lives by her service in her church, her children’s’ schools, her Rainbow customers, the patients she worked with at the hospital, her co-workers, her many friends and her family.  Nothing made Verna happier than planning a party to bring together those she loved.  Over the years, Verna lovingly made and gave many treasured quilts, afghans, doilies, embroidered towel sets, stuffed dogs, beaded Christmas tree decorations and baked goods for her family and friends. 
  Above all else, she dearly loved her 7 children.  She made many sacrifices to see that they always had everything they needed.  She was so proud anytime she was able to get the family together. Nothing brought her family more joy than to watch Verna get tickled trying to tell a joke or seeing her face light up at the payout of a slot machine.  There was love and joy in all she did.   
  Verna is survived by her 7 children, Larry (Sher) Deans of Vonore, TN, Dave (Fonda) Deans of Eagle River, AK, Judy (Louis) Cook of Fountain Green, UT, Randy (Teri) Deans of Lexington, NE, Rick (Kristy) Deans of Chadron, Curt Deans of Palmer, AK, and Steve Deans of Lincoln, NE;  9 Grandchildren;  15 Great Grandchildren; one brother, Marion, of Mesa, AZ;  and many other nieces and nephews.  
  She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, her parents, brothers Dave and Gordon, and sisters Lavon and Leah. 
  Memorials are suggested to the Chadron Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad.
  Joseph Rios Hernandez, 90, died Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at his home.
  Joseph, also known as Joe, was born May 25th, 1927 in Torrington, WY to Jesse Rios and Guadalupe (Mendoza Hernandez.
  Joe enjoyed working on cars and was often found working in his garage.
  He was always willing to help out a neighbor.
  He is survived by his daughter, Linda Rios of Aurora, CO.
  He was preceded in death by his son David Hernandez. 
  Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date.
  Jonathan A. Buss of Cozad passed away February 16th, 2018 in Crete, Nebraska at the age of 64. Jon was born December 8th, 1953 in North Platte, Nebraska to wonderful parents, Arthur and Virginia (Kostman) Buss, joining older sister Judy. They resided in North Platte and later moved to Cozad in 1959. Jon graduated from Cozad High School in 1972. He spent most of his life driving truck and working alongside his father at various alfalfa mills in the area. Jon loved his nephew and niece, Greg and Heather Rhoadarmer. 
  Jon was a fan of hot rod cars and drag races. He could be seen spending much of the day driving through the Cozad area or walking for exercise. Jon loved animals of all shapes and sizes, especially his faithful buddy, Jasmine.  Jon knew no stranger. He always had a smile on his face and boisterous laugh for all. Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Virginia Buss and sister, Judy Rhoadarmer. He is survived by his nephew and niece, Greg and Heather Rhoadarmer. 
  Memorials are suggested to an animal shelter of donors choice.  Cremation was chosen. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cozad Cemetery. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so on Monday from 9 to 5 at Berryman Funeral Home.
Charles L. “Spike” Wooldridge, 94 of Cozad, NE departed this life at 11:48 am, Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Spike was born Sept. 28th, 1923 in Winfield KS, to Charles Franklyn and Martha Ivory (Gibson) Wooldridge.  
  He grew up in Douglass KS (with extended stays in the Mammoth Springs, AR area). He graduated early from Douglass High School in 1942, in order to join the military at the outbreak of World War 2.  In high school, Spike was a standout athlete earning letters in 4 sports, and state recognition in football and baseball.  Spike served his country honorably from December of 1942 until November of 1945.  He was married to Edyth Louise Kyle in October of 1946 at Newton KS.  Following their marriage they lived several years in Southeast KS before moving to Cozad NE in 1949. Their marriage was steeped in love, and was truly blessed until, March 19th of 1972, when Edyth left Spike to be with her Lord.  After several years as a widower, Spike was again blessed to meet and marry a lovely lady. On August 16th, 1975, He and Lois (Piller) Strohmyer were married in North Platte, NE. Their marriage and their love grew and strengthened for over 42 years, until last Thursday, when Spike changed his address to heaven.  
  After moving from Kansas to Cozad, Spike worked at W.J. Small Alfalfa mills and Allied Mills and Feed for about 7 years.  After that he became a rural mail carrier for nearly 30 years. He retired from the Post office in 1983 and, for the next 7 years worked as an independent paint contractor. After that, Spike and Lois “unofficially” went into the child care business, babysitting several grandkids, and a special child that they considered a grandchild, Austin Brockmeier.  Spike loved sports (especially Husker Football, Cubs baseball and anything his grandkids were playing). When he was still able, he enjoyed gardening and caring for his lawn. Even when age and arthritis slowed him he was still able to enjoy his lawn, thanks to a wonderful neighbor, Lemoyne Strasburg who treated Spike like a father. Spike had a passion for fishing and had made an artform out of catching crappie.  
  Spike was a member of the Cozad Church of Christ and served as an Elder. He was very proud of his Church, and spoke often about her.   Spike was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edyth; 2 brothers, Hubert and Jesse Wooldridge; 1 son, Joe Wooldridge and his wife Kathleen; 1 grandson, Jesse Sheffield. Survivors include his wife, Lois; 3 sons, Fred and his wife Katherine of Oswego, KS, Terry and his wife Teresa of Valley, NE and Tom Strohmyer and his wife Jenny of Savage, MN; 4 daughters, Donna Sheffield and her husband Kenny of Gothenburg, NE, Nikki Kriz and her husband Tony of Kearney, NE, Janna Kuklis and her husband Dan of Grand Island, NE and Kathi Gentzler and her husband Bob of Gretna, NE; 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren (with more coming). He is also survived by a Church family that he cared about deeply. 
  Services were held Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ on Newell with Pastor James McCrickard officiating.  Burial with Military Honors followed at Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was Monday from 1 to 8 with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home.