Celebration of Life Service for Alan L. “Al” Holt will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bertrand, Nebraska with Pastors Ted Carnahan and Brady Clevenger officiating.  Interment will be held in the Platte Valley Cemetery, north of Loomis in the Williamsburg Township in Phelps County.  
  Alan Leroy Holt, 84 years of age, of rural Overton, Nebraska, passed on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at CHI Health - St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Al was born on July 28, 1933 at Cozad, Nebraska, the sixth of eight children born Alfred and Pearl (Jensen) Holt.  He received his primary education from a country school in Dawson County, and then graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1951.  
  Following his education, Al served his country in the United States Air Force, stationed in Alaska until his honorable discharge at Omaha, Nebraska.  In March of 1956, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Jean Lawson, and to this union four children were born:  Larry, Joni, Laura, and John.  The family made their home on farms in the Williamsburg area in northern Phelps County, where Al engaged in farming, and raised livestock.  The farm was his passion, and hobby.  His work ethic was admired by all who knew him, and was proud to have passed this trait on to his children.  Al was a humble man who never wanted the spotlight, and always attempted to be a man of actions, not words.    
  When the children were young, he enjoyed the involvement with 4-H, attended many horseshows, and always took the time to climb out of the tractor when it came to the kids’ activities.    
  He was an avid baseball fan.  Al also loved to play a good game of cards with his friends, and most recently even taught the grandchildren several card games.  The time spent with his grandchildren were the highlight of his life, and he always looked forward to their activities and sporting events.   
  Al was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers:  Loyd Holt and his wife, Virginia, and Lee Holt; and three sisters:  Loree Larsen and her husband, Harold, Goldie Stapp, and Judy Arnold and her husband, Jerry; and sister-in-law, Judy Holt.
  He leaves to celebrate his life; his four children:  Larry Holt of Hastings, Nebraska; Joni Strahm and her husband, Jay of Broomfield, Colorado; Laura Clevenger and her husband, Allen of Crook, Colorado; and John Holt and his wife, Jackie of rural Loomis, Nebraska; thirteen grandchildren:  Shelby and Nicholas Holt; Jessica, Jordan, and Jacob Strahm; Brady Clevenger, Justin Clevenger and his wife, Ailene, and Troy Clevenger; and Joshua, J.C., Joe, Jory, and Autumn Holt; one brother, Paul Holt of Holdrege, Nebraska; one sister, Lois Holen and her husband, Don of Bertrand; brother-in-law, Roy Stapp of Omaha; sister-in-law, Doris Holt of Kearney, Nebraska; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.      
  Visitation will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.   
  A memorial has been established in Al’s honor, and will be designated at a later date. 
  Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
  The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.   
  LaVon E. Kirk of Cozad, Nebraska, died Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Silverado Memory Care in Encinitas, California at the age of 85.
  LaVon was born October 30, 1932 in Cozad, Nebraska, to Max and Ida (Ostendorf) Gayman. She graduated from Cozad High School in 1950 and attended Kearney State College where she obtained her teaching certificate. LaVon married Melvin Kirk on August 16, 1953 in Cozad. Their marriage was blessed with four girls, Jamie, Marcia, Michelle and Jennifer. LaVon had a lifelong love for children and taught country school in the Cozad area for years. Later she owned her own preschool until she retired from teaching. LaVon and Melvin owned and operated Kirk's Trenching and Excavating until Melvin retired in 2005.
  LaVon was a friendly, compassionate person who was willing to help anyone. Gardening was a favorite past time of hers and one could usually find her outside tending her raspberries or peonies. She enjoyed traveling with Melvin to visit their daughters and grandchildren. LaVon's family was always her number one priority and her role as a grandmother was no different.
  LaVon was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; her parents; and brothers, Gene and Ron.
  Survivors include four daughters, Jamie Krason of San Diego, California, Marcia (Monte) Hueftle of Bonsall, California, Michelle (Jason) Young of Omaha, Nebraska and Jennifer (Kevin) Gengenbach of Cozad, Nebraska; a sister, Faye Fetter of Lawndale, California; seven grandchildren, Jordan (Becky) Krason, Jessica (Nick) Nelson, Kate (Jeff) Mettee, Cory and Caleb Young, Haley and Emily Gengenbach; and 4 great grandchildren. A Celebration of her life is planned for the end of May. A memorial has been established in her memory for later designation.  Berryman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
  Frances ‘Sharon’ Stear Bowen, 81, of Spotsylvania County, Virginia passed on to the care and comfort of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday morning, January 1, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal.  
  Sharon was the widow of Richard ‘Dick’ Bowen, Colonel USAF Ret. who predeceased her by four years and mother of Mark Bowen who predeceased her by twenty six years.  Survivors include her brothers Ron and Roger Stear of Cozad, son Matthew (Anne) Bowen and daughters Lindi (Mike) Copeland and Patricia (Steve) Garvis, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
  Sharon was a vibrant and active member of Church of the Messiah, Episcopal Fredericksburg and the Fawn Lake Spotsylvania, Virginia community.  She raised her family around the world and across the country, making homes in Brussels Belgium, Vienna Austria and Washington D.C. as a Military Officer and Diplomat’s wife.  Sharon and her family were residents of McLean, Virginia for thirty years where she taught and served at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Garden Club, and Community Bible Study.  She embraced opportunities to explore other cultures, make new friends and extend her and her family’s horizons.  She was a strong witness and light for Christ the Savior. We are warmed still by the incandescence of her smile and the grace shone outward to all.
  Sharon is another member of the greatest generation to have devoted her life in the service of community and country.  Born on a small depression era family farm near Cozad, devoted wife and mother, servant and follower of Christ, community contributor, Sharon lived a marvelous exemplary twentieth century American life. 
  Barbara J. Garrett, 77, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died January 3rd, 2018 in Gothenburg, NE.  
  She was born May 28th, 1940 in Gering, NE, daughter of Alexander and Pauline (Zechman) Dietrich.  The Dietrich family would eventually move to Alliance, NE where Barbara attended and in 1958, graduated from Alliance High School.  She would go on attend Chadron State College for a year before marrying Larry Garrett on August 7, 1960 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alliance.
  Barbara and Larry moved to Memphis, TN where Larry attended optometry school and Barbara worked at a Memphis bank as a personal bookkeeper for the bank president. In the spring of 1965 Larry graduated from optometry school and they moved to Gothenburg, where they established an optometric practice in September of 1965.
  Through the years, Barbara had been active in many activities in and around the community.  In addition to working as Larry's office manager and maintaining his records, she was also involved in Jaycees, sang in the Community Christmas Cantata, and for many years, she sang in the North Platte Chapter of the Sweet Adeline's.  She was a member of the Red Hats and was very active in the Two-Ten extension club.  She very much enjoyed being involved in the Mary-Martha Circle and Trinity Lutheran Church. 
  Surviving are daughter, Lisa (Jon) Seimer of Gothenburg, NE,  grandchildren, Alex and Abby Meyer; three step grandchildren, two brothers Marvin and Willard (Karen) Dietrich' sister Lillian Barker-Hannon, along with several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.  
  Barbara was preceded in death by husband, Larry D. Garrett in 2016, her parents,  brother, Alex & Shirley Dietrich, brother, Kenneth Dietrich, sister Alma (Jack) Runge, sister-in-law Betty Dietrich, brother-in-laws Dennis (Julie) Garrett. 
  Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Friday, January 12th, 2018, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. with her family present from 4-6.
  Funeral Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am with Rev. Jeff Cottingham officiating.  
  Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2002 27th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or American Heart Association, 1540 South 70th Street Suite 100,  Lincoln, NE 68506 or, Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, 602 Tenth Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138..  To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
  Cathy A. Walters of Cozad passed away January 3, 2018 at the Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 82.                 Cathy was born September 19, 1935 at the family farm north of Cozad, Nebraska to Lester and Ruby (O'Kane) Adle. 
  Cathy loved growing up on the farm and was happy doing chores and being her dad's helping hand. She graduated from Gothenburg High School and went on to attend Kearney State College where she received her teaching degree. 
  On May 4, 1956, Cathy married Kennith Walters at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cozad. The couple were blessed with four children and celebrated 61 years of marriage. 
  Cathy taught at a country school, was a bookkeeper for several businesses, and was a Para at Cozad Public Schools after her retirement. She served as a city council member for four years before being elected Mayor of Cozad, a position she held for 16 years. Cathy was a faithful and devoted member of the Catholic Church. She served as treasurer of the Altar Society, taught catechism, and was a member of the church choir. She enjoyed taking gambling trips, was a member of the Cozad DOES Drove #177, but her most treasured times were spent with family and friends. 
  She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Kenny Walters of Cozad; sons, Kenny Walters Jr. of Cozad and Randy Walters of Omaha; daughters, Cindy Wells and husband Joe of Grand Island and Patty Seevers and husband Tony of Kearney; grandchildren, Kevin Walters, Lyndee Mitchell, Jeff Walters and Steven Walters, all of Texas, Dylan Munson of Kearney, Shane Walters, Logan Walters and Dustin Walters, all of Waverly, Brooks Wells and Kirby Wells of Grand Island, Jordan Seevers of Missouri, and Emily Seevers of Kearney; 16 great grandchildren; brother, Jim Adle and wife Diann of Cozad; her beloved fur baby, Gigi; and many nieces, nephews and close friends. 
  A memorial has been established in her name for later designation. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. 
  Mass of the Christian Burial was held Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ The King Catholic Church with Father Don O'Brien as celebrant. Burial followed at Cozad Cemetery. Rosary was recited Friday at 7 p.m. at Christ The King Catholic Church with Rev. Matt Koperski. Visitation was held Friday from 4 to 7 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Berryman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.