Memorials for the Class of 1931
Irene Swanson - Lexington
Irene C. Swanson, 93, of Lexington, died Friday, July 14, 2006, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday July 19, at First Untied Methodist Church in Lexington with Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial will be prior to the memorial service at 10 a.m., in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation was Tuesday, July 18, and will be prior to burial on Wednesday, July 19, at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Reynolds-Love Funeral Homes in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include son, Gordon (Judy) Swanson of Prescott, Ariz.; three daughters, Beth (Duane) Dunbar of North Platte, Connie (LaVern) Franzen of Hastings, and Jeanene (Mark) Cordes of Waverly; three sisters, Edith Anderson of Lexington, Harriette Furry of Lexington, and Ella Brown of Olathe, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harry Swanson; brother Howard Pickering; and two grandsons.
Irene was born March 4, 1913, in Lexington, to James and Bessie (Howard) Pickering. She grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1931. After graduating from high school she attended Kearney Teachers College.
Irene's grandparents came from England in 1873, and homesteaded eight miles north of Plum Creek. On Christmas Day 1933, Irene married Harry Swanson in Minden. The family lived and farmed south of Lexington until 1995, when Harry and Irene moved into Lexington. Harry preceded her in death in 1999.
Irene was a member of First United Methodist Church, several bridge clubs, neighbor clubs, and Cosmo Pals. She was a wonderful seamstress and cook. In later years, she made many afghans for her grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or donor's choice.
Harlan Anderson - Lexington
Harlan Anderson, 90, of Lexington died on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
Memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington. The Rev. Todd Karges and The Rev. John Craig will officiate.
Private family inurnment prior to memorial service.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.
He was born March 10, 1914, on a farm near the present Johnson Lake to A.J. and Jennie (Ganser) Anderson.
Survivors include his wife, Florence Anderson of Lexington; one son and daughter-in-law, Kerry and Marion Anderson of Lexington.
Other survivors include two grandsons and their families, Scott and Corky Anderson and their daughter, Lindsey Anderson and Rob and Natalie Anderson and their children, Joelly Anderson and Camille Anderson; and a granddaughter and her family, Susan and Rod Reynolds and their children, Blake Reynolds, Carrie Beth Reynolds and Ryan Reynolds, all of Lexington.
The Anderson family lived on the farm where the fifth generation of Andersons still live. He attended grade school at District #15 as did his son, grandchildren, and five of his great grandchildren. His granddaughter, Susan, is also a teacher there.
He graduated from Lexington High School in 1931, and attended the University of Nebraska for one year before returning to farm with his father.
He married Florence Bacon on Sept. 18, 1934, in Lexington. They recently celebrated 69 years of marriage.
They started their life together living in what had been the ranch house for the cowboys on the old Olive ranch.
Their son, Kerry, was born on Oct. 31, 1937, with the exception of two years on a farm near Overton, they spent the next thirty-seven years on the family farm where he fed cattle and farmed with his father.
He and his father and son joined a group of cattle feeders who built Cornland Dressed Beef in Lexington.
His son took over the feeding and farming and Harlan became a cattle buyer for the company until his retirement when he and Florence bought a home at Johnson Lake where they lived for 17 years.
He was in a group of stockholders who planned and built Park Avenue Estates. In 1993, he and Florence built a condominium in Lexington and moved there.
Harlan was a 79-year member of the Lexington First United Methodist Church where he was active as long as his health permitted.
He was active in many community and ag-related activities and organized the Triad Senior Citizen organization in Lexington.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and card player. He enjoyed all types of sports, especially football, were another source of enjoyment for him.
One of his loves was cooking and he often would prepare dinner. He especially liked grilling steaks.
In later years he became an amateur historian and liked writing about his perspective on the Platte River and about his memories and the stories he knew about the Olive family in Dawson County in the early days.
He enjoyed his family most of all and seeing one or all of them made for special moments.
Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Verda Rhoadarmer, and an infant sister.
Memorials are kindly suggested to the First United Methodist Church, Lexington Community Foundation, American Heart Association, Eppley Cancer Institute, or to the donor's choice.