Memorials for the Class of 1960
Patricia "Pat" Ellen Stevenson, 70, of Fort Worth, Texas, died peacefully Monday afternoon, Sept. 2, 2013.
Pat was born Nov. 3, 1942 in Lexington, the daughter of Raymond and Lillian Neff. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1960 before attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
Pat married Larry Stevenson on Aug. 25, 1963 and they celebrated their 50 wedding anniversary together this year in Fort Worth, where they had moved in 1978.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a "giver" and always took care of others before herself.
Pat is survied by her husband, Larry; her daughter-in-law, Karre; grandchildren, Zac and Molly; her daughter, Trish and her husband, Koby, along with their children, Karaline, Kassidy and Devon; her daughter Tiffany and her husband, Nathan, along with their children, Preston, Preslee and Paisley. She is also survived by her brother, Gary and nephews, Mike and Don.
She was preceded in death by her son, Dave, in 2009.
Janet E. Struempler, age 71, died Aug. 25, 2013, at home in Mullen. Cremation was chosen and a memorial service and inurnment will be at a later date in the Elwood Cemetery in Elwood.
Janet was born in Ogallala to Earl and Genevieve (Willits) Dolan on April 26, 1942. She attended Lexington High School, graduated in Class of 1960. She married the love of her life, Clayton W. Struempler, Nov. 5, 1961.
They made their home north of Lexington for a few years, where Clay worked on a feedlot. The couple moved frequently between eastern and central Nebraska, where Clay also worked at Vernon Nelson and Sons Feedlot of Loomis before settling in Thedford where Clay owned and operated CJ & D Trucking for the better part of a decade. She stayed at home and raised her son. In 2006 the couple settled in the Loomis area where Clay was employed with Overton Sand and Gravel and T & F Sand and Gravel.
Through the years she raised chickens and pigs, always enjoying having them. She enjoyed her jobs at Plectron and Superior companies but her love was the bookwork she did for their trucking business.
Janet had a zest for life and always had a smile. She was a great and loving person to everyone she met. She was always willing to give the shirt off of her back. She also was very involved in genealogy. She always made sure all the family got together and had a great time every holiday. She had a passion for God. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, playing games with family and going on the truck with Clay.
Janet is survived by her son, David (Debby) Struempler of Kearney; five grandchildren, Dakota, Cody, Trisha, Daniel, Janet (Janie); brother, Bob (Colly) Dolan of Gibbon; sister, Georgia Peden of Missouri and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clayton; her parents; brother, Donald (Buzzy) Dolan; sister, Earline Dewey; brother-in-law, Harold Peden; nephew, Rick and great-nephew, Dakota.
Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Howard A. "J.R." Hanson, Jr., 70, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Monday, October 8, 2012, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.
Howard was born January 28, 1942, in Tooele, Utah to Howard A., Sr. and Marie W. (Galbraith) Hanson. He was the 2nd of four children. As a young child his family returned to Lexington where he was raised. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1960. After high school, Howard attended Kearney State College graduating in 1964, with a degree in Industrial Arts education. While attending college he was a member of the Loper football team where he served as a team captain his senior year. He married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Ann Braithwait, on July 20, 1963 at the Presbyterian Church in Lexington.
Howard and Ann moved to Broken Bow, Nebraska where they were blessed with three children; Tom in 1968, Jennifer in 1969, and Elizabeth in 1975. He taught and coached football and wrestling, managed the Cash & Carry Lumberyard and ran his own construction business. In 1975, they moved to Kearney where Howard taught at Kearney Jr. High and then again owned his own construction business.
In 1982, they moved to North Platte where he taught Building Construction at Mid-Plains Community College and earned his Specialist Degree from Kearney State College in Administration. Howard then went into public school administration and was superintendent at Hall School in rural North Platte, Greeley, Winnebago, and Table Rock. He then retired from school administration and returned to Lexington where he and Ann made their home at Johnson Lake.
In 2005, Howard returned to the classroom and taught Industrial Technology in Ogallala and Paxton during the week and maintained their home at Johnson Lake until his death.
Throughout much of his life Howard was very active in Boy Scouting. As a youth he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and continued his involvement as an adult serving in various roles; including, taking two different groups to National Scout Jamboree in 1977 and 1981. In the early 1980's, Howard was awarded the highest distinction in scouting, the Silver Beaver Award, for his distinguished service to the Boy Scouts of America.
Howard was an active and faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Lexington and was a past member of many service and professional organizations in each of the towns that he lived. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's activities and working in his woodshop.
Howard is survived by his children; Thomas (Janni) Hanson of Seward, NE; Jennifer Piatt of Bloomington, IN; and Elizabeth (Chris) Ericson of York, NE. Eight Grandchildren; Abigail, Ashlyn, Alec and Amelia Hanson of Seward, NE; Betsy Piatt of Bloomington, IN; and Kaitlyn, Logan, and Maelynn Ericson of York, NE; sister, Sherry (Otis) Ward of Lexington, NE; brother, Jim Hanson of Plattsmouth, NE; and brother-in-law, John Caldwell of Rifle, CO. Also surviving are nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ann Hanson in April of 2012; in-laws, Maurice V. and Virginia E. Braithwait; sister, Colleen Caldwell, and an infant son, David Bruce Hanson.
Memorial Services will be held Friday, October 12, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating. Burial will be held prior, for relatives and close friends, at Robb Cemetery south of Lexington. Visitation will be Thursday, October 11, 2012, from 4-6 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please forward online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Elsie Louise (Gries) Brown, 68, of Bertrand died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Elwood Care Center.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege with the Rev. Mike Szekely officiating. Private family burial of cremains will be later. There will be no visitation. The body was cremated. Sandstrom Funeral Home of Bertrand is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Dec. 11, 1941, in Onawa, Iowa, to Melvin and Clara (Martz) Gries.
Survivors include her son, Scott of Lexington; daughters, Teola Campbell of Holdrege and Carrie McHarness of Axtell; brothers, Larry Gries of Omaha and Frank Strong of Eustis; sisters, Catherine Hoselton of Eustis and Linda Jones of Cozad; three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
Published in the Kearney Hub on 9/28/2010
Valerie Jo (Large) O'Brien, age 68, passed away July 21, 2010, in her home in Wahoo, Neb. Born to Herbert and Madelyn (Kimberly) Large on December 14, 1941 in Lexington, Neb. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1960 and attended Kearney State University. Her career included employment at Security Mutual Insurance Company, Southeast Psychiatric Clinic in Lincoln, Wahoo High School, McGill and Martin Dental Office, and Christensen Drug. In 1962 she married Terrence A. O'Brien of Randolph, Neb. and they resided in Lincoln until they moved to Wahoo in 1971. Val battled ovarian cancer for two and a half years and she was a child polio survivor. She was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Saunders County Hospital Auxiliary and the Women's Bridge Club.
Survivors include her husband, son and daughter-in-law, Cory and Diane O'Brien of Wahoo; daughter, Marnie O'Brien of Lincoln; granddaughter, Katelyn O'Brien of Wahoo; sisters, Sharon "Sue" Pritzker of Ormand Beach, Fla., Colleen Bowers of DeKalb, Ill., Holly and Gene Comer of Newton, Iowa; brother-in-law, Dan and Bonnie O'Brien of Hayden Lake, Idaho; sister-in-law, Edie O'Brien of Orange Park, Fla.;, nieces; nephews; and granddogs.
Memorial Mass Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 10:30 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wahoo; interment will be private. A gathering of family and friends will be Monday, 5-8 p.m. with a rosary/scripture service at 7 p.m. at Svoboda Funeral Home. The family requests memorials be sent to them with a recipient to be determined. Svoboda Funeral Home, Wahoo, NE, 402-443-3624
Donna Fay Zogg
(May 25, 1942 - January 4, 2010)
Donna Fay Zogg, 67, of Eustis, Nebraska, formerly of Hastings, Nebraska, died Monday, January 4, 2010, at Cozad Community Hospital in Cozad, due to complications of cancer.
Donna Fay was born in Lexington, Nebraska on May 25, 1942, to Merle and Loretta (Rimpley) Crawford. Donna attended and graduated from Lexington Senior High School with the class of 1960.
On February 14, 1962, she married Raymond Sorge who later passed away in January of 1978. To this union five children were born; Larelda, Raymond, Mark, Mike and Randall. Donna married Ronald Dixon in 1980. To this union a son, Jeffrey was born. The couple later divorced. In the summer of 1989 she met and later married Jesse "Walter" Zogg who passed away in April of 2006.
Donna worked at Monroe's in Cozad, Nebraska for 26 years and kept her family as a priority. She enjoyed hunting, playing cards, including many tournaments. Donna and Jesse enjoyed going to the car races all over the country. They especially loved attending the one's her sons, Randall and Jeff participated in. Donna loved gardening, tending to her fish pond and cooking for her family when she wasn't spoiling her grandchildren. She was a very kind and loving person.
Donna is survived by her children: Larelda Valle of Hastings, Nebraska Raymond Sorge of Kearney, Nebraska; Mark Sorge of Harvard, Nebraska; Mike (Crystal) Sorge of Lexington, Nebraska; Randall (Jessica) Sorge of Hastings, Nebraska; Jeffrey (Lisa) Dixon of Clay Center, Nebraska; Two sisters: Carolyn (Terry) Cunningham of Columbus, Nebraska; Janice (Dean) Henricks of South Dakota; Half-Sister: Marilin Crawford of Lincoln, Nebraska; One brother: Jerry Crawford of Kansas; Two half-brothers: Marvin (Becky) Crawford and John (Julie) Crawford all of Arapahoe, NE; Seven grandchildren: Nicholas, Landon, Kristen, & Gavin Valle; Christopher and Samantha Sorge; and Jett Dixon.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands; one sister, Phyllis; and two brothers, Larry and Dennis and one nephew, Tom.
The family honored Donna's wishes her that her body be cremated. There will be no visitation.
A Memorial Service Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Cozad, Nebraska with Pastor Irwin Edwards officiating. Memorials are suggested to the Family.
Richard Alvah White, 67, of Lexington, passed away on December 9, 2009 at his home at Lexington, NE.
He was born on March 13, 1942 to Earl and Florence (Rhoadarmer) White at Lexington, NE.
Richard grew up at Lexington and attended School District 17 thru 8th grade. He graduated from Lexington High. He lived in Lexington his entire life except for the 4 years he was in the service. Richard served his country in the Air Force in Germany on the 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron.
On June 13, 1969 he married Lynette Maline at the Gothenburg E Free Church. They made their home at Lexington.
He worked at Monroe's in Cozad for 13 years. He started farming in about 1975. He especially enjoyed farming, his grandkids and teaching ESL. He served as a treasurer at the Evangelical Free Church in Lexington and Camino de Vida.
Richard is survived by his loving spouse of 40 years, Lynette, son - Tregg (Alicia) White of Cheyenne, WY, daughter - Lana Frazier of Omaha, NE; granddaughter - Alaree White; grandson - Maxwell White; mother - Florence White-Mohr of Elwood, NE; sisters - Phyllis Kracman of North Platte, NE, Mary Jane (Ray) Hinrichsen of Grand Island, NE; brothers - Bobby White of Saint Libory, NE, Jerry (Rebecca) White of Hornick, IA; brothers-in-law - Amen (Elise) Abood of Kearney, NE; Vernon and Gaylord Maline of Gothenburg, NE; daughter - Rochelle Zebell of MO; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by father - Earl R White; son - Chuck White; sister - Norma Abood; brother-in-law - Larry Kracman; father-in-law - Byron Maline; mother-in-law - Opal Maline; and sister-in-law - Joyce Maline.
Deloris "Dee" Stout, 65, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at her home in Lexington following a hard fought battle with cancer. She was born June 30, 1942, at Fairbury, Nebraska, to Pearl and Helen (Trefethen) Wehrli. Deloris moved as a young girl with her family to Lexington in 1947. She attended elementary school in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1960. During high school and following graduation she worked for Lexington Laundry. She was united in marriage to Gary Stout in 1964, at Grand Island. The couple moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a time and when Gary was discharged from the Navy moved back to Nebraska. They both worked at the Grand Island Ordnance Plant. They returned to Lexington where Deloris worked for Schnacker's Tavern for 7 years and then The Den for 25 years, retiring following that.
She enjoyed fishing, working crossword puzzles, watching game shows, especially, The Price is Right, gambling, but most especially, being with family. Survivors include three sons: Robby & Susan Stout of Lexington, Nebraska Tracy & Amantha Stout of Eustis, Nebraska Gregory Stout of Okinawa, Japan. One daughter: Kelly & Paul Eicher of Decatur, Indiana. Two brothers: Don & Barbara Wehrli of Eldon, Missouri Harold & Betty Wehrli of Kingsman, Arizona. One sister: Janet & Dave Lowery of Eldon, Missouri. Eight grandchildren: Ashley, Layton James, Breanna, Deelayna, Damien, Kristina, Gary William and Mattisen. Four great-grandchildren: Layton, Dylan, Bryson and Preston. Her little dog: Simber.
Deloris was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gary, in 1994; one brother, Leonard; one sister, Wilma "Dolly"; and one grandson, Joshua.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 22, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington with Pastor Kyron C. BeDunnah, officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation will be held Friday, December 21, 2007, from 4-6 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.
Online condolences may be sent to www.reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
Raymond Joseph Fagot, 65, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, December 20, 2007, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Raymond was born June 2, 1942, at Lexington, Nebraska, to Joseph and Alene (Wilson) Fagot. Raymond graduated from Lexington High School in 1960. Following graduation, Raymond enlisted in the United States Navy; where he served his Country proudly for four years. Raymond served on the U.S.S. Delta as an Engine Runner. Raymond was Honorably Discharged in 1964.
After serving his Country, Raymond resided in Gardena, California after which he returned to his hometown of Lexington. Raymond was employed at Paulsen's as a carpenter. Raymond worked for Paulsen's for over 20 plus years.
Raymond enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping and traveling. Connie and Raymond were planning on retiring and traveling; using their camper to tour the country. Raymond liked to watch football and old movies. He also enjoyed dancing and "just enjoyed life". Raymond was loved and will be missed.
Survivors include his wife: Connie Fagot of Lexington, Nebraska, Stepmother: Marianne Fagot of Lexington, Nebraska, Sister: LaDonna Biecker of Pahrump, Nevada Stepbrother: John (Mary Ellen) Jacobson of Gillette, Wyoming, Son: Kory (Amy) Schley of Grand Island, Nebraska, Stepchildren: Kelli (Chad) Smith of Lincoln, Nebraska Jim (Pam) Kracht, Jr. of Rockwall, Texas Teresa (Bob) Lange of Ord, Nebraska Amy (Jason) Hawk of Chadron, Nebraska Step-grandchildren; Amos Lange, John Lange, and Clayton Lange of Ord, Nebraska Hunter Hawk and Kourtney Hawk of Chadron, Nebraska, Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Raymond was preceded in death by his father and biological mother, Alene.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, December 27, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington with Reverend Paul Colling officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in the St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 26, 2007, from 5-7 p.m. with Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.
Thank you to Joyce Wolfe, Class of 1960, for sending these obituaries to webmaster of this site.
Other 1960 Classmates that have passed away:
Dea Marie Mazanec
Sharon Sue Wood
Pat (Fenton) Spegel passed away in March 2009