Memorials for the Class of 1966
Jay Patton Dillard, 63, of Ashland, Nebraska, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at BryanLGH East Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.
He was born June 14, 1948, in Lexington, Nebraska to Jehu J. "Jack" and Dorothy R. (Redell) Dillard. Jay was a 1966 graduate of Lexington High School and the Wentworth Military Academy in Independence, Missouri, graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant. He then went onto further his education at Mississippi State University.
Following college, Jay returned to Lexington and worked for his father at Nebraska Alfalfa Farms. As Jay's health declined, he eventually moved to the Ashland Care Center in Ashland, Nebraska, where he was residing at the time of his death.
He is survived by two brothers: Brian Dillard of Axtell, Nebraska, Brad (Avis) Dillard of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, Two nephews: Jason Dillard of Kearney, Nebraska, John Dillard of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents.
It was Jay's wishes that his body be cremated. There will be a private inurnment at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington, Nebraska at a later date. The Family has requested all Memorials to the Ashland Care Center – 1700 Furnas St. Ashland, Nebraska 68803.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please remember the family by posting online condolences to: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Larry Lee Quitmeyer of Fort Collins, Colo., died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 1 at Allnutt Drake Road Chapel. Services were held Friday, Oct. 2 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Fort Collins.
Larry is survived by his daughter, Leslie Quitmeyer of Fort Collins; mother, Norine of Lexington; brothers, Gordon (Diane) of Lincoln and Kevin (Janice) of Denver; sisters, Janet (Neal) Merchen of Champaign, Ill. and Cyndi Quitmeyer of Atlanta, Ga.; aunt, Peg Landercasper of Phoenix, Ariz., and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends, Mary Ann Kerttula, Karen Waldron, and Bethany and Todd Jones.
Larry was preceded in death by his son, Matthew; and father, Ernest Quitmeyer.
He was born on May 5, 1948 in Lexington to Ernest and Norine (Landercasper) Quitmeyer. Larry attended Lexington High School where he was an honor student, participated in wrestling, and earned a Regents Scholarship to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in computer science.
Larry moved his family to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1988 and worked as a computer analyst in the surrounding areas for many years. Most recently, he assisted people by providing quality elder care, another of his interests.
It was clear very early in his life that he had an unusual ability to view things critically. Larry worked on inventions and his approach was always directed toward ways of simplifying or improving life for people. Larry also loved nature, fishing, his family, particularly his daughter and son, and being around friends. He always challenged himself and had a particularly nostalgic disposition. Larry was a member of Mensa, St. John's Lutheran Church and the Sons of the America Legion. Larry had a very generous and giving spirit.
Allnutt Funeral Service of Fort Collins was in charge of the arrangements.
Thomas Preston Priel, 60, of Overton, Nebraska, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at his home in Overton following a short illness. He was born March 4, 1948, at Lexington, Nebraska, to William and Norma (Naffziger) Priel.
Tom attended grade school at District #6 country school and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1966. He then went on to further his education at Curtis Technical College in Curtis, Nebraska. He was united in marriage to Ellen Neben on February 8, 1969, at the Methodist Church in Overton. Three daughters were blessed to this union; Melinda, Connie and Keri.
Tom was inducted in to the United States Navy on February 13, 1969 and proudly served his Country until his Honorable Discharge on March 14, 1973. While serving in Vietnam he was award many honors, most notably two bronze stars.
Upon his return to Nebraska, he went to work for his dad doing construction with Priel Construction. He did this until his health forced him to retire.
Tom was always very proud of his little community of Overton. He served as Fire Chief for the Overton Fire Department, was a past Commander of the American Legion, and served as the Overton Mayor.
Saying Tom had a sense of humor was an understatement. He enjoyed a good joke or story and never failed to get the upper hand in a discussion. He loved to camp and spend time with his family. He will be so very missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife: Ellen Priel of Overton, Nebraska. Three daughters: Melinda Priel of Lincoln, Nebraska, Connie & Travis Clarksean of Mankato, Minnesota, Keri & Dustin Pooschke of Lincoln, Nebraska. One sister: Pat Priel of California. Six grandchildren: Kaylee, Erica and Aaron Geis, Dakota, Riley and Dylan Pooschke. One aunt: Margaret Barnes of Lexington, Nebraska. Many other family members and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 9, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at Lexington Christian Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor K.C. BeDunnah officiating.
Burial will be in the Overton Cemetery at Overton with Military Honors.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 8, 2008, from 4-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to Aseracare Hospice in Kearney, the Overton Fire Department or Donor's Choice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Donald Neil Ballheim, age 60, of Elkins, W. Va., died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at the Charleston Area Medical Center General Division at Charleston, WV.
Services were held Thursday, Feb. 7 at Lohr and Barb Funeral Home in Elkins with the Rev. Mike House officiating. Internment followed at Elkins Memorial Gardens. H.W. Daniel's Post #29, American Legion and Tygarts Valley Post #3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars accorded full military honors. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife; son, Jeremy Christopher Ballheim; daughter, Dawn Marie Ballheim, both of Elkins, W. Va.; two brothers, Gary Ballheim and companion, Sherry, and Daryl (Linda) Ballheim; one sister, Dorothy (Butch) Hagen, all of Lexington; one grandson, Anthonie Neil Ballheim, and several nieces and nephews.
He was born, April 12, 1947, at Lexington, to Donald Edwin Ballheim and Minnie Estelle (Weatherford) Ballheim. On Nov. 19, 1971 he was married to Deborah Nadine Golden. He was a graduate of Lexington High School Class of 1966, had taken vocational courses from Advance Air Conditioning and Refrigeration School, and had retired from the U. S. Navy with 21 years of service, having served during Vietnam and as an engineman. He had also worked as a custodian for the United States Postal Service, a security guard for the Davis Memorial Hospital, and at the time of his death, he was a tallyman for Coastal Lumber Company, where he had been employed for many years.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at; www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com