Date Posted: 2006-08-04

Sam Kanda, 89, of Lexington, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City, S.D. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 11, at Greenwood Cemetery.  Burial is open to the public. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, which is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Tokie Kanda of Rapid City, S.D.; one son, Jim (Gloria) Kanda of Los Angeles, Calif.; two daughters, Jean (Kim) Andrews of Rapid City, S.D., and Susan (Jay) Martin of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; five brothers, Todd Kanda of Lexington, Ken Kanda of Lexington, Masami (Sumiko) Kanda of Denver, Colo., Ted Kanda of Lexington, George (Faye) Kanda of Brighton, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Shannon and Ryane Kanda, Justin, Tokie Jean, Lindsey and Jared Andrews and Jayson, Andrew and Sean Martin; one great-granddaughter, Alexis Wyatt; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Yasuo Kanda.

Sam was born Oct. 21, 1916, at Lexington to Tokuichi "Jim" and Hatsuyo (Kawamoto) Kanda. He grew up in Lexington, attending school and graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1936. He then attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for two years. He returned to Lexington, where he helped his brothers on the family farm before forming the partnership of Kanda Brothers Construction.

On Dec. 5, 1943, he married Tokie Yamada at the United Methodist Church in Lexington. Three children were blessed to this union, Jim, Jean and Susan.

In the early 1980's, following their move to east Highway 30, the couple opened Sunny Acres Health Foods. They moved to Rapid City, S. D., in the summer of 2006, due to declining health, to be near their daughter.

Sam was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Cosmo Club and Mercury Club. He always took his homegrown produce to the Farmer's Market in Lexington every Saturday. When Sam was young, he helped with the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards and visiting. Sam will always be remembered for his kind, gentle ways.   Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, the Tri-County Hospital Hospice in Lexington or the Rapid City Regional Hospital-Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, S.D.--Obituary obtained from the Lexington Clipper-Herald

Date Posted: 2006-10-26

Donald C. DeLap, 88, of Lexington, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington. Visitation will be held Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, from 2-5 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington. Services will be Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Morry (Marlene) DeLap of Lexington and Merril DeLap of Harvard; one brother, Keith (Jean) DeLap of Quincy, Ill.; and two grandsons, Corey DeLap of Lubbock, Texas and Dirk DeLap of Lexington.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Fay in 2004, and an infant grandson. He was born June 29, 1918, in rural Dawson County, Nebraska to Conrad and Martha A. (Lemme) DeLap.

Don went to country school the first eight years, then to high school in Lexington where he graduated with the class of 1936. Following graduation, he farmed and then went into the United States Army during World War II, serving his country from Feb. 7, 1941 to Oct. 14, 1945. He was Staff Sergeant airplane crew chief. He was on Iwo Jima when the Japanese surrendered.

Don was united in marriage to Fay Cranford on Jan. 26, 1945, at Lexington. Two sons were blessed to this union: Morry and Merril.   He loved his cars and had quite a few. His 1967 Pontiac was his favorite. He kept it for 30 years. Don also had schooling for airplane mechanics with Morton Aircraft Corporation in Omaha, armed forces, Bell Aircraft Training School, and P-39 maintenance of P-39 aircraft. He farmed since leaving the Army. He was interested in alfalfa, corn, and sunflowers. Farming was his life. Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church or the Lexington Fire Department.

--Obituary obtained from the Lexington Clipper-Herald

Date Posted: 2008-06-03
Maiden Name: Hunt

Evelyn Bourne, 89, of North Platte, formerly of Lexington, died June 3, 2008, at Premier Estates in North Platte.  

Evelyn was born May 11, 1919, at Herford, Colo., to Louis James and Carrie Pearl Stevens Hunt. She grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1936. She then went on to Kearney State Teachers College and received a two-year teaching certificate. At a teacher's convention in North Platte, Evelyn met Nile Bourne. They were married on June 14, 1939, at her parents' home south of Lexington.

Evelyn and Nile taught school in several communities in Nebraska before settling in Lexington where she taught rural school. On Dec. 30, 1991, Nile died and in 1992, Evelyn moved to LaVeta, Colo., to be near her daughter, Karen. With no Presbyterian Church in LaVeta, Evelyn joined the Baptist Church and worked at the Senior Center.

Evelyn was a longtime member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church and the church treasurer, a Girl Scout leader and a volunteer at the Lexington Community Hospital. She was a member of the Garden Club, worked on the election board and helped with blood drives.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Karen (Sam) Clouse of East Spanish Peak, Colo., her son, Ron (Sheri) Bourne of North Platte; five grandchildren, Michelle Faulkner, Pamela Bourne, Carrie Bourne, Jo Ellen (Jim) Ripple and Cheryl Ferguson; six great-grandchildren; a niece; and four nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Sharon; four brothers; and a sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Great Plains Regional Medical Center, the Lincoln Connection or the donor's choice.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2008, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore in North Platte with the Rev. Nathan Brand of the Bethel Evangelical Free Church officiating. Cremation was chosen. Inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington at a later date.

Those wishing to sign the book may do so from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and before service time Saturday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore.

L. Arbor Hodgson, 89, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Saturday, August 16, 2008, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington, Nebraska. He was born April 22, 1919, at rural Lexington, to Lovell H. and Grace Belle (Yerg) Hodgson.

Arbor attended rural Lexington schools and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1936. He then went on to further his education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Agricultural short-term course for two years.

Upon the completion of his schooling, Arbor returned to the farm. He was united in marriage to Fern Bell on May 29, 1946, at Eddyville, Nebraska. Three sons were blessed to this union; Lennis, David and Steven. The couple later adopted a son, Richard, as a young boy and raised him as their own.

Arbor and Fern spent their married lives, except for the past few months, on the farm. They raised crops, horses, cattle, sheep, chickens, milk-cows and pigs. When asked what Arbor did for fun or hobbies, he explained the farm was his "fun".

He was a member of the Berean Bible Church since 1972, where he was a member of the church board for several years. He was a member of Gideon International and a dedicated 4-H leader for 14 years.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years: Fern Hodgson of Lexington, Nebraska. Sons: Lennis (Diane) Hodgson of Kearney, Nebraska, David (Marlene) Hodgson of Lexington, Nebraska, Pastor Steven (Jeannie) Hodgson of Hutchinson, Kansas, Adopted son: Richard Hodgson of Colorado. Two sisters: Nola Hodgson of Aurora, Nebraska Iona Shafer of Sumner, Nebraska. Nine grandchildren: Chad (Melissa) Hodgson of Omaha, Nebraska; Matthew Hodgson of Minden, Nebraska; Joel, Jared and Justin Hodgson of Lexington, Nebraska; Caleb (Charity) Hodgson of Palmyra, Pennsylvania; Charissa (Joe) Sanders of Lee Summit, Missouri; Luke (Emily) Hodgson of Kansas City, Missouri; Asher Hodgson of Hutchinson, Kansas. Two great-grandsons: Micah & Jaron Hodgson of Palmyra, Pennsylvania.

Arbor was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at the Berean Bible Church in Lexington with Pastor Glenn Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 19, 2008, from 4-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Memorials are suggested to the Berean Bible Church or the Donor's Choice. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Date Posted: 2010-03-10

Dean William Edeal, 91, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington. He was born March 17, 1919, on the family farm near Overton, Nebraska, to Alvin and Edna (Cole) Edeal.

Dean attended country school through the 10th grade and then transferred to Lexington High School, graduating in 1936, as president of his class. He then went on to college at the University in Lincoln where he played baseball and was active on the Poultry Judging Team. Dean returned to the farm and was united in marriage to Mary Arlene Pullen on February 12, 1939, at Kearney, Nebraska.

Dean was always active in the community and his church. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served as a church trustee for many years. He was a past member of the school board for District #21, the Soil Conservation Board, the ASCS Board, a Farm Bureau member and the family was honored with the University of Nebraska Honor Family of the Year in 1961, as well as being honored with the Lexington Chamber of Commerce Farm Family of the year in 1982.

Dean and Arlene hosted the Dawson County Cattlemen's tour for two years and Dean was so proud of having lived on the same farm for 59 years. He loved the land and enjoyed raising livestock and growing a large garden.

He instilled in his family a wonderful work ethic and was always active in all of his children's activities. He was active in 4-H when the children were young. Dean loved baseball and was a member of the Nebraska Independent League, he was so proud of having his son, Russell, and grandson, David play for the Cornhuskers at the University in Lincoln. Memories were made and cherished with the family traveling to Lincoln to watch the football games. Dean loved gardening, woodworking, playing cribbage and cards, collecting aluminum pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, visiting and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years: Arlene Edeal of Lexington, Nebraska, Three sons and wives: Russell (Kathryn) Edeal of Loomis, Nebraska, Brian (Teri) Edeal of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, Arlin (Jean) Edeal of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, Two daughters and husbands: Karen (Robert) Kander of Stanton, Nebraska, Eldeana (Randy) Boals of Sutton, Nebraska, One sister: Retha Wycoff of Lexington, Nebraska, Seventeen grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. One sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Floyd & Ruth Thiel of Friendship, Maryland. Dean was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Alan Dean.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Todd Karges officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, March 26, 2010, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington. Cremation will take place following the Funeral Service and Inurnment will be held later. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund or the Donor's Choice.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Words of encouragement and sympathy may be sent to the family via www.reynoldslovefuneralhome.com