Date Posted: 2003-06-24

Services for Warren Myles Batie, 82, life-long Lexington resident, will be at 2 pm Thursday, June 26, 2003, at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, with Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery northeast of Lexington, following the funeral service. Visitation will be today June 25th, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

Warren died Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at the Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.

He was born April 30, 1921, to Christopher "Kit" and Sarah Ann Elizabeth (Pickering) Batie, the youngest of 10 children. He grew up on the family farm northeast of Lexington.

He was a 1937 graduate of Lexington High School and was a charter member of the Lexington FFA.

On Sept. 14, 1947, he married Leta Burbank in Lexington. This past summer the couple celebrated 55 years of marriage.

A life-long cattle feeder and farmer, Warren was active in many organizations. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served on the church board for several years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Tehama Shrine, as well as Order of the Eastern Star serving as worthy patron for 15 years and also grand representative. Warren was a board member of rural schools, Lexington Co-op Oil, Dawson County Farm Bureau and the Dawson County Extension Service.

The Batie Family was honored in 1990 as the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce Farm Family of the Year and in 1991 was awarded the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Farm Family Award.

Warren will always be remembered for the love of his family, service and generosity to his community and passion for the land.

Survivors include his wife, Leta Batie, Lexington: two sons, Christopher Batie, Durham, N.C., and Don (Barb) Batie, Lexington; three daughters, Jeannine (Gene) Nelsen, Lyons, Lynn (John) Greer, Edgar, and Barbara (Marvin) Hilgedick, Hartsburg, Mo.; six grandchildren, Anne (Eric) Ostendorf, Gothenburg, Sarah (Jason) Humphrey, Phillips, Ben Hilgedick, Ashland, Mo., Caroline Hilgedick, Columbia, Mo., and Juliana and Cicely Batie, Lexington; three great-grandchildren, Sidnee and Devyn Ostendorf, Gothenburg, and Camden Humphrey, Phillips; two sisters, Eileen Biehl, Lexington, and Winona Doher, Lincoln; one sister-in-law, Julia Mae Batie, Kearney; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, other relatives and friends.    He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters, and two infant siblings.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, the Dawson County Historical Society or the donor's choice. Reynolds-Love funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary provided by daughter, Lynn Greer, Class of 1967.

Date Posted: 2006-04-16
Maiden Name: Dodson

Ruby Viola (Dodson) Ransdell, 87, of Lexington, died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at her home in Lexington.

Services will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend John Craig officiating.

Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation was Tuesday, April 18, at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington, which is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her sister, Velma (Wayne) Marienau of Kearney; nieces and nephews, Gary and Kathy Enochs of Overton, Linda and Bob Larson of Overton, and Randy and Bonita Enochs of New York City, N.Y.; great-nieces and nephews, Gena and Barry Carpenter of Overton, Wayne and Lisa Enochs of Overton, Judd Larson of Medford, Ore., Amy and Matt Mahony of Bronx, N.Y., Mark Larson of Overton, and Brendan, Lauren and Evan Enochs of New York City, N.Y.; Great-great nieces and nephews, Alison, Alicia, and Arran Carpenter of Overton, Ethan, Kinzy and Sidney Enochs of Overton, and Max and Connor Mahony of Bronx, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bert; and infant brother, Dale.

Ruby was born Sept. 29, 1918, at Grandma Hanson's place in Gosper County to Walter and Ruth A. (Hanson) Dodson. In 1921, the family moved to a farm north of Lexington where Ruby spent her formative years.

In 1934, the family moved to the Tom Reed farm. Ruby and her sister, Velma, attended the Tom Reed School, which now has been relocated near the Dawson County Historical Society in Lexington. She then attended high school in Lexington, graduating in 1937.

Following graduation, Ruby did housework for Naomi Bacon and Ione Prasch. In the fall of 1937, she started to work at Mallets Sweet Shop, where she continued working until 1941. She then went to work at the City Bakery run by Clate and Melrose Ransdell.

Around 1950, when the Ransdell's sold the business, Ruby became an employee at Prasch's Grocery Store. This is where she met her sweetheart and future husband, Johnny Betram "Bert" Ransdell. She stayed 15 years at Prasch's until the store was sold. She also worked at Hazel's Town and Country Dress Shop, but one really remembers her waiting tables at A & W, where she worked until she retired.On June 27, 1962, Ruby and Bert were married in North Platte. Ruby loved to travel. The couple took her parents on a trip every summer. She enjoyed family gatherings and being with her sister and her family. Although the couple had no children of their own, she adopted her nieces and nephews and loved them all very much.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

--Obituary obtained from the Lexington Clipper-Herald

Date Posted: 2008-02-26
Maiden Name: Seaman

Aline Opal Beck, age 87, of Elwood died on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Elwood Care Center. Memorial services will be Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Elwood with Pastor Connie Karr officiating.

Survivors include her three sons, Steve (Virginia) Beck of Broken Bow, Jay (Kathy) Beck and Gary Beck, of Elwood; two brothers-in-law, Harold Sorensen of Lexington and O.N. (Janet) Beck of Cozad; ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Art Beck; her parents; a granddaughter, Theresa; and a brother, Glen Seaman.

Aline was born March 13, 1920 in Lexington to Warren and Gertrude (Mowry) Seaman. She grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the Class of 1937.

On March 24, 1940, she married W. Art Beck in Lexington. To this union, three sons were born: Steven, Jay and Gary. They moved to Elwood in 1953. She helped out at "Beck Implement" which was the family business. They later would farm northeast of Elwood. She was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Elwood on March 13, 1960. While her sons were young, she served as Cub Scout leader and Sunday school teacher. She was an avid reader and attended a monthly card club. Aline was a member of the United Methodist Church in Elwood. In January of 2008, after suffering a stroke, she moved to the Elwood Care Center.

Memorials are suggested to the Elwood Public Library. Elwood Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.

Date Posted: 2008-07-30

Wayne B. Buchholz, 88, of rural Lexington, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at his home. He was born April 13, 1920, at Lexington, Nebraska, to Benjamin and Lena Elizabeth (Velte) Buchholz.

Wayne lived in the Lexington area his entire life and attended school at Lexington. He was united in marriage to Margie Fellows on May 31, 1953, at Sargent, Nebraska. Five children were blessed to this union; James, John, Donna, Lois and Roy.

He spent most of his life farming, retiring from farming in 1980. He then worked as a custodian for the Lexington Public Schools for 7 years.

He was a member of Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church, 100th Meridian Rock Club, Plum Creek Barbershop Chorus, the Dawson County Iris Society, a past 4-H leader and member and received his Ruby pin for 25 years of 4-H leadership.

Wayne loved to square dance and Call the dances. He also enjoyed photography and was very proud to show his pictures. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be so missed.

Survivors include two sons: John (Brenda) Buchholz of Overton, Nebraska, Roy (Whitney) Buchholz of Lexington, Nebraska, Two daughters: Donna (Lenwood) Mobley of Lincoln, Nebraska and Lois (Jim) Underwood of Lexington, Nebraska. Nine grandchildren and one great-grandson as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margie in 2001; one son, James; two brothers, Harold and Donald.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, August 4, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at Buffalo Grove Presybterian Church at Lexington with Elder Don Grantham officiating. Burial will be in the Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Cemetery next to the church. Visitation will be held Sunday, August 3, 2008, from 2-5 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Memorials to Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church or the Donor's Choice. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy and remembrances may be directed to:

Dean Bredenkamp, 89, died Wednesday, March 25, in Gresham of congestive heart failure. A funeral service was held, Thursday, April 2, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 795 E. Powell Boulevard in Gresham, Ore. He is survived by his sons, Kerry and King Bredenkamp, of Boring, Ore., daughter, Maridean Eisele of Boring and five grandchildren.

He was born in Bertrand to August and Lavina (Schult) Bredenkamp. He was raised on a farm by the Platte River in Overton and attended Lexington High School. He went to Chicago, where he worked in several jobs, eventually becoming a bus boy at a country club. There he encountered Babe Ruth and got an autographed baseball and Ruth's signed golf scorecard.

Drafted into the Army Air Force during World War II, Dean served in the Panama Canal Zone as a mechanic on board B-29s. While there he swam out to sea with another man to rescue a woman drifting in a boat. She was a general's daughter and the feat earned him the Soldier's Medal in 1942.     Bredenkamp came to the Portland area after his military service to attend business school and there met Mary Lauderback. They were married April 14, 1950, in Gresham. She died in 1983.

He worked for a time as a car salesman and mechanic and eventually joined his father-in-law, Leonard Lauderback, at Scenic Fruit. He never really retired and continued to maintain an office at Scenic Fruit.

He was the second generation of his family to operate Scenic Fruit Company, a fruit processing business launched at Pleasant Home in 1931.     Bredenkamp was known in his industry for developing cryo-mechanical freezing techniques using liquid nitrogen to preserve fresh-picked berries. The process is now used worldwide. He was given the Oregon Berry Industry Recognition Award in 2007.

He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Northwest Food Processors Association and was active in Oregon's berry industry for 59 years. He liked to travel and visited all parts of the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

The family suggests donations to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 795 E. Powell Blvd., Gresham, 97080. Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.