Date Posted: 2017-11-25
Maiden Name: Wickard

Donna Jean Marshall, 87, of Kearney, formerly of Elm Creek, died at her home on Nov. 8, 2017, surrounded by family.

Memorial services will be held Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church at 1623 Central Ave., Kearney, with the Rev. Doug Gahn officiating. Private burial will be at the Williamsburg Cemetery prior to the service.

Donna’s family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home, 4115 Ave. N, Kearney.

Donna was born near Sumner on July 29, 1930 to Joyce Clair and Lucille (Thornton) Wickard, as the fourth of five children. She attended grade school and high school in Sumner and Lexington, graduating in 1948.

She went to Kearney State Teachers college before marrying the love of her life, Eugene Marshall in 1950. Eugene and Donna lived and raised their three children, Penny, Candy, and Jeff, in the Platte River Valley south of Elm Creek until they moved to Kearney in 2014.

Donna worked at her dad’s business, Wickard Service, in Lexington from childhood until 1952. After marrying Eugene, Donna embraced her new life as the wife of a farmer and auctioneer. She worked at Eugene’s side – managing the books and accounts for the farming and livestock business; working as the Office Manager for the Kearney Livestock Commission Company; and helping create a thriving auction business serving as the bookkeeper, cashier, clerk, chief bill collector – and doing whatever else was needed!

Donna’s work extended beyond the family businesses to professional associations supporting auctioneers and livestock owners. She became an active member in the Nebraska Auctioneers Auxiliary – serving on the Board of Directors and numerous committees, writing for the “Power Behind the Gavel” columns, and attending every convention until her retirement. In 2003, she was inducted into the Nebraska Auctioneers Auxiliary Hall of Fame. She also helped clerk the Buffalo County 4-H Auctions and was recognized in 1997 for her outstanding dedication.

Donna proudly supported and was recognized for her contributions to the beef industry by serving on the National Live Stock and Meat Board and the Nebraska Beef Council. Donna was an early and committed volunteer to the Cattlemen’s Classic where she led the sale clerking teams for over 10 years. She was inducted into the Cattlemen’s Classic Hall of Fame in 2016.

Donna’s commitment to her community was unfailing. With Eugene, she was part of the heart and soul of the Williamsburg Community. Donna was a member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church for 65 years. Donna served as treasurer for the Church and was a member of almost every committee at one time or another. She chaired the Lord’s Acre Celebration Auction from its beginning, wrote many book reviews for the Church’s monthly newsletter, and led a non-denominational Bible study group. Donna also served on the Williamsburg Cemetery Association Board.

But most important to her in her life were her three children and their families. Donna supported her children and grandchildren through years of endless 4-H projects, shows, demonstrations, and speeches – along with many high school music concerts, theater productions, sports activities, and proms and homecoming events. No matter how busy her working life, she never missed an important performance or event. Donna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She was loved and will be missed by many.

Her survivors include a sister, Helen Nickel; three children, Penny Buettner, Candy Marshall and husband Jerry Stehlik, and Jeff Marshall and wife Becky; seven grandchildren, David Buettner, Jonathan (Shawna) Buettner, Madeline and Will Stehlik, Lacy Donald; Hannah (Blake) Hild, and Leah (Gavin) Kenney; and four great-grandchildren, Marshall and Jaxon Donald, and Birkley and Alyia Buettner.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene in April of 2017, brothers Morris and Dean Wickard, sister Fannie Joan Wickard, and grandson T.J. Buettner.

Memorials are suggested to the Williamsburg United Methodist Church or the Williamsburg Cemetery Association. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com.

Date Posted: 2017-06-20

Norman L. Anders, 85, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died June 20, 2017, at his home. Norman L. Anders, 85, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died June 20, 2017, at his home.

Norman was born on September 13, 1931 in Cozad, Nebraska, to Lawrence E. and Sylvia F. (Murray) Anders.

Norman grew up on various farms in Dawson County, Nebraska, and graduated from Lexington High School in May of 1948. He graduated from the University of Nebraska where he attained an Ag. Degree in May of 1954.

Norman married Glenda Wolfe on January 2, 1954, and to this union three daughters were born, Patricia, Cynthia, and Michelle.

With his love of the farm and his Ag degree Norman became a farm and ranch loan officer for Farmers Home Administration and later John Hancock Life Insurance and Loan Company. In 1973, he opened his own real estate office in Kearney where he specialized in farm & ranch sales. In 1983, he became Vice President and Ag loan officer for Sherman County Bank in Loup City. He retired in 1997 and he and Glenda moved to Springfield, Missouri, enjoying time with family and friends and of course Branson. They returned to Nebraska in 2003, and settled in Lincoln, back where they began their married life together. 

Norman was an avid Husker fan all his life, and worked for the Husker Event staff when he returned to Lincoln. Wherever they lived it was important for Norman to find a Church for his family.

Survivors include his wife Glenda of Lincoln; daughters and sons-in-law Pat and Bill Wood of Kearney, Nebraska, Cindy and John Wargo of Medina, Ohio and Michelle and Mike Slack of Lincoln, Nebraska; Six grandchildren; Eric and wife Andrea Wood, Jason and wife Angela Wood, Stacey Wood, Jessica and husband Adam Neill, Timaree and husband Adam Harris, McKenna Slack and fiance' Matthew Brady; two step-grandchildren are John and Hannah Wargo; five great-grandchildren are Caleb, Charis, and Josiah Wood, and Peyton and Piper Neill; sisters are LaVawn (Richard) Whitted and Sharlene (Paul) Belisle all of Nampa, Idaho; brothers-in-law are Alan (Cheryl) Wolfe of Colombia, Missouri, Roger (Myra) Wolfe of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Gordon Wolfe of Citrus Heights, California; also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Shirley Anders, and sister-in-law, Beckie Wolfe; brother-in-law Kenny Wolfe, and his in-laws Roy and Alma Wolfe. 

Funeral Services will be Monday, June 26, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at LexChristian Church in Lexington, Nebraska with grandson Reverend Eric Wood officiating. In honor of Norman’s love of the Huskers please feel free to wear your Husker Red!

Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery near Lexington.

Visitation will be held Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to Southview Baptist Church of Lincoln, First Baptist Church of Kearney, and Pathways to Compassion Hospice in Lincoln.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. To share online condolences with the family, please visit: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Date Posted: 2006-01-21
Maiden Name: Jensen

Barbara MacLean, 75, of Wymore died unexpectedly Saturday morning, Jan. 21, 2006, at the Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center. 

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Wymore United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Richard Sykes officiating. Burial will be at the Blue Springs Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church one hour preceding the service. Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home in Wymore is in charge of arrangements.   

Survivors include her husband, Charles MacLean; three sons, Kemmit (Kimberly) MacLean of Sumter, S.C., Chauncey MacLean and his special friend Michelle Barden of Seattle, Wash., and Greg (Nancy) MacLean of Lincoln; a niece whom they raised, Jeneta (Chris) Smith of Lincoln; three grandchildren, Suzanna, Madison, and Jackson MacLean; two step grandchildren, Misty and Tanea Clover; four step great-grandchildren; a brother, Jeffrey (Sue) Jensen of Parker, Colo.; two sisters, Marilyn (Norman) Nelson of Springview; and Elaine Shanks of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Lin Jensen of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Dorothy Naugle of Hooversville, Pa.; along with nieces and nephews.   

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Neil and Viola Jensen; a brother, Bruce Jensen; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Shanks.   

Barbara was born Dec. 22, 1930, on a farm near Cozad to Uffe and Beuhla (Boggs) Jensen, where she spent most of her childhood.    

She moved to Lexington when she was in the tenth grade and was a 1948 graduate of Lexington High School. She attended Grand View College in Des Moines and Kearney State College. She taught rural school in Dawson County.     

On June 6, 1954, she married Charles MacLean at Lexington. They lived in Japan, Kearney, Lincoln, Alma, Pawnee City and moved to Blue Springs in 1964, where they established the Pinecrest Tree Farm. She served as the general manager until they moved to Wymore in 1995. She then assisted her husband in the Homestead Fence Company, which was operated from their residence.   

Barbara was an active member of the Wymore United Methodist Church, where she served as president of the United Methodist Women, served as delegate to the Nebraska Annual Conference, and also served on every board and committee within the Wymore church. She was also district president of the United Methodist Women, served as district membership, nurture, and outreach chairman, was chairman of the district nominating committee, and served as a Nebraska delegate of the United Methodist Women national convention.   

Together with her husband, they were members of the Nebraska Christmas Tree Growers Association and the National Christmas Tree Growers Association. She was a member of the Blue Springs Community Improvement. She worked with the Mother-To-Mother program, was a member of the Wymore Book Club, Friends of the Wymore Library, Break and Swing Square Dance Club at Wymore and the Rusty Gate Square Dance Club at Lexington, and was a past member of Chapter Q of P.E.O.Memorial to the establishment of an endowment fund for the Wymore United Methodist Church with Letha Boerrigter in charge.

Date Posted: 2008-01-15
Maiden Name: Young

Norma Louise Rickel, 77, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington. She was born February 4, 1930, at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, to Gerald and Edith (Saal) Young. Norma moved to many different towns, because of her father's job, prior to coming to Lexington as a sophomore in high school. She graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1948. Following graduation, she worked at Cozad State Bank.

Norma was united in marriage to Richard Rickel on June 11, 1950, at the United Methodist Church in Lexington. Three children were blessed to this union; Sue, Jim, and Jeri. Following the couple's marriage, Norma worked for Lessig's Tots & Teens and spent 25 years with the Platte Valley Collection Agency. Dick and Norma were licensed HAM Radio operators with the call letters, WD0CJH.      

She was a member of Dawson County #33, Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Gopher Smokers. Norma enjoyed bowling, crossword puzzles, Nebraska football, going to McDonald's for her twice a day "coke fix" and people watching at Walmart. She enjoyed going for rides and being with friends at the Lexington Fitness Center. She will be so very missed.      

Survivors include her husband: Richard Rickel of Lexington, Nebraska. One son: Jim (Natalie) Rickel of Lexington, Nebraska. Two daughters: Jeri (Dave) Jaixen of Grand Island, Nebraska Sue Hedges of Waterloo, Nebraska. One brother: Dr. Gerald, Jr. and wife, Lee Young of Barrington, Illinois. Seven grandchildren: Matt (Leslie) Irwin of Omaha, Nebraska; Becky (Rocky) Doerr of Andover, Minnesota; Carissa (Kyle) Stritt of Kearney, Nebraska; Beth Jaixen of Phoenix, Arizona; Brandon Howell of Lincoln, Nebraska; Josh Irwin of Des Moines, Iowa; and Trisha Rickel of Lexington, Nebraska. Three great-grandchildren: Abby and Kaitlyn Doerr and Avery Stritt.      

Norma was preceded in death by her parents. Norma's body was cremated. There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, January 21, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Reverend Todd Karges officiating. A Memorial Book Signing will be held Sunday, January 20, 2008, from 2-4 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to Dawson County #33, Order of the Eastern Star or the Lexington Fire Department. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Date Posted: 2008-05-18
Maiden Name: Johnson

Lorraine Warner, 77, of Gothenburg, died on May 18, 2008 at Gothenburg. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg, with Lonna Grabenstein, PMA officiating. Burial will be in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Visitation was on Tuesday, May 20, at the American Lutheran Church.     

Survivors include her husband, Ben of Gothenburg; two sons Lonnie (Sandy) Warner; Brad (Michele) Warner, all of Gothenburg; three daughters, Patricia (Duane) Stevens of Sumner, Linda (Eldon) Rodine of Gothenburg, Pamela (Michael) Houchin of Gothenburg; one brother Marion Johnson of Curtis; one sister Elaine (Bill) Holliday of Lexington; ten grandchildren, Leigh Ann (Charles) Taylor, Derek Rodine, Kiel (Lacey) Stevens, Kasia Stevens, Adam and Caleb Warner, James (Mia) Houchin, Travis Houchin, Joseph and Raymond Warner; and seven great-grandchildren.     

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Jerold; a sister-in-law Retha Johnson; and a grandson Joshua Dale Warner.     

Lorraine Margaret was born on Oct. 15, 1930 at Freedom, to Knowles and Lillian (Johnson) Bush. She grew up on the family farm northwest of Bartley and attended school at Farnam. She lived at Farnam and Lexington. She graduated in 1948 from Lexington High School.     

On Aug. 27, 1950, she was united in marriage to Ben Warner at Lexington, and to this union five children were born.     

Lorraine worked at Evans Bakery, Slacks Nursing Home and Hilltop Estates. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church.     

Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church window fund, or Diabetes Research. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.blasestrauser.com