Date Posted: 2018-04-24

Dean C. Martin, 81 of Lexington, NE and Apache Junction, AZ, passed away Saturday April 14, 2018 at his home in Apache Junction.

Dean was born February 25, 1937 to Dr.'s George L. and Alice M. (Horn) Martin. He graduated from Lexington High school in 1955, also graduated from Fort Smith Auction School in 1956, and from Kearney State College in 1959.

While enlisted in the U.S.ARMY he learned radio transmission and turned it into a long-time love for HAM radios. He transferred to the National Guard where he remained until 1965, reaching the rank of E7.

As a young college graduate he taught English at Sumner/Eddyville for 2 years. He then returned to Lexington to open The Martin Company, a real-estate, auctioneer, and insurance company.

He married Deanna Turner of Cozad, NE in 1964, and from this union a daughter Shelley Lynn was born.

Dean began auctioneering by working at the Lexington Sale Barn sorting and taking bids on livestock by the age of 13. Dean loved life, and enjoyed being a member of many organizations including: the first United Methodist church, Eagles, Elks, DeMolay, American Legion, Kearney State College Alumni association, Dawson county board of Realtors, Goldenrod auto club, and the Nebraska auctioneers association, where he served as a board member, president, and also was awarded Nebraska auctioneer of the year in 2007.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially enjoyed fixing things with his great- grandson Jaxon, as well as teaching his great-granddaughter Ava how to ride a bike. When he wasn't with family he spent his time visiting with friends, traveling, and dancing as often as possible. He also collected classic cars, coins, and antiques, which led to his specialized auctions.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles, and is survived by his daughter Shelley (Thomas) Bowers of Fairbury, NE; two granddaughters, Ashley (Kenny) Jensby of Kearney, NE, and Anna Bowers of Fairbury, NE, as well as two great- grandchildren, Ava Jensby of Kearney, NE, and Jaxon Saylor of Fairbury, NE

Visitation will be Friday April 27, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds -Love Chapel in Lexington.

Services will be Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel with Pastor Duane Russell officiating.

Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery Lexington with Military Honors.

Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Date Posted: 2015-07-15
Maiden Name: Silas

Eva J. Silas, age 79, died at the Hospice House in Omaha.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am, Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific St in Omaha. Burial to follow in ForestLawnMemorial Park.

Eva J. Silas was born in Lexington and was a 1955 graduate of Lexington High School and the Grand Island Beauty School.

She married Lorenz “Bill” Montoya on Oct. 5, 1965. They resided in Omaha. Bill died Sept. 30, 2002.

She worked for over 50 years as a “beautician” in Lexington, Grand Island and Omaha. She enjoyed her career very much and received many awards as a young hairdresser. Her most cherished gifts were given to her by the many loyal customers she served.Eva retired at age 70.

Eva will be remembered by her sweet loving heart, her joyous and contagious laughter, and her unending prayerful model of faith, strength and love.

Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her loving family, Herman and Paublita Silas, Modesto Silas, Jessie Munoz, Jennie Gutierrez, and Ann Cole.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, who loved her dearly, along with many cousins and friends.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at the Josie Harper Hospice House. Memorials suggested to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, or Hospice House, 7415 Cedar St., Omaha, NE68124. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, NE at a later date.

Date Posted: 2016-09-16
Maiden Name: Sear

Marion Alice Anderson, 78, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Friday, September 16, 2016, at Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington.

She was born January 29, 1938, at Elm Creek, Nebraska, to Robert Willis and Annie K. (Sorenson) Sear. She grew up north of Lexington, and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1955. This is where she met the love of her life, Kerry.

She then went on to further her education at Nebraska Weslyan University where she obtained her teaching certificate. She taught for a couple years at District #99, and Lexington Public Schools.

Marion was united in marriage to Kerry Anderson, a southsider, on December 23, 1957, at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Scott, Susan, and Rob.

To say Marion had a special talent for art is an understatement. She painted beautiful watercolors, many of which are on the walls of homes all around the state. She enjoyed quilting, and made the best sugar cookies you would ever eat. It was always Marion’s duty whenever Kerry served on any committee she had the job as decorating! There was no one more qualified! Marion was active in her Art clubs as well; she belonged and enjoyed attending the State Halsey Art classes, where she served on the Board. This is where she met many of her dear, dear friends. She displayed her work at Art on the Farm, was a member of A.R.T. Club in Lexington, Studio 25, United Way Board, and an active member of Chapter FS P.E.O. She was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, and served on the Dawson County Election Board.

She enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii/Maui, and being with family and friends. She had a wonderful sense of humor, a beautiful smile, and a huge heart.

Marion’s survivors include her children; Scott and wife Corky Anderson of Lexington, Nebraska, Susan and husband Rod Reynolds of Lexington, Nebraska, and, Rob and wife Natalie Anderson of Lexington, Nebraska, six grandchildren; Lindsey Anderson of Lexington, Nebraska, Blake and wife Stacy Reynolds of Lexington, Nebraska, Carrie Beth Reynolds of Lincoln, Nebraska, Ryan Reynolds of Lexington, Nebraska, Joelly & Camille Anderson of Lexington, Nebraska; one sister, Carolyn and her husband Dr. John Worthman of Cozad, Nebraska; as well as her mother-in-law, Florence Anderson of Lexington, Nebraska; also surviving are many, many friends.

Marion was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kerry in April of 2016; and, father-in-law, Harlan Anderson.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Anne Gahn officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 20, 2016, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to Lexington Community Foundation, First United Methodist Church, or Lexington Regional Health Center. Reynolds-Love is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Date Posted: 2016-04-02

Kerry Kent Anderson, 78, of rural Lexington died Saturday, April 2, 2016, in flight from a wonderful vacation in Hawaii, landing at the airport in San Francisco, and taken to Burlingame, Calif.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, April 8, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with the Rev. Dyton Owen officiating.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 7, 2016, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington. Cremation will follow visitation. Inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

Kerry was born Oct. 31, 1937, in Lexington to Harlan and Florence (Bacon) Anderson. He started school at District No.15 south of Lexington, where his dad, children, and grandchildren attended. His only daughter Susan, also taught there for several years. He then graduated from Lexington High School in 1955. Kerry then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University.

After five years of dating, he married Marion Sear on Dec. 23, 1957. They were blessed with three children, Scott, Susan & Rob.

His pride and joy were grandchildren, Lindsey Anderson, Blake, and his new wife, Stacy Reynolds, Carrie Beth Reynolds, Ryan Reynolds, Joelly and Camille Anderson.

Kerry believed in community service and served on many boards including District No. 15 School Board, Lexington Coop, Servitech, Dawson County Cattlemen, Dawson County Feeders, First United Methodist Church committees, T-Bone Club, Lakeside Country Club, and Toastmasters.

Kerry was a “man of few words” but was a great listener. He taught a lot of things by example. He was happy with a wrench in his hands (or a golf club), working on machinery was his dearest love, but working the land was his passion. He never fully retired.

He thought the world of his friends and neighbors, and loved being with them. Some of these friends lived in Maui, Hawaii, where he and Marion went annually. This included a wonderful trip the last two weeks of his life - beautiful ending to a beautiful life.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Marion of Lexington; his mother, Florence Anderson of Lexington; children, Scott (Corky) Anderson, Susan (Rod) Reynolds and Rob (Natalie) Anderson, all of Lexington; five grandchildren, Lindsey Anderson, Blake (Stacy) Reynolds, Carrie Beth Reynolds, Ryan Reynolds, Joelly and Camille Anderson, all of Lexington; also surviving are extended family and many friends.

Kerry was preceded in death by his father, Harlan.

Memorials are suggested to Lexington Community Foundation. First United Methodist Church, or Donor’s Choice. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Date Posted: 2013-05-30

Dean G. Dorsey, 75 of Cozad, founder of the Tri-City Tribune newspaper and radio station KAMI-FM (104.5) died May 30, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Visitation will be held Monday, June 3, 2013; 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, June 4, 2013; from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.at Blase Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Gothenburg Cemetery.

Dean was born at Lexington on June 11, 1937, the son of Marion and Helen Dorsey. Dean was raised in the Lexington area and graduated from LHS 1955. He moved to Cozad just a few days after receiving his high school diploma.

Initially, he was a door-to-door bakery salesman for Evans Bakery. He joined the Cozad Local newspaper staff as an advertising salesman in 1956, and later became a sportswriter. He founded the Tri-City Tribune, one of Central Nebraska's first offset-produced newspapers on Nov.16, 1965. Later he became publisher of The FREE PRESS, a weekly publication serving communities on the Nebraska Hi-Line. The publications received over 350 Nebraska Press Association and Ak-Sar-Ben/Conagra awards through the years, including the recent General Excellence award by the NPA. Dean was named as the Master Editor-Publisher by the Nebraska Press Association in 2009. The award is the highest attainable in the Nebraska newspaper profession. Dean and his wife, Nancy, purchased KAMI-AM radio in 1981, and established operation of the 100,000 watt KAMI-FM station in August 1983. He sold his broadcast interests in 1985.

Dean was an avid sportsman. He officiated high school and collegiate football and basketball games for about 25 years. He officiated the first ever Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game in 1968 and also worked the 1975 Nebraska Shrine Bowl. He was one of nine officials in the United States selected to officiate the National Junior College Basketball Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1976. He also worked several Nebraska State High School Basketball Tournament games.

He was among the organizers of the Cozad Jaycee Chapter and served as a Nebraska Jaycee state vice president. He was also a member of the Cozad Chamber of Commerce board of directors, served as a Trustee for the Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2250, where he founded the monthly Elks Student of the month honor, was a member of the Cozad Lions Club and served as president of the Cozad Development Corporation. He served as the chairman of the Midstates Federation and AAU sponsored track and field championships which were held at Haymaker Stadium in Cozad for 20 years. He was also honored as the 'Cozad Sports Fan Of-The-Year' and was named as a 'Distinguished Service' Award winner by the Nebraska School Activities Association in 1997.

Dean and his son Corbey shared their interest and passion in thoroughbred race horses as owners at numerous thoroughbred race tracks across the Untied States.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy of Cozad; one son, Corbey (Amber) of Kearney; grandson, Kaeden Dorsey and granddaughter, Keagan Dorsey of Kearney and one sister, Francis Freeman of California.

A memorial fund has been established in Dean's name.

To leave a private condolence on the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com. Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.