Date Posted: 2017-11-28
Maiden Name: Boggs

Artie Marie (Boggs) Smith, age 78, of Lexington, Nebraska died November 24, 2017 at Bryan Medical Center East Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Artie was born on June 10, 1939 in Lexington, Nebraska to Darrell & Clara (Jolliffe) Boggs where she grew up and attended Lexington High and graduated with the Class of 1957.

Artie was united in marriage to Irl Morris Smith on April 15, 1961, at Berean Fundamental Church by Pastor Keith Blood.

Artie was employed over 25 years at the Lexington Dry Cleaners as a master seamstress. Artie enjoyed many hobbies: camping, playing cards, going out to eat with friends (favorite was Olive Garden) baking desserts like her famous brownies, board games, sewing for many friends & relatives. She loved to go out with her sister Darla for coffee & shopping @ Wal-Mart visiting friends at the Plum Creek HealthCare Community many times a week. Artie enjoyed watching tennis, baseball (Cubs was her favorite team) and many other sports. Artie & Irl enjoyed camping and going to musical festivals and trying different places to eat at. Artie enjoyed spending time with her family. She always showed unconditional love for her grandchildren and special care for them.

Artie is survived by her husband: Irl Morris Smith of Lexington , Nebraska, daughter Jennifer (Roger) Summer of Elwood, Nebraska, son Christopher (Alayna) Smith of Lexington, sister Darla (Melvin) Bye of Overton, sister Linda (Wayne) Maaske of Bertrand & brother Franklin (Donna) Boggs of Bertrand, 5 grandchildren Haley, Julian, Logan, Taylor & Blake 1 great-grandson Grayson, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family & friends.

Artie was a member of the Berean Fundamental Church for over 60 years.

Artie was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles.

Artie was a Christian and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior.

Celebration of Life Service will be Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. the Berean Bible Church in Lexington with Pastor Duane Russell officiating.

Inurnment will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the Berean Bible Church or Club 180 in Lexington.

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: 2017-01-07

TERRA ALTA — James “Jim” (Harold) Adams took his place in Heaven on Jan. 7, 2017.

He was born Dec. 7, 1937 in Howard, Kan., son of the late James Homer and Alice Laura (Anderson) Adams.

Jim joined the Air Force in 1957 and was honorably and medically discharged in 1959 after losing his right index finger in Okinawa, Japan.

On May 20, 1961, he married Carolyn Fay Gelvin. To this union, four daughters were born: Angela, Sandra, Ronda and Sharla. He spent most of his life in Lexington, Neb. and worked for Nebraska Public Power District’s Department of Irrigation. After 30 years with the company, Jim retired in 1997 and moved to Superior, Nebraska.

On Aug. 12, 2011, Jim and his “man’s best friend” Bernese Mountain Dog, Brutus, made their way to Terra Alta, W.Va. to live with his daughter Ronda.

His favorite thing to do here was driving the back roads of Preston County, soaking up the scenery and going ramp hunting. He loved the trees and mountains, and constantly made mention that “Mama would have loved it here.”

Jim spent most of 2015 and 2016 in and out of hospitals with emphysema, pneumonia and COPD. He was resting comfortably when he finally succumbed to his illnesses at Preston Memorial Hospital surrounded by several family members.

He is survived by daughters Angela Moody, of Neligh, Neb., Ronda (Billy) Stump, of Terra Alta, and Sharla House, of Neligh; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and extended grandchild Derrick Loughry.

He was also preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Carolyn; a daughter, Sandra; a great-grandson, Mason James Kramp; brothers Homer “Bud,” Billy and Larry; sisters Jeanette Dorner and Donna Brandenberg; niece Melodee Martinez and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jim will be cremated and laid to rest with the love of his life in Byron, Neb. on May 20, 2017, which would have been their 56th wedding anniversary.

Friends and family will be received at 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 at Whitedale Church of the Brethren in Terra Alta. A luncheon will follow.

Date Posted: 2016-11-29

Larry G. Burkey, age 77, of Broken Bow, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the Jennie Melham Memorial in Broken Bow.

Funeral services will be held Friday Dec. 2, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating including military rites. Burial will be at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery at Eddyville. Visitation will be Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary with family greeting friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

Larry Burkey was born Dec. 25, 1938 in Elm Creek to Lyle F. and Elaine (Sweny) Burkey.  Larry attended school and graduated from Lexington High School in 1957.

Following his graduation, Larry enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, where he served honorably and faithfully for three years.

On January 18, 1988 Larry married Eileen O’Meara  in Lincoln. Larry worked as a salesman in Broken Bow.  

He enjoyed golfing and shooting pool with the company of his friends at the Prairie Pioneer Center. Larry also enjoyed fishing with his wife, Lee, as well as the occasional trips to the casinos they would make together.

Larry is survived by his wife, Eileen Burkey of Broken Bow; one son Lance (Sherri) Burkey of Warren, Pa.; two daughters Lisa (Randy) Roti of Auburn and Monica (Mark) Sleicher of Sumner ; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews; one sister Deannah (Rod) Fetters of Bertrand.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, and grandparents.

Date Posted: 2005-12-25
Maiden Name: Rohnert

Dian Rose Rohnert McConnell, 66, of Lexington, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington, with Rev. Megan Morrow officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington. Visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.     

Survivors include her father, John Rohnert of Lexington; three sons, Kelly Shea McConnell of Marysville, Kan., Michael Shawn (Marge) McConnell of North Platte, and Timothy Jon (Deborah) McConnell of Grand Island; a daughter, Kimberly Kay McMahon of Kearney; two sisters, Jo (Keith) Swartz of Lexington, and Cindy (Gary) Flint of Lexington; grandchildren, Angelia and Ronald McConnell, Michaela McConnell, Kaitlyn and Brian McMahon; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.     

She was preceded in death by her mother Doris in 2001; her husband Gene; and a sister Sheila.

Dian was born Aug. 15, 1939, in Lexington, to John and Doris (Utecht) Rohnert.

She grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1957. After high school she continued her education in Omaha where she obtained her LPN and worked at Immanuel Hospital. While in Omaha she met Ronald Gene McConnell. They were married on Aug. 23, 1959, in Lexington. He preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 1976.     

The couple lived in Omaha, Hermiston, Ore., Herman, Nebraska, and Lexington. While in Oregon, the couple adopted 18-month-old Kelly Shea. The family would later add Michael Shawn in 1964, Timothy Jon in 1968, and a daughter Kimberly Kay in 1970.      

After Gene's death in 1976, the family moved to Lexington in May of 1977. Dian worked for Tri-County Hospital and followed in her parents' footsteps working at the Dawson County Jail for many years.     

Memorials are kindly suggested to the family for later designation.

--Obituary obtained from the Lexington Clipper-Herald

Date Posted: 2008-06-14

Charles "Chuck" Ray Willets, age 68, of Columbus, formerly of Lexington, died on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at his home.

Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus. Interment will be at the Columbus Cemetery with Military Honors by the #84 American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation was Tuesday and Wednesday at McKown Funeral Home with family prayer service at the church.   

Survivors include his wife Bonnie; daughter, Wendy (Troy) Shotkoski of Columbus; grandchildren, Emma and Spencer Shotkoski, all of Columbus; mother Katherine Willets, of Lexington; two sisters, Barb (Bob) Reynolds, of Lincoln and Sharlene (Tom) Hickman, of Woodland, Calif.; and brother-in-law, Mark Witthuhn of North Platte.   

He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Willets and his sister, Carolyn Witthuhn.   

Chuck was born on Aug. 16, 1939 in Lexington, to Charles and Katherine (Kumpf) Willets. He grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1957. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 until 1965 then he continued his education at the University of California-Riverside, graduating in 1969.   

On March 18, 1972, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Michener in Columbus. Chuck worked for Dale Electronics in Columbus, Norfolk, and Yankton. He owned and operated Antelope Lanes in Neligh, and retired from Lindsay Manufacturing in 2002. He was employed at Precision Industries at the time of his death. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion where he served on the American Legion Honor Guard, and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.   

Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice.