Maiden Name: Menke


Marian Kathryn “Kay” Denker, 93, of Lexington, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Avamere in Lexington.

Kay was born February 19, 1927, in Lexington to Marion and Helen Menke. She attended District 16, a rural grade school and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1945. She furthered her education at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri and graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. A blind date at UNL was the beginning of her life with Bill. They were married October 22, 1950 and had three children: Mike, Sarah and Curt. Lexington was their home.

Kay was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed sporting events, especially baseball and Husker athletics. She never missed a day reading the paper. Kay loved her evenings with friends at Supper Club and Dance Club. Attending her kids and grandkids activities brought her great joy.

Kay was a 50 year member of Delta Gamma Sorority and PEO Chapter AN. She volunteered for the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and served on the first Lexington Foundation Board.

A lifelong Presbyterian, she attended Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church. In her later years, she joined First Presbyterian Church in Lexington where she served as a Deacon.

Kay will be deeply missed by her children, Mike (Karla) Denker of Lexington, Sarah (Bill) Carver of Omaha and Curt (Kandy) Denker of Lincoln; nine grandchildren, Chris (Jill) Denker of Lexington, Mitch (Tiff) Denker of Lexington, Chase Denker of Boulder, Colorado, Melissa (Pat) Regan of Omaha, Todd (Emily) Carver of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Brett (Heather) Carver of Omaha, Gregg Carver of Omaha, Megan (Blake) Johnson of Lincoln and Tyler (Cortney) Denker of Lincoln; fourteen great-grandchildren, Hadley, Charlotte, Liam, Molly, Liv, Elliot, Paxton, Henry, Caroline, Myles, Kaia, Charlie, Beckham and Katherine; her sister, Pat (Doran) Post of Kearney; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Bill.

Funeral Services will be on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverend Eddie Mariel, officiating. The funeral service will be live streamed via the Reynolds Love Facebook page.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Social distancing and face masks are encouraged.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are kindly suggested to the Lexington Community Foundation, First Presbyterian Church in Lexington or Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

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


TEETOR, Mark A. On Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Mark A. Teetor lost his battle with lung cancer. He was at his home in Dallas, Texas surrounded by his family. Mark, the fifth of thirteen children, was born October 15, 1926 in Lexington, NE to Warren Franklin Teetor and Marium Neoma Dicks. Drafted during his senior year of high school, Mark left Nebraska to train as a paratrooper at the end of World War II. After serving roughly 18 months in the Army he moved to Colorado and attended Capitol College in Denver to study pharmacology. Following graduation he moved to Missouri for medical training in hematology at the Medical Technological College of St Louis. Mark chose to settle in Dallas where he began working as a hematologist around 1950. In 1959, Mark and Sam Kelly opened their own medical lab which they ran for 20 years. By the time Mark retired he had worked in the medical field for over 40 years. In his retirement Mark loved to garden. He spent hours cultivating the ground so he could share his bounty with everyone he knew! Though his greatest joy came from his family. He and Marian James married March 3, 1951. They spent 62 incredible years together raising their daughter, Carol Ann and loving on grandchildren. Mark was preceded in death by his wife Marian, his father Frank, mother Neoma, sister Evelyn Haultman and brothers Arthur, Donald, Warren, Vernon, George, Robert and Glen; his son-in-law Ralph E. "Butch" Russell and step great-grandson Nathan Edward Russell. He is lovingly survived by his daughter Carol Ann Russell, granddaughter Amy Russell, great granddaughter Daisy; step grandchildren Trey Russell (Jennifer), Melissa Pendley (Corwyn), step great grandson Owen; his sisters Beulah Nanny and Patsy Halouska; brothers Ronald and Wayne as well as numerous nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation Monday, August 3rd from 10-12am, followed by a graveside service at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas.

Maiden Name: Arbuckle


Kathryn H. Rittgarn, 92, of Lexington, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

Kathryn H. Rittgarn was born on March 7, 1928, at Lexington, Nebraska to James and Lena (Neilsen) Arbuckle. She received her primary education from Lexington High School and graduated with the class of 1945. Following graduation, Kathryn was employed at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.

On September 2, 1945, Kathryn was united in marriage to the love of her life, Bob Rittgarn in Lexington. Following their marriage, they made their home in Dawson County and would live the majority of their lives in Dawson and Phelps County. They were blessed with four children: Keith, Karen, Kenneth and Kevin. Kathryn would spend the next thirty plus years working as a Nurses Aid at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington. Bob preceded her in death on November 11, 1986.

Early in life, Kathryn was baptized in the First United Methodist Church in Lexington and was a member for many years. She loved working in her flower garden; a fantastic cook, which you never left her house hungry; she looked forward to taking flowers to the cemeteries every year on Memorial Day; Kathryn loved life and always cared for others; and treasured time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Karen Flynn of Waterloo, Nebraska and Kenneth (Gwen) Rittgarn of Phoenix, Arizona; grandson who she raised, Robert “Rob” (Darla) Rittgarn of Lexington; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and a lifetime of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bob; sons, Kevin in 2005 and Keith in 2016; son-in-law, John Flynn and brother, Wayne Arbuckle.

A private family graveside service for Kathryn H. Rittgarn will be held at Robb Cemetery south of Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor Anne Gahn, officiating. Due to health concerns with COVID-19, a public Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

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


Ted Teruo Kanda, 92, of Lexington, Nebraska passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Avamere in Lexington.

Ted was born September 1, 1926 in Lexington to Tokuichi (Jim) and Hatsuyo (Kawamoto) Kanda, he was one of seven boys. Ted attended school in Lexington growing up and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1945.

After high school Ted had an opportunity to attend Kearney State College but the family needed him to attend to the family farm. Ted also was willing to serve his country but was not able to enlist due to a medical problem. Ted spent all of his working days farming the family farm, retiring in1991. Ted always said that his love was farming the land. Ted’s brother Ken suffered a stroke in 1976 and Ted would then be a caretaker for his brother. Ted was never married but considered his nieces and nephews “his kids”.

Survivors include two brothers: Dr. Masami Kanda of Denver, Colorado and George and wife Faye Kanda of Brighton, Colorado. Eleven nieces and nephews, eight-teen great nieces and nephews and four-teen great-great nieces and nephews.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Yasuo, Sam, Ken and Todd.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington with Pastor James McCrickard, officiating.

There will be no visitation, the casket will be open prior to the funeral service.

Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the Dawson County Historical Museum, Heartland Military Museum or Central Plains Hospice.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by

Date Posted: 2014-02-13
Maiden Name: Reiter

Mary Lou Taylor, 86 of Kearney, formerly of Elm Creek, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at the Mt. Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Monday at the First Christian Church in Elm Creek. The Rev. Scott Foster will officiate.

Interment will be in the Elm Creek Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-7 p. m., Sunday at the O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Chapel in Elm Creek.

She was born Feb., 20, 1927 in Lexington to Clarence and Ethel (Frame) Reiter. She grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1945. Mary Lou as united in marriage to Clarence W. Taylor on Lilac Sunday, May 21, 1950 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington. She and Clarence lived in Elm Creek their entire married life, where they farmed. Mary Lou was baptized at the First Christian Church in Elm Creek on April 7, 1956, where she was a lifetime member. She was a member of the Christian Womens' Fellowship, and the Westside Club. Family was very important to Mary Lou and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed coffee with neighbors, camping, playing cards and going to dances.

Survivors include sons, Randy Taylor and special friend, Barb Richardson, Kenny (Heather) Taylor, Gary (Carol) Taylor and Kyle (Joie) Taylor, daughter, Marlene (Lorry) Marshall, all of Elm Creek; grandchildren, Heather (Tim) Anthony, Tim, Sadie Hagemeier and her husband, Paul, Cami Buel and her husband, Scott, Steve Taylor and special friend, Amber Spotanski, Jody Taylor, Coby Taylor and wife, Erin, Sammy Jo Taylor and Robert Managers and Logan Jones; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Charlotte Selk of Lexington and Evelyn (Jim) Breeden of Cozad, brother-in-law, Vance Taylor of Omaha and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband on Oct. 4, 2011, brother, Lee Reiter, brother-in-law, Virgil Selk, sister-in-law, Mildred Taylor and nephew, Bill Breeden.

Memorials are suggested to the church or to the Elm Creek Volunteer Fire Dept and Rescue Unit.

On-line condolences may be shared at

O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home of Kearney is in charge of arrangements.