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 osrfh.com.

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

Date Posted: 2014-05-06
Maiden Name: Hanson

Loretta J. Davis, 87, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Lexington Regional Health Center.

Loretta was born February 1, 1927, in Gosper County, Nebraska, to H.C. “Joe” and Nina B. (Richardson) Hanson. She was a 1945 graduate of Lexington High School.

Following graduation she went to work as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell, a position she held for 25 years. She was united in marriage to Everett E. Davis on February 12, 1956, in Lexington. Two children were blessed to this marriage; Larry Dean and Janet Louise.

Loretta loved being a mother, keeping a nice home for her family and before her health prevented her from doing so, enjoyed working in the yard with Everett. Everett and Loretta enjoyed traveling to Colorado when grandson Alexander came along and those memories will always be cherished. She will be so very missed.

She was a member of LexChristian Church in Lexington.

Loretta is survived by her children; Larry Dean Davis of Brady, Nebraska; and, Janet L. Davis of Morrison, Colorado; four grandchildren; Steven and wife Mary Davis of Brady, Nebraska; Justin Davis of Missouri; Angela Kathleen Davis of Maxwell, Nebraska and Alexander Joseph Leal of Morrison, Colorado; two brothers-in-law, Homer Davis, Jr. of Elm Creek, Nebraska and Howard and wife Erlene Davis of Arapahoe, Nebraska; one sister-in-law, Georgia Ashmore of Lexington, Nebraska; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Everett on November 8, 2013; and one sister, Marie Clemans.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at LexChristian Church in Lexington with Pastor K.C. BeDunnah officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will be in the Robb Cemetery south of Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to LexChristian Church or Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Date Posted: 2014-07-10
Maiden Name: Reynolds

Marjorie Jane Kopf, 87, of Lincoln, Nebraska, former Lexington resident, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln. She had been a resident of Eastmont Towers in Lincoln since 2008.

She was born January 6, 1927, in Lexington, Nebraska, to Warren B. and Stella Mae (Watkins) Reynolds. She attended school at Lexington where she graduated in 1945. She then went onto further her education at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, graduating with a BA in Home Economics. She worked for a time at Hazel’s Town & Country in Lexington.

Marjorie was united in marriage to Harold W. Kopf on June 12, 1949, in Lexington. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Barry, Jodi, and Kris. The family lived on the farm northwest of Lexington for many years where the children were raised. Upon retirement Harold & Marge moved to town.

Marjorie was a lifetime Artist who won many awards; she was also an avid gardener. Always active, she was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, as well as the L.W.M.L., Investment Club, Studio 25, A.R.T., Lexington Painting Club, and helping bereaved women through art therapy. She mentored many young women as a 4-H leader and delivered Meals-on-wheels for years.

She always had a kind word and warm smile for all she came in contact with and taught her children and grandchildren the solid values she held near and dear to her heart. Marjorie will be dearly missed.

She leaves behind her children; Barry and wife Patricia Stevens-Kopf of Omaha, Nebraska; Jodi and husband Steve Neal of Wheatridge, Colorado; and, Kris Rosenow of Elmwood, Nebraska; five grandchildren; Kelli Kopf of Denver, Colorado; Ryan Rosenow of Lincoln, Nebraska; Tyler Rosenow of Elmwood, Nebraska; A.J. Gurule’ of Broomfield, Colorado; and, Andre’ and Cara Gurule’ of Denver, Colorado; three great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Reynolds of Lexington, Nebraska and Joan Kopf of Minden, Nebraska; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Harold; brother, Norman Reynolds; son-in-law, Robert Rosenow as well as brother-in-law, Delbert Kopf.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 14, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating.

Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery near Lexington.

Visitation will be held Sunday, July 13, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to Dawson County Museum, Lincoln Public Libraries Home Services, Trinity Lutheran Church, or Eastmont Towers Foundation.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. You may forward online condolences to the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Date Posted: 2014-09-26
Maiden Name: Stedman

Gaile June Stark, 86, of Cozad, Nebraska, passed away Friday, September 26, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Cozad.

Gaile was born February 20, 1928, in Ogallala, Nebraska, to Byon Gordon and Una May (Crawford) Stedman. She attended school in Ogallala and Roscoe, Nebraska. She moved to Lexington her junior year in high school, where she graduated in 1945. Gaile was married to Loren L. Stark on October 29, 1946, in Norton, Kansas. Four children were blessed to this marriage; Carol, Gerald, Kathy and Ronald.

The couple moved several times throughout their married lives; living in Ft. Collins, Colorado, Loveland, Colorado, Scottsbluff, Lexington, and Cozad. While living in Scottsbluff, she worked at Gas-A-Mat. Locally she worked at J.M. McDonald’s Clothing Store in Lexington and Monroe Auto in Cozad. While living in Lexington she was past president of the Eastlawn East Addition Resident’s Association.

Gaile enjoyed reading and bowling with the Sr. Citizen league, playing cards, scrabble and many other board games. Gaile was such a nice person with a wonderful sense of humor, brave. Strong, loyal and loved having family around. She had a heart of gold and would help anyone in need. Gaile will be so very missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children; Carol Gibson of Cozad, Nebraska; Kathy Stark of Cozad, Nebraska; and, Ronald and wife Carol Stark of Cozad, Nebraska; one brother, Robert and wife Sheila Stedman of Las Vegas, Nevada; eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Gaile was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Loren in 2000; son, Gerald; two brothers; Gordon & Jack Stedman; three sisters, Jean Parks, Donna Nelson, Mary Ann Crawford; and one great-granddaughter, Jerica.

The family has honored Gaile’s wishes for cremation. There will be no visitation.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held Friday, October 3, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at American Lutheran Church in Cozad, Nebraska with Pastor Mike Parsh officiating.

Inurnment will be held that same afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska.

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 through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Date Posted: 2016-05-05

David D. Cranford, 89, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington.

He was born October 31, 1926 in David City, Nebraska, to Earl and May (Tichacek) Cranford. He lived his early years in Linwood, Nebraska before moving with his family to Lexington, Nebraska in 1935. He graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1945.

David entered the United States Army during WWII on December 19, 1945, and after going to artillery school in Oklahoma and Kentucky, he was sent to Occupied Japan. After his honorable discharge on February 4, 1947, he began custom farming with his brother, Dick, in the Lexington area. They also did custom haying and had a combine and truck they took to Texas and back for the wheat harvest. In the early 1970’s he acquired his own farm and continued to farm until 1995 when he retired. He continued to live on the farm until the last few weeks when illness required him to enter primary care.

Dave enjoyed motorcycles and coin collecting as a young man and then enjoyed fishing later on in life. But, his true love was farming.

Dave is survived by two nieces, Denise Kearney and Dee Crozier, and three nephews, Dana Crawford, Morry DeLap, and Merrill DeLap.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and May Cranford; sisters, Fay DeLap and Phyllis Cranford, and his brother, Dick Cranford.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Polly Deppe-Williams officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery with Military Honors.

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