Date Posted: 2014-02-23

Lewis W. Fagot, 97 years of age, of Holdrege, (formerly of Bertrand), died on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege.

Funeral Services for Lewis W. Fagot will be conducted on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church of rural Smithfield, with Reverend Tim Glendening officiating.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at the Sandstorm Funeral Home in Bertrand from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Interment will be in Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gosper County, with Military Honors provided by the Bertrand Veterans Organization in conjunction with the United States Army Military Honor Guard.

He was born Oct. 30, 1916 northwest of Lexington, where he spent the early years of his life. Lewis was the eldest of seven children born to William and Mary (Gillett) Fagot. He received his education from Lexington Public Schools, graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1935. He worked in Lexington at various jobs, and it was at one of those jobs when he met his future wife, Verna Bredenkamp. The couple was united in marriage on Jan. 7, 1941 in Denver, Colo. Shortly after that, in 1942 he was inducted into the United States Army and proudly served our country in the Philippines during WWII. Returning to Lexington in 1945, he again went to work, this time at Dawson County Motors, where he eventually became the shop foreman. In 1953, he had the opportunity to go back to farming, so they left Lexington and moved about 20 miles southeast, continuing to farm until his retirement in 1982. Lewis and Verna retired to Bertrand and eventually to Holdrege in later years. On Dec. 24, 2008 he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Verna.

Lewis was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed. He was a friend to many and loved to visit with friends and family, and play cards whenever he could. His last years were spent in Holdrege at Chrisoma West, making new friends and enjoying going out to eat and visiting family. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church for over 60 years, where he served in many capacities including Sunday school teacher.

He leaves to mourn his passing; his daughter, Deb (Dan) Jensen of Johnson Lake; son, Kevin (Nancy) Bredenkamp of Hastings; four grandchildren, Brandon (Michele) of Aurora, Colo., Kimberley (Chris) Beddow of Parker, Colo., Morgan and Colton Bredenkamp of Hastings; and three great-grandchildren: Lewis, Nolan and Anders Beddow. Lewis is also survived by his sister, Louise Roe of Fairfield Bay, Ark.; brother, Don (Marilyn) Fagot of Sun City West, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Naomi Fagot of Lexington; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Besides his wife and parents; he was preceded in death by two brothers: Warren and Alfred; and sisters: Ethel and Evelyn.

A memorial has been established in his memory and kindly suggested to the Hope Lutheran Church, or the donor’s choice.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at

The Sandstrom Funeral Home in Bertrand is in charge of the arrangements.

Date Posted: 2009-06-23
Maiden Name: Naviaux

Adelaide Helvey, 92, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.

She was born February 23, 1917, at Lexington, Nebraska to Albert and Martha (Christ) Naviaux. She attended school at Dawson County North 17, and graduated from Lexington High School in 1935, and then attended Omaha Business School.

Adelaide met Webb Helvey in Omaha and they were married May 16, 1941, in Omaha. They lived in Omaha, Kansas City and returned to Lexington to take over the family farm. Adelaide was active in St. Ann’s Catholic Church and Altar Society, Grant Extension Club, and the school board of North 17.

Playing cards was a favorite past time and she was an expert in needlework, leaving many precious treasures. She worked in the Assessor’s office at the courthouse and did bookkeeping for her husband. They retired in 1969, and spent most of their winters in Texas.

Adelaide recently lived at Park Avenue Estates in Lexington where she was a very welcoming resident to anyone new moving into the facility. It seemed to be her mission in life to always make sure people around her were comfortable and had what they needed. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She set a remarkable example of life and will be missed.

Adelaide is survived by her son, Richard (Carol) Helvey of Lexington; her daughter, Marge (Con) Ogden of Littleton, Colorado; five grandchildren, Laura (Pete) Mendoza of Denver, Colorado; Dori (Travis) Moomey of Kearney; Jason (Sarah) Helvey of Omaha; Carmen (Steven) Pleskac of Omaha; Brett Ogden of Littleton, Colorado; eleven great-grandchildren, Taylor, Cameron and Pedro Mendoza of Denver, Colorado; Hallett, Phillip, Jillian and Camille Moomey of Kearney; Marigold Helvey of Omaha; Wesley, Lucia and Jaxon Pleskac of Omaha; sister, Sister Mary Helena Naviaux of Omaha.

Adelaide was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Wilbur “Webb” Helvey; her second husband, Julius Bussard; her son, Albert Rene Helvey; her brother ,Phillip Naviaux; her sisters, Louise Brougham, and Martha (Mattie) Naviaux.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 27, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Reverend Paul Colling officiating.

Burial will be in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery at Lexington.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 26, 2009, from 5-7 p.m. with Wake Service to follow at 7:00 at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to St. Ann’s Catholic Church or the Donor’s Choice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Online sentiments of sympathy may be sent to:

Date Posted: 2007-10-12

Henry Christian Kjar, 89, of Ralston, Nebraska, formerly of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, October 12, 2007, at his home in Ralston, Nebraska.

He was born October 19, 1917, at Lexington, Nebraska, to Hans and Agnes (Lauby) Kjar. He attended rural school and graduated from Lexington High School in 1935. He helped his father, Hans Kjar, operate the family’s silver fox farm on the family homestead about eight miles west of Lexington.

Henry was in the Army Air Corps during WWII and trained as an airplane mechanic. He was eventually stationed at Bakersfield, California where he inspected the repair and testing of military aircraft. After the war, he returned to Lexington and he and his father built the Lexington Animal Clinic. Henry managed the veterinary practice for his brother, Dr. Harold Kjar, for twenty years. He obtained his pilot’s license and flew his brother into cattle ranches to treat and vaccinate the stock. After the clinic was sold, Henry worked for Valley Sales as a quality inspector until his retirement.

Henry married Elizabeth (Betty) Knutzen of Ashton, Nebraska, who taught in the city and Dawson County rural schools for over twenty years. Henry was an avid country singer and is especially remembered for his yodeling ability. In his younger days, he and his country band would perform at Plum Creek Days. In addition to his love for flying and his love for his Martin guitar, Henry loved dancing, fishing, bowling, and all sports, especially the Atlanta Braves and Creighton Bluejays.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was active in the St. Ann parish and school. He and his wife did extended traveling throughout the United States and in seven countries of Europe.

Survivors include his loving wife: Betty Kjar of Ralston, Nebraska

Two sons: Thomas C. and wife Christi Kjar of Ralston, Nebraska
Daniel J. and wife Gerene Kjar of Alta Loma, California

One daughter: Rita K. and husband Larry Troudt of Papillion, Nebraska

One brother: Harold Kjar of Auburn, Alabama

Two sisters: Agnes Wilhelm of Denver, Colorado
Evelyn Cochran of Fremont, Nebraska

Nine grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bill and Art and one sister, Martha.

Henry’s body was cremated

A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, October 17, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Reverend Paul Colling officiating.

Inurnment will be in the St. Ann’s Cemetery at Lexington.

A Rosary will be recited Tuesday, October 16, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

Memorials are kindly requested to St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Date Posted: 2012-11-06
Maiden Name: Haworth

Esther Elizabeth Murdock, 95, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

Esther was born January 17, 1917, in Lexington, Nebraska to John and Jane (Powell) Haworth. She attended primary school in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1935. Following graduation, she worked for Stewart's Pharmacy, Reutlinger's Variety Store, and Hellman’s for several years.

She was united in marriage to Otto C. Murdock on August 30, 1945, in Norton, Kansas.

Esther was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Pinochle, reading, visits from family and friends, and going to the movies.

She is survived by one son: Ronald Murdock of Bangkok, Thailand; one daughter, Susan Murdock of Lexington, Nebraska; two stepsons, Mike Murdock of Norwich, Kansas and Tim Ogden of Lexington, Nebraska; one sister, Ruth Granger of Roswell, Georgia and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Otto; son, Robert; two brothers, Howard & Vern; two sisters, Vesta Carlsen and Gayle Wenburg and one stepdaughter, Pat Deal.

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

A Memorial Graveside Inurnment service will be held at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington with Reverend Tess Hufford officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Community Foundation for the Otto & Esther Murdock Scholarship Fund.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please forward online expressions of sympathy to the family through:

Date Posted: 2015-09-15
Maiden Name: Garrison

Vora Elaine (Garrison) Pearson died Sept. 15, 2015 in Riverbank, Calif.

Born Nov. 9, 1918 to David and Leva Garrison in Lexington she preferred to be called Elaine.

Elaine attended rural one room school No. 59 in Dawson county near the family farm. She graduated from Lexington high school in 1935. She graduated from Hastings College in 1940 with a bachelor of arts degree and earned a masters degree of arts from Pasadena College in 1967.

Elaine was married to Harold E. Pearson on June 2, 1941. They had a son, Danny, born on Aug. 12, 1942. Professionally Elaine taught school in Nebraska for six years before she and her family moved to Lancaster, Calif., in 1948 where she taught school on the elementary level for 27 years for the Lancaster school district.
Elaine was a member and past president of the Lancaster teachers association, American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Methodist church, Sunshine chapter of Eastern Star in Lancaster where she was the soloist for the Colonial Degree.

She is survived by her son Dr. Danny D. Pearson, her daughter-in-law Alysa K. Pearson, her granddaughter Lisa Gemetti, and her grandsons Alex Gemetti, Benny Gemetti and Jack Gemetti.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents David and Leva Garrison, her husband Harold E. Pearson, and her grandson David Thomas Harold Danny Pearson.

Elaine’s sense of humor, her love of music, and devotion to her family will be missed.

Condolences may be extended to the family at 2122 Park Ridge Drive, Riverbank, CA 95367.

Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Grass Valley, Calif., was in charge of arrangements.