Maiden Name: Kufeldt

Amelia “Millie” Nicks, 96, of Denver, Colorado, former Lexington resident, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014, in Denver, Colorado, following a brief illness.

Millie was born February 26, 1918, in Minatare, Nebraska to Johannes and Rosina (Schmidt) Kufeldt. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1936, and married her first husband, Walter Wells in 1937. Three children, Barbara, Walter and Carolyn followed. After his death in 1955, she worked part-time and returned to college, graduating from Kearney State Teacher’s College with a degree in Special Education. She taught first in the Lexington School District, and then became the director of the Nebraska State School for Trainable Retarded Children in Cozad, Nebraska. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Nebraska.

She married Harry “Howard” Nicks in 1968. Following retirement from the state school, she and Harry owned and managed a filling station south of Lexington on Highway 283, Nicks Sinclair, which she ran until 1995. They retired to Johnson Lake, where Howard died in 1997. In 2004, she moved to Denver, Colorado to share the home of her daughter, Carolyn. Following Carolyn’s retirement in 2011, the two traveled extensively, in the western Caribbean, Alaska, the Northwest and Canada, a safari in Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and a three week riverboat trip down the Volga in Russia, as well as returning to Nebraska and visiting her daughter in Texas, and grandchildren’s families in Nebraska, Iowa and Washington.

Millie was known for her wisdom, kindness, and generous nature. She was happiest when she was taking care of someone, cooking for her family and friends. On her travels people naturally gravitated to her, in awe of her willingness to open herself to new experiences. She often said that when change comes, you must open your arms and embrace it.

Millie is survived by her children, Barbara (Ray) Dickey, Arlington, Texas; Walter Wells, Beatrice, Nebraska; and Carolyn Wells, Denver, Colorado; four grandchildren, Steward (Karen) Dickey, Arlington, Texas; Scott (Cynthia) Dickey, Woodinville, Washington; Brett (Rondalin) Wells, Beatrice, Nebraska; and Meagan (Mike) Wallinga, Orange City, Iowa; ten great-grandchildren, Logan Dickey, Kristin Dickey, Abigail Wallinga, Allison Wallinga, Anna Wallinga, Madelynn Wells, Triston Wells, Camille Hennerberg, Calvin Hennerberg, and Reese Hennerberg; sister, Lea (Charles) Hays, Central City, Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Walter Wells and Howard Nicks, and siblings, George Kufeldt, Carl Kufeldt, Rosella “Rosie” Kufeldt Minch, Alexander Kufeldt, Dorothy Kufeldt, Solomon “Sam” Kufeldt, David Kufeldt, Pauline Wells, Wilhelm “Willie” Kufeldt, Lydia Kufeldt Hettinger, and Philip Kufeldt.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, November 21, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Bill Ohlmann officiating.

A reception will be held at the church following the graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Millie’s life. Donations are suggested to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation (DPLFF) Schlessman Branch, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80204.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Denver Hospice for their skilled and loving care.

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

Date Posted: 2012-02-22
Maiden Name: Conner

Irene (Conner) Linn, 93, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at Life Care Center of Elkhorn in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

She was born September 29, 1918, in Dawson County, Nebraska, to Mabel W. (Alkire) Conner and Orville J. Conner.

She attended School District 17 (Dawson County) for grades 1-10. Her 11th and 12th grade education was obtained at Lexington High School. She graduated with the class of 1936. Irene took Normal Training in high school and was able to secure a teaching position at the age of 17 at District #67 (Crackerbox) in Dawson County. Other rural schools in Dawson County that she taught were South 3, 52, 37, 15, and 31. In 1968, she received her B.A. from Kearney State College. She obtained this the hard way by going to summer school, night classes, and correspondence work. She continued to teach 6th grade in Bryan Elementary School in Lexington for 19 years. Irene taught a total of 32 years. She retired from teaching in 1985, but still teaching was in her blood, so she continued by substitute teaching for 8 years.

Irene was married to Laverne M. Linn, June 1, 1940, at Lexington. To this union, 2 sons were born-Robert Laverne and William Dean. Her husband, Laverne, had a fatal heart attack March 5, 1965.

Irene was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 75 years. She was a loyal member and served her church in many ways. Irene was a Sunday School Superintendent for 2 years, a steward for a number of years, served on many committees, and was active in the United Methodist Women.

Survivors are her son, Bob and daughter-in-law, Sandy of Omaha, grandson Roger Linn (Shari) of Omaha, great-grandchildren, Amanda, Mickayla, and Roger, Jr. of Omaha, and one great-great-grandchild, Talan, all of Omaha. Two granddaughters, Tara and (Marc) Wisdom of Omaha, great-grandchildren, Cali and Leah Wisdom of Omaha, Lori Linn and fiancé Andrew Romatzke of Grand Island.

Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, brother, and one son, Bill.

Funeral Services will be Monday, February 27, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Tess Hufford officiating.

Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 26, 2012, from 2-4 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the Donor’s Choice.

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

Date Posted: 2016-12-16
Maiden Name: Batie

Eileen Biehl, 96, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington.

Eileen was born January 2, 1919, in Lexington, Nebraska, to C.J. “Kit” and Sarah “Ann” Elizabeth (Pickering) Batie. She attended school at Lexington, and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1936. She went onto further her education at Kearney State College and Chadron State College. Upon completion, she taught school for three years until marrying her sweetheart, George Biehl, on June 30, 1940, at Lexington. Four children were blessed to this marriage; Dale, Corrine, David, and Carol.

Eileen was a go-getter from the beginning. She worked hand-in-hand with George on the farm. she attended all of her children’s school activities, as well as the grandchildren who lived close by. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, U.M.W., Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #33, and P.E.O., Chapter HV, Lexington. 4-H was near and dear to her heart, an organization she stayed connected to for years.

She was a kind lady, always had a smile, and a word of advice when asked. She loved volunteering and made hundreds of baby caps, and blankets for the babies born at the hospital. Eileen was always on the go. She would graciously accept any challenge presented to her with a smile and the job always got done.

Eileen enjoyed knitting, was an avid reader, and encouraged everyone to read. Exercising was important to her whether it was walking, or swimming. She was the leader of a swimming exercise group for years. She loved growing roses, and watching birds, especially Cardinals. She was an avid basketball fan as well as cheering on her beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers. She was proud of the fact that she received the “Lexington Booster Club Award” several years ago. God danced on the day Eileen was born!

Eileen is survived by her children; Dale (Judy) Biehl of Lexington, Nebraska, Corrine (Dean) Weatherly of Clinton, Arkansas, David (Cynthia) Biehl of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and Carol (Jim) Sandau of North Platte, Nebraska; twelve grandchildren, Amy (Toby) Biehl-Owens, Blaine (Brenda) Biehl, Matt Biehl, Terri Weatherly, Karena (Kenny) DeYoung, Dan (Shawna) Weatherly, Denise (Chris) Weatherly-Green, Brad (Leslie) Biehl, Liz (Nate) Farmer, Ben (Katy) Biehl, Lindsey (Justin) Tomlin, and Jon Sandau; Seventeen great-grandchildren, Abigail Eileen and Griffin Owens, Barrett McKnight, Colton Weatherly, Jacob and Taylor DeYoung, Parker, Colin, and Allison Weatherly, C.C., Kathrena, Logan, and Gracie Green, Liam Farmer, Rocco and Lyla Biehl, and Hayden Tomlin; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George in 1989, five brothers, two in infancy, and three sisters.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Dr. Dyton Owen officiating.

Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery northeast of Lexington.

Visitation will be held Monday, December 21, 2015, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to Lexington Community Foundation, Dawson County 4-H Foundation, First United Methodist Church, or the 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: 2016-02-27
Maiden Name: Naffziger

Margaret E. Barnes, 97, of Lexington, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Brookdale Lexington.

Graveside Services will be held Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington with Pastor Daniel Sauer officiating.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 2, 2016, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.

She was born Oct. 3, 1918, at Lexington, to Earl and Bessie (Butler) Naffziger. She was a 1936 graduate of Lexington High School. Margaret married Thomas Barnes on May 1, 1940, at Lexington. He preceded her in death on May 13, 1969. When Tom was alive they owned and operated Nebraska Construction Company, where Margaret did the books. She also did the bookkeeping for Andy’s Supper Club at Johnson Lake.

Always active, Margaret was involved in the Tri-County Shrine Auxiliary, where she served as treasurer for 10 years, V.F.W. Auxiliary, Tri-County Hospital Auxiliary, and several bridge groups.

Margaret loved listening to the local sports teams on the radio. She would often have two games going at one time. She enjoyed having a place at the lake, traveling, and going to Mac’s Creek Winery. She had a wonderful smile and sparkling personality. Margaret lived at Carriage House for several years, 27 years at Eastlawn Apartments, and had just moved to Brookdale Lexington in the past two weeks.

Margaret was a member of LexChristian Church.

She is survived by nephews and nieces, Richard (Ellen) Naffziger of Oregon, Bob (Maria) Naffziger of Florida, Jim (Debbie) Naffziger of Nevada, Kenneth (Carmen) Naffziger of Oregon, and Charles (Cindy) Naffziger of Oregon; nieces, Ellen Priel of Overton, Connie (Jim) Ockert of California, Pat Priel of Blair and, Nancy (Scott) Rifenbark of Belize; also surviving are grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins, extend family and many friends.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tom; two brothers, Darell and Glenn, sister, Norma Priel; nephew, Tom; and, niece, Janet.
Memorials are suggested to LexChristian Church or the 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: 2006-08-04

Sam Kanda, 89, of Lexington, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City, S.D. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 11, at Greenwood Cemetery.  Burial is open to the public. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, which is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Tokie Kanda of Rapid City, S.D.; one son, Jim (Gloria) Kanda of Los Angeles, Calif.; two daughters, Jean (Kim) Andrews of Rapid City, S.D., and Susan (Jay) Martin of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; five brothers, Todd Kanda of Lexington, Ken Kanda of Lexington, Masami (Sumiko) Kanda of Denver, Colo., Ted Kanda of Lexington, George (Faye) Kanda of Brighton, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Shannon and Ryane Kanda, Justin, Tokie Jean, Lindsey and Jared Andrews and Jayson, Andrew and Sean Martin; one great-granddaughter, Alexis Wyatt; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Yasuo Kanda.

Sam was born Oct. 21, 1916, at Lexington to Tokuichi "Jim" and Hatsuyo (Kawamoto) Kanda. He grew up in Lexington, attending school and graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1936. He then attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for two years. He returned to Lexington, where he helped his brothers on the family farm before forming the partnership of Kanda Brothers Construction.

On Dec. 5, 1943, he married Tokie Yamada at the United Methodist Church in Lexington. Three children were blessed to this union, Jim, Jean and Susan.

In the early 1980's, following their move to east Highway 30, the couple opened Sunny Acres Health Foods. They moved to Rapid City, S. D., in the summer of 2006, due to declining health, to be near their daughter.

Sam was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Cosmo Club and Mercury Club. He always took his homegrown produce to the Farmer's Market in Lexington every Saturday. When Sam was young, he helped with the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards and visiting. Sam will always be remembered for his kind, gentle ways.   Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, the Tri-County Hospital Hospice in Lexington or the Rapid City Regional Hospital-Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, S.D.--Obituary obtained from the Lexington Clipper-Herald