Date Posted: 2015-10-20
Maiden Name: Linn

Doris Marjorie Linn, 94, of Lexington died Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington with the Rev. Chuck Olson officiating.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

Doris was born Nov. 4, 1920, near Cozad, to John Franklin and Stella Cora (Watkins) Linn. She spent her entire life in the Lexington area. Doris was a 1938 graduate of Lexington High School.

She was united in marriage to Vernon Jolliffe on Nov. 16, 1938. Three children were born to this marriage, Kathleen, Kenneth, and Stanley. She was then married to Alvie Johnson on April 7, 1964. She welcomed his children, Barbara, Darrell, Shirley, and Dale to the family. She would later develop a special friendship with Dutch Anthony. This relationship lasted until Dutch’s death.

Doris, through her lifetime, was a member of the Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, and New Life Assembly Church in Kearney. She ran the Sale Barn Café for years, volunteered to deliver Meals-on-Wheels, and was instrumental in starting the clothing operation in Elm Creek. Near and dear to her heart was belonging to the Lung support group and always was an advocate for organ donation.

She loved animals, gardening, and visiting with family and friends. She had a wit like no other, and a sense of humor and smile that could make anybody feel comfortable. She was one of a kind. Rest in peace dear Doris.

Survivors include two sons, Ken (Gladys) Jolliffe of Malcolm, and Stan (Anna) Jolliffe of Cozad; stepchildren; Barb (Arnie) Goracke of Sterling, Shirley Watkins of Castle Rock, Wash., and, Dale (Cindy) Johnson of Sisters, Oregon; one step-daughter-in-law, Pat Johnson of Oregon; eight grandchildren, many step-grandchildren, as well as many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and two great-great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Kathleen Jacobson; grandson, Jody Harwood; three brothers, Virgil, Laverne and Dean Linn; and one sister, Edith Blackman; step-son, Darrell Johnson; and, step-granddaughter, Amy McCracken.

Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

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: 2016-03-01
Maiden Name: Rickertsen

Frida Henrietta (Rickertsen) Cline, 95, of Newton, Kan., formerly of Gothenburg, died March 1, 2016, at Asbury Park in Newton, Kan.

She was a 1938 graduate of Lexington High School.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Sunday, March 6, 2016, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. with the family present from 2:00-4:00. Services will be held at Banner United Methodist Church, March 7, 2016, at 10:00 am with Rev. Janie Freeman officiating. Interment will follow in the Peckham Cemetery, Gothenburg.

Memorials may be given to the Banner United Methodist Church Banner Road, Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

Date Posted: 2016-11-13
Maiden Name: McFarren

Marjorie M. Coufal, 95, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Lexington Regional Health Center.

Marge was born May 22, 1921, at Lexington, Nebraska, to Glenn T. and Frances (Parker) McFarren. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1938, and attended the University of Nebraska.

Prior to her marriage, she was employed at the Dawson County Herald newspaper, and the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. On December 10, 1942, at Lexington, Nebraska, she married Irvin L. Coufal of Overton, a Sgt. in the Army Air Corps, at the United Methodist Church in Lexington.

Upon the couple’s return to Lexington following WWII, she was employed as a bookkeeper at the Rosenberg Company for 16 years and then at Farmer’s State Bank for 24 years until her retirement in 1986.

She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church, a past of president of Chapter AN P.E.O., and a 70+ year member of the Dawson Chapter #33 O.E.S.

Marge is survived by nieces; Jo (Dale) Sherman of Lexington, Nebraska, Patty (Roger) Fenstermacher of Cozad, Nebraska; nephew, Glenn (Suzie) McFarren of San Jose, California; step-nieces, Kay (Jack) Lhotak of Lexington, Nebraska, Sally (Zafar) Israeli of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Sandra (Fred) Fisk of San Anselmo, California, Jennifer (Zig) Svalbe of Boronia, Vic. Australia, Candace (Gordon) McKill of Surrey, B.C. Canada, and, Christi (Mike) Ensch of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Irv, in 2006; her parents; brother, Richard McFarren; stepfather, James C. Smith; stepbrother, Wayne J. Smith; two stepsisters, Jean Wolfert and Joyce Hanway; and two step-nephews, Derek Hanway and Henry Wolfert; as well as, brother-in-law, Ivan Coufal.

Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington with Reverend Anne Gahn officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department, or the Donor’s Choice.

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

Maiden Name: Edeal

Retha Mae Wycoff, 96, passed away June 2, 2018, at Linden Court in North Platte, Nebraska.

She was born March 31, 1922, to Alvin Silvester Edeal and Edna Mae (Cole) Edeal in the rural Fairhaven area northwest of Overton, Nebraska, and grew up on a family farm. She attended rural school at Fairhaven (Dawson County District #21) and after graduation from Lexington High School continued her education at the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture earning her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1942. The following year, she taught Home Economics at Gothenburg, Nebraska.  

On June 12, 1943, she married Keith Hamlin Wycoff in Seattle, Washington, where the newlyweds spent the summer before settling in Chicago. Retha was employed at Marshall Field’s in children’s wear sales before being promoted to the personnel office.  

The next year, while her husband was at sea, she taught in Hay Springs, Nebraska. In 1945 Retha and Keith settled in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and started a family. They were active in the Northampton Methodist Church and made friendships which endured a lifetime.

From 1949 to 1963 the family lived near Overton, Nebraska. Retha was a homemaker and busy mother as her family eventually grew to three sons and two daughters.   Retha designed her next house and personally did all the floorplan and elevation drawings. It was built in Lexington, Nebraska, and the family moved there in 1963 where she continued to live until age 89.

Retha loved dancing and was tap dancing by age 7 on the Fox Theater stage in North Platte. At her 80th birthday party she astonished her family by demonstrating the splits and straight-leg high kicks. She excelled academically in college with awards including a Danforth summer study scholarship for outstanding young women.  

Her interests in later life included music, gardening and writing. She served many years as a Sunday School teacher and was a devoted member and past President of the Nebraska Conference of United Methodist Women. Retha had a keen interest in fostering international understanding and had many opportunities for travel. She sometimes accompanied her husband on international business trips. Together they visited mission or service organizations and former international exchange students. They served as delegates to international Methodist Conferences. She took pride in five children with adult careers in the arts or in medicine and in their families. She was an example to all of generosity and kindness.

Retha was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Edna Edeal, brother, Dean Edeal, her husband Keith H. Wycoff, sister-in-law, Ruby (Wycoff) Crandall, and niece Karen (Edeal) Kander.

Survivors include sons Delane (Dorothy) Wycoff, Kevin (Paige) Wycoff, Timothy Wycoff (Susan West) and daughters Janine Wycoff, Valerie Wycoff (James Lovell-Smith), exchange daughter, Naoko (Takemoto) Okamoto, grandchildren Jason Wycoff, Kathryn Wycoff Gross, K. Tyler Wycoff, Reid Wycoff, Cole Wycoff, Isaac Wycoff, Olivia Wycoff, Timothy Lovell-Smith and Jasmine Lovell-Smith, plus great grandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Cremation was chosen. Retha’s life will be honored on August 15, 2018, with a 10:00 a.m. Memorial Service at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Pastor Anne Gahn, officiating.

Her committal service will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the church or The Dawson County Historical Society and Museum or donor’s choice.

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

Date Posted: 2018-05-15

George Piester, 98, of Minden passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Bethany Home in Minden. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am. on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden with the Rev. Daniel Davis officiating. Interment will be held following services at the Minden Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service times at the church.George Piester, 98, of Minden passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Bethany Home in Minden. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am. on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden with the Rev. Daniel Davis officiating. Interment will be held following services at the Minden Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service times at the church.

George was born May 30, 1919 to Jacob and Katherine Elizabeth Piester in Nisland, South Dakota. George was the 7th of 9 children. His family farmed in South Dakota until 1925, when they moved to Gering, Nebraska. They farmed there until moving to Lexington, Nebraska in 1929.

George attended school in Dawson County and graduated from Lexington High School in 1938. In July of 1939 he married Lois A. Lemmon of Cozad, Nebraska. They made their home in Lincoln, Nebraska. To this union three sons were born: Thomas, Kent, and David. They were married forty years until her death in 1979. George was employed by Gooch Mill & Elevator Co. in Lincoln until late 1944. One of his memories of working at Gooch was that on June 6, 1944, “D-Day”, George’s boss Lloyd Graham, handed George a cable and told him to climb the pole on top of the elevator to secure the cable so they could fly the American flag. Back then, if your boss asked you to do something, you did it without question. George climbed to the top of the pole, hanging by one hand 200 feet above the ground and secured the cable. When told about it, his wife, Lois, questioned his sanity.

In 1944, George and his family moved to Hemingford, Nebraska. George became the manager of the Hagemeister Elevator for over a year. In 1945 they lived for a short time in Seward, then moved to Minden in April, 1946. George and Lois purchased the F.F. Rogers Grain Elevator in Minden in March, 1946. Both worked together to run the business, which was the beginning of Piester Grain Company, Inc. The business grew and George introduced several farm services to Kearney County. He became a livestock feed dealer; he introduced the custom mixing and spreading of dry fertilizer; and he began selling anhydrous ammonia in 1949, the fourth such dealer in Nebraska. Lois was the bookkeeper for the business in its early years, and continued as secretary of the corporation until her death. Their sons served as the board of directors.

George started Piester Manufacturing Company in 1963. He was awarded patents from the United States Patent Office for his N-P-K dry fertilizer spreader and for his invention of tops for rail hopper cars so they could be used to haul grain, both in 1963. In addition to the fertilizer spreaders, the manufacturing company produced grain augers, throwers, and tenders; one auger was sold to a buyer in Turkey. George ran the manufacturing company for thirty years.

George was also active in the Minden community. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, and elder in both the First and the Westminster Presbyterian Churches, and a member of the volunteer fire department for 27 years. He was a member of the Minden School Board for 8 ½ years, and was a member of the Rotary Club since 1948. He was elected Mayor of Minden in 1994, and served two terms, during which he was instrumental in establishing what is now known as West Minden Estates, a source of great pride for him. 

George also served as a member of the Nebraska Fertilizer and Chemical Board for six years, serving as president for one year, and as a member of the National Anhydrous Ammonia Board for three years.

George was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast. When their sons were in high school, George and Lois frequently took the coaches’ wives to basketball and football games. He loyally followed the Whippets athletic contests. He also attended most University of Nebraska home football games for over fifty years. 

George married LaVada Layton Piester in 1980. They shared fourteen years of marriage until her death following a courageous battle with cancer.George loved his life, and said that while he made a good living, he never got rich.

George is survived by: Son Kent and wife Janet of Houston, Texas; son David and wife Cindy of Lincoln, sisters Elizabeth Piester of Denver, Colorado; and Lydia Hubach of Fremont, California; step-daughters Diana Felzein of Little Rock, Arkansas, Marcy and husband Don Cochran of Loveland, Colorado, Deb and husband Dick Schwenka of Minden, and Candy and husband Jack Kimple of Minden; nine grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild; 10 step grandchildren, 12 step great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces, and friends.

George was preceded in death by: wife Lois, wife LaVada, son Tom, brothers Jacob, Henry, and Fred; sisters Eva Greenwalt, Katherine Bauer Mathiason, and Mary Uecker, and brothers-in-law Alex Greenwalt, Cecil Bauer, Jerry Uecker, and George Hubach.I

n lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Minden Opera House Endowment Fund c/o Minden Exchange Bank, P.O. Box 179, Minden , NE 68959.Tributes of memory can be shared with the family at craigfunerals.comCraig Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.