Maiden Name: Haworth


Ruth Louise (Haworth) Granger
DECEMBER 18, 1920 – DECEMBER 3, 2022

Ruth Granger (née Ruth Louise Haworth) passed away at the age of 101 on December 3, 2022. She died peacefully of natural causes. Ruth was born to John Wyatt Haworth and Mabel Jane Haworth (née Powell) on December 18, 1920. She was raised in Lexington, Nebraska, as the youngest of six children. Ruth was deeply loved and will be missed by her family.

Ruth graduated from Lexington High School in 1939. She then moved with her mother to Los Angeles, California, where she worked in secretarial and bookkeeping positions. Ruth married Murray Jennings Granger, a veteran of World War II, in 1950. Murray graduated from the University of Michigan, and Ruth did secretarial work there while Murray pursued post-graduate studies. After leaving Michigan, Ruth and Murray spent a year in New Orleans. They then moved to Southern California, where they raised their two daughters and a son. Murray passed away in 1986, and Ruth remained in California until 1996, when she moved to Florida to be close to her daughter’s family. In 2009, she moved to Roswell, Georgia with her daughter.

At a time when women were expected to focus on the home, Ruth was active in community affairs, working with the General Federation of Women’s Club organizations at the local and state levels. One of her proudest accomplishments was closely working with the “Make a Wish” foundation. She remained an active member of the Women’s Club until well into her 70s, when she moved to Florida. Once in Florida, her time was mainly devoted to her family. Ruth particularly enjoyed planning and hosting family dinners and celebrations. She was a loving grandmother to three granddaughters and five great grandchildren.

Ruth was a dedicated sports fan and always rooted for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. She also enjoyed watching tennis and volleyball. She was known to get up at 3 A.M. to watch live tennis matches involving her favorite pro players. Ruth was an avid reader, and her favorite genre was crime fiction. She was very artistic and enjoyed painting ceramics and creating beautiful drawings with colored pencils. Ruth was also known for the lovely baby blankets she knitted for innumerable family and friends.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Murray; daughter, Nancy Granger-Herring (Scott); her mother and father, and her three sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter Kathryn Hinton (Frank) and son Bradley Granger. She is also survived by granddaughters Kerry Reilly (William), Kristina Garcia, Courtney McMahon, and great-grandchildren Jordan Lira (Nestor), Lilianne Garcia, Emma Garcia, Jameson McMahon, and Knox McMahon. Ruth leaves behind many loving descendants and friends. Her legacy and accomplishments will always be fondly remembered.


Evangeline (Van) Kloepping, 97 of Lexington passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Avamere in Lexington.

Van was born March 20, 1922 near Holdrege, Nebraska to John N.E. and Matilda (Thorne) Lindblade. She attended rural school and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1939. After graduation she attended Wesleyan College, where she was a cheer leader, and received her teaching certificate. She then taught rural school for three years.

On October 22, 1944 she was united in marriage to V. William Kloepping at the United Methodist Church in Lexington. One son and three daughters were blessed to this marriage: Douglas, Sally, Janelle and Lisa. The couple spent the next sixty-nine and one half years together until Bill passed away on March 15, 2014. The very day that Van died would have been their seventy-fifth wedding anniversary.

Van was a longtime member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church, the Christian Women’s Club, the hospital auxiliary and was very active in 4H activities that Bill was working on. She enjoyed knitting, playing cards and reading.

Van had moved to Avamere in Lexington after Bill’s death where she was often heard playing the piano for various activities. Van will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include: one son Douglas and wife Barb Kloepping of Lexington; three daughters: Sally and husband Doug Nichols of Kearney, Janelle and husband Jim Hawks of North Platte; Lisa and husband Jim Davis of Thorton, Colorado; ten grandchildren, Jason and wife Dannette Kloepping of Bartley, Trent and wife Brandi Kloepping of Gothenburg, Chad and wife Jenny Fischer of Grand Island, Shannon and husband Jeff Anderson of Centennial, Colorado, Shiloh and husband Josh Martinez of Bailey, Colorado, Collin and wife Kate Nichols of Kearney, Matt and wife Briana Hawks of North Platte, Nate and wife Amy Hawks of North Platte, Jed Davis of Boulder, Colorado and Kayla Davis of Thorton, Colorado; nineteen great-grandchildren: Kristen, Austin, Jayden, Kinsley, Ryann, Hadley, Zaveri, Landon, Lucas, Carson, Kyler, Corinne, Case, Siahna, CharleeJo, Aiden, Macie, Ellie and Hadley.

Van was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bill; grandson, Shon Kloepping, and two sisters and their husbands: Lindy (Gene) Curtis and Evelyn (Harold) Fagot.

Funeral services will be Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Assembly Of God Church in Lexington with Pastor Rex Adams officiating.

Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 25, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Memorials In lieu of flowers are suggested to the Calvary Assembly Of God Church or the 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:


Addison Walbridge, age 96, of Arapahoe, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center, in Arapahoe.
Memorial services will be Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, with Pastors Becky Saddler and George Probasco, officiating. Inurnment will be Friday, March 15, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at the Kearney Cemetery, Kearney. Military rites provided by Nebraska National Guard Honors Team and the Kearney American Legion.
He was born on Feb. 3, 1922 in Palisade, Nebraska to Earl and Verna (Cross) Walbridge.

Addison and his family moved to their Gosper County farm, when he was 5. He attended school and Sunday school at the nearby Blackwood School. He attended Arapahoe High School for one year, then moved to Lexington and graduated in 1939.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army on Sept. 10, 1942 and was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., before being sent to England for 2 years, 3 months as a Company Clerk. Addison was honorably discharged on Dec. 27, 1945. After the service, he moved back to Lexington and ran Wally’s Café with his father.
He met the love of his life, Helen Needham and they were married July 18, 1952. To this union three children were born, Irvin, Rhonda, and John. After living in Lexington for a few years, they moved to the family farm in 1957, north of Edison and farmed until they moved to Arapahoe in 1996.

Addison was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe,  American Legion and served on the board of the Edison Non-Stock Coop Association. He loved the farm, spending time with his family, watching Husker football and basketball games, golfing, and in later years enjoyed morning coffee with the guys.
Addison is survived by his son, Irvin (Karen) Walbridge of Edison; daughter, Rhonda (Jim)  Lakey of Lincoln; daughter-in-law JoDee Walbridge of Arapahoe;  grandchildren Grant, Cole, Derek, Garth, Nathan, Ali, Sam, Max, and Fayth and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Helen of 60 years, son John, and two sisters Emma Jean Ristine and Virginia Wells.
Memorials are suggested to be left in his name. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences or personal reflections can be left at

Donald D. Magnuson, 97 of Lexington passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Tabitha Residence – Harbor House.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Pastor Eddie Mariel, officiating.

The Casket Will Be Closed.

Family will be greeting friends Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. at the Church.

Interment with military honors will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church, Dawson County Historical Society or The Lexington Public Library.

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

Date Posted: 2006-01-13

Vernon D. Smith, 83, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, January 13, 2006, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney, Nebraska.

He was born June 24, 1922, on a farm north of Lexington to Arthur and Ella (Sutphen) Smith.Vernon attended school in Lexington and graduated with the Class of 1939. On June 30, 1947, Vernon married Loulla June Becker at the home of Ed and Bertha Becker in Elm Creek, Nebraska. She preceded him in death on November 16, 2002.

He worked for REA when the couple was first married. He then joined his father and brother, Merle in the farming operation until his retirement in 1992. During the summer, Vernon loved to take drives in the country to see the crops and their progress.

Survivors include a son, Gary Smith of Gothenburg, Nebraska; a daughter, Karen and husband Bob McNeff of Palmer, Nebraska; three grandchildren, three great-grandsons, and a step-great-granddaughter; a sister, Betty Smith of Lafayette, Colorado; a brother, Melvin and wife Margaret Smith of Arapahoe, Nebraska; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Louella; two sisters, Velma Apgar and Doris Smith; four brothers, Carl, Merle, Gerald, and Lloyd; and two infant grandchildren, Cinda Kim Smith and Kalene Ann McNeff.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 18, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church in Lexington with Rev. Kyron BeDunnah officiating. Burial was in Hewitt Cemetery in Lexington.

Memorials are kindly suggested to First Christian Church or donor's choice. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements.

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