Date Posted: 2013-07-23

John William “Bill” Doughty, 91, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Park Avenue Estates in Lexington.

Bill was born October 16, 1921, in Lexington, Nebraska, to Ali “Roy” and Harriet (Shepherd) Doughty. He was a graduate of Lexington High School. Bill served his Country in the Army Air Corps during WWII from September 23, 1942, until his honorable discharge on December 10, 1945.

He was united in marriage to LaDonna Frank Torrance on June 26, 1954, in Lexington. Bill welcomed LaDonna’s sons, John, Bill and Doug. Two children were then blessed to this marriage; Cindy and Larry. He worked at Dawson County Motors as Part’s Manager for 35 years. Bill was active in the Boy Scout organization, enjoyed his coffee buddies every morning, and playing Bridge at the Grand Generation Center in the afternoons. He was a member of St. Peter’s in the Valley Episcopal Church.

Bill was a loving and devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Bill is survived by one daughter, Cindy and husband Dee Highland of Loveland, Colorado; son, Larry Doughty of Lexington, Nebraska; stepsons; Bill and wife Donna Torrance of Naples, Florida, and Doug Torrance of Lexington, Nebraska; one brother, Gene Doughty of Lincoln, Nebraska; also surviving are many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren in Florida, Texas, Colorado, and California; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, LaDonna in 2010; brother, Robert Doughty; sister, Helen Sill; and, stepson, John Torrance.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s in the Valley Episcopal Church in Lexington with Reverend Kay Knudson officiating.

Interment will be held prior in the Kearney Cemetery at Kearney, Nebraska with Military Honors.

Visitation will be Friday, July 26, 2013, from 5-8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the Grand Generation Center or the Donor’s Choice.

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

Jean Proett, 94, of Elwood, former Overton resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 20. 2015, at the Elwood Care Center.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Overton with the Rev. Doug Gahn officiating.
It was Jean’s wishes for cremation. There will be no visitation.

Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Buffalo Grove Cemetery next Lexington.

Jean was born Aug. 18, 1921, near Lexington, to Frank E. and Ada (Roberts) Banks. She grew up her entire life in the Lexington/Overton area. She was a 1940 graduate of Lexington High School.

On Aug. 9, 1941, she was united in marriage to Ernest Proett in Las Vegas, Nev. It was during this time Jean lived in California and then Texas while Ernie was in the service. Four children were born to this marriage; William, Patricia, Kathy, and Karla.

When Ernie and Jean returned to Nebraska, Jean helped with the farming operation and worked for 15 years at Plectron in Overton.

Jean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington for many years and active in the church choir. Following the death of Ernie in 1999, she transferred her membership to the Methodist Church in Overton.

Jean enjoyed gardening and loved growing beautiful flowers. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles. Her most memorable moments were always spent with family. She so loved family get-togethers, being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jean was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a lady with the kindest heart, the warmest smile, and the best hugs. She will be so very missed.

Survivors include her children; son, William (Beverly Hall) Proett of Cottonwood, Ariz.; daughters, Patricia (Dave) Wood of Camp Verde, Ariz., Kathy (Gary) Enochs of Overton and Karla (Fred) Eaton of Portales, N. M.; seven grandchildren, Scott Carpenter, Gena (Enochs) Carpenter, Steve Proett, Wayne Enochs, Stacy Proett, Carrie (Eaton) Jones, and Christi (Eaton) Helmer; ten great-granchildren, Brittany Carpenter, Rebecca Carpenter, Alison Robinson, Alicia Carpenter-Sheldon, Arran Putnam, Ethan Enochs, Kinzy Enochs, Sidney Enochs, John Proett, and Ashlynn Proett; three great-great-grandchildren, Corbyn Robinson, Carter Robinson, and Jaxon Sheldon; also surviving are nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernie; two brothers, Chester and William Banks; and, three sisters, Alice Banks, Florence Ellen Banks, and Marjorie Walston.

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 by visiting:

Date Posted: 2016-01-23
Maiden Name: Courter

Della Mae Courter, 92, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Lexington.

Della Mae was born the fifth child of Walter and Samantha (Thompson) Courter on August 8, 1923. She graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1940. She took normal training in high school, and upon graduation, taught school at the Cracker Box Bacon and District #6 rural school for eight years. She furthered her education at Kearney State Teacher’s College.

In September of 2013, she attended the dedication of her name being placed on the Wall of Honor in the Educational Building at the University of Nebraska-Kearney for being a One Room School House Teacher.

Upon retiring from teaching, Della and her father moved into Lexington and built the Green Valley Motel which they operated from 1955 to 1987.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for many years and was a member of the Elizabeth Circle.

Della Mae moved to Eastlawn Apartments, and was a green thumb worker at the Lexington Library. In 2014, Della Mae moved to Park Avenue Estates.

Della Mae was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Lyle and Loren Courter; and two sisters, Beulah and Edna Reed.

Left to mourn her passing are her nephews and nieces, including Bob and Nola Reed of Lexington, and Thomas Reed of Lexington, other relatives and many friends.

Della Mae’s wishes were for her body to be cremated and a graveside service to be held at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.

Memorials are kindly suggested to the First United Methodist Church or the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

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

Funeral services for Virginia Knapple King, 76, of Lexington will be held Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lexington with Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Reynolds Love Chapel in Lexington.

Virginia died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at the Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.

She was born Feb. 6, 1923 in Lexington to Fred and Leota Beardslee Knapple. Her elementary education of eight years was at District 42, Gosper County. Virginia graduated from Lexington High School in 1940. After attending Kearney State Teacher's College for two years, she taught school in Holbrook for two years, then Teton, Washington, going to Central City after that.

Virginia married James B. King on Feb. 6, 1946, at Lexington. She then taught in Richmond, Calif., for two years. She went back to college and graduated in 1965 with her teaching degree. Virginia taught for 45 years. Virginia loved teaching and had many wonderful memories of her teaching years.

She directed the Methodist Church Youth Choir for many years, including the boys' choir. She was past president of the Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher's Honorary, the Alpha Delta Kappa chapter and other state offices for teacher honorary members. She was involved in 4-H and Girl Scouts.

She was a 50-plus years member of the United Methodist Church, a life member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Kiwanis, a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the FVW and the Mercury Club. Virginia loved to travel and she visited Europe, Australia, Canada and Mexico.

Survivors include: two daughters, Virjean and Ed Foster of Gothenburg and Michele and Richard Goehring of Lexington; brother, Glenn and Paula Knapple of Lexington; sister, Lois and Duane Birt of York; six grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, James in 1993; and son, James Richard in 1963.

Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church or the Lexington School Foundation.

Date Posted: 2018-01-23

William (Bill) Hatting, Jr., 94, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, January 19, 2018, at Brookdale in Lexington, Nebraska. Bill was born on February 20, 1923, to Emma (Foss) Hatting and William Hatting, Sr. on the family farm five miles south of Lexington. Bill attended elementary school at Dawson County Rural District #31. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1940. During the early 1940s, Bill competed in numerous rodeo events in Lexington.

Bill married Marjorie Dodge on September 17, 1945, and they remained husband and wife for 68 years. Together they operated the family farm for 25 years raising Angus cattle and feeder hogs while growing corn and alfalfa. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Bill and Dave Jeffrey led the South Side 4-H Club of Dawson County. Also during the early 1960s, Bill was employed by the Lexington Co-Op as retail field man selling livestock feed and crop fertilizer to area farmers. Bill later sold livestock feed and seed independently throughout Dawson County and parts of Custer and Gosper Counties.

After selling his interest in the family farm to his brother, John, Bill managed the National Alfalfa Dehydrating Plant in Lexington. In 1970, Bill and Marjorie worked on the 20,000-acre Snover Ranch near Burwell caring for 1,800 head of Angus cattle. During the early and mid-1970s, they farmed and ranched in southeastern South Dakota and farmed in west-central Iowa. Between 1976 and 1981 Bill shipped Sperry New Holland combines all over the country from the plant south of Lexington. From 1975 to 1988 Bill intermittently supervised the custodial staff, maintained buildings and grounds, and drove busses to athletic events for Lexington Public Schools. Since 1988, when he retired, Bill has resided in Lexington.

Bill was preceded in death by spouse Marjorie (Dodge) Hatting, father William Sr., mother Emma, sisters Doris (Allen) Walker and Lucille (Ron) Ritterbush and brother John Lee Hatting.

He is survived by son Steven and daughter-in-law Maurine (Thomas); grandchildren Michael (Katie) Hatting, Sarah (Aaron) Christison, and Eloise Hatting; great-grandchildren Samuel Christison, Abigail Hatting, Charlotte Hatting and Maxine Servaty; step great-grandchildren Zak Theiler, William Theiler, and Alex Theiler; five nieces and eight nephews.

Funeral Services will be Friday, January 26, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Pastor Doug Smith, officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the Funeral Service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to either the First United Methodist Church of Lexington or the 4-H division of the Dawson County Extension Service.

Burial will be in Robb Cemetery south of Lexington.

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