Date Posted: 2015-03-11

Chris Charles Heine, 90, of Cozad, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Kearney Regional Medical Center in Kearney.

Chris was born January 31, 1925, to Chris and Kathryn (Wieland) Heine on a farm 12 miles northwest of Lexington.

Chris attended rural District #59 school through the 8th grade and was a 1943 graduate of Lexington High School. During his high school years he farmed with his dad, and worked for a neighbor putting up hay. Chris registered for the draft in February of 1943, and was classified with a farm deferment. On December 29, 1948, he was called to serve in the United States Army during WWII. He served in Japan until his honorable discharge on July 14, 1949. Upon his return he farmed in partnership with his brother, Gilbert from 1953-1961. During this time he continued to run the corn-sheller that they had helped their dad run. They also did custom farming and fertilizer applications to help make ends meet.

He was united in marriage to Shirley Haugh on November 27, 1960, in Lexington, Nebraska. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Kristin Sue, Shelly Jo and Jeffrey Chris. Chris continued to farm with his son Jeff after he graduated from college in 1988. He so enjoyed the time spent farming with his son.

Chris loved the farm. He enjoyed working the cattle, planting the fields, and being outdoors. His hobbies always included something that either needed fixing or repairing, jobs he thoroughly enjoyed. He also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, the Dawson County Fair, and going to the grandchildren’s activities. He was a kind, gentle man with an infectious smile who loved his wife, children and grandchildren very much.

Chris attended LexChristian Church, served two terms on the Lexington COOP Board and the Farm Bureau.

Chris gave his life to Christ at an early age while attending the Lutheran Church.

Waiting to join Chris in Heaven are his wife of 54 years, Shirley Heine of rural Cozad, Nebraska; his children, Jeff (Lauree) Heine of Lexington, Nebraska, Shelly (Dale) Henderson of Cozad, Nebraska, and Kristin Heine of Lexington, Nebraska; one sister, Twila Smith of Cozad, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Jacque Henderson of Kearney, Nebraska, Neil Henderson of Cozad, Nebraska, Amanda McCarter (Ben Jensen), and Samantha Shaw (Calvin “C.J.”); four great-grandchildren, Payton Pond, Lani Shaw, Dalton McCarter, and Hailey Jensen, as well as extended family members and friends.

Chris was greeted into Heaven by his parents, Chris & Katie, and one brother, Gilbert.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 16, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at LexChristian Church in Lexington with Pastor Daniel Sauer officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will be in the Hillside Cemetery northwest of Lexington.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 15, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.

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: 2018-03-30
Maiden Name: Michel

Phyllis Loree Mueller, 92, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska.

She was born June 22, 1925, on the farm outside of Arapahoe, Nebraska to John R. and Nellie Mae (Hayworth) Michel. Four daughters, and one son were blessed to this marriage. The family moved to Lexington after a house fire took their home. She graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1943. Phyllis was united in marriage to Roger Mueller on August 15, 1945, at the Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Two sons, Kent born August 2, 1952, and Blaine born May 12, 1958, were blessed to this marriage. Roger and Phyllis always enjoyed spending time at their cabin at Johnson Lake with family and friends.

Throughout the years Phyllis worked at the Ration Board during WWII, dipped ice cream at Jack & Jill on Saturday nights, sold Avon, and Stanley Products door to door, as well as working at Barmore Drug.

Phyllis enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and vegetables, cooking her wonderful fried chicken, delicious Macaroni & Cheese, homemade Beef & Noodles, and Lemon Meringue pie as well as her beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers. She also loved being with the family, especially the grandchildren.

She was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church and the VFW Auxiliary.

Phyllis was a wonderful lady. She always had a smile on her face, a kind word for everyone, and will be very missed.

Survivors include her sons; Kent (Joni) Mueller of Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania, Blaine (Chris) Mueller of Lexington, Nebraska; three sisters, Lois Karr and Geraldine Jorn of Lexington, Nebraska; five grandchildren; Dave Kraft, Marc Mueller, Tonya Wiess, Amanda Zamudio, and Alaina Mueller as well as 6 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Peggy Michel of Kearney, Nebraska. Also surviving is a special local niece; LuAnn (Kurt) McBride of Lexington, Nebraska as well as other nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, also all the family pets.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roger who died 22 years ago the same day; brother, Eugene Michel; sister, Carol Lofscholt; and brothers-in-law, Bill Karr, Jerry Jorn, and Carl Lofshult.

It was Phyllis’s wishes there be no visitation.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Eddie Mariel officiating. The casket will be closed.

Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church or Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

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

Date Posted: 2001-06-16

Funeral services for Willard L. Brandenberg, 78, of Lexington will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001, at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington, with Rev. Bracken Sheldon officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery near Lexington. Visitation will be Friday, June 15, 2001, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

He was born Nov. 22, 1922, at Lexington where he attended and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1943. He married Jean Root May 20, 1951, at the United Methodist Church in Lexington.

He spent his working years with his hands, building homes with Martin Hibberd and later working at Howell Lumber and with Neil Kugler.

Willard was a member of the United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and building things.

He is survived by two sons, Brad Brandenberg of Lexington and Dr. Greg (Cara) Brandenberg of Columbia, Mo., one brother, Ken Brandenberg of Lexington; five sisters, Lydia McKee of Lakewood, Calif., Gladys Phillips of Glendale, Ariz., Leota Schledewitz of Kearney, Leona Frey of Red Cloud and Eunice Gerken of Lexington; three grandchildren, Kyla, Trev and Jace Brandenberg of Columbia, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was prececed in death by his parents, his wife, Jean, in 1998, two sisters Goldie McKee and Lucille Gerken, and one infant brother, Clarence. Memorial are suggested to the Plum Creek Care Center or the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington Is in charge of arrangements.

Date Posted: 2005-12-14

H. Grant Beck, 82, of Lexington, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at Bryan/LGH East Hospital in Lincoln. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington. Visitation was Friday, Dec. 16, at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, which is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Beck of Lexington; a son, Lee (Carolyn) Beck of Hastings; two daughters, Roxie (Gary) Jasper of Columbus, and Marcia (Drew) Lepinski of Lincoln; three grandsons, Gary (Jennifer) Higbee of Parker, Colo., Kevin (Kammi) Beck of Parker, Colo., and Will Lepinski of Lincoln; two granddaughters, Shelly (Dustin) Everitt of Fremont, and Becky Lepinski of Lincoln; three great-granddaughters, Taylor, Madison and Emily; and one great-grandson, Austin. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.

Grant was born Sep. 30, 1923, at Lexington to Howard and Fanny (Messersmith) Beck. He was raised on their farm northeast of Lexington and attended Lexington Public Schools. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1943.

On Oct. 15, 1944, he married Doris Holthus in Kansas. This fall marked their 61st wedding anniversary. Grant and Doris raised three children, Lee, Roxie and Marcia. They farmed north of Lexington until they retired in 1986.

Grant sold seed corn for over 25 years. They also raised livestock and did custom harvesting.

Grant may have been best known for his love of Shetland ponies. He used to drive teams of ponies with his stagecoach or covered wagon in various parades. Grant also raised peacocks and exotic animals. Friends and family were always welcome to come out and play with the ponies and stay for supper.

They also belonged to various card and supper clubs and enjoyed time visiting with friends. Grant and Doris also traveled extensively and had many fond memories of their trips.

Grant was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lexington. He belonged to the Plum Creekers and the Dawson County Cattlemen's Association.

Memorials are kindly suggested to First United Methodist Church or to the Beck family for later designation.

Date Posted: 2008-07-28

Leonard V. Hilton, 82, of Kearney, formerly of Gothenburg, died July 28, 2008 at Kearney.

Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 1, with the family present at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2:00 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, Gothenburg, with Pastor Bill Terry officiating.

Burial will take place in the Gothenburg Cemetery.Survivors include two daughters; Peggy Ronnekamp of Indiana and Penny (Ron) Meyer of Shelton; five grandchildren, Andy (Tabbatha) Ronnekamp, Stephanie Ronnekamp and Travis, Jessica and Tracy Meyer; two great-grandchildren, Zoey and Kaia Ronnekamp; two brothers, Orville Hilton and Marvin (Carol) Hilton and two sisters, Doris (George) Hergenrader and June (Jerry) Walker. Leonard was preceded in death by his wife Virginia, a daughter Patty Jo and a son Doug.

Leonard Vern was born May 10, 1926, at Gothenburg to Elmer and Eva (Keiper) Hilton. He attended School District #51 north of Farnam and Farnam High School. When he was in the tenth grade, his family moved to Lexington, and Leonard finished the tenth grade at the South 17 school. He graduated from Lexington High School in May 1943, where he lettered in track. Leonard was baptized and confirmed April 2, 1942, in the First Presbyterian Church at Lexington.

Leonard was inducted into the Army on May 19, 1945, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and completed basic training at Camp Walters, Texas. He was on the way to Japan when the Peace Treaty was signed, and was re-stationed in Hawaii where he served for 13 months. He obtained the rank of Corporal of the Twenty-third Quartermaster Group. Leonard was discharged from the Army on Nov. 1, 1946, at Camp Beale, Calif. He returned to Nebraska to start farming for himself.

Leonard and Virginia June Buesing were married Aug. 9, 1953, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Leonard and Virginia had four children - Peggy Jo, Douglas Detlef, Patty Jo and Penny Jo, all born at the Cozad Community Hospital.

Growing up music and baseball were an intricate part of his life. He enjoyed many instruments such as the piano, guitar and especially the accordion. He played his accordion with a local group known as the Hay Valley Boys. Leonard spent his time with his children as they participated in 4-H. Thus he became a member of the Dawson County Fair Board, where he was active for 25 years. As recently as this past week he still took time to enjoy the Dawson County Fair and in helping Scott Wolf park cars. He was a member of the Plum Creekers of Lexington.  Because of their love of horses, Leonard and Virginia were active members of the National Pony Express Association-Nebraska Division (NPEA). He was a dedicated 30-year member of the NPEA-Nebraska Division. One of his most memorable times was the Olympic Torch Run of 1996. He was the President of the Nebraska Division of the National Pony Express Association and organized the riders who would be carrying the torch as it made it's way across Nebraska.  Leonard and Virginia took part in the annual re-rides for the Pony Express. In June, he was able to follow the route for one more time.

Memorials are suggested to the National Pony Express Association - Nebraska Division. Online condolences can be given at