Date Posted: 2010-10-24

Lawrence Henry Tingelhoff, 80, of Eustis, Nebraska, died Sunday, October 24, 2010, at his home in Eustis.

Lawrence was born on June 17, 1930 to Henry and Clara (Ortmeier) Tingelhoff on a small farm outside of Lexington. He grew up on the family farm with four sisters and one brother. He attended rural school at District #21 and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1947. After graduating high school, Lawrence joined the Marines and served during the Korean War. On November 23, 1960, he married Mary Lynn Kay Smith. Three children were blessed to this union, Sam, Sue, and Joe.

Lawrence farmed the home place and worked for a time at Dawson County Feeds. He enjoyed bowling as a young man, farming, football, hunting, fishing and gardening.

Lawrence was a lifetime member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church as well as the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his loving wife: Kay Tingelhoff of Eustis, Nebraska

Two sons: Sam (Pam) Tingelhoff of Lexington, Nebraska

Joe (Vicki) Tingelhoff of Lexington, Nebraska

One daughter: Sue (Scott) Nielsen of Eustis, Nebraska

Sisters: Rita Adams of Overton, Nebraska

Camille Campbell of Kentucky

Dorothy Bergstrausser of Smithfield, Nebraska

Delores (Jim) Saulsbury of Iowa

One brother: Mick (Phyllis) Tingelhoff of Minnesota

Five Grandchildren: Tiffany Tingelhoff, Tyler Tingelhoff, Brittany Nielsen, Adelynn Nielsen and Garhett Nielsen.

Lawrence will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Lyle Bergstrausser and Bill Adams.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 29, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Reverend Tom Mullowney officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will be in the St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery at Lexington.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 28, 2010, from 1-3 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home with Rosary Service to follow at 3:00 p.m. also at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Tingelhoff Family for later designation.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Date Posted: 2015-12-29
Maiden Name: Hanson

Lois May Hagan, 85, of Cozad, Nebraska, formerly of Sutherland, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at Golden Living Center in Cozad, Nebraska.

Lois was born July 19, 1930, in Lexington, Nebraska, to Albert Roy and Hazel May (Richardson) Hanson. She attended school in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1947.

She was united in marriage to Clifford Hagan on June 19, 1948, in Holdrege, Nebraska. Four children were blessed to this marriage; Vivian, David, Mike, and Pat.

The family lived several places in Nebraska. After they were married they lived in Lexington, they then moved to Gothenburg until 1963, when they moved to Sutherland, they would then move to Hershey in 1985, and resided there until 1990. They then moved to Hallam, but settled back in Sutherland in 2000. Lois then moved to Cozad to Golden Living Center, where she resided until her death. She worked for over 10 years at the Neva Coker Café next door to the Co-op in Sutherland, and finished her working career at the Hershey Truck stop.

Lois and Clifford owned a camper and they loved to travel. She also enjoyed cross word puzzles, word-search games, sewing, reading, going to garage sales, and auction. Her most enjoyable times were spent with family and family get-togethers. She also enjoyed her four-legged fur babies.

She is survived by two sons; David (Sue) Hagan of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Pat (Ann) Hagan of Smithfield, Nebraska; seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren; as well as numerous other family members and friends.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford; son, Mike; daughter, Vivian; and, sister, Phyllis.

It was Lois wishes for cremation. The family honored those wishes.

A Graveside Memorial Celebration will be held at a later date at Robb Cemetery south of 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: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Date Posted: 2016-09-20

William E. “Bill” Barrett, 87, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Brookdale assisted living facility in Lexington.

Bill was born February 9, 1929, in Lexington, Nebraska, to Harold and Helen (Stuckey) Barrett. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1947, and was a member of Lexington’s Class B State Championship football team in 1946. He graduated from Hastings College and served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in New London, CT, where he met and married Elsie Linnea Carlson.

Bill Barrett said: “Service to others is the best work of life.” He believed that public service was a high calling. Bill also had many varied interests. His love of music was noteworthy through high school, college, the military, and the Big Band days of the late 40’s and early 50’s. One of his fondest memories was traveling through the Midwest playing stand-up bass and trombone with dance bands, from Chicago’s Orchestra Hall to the beautiful Oak Ballroom in Estes Park, CO.

Following his service in the Navy during the Korean War, Bill returned to Hastings College where he recruited students and was vice president for student admissions and was involved in public relations. He later served on the College Board of Trustees for 32 years.

A seasoned traveler, Bill was also a voracious reader and enjoyed playing golf whenever and wherever he got the chance. He loved airplanes and flying and soloed as a senior in high school. He enjoyed flying with family and friends for many years and spent time at family cabins near Estes Park, CO, and at Jeffrey Lake.

He was president of Barrett-Housel & Associates, an insurance and real estate firm, a director of Farmers State Bank, the Pinnacle Bank & Trust, First State Savings Co., Lexington Community Foundation, where he served as director; the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA), and was co-founder and director of Midwest Holding Co. of Lincoln.

He was also a member of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, and the American Legion and served on the Lexington Board of Education, Lexington Airport Authority, Lexington Urban Renewal Authority, the Greater Lexington Development Corporation, in which he was a director, was secretary-treasurer of Johnson Lake Development, Inc., and co-founder of the Nebraska Realtors Political Action Committee. Bill was also state president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Nebraska (Jaycees), a 6,000-member organization, which helped him realize that “Service to humanity is the best work of life.”

His church was important to him. He was active in the Presbyterian Church USA and served as an elder, deacon, and moderator of Platte Presbytery.

Bill served his community, state, nation and Republican Party for more than 50 years. He was chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party during Watergate and was state chairman of the Gerald Ford for President Campaign, leading both Ford’s primary and general elections in Nebraska.

He was a senator in the Nebraska Legislature from 1979 to 1990. His colleagues elected him Speaker, by acclamation, the last four years of his service.

In 1990, he continued his passion for public service by election to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served for 10 years. His increased seniority helped him to continue to work effectively for business, childcare, education, health care, rural development, agriculture, and other issues vital to Nebraskans. Bill served three terms as chairman of the Agricultural Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and became vice chairman of the full committee, which positioned him to write and pass two five-year Farm Bills.

He often presided over the entire House of Representatives and was elected president of the Republican Freshman Class, which he served for 10 years. In 1996, as Nebraska’s nominee to the Electoral College, and co-chairman of Nebraska’s delegation to the national convention in San Diego, he cast Nebraska’s vote for President.

While in Congress, Bill was president of a bipartisan prayer breakfast that met weekly. In 1997, he was appointed chairman of the National Prayer Breakfast, a yearly spiritual even that brings thousands of people from all over the world to Washington, D.C. and is broadcast around the world.

Bill retired from political life in 2000. During his lifetime, he has known/or met seven U.S. presidents. He received many honors and awards during his lifetime. He sums up his political experience with the quote: “The price of politics is high, but to think of all those people living normal, average lies, who never touch the excitement of it.” Bill felt blessed to have had “an armchair to history.”

In retirement, he continued following his passion to colleges and universities, sharing his insights into good government, and encouraging students to consider public service. Bill as quoted as saying:

“Aside from public service, I know of no profession, other than the ministry or perhaps medicine, that helps a person to be more closely involved in the welfare and well-being of his or her fellowman.”

Survivors include his wife, Elsie of Lexington; sister Marjorie (Jim) Hewitt of Lincoln; sons William Carlson (Karen) Barrett of Cupertino, CA, and David Harold Barrett of Omaha; daughters Elizabeth Ann Barrett of Gothenburg, and Jane Marie Sarnes of Lincoln; three grandchildren: Elizabeth (Betsy) Potter of Gothenburg; Darby and Noah Sarnes of Lexington; Steven Sarnes (father of Darby and Noah); P. Stephen Potter (father of Elizabeth Potter) as well as nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverend Polly Deppen-Williams and Reverend Chuck Olsen officiating.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.

Private family burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, the Lexington Community Foundation, and the Dawson County Historical Museum.

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: 2017-01-13

Eugene DeVoe Michel, 87, of Kearney, Nebraska, former Lexington resident, died Friday, January 13, 2017, at St. Luke’s Good Samaritan Care Facility in Kearney.

He was born March 16, 1929, in Gosper County, Nebraska, to John Roy and Nellie May (Haworth) Michel.

Eugene attended school and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1947. He was active in sports while in school, and was given the honor of being Homecoming King.

Eugene was united in marriage to Peggy Hofferber on April 23, 1948, in Lexington. They lived their entire married life in Lexington, spending their retirement years between their cabin on Johnson Lake and their home in Casa Grande, Arizona until 2014, when they moved to Kearney.

Eugene was employed by the United States Postal Service for 36 years.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy of Kearney, Nebraska; son, Eric (Donna) of Kearney, Nebraska; daughter, Gwen (Ken) Rittgarn of Lincoln, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Chad (Lisa) Michel, Mindi (Dave) Rasmussen, Nathan Rittgarn, and Amy Rittgarn; and five great-grandchildren; also surviving are his three sisters, Phyllis Mueller of Lexington, Nebraska, Lois Karr of Lexington, Nebraska, and Geraldine Jorn of Lexington, Nebraska, as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, and youngest sister, Carol Lofshult.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Polly Deppen-Williams officiating.

Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

There will be no visitation.

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

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: 2018-07-23

Dwight Trautman, 89, of Johnson Lake, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018 at CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Dwight Trautman was born on July 11, 1929 in Sutton, Nebraska to Leon and Beaulah (Ransdell) Trautman. Dwight graduated from Lexington High School in 1947. He then went on to attend Hastings College where he was a record holder on the swim team. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Endicott as a radio man during the Korean War.
He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Shirley Ransdell on August 22, 1952 in Lexington. Three children were born to this union: Kerry, Joni and Cathy. Shirley passed away on May 7, 1994. Dwight later married Darlene Hennek on March 8, 1996.
Dwight owned Sixth Street Locker and Grocery with his father-in-law, Clayton Ransdell which later became Trautman’s Meat Center.
He was a 50 year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington where he served as Elder, Past Master of the Masonic Thistle Lodge #61 in Lexington, and Past President of the Tri-County Shrine Club. He was very active with the Lexington Jaycees. When a group of friends aged out of Jaycees, they organized a social club called the B&S Club (Bent & Spent).
He was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing Cribbage and woodworking. Many family and friends cherish the beautiful wooden creations he made.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Lexington, Nebraska; three children, Kerry Trautman and Cathy (Scott) Sarnes of Lexington, Nebraska and Joni (Ed) Bennett of Lincoln, Nebraska; six step-children, Rod (Lynne) Hennek of Atlanta, Georgia, Tom Hennek of Providence, Rhode Island, Kris (Randy) Strohmyer of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Jayne (Mark) Meyer of Kearney, Nebraska, Patty (Mike) Mandelko of Lexington, Nebraska, and Mary (Scott) Hofferber of Tucson, Arizona; seven grandchildren, sixteen step-grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; niece, Susan (Wes) Hartman of Montrose, Colorado; nephew, Don McKean of Lewellen, Nebraska.
Dwight was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; parents, in-laws, Clayton and Melrose (Young) Ransdell; brother, Darrell Trautman and brother-in-law, Robert Ransdell.
Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Pastor Eddie Mariel, officiating. The casket will be closed at the church.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral home in Lexington.
Burial with Military Honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Memorials are suggested Johnson Lake Hike & Bike Trail, Johnson Lake EMS, Paws For Cause Or The Shrine Transportation Fund.
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