Date Posted: 2014-07-25
Maiden Name: Viig

Marjorie M. Blevins, 84, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington. She was born November 22, 1929, in Cozad, Nebraska, to Peter H. and Sylvia (Larsen) Viig. Marjorie was a 1948 graduate of Lexington High School. Following High School Marjorie was active in farming, feeding livestock and riding tractors.

Marjorie was united in marriage to G. Gordon Blevins on May 7, 1950, in Lexington, Nebraska. The marriage was blessed with two daughters, Pamela & Janette.

Marjorie was a lifetime resident of the Lexington/Cozad area. After working on the farm Marjorie would become a secretary at Plum Creek Medical Group and before she retired she worked almost twenty years as a bookkeeper for Don Ondrak.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Danish Sisters & a 4-H leader.

Marjorie loved sewing, crocheting, knitting & quilting. She enjoyed photography and was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker football fan. Marjorie also had a knack for working with computers. She was able to keep up with the new technology even into her early 80’s.

Marjorie is survived by her two daughters; Pam and husband Tom Day of Gretna, Nebraska and Janette Blevins of Lexington, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Tom and wife Lena Day of Germany, Daniel and wife Alexia Day of Norfolk, Virginia, Jason and wife Leslie Day of Omaha, Nebraska & Jessica and husband Todd Schmitt of Pacific Junction, Iowa; seven great-grandchildren, Michael, Gabriella, Tyler, Todd, Oliver, Zach & Kytrin; One sister, Elaine and husband Bill Karr of Greeley, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gordon, brother Vernon and sister-in-law Jean Viig; sister Berniece Kimball & brother-in-law Ben Kimball.

Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating.

Private Interment will be prior to Memorial Service at Robb Cemetery south of Lexington.

There will be no visitation.

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

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To share online condolences with the family, please visit: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com

Date Posted: 2011-03-14

James G. O’Donnell, 80, of Lexington, Nebraska, died March 14, 2011, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.

He was born on March 18, 1930, to James V. & Esther (Grantham) O’Donnell in Lexington, Nebraska. Jim went to grade school in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1948. Following High School, he earned a degree from Colorado State University at Ft. Collins in 1952. Jim met his wife in Ft. Collins and were married on October 12, 1952, in Ft. Collins. Four children were born to this union: Coleen, Terry, Kevin & Kathy.

The couple moved to Lexington, Nebraska in 1953. Jim was a banker and worked at Farmers State Bank for almost twenty years. Following his time at the bank, James worked various odd jobs to tinkering on his classic cars. He then married Jackie. They would later divorce.

Jim was a past president of the Lexington Jaycee’s, member of the Chamber of Commerce, Eagles Club, First United Methodist Church & Goldenrod Antique Auto Club. He also donated to numerous charities.

He loved his cars and cards. Jim was a Dodge man and loved collecting classic cars from the thirties. He enjoyed taking his cars and driving them through various parades, and going on tours and to National events. James also enjoyed Nascar, he was one of the founding members to bring Dawson County Speedway to Lexington. He looked forward to playing cards with his friends every week. Family was important to Jim as well. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and spending time with them. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include two sons: Terry and wife Diane O’Donnell of Cozad, Nebraska
Kevin and wife Annette O’Donnell of Seward, Nebraska
Two daughters: Coleen and husband Dave Storjohann of Lexington, Nebraska
Kathy and husband Bill Long of Lexington, Nebraska

One sister: Kathleen Walton of Bowie, Maryland

Fourteen grandchildren and Thirteen great-grandchildren.

Three nephews, extended family and many friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Margaret and his second wife Jackie, one infant grandson Adam.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 10:30 at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor Tess Hufford, officiating.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 18, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.
Please direct online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com

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

Date Posted: 1999-08-19

OVERTON, Neb. - Billy C. Adams, 69, of Overton, died Aug. 19, 1999, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington, Neb. The Rev. Donald Buhrman will officiate. Burial with military honors will take place in St. Ann's Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m Monday at Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington with a wake service that same evening at 7.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Ann's Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice.

Adams was born Feb. 14, 1930, in Moline, to James and Alice (Anderson) Adams. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1948.

On June 10, 1953, he married Rita Tingelhoff in Lexington.

Adams served in the United States Air Force for 23 years. After he retired, he worked at Sperry New Holland in Lexington for 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Rita Adams, Overton; a son, Thomas Adams, Milden Hall, England; four daughters, Marietta Adams, Henderson, Neb., Jolene Fischer, Cambridge, Neb., Norma Yeutter, Cozad, Neb., and Kellie Anderson, North Platte, Neb.; three brothers, Homer "Bud" Adams, Winfield, Harold "James" Adams, Superior, Neb., and Larry Adams, Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Jeanette Dorner, Omaha, Neb.; and nine grandchildren.

Three daughters, Marie Kathleen Adams, Mary Elizabeth Adams and Connie Joann Adams, preceded him in death.

Date Posted: 2016-10-05
Maiden Name: Kain

Jeanne Marie Kain Kelly, 86, of Lincoln, Nebraska, former Lexington resident, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at Independence House Memory Care on Coddington in Lincoln.

Jeanne was born December 25, 1929 at the Lexington City Hospital to Lloyd and Dorothy (Rosenberg) Kain. She was a 1948 graduate of Lexington High School. She attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where she was initiated into Rho Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and served as house manager.

She married James C. Kelly on June 22, 1951 at the home of her grandmother, Mildred Crane Rosenberg. Reverend Lawrence Davis of the Methodist Church officiating. Attendants were the late William L. Kelly, brother of Jim, and his wife, the late Mary Kelly, who had been married a few years earlier on June 22.

Jim and Jeanne were members of the First Presbyterian Church, as was Jim’s mother, Clethal B. Kelly.

Jeanne was on the board of the Dawson County Historical Society and was secretary to the museum’s executive board for several years. She was a Cub Scout Den mother for many years. Jeanne was the past secretary of the Lexington Community Foundation Board. Later, she was a member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation.

She was initiated into Chapter AN, P.E.O. She later became a charter member of Chapter GR, P.E.O. She served in all the offices and was chapter president for two terms. Jeanne served on the board of the Lexington Library for nine years. She was a member and two-term president of the Lexington Investor’s Club. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Lanning Post 111. She volunteered several years for Mid-Nebraska Community Services in Lexington. Jim and Jeanne were Guardians of Job’s Daughters.

Jeanne moved from Lexington to Lincoln to be closer to her sons in 2010 and lived at Legacy Estates. In early 2015 she moved to Independence House on Coddington, where she lived until her death.

Jeanne enjoyed reading, writing, and editing. She was an avid reader of newspapers. Her father, Lloyd Kain, was publisher of the Lexington Clipper and when Jeanne was in high school he assigned her to make phone calls around town for social news. She soon developed a list of regulars who were excited to take her calls each week. They volunteered names of friends they had visited for dinner, of guests they had hosted in their homes, and told her of family news and recent trips out of town.

Jeanne read several newspapers and always had a pen handy to make edits and corrections. When family members picked up a newspaper, it was easy to tell if she had read it yet by whether or not she had worked the crossword puzzle or had written notes and corrections on news articles.

She was a regular letter-writer, staying in touch with friends and family through the mail. She often clipped and included newspaper and magazine articles she thought would be of interest to the letter recipient.

Jeanne loved to host friends for coffee, or go to their houses. She enjoyed people of all ages. As she and her circle of friends in Lexington grew older and many stopped driving, she picked them up.

She kept scrapbooks for her sons. She compiled a family history of notes, journals, and photos. Jeanne enjoyed visits from grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. During the last year and a half of her life, she grew close to the staff and residents at Independence House.

Jeanne is survived by her three sons: Tom and Michelle of Elkhorn; Jim of Lincoln; and Joe and Susie of Lincoln. Her 7 Grandchildren are: Ben (Robin), Andrew (Gina), John (Jill), Alex, Mike (Lindsay), Shannon, and Tom. Nine Great-grandchildren are: Ben, Isaac, Parker, Sienna, Rylan, Brooklyn, and Jack; Evan and Austin.

Preceding Jeanne in death were her parents and husband, Jim.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Monday, October 10, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverend Polly Deppen-Williams officiating.

There will be no visitation. Interment will be held prior to the memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Community Foundation or First Presbyterian Church.

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: 2017-11-25
Maiden Name: Wickard

Donna Jean Marshall, 87, of Kearney, formerly of Elm Creek, died at her home on Nov. 8, 2017, surrounded by family.

Memorial services will be held Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church at 1623 Central Ave., Kearney, with the Rev. Doug Gahn officiating. Private burial will be at the Williamsburg Cemetery prior to the service.

Donna’s family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home, 4115 Ave. N, Kearney.

Donna was born near Sumner on July 29, 1930 to Joyce Clair and Lucille (Thornton) Wickard, as the fourth of five children. She attended grade school and high school in Sumner and Lexington, graduating in 1948.

She went to Kearney State Teachers college before marrying the love of her life, Eugene Marshall in 1950. Eugene and Donna lived and raised their three children, Penny, Candy, and Jeff, in the Platte River Valley south of Elm Creek until they moved to Kearney in 2014.

Donna worked at her dad’s business, Wickard Service, in Lexington from childhood until 1952. After marrying Eugene, Donna embraced her new life as the wife of a farmer and auctioneer. She worked at Eugene’s side – managing the books and accounts for the farming and livestock business; working as the Office Manager for the Kearney Livestock Commission Company; and helping create a thriving auction business serving as the bookkeeper, cashier, clerk, chief bill collector – and doing whatever else was needed!

Donna’s work extended beyond the family businesses to professional associations supporting auctioneers and livestock owners. She became an active member in the Nebraska Auctioneers Auxiliary – serving on the Board of Directors and numerous committees, writing for the “Power Behind the Gavel” columns, and attending every convention until her retirement. In 2003, she was inducted into the Nebraska Auctioneers Auxiliary Hall of Fame. She also helped clerk the Buffalo County 4-H Auctions and was recognized in 1997 for her outstanding dedication.

Donna proudly supported and was recognized for her contributions to the beef industry by serving on the National Live Stock and Meat Board and the Nebraska Beef Council. Donna was an early and committed volunteer to the Cattlemen’s Classic where she led the sale clerking teams for over 10 years. She was inducted into the Cattlemen’s Classic Hall of Fame in 2016.

Donna’s commitment to her community was unfailing. With Eugene, she was part of the heart and soul of the Williamsburg Community. Donna was a member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church for 65 years. Donna served as treasurer for the Church and was a member of almost every committee at one time or another. She chaired the Lord’s Acre Celebration Auction from its beginning, wrote many book reviews for the Church’s monthly newsletter, and led a non-denominational Bible study group. Donna also served on the Williamsburg Cemetery Association Board.

But most important to her in her life were her three children and their families. Donna supported her children and grandchildren through years of endless 4-H projects, shows, demonstrations, and speeches – along with many high school music concerts, theater productions, sports activities, and proms and homecoming events. No matter how busy her working life, she never missed an important performance or event. Donna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She was loved and will be missed by many.

Her survivors include a sister, Helen Nickel; three children, Penny Buettner, Candy Marshall and husband Jerry Stehlik, and Jeff Marshall and wife Becky; seven grandchildren, David Buettner, Jonathan (Shawna) Buettner, Madeline and Will Stehlik, Lacy Donald; Hannah (Blake) Hild, and Leah (Gavin) Kenney; and four great-grandchildren, Marshall and Jaxon Donald, and Birkley and Alyia Buettner.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene in April of 2017, brothers Morris and Dean Wickard, sister Fannie Joan Wickard, and grandson T.J. Buettner.

Memorials are suggested to the Williamsburg United Methodist Church or the Williamsburg Cemetery Association. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com.