Robert Brown, age 91, of North Platte, NE, passed away at Great Plains Health on October 13, 2022.

Robert, the son of Fulton and Frieda Brown, was born in Lexington on August 18, 1931. After graduating from Lexington High School in 1949 he served in the Army Reserves from 1950-59.

On November 11, 1951, Robert was united in marriage to Ruth Beauchamp at the Methodist Church in Lexington where they made their home. The couple had five children and were married for nearly 71 years.

In 1974 the family moved to North Platte. Robert worked at Mid-Plains Community College as an automotive mechanic instructor for 21 years until retiring in 1995.

Robert loved gardening and his yard. Being a former high school athlete, he liked all sports but Husker football and the Minnesota Vikings were his favorite teams. Over the years Robert went by many names such as Bob, Brownie and Uncle Bob, but Dad and Grandpa were his favorites.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fulton and Frieda; brothers, Lloyd, Lawrance, Kenneth and Wayne Brown; sisters, Elnora Ryckman and Margaret Garcia; and his son, James.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; sons, Phillip (Polly) Brown of Phoenix, AZ, and Robert (Pam) Brown of North Platte; daughters, Rebecca (Mark) Ryan of Loup City and Nancy Zimmerman of Kearney; his sister, Evelyn Stelk of Grand Island; grandchildren, Matthew, Dennis, Chad, Colby, Austin, Jacob, Michele, Kelly and Jessica; as well as 15 great-grandchildren, three great great-grandchildren and other family.

Celebration of Life and inurnment will be at a later date. The memorial book may be signed online at or at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the donor's choice.

Maiden Name: Hennek


Joanne R. Winter, 91, of La Vista, Nebraska, formerly of Sumner passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at CHI Health Mercy in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

She was born Joan Rosie Hennek on December 31, 1930, in Lexington, Nebraska to Claude and Rosie (Hofreiter) Hennek.

There were three "Joan's" in her grade school classroom, so their teacher assigned them each a different spelling to keep them straight. That is why she spells her name differently than what is on her birth certificate. Joanne attended public schools in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1949.

She married Addison K. Winter on June 14th, 1950, and moved to Sumner, Nebraska to farm. Two children were blessed to this union: Louise and Mark. They raised two children, many cows and a lot of corn.

She began a career as a school cook at SEM Schools which lasted for several years.

After nearly 50 years of marriage, A.K. passed away in 1999, and Joanne continued to live on the farm for a few years with their dog, Liz. Then in 2002 she moved to Omaha to be near family there.

She loved family get togethers, going to recitals, school activities and horse shows. The whole Winter Family even took a Thanksgiving Disney Cruise together in 2013!

Besides being a great cook, she was an avid crocheter and artist in her younger years.

Her recent interests were mostly keeping up on what her grandkids were doing and visiting with friends and neighbors. She loved tuning into the gameshow network and recently began enjoying an evening "tea-time" before bed.

Family surviving:

Daughter, Louise Winter and husband John Neaman of Papillion, NE, their daughters, Crystian Neaman, Omaha, NE, and Amber Neaman, Lincoln, NE.

Son, Mark Winter and his sons Addison, Zander and Jackson of Pearland, TX, his daughter Kelsi (Logan) Macdonald of San Tan Valley, Arizona.

Sister-in-law, Darlene (Hennek)Trautman of Johnson Lake, Nebraska.

Numerous Hennek and Winter nieces and nephews (mostly nieces), including grands and great grands!

Besides her parents, Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, Addison; brothers, Gene Hennek and Don (Margy) Hennek; brothers-in-law, Virgil (Jeanne) Winter and Roger (Maxine) Winter; nieces, Diane Winter and Kristi (Hennek) Strohmyer; nephews-in-law, Terry McCoy, John Hall and Tom Driscoll.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Father Jose Chavez, officiating.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 5-7 p.m. with a Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

Memorials are kindly suggested to the family for later designation.

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: 2011-03-08


John "Jack" Reed, 78, of Cozad died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Golden Living Care Center in Cozad.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad with Nathan Rhea officiating. Burial will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery northeast of Cozad.

Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born Oct. 3, 1932, on a farm east of Lexington to J. Frank and Beulah (Courter) Reed.

On Jan. 20, 1952, he married Gail Christiansen in Cozad.

Survivors include his wife; sons, John of Cozad and Douglas of Seward; daughters, Marcia Pedersen of Plattsmouth, Deb Meredith and Terri Hergenrader, both of Gothenburg, and Kim Morse of Omaha; brothers, Larry of Lexington, Dennis of Kearney and David of Bennington; sisters, Shirley Hill and Linda Bonner, both of Kearney; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Maiden Name: Way


Mildred M. Spuhler, 88, of Lexington, Nebraska passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020 at Avamere in Lexington.
Mildred was born on June 15, 1931 in Smithfield, Nebraska to Vernon and Lula (Robb) Way. She received her primary education from Lexington High School graduating with the class of 1949.
She was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Spuhler on August 21, 1951 in Lexington, Nebraska. To this union the couple were blessed with four children: Lewis, Cynthia, Jayne, Barbara “Bobbie” and Sharon. The family made their home in Lexington, where Mildred focused her efforts on caring for the home and raising their children. Bob passed away on August 25, 2005.
Mildred was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington. She loved tending her flower garden, and always found peace and delight in her yard, winning Yard of the Week twice, which she was very proud of. She enjoyed painting, cross stitch and embroidery and was affectionately known by her family as the Plastic Canvas Queen. Mildred also had a soft heart for all animals, especially cats. Above all, Mildred has left a tremendous legacy of love for her children and especially her grandchildren.
Mildred leaves to celebrate her life; her children, Lewis (Vicky) Spuhler of Brady, Cynthia (Andy) Tenis of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jayne Talbot of Lexington, Barbara “Bobbie” Spuhler of Lexington and Sharon Spuhler (Frank Dugger) of Cozad; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Nathan) Tackett of North Platte, Chad Spuhler of Kearney, Andy (Christine) Tenis of Palm Springs, California, Joseph (Stephanie) Tenis of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jessica (Todd) Hydo of Gothenburg, Brooke (Josh) Dorn of Kearney and Sarah (Logan) Fellers of Lexington; two great-grandchildren, Cydney Spady of North Platte and Travis Hydo of Gothenburg; cousin, Shirley Robb of Kearney; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Vernon and Lula Way; husband, Bob; grandson, Michael Spuhler; two brothers, Raymond and Elden Way and two sisters, Dorothy Foster and Audrey McClees.
A private family service will be held on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel with Reverend Eddie Mariel, officiating. The funeral service will be streamed live through Facebook Live on the Reynolds-Love Facebook page.
Visitation will be on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home will comply with the CDC and State of Nebraska. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home wants to remind people that no more than 10 people will be allowed in the facility at one time. We sincerely encourage each person to make your decision whether to attend a viewing based on the best interest of your health and that of your community.
Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to Lexington Volunteer Fire Department or Lexington Community Foundation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.
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Iona Grace Hodgson Bednar Shafer of Lincoln, Nebraska, formerly of Sumner passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Yankee Hill Village in Lincoln.

Iona was born January 20, 1932 to Lovell and Grace (Yerg) Hodgson at Lexington, Nebraska.

She attend country school district South 17 for eight years, and graduated from Lexington High School in 1949. She attended Kearney State College one year, then worked one year as secretary for Dawson Public Power in Lexington.

On September 15, 1951 Iona was united in marriage to Robert Stanley Bednar at her parents’ home. They lived on a farm near Sumner, Nebraska. In 1965 they moved into the village of Sumner.

Robert and Iona were blessed with four children, Robert Arlan, Donald Eugene, Patricia Ann, and Thomas Daniel. On June 12, 1975 her husband Robert was killed in an automobile accident.

Iona worked as an administrative secretary for the Sumner Eddyville School from 1966-1989. She also worked as a postal clerk at the Sumner Post Office from 1966-1989. She became Post Master until she retired in 1998.

July 29, 1984 she married Donald J. Shafer and they resided in Sumner where she lived.

Iona accepted Christ and as baptized at the age of nine. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, then the United Church of Sumner after the churches merged.

Preceding her in death was one son, Donald Eugene, her husbands, Robert Bednar and Donald Shafer, her parents, Lovell and Grace Hodgson, one brother, Arbor and sister in law, Fern Hodgson, one great grandson, Zac Raymond Bednar, brother in law and sister in law, Manley and Ellen Robbins, father in law and mother in law Stanley and Christine Bednar.

Survivors are: sons, Bob and Sandy Bednar of Miller, Tom and Tami Bednar of Grand Island, and daughter, Patty and Roger Evans of Lincoln; grandchildren, Bruce and Amy Bednar; Brent and Mindy Bednar, Joel and Gabriel Bednar, McKenzie and Jordan Peters, Grant Bednar, Reid Bednar, Nathan Peters, Kerri and Rob Colón, and Dan Peters; step granddaughter, Katlyn Evans; seven great grandchildren, Mia Kay Bednar, Ty Robert Bednar, Embrie Grace Bednar, Lewis David Bednar, Beau David Bednar, Mack Hunter Bednar, and Jett Ray Bednar; one sister, Nola Hodgson; and nephews and nieces.

She is also survived by: step children: Ladonna and Ken Cartland, Linda Fredrick, Lee Shafter, Lou Jean Smith, Layne Shafter, step grandchildren, Shelly Cartland, Lindsay and Josh Shriber, Aaron and Adam Smith, Alex and Megan Smith, Dakota and Jenny Shafter, Brady and Natalie Shafter, Colt and Kati Shafter, Justin Frederick, Jodi and LeRoy Burks, Amy and Less Boroff, Angela Frederick, Jessica, Jared and Joel Shafter, Matthew and Paul Shafter, and eleven step great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sumner-Eddyville-Miller Gymnasium in Sumner with Pastor Ken Hutson, officiating.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at the United Church of Sumner - East Campus.

A private family interment will be prior to the service at Sumner Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to family by visiting: