Date Posted: 2014-02-13
Maiden Name: O'Connor

Kathleen Marie O’Connor Seberger, 78, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington. Kate was born on a farm near Plattsburg, Missouri, on September 11, 1935, to Dennis Leo O’Connor, Sr. and Mary Ellen Golden O’Connor. In 1939, her family moved to Lexington, Nebraska to open and operate Burns-O’Connor and Skinner Cattle Company. She graduated from Lexington High School in May of 1953. She attended 2 years at Loretto Heights Catholic College in Denver, Colorado, studying Journalism.

Shortly after she returned home, she married Richard Julian Seberger on June 2, 1956, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington. They were fortunate to have over 52 years together before Rich passed away in 2010. Together they raised eight children and were proud grandparents to 23, and in the last year Kate was blessed with 2 great-grandchildren.

Family was very important to Kate, and raising a good family was her main purpose in life; her most cherished role was that of mother and grandmother. Knowing the importance of being involved, she sat on many school boards during the 34 years her children were in school. Also, she cooked for family, friends, and school children as one of her pastimes; eagerly fighting over her Special K Bars was a regular occurrence that made her smile. She worked in the Lexington Middle School kitchen and cafeteria for 22 years, and she fed all of her grandchildren that attended Lexington Middle School. In the summer, she enjoyed filling the backyard pool for her children and grandchildren to swim in.

Survivors include six sons; Richard, Jr. & Michelle, William & Pam, Alan & Katy, Kenneth & Dee, Daniel & Mary Jo, and Capt. Dennis and Melinda, all of Lexington. Two daughters; Mary & Greg Hiatt and Diane & Alan Pryor, all of Lincoln.

Twenty-three grandchildren; Kelsey and wife Lyndsey Hiatt, Jessica, Tori, Sarah, Logan Hiatt, Kathleen & husband Andrew Ostrom, Elizabeth, Alison and husband Andy Keirns, Courtney, Richard, III, “R.J.”, Bridget, Kyle, Allysa, Nicholas, Sydney, Eric, Casey, Kristian, Brandon, Sam, Nathan, Julian, and Adrianna. Two great-grandchildren; Olivia Flores and Lucas Keirns. Brother, Dennis O’Connor, Jr. of Lexington; Brothers-in-law; George & Delores Seberger of Garden Valley, CA, and Joseph & Marcelene Seberger of Bakersfield, CA, and sister-in-law, Mary (Mrs. Robert) Seberger of Redding, CA; many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Dennis and Mary O’Connor, her husband, Richard; as well as her sisters, Mary Julia and Betty, and brothers-in-law, Earl Hoffmann, John Lawless, and Robert Seberger.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Father Neal Nollette celebrating.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 17, 2014, from 3-5 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

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

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society – Dawson County Relay for Life.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to assist the family with arrangements. To share online condolences with the family please go to: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Date Posted: 2016-06-15

Monte L. Harkless, 81 years, of Fremont, Nebraska died Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Fremont Health Medical Center in Fremont. Monte was born February 20, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri to Montella “Bill” and Lily (Fowler) Harkless.

He attended school in Lexington, Nebraska and was a 1953 graduate of Lexington High School. Monte married Mary Hatch September 26, 1954 at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington.

Monte worked for Nebraska Natural Gas Company and then the Fremont Department of Utilities until February 20, 2000, when he retired. He lived in Lexington until 1977 and then moved to Fremont and had lived there since 1977. He belonged to Sertoma Club of Fremont, Volunteer Fire Department in Lexington, NCIP (Nebraska Community Improvement Program) in Lexington, Hooper golf leagues and enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Harkless; son, Curt and wife, Deb Harkless of Lexington, Nebraska; daughters, Becky and spouse, Annie Kluthe of Omaha, Nebraska and Lori Riley of Fort Collins, Colorado; sister-in-law, Sherry and husband, Larry Warner of Lexington; grandchildren, James and wife, Britt, Michaela, Lauren, Cody, and Connor.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Harkless and mother, Lily Cranfill; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clayton and Wilma Todd.

Visitation will be Friday, June 17, 2016 from 5 PM to 8 PM at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont and will continue on Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 3 PM to 5 PM at Reynolds Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Funeral service will be 10:00 A.M., Monday, June 20, 2016 at Parkview Baptist Church in Lexington. Student Ministry Pastor Brent Crass will officiate.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.

Memorials may be directed to Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com or reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, Nebraska, is assisting the family with local arrangements.

Date Posted: 2016-08-05

Kenneth D. “Kenny” Whittaker, 81, of Kearney, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 at his home after losing a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Funeral services were at 11 am Tuesday, Aug. 9 at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Stephen Price-Gibson will officiate. Interment will be at 2:30 pm in Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Monday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com.

Kenneth DeWayne Whittaker was born on Nov. 25, 1934 in Lexington to Paul and Mary (Brummet) Whittaker. He grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1953. During high school Kenny participated in football, basketball and track. Following high school Kenny continued to work at the local grocery store where he managed the meat department.

On June 20, 1954 Kenny was united in marriage to Marilyn Stream at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington. The couple made their home in Lexington until moving to Kearney in 1960. Kenny was a truck driver and delivery man for several companies, including Armour, Roberts Dairy and Yellow Freight. Following his retirement from Yellow Freight Kenny worked for IGA.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was a past member of the Elks Club. He was also a member of the Teamsters Union where he served as a Steward. Kenny enjoyed doing word puzzles and playing basketball in the men’s half court league, which he was instrumental in starting. Most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and especially looked forward to attending their sporting activities. Kenny’s family and friends will always remember his extremely kind and gentle heart.

Kenny is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marilyn of Kearney; a son, Dan (Mary) Whittaker of Arlington, Texas, a daughter, Lori (Tim) LaBrie of Minden, a son, Jon (Shelly) Whittaker of Kearney; five grandchildren, Erin (Matt) Fennema of Byron Center, Mich., Christopher (Kim) LaBrie of Minden, Blake (Katie) Whittaker of Gretna, Logan Whittaker and Sara Anderson of Minden, and Olivia Whittaker of Kearney; four great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Micah, Lily and Gabriel Fennema; two sisters, Myrna (Glenn) Eggleston and Paula Blodgett and a brother, Jerry (Donna) Whittaker, all of Lexington; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Marvin Blodgett; and three nephews, Brent Sherman, Blake Sherman and Terry Eggleston.

Date Posted: 2012-01-14

Paul B. Woodside, 78, of Holdrege, Nebraska, formerly of Lexington, Nebraska, died Saturday, January 14, 2012, at Christian Homes in Holdrege.

He was born December 23, 1933, at Lexington, Nebraska to Harold and Rosa (Schwarz) Woodside.

Paul was a graduate of Lexington High School and was united in marriage to Darlene D. Steinbeck on May 29, 1956, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington. One son was blessed to this marriage, Randy.

Paul served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 until being honorably discharged in 1958.

Paul worked for several years in management at the Excel Beef Packing Plant in Darr. Paul and Darlene lived in Lexington for over 40 years, then in Kearney. In Lexington, Paul served as a Boy Scout Master and helped coach Little League baseball. Due to failing health, Paul was living at Christian Homes in Holdrege.

He loved playing cards (especially pitch), making leather wallets and latch-hook rugs, spending time with famiy, showing off his grandson, and working puzzles. He and Darlene attended Fairhaven Baptist church in the country east of Lexington, which now sits at the Dawson County Historical Society.

Survivors include his son: Randy and wife Deborah Woodside of Lexington, NE

One grandson: Ryan Woodside of Lincoln, NE

Four brothers: Leroy Woodside of Kearney, NE

Bernard and wife Judy Woodside of Holdrege, NE

Wayne Woodside of Odessa, NE

Mick and wife Rita Woodside of Kearney, NE

One sister: Viola Woodside of Lexington, NE

Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Darlene on September 8, 2011; and several siblings.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Pastor A.L. Cole officiating.

Visitation will be held that same morning from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Memorials are suggested to the Phelps Memorial Health Center Foundation.

Inurnment will be at a later date in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska with Military Honors.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please forward condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Gordon Eugene Rimpley, 84, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, March 19, 2018, at his home.

He was born October 19, 1933, in Lexington, Nebraska, to William and Icis Mary Betsy (Smith) Rimpley. He married Edna Joyce Reichert on May 27, 1954, in South Dakota. Four children were born to this marriage; Tim, Todd, Tamara, & Teresa.

Gordon attended Southward Elementary school, and graduated from Lexington High School in 1953. He enlisted in the Nebraska National Guard in 1952, and served eight years.

Gordon was a hard worker, and a good provider. He loved and was very proud of his family. His family worked and helped him whenever he needed them. They each learned many life skills that are useful in their own lives.

When he built the country home on the back property, he made it accessible to all his children, and grandchildren. There was hunting, fishing, camping, swimming, canoeing, and hiking. Most of all many fond memories were made of river rides, hunting for Morel mushrooms, and asparagus each spring.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Edna Joyce Reichert Rimpley; two sons, Timothy William, and Todd Alan; two daughters, Tamara Sue, and Teresa Lynn; eleven grandchildren; Michael, Ashley, Alicia, Macy, Kyla, Brady, Ella, Aaron, Brandon, Nickolas, and step-grandson, John; seven great-grandchildren; Tyson, Cooper, Madalynn, Samantha, Adalie, Jace, and Banks.

Preceding Gordon in death were his parents; two sisters, Loretta Crawford, and Reba Beshman, and her husband, Ernest; two brothers, Harold and wife Vera, and Clayton and wife Phyllis; nieces and nephews, Phyllis, Donna, Larry, Dennis, Kirk, and Sharon.

It was his wishes for cremation. There will be no visitation.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Eddie Mariel officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Public Library, First Presbyterian Church, or for a tree planted in his memory at the Dawson County Historical Society.

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