Albert Blocher, Jr. 81, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington.

Al was born March 27, 1935, in Sioux City, Iowa to Albert John and Emily (Steidle) Blocher. Al was a 1954 graduate of Lexington High School. He served his country in the United States Army from March of 1956 until his honorable discharge in April of 1959.

Al was united in marriage to Barbara Jackson on May 11, 1958, in Bertrand, Nebraska. The couple were blessed with five children; Steven, Craig, Rodney, Rhonda, and Brenda. Following their marriage, the couple moved several times back and forth from Lexington to Holdrege because of Al's job with the telephone company. They returned to Lexington in 1968 where they made their home ever since.

Al spent his entire career with the U.S. West/Bell Telephone Company, retiring in 1994. He was in Telecommunications. His career included working in splicing, installation, maintenance and design services.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Eagles Club. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting when he was a younger man. The couple loved to park their 5th-wheel trailer at Elwood Reservoir. Family was important to Al, and he enjoyed spending time with them, especially the grandchildren.

Survivors include his children; Steven (Jackie) Blocher of West Point, Nebraska, Brenda (Mark) Bliven of Lexington, Nebraska, Craig (Sandy) Blocher of Lexington, Nebraska, Rodney Blocher of Lexington, Nebraska, and Rhonda (Kirk) Mills of Lexington, Nebraska; thirteen grandchildren; Justin, Andrew, Linsey, Crystal, Matthew, Sean, Christopher, Aaron, Stephanie, Billy, Natalie, Heather, and Shannon; as well as 17 great-grandchildren; also surviving is one sister, Annaliese McCall of York, Nebraska.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, wife Barbara; an infant brother, Thomas; and brother-in-law, Richard McCall.

Funeral Services will be Friday, September 2, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington, Nebraska with Reverend Anne Gahn officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.

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

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

Maiden Name: Biehl


Bernice Pebley, 84, of Lexington, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

She was born on September 15, 1936 in Lexington, Nebraska, to Wesley and Else (Rickertsen) Biehl. Bernice received her education from the Lexington Public Schools, graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1954. She went on to further her education at the Colorado Women’s College in Denver for two years.

She was united in marriage to Phillip R. “Phil” Pebley on December 29, 1957, at the Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Two daughters were blessed to this marriage: Kristi and Lisa. Bernice was a homemaker and kept busy raising her daughters. She was a 4-H Leader and past Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, where she was also a member of the Presbyterian Women’s Club.

She enjoyed knitting, sewing, baking and was an avid reader. The couple enjoyed attending the dances at Miller in their younger years.

Survivors include her daughters, Kristi and Lisa Pebley of Lexington; brothers, Jim (Marilyn) Biehl of Lexington and Buss (Carolynn) Biehl of Kearney; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Phil in 2015; nephew, Roger Biehl and great-nephew, Jason Lans.

A Graveside Service will be on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington with Reverend Eddie Mariel, officiating.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Memorials are kindly suggested to the First Presbyterian Church or Dawson County 4-H Café.

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


Larry E. Pedersen, (84) of North Platte, Nebraska, died December 9, 2020 at his home. 

Larry was born September 17, 1936, in Lexington, Nebraska to John and Ruth (Anthony) Pedersen. He attended Dawson County District 22 for the elementary grades and then attended Lexington High School and graduated with the class of 1954.

Following graduation, he volunteered for the draft and was inducted into the U. S. Navy. It was during that time that he met Judith Ann DeVries from Alameda, California. They were united in marriage on September 12, 1958 in Alameda, California and then made their home on the family farm Northwest of Lexington. Three children were born to this union, Deb. Cindy, and Rich.

After farming for 29 years, they liquidated the farm and moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska where Larry served as a salesman and later manager for the John Deere dealership. In 1993 they moved to North Platte, Nebraska where he served as parts manager for the John Deere dealership.

In 2002, Larry retired and began his favorite job, volunteering full time with Habitat for Humanity. Larry always had a passion for serving others and held numerous elected and volunteer positions including serving on the Central Platte Natural Resources District Board of Directors and on the North Platte City Council. He was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church (with the exception of the time in Arapahoe) and serve in many positions within the Church.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dean; three sisters, Ethel, Wilma, and Joan; and great-granddaughter, Faith DeGrote.

Larry is survived by his wife, Judith (Judi) Ann Pedersen, of North Platte, Nebraska; two daughters, Deborah (Dean) DeGrote of Lowell, MI., Cynthia (Don) Curtin of Suwanee GA.; one son, Richard (Colette) Pedersen of Scottsburg, IN., six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Earl Potter of Grand Island, NE.; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church of North Platte, NE and online condolences may be shared at

Cremation was chosen. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 14, 2020 at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Lyle Anderson officiating. Inurnment will follow at the North Platte Cemetery. Services will be live steamed on the Adams & Swanson Facebook page for those who are not able to attend. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Maiden Name: Schinzel

Betty Jean Schinzel Dilsaver, 83, died May 24, 2019 in Cheyenne, Wyo. She attended high school in Lexington. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 29 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte. Inurnment followed at Fort McPherson Cemetery, Maxwell. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Date Posted: 2016-10-16
Maiden Name: Zabloudil

Evelyn J. Zabloudil, 77, of Kearney, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at Mt. Carmel Home Keens Memorial.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Joe Hannappel and Fr. Tom Mulowney officiating.

Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Ann’s Cemetery in Lexington. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral on Monday morning.

Evelyn was born on March 31, 1937 in Ericson, to Joseph and Emma (Lehecka) Zabloudil. She graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1954. She then worked at the dental office of Anderson/Batie in Lexington and later as a housekeeper for Father Tom Mulowney and also the St. James Parish in Kearney. She went to work as a Unit Secretary at Good Samaritan Hospital in June of 1980, a position she held until her retirement in 2010. Evelyn was a dedicated member of St. James Catholic church. She enjoyed Nebraska football and volleyball and also attending the Rotary Travelogue. Family was an important part of Evelyn’s life as were her numerous close friends.

Surviving relatives include her niece, Patty (Randy) Blundel of Austin, Texas; nephews, Matt Zabloudil of Lawrence, Kan., and Steven Zabloudil of Memphis, Tenn.; godson, Zach Cunningham; Many dear friends.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Allen Zabloudil.

Memorials are suggested to St. James Catholic Church.

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Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements.