Maiden Name: French


Joan K. Teel, 85, passed away December 2, 2022, at Emerald Nursing and Rehab in Cozad, Nebraska.

Joan was born in Lexington, Nebraska, on November 7, 1937, to Vernon and Irene (Wilson) French. She graduated from Lexington High school with the class of 1956.

Joan married Marlyn Teel on August 18, 1956, in Lexington, Nebraska, where they made their home. She worked as a clerk for the United States Postal Service for over 20 years. Joan was a member of the Lexington Women’s Bowling Association for 50 years, a member of the Lexington Community Foundation, and was part of the Ladies Auxillary VFW Post 111.

Joan loved bowling, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, crafting, playing board games, crossword puzzles, watching Husker games, and traveling.

Joan is survived by her husband, Marlyn Teel of Lexington, NE; sons, Mike Teel of Denver, CO, and Mark Teel of Lincoln, NE; daughters, Diana (Leonard) Rainforth of Doniphan, NE, Rhonda (J.L.) Spray of Lincoln, NE; sisters, Judy (Harry T.) Danner of Plattsmouth, NE and Jean (George) Holbrook of Lexington, NE; grandchildren: Travis (Teana) Rainforth, Jeremy (Brandi) Rainforth, Jessica Betz (Jon Bittick), Gretchen (Branden) Wagner, Cassie (Tony) Skarka, Nathan (Sandy) Betz, John “Jack” Spray, Emma (Mike) Woodall, Grace (Jonathan) Halstead; and great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Ben, Brian, Jytt, Mia, Atley, Teddy, Sawyer, Lynden, Auggie, Gloria, Hank, and Reagan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Janet Trupp, and a brother, Larry French.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 10am at Reynolds- Love Funeral Home. The service will be live-streamed via the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 4-7pm with the family to greet friends at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home.

Memorials are kindly suggested to Lexington Community Foundation in Joan’s honor.

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Frederick “Otis” Ward, 83, of Lexington, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at the Colonial Villa in Alma, Nebraska.
Otis was born July 20, 1938 in Lexington, Nebraska to Cecil Otis and Anna Frieda Augusta (Camin) Ward.  He was baptized August 14, 1938 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Oconto and was confirmed there on April 6, 1952. Otis attended rural school near Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1956.
He was united in marriage to Sherilyn Marie Hanson on February 26, 1965 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington. To this union twins were born: Susanne and Steven. On October 18, 1961 Otis entered the US Army and served his country until being honorably discharged on September 22, 1967. He was a sharpshooter and served in Germany. He and his son Steve were able to travel to Washington DC on the Hero Flight together.
Otis worked as a carpenter with Howard Hanson and loved doing remodeling on his home. He then was hired by Dawson County Public Power where he was a lineman from October of 1966 until his retirement in July of 2000.
Otis loved his horses and rode with the Plum Creekers for over twenty-five years. He also was instrumental in getting his daughter, niece and nephew to join the Plum Creekers. He also helped with Reenactment ride with the Pony express. He loved to go back packing on horses in the mountains of Colorado with his brother-in-law John Caldwell and a group of guys from Lexington. Later in life he enjoyed panning for gold with his brother-in-law, John in Colorado. Otis loved to be with his grandkids, he loved to show them the great outdoors from camping, fishing to riding horses.
Otis was a member of the Lions Club and the Sons Of The American Resolution.
Survivors include his wife, Sherilyn Ward, of Alma, Nebraska; his children, Steven Ward of Omaha and Susanne (Gary) Janssen of Alma; three grandchildren, Blaine (Allison) Janssen of Alma, Brent (fiancé Brooke Hough) Janssen of Alma and Brandie (Troy) Bland of Grand Island; sister-in-law, Mary Ward of Bloomington, Colorado; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, extended family and friends.
Besides his parents, Otis was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Ward; sister, Mary Ann Ward; daughter-in-law, Nancy Wescott; brothers and sisters in-law, Collen & John Caldwell, J.R. & Ann Hanson, and Jim & Bev Hanson.
Funeral Services will be on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church at Buffalo with Pastor Vic Rasmussen, officiating.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
Interment with Military Honors will be in Christ Lutheran Cemetery near Oconto, Nebraska.
Memorials are kindly suggested to the First Lutheran Church at Buffalo or Heartland Museum in Lexington.
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Maiden Name: Whittaker


Myrna J. Eggleston, 82 of Lexington passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the Plum Creek Health Care Community in Lexington.

Myrna was born February 1, 1938 in Lexington to Paul and Mary (Brummet) Whittaker. She attended school in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the Class of 1956. On March 24, 1957 she was united in marriage to Glenn Eggleston at the Evangelical Free Church in Lexington. To this union five children were born: Linda, Doug, Terry, Dave and Ann. Glenn preceded her in death on October 30, 2017.

Glenn and Myrna lived in several different communities, but Lexington was their home. Myrna performed various jobs outside the home, but raising her children was her main priority.

Myrna was an awesome cook, her bread, noodles, wedding cakes and Christmas cookies and candy were her specialties. She also enjoyed square dancing, gardening, canning and making floral arrangements.

Myrna was a loving mother, grandmother & great grandmother.  Her kids and grandkids were her pride and joy.

Myrna was a member of the Berean Bible Church in Lexington.

Survivors include two sons; Doug (Ann) Eggleston of Sumner, Dave (Jayne) Eggleston of Cozad; two daughters; Linda Leibert of Cozad and Ann Sleicher of Kearney;  one brother, Jerry (Donna) Whittaker of Lexington, one sister, Paula Blodgett of Lexington, brothers and sisters-in law; Marilyn Whittaker of Kearney, Bonnie Eggleston of Oconto, Roger Casey of Houston, Texas, LaVonne (Gene) Oxford of Broken Bow, Loraine ( Delbert ) Rogers of Franklin, Charles (Vicky) Eggleston of Gothenburg, Lloyd (Sandy) Eggleston of Broken Bow, Judy (Maynard)  Struempler of Oconto, Jane (Nick) Liakos of Lawrence, Kansas,  thirteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Myrna was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Terry; son-in-law, Steve Leibert, brother Kenny, brothers-in-law; Marvin Blodgett, Kenneth Eggleston, Keith Eggleston, Ivan Eggleston; sisters-in-law; Ella Mae Casey, Beulah Eggleston and Violet Eggleston.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Berean Bible Church in Lexington with Pastor Tom Parker, officiating. The service will be live streamed via the Reynolds-Love Face Book Page. Social distancing and face masks are recommended.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 27, 2020 from 2-4p.m. at the Berean Bible Church in Lexington. Interment will be in the Robb Cemetery, SE of Lexington. Memorials are 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:


Barbara Ann Wheeler, born in Lexington, NE to Joseph Wayne Coons and Laceil Ann (Phillips) Coons, passed away Friday, November 1, 2019.

Barbara grew up on a farm SW of Lexington, near Johnson Lake. She was baptized and confirmed in the First UMC of Lexington.

She attended country school and graduated from Lexington Sr. High School 1956. She had her first date with Gene Wheeler at an FFA roller skating event, at the age 15. They were engaged at 17 years of age and then Gene joined the Marines for three years. Upon his discharge and return to Lexington, Eugene C. Wheeler and Barbara were united in marriage on March 16th, 1958 in First UMC, Lexington. Two children were born to the marriage, Tepricia and Randy. After marriage they moved to Brule, NE and to Julesburg, CO. After approximately two years, they returned to make their home in Lexington. Barbara taught Sunday school in the earlier years, and co-led a Brownie troop and then a Jr. Girl Scout troop. She was also on the Goldenrod GS council for a few years.

Barbara was a bookkeeper for Mingus Oil, Hibbard’s Liquid Feed, and retired from Platte Valley Products. She was active in downtown coffee groups, and Extension Club that later evolved into a Bunco Group and two Red Hat groups. She enjoyed meeting monthly with a group of long time couple friends.

In the first half of their marriage she and Gene enjoyed Dance Club and at least two Card Clubs on Saturday nights.

In 1968 an old bus joined the family and Gene renovated it into a proper camper, for the family, that was enjoyed for over 15 years. Many weekends at Johnson Lake, annual trips to Rocky Mountain National Park, and one trip to the Black Hills and Yellowstone. Barbara enjoyed any excuse to go to Colorado. She loved to travel, even taking a four week bus trip to Alaska with a dear friend, fulfilling a life long dream.

She cherished her aunts, uncles and cousins and enjoyed when they all could gather in Nebraska.

Barbara moved to Story City, IA to be near her daughter and son in law when her health became an issue, in February 2016.

She is preceded in death by her husband Eugene C. Wheeler, son, Brad, born at rest, her parents, brothers in law: Daryl Wheeler and David Wheeler; Sister in law Nel Wheeler and nephews: Barry Wheeler and Joel Bean.

She is survived by daughter, Tepricia and husband Louis Reeder of Story City, IA, grandchildren T.C. and wife Jessica Anthony with Aedan, Norah and ClaraJoy; Andrew and wife Andrea Anthony with Addison and Aubree. Kira and husband Luke Romens, and Evan Reeder. Son, Randy and wife Janniee Wheeler of York, NE. Grandchildren: Betty and husband Scott Myers with Brittany and Christopher; Dan and wife Priscilla Jensen with Sierra, Savanna, Daniel and Shelbi; Bob Jensen and significant other Tara with Dennis, Landyn and Jade; and Bill Jensen. And nine great-great grandchildren.

She is also survived by sister, Patricia Gage, Brothers in law Dean and Shirley Wheeler, Don and Ilsa Wheeler, sisters in law: Inalynn and Melvin Buckley and Cindy Wheeler, and many nephews and nieces.

We would like to express our appreciation for the Bethany Life Organization for the fine persons who work at Timberland and the Households for the kind and considerate care that they gave our mother, thank you. We also want to express our appreciation to the Suncrest Hospice team for their care of mom and guidance for her family.

Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, First United Methodist in Lexington or Story City Grace United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be Saturday November 16, 2019 at 10:30 am at Grace United Methodist Church in Story City. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 at the church.

Another memorial service will be Saturday December 14 at 10:00 am at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, NE followed by inurnment at Greenwood Cemetery and then a luncheon in the fellowship hall. A memorial Book signing will be Friday December 13 from 5 to 8 at Reynolds- Love Funeral Home in Lexington, NE.

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Date Posted: 2018-10-23
Maiden Name: Walston

Merna Louise Modglin, age 81, died Saturday, October 20, 2018, at her home in Elwood, Nebraska. She was born September 5, 1937 in San Bernardino, California to Kenneth and Opal (McGraw) Walston.

Merna grew up in the Lexington area and graduated high school from Lexington High School in the Class of 1956. In October of 1953 Merna married Larry Adams and to this union they were blessed with six children, Gary, Deb, Ricky, Michelle, Alan, and Terri. Merna married Mitch Modglin on April 20, 1968, they were married 22 years. Merna held many jobs throughout her life mostly working in the office doing books for various businesses. She also owned the Elwood Market with her sister Janet for 15 years, until she retired in 2010.

Merna enjoyed spending time with her family, with her favorite holiday being Christmas, she would always made an abundance of candy. She enjoyed hobbies such as gardening, playing the piano, playing Yahtzee, and other card games. Merna was also a proud cancer survivor.

Merna is survived by her daughters Deb and Mike Potter of Holdrege, Nebraska, and Michelle and Dean Jones of Burley, Idaho. sister Janet Refior of Elwood. Six grandchildren Angela and Jason Phipps, Jason Wick, Justin and Stephanie Potter, Joshua and Mary Grace Swartwood, Tiffany and Brett Mitchell, Autumn and Jared Bramer. 8 and ½ great-grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, ands friends.

Merna was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jim Walston, husband Mitch, sons Gary, Ricky, and Alan and daughter Terri.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at
Viewing and Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 5 PM to 7 PM with family present at the Elwood Funeral Home, Elwood, Nebraska. Celebration of life will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 2PM at Parkview Baptist Church in Lexington, Nebraska on with a coffee and cookie reception following at the Elwood Senior Center. Interment will be at Elwood Cemetery, Elwood, Nebraska. Elwood Funeral Home, Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.