Date Posted: 2015-01-13
Maiden Name: Reichert

Elizabeth 'Betty' Sanders

Elizabeth was born Nov. 14, 1938 in St. Xavier, Mont., to Jacob and Elizabeth Reichert. 

She died Jan. 13, 2015 after a nine year battle with cancer. 

Memorial service was held at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery Chapel at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. 

Betty grew up in Lexington, with her three sisters, Darlene, Joyce and Jeannie and three brothers, Marvin, Jerry and Junior. 

She spent most of her adult life in Casper, Wyo.

She graduated from Lexington High School in 1956 and attended Casper Community College. 

Betty was a bookkeeper and devoted mother of two daughters. She enjoyed antiquing, was a Master Gardener, and played many sports. She also enjoyed reading, gemology, sewing, painting, and learning French. 

She is survived by her husband, H. Leon Sanders of Casper, Wyo., and daughter, Tierney Loberg of Colorado; brothers, Marvin (Lois) Reichert of Elm Creek, Junior (Heidi) Reichert and Jerry (Rhodora) Reichert, all of California; sisters, Joyce (Gordon) Rimpley of Lexington, Jeannie (Ron) Gregory of Riverton, Wyo.; nieces and nephews. 

Betty is preceded in death by her daughter, Tracy Bruizeman, her parents and sister, Darlene Whitlock. 

Memorials may be sent to Bustards Funeral home, Casper, Wyo. Condolences for the family may be left at

Date Posted: 2006-12-17
Maiden Name: Hammond

Barbara J. Reed, 68, of St. Paul, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, as the result of an automobile accident near Greeley.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul.Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul, with the Revs. Thomas Hyde and Ray Kosmicki officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery at St. Paul. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.    

She is survived by one son, Richard Reed and his friend, Diane, of St. Paul; three daughters, Peggy (Dan) Griffin of Elba, Penny (Howard) Beck of St. Paul, and Pam (John) Baxa of Grand Island; her parents, Walter and Myrene Hammond of Lexington; one brother, Gary (Barbara) Hammond of Lexington; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a former daughter-in-law, Karen Reed of St. Paul.     

Barbara was born on Nov. 30, 1938, at Lexington, to Walter and Myrene (Kincheloe) Hammond. She grew up on the family farm and attended Dist. No. 17 Dawson County rural school and was a 1956 graduate of Lexington High School. She then worked at the Thomas Bakery in Lexington.     

She was united in marriage to Richard Reed on Dec. 22, 1957, at Lexington. The couple farmed near Lexington until 1967 when they moved to a farm in the Midway area near St. Paul. In 1994, they moved to Farwell and in 2004, they moved to St. Paul.     

Barbara worked at various places in the St. Paul community, including Hamil's Ostrich Farm, Howard County Community Hospital, Super 8 Motel, Pump and Pantry and she and Donna Williams ran the B & D Lunch Wagon at area auctions for many years. Before her death, she was employed at the Howard County Medical Clinic.     

She was a member of the Methodist faith, was a past 4-H leader, was a member of extension clubs in Lexington and St. Paul, and served on the Farwell election board.

Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

-Obituary obtained from

Date Posted: 2008-03-17
Maiden Name: Kugler

Lorretta R. (Kugler) Dewey, 68, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Monday, March 17, 2008, at Southview Manor Golden Living Center in Cozad. She was born July 9, 1939, at Lexington, Nebraska, to Carl and Helen (Resch) Kugler.   

Lorretta was raised in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1956, she graduated with Honors at the top of her class. She then served three years in the Army WAC Division. Following her time in the service, she returned to the Lexington area. In her later years, she spent many happy times at Parkview Villa in Gothenburg and later at the Golden Living Center in Cozad.   

She enjoyed crafts, socializing, sewing, playing the piano and being with her family.   

Survivors include two daughters: Deborah & Wendell Tobaben of Cozad, Nebraska Marilyn & Rich Twehous of Lincoln, Nebraska. Two sisters: June & Don Coover of Lexington, Nebraska Paulette & Virgil Gardner of Granbury, Texas. Two grandchildren: Carly & Will Twehous of Lincoln, Nebraska. Lorretta was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, JoAnn and one brother, Richard Kugler.   

Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Father Paul Colling officiating. Burial will be in St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery.   

Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 18, 2008, from 4-6 p.m. with Wake Service to follow at 6:00 p.m. all held at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.   

A Memorial has been established, for Mass Intentions to St. Ann's Catholic Church or North American Martyrs Catholic Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.   Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Date Posted: 2008-04-30

C. Duane White, 69, of Gering, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at Regional West Medical Center with his loving family by his side. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 5, at the Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ed Hunzeker officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the chapel.   

Duane was born June 12, 1938, in Ft. Collins, Colo., to Ora and Violet (Parker) White. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1956, and married Frances Marie Potter in Lexington, Neb., in 1957. He sold insurance for several years in Wahoo, Neb. They moved to Scottsbluff in 1977, where they owned the Trail Motel. He owned and operated Homestake Coins since 1979. He had attained his Life Masters in American Contract Bridge League.     

Duane made a lot of close friends throughout the years he played bridge. He loved coins and was a member of Numismatic Assoc. He loved to play golf and loved the Denver Broncos and Nebraska Football. Duane spent many hours in the last few years watching his favorite programs. He was very loving and caring and helped many people throughout his lifetime. He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife, Fran, of 51 years and family.     

Survivors include his wife, Fran; children, Mikel White of Morrill; daughter, Kim (Michael) Gutierrez of Scottsbluff; grandchildren, Jas, Ashleigh and Chance White, Lacey Fleenor, Kacey Fleenor and fiancee Kayla Salazar (who is expecting Duane's first great-grandchild), and Amalie Gutierrez; sister, Lois Shoop of Cozad, Neb.; longtime family friend, Marc Harbour, lifetime friend, Al Chandler and good friend and neighbor, Arnold Mendoza; sisters-in-law, Brothers-in-law, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and lifelong friend (called themselves avid brothers) Bill Rosengren.

Memorials may be given to the family to be designated later.

Date Posted: 2009-04-20
Maiden Name: Rupe

Karen R. Darby, 70, of Lexington, Nebraska, died suddenly at her home, Monday, April 20, 2009, in Lexington, Nebraska.

She was born October 27, 1938, at Eustis, Nebraska, to Ray A. and Neva B. (Hess) Rupe.

Karen's primary education was in Eustis, Nebraska and then graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1956.

She was united in marriage to Philip E. Darby, Jr. on July 22, 1956, at the United Methodist Church in Lexington. Six beautiful daughters were blessed to this marriage; Sara Jane, Jennifer Jo, Luanne Rae, Linda Kae, Patricia Ann and Karla Lynn.   

Following her marriage Karen was employed at Kjar Hay & Grain, the United Methodist Church, the City of Lexington as assistant City Clerk and then Shoe Mart, which she opened with her daughter, Linda in 1988. It was a joy walking in to Shoe Mart and seeing Karen's smiling face.   

Karen was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church for 50+ years as well as the Methodist Choir. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Business and Professional Women, Musicale, Studio 25 and Tri-County Hospital Auxiliary.   

Karen absolutely loved life, she loved her family, especially the grandchildren, traveling with Ed and her friends, music, Nebraska football, reading, volunteering at church, art and working in her yard. She will be eternally beautiful in Heaven's light. 

Survivors include her husband: Philip E. "Ed" Darby of Lexington, Nebraska. Six daughters: Sara Jane Darby of Omaha, Nebraska, Jennifer Jo and Scott Mitchell of Grand Island, Nebraska, Luanne Rae Gesell of Norfolk, Nebraska, Linda Kae and Rick Petet of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Patricia Ann Reiners of Lincoln, Nebraska, Karla Lynn & Roger Schmidt of Grand Island, Nebraska. One sister: Gloria & Harold Benzel of Dixon, California   Eight grandchildren: Liza Jo & Chad Lorenz of Washington, DC, Clair Olivia Schmidt of Grand Island, Nebraska, Philip Payton Schmidt of Kearney, Nebraska, Cameron Lee Petet of Durango, Colorado, Erin Darby Gesell of Omaha, Nebraska, Darby Linn Reiners of Lincoln, Nebraska, Sydney Kae Reiners of Lincoln, Nebraska, Tanner John Gesell of Norfolk, Nebraska. One great-granddaughter: Tatum Kay Kime of Grand Island, Nebraska as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.   

Karen was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Donna Linn.   

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Friday, April 24, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Reverend Todd Karges officiating. Karen's body will not be present at the church. Visitation will be Thursday, April 23, 2009, from 4-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Karen's body will then be cremated. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Methodist Church Columbarium.   

Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Community Foundation, the First United Methodist Church or the Donor's Choice.   

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be directed to: www.reynoldslovefuneralhome