Date Posted: 1998-05-17
Maiden Name: Sellers

Sharon (Sellers) Leslie, 55, of Wheatridge, Colorado, formally of Lexington, NE passed away May 17, 1998, due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Sharon was born January 16, 1943, in Lexington, NE to Marion and Dorothy Sellers. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1961 and continued her education at Parks Business School in Denver, CO. Sharon’s career was with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation as an editor of operational manuals for dams and powerplants.

Sharon was preceded in death by her mother, father and grandparents. She is survived by her brother Ron Sellers, Denver, CO, sister, Anita (David) Kucera, Kearney, NE and nephew, John Kucera, Kearney, NE.

Sharon was a very kind, gentle person and will be missed by those that knew and loved her. It was Sharon’s wish was to be cremated and her interment was at Bainbridge Cemetery, Huntley, NE.

Date Posted: 2017-03-05
Maiden Name: Pittenger

Diana K. McCartney, age 73 of Chappell, NE passed away at Sloan Estates in Sidney, Sunday morning, March 5, 2017.
Cremation has been held. No funeral services are planned at this time. Celebration of Life Services will be in Chappell at a later date. Graveside inurnment will be held in the St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery at Lexington, NE at a later date. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC in Sidney is in charge of Diana’s care and funeral arrangements.
Diana Kay McCartney, the daughter of Gordon R. and Verna May (Beyl) Pittenger, was born on August 11, 1943 in Elwood, NE. On September 7, 1961 she was united in marriage to Richard G. McCartney in Lexington, NE. Diana was employed for many years at the Farm Service Agency in Chappell, retiring in 2010. She was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, was an avid sports fan and followed her favorite teams throughout the year. Diana enjoyed going to Colorado Rockies games with her husband and playing with her beloved dog Mac. In her later years she loved spending summers at Lake McConaughy with her family.
Survivors include her children: Lisa Culp and husband Mike and Tonya Sporrer and husband Brad all of Des Moines, IA and Shannon McCartney and wife Ann of Sidney; grandchildren: Ben, Sam, Ray, Noah, Patrick and Megan; brothers-in-law: Dan Nelson of Lincoln, NE and John Kugler of Sargent; sisters-in-law: Patty Jestes of Minden, NE and Joann Kugler of Sargent.
Diana was preceded in death by her husband: Richard in 2004; her parents: Verna and Gordon; a brother: Gordon D. Pittenger; a sister: Linda M. Nelson; mother-in-law: Venice Kugler and father-in-law: Andrew Kugler.

Date Posted: 2007-11-30

Harold Fecht, 64, of Brady, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2007 at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village in Kearney. There will be no visitation. The body was cremated. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell with the Rev. Elvin Crosby officiating. Interment will be in the Axtell cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village. Online condolences or personal reflections can be submitted at O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home of Kearney is in charge of arrangements.     

Survivors include his sons, Daniel Fecht and Stacey Fecht, both of Haxtun, Colo., and Jim Fecht of Littleton, Colo.; brothers, Gary (Jeanie) Fecht of Axtell, Leland (Retha) Fecht of Berwin, Stephen Fecht and friend Doug of Columbus; sisters, Linda Chandler of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Clara (Erman) Case Cozad, Patricia Hird of Litchfield, Mary Hicken of Grand Island, and Martha (Jim) Downs of Carthage, Mo.; several grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.     

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters. He was born Dec. 25, 1942 in Overton, to Rudolph and Maggie (Shaffer) Fecht. He grew up in Dawson County and graduated from Lexington High School in 1961. He married Glynnis Jeanne VanCleave in Lexington in 1963. They were later divorced. He also lived in Haxtun, Colo. He enjoyed fishing and being a truck driver.--Obituary obtained from the Lexington Clipper-Herald

Date Posted: 2008-06-25
Maiden Name: Young

Phyllis Marie Aitken, age 65, of Lincoln, died Friday, April 25, 2008. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 at First-Plymouth Congregational UCC Chapel in Lincoln with the Rev. Dr. James Keck officiating. There will be a private interment prior to the service. There will be no visitation.   

Survivors include her husband, James; two daughters, Lara (Eric) Brown of Lincoln, Jill (Jim) Drake of Phoenix, Ariz.; one grandson, Alex Brown; parents, Wayne and Helen Young, of Lexington; sister, Roslyn (Gary) Cole of Nashville, Tenn., and two brothers, David Young, Dallas, Texas and Kent (Cathy) Young of Overton.      

Phyllis was born in March 14, 1943 in Lexington to Wayne and Helen M. (Wickwire) Young. She graduated from LHS in 1961. She graduated Kearney State College with a bachelor of science degree in education. She was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority (House Corp Board) and Patriarchs Club. She was a private computer programmer and worked as computer programmer for Centel for 17 years before starting her own business.     

Condolences or personal reflections may be sent online at

Date Posted: 2010-04-06

Darrell E. Nelson, 66, died April 6, 2010 at the age of 66 in Orange, Calif. A private family memorial service will be held in Bertrand at a later date.      

Darrell was born July 13, 1943 to Gerald and Mabel (Anderson) Nelson. He graduated with the class of '61 at Lexington High School. He retired after 40 years with the Orange, Calif., US Post Office.      

He is survived by wife Melinda; sons William and Marte; his brother Richard (Alice) Anderson of San Diego, Calif.; sisters, Geraldine (Nelson) Vinzant of Bertrand and Gloria Way of Lexington and 11 nieces and nephews.     

Darrell was preceded in death by his mother, Mabel (Anderson) Nelson; father, Gerald Nelson; sister and brother-in-law Ardith and Tom Tomes of South Bend, Ind.; brothers-in-law, George Vinzant of Bertrand and Raymond Way of Lexington and nephews Joel Tomes of South Bend Ind., and Kevin Way of Lexington.    

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Diabetes Association.     

Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, Calif., was in charge of arrangements.