Date Posted: 2018-04-24

Jim S. Wells, 73, of Lexington died Saturday, April 21, 2018, at his home near Lexington with his family by his side.

Jim was born July 27, 1944, in Lexington, Nebraska to Charles Stanley and Virginia Lee (Walbridge) Wells. Jim attended country school, and then graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1962.

Jim was united in marriage to Jeanette (Marousek) Hardesty on May 28, 1987 in Lexington. She preceded him in death on November 3, 2004.

Jim drove truck his whole working life, first for a local hay mill, and then with Bud Small, Crete Carriers, Fellers Trucking, Sunflower Trucking, and Justa Trucking. He was a hard worker his entire life. His life centered around getting the load to where it needed to go, and get it there on time. He was also a farmer in the spring, summer, and fall months during his younger years. One can never forget his love for John Wayne, his hero.

He was a man of great integrity, who loved to tease, tell a good story, be with his family and friends, and would never let you down. There was a kindness to Jim that many people never saw. If you were his friend, you were his friend for life. Heaven certainly gained a wonderful man who will never be forgotten. Rest in peace dear friend.

Jim leaves to mourn; his children, one son Dennis (Kimberly) Wells of Cairo, Nebraska; two daughters, Debra (Mike) Bossung of Mesa, Arizona & Dionne (Steven) Pugh of Queen Creek, Arizona; one step-son Dereik (Jessie) Hardesty of Kearney, Nebraska; eleven grandchildren, Rachel Wells, Emily Wells, Matthew Wells, Jacob Bossung, Zackary Bossung, Jennifer Wells, Aaron Pugh, Christopher Pugh, Jason Pugh, Garrett Hardesty and Asher Hardesty; one sister, Carol (Gary) Thinnes of Idaho Falls, Idaho; one aunt, Lois Anthony of Lexington, Nebraska, and one uncle, Addison Walbridge of Arapahoe, Nebraska; his companion, Penny Carpenter of Kearney, Nebraska; as well as extended family and many friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and step-son David Hardesty.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 27, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington from 5-7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Anne Gahn officiating.

Interment will follow at the Hewitt Cemetery in rural Lexington.

Memorial 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:

Date Posted: 2015-06-06

Rodney David Burkey, 71, of rural Lexington, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015, at CHI Good Samaritan in Kearney, Nebraska.

Rod was born January 27, 1944, in Lexington, Nebraska, to Floyd and Lucille (Hughbanks) Burkey. He was a 1962 graduate of Lexington High School. Following high school Rod worked at Cornland Dressed Beef and Dawson County Motors.

He was united in marriage to Georgia Boggs in 1966, in Lexington. He went on to further his education at Airplane Tech School in Oklahoma. He loved flying and anything to do with airplanes. Rod owned and operated his own construction company and helped build Darr Packing Plant. He spent time at NebraskaLand Tire and drove semi over-the-road. Rod was always busy, he enjoyed working on cars, playing cards and fishing. His family was very important to him.

Survivors include two sons, Scott Burkey of Kansas City, Kansas, Troy (Gayle) Ogg of Lincoln, Nebraska; two daughters, Tonia (Todd) Wade of Exeter, Nebraska, and Michelle Burkey of Waco, Nebraska; one brother, Richard Burkey of Edgerton, Wyoming; five grandchildren, James Dean of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jacob Dean of Peru, Nebraska, Victoria Ramirez of Lexington, Nebraska, Joe (Kayla) Burkey of Lexington, Nebraska, and Taneesha Strackbein of Waco, Nebraska; four great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents. It was Rod’s wishes his body be cremated. There will be no visitation. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held Saturday, July 18, 2015, starting at 4:30 p.m. at Rod’s home – 43690 Rd. 757 – Lexington. Memorials are suggested to the Family. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. To share online condolences please visit:

Date Posted: 2017-02-17

Albert Ernest West, Jr. died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2017 at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, Calif., of complications from diabetes. Cremation was chosen, burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. He was born July 23, 1943 in Lexington to Lydia and Ernest West. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1962. He is survived by his brother Carl West of Lexington and sister, Kathryn Holmoka of Geneva.

Date Posted: 2016-10-04
Maiden Name: Wineland

Kay Wiley, 72, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington.

She was born December 2, 1943, in Greeley, Colorado. Kay was raised by her grandparents, Alvin and Gussie Wineland.

She moved to Lexington with her grandparents in 1961. She graduated in 1962, the first class to graduate from the new Lexington high school, at its present location.

Kay worked for a time after high school as a nurses’ aide. She was united in marriage to Wes Wiley on February 1, 1964, at the United Methodist Church in Lexington. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Jamie, David, and Jean.

Kay babysat for 35 years, plus babysitting all of her grandchildren until they went to school. She enjoyed attending her children, and grandchildren’s school activities, and sporting events. Family was the most important part of her life, as well as her many fur babies throughout the years. She enjoyed cross stitching, and even received several purple ribbons at the county fair, as well as Best of Show. She would often comment on the beautiful scenery, yards, trees, plants, lawns, flowers, and birds. She loved nature.

If you could sum up Kay’s life in one sentence it would be, “She lived life to the fullest, fought until her last breath, and entered Heaven with a smile on her face”.

Kay was a 50+ year member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington. Kay is survived by her husband of 52 years, Wes Wiley of Lexington; children; Jamie and husband Kenny Gruntorad of Lexington, David Wiley of Lexington, Jean and husband Travis Leger of Lexington; five grandchildren; Riley and wife Jessica Gruntorad of Lexington, Ryan and wife Brittany Gruntorad of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Tyler and wife MaChaela Gruntorad of Lexington, Aly Leger and Jake Leger both of Lexington; twin great-grandchildren, Carter and Baylor Gruntorad of Lexington; also surviving are aunts, uncles nieces, nephews, extended family, and many friends.

Kay was preceded in death by her grandparents. Funeral Services will be Monday, October 10, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Anne Gahn officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to Kearney Humane Society or Lexington Regional Health Center. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:

Date Posted: 2004-10-20

Lance Lockhart, 60, of Omaha, Nebraska, died Wednesday, October 20, 2004, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, following a brief illness.

He was born January 10, 1944, at Lexington, Nebraska, to Theodore Arthur and Flora W. (Chester) Lockhart. Lance graduated from Lexington High School with the Class of 1962. He then went on to college at Doane College, graduating with his degree in Mathematics. He taught and coached for two years at Millard High School in Millard. Following his teaching, he worked as a contractor in the Omaha area.

In 1973, he and good friend, Jerry Dannehl, went into business together, forming L&D Home Builders in Omaha. The pair built many homes in the Omaha area for approximately 10 years. He then went into business on his own. Lance was an innovator in his building techniques and admired by many area contractors for his building skills. He worked up until his death.

He was united in marriage to Kathleen Arthur in York, Nebraska. The couple was blessed with two children, James and Jennifer. He was then united in marriage to Earlene Hilgen on April 13, 2002, at Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lance loved to exercise and jogged six miles a day. His dedication to running carried over to his daughter, as she excelled at track, even receiving a track scholarship. He loved music, which carried over to his son, James, who to this day has his own band in the Omaha area. He enjoyed entertaining friends, cooking and reading. He was still very close to many of his high school friends and met every year for skiing trips. Lance was fun-loving, quite a jokester and never knew an enemy. He will be so missed by his loving family and many friends.

Survivors include his wife, Earlene Lockhart of Omaha; son, James Lockhart of Omaha; daughter, Jennifer and Scott Ashmore of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; two sisters, Teresa and Glenn Lanman of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, and Roberta Reynolds of Desert Hot Springs, California; and two grandchildren, Katelynn and Connor Ashmore of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Flora. Services were held Monday, October 25, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. at the Berean Bible Church in Lexington with Pastor Glenn Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Lexington. Memorials are kindly suggested to the Lockhart family for designation later. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements.