Jim M. Lundgren, 75, of Lexington, Neb., died Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 at Lexington Regional Health Center.
Jim was born June 28, 1945, in Douglas, Ariz., to Gilbert G. and Anna E. (Batie) Lundgren. He and his sister, Jean, were born during WW II. The hospital was nine blocks from the Mexican border. His mother was able to stay with his father at the airbase. Gilbert was an ROTC officer before being called into service and arrived in Hawaii one day after Pearl Harbor was attacked.
Six weeks after Jim was born, his mother returned with the children to Nebraska. When the war was over Gilbert returned to teach one year before buying a farm northwest of Lexington. Jim spent his early school years at District #7. He attended Lexington High School, graduating with the Class of 1962.
It was during his junior year in high school that he had his first date with Donna Joliffe. He was united in marriage to high school sweetheart, Donna Jean on Oct. 3, 1965. They had two sons, Scott Michael and Jeffrey James.
Jim worked nine years for Platte Valley Packing at Darr, Neb., and from then on Jim and Donna farmed, ranched and operated several ag businesses. For 27 years he was a Pioneer dealer. Most recently, he focused on sustainable, renewable, carbon free energy.
He spent the last 25 years supporting and directing the west’s changing water use on a local, state and national level, focusing on water quality, water quantity and property rights. In 1990 he co-founded Nebraska Water Users Inc., a non-profit civic league, and joined the west-wide Family Farm Alliance (FFA). Within the FFA he worked with Senators, Congressmen and their staffs writing Endangered Species Act, Environmental Protection Act and Department of Interior legislation. He served as a director and farmer lobbyist with the FFA, coordinated a monthly educational newsletter, “Water Review,” and served on a task force that developed an “Economic White Paper” that focused on irrigated agriculture’s national economic importance.
His vast knowledge earned him many awards throughout the years. Among his honors were being inducted to the Nebraska Hall of Agriculture Achievement, recipients of the KRVN Service to Agriculture award, the "Outstanding Leadership Award" from the Family Farm Alliance, Platte River Endangered Species Partnership Award, Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce Family Farm of the Year and Agri-business Awards, Nebraska Water Users awards, as well as Central District Water Users Awards.
With the assistance of Doran Post, Jim became involved in Masons and was a Blue Lodge Master Mason of Thistle Lodge 61; Sir Knight, Order of Knights Templar; York Rite Shrine of Freemasonry; Noble, Tehama Shrine; and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Shrine Member, Hastings.
At an early age Jim became proficient in firearms and remembered well his first recoil from shooting a 16-gauge single-shot shotgun. It took off from there and he became a long-range shooting enthusiast.
Jim was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington. He was also a member of many organizations, and boards too numerous to name. He was surrounded by many wonderful friends - you all know who you are!
Jim was so proud of his family. Following Donna's death, which took a huge toll on him, he finished raising the boys, and wanted them to know how very proud he was of them.
Survivors include his sons; Scott (Kris) Lundgren of Scott City, Kan., Jeff Lundgren of Cozad, Neb.; grandchildren Kendra (Trent) Witthuhn of Bazine, Kan,; Chase, Chloe and Chayna Lundgren, all of Kearney, Neb.; one brother-in-law, John Wyant of Newman Grove, Neb.; one sister-in-law, Dee Walton of Boulder, Colo.; nephews Josh (Jennifer) Wyant of Overland Park, Kan., and Jason (Melissa) Wyant of Raleigh, N.C.; as well as many other relatives, friends and associates.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna Jean on Feb. 17, 1987 and his sister Jean Wyant.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Anne Gahn, officiating. Masks are mandatory at the church. The service will be livestreamed from the church at: firstchurchlex.org.
Visitation is Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. with family present from 5-6 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington. Burial will take place at Mt. Hope Cemetery near Lexington. Memorials are suggested to the Tehama Shrine, First United Methodist Church, or Lexington Regional Hospital Foundation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
- Date Posted: 2016-08-24
Charles H. "Charlie" Clark, 71, of Waverly, passed away August 24, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Charlie was born in Bertrand, NE on July 11, 1945 to Harold W. and Geraldine (Griffith) Clark. He served as Chief of Police in Lexington, NE for 25 years, retiring in 2010. He graduated from Lexington Senior High School with the class of 1963, and served a full 6 years in the U. S. Navy from 1963-1969. After his discharge from the Navy, Charlie was hired as a police officer in Lincoln, NE in October of 1969. While working he attended college at UNL where he received his BA degree in 1975 and then went on to pursue his CJ degree, in 1976, from UNO. Charlie was then employed with the Lincoln Police Department for 16 years, reaching the rank of Sergeant, before moving to Lexington, NE in October of 1985 to take the job of Chief of Police and kept this position until his retirement. After, retiring in 2010, he moved to Waverly, NE in 2013, where Charlie got to enjoy being a grandpa and spent time traveling with his family. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially his two favorite girls, his granddaughters.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sandy; daughter, Rena (Nate) Riley; granddaughters, Ella and Emma, all of Waverly; sisters, Norma Henry, Cozad, NE, Charlotte (George) Wence, Kearney, NE, Linda (Jim) Carlson, Lexington, NE; brothers-in-law, Jack Reeves, Cozad, NE, and Randy (Dorothy) Phipps, Grand Island, NE; sisters-in-law, Lisa Phipps, and Rhonda (Tony) Cox, all of Lincoln; son, John Clark; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Ray Phillips; mother and father in law, Jay and Marlene Phipps; son, Ryan; sisters; Twila Phillips, Connie Reeves, and Bette Carlson; brothers-in-law, Alan Phillips, Don Henry, and Fred Carlson; nephews, Danny Henry, Scott Carlson; niece, Margaret; great-nephew, Stevie Everett, and great-niece, Lily Mae Davis.
- Date Posted: 2016-07-18
- Maiden Name: Mingus
Karen Kay Mingus Turechek died Monday, July 18, 2016 in Plano, Texas. A memorial service is planned at a later date.
In Lieu of sending flowers, please honor your favorite charity with a donation in her name.
Karen was born Feb. 4, 1945 in Lexington, to Maynard and Gracie Mingus.
She grew up and attended Lexington schools, graduating in 1963 from Lexington High School.
She married Robert Turechek March 7, 1965, and they were happily married for 51 years.
While living in Texas, Karen was a social worker for a Battered Woman’s facility and later accepted a position as the director’s assistant in a child development program at C.U.M.C. in Farmers Branch, Texas. Children all know here as Miss Karen who would always help them with any problems.
She is survived by her husband, Robert; her three children, David, Troy and Tami, and her four grandchildren, Dawson, Abigail, Gabriel, and Victoria as well as her aunt Harriet Stork.
Preceding her in death were her father, Maynard, mother, Gracie and brother, Kenneth.
Karen’s death follows those of her brother, Kenneth, her father, Maynard, and her mother, Gracie.
Condolences may be sent to Robert Turechek, 831 Pasatiempo, Frisco, TX 75034.
- Date Posted: 2016-12-06
- Maiden Name: Mazanec
Patricia Ann (Mazanec) Mahar died Tuesday morning Dec. 6, 2016 at Florida Hospital South in Orlando, Fla., after a five-plus year courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
Cremation was chosen. There will be no services or visitation.
She was born Nov. 1, 1945, to Mildred and Earnest Mazanec in Lexington. She graduated from Lexington High School. Pat received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Doane College, Crete, and an master of education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
On Nov. 24, 1966 she was joined in marriage with William Elton Mahar in Lexington. The couple lived in Lincoln, Anita, Iowa, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Pa., Cleveland, Ohio, Lake Zurich, Ill., Orlando, Fla., Naperville, Ill., Maitland, Fla., Palm Desert, Calif., and Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.. She taught special education classes for several years. She would eventually form Benefit Management Services, Inc. a pension management firm in Orlando, Fla., and then Mahar and Associates a few years later.
After retiring in 2003 the couple enjoyed travel throughout the country, especially California, as well as golfing, bicycling, reading, and volunteer activities.
Education was very important to both Pat and Bill and they established scholarship funds at both the University of Nebraska and Doane University. Pat served as a Trustee at Doane University for several years and was honored this year with the 2016 Builder Award.
Pat is survived by her husband, Bill of Orange City, Fla.; sister, Barbara McCormick, Lexington and brother, Don (Sue) Mazanec of Tucson, Ariz.; nieces and nephews.
Lexington Clipper Herald December 8, 2016
- Date Posted: 2011-06-20
Cruz E. Araujo, Jr., 66, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, June 20, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. He was born October 22, 1944, in Lexington, Nebraska to Cruz E., Sr. and Consuelo (Ceballos) Araujo. Cruz attended school in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1963. Following high school he worked and was united in marriage to Donna Flint, two boys were born to this union; Brett and Matt. He was then united in marriage to Mary Varley on April 10, 1997, where he welcomed Mary’s daughter Rachel as his own and the couple were blessed with two more children, Nathan and Sarah. During Cruz’s working years he worked for the hay mill, Paulsen Construction, Hampton Construction and retired from IBP in 1996. To say Cruz was a character is an understatement! He had a wonderful sense of humor and left his family with many happy memories. He was happiest when he was coaching baseball, which he did for many years, being with his children and grandchildren and cruising with his bulldog “Cooper”. Cruz also loved to play pool, fish and hunt. He will be so very missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors include his wife: Mary Araujo of Lexington, Nebraska. Three sons: Brett (Theresa) Araujo of Overton, Nebraska. Matt (Jolene) Araujo of Lexingotn, Nebraska. Nathan (fiancé Jenny Vacura) Araujo of Lexington, Nebraska. Two daughters: Rachel (Jeff) Schade of Grand Island, Nebraska. Sarah Araujo of Lexington, Nebraska. Two brothers: Mike (Sharon) Araujo of Lexington, Nebraska. Pete (Linda) Araujo of Oxford, Nebraska. One sister: Susie (Charles) Engel of Grand Island, Nebraska. Eleven grandchildren: Jacob, Justin, Josh, Jada & Jordan Araujo of Overton, Nebraska; Brandon & Blaine Araujo of Lexington, Nebraska; Brook, Annabelle & Jeffrey Schade of Grand Island, Nebraska and Aubrey Vacura of Lexington, Nebraska. Cruz was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Richard and one granddaughter, Brittany McCurdy. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, June 24, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Reverend Paul Colling officiating. Burial will be in the St. Ann’s Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 23, 2011, from 4-6 p.m. with Rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. all at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please direct online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.