Date Posted: 2014-09-01
Maiden Name: Wallace

Louise W. Dannehl, 68, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014, at her home near Lexington.

She was born February 6, 1946, at Lexington, to Niles “Spike” and Orbia P. (Gosnell) Wallace. Louise attended school at Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1964.

Louise went on to complete her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Special Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She spent her entire career as an educator working with kids with special needs. For the first half of her career she lived in Bradshaw, Nebraska, where she taught special education.

On July 17, 1993, she was united in marriage to Jerry Dannehl at York, Nebraska. Her two sons, Ed and Bob and Jerry’s two sons, Troy and Cory, were united together and a new family was formed. Following the marriage she moved home and joined Cozad’s Diagnostic Resource Center (now the Assistive Technology Partnership) as a Regional Coordinator, a position from which she retired in 2008.

In retirement she enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, being with friends, spending time with grandkids and other family, as well as church activities. She enjoyed her involvement in PEO, and was active in Chapter AN.

Louise was a member of Chapter AN P.E.O., First Presbyterian Church, Delta Gamma, State Advisory Council for Exceptional Children and a Certified Conflict Mediator.

Louise is survived by her husband, Jerry of Lexington; sons, Ed Wiley and Bob Wiley; and Troy Dannehl and Cory Dannehl; brother, Bill Wallace and sister, Jean McIntosh; as well as 5 grandchildren, and 5 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family has honored Louise’s wishes for cremation.

Register Book Signing will take place Thursday, September 4, 2014, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 5, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating. P.E.O. Rites by Chapter AN, Lexington.

Inurnment will be held at a later time.

Memorials are designated to Dawson County Relay for Life.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. To share online condolences with the family please visit:

Date Posted: 2018-07-14
Maiden Name: Purvis

Carol Lyn Ristov, age 72, of North Platte, died on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Great Plains Health.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in North Platte. The memorial book may be signed at or prior to the service at Kingdom Hall.
Carol was born on Jan. 29, 1946, to Alfred Mahlon and Bessie May (McDaniel) Purvis at Ainsworth, where she grew up. When she was a teenager, the family moved to Lexington and Carol went on to graduate from Lexington High School.

On April 15, 1965, Carol married William Tashev "Bill" Ristov in Lexington. During the summer of '66 they moved to North Platte where they raised their children. Carol devoted her life to her family and studying the word of God.
One of the happiest days of Carol's life came on Sept. 6, 1969, when she was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. For the next 49 years she joyfully supported the activities of the local congregation. She greatly enjoyed talking to others about the Bible, especially in the rural areas around North Platte. One of her fondest memories was being able to participate in the construction of the new Kingdom Hall in 1990.
Carol loved reading and studying the Bible, and faithfully did so each day. She had a tender heart for children and animals and was generous and self-sacrificing, always putting the interests of others ahead of her own. Her entire focus was on helping others in any way she could.

Carol is survived by her children, William Ristov, of Grand Island, Anthony (Melea) Ristov of Broken Bow and Terence Ristov and Natasha (Dustin) Crowe, of North Platte; six grandchildren, Arri Ristov, Anya Ristov, Carter Ristov, Makenna Ristov, Mason Crowe and Parker Crowe; sisters, Kathleen (Jim) Spegel, of Albany, Ore., and MaryLou Sheets, of Deadwood, S. D.; brother, Jed Purvis, of Florida; several nieces, nephews and other family members.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, their son, Jerome, and her parents.
Memorials are suggested to the church. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, North Platte, is in charge of arrangements.

Date Posted: 2017-09-08
Maiden Name: Hansel

Celebration of Life Services for Joyce M. Bauer will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor Rob Kuefner and Pastor Bill Ohlmann officiating. Interment will be held in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington, following the services.
Joyce Marie (Hansel) Bauer, 71 years of age, of Lexington, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family, following a year-long battle with cancer. Joyce was born December 5, 1945 at Morris, Minnesota, the younger of two children born to Arthur Louis and Edith “Marie” (Regelin) Hansel. On December 20, 1945, she was baptized by Rev. H.C. Duchlmeier at the family home. As a young girl, Joyce was raised on a farm near Hancock, Minnesota. When Joyce was five years of age the family moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska, where her parents purchased a business. Joyce received her primary education from Trinity Lutheran Parochial School in Arapahoe, through the eighth grade. She was confirmed on April 10, 1960 by Rev. G. A. Weinrich at Trinity Lutheran. In 1961, the family moved to Lexington, where Joyce completed her education, graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1964.
During her senior year, she met the love of her life, Larry Alexander Bauer of Lexington. The couple were united in marriage on August 22, 1964, and to this union three sons were born: Troy Allen, Ryan Lynn, and Kent Alexander. They made their home on a farm north of Overton, Nebraska. While living at Overton, Joyce was employed at Plectron Corporation as an electronics technician. In 1972, they moved to their new home in Lexington. After her boys were born, Joyce dedicated her life to caring for them, and being a homemaker. When the boys began school, she served her Lord as the custodian of her church for several years. Joyce then began a long career as an Associate Department Manager for District #637 Wal-Mart Store in Lexington. She loved working under store manager, Mike Millican until her retirement, after 26 years of service to the company. Her work ethic was pure devotion, and set a standard for her sons to emulate in their future careers.
After moving to Lexington, she transferred her membership from Trinity in Arapahoe, to Trinity in Lexington in 1961, where she not only served as the custodian, but helped with Wednesday night Catechism classes, Vacation Bible School, and served with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League in the years past. Joyce also enjoyed her involvement in the Joslyn Jabber’s Extension Club for many years, and she and Larry loved getting together with their card club friends for special occasions. She also spent several years making friends as a Tupperware Rep. When retirement years rolled around, she and Larry enjoyed traveling together, spending time visiting with family and friends, and weekends with family at Johnson Lake.
Many miles were traveled, and countless hours on bleachers took place when the boys were involved in activities, and sporting events. After grandchildren, and her great-grandson arrived, they became the highlight of her life. And, in return they thought “Grandma Joyce”, and “Grandma-Great” walked on water. The grandchildren’s birthdays were always special with hand-sewn personalized birthday banners created by Grandma, which represented their current interests, and stage of life. In addition, her hobbies included: crafts, home decorating, and writing poems about her family. Her marvelous cooking, and baking skills will be missed. Serving others brought joy to her life.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Alex and Wilma Bauer; her brother, Clark Hansel; brothers-in-law: Ken Strickland, Roger Bauer, and Dale Tomasek; sisters-in-law: Cathy Bauer and Carol Bauer; and a niece, Linda Thomsen.
She leaves to celebrate her life; her husband of 53 years, Larry Bauer of Lexington; three sons: Troy Bauer of Cozad, Nebraska; Ryan Bauer and his wife, Jody of Holdrege, Nebraska; and Kent Bauer and his wife, Amanda of Lincoln, Nebraska; five beloved grandchildren: Kristen Johnson and her husband, Nathan of Johnstown, Nebraska; Jake Bauer and his wife, Heidi of Central City, Nebraska; Blare Bauer of Holdrege; and Blake and Morgan Bauer of Lincoln; one treasured great-grandson, Carter Johnson; sisters-in-law: Carol Hansel of Hastings, Nebraska; Phyllis Robinson and her husband, Archie of Holdrege; Beverly Tomasek of Omaha; Mary Bauer of Indio, California; Julia Tucker of Lee Summit, Missouri; Dorothy Larson and her husband, Fred of Loveland, Colorado; Marilyn Stephens of Englewood, Colorado; and Alyce Bauer of Overton; brothers-in-law: Donald Bauer and his wife, Bonnie of Cozad; James Bauer of Cozad; Thomas Bauer of Farnam, Nebraska; Steven Bauer and his wife, Carol of rural Eddyville, Nebraska; and Michael Bauer of Bailey, Colorado; in addition, she is survived by a host of special cousins, nieces and nephews who she loved individually, and many friends.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington.
A memorial has been established in Joyce’s honor and kindly suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

Date Posted: 2005-07-25

Robert "Bob" Spegel, 60, of Lexington, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney after a short illness.Robert "Bob" Spegel, 60, of Lexington, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney after a short illness.A memorial service will be Thursday, Dec. 29, at Parkview Baptist Church in Lexington, with Pastor John Shields officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Reynolds-Love Funeral in Lexington. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.   

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Spegel of Lexington; a daughter, Jennifer Spegel of Lexington; an uncle, Albert (Loretta) Spegel of Oregon; along with many cousins and friends.      

His parents and two infant siblings preceded him in death.Bob was born June 25, 1945, in Lexington, to Charles and Mildred (Baklaar) Spegel.     

He was a lifelong resident of Lexington, graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1964.     

On July 8, 1972, he married Barbara McGinnis in Lexington. To this union, Bob's pride and joy, Jennifer was born.     

He worked for his father at Spegel Wrecking Yard, where he became very fond of everything from the most common to the most unique. He also worked for Dawson County Department of Roads for 29 years, retiring in August 2004.     

Bob collected everything. He also was the "go-to" guy whenever someone needed something, whether it was for a car, tractor, or just a unique item. Bob would go from auction to auction until he found just what he needed. He also loved to ride motorcycles and go to car shows.     

Although Bob was a simple man, he always made sure his family was well taken care of. He loved spending time with family, including his two dogs, Bessie and Sandy. His laughter will always be remembered in the hearts of all who knew him.     

Memorials are kindly suggested to the family for later designation.

--Obituary obtained from the Lexington Clipper-Herald