Maiden Name: Petersen


Donna Kay Holbein, age 75, peacefully went to be with her heavenly family on November 22, 2022 at Brookestone Gardens in Kearney, Nebraska.

Donna was born in Lexington, Nebraska on February 5, 1947 to Archie E. and Mary E. (Williamson) Petersen. Donna graduated from Lexington High School in 1965. She graduated from Queen Anne School of Beauty in Kearney, Nebraska in 1966.

On April 24, 1966 she married her soulmate and partner for life, Dale Edward Holbein, of Overton. To their union they had three children, Denise Kay, Daryn Eugene and Dahlas Dale.  Donna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend, business owner and well-loved community member.  Donna was side by side with Dale through every step of their journey. Dale and Donna, Donna and Dale – you could not say one without the other.

After graduating from beauty school, Donna owned and operated LaPetite Beauty Salon in Lexington with Dale.  They later opened Milady Beauty Bar in Lexington where she continued to work as a hairstylist for nearly 40 years.  Donna and Dale also owned Craftique which later became Awards Plus of Lexington. Donna loved her work with the Dawson County Fairgrounds where she worked with Dale and his business partners to build the Dawson County Raceway in 1969. She was the woman behind the scenes working alongside Dale to manage the Dawson County Fairgrounds for fifteen years. She loved the Dawson County Fair and made life-long friends from talent agents to the carnival owners to fellow fair managers and board members from across the state.

Donna was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington. She was a member of the Lexington Mrs. Jaycees and served as the State president.  Donna was a proud firefighter wife and mother for more than 55 years, supporting Dale, Dahlas and Daryn as they served the community as members of the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department. She was a member of Lexington Ladies Volunteer Fire Department Auxillary. She also worked for the City of Lexington doing fire and rescue reports for the department.

Donna was creative and loved to try new craft projects, design special awards for her customers, or make unique keepsakes for those she loved. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends and family; and watching all kinds of stock car racing. Her family was the most important thing in her life.  She loved her children and having the family together for supper, a family celebration or spending time at the race track. But Donna’s greatest joy was definitely being Grandma! Carson and Ava were the pride and joy of her life. Whether it was golf cart rides and McDonald’s breakfast with Carson or doing crafts and building Legos with Ava, she loved every minute of being a Grandma. Carson and Ava made her eyes light up no matter how she was feeling. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Holbein; parents, Archie and Mary Petersen; father and mother-in-law Edward and Esther (Hansen) Holbein; three grandchildren, Carter Edward, Caden Eugene, and Hadee Marie Holbein.

Left to celebrate her life are her children, Dahlas and Amy (Wolsleben) Holbein of Lexington; Daryn and Nicole (Armagost) Holbein of Okmulgee, OK; and Denise and Greg Behrends of Hastings, NE; her grandchildren Carson and Ava Holbein of Lexington; brother-in-law Dean and Barbara Holbein of Prosper, TX; her nephews and nieces; cousins; and numerous friends.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, Nebraska.

Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 28, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington with Pastor Rex Adams officiating. Lunch will follow at the Lexington Volunteer Fire Hall.

Memorials are kindly suggested to Lexington Volunteer Fire Department or Children’s Hospital of Omaha.

Dale and Donna’s inurnment service will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington, Nebraska.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:


Gene Libal of Lexington Nebraska departed us Thursday, February 10th, 2022 at Gothenburg Health. Gene was 75 years old. Unfortunately complications of cancer and heart conditions succumbed him to his greater resting place. Born December 30th, 1946, in Lexington, Nebraska to Wilson and Berenice Libal, Gene was the second of four children. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1965. He later went on to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he earned the honor of becoming a member of the AGR fraternity, graduating in 1970. Gene was an All-American wrestler at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He wrestled in many Greco Roman and Free Style tournaments. He even went on to wrestle at the Pan Am Games. He helped his kids and many others learn how to wrestle for many years.

He taught Vocational Ag in Battle Creek and Minden Nebraska and then started farming and ranching with his dad Wilson. Later he worked at IBP, Fairbanks International and continued his career putting up silage. He also worked at many other farm operations for friends and enjoyed retirement but never kept idle. If Gene didn’t drive all the way around Dawson County, it was a bad day.

Gene was married to Kathy Benjamin Libal March 1st, 1980 and they were married for 30 years. During that time, they conceived four children Shelby, Jason, Joe and Erin.

Gene was a lifetime member of the Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church. His faith was strong and helped him throughout his life. In his later years Gene enjoyed being a church handyman and performed many Sunday services.

Gene was an instructor for the Dawson County Tractor Safety Course for many years.

Gene was a 4H member of Hillside Sparkplugs. He installed the love of animals and agriculture in his many kids from an early age.

Gene was known for his love of food and his prowess of barbequing. He competed and won many contests. He catered many parties and loved to cut Prime Rib at the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250 where he was a member and prior Trustee. He loved to share his techniques and cook for his “boys” at his annual Christmas Party.

Gene was honored by the ESU 10 in Kearney Nebraska for 25 years of service.

Gene loved to help others in many ways - close friends and even others that he had just met. Gene’s upbeat attitude and great sense of humor made an impression on everyone he met.

Gene loved to go to auctions. He loved to collect guns and was always looking for a deal deal.

He was Gene to most, Geneo to the others, and Papi to his kids. Gene was a great father and never met a stranger.

Gene was a cancer survivor and very proud of it. He loved everyone that helped take care of him, when he was in the hospital or recovering at home. He will be so missed.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Berenice and children: Shelby and Jason.

He is survived by his siblings: George (Mitzi) Libal of Austin Texas, Cheryln Libal of Lexington Nebraska and Jan (Ron) Schlattmann of Alliance Nebraska, his children: Joe Libal (Amber Lubben) of Gothenburg Nebraska and Erin Libal (Tony Gill) of Omaha Nebraska and his grandson Julian McCoy and several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 18, 2022 from 5-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Services will be Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at the Buffalo Grove Church, Lexington, Nebraska at 11:00 AM with Pastor Jill Boyd, officiating

Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Or the Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church.

There will be a lunch and celebration of life to follow at the Cozad Elks Lodge.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:

Maiden Name: Zimmerman


Sheri Elaine Crawford, 71, of Lexington, Nebraska passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Kearney Regional Medical Center after a difficult battle with cancer.

She was born April 6, 1947 in Lexington, Nebraska to Louis and Hope (Neal) Zimmerman. Sheri grew up in Lexington where she graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1965.  She then went on to further her education at Lincoln School Of Commerce where she attained her Associates Degree.

Sheri was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart Terry Crawford on August 28, 1966 in Lexington, Nebraska. They made their home in Lincoln while Terry was finishing up school and moved back to Lexington in 1970.  Three daughters were blessed to this union: Keri, Kelli and Ann.

In the early 70’s, Sheri was the secretary at the David Harum Mill. She then took over the bookkeeping at the Crawford Farming Operation until 1999.  She also wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and helped out on the farm wherever she was needed.  In 2003, Sheri began working as a Para-Educator for the Lexington Middle School which she thoroughly enjoyed until retiring in 2017.

Family was everything to Sheri. She loved spending time watching her children and grandchildren’s sporting events and many activities. The many, many horse shows probably topped her list of favorite activities, although watching her youngest daughter, Ann, run was a favorite for many years. Christmas was always an amazing time for the family because Sheri was the ultimate gift-giver and enjoyed giving much more than receiving. She was a voracious reader of literature with an incredible vocabulary and a talented piano player, though only a few were fortunate to get to enjoy listening to her play.

Survivors include her husband, Terry Crawford of Lexington, Nebraska; daughters, Keri (Scott) West of Lexington, Nebraska and Kelli (Corey) Bender of Lexington, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Giovanny) Rodriguez of Oak Grove, Kentucky, Mackenzie West, Kaden West, Braden Bender and Candice Bender all of Lexington, Nebraska; also surviving are nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Ann and brother, Dennis Zimmerman.

Funeral Services will be on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Parkview Baptist Church in Lexington with Pastor John Shields, officiating.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad, Nebraska.

Memorials are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Cancer Society or Lexington Community Foundation designated to Ann’s Scholarship.

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: 2014-01-18

John Koehn, 67, of Pueblo, Colo., formerly of Lexington, died Jan 18, 2014. He was born Nov. 3, 1946 and graduated from Lexington High School in 1965. After high school he served two years with the military in Vietnam.

A Memorial Service will be 3:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel, Pueblo, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Milo Koehn, infant twin brothers, Bobby and Billy, grandparents, Bill and Effie Koehn and Ray and Lora Dillman; step-father, Paul Nielsen; father-in-law, Hez H. Salsbury.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; children, Chris (Carol) Chalk, Michael (Elizabeth) Koehn, Mark (Rachel) Koehn, and Misty (Gregg) Martinez; grandchildren, Maya, John, Makayla, Sophia, Michael, Zoe, and Anthony; mother, Aeota (Doll) Nielsen; siblings, Frank (Vickey) Koehn, Connie (David) Jewett, Kandy (Richard) Anderson, and Susan (Joe) Kreski; mother-in-law, Pat Salsbury; brother-in-law, Hez A. Salsbury; numerous nephews, nieces, family and friends.
Roselawn Cemetery and Funeral Home, Pueblo, Colo., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

Date Posted: 2011-03-02

Ron Sellers, 64, of Aurora, Colorado, formally of Lexington, NE passed away unexpectedly, March 2, 2011. Ron was born November 22, 1947 in Lexington, NE to Marion and Dorothy Sellers.

He graduated from Lexington High School in 1965. After high school Ron served four years in the Navy serving on the USS Repose in Vietnam as a hospital corpsman. Ron continued his education at Lincoln General School of Nursing and upon graduation worked in the emergency rooms of several hospitals, before taking a job with Qwest where he was the director for employee health case management until his retirement.

Ron volunteered much of his time and talents to St Andrews Episcopal Church in Denver, CO, and also served many years as a member of the board of directors for Bethany House in Denver, CO.

His smile, kindness and quirky sense of humor will be missed by those that knew and loved him. Ron was preceded in death by Bob Davis, his partner of 40 years, his mother and father, his sister, Sharon and grandparents. Ron is survived by his sister, Anita (David) Kucera, Central City, NE and nephew, John (Tara) Kucera and great-niece Shaylin, of Central City NE.

It was Ron’s wish was to be cremated and his inurnment was in Saint Andrews Episcopal Church Columbarium in Denver, CO.