Leonard J. “Lenny” Hofaker, 69, of Lexington passed away Friday, December 30, 2022, at his home.

Lenny was born November 20, 1953, in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to Leonard and Pearl (Bailey) Hofaker. The family moved to Lexington in 1959 and Lenny attended Morton Elementary School and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1972. After high school he helped his father in his scrap metal business and later attended bible college in Washington, Cincinnati. He also worked in a care home in Montana where he helped handicapped individuals and helped with the local wheat harvest. Lenny later enrolled in online training to become a computer programmer and owned a repair business he called Len’s Drafters. During his free time, Lenny would create many different computer artwork designs and was even featured in a special exhibit for his artwork.

Lenny was a member of the Berean Bible Church in Lexington where he served as the sound man for many years. He enjoyed helping rebuild old tractors, mechanics and doing carpentry. He had a very kind and helpful heart and always offered a helping hand to those in need.

He is survived by his parents; Leonard and Pearl Hofaker of Lexington, two daughters: KatRina (Michael) Burgess-Kraus of Memphis, Missouri and Trina (Dylan) Brown of Denver, Colorado, two brothers; Terry (Gina) Hofaker of Holdrege, Mike Hofaker of Franklin, Ohio, three sisters; Debbie (Don) Richert of Waco, NE., Dianna Saqib of Niagara Falls, Canada and Tammy (Walt) Weinbender of Beaverton, Oregon, grandchildren; Jewley Burgess of Memphis, Missouri, Hailey Burgess of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Jud (Danielle) Gallardo and Justin Duis, great-grandchildren; Holden, Hazlee, and Helana Gallardo as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a sister-in-law, Miriam Hofaker.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Berean Bible Church in Lexington with Pastor Jerry Ruzicka, officiating. The service will be live-streamed via the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home Facebook Page.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13, 2023, from 5-7 p.m at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery east of Lexington, Nebraska.

Memorials are kindly suggested to the Gideons.

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: 2022-04-26
Maiden Name: Boyd


Carolyn Jean Boyd

Born March 25, 1954, in Lexington, NE to James Eugene Boyd and Wilma Vernell (Shuler) Boyd. She is survived by her brother John and Carrie Boyd of Stilwell, KS, sister-in-law Mary Boyd of Pauls Valley, OK, nephew Jesse Boyd and Sierra Littrell of Scottsdale, AZ, niece Kristina and Chad Weaver, great niece Hadleigh Weaver and great nephew Brecken Weaver of Stilwell, KS plus many cousins and friends.

Her family knew her as “Jeanne”, she attended Morton Elementary School, Lexington Jr. High and graduated in 1972 from Lexington High School.  While growing up on the family farm outside of Lexington, she learned how to work alongside her two brothers, especially during the summer irrigating corn, showing sheep, and she participated in sewing competitions at the local Dawson County 4H shows.  She had to learn at a young age to fend for herself being the only female among two brothers and four male cousins. She was also involved in Girl Scouts and actively involved in her church youth group and summer church camps. She was baptized at the Lexington Christian Church at a young age, from that time forward she was a true Christian serving the Lord. She went on and attended Platte Valley Bible College in Scottsbluff, NE and graduated in 1978 with a BS in Christian Education. During the summers during her college years, she was the camp cook at Colorado Christian Service Camp in Fairplay, CO. She continued her education at Ft. Hayes State in Hays, KS and received her master’s degree in elementary education in 1979.

She started her teaching career teaching children at a day care at Gering Christian Church, Gering NE, then moving to Casper WY to Paradise Valley Christian Church and School from 1979 to 2022 when she finally retired. She was very instrumental in starting the Paradise Valley Christian School being the school administrator, teacher, counselor and whatever needed to be done. Her passion was teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone around her. She touched so many lives just like her parents did during there life on earth. The last several years she was really involved in the “TOPS” program in the Casper area where she had many friends.

Jeanne was a fighter, she had been fighting many health issue in her later years, but COVID was the final factor that took her to see the Lord.

There will be a “Celebration of Life” at the Paradise Valley Christian Church, Casper, WY at 10:00 am on Friday, April 29, 2022, and a Inurnment on Monday, May 2, 2022 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington, NE at 11 am.

Jeanne would like all donations to be given to Paradise Valley Christian School, Casper WY.

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

Gone but not forgotten. NOTE: These classmates attended Lexington Schools with the Class of 1972 but did not graduate from Lexington High.


Death at 14 claimed Teresa Hunt, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Hunt, on Saturday, July 26, 1969 in the local hospital where she had been a patient one week. Taken suddenly ill July 19, she entered the hospital and the next day her condition was critical from that time on.

Final rites for Teresa Ann were Wednesday afternoon in the Berean Fundamental Church. W. R. Matzke, pastor of the church officiated and interment was in the Arcadia Cemetery at Arcadia.

Teresa Ann was born August 11, 1954, at Oakland, California, where her parents were residing while Mr. Hunt served in the United States Navy. The family returned to Arcadia and lived there until 1959, then moved to Lexington.

Teresa had completed her freshman year at Lexington High School. She was a member of the Berean Fundamental Church.

Surviving are her parents: four younger brothers, Steven, David, Mark and Patrick, all at home; grandparents, Mrs. Sidney Hunt and Mr.& Mrs. Marion Burns, all of Arcadia.

The Reynolds-Love Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Funeral services for James W. Buchholz, 17, who died Saturday of internal injuries suffered from an accidental gunshot wound, were held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church.

The Rev. Donald A. Botic, officiated and burial was in Buffalo Grove Cemetery.

The accident occurred about 7:00 p.m. Friday at the farm home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Buchholz, north of Lexington. According to the boy's father, Jim and his brother John 16, were cleaning their guns when a .22 automatic accidentally discharged lodging the shell into the lower part of Jim's abdomen.
The two boys had brought the gun into their room after removing the shells outdoors. One shell was apparently caught in the magazine and did not eject until Jim was dismantling the gun for cleaning purposes.

Jim was immediately taken to Lexington Community Hospital by his father where surgery was performed. Death occurred shortly after noon Saturday at the hospital.

He was born April 15, 1954, at Lexington and was the oldest son of Wayne and Margie Buchholz. He was a senior at Lexington Senior High School, where he participated in wrestling and dramatic arts, and had attended District 59 rural school before entering Lexington Public Schools as a freshman.

He was a member of Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church where he participated in Sunday School, choir and youth activities. A nine-year member of Hillside Sparkplugs, he had taken 4-H livestock, photography and other projects.

Surviving are his parents, two brothers, John and Roy, two sisters, Donna and Lois; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Len Buchholz of Lexington; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Edith Fellows of Sargent; five uncles and one aunt.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home was in charge.


Clinton C. Nickerson 30, of North Platte, formerly of Lexington, a brother of Mrs. Bob (Priscilla) Meester of Lexington, died Tuesday in a North Platte Hospital.

Services were held Friday morning at the First United Methodist Church in North Platte with Rev. Dennis Hendrick officiating. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery in Farnam, Nebraska.

He was born March 29, 1954 at North Platte to Clifford C. and Pearl R. Sheffield Nickerson.

In 1958 he moved to Lexington with his family when his father was manager of the Sixth Street Food Store for 12 years. The family returned to North Platte in 1970. He graduated from North Platte High School with the class of 1972.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Nickerson of North Platte; one brother, Bradly S. Nickerson, North Platte; and one sister, Mrs. Meester, Lexington.
Adams and Swanson Funeral Home of North Platte was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society.



Richard Thomas "Rick" O'Meara, 53, of Genoa, died January 12,2008 at his home.

Funeral services will be held (today) Saturday, January 19,at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Genoa.

Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Eddyville. Rice Funeral Home in Genoa is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Tony of Omaha and Dylan of Shelby; one daughter, Madison of Shelby; three sisters, Julie (Louie) Fettig of Worland, Wyoming, Ann (Bob) Brown of Lexington, Eileen (Larry) Burkey of Broken Bow, and 21 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda.

Rick was born April 29, 1954 in Kearney, to Thomas L. and Ruth E. (Spellmyer) O'Meara. He grew up and attended school in Lexington. He moved to Columbus where he worked for a number of years for the Lindsay Manufacturing Corporation as a certified welder. He retired from Lindsay Manufacturing due to illness.
Memorials are suggested in care of the family.

Beverly Rath Dyke

Beverly J. (Rath) Dyke, 60 of Kearney, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Mount Carmel Home in Kearney.

Services will be Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral Chapel in Kearney with Pastor Scott Guthrie officiating.

Burial will follow in the Kearney Cemetery. Visitation will be in the evening on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral Chapel and also one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Memorial are suggested to Asera Care Hospice of Kearney Tackles Cancer.

Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements.

Beverly was born on January 19, 1954 in Arlington, Virginia to Hugh J. and Dolores R. (Krigbaum) Rath.

She married Everett Dyke in Council Bluffs, Iowa and he preceded her in death. Beverly will be remembered for her unshakable faith in the Lord, friendliness, thoughtfulness and her unselfish acts.

Surviving relatives include her father and step-mother, Hugh and Eilene (Wehr) Rath, of Johnson Lake, NE; Sister, Deborah Smith of Aurora, Colorado; Twin brother, Steve (Linda) Rath of Elwood, Nebraska and brother, Mike (Amanda) Rath of Pawnee City, Nebraska; Aunt, Barbara Krigbaum of Falls Church, Virginia; Uncle Curtis (Sharon) Adler of Chapel, NE; Sister-in-law, Donna Rath of Martinsburg, West Virginia, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Everett, mother and brother, Ronald.

Note: Beverly was victim of a horrific automobile accident while we were in high school. The accident resulted in many life-changing challenges for Bev, including making her a paraplegic. She never allowed the accident to alter her positive outlook on life or her faith. Bev was one of the most loving people you could know. She is deeply missed especially by classmate Deb Small Conley who visited her on a regular basis at Mt. Carmel Nursing Home in Kearney.

Dale A. Hollibaugh

Dale A. Hollibaugh, of Omaha, Nebraska was born on July 4, 1954, in Sidney, Nebraska, to Dale and Phyllis Hollibaugh.

He went to his heavenly home on September 6, 2021.

Dale grew up in Lexington, Nebraska and moved to Sumner where he graduated from Sumner High School in 1972.

He attended Kearney State College and graduated with is degree in 1976. Dale taught high school math and physics for 4½ years. He worked as the Office Manager for Robertson's Furniture in Grand Island, Nebraska. Dale worked for numerous cooperatives in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa for most of his career and up until his death.

His passions in life were his family, work, Husker football, the Green Bay Packers, baseball, Saturday morning cartoons, and food. Dale loved spending time with is grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie Hollibaugh; son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren: Josh, Sylvia, Jackson, and Kinsey Hollibaugh; son, daughter-n-law, and grandchildren: Josiah, Megan, Olivia, Brianna, Hudson, and Ethan Hollibaugh and Nicholas; daughter Sarah Dee Hollibaugh; mother, Phyllis Hollibaugh; siblings: Cathy Chris, Bob and Mike.

He was preceded in death by grandparents; Father, Dale L. Hollibaugh; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jacob and Naomie Hothem.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 15th from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., at the West Center Chapel, followed by CELEBRATION OF LIFE at 11:00 A.M., interment in Overton, Nebraska, Memorials will be directed by the family.

Michael Craig Harmon, age 68, of Arapahoe Nebraska passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at the Kearney
Regional Hospital, in Kearney, Nebraska.

He was born on May 27, 1953 at McCook, Nebraska to Leland and Lucille Rose (Klient) Grassmeyer. He was baptized on Sept. 27, 1955 at the First United Methodist Church in McCook, Nebraska and was confirmed on May 26, 1968 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, Nebraska.

He grew up in Lexington, Nebraska and graduated from Lexington High School in 1972. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1975. Then served in the Nebraska National Guard until May 27, 2013.

He married Gloria Lynn Strickland on November 22, 1975 at Lexington, Nebraska. They made their home in
Cozad, Nebraska while working and Malcom Motors and Sperry-New Holland Manufacturing. Mike would also
work in Hays Spring, Nebraska for Mirage Flats Irrigation. They moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska and worked at S
& L Service Station. They moved to Holbrook, Nebraska before moving back to Arapahoe. Mike would work for
Eiler’s Machine and Welding Company in Lexington, Bessler’s in Cambridge, and Baldwin Manufacturing in
Gothenburg. He was currently working for Becton-Dickinson Manufacturing in Holdrege.

He was a member of the Edison American Legion, Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, and the Holbrook Edison-Arapahoe Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting & fishing, coaching his son’s baseball teams, watching grandchildren activities, racing, camping, Husker football games, and always loved being with family. Mike was especially proud of his military service and honored to be called to help render military honors and serve in parade & programs that remembered soldiers and their military service.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Harmon of Arapahoe, Nebraska; mother Lucille Grassmeyer of Lexington, Nebraska, Sons Matthew and (Amy) Harmon of North Platte, Nebraska and daughter Ella, Jeffrey (Michelle) Harmon of Holdrege, Nebraska and children Adam, Faith, & Grace, Christopher (Shannon) of Arapahoe, Nebraska and children Brynlee, Carson, & Hunter; brothers Rodney of Lexington, Nebraska, Danny (Cindy) of Lexington, Nebraska, sister Cynthia Bliven (Daryl Widholm) of Gothenburg, Nebraska, and a host of Nieces and Nephews and friends.

Preceded in death by his father Leland Grassmeyer, father  and mother-in-law Rex and Janice Strickland, granddaughter Madysn Faye Harmon, daughter-in-law Kristi Carnes. Maternal grandparents Adolph & Elizabeth Kleint, paternal grandparents John and Love Harmon.

Viewing and visitation will be Tuesday, July 6, 2021 from 4 PM till 8 PM with family present from 6 PM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main St., Arapahoe, NE. Funeral service will be Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 9 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at 1 PM on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, at Maxwell, Nebraska with military rites given by the Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard. Memorials are suggested to Wreaths across America. Family is asking for people to wear casual patriotic or Husker attire when attending. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences and personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Maiden Name: Walston

Barbara Walston Burk

Barbara Jo Burk, age 64 of Elwood, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.

Celebration of Life was held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Mae Bee's in Elwood.

She was born on December 26, 1953 at Omaha. She was raised by Dale and Virginia (Leonard) Walston.

She was raised at Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the Class of 1972. Barb lived several years in Arizona before returning to Nebraska to care for her aging parents. She was married and had one daughter, Brandi. She worked at various places cooking and bartending. She would marry a second time and to this union were born three daughters: Jami, Linsey, and Charli. She found the love of her life in Don Smith and they moved to Elwood in 2006 to help take care of her parents. She loved spending time with friends, grandchildren and shopping.

She is survived by her partner in life, Donald Smith of Elwood, daughters Brandi Riese of Omaha; Jami Burk (Ryan Brizgis) of Tomball, Texas; Linsey (Adam) Newbrey of Ansley; Charli (Mitchell) Hedlund of Kearney; 12 grandchildren (6 boys and 6 girls) and longtime business partner and friend Larry Lammers.

She is preceded in death by her parents and son, Dennis Burk. Elwood Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.