Date Posted: 2013-11-05
Maiden Name: Juel

Nancy Ann Rankin, 59, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer, at the Golden Living Center in Cozad.

She was born December 26, 1953, in Lexington, Nebraska, to Wilfred J. and Elizabeth C. (Sanks) Juel.

Nancy was a 1972 graduate of Lexington High School and a 1976 graduate of Kearney State College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in teaching. She would later obtain her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She was united in marriage to Charles Rankin in the 1970’s, he preceded her in death in 2007. Nancy taught elementary school for over 20 years in Oklahoma. When her mother became ill, and after the death of her husband, she returned to Lexington.

She received many teaching awards throughout her career. She absolutely loved kids and although she had no children of her own, her students and nieces and nephews were “her kids”. Her niece, Jaszaman, always held a special place in her heart and life. Nancy enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and arts & crafts. She loved music and prior to becoming ill was taking guitar lessons.

Nancy was a member of LexChristian Church as well as the Genealogy Society.

Survivors include her mother; Betty Juel of Lexington, Nebraska; stepson; Jeff Rankin of Oklahoma and two step-grandchildren; special friend; Sherry Thaden of Lexington, Nebraska; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Nancy was preceded in death in addition to her husband, by her father and two brothers, John and Allan.

Funeral Services will be Friday, November 8, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at LexChristian Church in Lexington with Pastor K.C. BeDunnah officiating.

Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery at Cozad.

Visitation will be held Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. 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 share online condolences with the family through:

Date Posted: 2016-07-31

John Alan Shelor, 62, of Bertrand, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, at his home in Bertrand, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born November 29, 1953, in Oxford, Nebraska, to George Lee and Eleanor (Wendland) Shelor.

John graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1972. He was united in marriage to Annette Gonzalez on September 11, 1976, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington. One daughter, Courtney, was blessed to this marriage. It was by chance that he met the love of his life at the Center Lanes Bowling Alley in Lexington, being introduced by his future mother-in-law.

John’s working career began at Valley Sales in Lexington. John and Annette opened the Park Place Sandwich Shoppe at the Mini-mall in Lexington, and he continued to work at Valley until the family moved to Colorado in 1984, and then to Virginia in 1989. While in Virginia, John was Director of long-distance dispatch for Interstate Worldwide Relocation trucking company. On March 13, 1994, his beloved Annette passed away from cancer. In 2009, John returned to Nebraska when his health declined and he was forced to retire.

To say John had a wonderful sense-of-humor is an understatement. He loved cracking jokes, and was always teasing. He loved to bowl, golf, sing Karaoke, dance, play pool, and was a huge movie buff. But, his greatest joy in this world, were his daughter, and granddaughter, Courtney and Annie. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

John is survived by his daughter, Courtney Shelor of Bertrand, Nebraska; granddaughter, Annette “Annie” Shelor of Bertrand, Nebraska; brother, Dan Shelor of Lexington, Nebraska; two sisters, Arla (Milton) Naprstek of Minden, Nebraska, and Anita (Mike) Millican of Cozad, Nebraska; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bob Gonzalez of Loomis, Nebraska; Mary Jane (Doug) Wind of Lexington, Nebraska; Elly Rensink of Omaha, Nebraska; Fran Gonzalez of Millard, Nebraska; Leo, Jr. (Diane) Gonzalez of Lexington, Nebraska; Angie (Dennis) Sund of Lexington, Nebraska; Jane Woodson of Omaha, Nebraska; Ray (Theresa) Gonzalez of Lexington, Nebraska; Monica (Todd) Strezishar of Lexington, Nebraska; Berni (Dan) Schwarz of Bertrand, Nebraska; and, Dawn (Dave) Root of Bertrand, Nebraska; as well as many, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Annette; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leo and Andrea Gonzalez; sisters-in-law, Terry Jo Young and Ramona Gonzalez; brothers-in-law, Ken Rensink, Tom Woodson, and Porfie Gonzalez.

It was John’s wishes for cremation. There will be no visitation.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Mr. Rick Schwarz officiating.

Inurnment will be in the St. Ann’s Cemetery at Lexington.

Memorials 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:

Scott R. Commins, 54, of Beatrice, died Oct. 2, 2008 in Lincoln. His ashes will be scattered in a private ceremony on the farm where he grew up.
He is survived by his brother Michael (Virginia) Commins of Lexington; nephew David Commins of Lexington and niece Elisabeth Commins of Norfolk.
Scott was born in Lexington to Roy and Belva (Velte) Commins. He graduated from Lexington High School, received a masters in education from Kearney State College, a bachelors of sacred music from Gulf Coast College and a masters of religion from Watner Pacific College.
He taught school in Thedford and Brady before turning to his second calling, pastoring in churches in Gothenburg, North Platte and Beatrice.
Memorials are suggested to Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church or to the donor's choice.
Lincoln Memorial Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael "Mick" Grant Bliven, 58, of Overton, died Friday, July 27, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney after a yearlong battle with cancer.
A Celebration of Life for Michael "Mick" G. Bliven will be conducted from the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 11 a.m. with Lonnie Bliven officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Robb Cemetery in Gosper County.
There will be no visitation as the family is honoring his wish for cremation.
Mick was born Jan. 19, 1954 in Lexington, the third of seven children born to Alfred "Mike" and Mary (Stanford) Bliven.
Mick grew up in Lexington and Overton and graduated from Lexington Senior High School with the class of 1972.
Mick owned and operated Bliven Construction Company of Lexington with his brother, Lonnie for many years. He loved life and being outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and special gatherings of friends and family. In 1979 he initiated and organized his grandmother, Margaret Faith Hughbanks' annual family reunions that continue today. Mick was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend to all, taking special care to watch over those whom he loved. He provided special attention to his mother-in-law, Mabel M. Bye. Mick loved following his University of Nebraska Cornhuskers sporting events, especially football and attended games whenever possible.
Mick is survived by his wife, Lois Bliven of Overton; his step-son, Brian Robinson of Overton; four brothers, Lonnie Bliven of Lexington, Ed (Denise) Bliven of Jacksonville, Ore., Tom Bliven of Overton, Don Bliven of Lexington; two sisters, Mary Ford of Kennedale, Texas, Pat (David) Pierce of Bertrand; mother-in-law, Mabel M. Bye of Overton; three brothers-in-law, Roy (Sue) Bye of Grand Island, Dale (Janet) Bye of Lexington, Melvin (Darla) Bye of Overton; 10 nephews, Matt, Mike, Chris, Jason, Justin, Thomas, Nathan, Eric, Derek and Dustin and their families; six nieces, Jeannie, Seri, Tara, Chelle, Robin and Maggie and their families as well as numerous great nieces and great nephews, two surviving aunts, Jeanne Gibson and June Rickers, multiple cousins, family members and friends. Special friends include Donna Wilson of Overton, Don Hennek of Lexington and Millie Nicks of Denver, Colo.
Mick was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father in 1995; his mother in 1998; father-in-law, Cecil H. Bye in 1996 and several aunts and uncles.
Memorials are suggested to the Overton Volunteer Fire Department or to the family to be designated at a later date.
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.