Daniel Gene Fowler, 58, of Bertrand, Nebraska left us to be in the hands of the Lord June 7, 2019 at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, Nebraska with his mother, brothers and sisters at his bedside.

Daniel was born April 11, 1961 in Lexington Community Hospital to Gene and Marilyn Fowler. He was baptized as an infant in the Methodist Church in Lexington, Nebraska. On June 3, 2019 he was confirmed into the Catholic faith by Father Paul Colling in Kearney, Nebraska.

Daniel was born an artist. He started drawing when he was very young and was given several awards while he was in grade school. He abandoned his artwork in high school to become an avid and life-long sports fan. He watched almost all sports from high school to the professionals, and was a living directory of sports statistics.

In the more recent years his artistic interests came back in the form of creating self-taught animation and videos. His animated videos on YouTube received much international interest and praise.

Dan believed there was more to life than money. He believed we all had the potential to possess “7” senses, the confirmed five senses, the sixth sense of intuition, and the most important one, the seventh, is a sense of humor. Dan said, “if you lose your sense of humor it will diminish all the other senses.”

After high school Dan decided to educate himself by doing different jobs in different cities. He worked in Denver, Phoenix, Omaha, Lincoln, Holdrege and Kearney.

Dan loved the mountains. In his teen years he enjoyed going to Vail, Colorado where his family owned an art gallery. He was an avid skier and spent fun days with his family and Nebraska friends on the slopes. Dan and his younger sister Felicia enjoyed exploring every inch of the Colorado Rockies, as well as parts of Utah, North and South Dakota on their many camping trips in the 80’s and 90’s. Once they found a spot for the night (often off-roading it) their ritual was to cook over the campfire while listening to Dr. Demento on the radio. They always had their road trip music and Dan was a big influence on his little sister’s music passion. She will always cherish the laughs and songs that they shared.

In 2006 Daniel and his mother, sister and brother-in-law agreed to let their mother include all of them in starting a café in Bertrand, Nebraska called the “Flippin’ Sweet.” Their mother retired from the business after three years at age eighty five and Daniel, sister and brother-in-law carried on the business in Holdrege and now in Kearney.

Daniel was loved and appreciated more than he knew and will be very much missed.

Daniel was preceded in death by his father Gene Fowler, his grandparents Roy and Effie Fowler and Charles and Dorothy Larson.

Survivors include his mother, Marilyn Fowler of Bertrand, Nebraska; brother, Tom Fowler of San Francisco, California; sister, Melinda Shannon and husband Kelly Shannon of Elkhorn, Nebraska; brother, Richard and wife Nancy Fowler of Omaha, Nebraska; sister, Felicia Fowler-Alexander and husband Jason Alexander of Bertrand, Nebraska; his nephews, Patrick Shannon of Elkhorn, Nebraska, Clancy Shannon of Manhattan, Kansas, Tanner Fowler of Northridge, California and Dashiell Alexander of Bertrand, Nebraska; nieces, Sarah Shannon of Elkhorn, Nebraska and Makinna Fowler of Omaha, Nebraska; also, his Aunt Sally of Lincoln, Nebraska; great niece, Keira Shannon of Elkhorn, Nebraska; great nephews, Jackson and Carter Shannon of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and many cousins.

The family wants to thank the many people who have generously given of their time and themselves for us. All of the effort is most appreciated.

Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Smithfield with Father Thomas Lux and Father Steve Major, Con-Celebrating.

Inurnment will be in Highland Cemetery at Bertrand.

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


Randall A. Shackleton, born December 15, 1960, in Oxford, NE to Bill and Wanda Shackleton, passed away Monday, November 12, 2018.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, November 16, 2018 at Grand Island Evangelical Free Church 2609 S Blaine St, Grand Island, NE 68801, with Pastor Mike Wooten officiating. Visitation will be 4:30 – 7:00 PM Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home in Grand Island.

He grew up in Lexington and dedicated his life to Christ in 1967. He married his soulmate Marjorie Larson on October 17, 1981, in Aurora, NE. They were blessed with children: Cole Shackleton, Danielle Young, and Brooke Schumm. He was grandfather to seven grandchildren, and godparent to four.

“Life is a song; love is the music,” and he certainly graced us with all his love which will live on forever in the music he shared with us. Randy started playing piano at Parkview Baptist Church in 1970 and served many other churches throughout his life where he played for numerous weddings, funerals, and church services through the years. Randy taught Instrumental and Vocal Music from 1985 until he retired in the fall of 2014.

Throughout his life he was a member of numerous music organizations both in the state of Nebraska and nationally.

He is survived by wife, Marjorie Shackleton, of Grand Island; son and wife, Cole and Brittany Shackleton, of Lincoln, grandchildren, Liam and Henry; daughter and husband, Danielle and Aaron Young, of Lincoln, grandchildren, Caleb and Bethany; daughter, Brooke Schumm, of Greeley, and grandchildren, Nevaeh, Jesse, and Isabella; mother, Wanda Shackleton of Grand Island; mother and father-in-law, Sherilyn and Ken Treptow of Aurora; brother, Wayne Shackleton (Jennifer) of West Palm Beach, FL; brother-in-law, Doug Larson (Jane) of Kansas City, MO; sister-in-law, Rhonda Harrelson (Greg) of Kansas City, KS; nieces and nephews, Ashley Ragno (Anthony) of Accra, Ghana; Kimberly Kuhl (Brian) of Lincoln, William Shackleton of Pueblo, CO; and Will Larson of Kansas City, MO; a great niece and five great nephews, and many other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father William Shackleton, father-in-law, E. Warren Larson, unborn grandchild, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date. Online condolences may be directed to www.livson.com. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Date Posted: 2014-06-01

Deon Wayne Fiene, 53, of Elwood, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family, after being diagnosed with liver cancer in November 2013, and a short round of treatment that was discontinued in March after not being successful.
Deon was born October 9, 1960 to Donald and Marilyn (Harm) Fiene in North Platte, Nebraska. He attended grade school in Gordon, Lyons and Norfolk, as his family moved with Northwestern Bell. He began school in Lexington in the 6th grade and was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington in 1975. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1979. He was successful in football and shot put, achieving many awards and placing at State in shot put several years. He intended to play football at UNL but a knee injury in the Shrine Bowl kept him for pursuing football.
He worked for Bob Bailey of rural Oxford and bartended at the Cornhusker Club before starting work at Dawson County Dept. of Roads and side lining at the alfalfa mill. He met Sindy Houser at a wedding in December of 1980 and they were married July 16, 1983, and made their first home west of Lexington. In 1987, Deon and Sindy had premature twin girls – Julia Marie and Jacklyn Dawn. Jacki died on July 17, 1988.
In October of 1989, the family moved to Twin Falls, ID to begin a new chapter of their lives, with both working for Dial-net, Inc. While in Idaho, they added Nathaniel Paul in 1993, and Leslee Anna to their family in 1997. During the years in Idaho, he owned Idaho Sunrise Communications which sold cell phones, voice mail, two way radios and long distance service. He also installed phone systems and satellite TV.
They moved home to Nebraska in August of 1999, Deon and Sindy remodeled/restored many homes and eventually moved their current home from south of Eustis to rural Elwood. He worked as a communications consultant for years, installing DirecTV through Dawson Public Power, did phone work and drove truck. He then obtained his insurance license and sold for New York Life. The last 8 years he was a Shelter Insurance Agent in Lexington, having earned Regional awards and a trip to Hawaii in 2009. The one common thread through all of his professions was his love of people and a good story. He was a big man with a big heart and he gave it to anyone who needed a piece of it, an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on.
Deon was involved in and served in offices of many civic and community organizations beginning with the Jaycees in the early 80's and through the Lion's Club presently. He served his church by serving on a variety of boards, including the School Board at Immanuel Lutheran in Twin Falls, ID and was currently an Elder at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. He thoroughly enjoyed mentoring young people through the Hunter Safety Program. In the early days, Deon loved to fish and play golf. In later years his hobbies more revolved around whatever projects his kids were involved in.
Deon is survived by his wife Sindy of Elwood, Nebraska; daughter Julia and husband Larry King and their daughters, Abby & Amber of Omaha, Nebraska; son, Nate Fiene of Lincoln, Nebraska; and, Leslee Fiene of Elwood. His mother Marilyn Frost of Elwood Care Center; brothers, Kevin and wife Mary Fiene of Elwood, Nebraska; Kelsey and wife Sherry Fiene of Gothenburg, Nebraska; and Tyler and wife Tracy Fiene of Plattsmouth, Nebraska; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, friends and clients.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Ashley; grandparents, Ernest and Clara Fiene, and William and Rosella Harm; his daughter, Jacklyn Dawn, his dad, Donald Fiene and stepmother, Louise Fiene; stepfather, Donald Frost and nephew, Riley Allen Fiene.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Michael Wolff officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery south of Elwood. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 4, 2014, from 4-8 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood. Memorials are suggested to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or 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: