Date Posted: 2018-09-25

RICKY LEE DEWEY, Lexington, Nebraska

Ricky Lee Dewey died after attempting to save David W. Struempler from drowning, Bertrand, Nebraska, August 6, 1989. Struempler, 19, a non- swimmer, fell from a bridge into the Tri-County Canal and was carried downstream. His cousin, Dewey, 27, farm hand, entered the water and waded and swam to him. A struggle ensued, during which Dewey was submerged repeatedly. Another man entered the water and swam to Struempler, who was by then unconscious, and towed him to the bank, where Struempler revived. Dewey drowned.

Ricky Lee Dewey was honored for his heroic act by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.


Thank you to Scott Wiley (1976) for bringing this to our attention.

Date Posted: 2018-06-10

Dave Richardson, 57, of Lexington died Sunday June 10, 2018, at his home.

Dave was born March 31, 1961, in Lexington, Nebraska, to William and Doris (Schnakenberg) Richardson. He attended elementary school at District 22, before the family moved to town. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1980.

As a youth, Dave participated in 4-H, baseball, fishing and swimming. Throughout his life, he loved music and working on cars. Dave worked as a cook at Andy’s Supper Club, A&W, and The Den. He was best known for his Lawn & Tree Service and cutting firewood in the winter.

Dave will be remembered for his big smile, hearty laugh and generous personality.

Survivors include two brothers: Calvin (Cheryl) Richardson of Lexington, Nebraska, and Kevin (Joyce) Richardson of Broken Bow, Nebraska; one sister, Bea (Ron) King of Lexington, Nebraska; nieces and nephews: Tucker King, Lincoln, Nebraska, Thad (Jennifer) King, Kearney, Nebraska, Melissa (Sam) BeDunnah, Lexington, Nebraska, Ana Zavodsky, Omaha, Mathew Richardson, Lincoln, Nebraska, Nathan Richardson, Lincoln, Nebraska, Mishayla (Tim) Freburg, Gothenburg, Nebraska; three uncles: Norman (Phyllis ) Richardson of Elm Creek, Nebraska and John (Elaine) Richardson of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Allen (Peggy) Schnakenberg of Eastvale, California; and several great nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, Nebraska, with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13, from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Robb Cemetery, Lexington, Nebraska.

Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or Robb Cemetery.

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

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