Gregory Wade, 56 of Elm Creek, NE passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27, 2021 at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Elm Creek Chapel with Alberto Silva officiating. Interment will follow at Elwood Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Condolences may be shared online at Services are entrusted to O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services.

Gregory Roy Wade was born March 28, 1964 in Lexington, NE to Robert and Catherine (Clough) Wade. He grew in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1982. After graduation, he furthered his education at Kearney State College.

Gregory was a hard worker and enjoyed every job he had. Growing up he worked at 6th Street Food Store, Vern Riddle Construction, and worked on a Wheat Harvesting Crew. Greg also worked at Ace Irrigation and Cabela’s Call Center. He was a proud member of the Nebraska National Guard. Greg was also a member of Heroes Across Nebraska and Elm Creek American Legion. He was a very generous person and always willing to give whenever he could. His nieces and nephews had fond memories of riding his wheelchair.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Catherine (Howard) Eltiste of Holdrege, NE; sister, Sonia Howard of Gothenburg, NE; brother, Robert Todd (Tonia) Wade of Douglas, NE; stepbrothers, Tim Wamsley, and Scott Wamsley; stepsisters, Sheri Ballhorst, Marie Rodriguez, and Michelle Smith; aunts, Marilyn (Myron) Dawson of Elwood, NE and Pat Wade of Oswego, KS; nieces and nephews, Monte (Amy) Brummet, Tasha (Mike) Von Kaenel, Durea (Justin Brady) Howard, Sam Brummet, and Rachel Howard; as well as several great nieces, great nephews and extended family and friends.

Greg was preceded in death by his father, Robert R. Wade.


Kelly Ryan Messerschmidt, 56, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin died July 14, 2020 at home. He was born November 21, 1963 to Charles (Chuck) and Maydelle (Echtenkamp) Messerschmidt in Wayne, Nebraska. He was baptized December 1, 1963 in Grace Lutheran Church, Wayne. The family moved to Lexington, Nebraska in 1967. On April 23, 1978 he was confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church, by Rev. Warren Smith.

Kelly graduated from Lexington High School on May 16, 1982. He loved the theatre and plays and won numerous awards in speech and drama. He was the state president of the Nebraska High School Student Councils and the Nebraska state representative to the United States Senate Youth Program in Washington D.C. In May of 1987 he graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Following graduation he was employed by Nebraska Book Company and lived in Knoxville, Tennessee. Later he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and worked for Wilson Leather Company and the Brady Corporation. The Brady Corporation then transferred him to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

On October 7, 2017 he married Jane Marie Barrett in Estes Park, Colorado. The couple remained in Colorado and after a year moved back to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin where he was employed by the Rexnord Company. Kelly loved music, especially playing his guitar. He loved the woods of Wisconsin and the mountains of Colorado- taking many walks and drives through them. When he was young going to the Platte River was one of his favorite things to do. Fall was his favorite time of the year and was enchanted by every sunset that he saw. Kelly was a friend to all and spending time with his dad helping him put out Christmas decorations was important to him.

He fell in love with his soulmate and their time together was too short on this earth. He will be so very missed and always loved.

Kelly is survived by his wife, Jane Marie Messerschmidt, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, parents Charles and Maydelle Messerschmidt, Lexington, Nebraska, sister Carla (John) Pfeifer, Eagan Minnesota, nephews Cristopher Pfeifer, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Michael Pfeifer, Omaha, Nebraska, and Daniel Pfeifer, Eagan, Minnesota, and his mother-in-law Elsie Barrett, Lexington. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Condolences may be sent to Jane Messerschmidt, 345 W. Wisconsin Ave. # 3 Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 53066.

Memorials are kindly suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or the provider’s choice.

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Rob Kuefner, officiating.

There will be no visitation, as the family is honoring Kelly’s wish for cremation. Burial will be held at a later date.

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


Dennis V. Wells, 55, of rural Cairo, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 as the result of a car accident due to a downed tree.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 518 West State Street, Grand Island. The Rev. Father Joe Kadaprayil will officiate. Burial will be at 3:30 PM Tuesday in the Hewitt Cemetery Northwest of Lexington.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at All Faiths Funeral Home, 2929 South Locust, Grand Island. A rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. A memorial fund will be established in memory of Dennis.

Dennis was born on Oct. 16, 1963 at Lexington the son of Jim and Sue (Raetz) Wells. He was the oldest of three children. He was raised on a farm outside of Lexington, attended country school, graduating from Lexington High School class of 1982. He received a Mechanized Ag Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986.

On June 20, 1987 he was united in marriage to Kimberly Vavrina at Abie. They lived on a farm near Lexington for 13 years before moving to rural Cairo in 2005. Dennis was a professional truck driver, hauling cattle and fuel for many years. Dennis was never afraid of hard work and took great pride in his truck driving career.

On March 15, 1994, their daughter Rachel was born. On Aug. 30, 1996 their second daughter Emily was born. On July 1, 1998 their son Matthew was born. Dennis enjoyed watching his children’s activities whether it was in a gym watching sports or in the show ring at the county fair.

He is a member of the Resurrection Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Some of his enjoyments include attending gun shows, tractor pulls and raising cattle and pigs. He loved working on projects with his family. His greatest love was time spent with his kids and his wife.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kim of Cairo; children, Rachel Wells (Gabe Marentes) of Cairo, Emily Wells (Connor Dethlefs) of Cairo and Matthew Wells of Cairo; his mother and step-father, Sue and Larry Lawrence of Payson, Ariz.; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Terry and Dorothy Vavrina of Abie; sisters, Debra (Michael) Bossung of Mesa, Ariz., and Dionne (Steven) Pugh of Gilbert, Ariz.; step-brother, Dereik (Jessie) Hardesty of Kearney; sister-in-law, Lynn (Joe) Hall of David City; brothers-in-law, Rick (Pam) Vavrina of Abie, Randy (Sandy) Vavrina of Abie and Lee Vavrina (Callie Lovell) of David City; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father, Jim Wells, step-brother, David Hardesty and his grandparents.

All Faiths Funeral Home, 2929 South Locust, Grand Island, is in charge of arrangements.

Date Posted: 2018-11-11
Maiden Name: Tappan


Lisa Tappan, 54, of Springfield, Ohio, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 in Danville, Ill.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney. The Chaplain Thayne Moore will officiate.
Memorials are suggested to the Colon Cancer Foundation, 10 New King Street Suite 202 White Plains, NY 10604 USA. Condolences may be shared online at Services are entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services.
Lisa Tappan was born May 17, 1964, in Gothenburg, to George Lee and Georgia Ann Tappan. She grew up in Gothenburg and received her education from Lexington High School, graduating with the class of 1982. Lisa was married to Brad Uhrich for 27 years. To this union three children were blessed.
Lisa put up a fight that nobody should ever have to endure, but she knew she had to fight so she had more time with her boys and her grandkids. That extra time she had with them meant the world to her! Lisa was a selfless woman who didn’t ask for much in life — just good times with her family and good health for her boys and grandbabies.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Tim Uhrich and wife, Misty of Grand Island, Chris Uhrich and girlfriend, Sarah Longoria of Doniphan and Brandon Uhrich and significant other, Eric Clevenger of Ohio; grandchildren, Landi, Ella, Alexis, Junior, Joey and Tanner; brothers, Rick, Dan, Tony, Ronnie and Walt; sisters, Penny and Kathy; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Lisa was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, David.

Date Posted: 2013-01-10

Donald L. "Donny" McGinnis, 48, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.Donald L. "Donny" McGinnis, 48, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.     He was born March 2, 1964, in Cozad, Nebraska to Franklin Robert and Clara Louise (Zogg) McGinnis. Donny graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1982. Following graduation he worked for Cornland Dressed Beef, Orthman Manufacturing and Monroe Auto. He was united in marriage to Kelly Garner on April 11, 1986, in Lexington. Three sons were born to this marriage; Michael, Anthoney and Nathanial.     Through the years Donny drove truck and did odd jobs to keep busy. You could say he was a jack of all trades, but the master of none! Donny had a heart of gold and loved being around people, visiting and telling stories. He was passionate about his music, his family, especially his little granddaughter, MacKenzie Elizabeth, as well as his nieces and nephew.     Donny loved being outdoors, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He never missed a Nebraska Cornhusker football game and was their biggest cheerleader. Donny will be very missed by all who knew and loved him.     Survivors include two sons; Michael McGinnis and Janice Casey of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Nathanial McGinnis of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; sister, Sherry McGinnis and brother-in-law Bob Gregory of Lexington, Nebraska; mother, Clara Huffman of Aurora, Colorado; four brothers, John Shaw and Tony Shaw of Rapid City, South Dakota and Sonny Shaw and Shawn Shaw of Mission, South Dakota; his granddaughter, MacKenzie Elizabeth McGinnis of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; two nieces, Carrie and Phallan Estrada of Kearney, Nebraska; as well as three grand-nieces and one grand-nephew.     Donny was preceded in death by his father, one son, Anthoney, and grandma and grandpa McGinnis.     Funeral Services will be Monday, January 14, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at LexChristian Church in Lexington with Pastor K.C. BeDunnah officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 2-4 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: