Paul George Diefenbach, II, Past Commander of the American Legion Department of Nevada, and member of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, died Sept.11, 2018 on his terms, at home, with his wife by his side and his dog and cat at his feet. He was 77 years old.
A public Memorial Service is planned for Sept. 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at Palm Mortuary-Downtown.
Interment will take place privately at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks, Calif.
Paul was born in Lexington and graduated with the class of 1958. He was a lifelong Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. His induction into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 was on the 50th anniversary of his high school’s Championship Season, when they not only went unbeaten, but unscored upon.
Paul moved to Nevada in 1996. He resided all over the State, Carson City, Yerington, White Pine County, North Las Vegas, Hawthorne, but by far, his favorite time and place was the six years he spent in White Pine County in 1999-2005. Paul was on the Ruth Town Council, the Mount Wheeler Power electrical cooperative Board of Directors, and for a short time, served as chairperson of the White Pine County Democratic party.
Paul was a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1959 to 1966. He also worked at the Sacramento Army Depot as a technician for 12 years, before retiring in 1993.
He was active in the American Legion, was a Past Commander of Post 51 of North Las Vegas, as well as serving in many Department of Nevada offices. An avid sports fan, Paul also loved to fish and play golf.
Paul is survived by his wife of 28 years, Laurie Diefenbach, his ex-wife and mother of his children, Norma Diefenbach of Sacramento, his sisters Jacquie Smeltzer of Minnesota, Faith (Stan) Derickson of Wyoming, and Marcia (Lanny) Parker of Arizona, his daughter Debbie (Steve) Lohse of Oregon, his daughter Cyndi (Gene) Suddeth of Citrus Heights, Calif., his son Paul (Christy) Diefenbach III of Carmichael, Calif., his daughter Julie (Dave) Andree of Rocklin, Calif., his son Jeff (Tami) Diefenbach of Sacramento, his daughter Kristi Diefenbach of Sacramento, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul battled Parkinson’s disease for many years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Keep Memory Alive! at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, or the American Legion, Department of Nevada.
- Date Posted: 2017-10-15
- Maiden Name: Taylor
Jill Taylor Weldon passed away in her home in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 6, 2017 with her family and beloved animals with her. Jill was born June 23rd, 1940 to Dritt O. Taylor and Jeanne Marie Taylor (nee Battle).
Jill grew up in Lexington, Nebraska. She graduated from Lexington Senior High School. Jill Taylor was united in marriage to Larry Gene Burkey in 1960. Jill and Larry were High School sweethearts. They adopted two children Lisa Burkey Roti and Lance Burkey. Their marriage ended in 1986.
Jill then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to a new chapter in her life working at Wal-Mart and then at TJ Maxx. Jill retired from TJ Maxx. Jill kept in touch with her TJ Maxx family. Jill was loved and made lots of friends. Jill and her friend Denise met the love of Jill’s life, Gary “Grizzly” Weldon. Griz and Jill married in Las Vegas in 2006. Jill added more family with Griz’s children and Grandchildren.
Jill’s other loves were The Huskers, NASCAR, collecting angels, traveling, tennis, bowling, playing cards, games, reading, gardening, canning, cooking, camping, and fishing with Griz. Jill’s pets were her children too. Coco, Pistol, Tally, and Satan always were by her side. Vegas their parrot still laughs like Jill which is something that we will all remember her for that laugh. Jill lived life to the fullest.
Surviving her are her husband Gary “Grizzly” Weldon(Lincoln, Nebraska), Daughter Lisa (Randy) Roti (Auburn, Nebraska) their children Granddaughter Janie Jeeves and great-grandson Brayden Jeeves, and Grandson Kane Jeeves, Colin Remsen (Wenham, Massachusetts),Grandson Josh Roti, Great-Granddaughter Khloe Roti (Westcliffe, Colorado), Grandson Logan Roti (Lincoln/Auburn, Nebraska) Son Lance Burkey (Warren, Pennsylvania), Stepdaughter Robin (Brad) Wagoner, their children, Granddaughters Nicole, Christina, and Haley Grandson Jacob(Columbus, Nebraska) Stepson Andy (Jamie) Weldon and their children, grandsons Collin and Cody( Norfolk, Nebraska) Brother Jack (Carol) Taylor (Geneva, Nebraska), Cousin Marty (Cheryl) Miller (Lincoln, Nebraska). Many Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends.
We are grateful for all the love and support that has surrounded Jill, and our family she is now an Angel. She will be missed.
- Date Posted: 2015-12-11
Gary Boyd Rasmussen, Sr., 76, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Friday, December 11, 2015, at his home in Lexington, surrounded by his loving family.
Gary was born November 27, 1939, in Eddyville, Nebraska, to Earl William and Avis LaRaine (Nelson) Rasmussen. Following graduation from Lexington High School in 1958, Gary joined the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Maine, transferred to Syracuse, New York, serving with the Air Police.
He married his first wife, and from this marriage they had three children; Deb, Pamella, and Gary Michael. The couple divorced in 1969. He then met and married the love of his life, Donna Jean Cole, and they returned to Nebraska and were married March 3, 1970, in Julesburg, Colorado. Three children were born to this marriage; Samantha, Gary Boyd, Jr., and William Earl.
In 1970, Gary started driving truck for Paulsen’s. He then drove truck over-the-road for a trucking company based out of North Dakota. In May of 1978, he opened Gary’s Kleen & Shine in Lexington. This was a job he absolutely loved and the entire family was involved. He made many friends through the years.
In 1997, he closed the cleaning business and went to work for John Deere doing Farm Ag shows until October of 1998, when he had to retire due to failing health.
Gary enjoyed fishing, pheasant hunting, taking drives in the country, Nebraska sunsets, woodworking, driving truck, visiting with people, and watching Westerns on TV. He loved being with family and playing the “Family Card Game”!
Gary will always be remembered as a man with a warm smile, a great handshake, and a kind word for everyone. He will be so very missed.
Survivors include his wife; Donna Rasmussen of Lexington, Nebraska; his children; Deb (Doug) Hurley of Phoenix, Arizona, Pamella (Ken) Patch of Central Square, New York, Gary Michael of Phoenix, Arizona, Samantha Rasmussen of Elm Creek, Nebraska, Gary B. (Pamela) Rasmussen, Jr. of Foster, Oregon, and William (Tracie) Rasmussen of Kearney, Nebraska; four stepchildren; Chuck Weaver, Dale Sayyeau, Dennis Hageman, and, Bryan Elafros; twenty-four grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Keith Rasmussen of Texas; also surviving are many extended family members, and friends.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Dyton Owen officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
- Date Posted: 2010-09-20
- Maiden Name: Snurr
Ruth Carr, 70, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, September 20, 2010, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.
Ruth was born September 11, 1940, at Sumner, Nebraska to Joseph and Rose (Fajmon) Snurr.
She graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1958 with the love of her life, Dick. The couple was married February 5, 1961, at Lexington. Two daughters were born to this union; Crystal and Kim.
She worked for a time wrapping meat at Safeway and was a telephone operator for the telephone company. On July 5, 1966, she was hired as a Program Technician for the ASCS office in Lexington and gradually worked her way up to the County Executive Director. She spent 38 years there retiring on September 3, 2004. Ruth cared about her clients deeply as well as her family and friends.
Ruth was a diagnosed with cancer in 2002, through chemo and radiation and a six-month life expectancy, she was an 8 year survivor. Ruth was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.
Ruth enjoyed reading, going to garage sales, golfing, crossword puzzles and spending time with her girls and their families.
She was a wonderful confidante to many friends as well as family members.
Survivors include her daughters: Crystal & Rodney Sherman of Alda, Nebraska Kim & Tim Schoneman of Lexington, Nebraska One brother: Leonard & Edna Snurr of Lincoln, Nebraska Two sisters-in-law: Jeanne Hopkins of Des Moines, Iowa Linda & Rich Kennicutt of Lexington, Nebraska Five grandchildren: Stacey Schoneman of Omaha, Nebraska; Tyler Schoneman of Lincoln, Nebraska; Nicole Clemens of Lincoln, Nebraska; Tanner Carr & Matt Sherman both of Alda, Nebraska. Mother-in-law: Dorothy Carr of Lexington, Nebraska.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick on August 20, 2010; one sister, Margaret and one brother, Clarence.
Funeral Services will be Friday, September 24, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Tess Hufford officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 23, 2010, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society-Dawson County Relay for Life or the Donor’s Choice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
- Date Posted: 2010-08-20
Richard L. “Dick” Carr, 70, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, August 20, 2010, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.
Dick was born December 5, 1939, at Parma, Idaho to Robert H. “Bob” and Dorothy (Koehn) Carr. He moved with his family to Lexington as a young boy and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1958.
He was a member of the 1957 football team which resulted in his induction to the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. His teammates always remained in his highest esteem. During school he was employed by Pfeiffer-Newman Funeral Home. After leaving the funeral home he spent an adventurous two years in Alaska which family and friends were privileged to hear a few good stories about now and then. Upon returning to Lexington he began selling insurance.
He spent a number of years and was known for his skills in wood finishing, making custom golf clubs, house painting and finance.
He wed Ruth Snurr, the love of his life, on February 5, 1961, in Lexington at the United Methodist Chapel. To this union were born two daughters, Crystal & Kim. He was blessed with five grandchildren who had him wrapped around their little fingers.
Dick was known as a tough man’s man with a quirky sense of humor, but those who knew him well were aware that he was a soft-hearted man. He was Ruth’s Rock of Gibraltar throughout her cancer treatments. Many people came to him with their problems seeking advice or even assistance with bail. He was also known to voice his opinions whether popular or not. This is a trait that is now associated with the rest of the family.
Survivors include his wife: Ruth Carr of Lexington, Nebraska His mother: Dorothy Carr of Lexington, Nebraska Two daughters: Crystal & Rodney Sherman of Alda, Nebraska Kim & Tim Schoneman of Lexington, Nebraska Two sisters: Jeanne Hopkins of Des Moines, Iowa Linda & Rich Kennicutt of Lexington, Nebraska Five grandchildren: Stacey Schoneman of Omaha, Nebraska; Tyler Schoneman of Lincoln, Nebraska; Nicole Clemens of Lincoln, Nebraska; Tanner Carr and Matt Sherman both Alda, Nebraska.
Dick was preceded in death by his father in 1986. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Tess Hufford officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 24, 2010, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington. Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Fire Department or the Donor’s Choice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please direct condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
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