Memorials Are Suggested: Viola Geiser, age 89 (1925-2015)

Viola Jane Geiser, 89, died May 17th, 2015, at Callaway Good Life Center.
She was born September 23th, 1925, to George D. and Ethel Maxson Scott at Arnold. She attended Arnold High School and graduated in 1944. She celebrated her 70th class reunion last year.
On December 16th, 1945, she married Lyle Geiser at Ansley. They made their home on a farm/ranch northeast of Arnold. In 1982, they moved to Arnold.
The couple was involved in 4-H when their sons were young. Viola was active in the Loyal Ladies Club and enjoyed leather work, sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting. Her hobbies included golf, bowling, reading, crossword puzzles and watching the Cornhuskers on TV. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Baptist Ruth Circle and the American Legion Auxiliary. She had served as secretary for the Arnold Alumni Association for many years.
Survivors include sons, Gary (Connie) of Cozad, Lannie (Terri) of Ord and Mitchel (Lisa) of Arnold; grandchildren, Scott (Robyn) Geiser, Matthew (Lisa) Geiser, Grant (Jodi) Geiser, Devin (Sarah) Geiser and DaLacy (Justin) Lans; great-grandchildren, Logan, Dillon, Austin, Cade, Jace, Grey, Trajon, Isaac and Dakin Geiser and Jordan, Jacob, Joslynn, James and Jorgianna Lans; a brother, Dee (Marilyn) Scott of Rapid City, South Dakota; sisters, Marie Blincow of North Platte, Marlene (Nick) Rempel of Buhler, Kansas, and Charlene (Chuck) Manke of Papillion; brothers-in-law, Morris (Ploma) Geiser of Kearney and Willis “Tiny” (Barbara) Tomsen of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sisters-in-law, Alice Scott of Rockport, Missouri; Virginia and Melva Geiser of Arnold and Carolyn Geiser of Loveland, Colorado and numerous nieces, nephews and longtime friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, in 1992; an infant son, Roger; brothers, Eugene, Marion (Frances) and Maurice (Jackie); sisters, Maxine (Mike) Costello, Margaret (Sal) Gunther, Nellie Mae (Bill) Brewer and Barbara (Ivan) Garrett; brothers-in-law, Elmer “Bub” Geiser, Paul Geiser, Larry Geiser and Dennis Geiser and sister-in-law, Dorothy Tomsen.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Please send memorials to Viola Geiser Memorial Fund, 300 W Jefferson, Arnold NE 69120.
Services were held Wednesday, May 20th, at the First Baptist Church in Arnold. Pastor Irving Jennings officiated. Interment in the Arnold Cemetery.
Arnold Funeral Home was charge of arrangements.

Cozad Resident: Rosalie Lemmon, 102

Rosalie Evelyn German Lemmon, died May 15th, 2015, at Golden LivingCenter at the age of 102.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 29th, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday from 1-8 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Lexington Resident: Richard Harvey, 66 (1948-2015)

Richard 'R.C'. Harvey, 66, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, May 8th, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born December 27th, 1948, at Lexington, Nebraska, to Robert and Emma (Guyle) Harvey. Richard attended school in Cozad and then went to the Job Corp at Chadron, Nebraska.
He entered the U.S. Navy in 1969 and served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, completing an eight month deployment to Vietnam. Following his honorable discharge from the military, Richard returned to Lexington, Nebraska and worked for Hay Mills in Dawson County. He loved playing the guitar, and was quite skilled with electronics.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Jerry.
Survivors include sisters, Terri, Annette, Roberta, Julia, Lisa and Teresa; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Cremation was chosen. A graveside inurnment was held at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

Cozad Resident: Mary Jane Vasey, age 83 (1931-2015)

Mary Jane Vasey, 83, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Saturday, May 16th, 2015, at Meadowlark Pointe. Mary Jane, daughter of Mac and Blandena (Johnson) Bovee, was born at Cozad, June 15th, 1931. She attended Cozad City Schools, graduating in 1949.
Mary Jane enrolled at Monticello College in Alton, Illinois, a liberal arts women’s college and graduated from the school in 1951. Following graduation, Mary Jane lived in Lincoln, Omaha and Chicago while working for GMAC. One weekend, she came to Cozad for a football game and talked to the announcer in the press box, Bill Vasey. They had known each other throughout high school and their love for each other was celebrated on their wedding day, March 16th, 1957 at the Cozad Methodist Church. To this union, three children were born: Douglas, Susan and Nancy. Bill and Mary Jane made their home on the farm east of Cozad for almost 58 years before moving to town the last few months.
Mary Jane’s professional career began with her Radio Talk Show on KAMI-AM, Cozad. The name of her unique show was “Potluck”, with everyone making sure the dial was turned to this special program. After 10 years at KAMI, Mary Jane became a bus tour guide for Lincoln Tour and Travel. In 1987, Mary Jane became Executive Director of the Cozad Chamber of Commerce. She was also a Cozad Ambassador, with her dedication to the promotion of Cozad as her rich legacy. She continued this leadership role for the next 13 years.
Her awards include Nebraska Flying Farmers Queen, International Flying Farmers Duchess, Admiral in the Nebraska Navy, Cozad Aviation Hall of Fame, the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Chamber of Commerce and the 2008 Farm Family of the Year. Mary Jane was also honored for her 37 years of service on the Cozad City Schools Foundation Board. As a pilot, she soloed in 1966 and also participated in Dual Cross Country flying. She was also involved in many athletic events including her membership in the Cozad Women’s Tennis team, as well as being an avid bowler and golfer.
Noted for her musical talents, Mary Jane was Choir Director for over 25 years at the Church of Christ on Newell. Other interests included bridge, book club and memberships in Rotary International, Elks, and P.E.O., Chapter IB. She loved being a grandma and her dogs, and was a friend to everyone she met. Her infectious smile and one of a kind personality will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Susan.
Survivors include her husband, Bill of Cozad; sister, Phyllis Bovee of Cozad; son, Douglas (Sherry) Vasey of Nashville, Tennessee; daughter, Nancy (Chris) Henry of Cozad; son-in-law, John Moore of Boise, Idaho and grandchildren Brett Vasey of Nashville, Tennessee; Matthew Henry of Lincoln, Nebraska and Carly Henry of Crete, Nebraska; Amanda Moore and Taylor Moore of Boise, Idaho.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Christ on Newell with Pastor James McCrickard officiating. Burial was in the Cozad Cemetery. Berryman Funeral Home, was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be shared at

Cozad Resident: Douglas V. Bowden, age 73 (1941-2015)

Douglas V. Bowden, 73, of Cozad, Nebraska, passed away Thursday,
May 7th, 2015, at his home. Doug was born June 16th, 1941, at Steamboat
Springs, Colorado; to Orville and Mae (Osborne) Bowden. He graduated
from Cozad High School with the class of 1959. Doug married
Darla McNulty on August 24th, 1961 and they lived
their whole married life in Cozad. To this union two
daughters, Lisa and Angie, were born. In his early
career he worked for Lee Whitehead and helped
build houses with Bill Meredith.
Doug became part owner of Five Star Flooring
and after selling his part of the business, he continued
to work independently through them. Many
people requested Doug because of his talent.
Doug always loved to tinker with anything that
needed to be fixed and if he couldn't fix it he would
always find a solution to make it work. Hunting and
fishing were two of his favorite past times and he
loved to play the lottery and even had his own favorite numbers when
he would play Keno.
Although Doug never really said much, he loved spending time with his
family and friends. He always looked forward to the times he could spend
out on the patio with his very good friend and neighbor Mitch and his dog
Tubby. He was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend
to many.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa (Tim) Wolf of Cozad and Angie
(James) Head of Cozad; three grandsons, Michael (Melissa) Putnam of
North Platte, Ryan (Tanya) Wolf of Cozad and Jake Wolf of Lincoln; three
great grandchildren, McKenzie, Kyson and Kearson Putnam; three step
great-grandchildren, Meghan, Cadence and Miranda; sister, Connie
(Chuck) Berryman of Papillion and numerous family members and many
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. A memorial has
been established in his memory.
Online condolences may be shared at
Services were held Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Berryman
Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Parsh officiating.
Burial followed at Walnut Grove Cemetery north of Cozad.

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