Lexington Resident: Arthur Holliday (1926-2017)

  Arthur William “Bill” Holliday, 90, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, at Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington.
  Bill was born May 18th, 1926, in Amherst, Nebraska, to Fred and Edna (Freeze) Holliday. He attended Amherst Public schools. 
  He was united in marriage to Elaine Johnson on October 19th, 1949, in Lexington, Nebraska. She preceded him in death on January 10th, 2011.  The couple was blessed with two sons; Rod and Dan. Bill worked in the farming business until 1979, when he went to work for Orthman Manufacturing. He retired from Orthman’s in the mid 1990’s. He and Elaine also had a mowing company, mowing many lawns around the Lexington area. In fact, Bill was still mowing some lawns just a year ago. He loved being outdoors during the warm months.
  You could always find Bill at A&D Cafe every morning having coffee with his buddies. He so enjoyed getting the news of the day. 
  Bill had a gentle nature, and a sweet smile that made his eyes just sparkle. He will be truly missed by his loving family, and friends.
  Bill is survived by his sons; Rod Holliday of Waxahachie, Texas and Dan Holliday of Lincoln, Nebraska; three grandchildren; Stacey (Nate) Loose of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Matt (Shayla) Holliday of Grand Island, Nebraska, and Rodney, Jr. (Suzanne) Holliday of Waxahachie, Texas; many great-grandchildren; two brothers; Jess Holliday of San Antonio, Texas and Dave Holliday of Winnebago, Minnesota; two sisters; Meryl Kneeland of Lexington, Nebraska, and Mardi Griffis of Albuquerque, New Mexico; also surviving are many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
  He was preceded in death, in addition to his wife, by his parents; two sisters, Jean and Judy, and one grandson.
  Funeral Services were held Monday, February 20th, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Anne Gahn officiating.
  Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
  Visitation was held Sunday, February 19th, 2017 at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
  Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or Donor’s Choice.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Memorials Suggested: George Finnell (1938-2017)

  George W. Finnell, 78, of Brady, Nebraska, died February 13th, 2017 at Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska. 
  He was born December 15th, 1938 in Indianola, Nebraska, son of George Wesley and Inez (Hall) Finnell. George grew up in the Northport and Bridgeport area. He graduated from high school in 1957 and joined the US Navy where he served for four years. 
  George married Marlene Colerick on March 1st, 1964 at Bridgeport; to this union three children were born - Todd, Troy, and Amy. He spent many years as a USDA meat inspector and processed deer. George was active in his community - helping his neighbors and lending a hand where needed. He especially enjoyed family time. He was a Red Cross blood donor, a member of the Masons and Shriners. George was an active member of the Brady UMC and served on the church board as a trustee. He supported the kids in his community by being a bus driver and attending ball games.  
  Surviving are wife, Marlene Finnell of Brady, Nebraska, two sons, Troy (Marci) Finnell of Wright, Whyoming, Todd (Denise) Finnell of Brady, Nebraska; daughter, Amy Finnell of Farnam, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren - Rich, Cassie, Shawn, Les, Steph, Kendra, Colt, Wylee, Cole, Ian;  and two great grandchildren, faithful companion Maggie; many friends and extended family.  
  George was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, two sisters Margaret and Frances and several nieces and nephews. 
  Memorial services was held at Brady Public School, 112 E Popelton, Brady, Nebraska Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 10:00 am with Pastors Neil Kloppenborg and Janie Freeman officiating.  
  Interment followed in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be given to the Brady United Methodist Church, PO Box 96, Brady, NE 69123 or Callahan Oncology Center, PO Box 1167, North Platte, NE 69103.  To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

Cozad Resident: Ethel Higley (1925-2017)

  Ethel 'Elaine' Higley, age 92 of Cozad, passed away February 9th, 2017 at Cozad Care Center.   
  Elaine was born January 16th, 1925 at Cozad, Nebraska to John and Virginia (Watt) Marshall.  She graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1942. Elaine went on to attend Kearney State Teaching College. When Elaine turned 18 she left for Omaha, to help build planes during World War II at the Glenn L. Martin Bomber Plant. She was an original “Rosie the Riveter” and did many different jobs at the plant. She met her future husband during a carpool to work.  
  On June 3rd, 1944, she married Clarence 'Red' Higley at Omaha. The couple settled in Cozad in 1945. Elaine worked in the cafeteria at Cozad City Schools for many years and at the Cozad Hospital until her retirement. She was a faithful and devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cozad and past member of the Rebekah Lodge and L.E.A. Elaine had a soft spot for the neighborhood cats, and would feed and take care of them. She was a kind and caring person and will be missed by all who knew her.  
  Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Richard; husband; daughter, Barbara McLaughlin; daughter-in-law, Sheila; brother, Raymond Marshall and infant grandchild and great grandchildren.  
  Survivors include her sons, Stewart Higley of Cozad, Ronald Higley of San Diego, California and Alan (Robin) Higley of Omaha; 10 grandchildren, Todd (Mandi) Higley of Folsom, California; Cameron (Lauren) Higley, San Ramon, California; Amanda Higley, Snoqualmie, Washington; Ginny (Kelli Duvall) Higley, Snoqualmie, Washington; Janet (Ben) Reade, San Diego, California; Matthew McLaughlin, Omaha, Nebraska; Mark (Meredith) McLaughlin, Kearney, Nebraska; Katie McLaughlin, Omaha, Nebraska; Jared (Kendra) Higley, Panora, Iowa and Jordan (Caleb) Wittenburg, Lincoln, Nebraska; and 8 great grandchildren, Davis and Olivia Higley, San Ramon, California; Audrey Duvall, Snoqualmie, Washington; Dallas Reade, San Diego, California; Brooks and Harris McLaughlin, Kearney, Nebraska; and Judah and Ezekiel “Zeke” Wittenburg, Lincoln, Nebraska. 
   A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.  
  Services will be held Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jill Boyd officiating. Burial will follow at the Cozad Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday February 23rd, 2017 from 1 to 8 with family receiving friends from 6:30 to 7:30 at Berryman Funeral Home. 

Lexington Resident: Richard Stickley (1937-2017)

  Richard Edward “Dick” Stickley, 80, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, February 17th, 2017, at Lexington Regional Health Center.
  He was born February 13th, 1937, at home in rural Perkins County, Nebraska, to Edward A. and Anna Marie (Dittmer) Stickley.
  Dick went to school in Grant, Nebraska, graduating from Perkins County High School in 1956.  He was united in marriage to Patricia McVey on June 30, 1957, at the Methodist Church in Ogallala.  Three children were blessed to this marriage; Michael, Cheryl, and Ronnie. 
  He worked in the oil fields for several years as a young man before moving to Ogallala.  He spent 10 years at the Brule Hay Mill, and then in 1980, moved his family to Lexington where he worked for Dawson County Feed Products, a total of 23 years total. He also ran a scraper around the area. 
  Dick was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He loved the outdoors, to fish, hunt, farm, ride horses and garden. He and Patricia loved to camp and spent many weekends camping at local lakes. He could tell a story like no other, and could talk your leg off forever.  But, he had a heart of gold, and is with his sweet Patricia again. 
  Survivors include his children; Michael Stickley of Grant, Nebraska, Cheryl Stickley (Kevin McKee) of Lexington, Nebraska, and Ronnie Stickley of Las Vegas, Nevada; two brothers; Jerry (Shirley) Stickley of Grant, Nebraska, Kenneth Stickley of Ogallala, Nebraska; two sisters, Roberta Vieyra of North Platte, Nebraska, and Loretta Christensen of Big Springs, Nebraska; three grandsons; Jon and wife Michele Stickley of Lexington, Nebraska, Martin Stickley and (fiance’ Lone Handberg) of Trondheim, Norway, and Austin Stickley of Las Vegas, Nevada; four great-grandchildren, Brylee, Beau, and Nolan Stickley, of Lexington, Nebraska, and Matheo Stickley of Trondheim, Norway.  Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
  Dick was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia in August of 2016; and a brother-in-law, Henry Christensen.
  Funeral Services were held Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating.
  Burial was that same afternoon at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery south of Ogallala at 2:00 p.m.
  Visitation was held Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.
  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Lexington Resident: Estella Rodriguez (1943-2017)

  Estella Mary Rodriguez, 73, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Saturday, February 11th, 2017, at Mt. Carmel Keens Memorial in Kearney, Nebraska.
  She was born October 17th, 1943, in Mercedes, Texas to Pedro and Clothilde (Alvarado) Martinez. She was united in marriage to Anastacio Rodriguez in Lexington. He preceded her in death.
  Estella was a hard worker growing up. She picked cotton, pecans, and worked in the potato factories as a younger woman. She then was a homemaker. The family moved to the Lexington/Gothenburg/Cozad area in 1988. 
  She enjoyed keeping a nice home, cooking, music, and being with the family. 
  Estella is survived by her children; Anastacio Rodriguez, Jr., Adam Rodriguez, and Nick Rodriquez all of Lexington, Barbara (Richard) Martinez of San Antonio, Texas, Rosalinda Perez of Lexington, Lynnrene (William) Pablo of Omaha, Nebraska, and Angelita (Angel) Figueroa of Holdrege, Nebraska; three brothers, David, Pedro, and Daniel Martinez all of Weslaco, Texas; four sisters, Eva Martinez of Weslaco, Texas, Mary Tyler of Ohio, Esmeralda Martinez of Michigan, and Esther Martinez of Houston, Texas; twenty six grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
  Estella was preceded in death by her parents; husband, daughter, Beatrice, and two brothers, Eloy and Ernesto.
  Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, February 16th, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Reverend Jose Chavez officiating.
  Burial was in the Willow Island Catholic Cemetery.
  Visitation was held Wednesday, February 15th. Rosary followed at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

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