Memorials Suggested: David B. Holbrook (1945-2016)

  David B. ‘Stony’ Holbrook, age 71 years, died September 24th, 2016. David was born on April 3rd, 1945, in Campbell, Nebraska, to Edwin and Amalia (Strackbein) Holbrook. David worked as a machinist, a profession that he was very skilled at. He loved to hunt, fish, and garden. He also enjoyed his pets his favorite dog "Flopp" and he especially loved being a grandpa and great grandpa. David loved books and was an avid reader.
  David is survived by daughter Kristi (Dan) Hendrickson of Lincoln; daughter Julie (Travis) Ross of Kansas City; son David (Molly) Holbrook of Tyler, Texas; son Jeffrey (Barb) Holbrook of Kearney; son Bradley (Gina) Holbrook of Kearney; 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; sister Kathleen Higer of Denton, Texas; brother’s Gene (Bonnie) of Lexington; George ‘Mick’ (Jeanie) Lexington, Darrel ‘Skip’ Holbrook of Gothenburg and Paul Holbrook of Denton, Texas.
  He is preceded in death by his parents and two infant siblings.
  A Memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 1st, 2016 at Butherus Maser and Love Funeral Home, 4040 A. St., Lincoln.
  Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

Gothenburg Resident: William Roger Brestel (1939-2016)

William Roger Brestel Jr., 77, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, passed away September 26th, 2016 at his home in Gothenburg, Nebraska with his wife of 50 years at his side.  
  Bill was born to William H.C. and Edna  M. (Mills) Brestel on September 20th, 1939 in Gothenburg, Nebraska.  
 Bill began his life in the work force at age 14 working summers for local farmers; later driving semis and heavy equipment.  Among others, he worked for Wayne (Blunder) Thomas, Paulsen Building and Supply, Farmland Service Co-Op and Hicken Lumber. He and his wife had their own business, Brestel’s Sharpening, that they ran out of their home on 16th. Street. There he did small motor repair and Sandi did the sharpening and billing.
  Bill married Sandra Gallagher in June of 1966. Bill and Sandi had two children Tammi K. and Robert L. both still living.  Tammi (Steve) Hitch in Collinsville, Illinois and Bob (Anna) in Eustis, Nebraska.
  Bill loved racing of any kind. He ran go-carts with the Mann brothers and others, owned a motor cycle, stock car and modified pulling tractor. He and his son loved going to the tractor pulls.  He modified a pedal tractor as a puller for his kids and built a scaled down sled for his kids and that was the beginning of Brestel’s Pedal Pullers. He built an adult size pedal tractor too; after all, kids shouldn’t have all the fun! As a family they went to pulls in four states for the kids at local and county fairs, also participating in the Nebraska State Fair and the Nationals.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Barb Chiak of Gothenburg and Ina  (Gillbert) Wilcox of Holdrege, Nebraska. 
  Memorial Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, Nebraska, Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 2:30 pm with Rev. David Boyd officiating.  
  Private Interment will take place in the Salem Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Fire & Rescue, 602 Tenth Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138.  To sign the online guest book, go to

Gothenburg Resident: Richard D. Maurer (1942-2016)

  Richard Douglas Maurer, 74, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died September 24th, 2016 at his son's home in Gothenburg, Nebraska.  
  Richard was born January 23rd, 1942 in Gothenburg, Nebraska to Collis and Edna (Davis) Maurer. He married Carol Slack on September 5th, 1965 and to this union three sons were born: Troy, Jason, and Greg. Rich and Carol later divorced. Rich married Judy Goodwin on October 14th, 1995 and they were later divorced.
  Richard served his country in the National Guard from 1963 to 1970 and was honorably discharged. He drove truck for NSG for many years. He also served on the Gothenburg Honor Guard for many years.
  Richard was an avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and fishing but especially enjoyed trap shooting. He enjoyed football and was an avid Husker fan. Richard loved to make people smile and laugh and was often telling jokes or pulling pranks.
  Surviving are sons, Troy (Kim) Maurer of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Jason (Missy) Maurer of Phoenix, Arizona, Greg (Nikki) Maurer of Phoenix, Arizona, nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, ex-wife Carol Slack of Gothenburg, step children Becky (Ryan) Kort of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Jill (Duane) Abbot of Cozad, Nebraska, and six step grandchildren, 1 step great grandchild and ex-wife Judy Goodwin of Gothenburg. 
  Richard was preceded in death by his parents, brother George Maurer, step-son Casey Goodwin as well as many aunts and uncles.
  Services will be held at American Lutheran Church, Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 10:30 am with Pastor Jon Mapa officiating.  
  Interment will follow in the Peckham Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Trap Team or Central Plains Hospice, PO Box 108, Cozad, NE 69130.  To sign the online guest book, go to

Cozad Resident: Allan Hoffmaster (1939-2016)

  Allan L. Hoffmaster of Cozad passed away September 25, 2016 at Golden Living Center at the age of 77.  Al was born February 19th, 1939 at Murphy, Nebraska to Merl and Bernice (Sims) Hoffmaster. The family moved to Washington when Al was 2. He graduated from High Line High School in Burien, Washington. Al joined the Navy National guard between his junior and senior year of high school and active navy right out of high school. He worked as a cook in Seattle until moving to Aurora, Nebraska in 1963. Al worked at a cafe before opening Al's Pastry Shop. 
   On October 19th, 1963, he married Kathy Wulf in Ohiowa, Nebraska. Al and Kathy moved to Cozad in 1970. He worked for Evan's Bakery, and retired from Valley Vending. Al enjoyed fishing, bird hunting, cars and bowling. His most treasured times were spent with family, especially his grandchildren.  
  Al was preceded in death by his parents; son, Darin Hoffmaster; and father-in-law, Arthur Wulf.  
  Survivors include his wife, Kathy of Cozad; sons, Troy (Susan Sheets) Hoffmaster of Lakewood, Colorado, Duane (Rainy) Hoffmaster of Lexington, Terry (Shelley) Hoffmaster of McCook, and Tyrone (Julie) Hoffmaster of Cozad; grandchildren, Colt'n, Kylee, Jake (Danielle), Amber (Nate), Katie, Darci, Blake, Anna, Estaphon (Chasity) and Jordan; great grandchildren, Chayden, Maliyah and Silas; brother Larry (Dorie) Hoffmaster of Seattle, Washington; mother-in-law, Bessie Wulf; and many nieces and nephews.  
  Online condolences may be shared at A memorial has been established in his name for later designation.  
  Services will be Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church with PMA Kathy Gundell officiating.  Burial with military honors will be at the Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday from 1 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Lexington Resident: Maria Chavez Cardenas (1977-2016)

  Maria De La Angeles Chavez Cardenas, 39, of Lexington, Nebraska, died on Monday, September 19th, 2016, at Lexington Regional Health Center.
  She was born on September 15th, 1977, at Sauyho, Michoacan, Mexico, to Javier Chavez & Angelina Ordas. Maria grew up in Mexico and moved to the United States in 1995. She lived in Fresno, California, and that is where she met Francisco. They moved to Lexington, Nebraska, in 2009.
  Maria loved being a mother and she enjoyed babysitting the neighborhood children. She enjoyed taking her children to Burger King and was also a very good cook. 
  Maria was a faithful and active member of the St. Ann’s Catholic Church and also enjoyed prayer group.
  Survivors include her significant other Francisco Navarrete, two sons Francisco and Javier, eight daughters, Josefina, Graciela, Isabel, Cristal, Angelina, Andrea, Alexis & Mariana all of Lexington, Nebraska, five brothers and six sisters, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
  Mass of Christian of Burial was on Monday, September 26th, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church with Father Jose Chavez, officiating.
  Burial was in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery at Lexington.
  Visitation was held on Sunday, September 25th at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington.
  Rosary was on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. 
  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:

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