Cozad Resident: Jacob J. Kappes, age 21 (1993-2014)

Jacob J. Kappes, age 21, of Cozad, Nebraska, died December 13th, 2014, as the result of an auto accident. Jacob was born March 15th, 1993 in Lexington, Nebraska to Anthony and Sherry (Schauer) Kappes. Jacob grew up in Cozad attending Cozad Public Schools and graduated with the class of 2012.
He enjoyed playing football in high school and working for Paulsen Construction. He loved nature and being outdoors. Hunting, fishing and playing video games were some of his favorite past times.     He loved watching football and was a huge Cornhusker and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Jacob was a mellow and laid back 'good old boy' who knew how to enjoy life. He will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Survivors include his mother, Sherry (Rex Kotschwar) Kappes of Cozad; father, Anthony Kappes of Greeley, Colorado; brothers, Anthony J. Kappes of Cozad and Benjiman (Katrina) Kappes of Cozad, Joeseph Kappes of Greeley; step-sister, Christen Kotschwar of Omaha; niece, Tritny Ann Kappes of Kearney and one niece on the way and paternal grandparents, Clyde and Marietta Kappes of Ashley, North Dakota and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Walter and Leona Schauer and uncles, Stanley Schauer and Michael Kappes. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Online condolences may be shared at Cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be held (today) Thursday, December 18th, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials Are Suggested: Neola Marie Hill, age 87 (1927-2014)

Neola Marie Hill, age 87, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Saturday, December 13th, 2014, at the Cozad Community Hospital. She was born May 29th, 1927, in Athol, Kansas, to Ed and Emma (Giese) Walter. Her family moved to Cozad when Neola was a young girl.
On October 7th, 1944 she married Wayne 'Bud' Hill. Bud worked in construction and so the family moved around. They lived in Cozad, South Bend, Arcadia, Loveland Colorado and Oregon. Neola ran a grocery store in Arcadia for many years. She also worked as a nurse's aide at nursing homes in Broken Bow and Loup City. Some weekends she even helped Bud put up grain bins.
When Bud's health began to deteriorate she took excellent care of him and was always there for her entire family. She loved watching Nebraska football games and listening to country music.
Survivors include two sons, Dwayne (Lorraine Hermann) Hill of Miller and Dennis (Sharon) Hill of Cozad; daughter-in-law, Pam Hill of Grand Island, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Chris Hill of Lexington, Nebraska; Denise (Charley) Schwarz of Lexington, Nebraska; Jammie Dodge of Aurora, Doug (Brooke) Daake of Broken Bow and Doyle (Pam) Daake of Smithfield; 13 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bud; son, Rick Hill; brother, Gene Walter; sister, Geniveve Kostman; grandson, Patrick Hill and great-grandson Joshua Daake.
A memorial has been established in her name and online condolences may be shared at
Cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be held on Friday, December 19th, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Cozad Cemetery. Those wishing to sign the register book may do so on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home. Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eustis Resident: Marilyn Oberhauser, age 78 (1936-2014)

Marilyn N. Oberhauser, age 78, of Eustis, Nebraska, died December 7th, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. Marilyn was born February 29th, 1936, in Cozad, Nebraska, to Leonard and Addie (McKinney) Cochrane.
She spent her younger years in Cozad before the family moved to Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where she graduated from high school. On July 24th, 1954, Marilyn married Glenn Oberhauser. The couple made their home on the Oberhauser family farm near Eustis, Nebraska. Marilyn and Glenn celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2014 and also 60 years of living on the farm.
In August of 2014, Marilyn and Glenn moved to Hastings, Nebraska. Marilyn was a full time wife and mother for many years. Then she became employed at the Eustis Senior Center for 15 years as the head cook before retiring. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Eustis.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Glenn of Hastings; daughter, Fay (Delmar) Kliewer of Aurora, Nebraska; son, Dennis (Katie) Oberhauser of Hastings; brother, Robert Cochrane of Overton, Nebraska; brother, Dale (Beverly) Cochrane of Eustis; brother-in-law, Richard Cawley of Lebanon, Oregon; sister-in-law Joan (Robert) Young of Hopatcong, New Jersey; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Graveside memorial services were held Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the East Cemetery in Eustis with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Online condolences may be shared at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

Lexington Resident: Eva L. Kirkpatrick, age 95 (1919-2014)

Eva Lavene Kirkpatrick, age 95, of Lexington, Nebraska, former Overton, Nebraska, resident died Monday, December 8th, 2014, at Lexington Regional Health Center.
Eva was born April 1st, 1919, in Cozad, Nebraska, to Harry H. and Alice Leona (Hubbard) Wolfe. She attended school in Lexington. Eva was united in marriage to George “Shorty” Kirkpatrick on February 8th, 1937, in Norton, Kansas. Two daughters were blessed to this marriage; Myrna Loy and DeeAnn Kay.
She was a stay-at-home mother until her daughters were grown and then took over as custodian for the Overton Methodist Church. Eva and Shorty moved to the Overton Funeral Home in the spring of 1979. Shorty passed away on December 23rd, 1981. Eva would continue to care for the Overton Funeral Home until she moved to Park Avenue Estates in Lexington in 2011. Eva did an excellent job and took great pride in her contributions to the church as well as taking care of the Overton families at the funeral home. The Reynolds family will be forever grateful for her care given to the funeral home and all the years she was a part of our family.
Eva was bestowed the honor of Grand Marshall of Overton Goodwill Days, a task she thoroughly enjoyed. She loved having a nice yard and beautiful flowers.
Eva was a caring soul who loved her family very much and took great pride in her daughters and their families. She loved sending cards and notes to her friends and family. She so loved her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and their families.
Eva was a member of the Overton Methodist Church as well as the Methodist Women.
Survivors include one daughter; DeeAnn (Ron) Stauffer of Stockton, Missouri; three grandchildren; Shawn (Dianna) Stauffer of Waxahachie, Texas, Kirk (Tammy) Andersen of Morrison, Colorado and Matthew (Rachel) Stauffer of Stockton, Missouri; son-in-law, Dennis “Andy” Andersen of Centennial, Colorado; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Eva was preceded in death, in addition to her husband, by her daughter, Myrna Andersen in 2005; grandson, Chad Stauffer in 1969; siblings; Clarence Wolfe in 1946, Nellie Sheldon in 1975, Lester Wolfe in 1983, Edna Gulden in 1990, Cecile Carlson in 1992 and Roy Wolfe in 1996, as well as many other relatives and friends.
Memorial Services were held Monday, December 15th, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Overton Methodist Church with Reverend Dennis Wheeler officiating. Burial was held prior to the Memorial Service in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to the Overton Methodist Church, Overton Fire Department or the donor’s choice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family through:

Gothenburg Resident: Randy Brown, age 67 (1936-2014)

Randy Brown, 67, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died December 16th, 2014 at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital in Gothenburg.
He was born October 4th, 1947, in Gothenburg, son of Roy L. "Chet" and Lila "Peg" E. (Bennett) Brown.
Randy grew up in Gothenburg and lived his entire life in the Gothenburg area. He graduated from Gothenburg High with the class of 1965. He worked for Monroe Equipment and was a cross-country truck driver. He was a member of a car club and enjoyed trucks, drag racing and Nascar.
Surviving are mother, Lila "Peg" E. Brown, wife and 30 year friend, Nancy Parmenter of Gothenburg; daughter, Michele (Brad) Lewis of Cambridge, Nebraska; his seven grandchildren, Trevor Fleischer of Lincoln, Nebraska; Torey Fleisher and her daughter Ariel Fleischer of Lincoln; Ryann Lewis of Cambridge; Brady Lewis of Cambridge; Taylor Lewis of Cambridge; Jerrica Lewis of North Platte and Taron Lewis of North Platte and many friends and extended family.
Randy was preceded in death by father, Roy Lee "Chet" Brown; James "Slugger" Parmenter; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside memorial services were held at Gothenburg Cemetery, Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014, with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.
Memorials may be given to the family, 1912 Ave D, Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to

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