Memorials Suggested: Robert Horn (1931-2017)

  Robert “Bob” L. Horn, age 85, passed away Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at Great Plains Health in North Platte after a brief battle with cancer.            
  Bob was born on May 28th, 1931 to Elmer and Ethel (Davis) Horn in Mullen, Nebraska.  He attended elementary school in Mullen until the age of twelve at which time the family moved to a farm in southern Hayes County. After completing high school, he attended McCook College for two years.  It was at this time Bob served in the US Army from February 12th, 1952 – January 23rd, 1954, during the Korean War, and later returned home to enroll at the University of Nebraska, graduating with a degree in Agriculture Economics and Finance.
  While attending the University of Nebraska, Bob met Sue Kyle of Cozad, Nebraska who later became his wife. Bob and Sue were united in marriage April 14th, 1957 in Cozad, officiated by Rev. Nye O. Bond. They celebrated a beautiful marriage of 59 years and 11 months. To this union two sons were born, Douglas L. Horn and Gregory S. Horn.
  After serving nearly forty years in different fields of the Real Estate and Finance, and a short term in the United State Postal Service, Bob retired to his small ranch, where he enjoyed raising livestock, and the pleasures of nature and as Bob always said “enjoying the good life”. Most importantly camping, fishing, hunting, and restoring Cushman motor scooters. Bob and Sue worked hand in hand, side by side both in work and pleasure. 
  Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Ethel Horn; numerous aunts, uncles and daughter in law, Jani Horn.
  Bob is survived by his wife, Sue; sons, Doug Horn of Palisade, Greg Horn and wife, Kim Marchese of Omaha; three granddaughters, Katie Jo Horn and fiancé, Sean Coffey, Jessica Marie Horn and Julia Margaret all of Lincoln, Nebraska; numerous other family members and friends.
  Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 17th, 2017 at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home with Billy J. Kyle, Major US Army (retired) officiating. Inurnment will be in the Palisade Cemetery with Military Honors.
  Memorials are to be given to the Palisade Fire and Rescue, 109 South Main, Palisade, NE 69040.
  Friends may send condolences online at  Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Former Gothenburg Resident: Francis Barta (1925-2017)

  Francis “Fritz” Eugene Barta, 91, of Dallas, Oregon died February 9th, 2017. He was born on September 15th, 1925 to Mike and Evia Barta. He farmed most of his life around Sumner, Nebraska.
  On January 31st, 1987 he married Betty Lou Blowers. The couple moved to Gothenburg, Nebraska. They later moved to Dallas, Oregon where they managed apartments. In his marriage he also accumulated four childern; Joesph, Mark, Linda and Brynda.
  Fritz was proceded in death by his parents, Mike and Evia Barta, six brothers, four sisters and one still born grandson.
  He is survived by one brother, Harmon Barta of Lexington; one sister; Dorthy (Marvin) Linder of Cozad; four children; Joseph Blowers of Oregon, Mark Blowers of Nebraska, Linda Dalke of Oregon and Brynda Blowers of Washington. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren.
  Funeral services will be held on March 25th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Tallin Church in Arnold, Nebraska. Burial will be at Tallin Cemetery.

Lexington Resident: Phillip Araujo Jr. (1952-2017)

  Phillip Araujo, Jr., 64, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Sunday, March 12th, 2017, at the University Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
  He was born October 20th, 1952, in Lexington, Nebraska to Phillip and Josephine (Hernandez) Araujo, Sr. He attended school at Lexington. 
  Phillip spent most of his working years working the Hay Mill, farming, and Monroe Auto. 
  He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
  Phillip had quite a few hobbies.  A few included, his beloved 1975 Trans Am, old cars, old music (Elvis and Dolly Parton), westerns, driving around, spending time with his family and friends. His most precious time was taking care of his mom after his dad passed away.  He was very private, but his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews knew how much he loved them.
  Phillip is survived by his siblings; Jeffrey (Joanna) Araujo of North Platte, Nebraska, Marty (Cindy) Araujo of Lexington, Nebraska, Cynthia (Michael) Moats of Omaha, Nebraska, Peggy Jo Hubbard of Lexington, Nebraska, and Christine (Rafael) Villalpando of Lexington, Nebraska; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
  Phil was preceded in death by his parents; niece, Deanna Davis, and other relatives.
  Phillip had requested cremation, the family will honor his wishes.  There will be no visitation or rosary service.
  A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, March 17th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Father Jose Chavez celebrating.
  Inurnment will be in the St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery at Lexington.
  Memorials are suggested to Dawson County Relay for Life.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:

Eustis Resident: Max Bartruff (1928-2017)

  Max J. Bartruff of Eustis passed away March 6th, 2017 at Kearney Regional Medical Center at the age of 88.  Max was born July 26th, 1928 in Eustis, Nebraska to Louis and Marie (Lang) Bartruff. He graduated from Eustis High School with the class of 1945.  Max married Suzanne Gadeke on November 29th, 1953. The couple made their home on the Bartruff family farm and were blessed with 4 children, Connie, Leann, Jodi and Kyle. 
  Max was proud to be part of the agricultural industry and spent his entire life farming.  He served on the Frontier County ASCS  Committee, and was on the Soil Conservation Board. He was involved with anything to do with farming and soil. When he was no longer able to farm, he went to work for Cenex delivering fertilizer and fixing small pumps. Max was a faithful and devoted member of the United Methodist Church of Eustis. He taught Sunday School, was a council member, sang in the choir and was a leader for the youth league.  He served on the School Board for Eustis Public Schools and assisted with football and basketball games. Max will be missed by all who knew him.  
  He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Warren and Wayne.  
  Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Suzanne of Eustis; his children, Connie (George) Irwin of Sacramento, Califronia, Leann (Mike) Karr of Wichita, Kansas, Jodi (Scott) Rupe of Eustis and Kyle (Kelly) Bartruff of Eustis; grandchildren, Jared (Nicole) Easterday of Oakland, California, Jennifer (Sergi) Mansilla of Barcelona, Spain, Kelsey (Zack) Hall of Henderson, Nevada, Jana (Jon) Miner of Cobleskill, NY, Matthew (Lorin) Karr of Commerce City, Colorado, Calvin (Amber) Rupe of Hastings, Joleen (Anson) Hueftle of Elkhorn and McKenzie Bartruff of Eustis; great grandchildren, Jack Easterday, Josie Easterday, Adriá Mansilla, Seth Karr, Kingston Hall, Scarlett Gray, Timber Miner, River Miner and Landry Rupe; sister, Mary Lou (Wayne) Rodehorst of Hampton Virginia and many other nieces, nephews and extended family.  
  Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Eustis or to the Eustis Foundation/Wellness Center designation. Online condolences may be shared at    
  Services were held Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Eustis with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating.  Burial was at the East Cemetery in Eustis. Visitation was Friday, March 10th, 2017  at the First United Methodist Church in Eustis. Berryman Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.   

Cozad Resident: Douglas Gruber (1934-2017)

  Douglas Cy Gruber, age 83 of Cozad, passed away March 10th, 2017 at Gothenburg, Nebraska surrounded by his family. Doug was born on February 8th,1934 to Otto and Lois (Jamison) Gruber on the family farm south of Cozad in Dawson County Nebraska.
  Doug attended rural school at District 66 and graduated from Cozad High School. Doug was an accomplished pianist and had a beautiful tenor voice, competing in many vocal competitions. After high school, Doug attended the University of Nebraska, was a member of the Marching Band and the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
  On December 21st, 1952 Doug married Harla Jean Kreitz of Lexington. After completing his schooling in Lincoln, Doug and Harla returned to the family farm to make their home and raise their children, Marsha and Marla.
  Doug was active in the community serving on the school board, church board, NRD committee, and was a member of the church choir. He also sang for many weddings, including both his daughters’ weddings, and the funerals of many. Doug was a charter member of the BPO Elks Lodge #2250 in Cozad and played the organ for their ceremonies.
  Doug and Harla enjoyed traveling all over the United States and abroad. Traveling was their hobby, but they were always ready to come home to Nebraska. In their later years they spent many months at their home at Johnson Lake where they entertained family and friends. Doug could be found almost daily on the road to Elwood to check on his cows!
  Doug was preceded in passing by his wife of 58 years, Harla; his parents, Otto and Lou; infant brother; son-in-law, Mike Feik; many sisters and brothers - in - law; cousins and life long friends.
  Left to carry on his legacy are his daughters, Marsha Feik of Cozad and Marla Gruber of Johnson Lake; grandchildren, Matt (Alison) Feik of Cozad, Marcy Feik (Chad Phaby) of Cozad, D.J O’Donnell of Ashburn, Virgina, and Cody O’Donnell (Danielle Locke) of Leesburg, Virgina; great grandchildren, Madison Navarette, Bryant and Austin Feik, and Avery O’Donnell; He was also Grandpa Doug to Meghan, Cadence, and Miranda Phaby. Also left to mourn his passing are his faithful and loyal ranch manager Leroy (Kristine) Wendland, sister-in-laws, Marilyn Sutherland of California, Janet Bowman of Iowa, and Jan Kreitz of Indiana, along with many nephews and nieces and their families. Doug’s cousins were like brothers and sisters on the Gruber side, and he will be missed by many.
  Services were Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Cozad with Pastor Terry Tomlinson officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad. Visitation was Tuesday at Berryman Funeral Home.  

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