Cozad Resident: Marty Harris, age 48 (1966-2014)

Marty Harris, 48, of Cozad, Nebraska, died September 1st, 2014, at the Cozad Community Hospital. Born August 17th, 1966, Marty was the eldest son of Dennis Harris and Linda (Catlett) Kuszak.

Marty graduated from Cozad Senior High in 1985 and attended the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Always mechanically inclined, Marty was a Maintenance Technician at Baldwin Filters in Kearney, where he worked for twenty-four years.

Marty enjoyed cars, American history (especially the Civil War period), the PBR and talking with his brothers. He was a hard worker and a genuine friend.

Marty was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd and Thelma Harris of Taylor and Roy and Edythe Catlett of Broken Bow.

Marty is survived by his parents, Dennis Harris and Linda (Al) Kuszak of Cozad; two brothers, Chris (Tara) Harris of St. Louis, Missouri and Shawn Harris of Cozad; one nephew, Parker Harris and a large extended family.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 5th, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ on Newell in Cozad with Pastor James McCrickard officiating.

Cremation followed.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

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Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

Overton Resident: Mark Dolan, age 45 (1969-2014)

Mark Dolan, 45, of Overton, Nebraska, died Thursday, September 4th, 2014, in Lexington, Nebraska, with his loving wife by his side.

Mark was born April 12th, 1969, in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Bob and Colleen (Denson) Dolan. When Mark was a young boy the family moved to Overton where he grew up and graduated from Overton High School with the class of 1987.

On March 28th, 1992, Mark married his high school sweetheart, Amy Streit, in Elm Creek, Nebraska. To this union two boys, Matthew and Mitchell, were born. Mark was employed at Overton Sand and Gravel in Overton for 25 years.

In 1988, Mark bought his first racecar, #87, from Jim Manfull of Gibbon. For 25 years Mark has either driven or been Crew Chief for his brother, Chad and the #87. Mark and Chad traveled all over Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and raced at Las Vegas three times. Mark was a member of the IMCA (International Motor Contest Association) and captured 8 IMCA Track Championships as Crew Chief.

Mark was very dedicated and devoted to his family and community. He was a member of the Overton Village Board and past chairman of the board. He currently was a member of the Overton Board of Education.

Mark was most proud of his boys and their school activities. During the 2014 season, Mark was able to watch Matt play in the Nebraska State Basketball Championship game and place runner-up in the State Golf Tournament. He was President of the Overton Athletic Booster Club and he and Amy were awarded “Boosters of the Year” this past year. After the end of the school year last year, Mitch was Mark’s right-hand-man. Whatever Mark needed Mitch was there.

Mark, you have finished the race, you have captured the checkered flag. You will forever be in our hearts and whenever we watch a race, read about them in the paper, or just hear the roar of an engine, we will think of you our dear friend.

Mark is survived by his wife; Amy Dolan of Overton; two sons, Matthew and Mitchell Dolan of Overton; parents; Bob and Colleen Dolan of Gibbon, Nebraska; brother, Chad and wife Jamie Dolan of Gibbon; sister, Christi Snider of Elm Creek, Nebraska; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larry and Jan Streit of Overton, Nebraska; brothers-in-law; Mark Streit of Overton and Joe and wife Patti Streit of Kearney, Nebraska; sisters-in-law; Lori and husband Jeff Davis of Lexington, Nebraska; Lisa and husband Dean Hawkinson of Falcon, Colorado; Linda and husband Pat Patsios of Kearney; Melanie and husband Troy Feikert of Kearney; along with 14 nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and many friends.

Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents and brother-in-law, Mike Streit.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held Monday, September 8th, 2014, at 11 a.m. at LexChristian Church in Lexington with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating.

Mark’s family has honored his wishes for cremation.

Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Overton Cemetery.

The family wishes Memorials instead of flowers please, with that designation to be determined later. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online

Memorials Are Suggested: Louise W. Dannehl, age 68 (1946-2014)

Louise W. Dannehl, 68, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, September 1st, 2014, at her home near Lexington.

She was born February 6th, 1946, at Lexington, to Niles “Spike” and Orbia P. (Gosnell) Wallace. Louise attended school at Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1964.

Louise went on to complete her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Special Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She spent her entire career as an educator working with kids with special needs. For the first half of her career she lived in Bradshaw, Nebraska, where she taught special education.

On July 17th, 1993, she was united in marriage to Jerry Dannehl at York, Nebraska. Her two sons, Ed and Bob and Jerry’s two sons, Troy and Cory, were united together and a new family was formed. Following the marriage she moved home and joined Cozad’s Diagnostic Resource Center (now the Assistive Technology Partnership) as a Regional Coordinator, a position from which she retired in 2008. In retirement she enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, being with friends, spending time with grandkids and other family, as well as church activities. She enjoyed her involvement in PEO and was active in Chapter AN.

Louise was a member of Chapter AN P.E.O., First Presbyterian Church, Delta Gamma, State Advisory Council for Exceptional Children and a Certified Conflict Mediator.

Louise is survived by her husband, Jerry of Lexington; sons, Ed Wiley and Bob Wiley and Troy Dannehl and Cory Dannehl; brother, Bill Wallace and sister, Jean McIntosh; as well as five grandchildren and five nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. T

he family has honored Louise’s wishes for cremation.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held Friday, September 5th, 2014, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating. P.E.O. Rites by Chapter AN, Lexington. Inurnment will be held at a later time.

Memorials are designated to Dawson County Relay for Life.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Eustis Resident: Irene M. Ballheim, age 90 (1923-2014)

Irene M. Ballheim, 90, of Eustis, Nebraska, died September 3rd, 2014 at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska. Irene was born November 16th, 1923, at Eustis to Charles and Pauline (Gengenbach) Kuebler. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church. She graduated from Eustis High School with the class of 1941.

On January 7th, 1942, Irene married Elmer Ballheim. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Janet and Jean.

Elmer and Irene were part owners of K.W. Motor Co. where she was the bookkeeper from 1962 to 1983 until they retired. Irene enjoyed crocheting and crafts. She and her daughters were involved with the Eustis Craft Show for 20 years. Irene was an excellent baker and was very well known for her Springerle Cookies. Baking these special cookies turned into a year-round business for Irene, with her daughter Janet helping in later years.Irene was a proud grandma and cherished time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband in 1995; daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Steve Peterson; parents, Charles and Pauline Kuebler; three brothers, Elmer Kuebler of Bozeman, Montana; Lawrence Kuebler of Houston, Texas and an infant brother; a great granddaughter, Aliya Schutz of Elwood and two sister-in-laws.

She is lovingly survived by her daughter Janet (Vic) Schutz of Elwood; two grandchildren, Sonjia (Mike) Houser of Elwood and Vern (Amy) Schutz of Elwood; one great grandson Tyler Houser, four great granddaughters, Megan Houser, Lindsay, Leah and Logan Schutz of Elwood; three step great-grandchildren, Mitch Houser, Jennifer Martin and Travis Houser; four step great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Services were held Saturday, September 6th, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis with Kathy Gundell officiating.

Burial was at the East Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her memory.

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Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials Are Suggested: Phillip J. McDonald, age 35 (1979-2014)

Phillip J. McDonald, 35 of Hastings, died on August 27th, 2014, in St. Anthony, Idaho.

Phillip was born August 9th, 1979, in Kearney, Nebraska, to Daniel and Lynee (Hardesty) McDonald.

He attended Overton High School and graduated with the class of 1998. 

On July 17th, 2004, Phillip married Christina Louann Fox in Lexington, Nebraska. The couple was blessed with two sons, Jayce James and Parker John.

Phillip and Christina made their home in Hastings, Nebraska, where he worked at Raynor Door for more than 12 years.

Phillip was an avid NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt fan. He enjoyed fireworks and was an active outdoorsman. Phillip was a loving and devoted husband and father. His most cherished times were spent with family and friends.

Phillip will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Audrey Hardesty, Floyd and Josephine McDonald, Evelyn and Wesley Fox; and cousin David Hardesty.

Phillip is lovingly survived by his wife, Christina and two sons, Jayce and Parker of Hastings; parents Lynee (Tim) McGuire of Lexington and Dan (Barb) McDonald of Overton; sister Tracy (Todd) Naylor of Lexington; brother Troy (Lincey) McDonald of Lexington; grandparents, Hap Hardesty of Lexington and Betty and Sal Hernandez of Watertown, Tennesee brother-in-law Steven (Tabitha) Fox of Hastings; mother-in-law, Carmen (Ed) Taylor of Watertown, Tennesee; father-in-law, Wallace Fox of Johnson Lake; nieces and nephews, Daylen, Daven, Dawson, Quinton, Calliegh Jo and Bridget.

Services will be held Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington. 

Burial will be at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery East of Lexington. 

Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington. 

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A memorial has been established in his memory: Phillip J. McDonald, Five Points Bank, 2815 Osborne Drive West, Hastings, NE 68901. 

Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad and Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington are in charge of arrangements.

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