Memorials Suggested: Wyatt Meredith (2014-2016)

  Wyatt Colby Meredith,  22 months old died June 15th, 2016 near Coalmont, Colorado. 
  Wyatt was born August 6, 2014 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, son of Shawn and Amie (Kinchen) Meredith.
  Our Little Cowboy, loved horses and dogs, and playing with his brother and sister outdoors. His family lived at Scottsbluff, Arthur and Walden, Colorado.
  He is survived by his parents Shawn and Amie,  brother Connor William and sister Memphis Ann Meredith all of Walden, Colorado; grandparents  Dennis and Deb Meredith of Gothenburg;  James & Jeanie Kinchen of Laramie, Whyoming; great-grandmas Gail Reed of Cozad and  Florence Meredith of Gothenburg; aunt Chewbacca Rebecca and uncle Josh Blake of Gothenburg; cousins Jerimiah Kinchen, Brayden Kinchen, Keisha Blake, Grace Blake, and Meredith Blake; along with many extended family. 
  Wyatt was preceded in death by great-grandpas Jack Reed, Bill Meredith, James Kinchen, Sr., N.W. Palmer; great grandmas Janice Savant and Joan Palmer; great uncle Roger Pedersen; cousin Ryan Reed and uncles LCPL Jerimiah Colt Kinchen and Spc. James Colby Kinchen.
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Tuesday, June 21st, 2016.
  Funeral Services were held at American Lutheran Church, Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 10:30 am.  
  Interment followed at the St. John's Cemetery, Nebraska of Cozad, Nebraska.
  In Lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Meredith Family, 3002 JCR 28, Walden, CO 80480.

Elwood Resident: Mary Hemmingsen (1937-2016)

   Mary L. Hemmingsen, age 79, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha Nebraska. She was born on Valentine’s Day 1937 at Ainsworth, Nebraska to Raymond M. Osborn and Mildred (Rucker) Osborn.
  She attended school at Ainsworth Public Schools until her senior year when she graduated from Lincoln High in Lincoln Nebraska. Mary went on to further her education, first at Kearney State and then graduating from Wayne State. She taught elementary school until 1969.
  In 1954, she married R.L. Swett. Together, they welcomed two children into their lives, Timothy Ray in 1960 and Nancy Noel in 1962.
  In 1969, Mary was united in marriage to Allen Ray Hemmingsen who brought four children to the marriage, Milton Lynn, Royce Leon, Timothy Allen, and Wanda Renee. A year later they were blessed with another daughter Tove Louise Johanna, and the family was complete. In 1975 Mary started working for the American Heart Association as a field director. Over the years, she helped educate others and raise money to further the cause of fighting heart disease. Mary retired from American Heart in 1990 when she and Al moved from Elwood to Chadron Nebraska.  
  Over the next years Mary would work as a family support specialist for several agencies and also ran the GED and the Adult Basic Education Program in Dawes County until she retired for good at Johnsons Lake in 2006.
  During her life, one of Mary’s proudest moments was forming the Johnsons Lake First Responders and founding the Winter Conference for First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians. In 2001, the culmination of her passion for helping others was rewarded as she became the first woman inducted into the EMS Hall of Fame. Mary enjoyed several hobbies, drawing, reading, collecting buttons and researching genealogy, but her greatest love was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 
  Mary is survived by her children Timothy (Lori) Swett of Rapid City South Dakota, Nancy (Kevin) Bullis of Elwood Nebraska, Tove (Brad) Reiman of Arapahoe Nebraska. Step children Milt (Ann) Hemmingsen of Virginia Beach Virginia, Royce Hemmingsen of Axtell, Timothy Hemmingsen of Lexington and Wanda (David) Frink of Kearney.  Grandchildren Samantha Swett, Misty (Jarrett) Smolarkiewicz, Justin (Rhonni) Bullis, Tyson Bullis and Kaila, Kaitlyn and Isaiah Bullis, Thad Reiman and Christen, Katya Reiman and Austin, Tabetha Reiman, Megan and David Hemmingsen, Kate Hemmingsen, Rita Hemmingsen, Jenny (Brandon) Webb, Casey (Sean) Travers, Tanner (Michaela) Hemmingsen, Ryan, Jacob, Brianna McGraw, 19 great grandchildren, and her brothers Dick Osborn and Staley Osborn.  
  She was preceded in death by her husband Allen Hemmingsen in 1999, her parents, one sister and a brother.
   There will be no viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. 
   Funeral services will be Friday, June 24th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Michael Wolff, officiating. 
  Inurnment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska on Friday, June 24th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. 
  In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Nebraska Affiliate of the American Heart Association is suggested. Condolences or personal reflections can be left at
Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Former Cozad Resident: George Hergenrader (1930-2016)

    George J. Hergenrader, of North Platte, passed away June 17th, 2016 at his home with his family by his side.    
  He was born March 31st, 1930 to George and Katherine (Maul) Hergenrader at Elm Creek, Nebraska.  George was raised in Cozad and graduated from Cozad High School with the class of “48”.  He served in the United States Marine Corp from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1953.  
  On July 22nd, 1951, he was united in marriage to Doris D. Hilton at Cozad.  The couple lived in Cozad until 1969, then moving to North Platte, where George worked for Northwestern Public Service, retiring in 1992.  
  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in North Platte, former member of the Cozad Jaycees, Cozad volunteer fire department and a charter member of the Cozad Elks Lodge.  
  George is survived by three children, Karen (Steve) Lyne of McCook, Brenda (Bill) Faust, and Brian (Becky) Hergenrader both of North Platte; eight grandchildren, Greg, Jodi, Shawn, Becca, Bret, Kate, Cory and Melissa; eleven great grandchildren; a brother, Delbert Hergenrader of North Platte; two sisters, Beverly Whitehead of California and Lorraine (LaVerne) Gerdes of Lincoln. 
  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris in 2011; two sisters, Dorothy Sieler-Pitt and Virginia Tracy; and a brother, Stanley Hergenrader.  
  Online condolences may be shared  A memorial has been established in his memory. 
  Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. 
  Inurnment will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military honors. 
  Visitation was Monday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements. 

Former Lexington Resident: Monte Harkness (1935-2016)

   Monte L. Harkless, 81 years, of Fremont, Nebraska died Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at Fremont Health Medical Center in Fremont.  Monte was born February 20, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri to Montella “Bill” and Lily (Fowler) Harkless.
  He attended school in Lexington, Nebraska and was a 1953 graduate of Lexington High School. Monte married Mary Hatch September 26th, 1954 at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington. 
   Monte worked for Nebraska Natural Gas Company and then the Fremont Department of Utilities until February 20th, 2000, when he retired. 
  He lived in Lexington until 1977, and then moved to Fremont and had lived there since 1977.  He belonged to Sertoma Club of Fremont, Volunteer Fire Department in Lexington, NCIP (Nebraska Community Improvement Program) in Lexington, Hooper golf leagues, and enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
  He is survived by his wife, Mary Harkless; son, Curt and wife, Deb Harkless of Lexington, Nebraska; daughters, Becky and spouse, Annie Kluthe of Omaha, Nebraska and Lori Riley of Fort Colllins, Colorado; sister-in-law, Sherry and husband, Larry Warner of Lexington; grandchildren, James and wife, Britt, Michaela, Lauren, Cody, and Connor.
  He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Harkless and mother, Lily Cranfill; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clayton and Wilma Todd.
  Visitation was Friday, June 17th, 2016 in Freemont and Sunday, June 19th, 2016 at Reynolds Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
  Funeral service were at 10:00 a.m.,  Monday, June 20th, 2016 at Parkview Baptist Church in Lexington.  Student Ministry Pastor Brent Crass officiated.
  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.
  Memorials may be directed to Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, Nebraska, assisted the family with local arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:

Gothenburg Resident: John Garner (1954-2016)

  John Garner, 62, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died June 14th, 2016 at his home south of Gothenburg, Nebraska.  
  He was born June 9th, 1954 in North Platte, Nebraska, son of Demar Wesley Garner and Ethel Faye (Timmons) Garner.
  John grew up in the North Platte area and attended schools there, he attended Job Corp in Chadron and learned construction and masonry.  He was a Golden Glove boxer and was a 3 year champion as a teenager. John was a dedicated over the road truck driver for over 45 years, he began his career at the age of 17, most recently driving for HAR Transportation, he was a very skilled truck driver and could back up a truck on a dime. In his free time John enjoyed spending time outdoors including fishing, camping, and tinkering around in the garage. John was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend.
  John married Lora Lee Johnson on June 18th, 1976 at North Platte in a union of nearly 40 years; four children were born - Leanne, J.D., Andrew and Ruby. The family resided in Gothenburg, making the community their home for 22 years. 
  Survivors include his wife, Lora Lee Garner of Gothenburg, son, Andrew Garner of Gothenburg, Nebraska; two daughters, Ruby (Shane) Bappe of Cozad and Leanne (Chris) Garner-Twohig of Kansas; 10 grandchildren; three sisters, Orpha (Terry) Walker of Gothenburg, Johnette (Fredrick) Long of New Orleans, Lousiana and Janie (Dale) Newtson of North Platte; two brothers, Don Garner and John Hanson both of North Platte; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
  John was preceded in death by his parents, Demar Garner and Ethel Hanson, and stepfather Gerald Hanson; his son John Demar (JD) Garner, granddaughter, Jonna Victoria Grace Garner, three sisters, Leona "Lee" Webster, Lavella Grace Pfeister and Glendin Patrick.
  Memorial Services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at 10:00 am with J.C. Calhoun officiating.  
  Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.  To sign the online guest book, go to

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