Memorials Are Suggested: Lynn M. Lemmon, age 89 (1925-2015)

Lynn Merlyn Lemmon, 89, of rural Holdrege, Nebraska, died Thursday, June 18th, 2015, at Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. He was born on July 29th, 1925, at Cozad, Nebraska, the fourth child born to Benjamin Robert “Bert” and Imogene “Imo” (Melius) Lemmon of rural Cozad. He attended Lucerne Valley Grade School and then Cozad High School, graduating with the class of 1942.
After graduation, he continued to work on the farm. He was inducted into the United States Navy on October 30th, 1943, where he served on the USS Trapper in the South Pacific. Lynn worked as a bulldozer operator on the island of Okinawa until he was honorably discharged on May 22nd, 1946.
Upon returning home from military duty, he stopped at the unemployment office in Lexington, Nebraska, where he met the girl he would later marry. On June 18th, 1947, he was united in marriage to Ella Sherman and to this union two sons were born: Jerry Lynn and Randy. The couple first made their home in Gothenburg, Nebraska. The next year, they moved to a farm south of Holdrege, where he would continue to reside for the rest of his life.
In earlier years, Lynn served as the Phelps County Judge, Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors and was a member of the Elks Club, American Legion and he was President of the Kiwanis Club. While serving as County Judge, he issued former Nebraska Football Coach, Tom Osborne and Nancy their marriage license.
When time and circumstances would allow it, Lynn enjoyed hunting and fishing. He taught both of his sons how to pheasant hunt. He also enjoyed fishing at the Harlan County Reservoir and once made a fishing trip to Minnesota. He was very fond of Oliver tractors. He was a lifelong Nebraska football fan and he enjoyed many New Year’s Day celebrations at the farm, with his sons and their friends, to watch the bowl games. In the 1980s and 1990s, Lynn and Ella enjoyed traveling to different cities where their son, Randy performed with “The Country Jukebox Band.”
Lynn had a great sense of humor and when someone he knew asked him how he was doing, he would smile and say, “I’m still alive and taking up space.” The twinkle in his eyes and laughter will be missed by all who knew him.
Besides his parents, Lynn was preceded in death by his son, Jerry in August 1981, as the result of a motorcycle accident; two brothers, Dale Lemmon and Bob Lemmon and one sister, Lois Piester.
Lynn is survived by his wife, Ella of Holdrege; son, Randy Lemmon of Lincoln; brother-in-law, George Piester of Minden; nephews, Rick Lemmon and his wife, Tamara of Cozad; Kent Piester of Houston Texas, and David Piester and his wife, Cindy of Lincoln and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 26th, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. with the family greeting from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.
Funeral Services for Mr. Lynn M. Lemmon will be held on Saturday, June 27th, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege with Pastor Murray Jones officiating. Interment will be held on the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege with military honors provided by American Legion Post #66 in conjunction with the United States Navy Honors Team.
The family strongly requests that memorials may be made in Lynn’s honor to the Veteran’s Administration.
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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

North Platte Resident: Marjorie L. O’Neal, age 84 (1930-2015)

Marjorie Lou (Applegate) O’Neal, 84, of North Platte, Nebraska, died June 12th, 2015, at Indian Hills Healthcare Community in Ogallala, Nebraska. Marjorie was born August 24th, 1930, to Lloyd and Estella (Gardner) Applegate. Most of her life she lived on a farm north of North Platte, Nebraska.
Marj graduated from Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado in 1949. Marj was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved our Lord and amongst her missions were orphanages, the homeless, children and disaster relief such as ADR.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Dale and her husband, Melvin “Jack” O’Neal.
She is survived by a nephew, Stephen; two nieces, Sue and Sherry Applegate, all of California and other family and friends.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial graveside services were held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at Walnut Grove Cemetery north of Cozad, Nebraska.
Carpenter Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

Memorials Are Suggested: Vaneta Mae McCreary, age 84 (1930-2015)

Vaneta Mae McCreary, 84, of Cary, North Carolina, formerly of Richmond, Virginia, died June 19th, 2015, at Waltonwood Cary Parkway in Cary.
She was born August 1st, 1930, in Gothenburg, Nebraska, a daughter to Lewis William and Viola Trimble Hartman. She married Carroll McCreary on November 20th, 1949. He preceded her in death in 2007.
Mrs. McCreary worked in Administration for the Federal Government until her retirement.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Hartman and Donald Hartman.
Surviving are her son Scott (and wife, Laurie) McCreary of Cary and two sisters, Bonnie Block of Cozad, Nebraska and Joan Schweitzer of Bossier City, Louisiana.
A graveside service was conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, at Greenwood Memorial Gardens 12609 Patterson Ave. Richmond, Virginia. Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary assisted the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Parkinson Foundation, or Transitions LifeCare.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Waltonwood Cary Parkway for the love and care given to Mrs. McCreary over the past five years, to Doctors Making Housecalls and to Transitions LifeCare Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through

Cozad Resident: Bessie M. Garrison, age 81 (1933-2015)

Bessie M. Garrison, 81, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Thursday, June 18th, 2015, at her home.
Bessie was born July 28th, 1933, at Lincoln, Nebraska, to Leif and Bessie (Wachter) Garrison.
She lived in Beatrice, Nebraska, for a while and worked in a nursery taking care of babies. She moved to Cozad in 1987 where she lived with her long time companion, Joe Maestas. Joe was always there for Bessie and took excellent care of her, especially when she became ill. Bessie liked to cook and clean house. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, shopping and coloring pictures. Bessie treasured time spent with Joe, taking a drive in the car and having picnics in North Platte, Nebraska.  
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Don Garrison.  
She is lovingly survived by her friend, Joe Maestas of Cozad and sisters, Donna Jones of North Platte and Sharon Gillespie of Fresno, California; nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at the Cozad Cemetery.  Berryman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Cozad Resident: Jacob “Jake” Trembly, 85 (1930-2015)

Jacob Nelson Trembly, 85, died peacefully June 16th, 2015, at his home in Cozad, Nebraska, after a brave battle with cancer. Jake was born April 18th, 1930, at Wray, Colorado, to Benjamin and Leola (Fisher) Trembly.
He grew up near Laird, Colorado and attended school in Laird, graduating in 1949. On December 31st, 1951, Jake married Elaine Northrup. As newlyweds they lived in the Wray and St. Francis, Kansas areas where their first two children were born. In 1955, they moved to Medicine Lodge, Kansas area where two more children were born. Later they moved back to the St. Francis area.
They moved to Cozad in September of 1969. Jake worked various jobs before joining Monroe Auto at Cozad as a machine operator. Jake worked many years before retiring from Monroe Auto in the mid 1990s. Jake was a member of the Cozad Bible Church serving as Sunday School Superintendent for 27 years. He also served with the Gideon's International. For many years he listened to students recite Bible memory verses at Awana Bible Club. He helped build houses on three mission trips to Mexico.
He and Elaine traveled to Africa to visit their daughter Sheryl and family in 2006. He took great joy in knowing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending activities they were involved in. Jake loved to joke with many. He liked to play Chinese Checkers with his siblings. Jake spent several years in a bowling league in Cozad. He embraced technology in his 80’s by getting an iPad so he could play solitaire. Jake loved to read, he looked forward to the several weekly newspapers from Cozad, North Platte, St. Francis, and Wray communities.
He enjoyed many hours in his garden. Jake spent many hours working with his woodworking crafts. His grandchildren loved spending time helping him build things in the wood shop. They also enjoyed playing pool with him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; his parents; three sisters, Cathy Sawyer, Violet Moss and May Ann Allen; two brothers-in-law, Chuck Sawyer and Edgar Moss; two sister-in-laws, Mona Cassens and Viola Cassens and one grandson, Adam Joseph Trembly.
Jake is lovingly survived by his four children: Anita (Charles) Martin, Lexington, Nebraska; Kent (Kathy) Trembly, Wahoo, Nebraska; Sheryl (Greg) Fasse, Roswell, Georgia; Kevin (Sue) Trembly, Spring Hill, Kansas; 14 Grandchildren : Jeremy (Gail) Martin, Melissa (Christo) Philip, Bryce (Valerie) Martin, Jennifer (Ryan) Gross, Kristina Trembly, David (Lacy) Trembly, Amy (Mike) Klauer, Benjamin Trembly, Julie Fasse, Ian Trembly, Hannah Trembly, Alyssa Trembly, Jory Fasse and Annika Trembly; 12 great-grandchildren, Karuna, Luke, Vivek Philip, Chase, Regan, Kaitlin Martin, Landon, Callie and Kimber Martin, Hadlee, Brandon and Kale Trembly and one brother, Dwayne Trembly, of Cheyenne, Wyoming and three sisters, Marty (Dick) Evans, Wray; Ruth (Dave) Houston, Wray and Crystal (Larry) Zion, Idalia, Colorado; two brothers-in-law, Norvin (Donna) Northrup, St. Francis, Kansas and Jerry Allen, Simla, Colorado.
Services were held Saturday, June 20th, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Cozad Bible Church with Pastor JC Calhoun officiating. Burial followed the service at Clough Valley Baptist Church, St. Francis, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Cozad Bible Church Building Fund, Gideon's International and Central Plains Hospice in Cozad. Online condolences may be shared at

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