Gothenburg Resident: Earl Sheets (1941-2016)

  Earl W. Sheets of Gothenburg passed away July 18th, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at the age of 75.  
  Earl was born April 17th, 1941 at Arnold, Nebraska to Claude and Etta (Wilson) Sheets. He graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1960.  
  Earl married Jane Brooks at Gothenburg, Nebraska in 1962.  Earl worked as a farm laborer for Dean Baalhorn and Elton Griffis near Cozad, Gengenbach Farms near Eustis and Farm Manager for Fly In Farms in McCook. Before retiring in 2006, he worked for Bellamy Grain and Agriliance in Cozad.  Earl was baptized at Parkview United Methodist Church in Cozad.    
  He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; siblings, Esther, Georgia, Claude Jr., Russ, Leonard, Loyal, Lawrence, Allen and an infant sister; brother-in-laws, Wilbert Kruse and Wayne Bartlett; and sister-in-law, Charlotte Sheets.    
  Survivors include his son, Rodney (Brenda) Sheets of Elwood; daughters, Joy Sheets of Gothenburg and Patricia Sheets of Kearney; grandchildren, Mitchell (Alysia) and Miranda Sheets, Marie, Shalyn (Matt Beatty) and Tyrell Sheets, Haley (Jordan) Sanchez and Payton (Logan Koehler) Prall; great grandchildren, Tresyn Sheets and Lennon Sanchez; sister, Betty (Orville) Schmidt; and many other relatives and friends.   
  A memorial has been established in his memory.  Online condolences may be shared at  
  Graveside services will be held Friday, July 22nd, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 to 8 with family receiving friends from 5 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials Suggested: Bobbie Bevard (1936-2016)

  Bobbie Bevard, 79 of Kearney died Friday July 15th, 2016 at his home.  A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at the O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home with the Rev. Brian Klein officiating. 
  Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post #52. Condolences may be shared online at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
  Bobbie Lynn Bevard was born September 23rd, 1936 in Lexington, Nebraska to Edgar Lynn and Viola (Abbott) Bevard. He was a 1955 graduate of Cozad High School. On February 5th, 1957, Bobbie enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He honorably served until his discharge in 1963.  
  Bobbie was united in marriage to Darlene Perkins on September 11th, 1964 in Lexington, Nebraska. For a short time, he was employed by Union Pacific as a Tour Conductor. He later worked for Monroe in Cozad before working for Yellow Freight in Kearney from 1965 until his retirement in 1996. In his retirement Bobbie worked for Mid Nebraska Commodities and most recently Morris Press. 
  Bobbie enjoyed attending car shows, fishing and being outdoors. He was a member of the American Legion Post #52. 
  Survivors include his wife, Darlene Bevard of Kearney; daughter Michelle Bevard of Atascocita, Texas; son Scott Bevard and girlfriend, Jacqui Moore and her daughter, Vivi Beck of Kearney; grandson Devyn Silvrants; sister Judy Whited and husband Orville of Bayard, Nebraska; brother-in-law Larry Perkins and wife Marilyn of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; niece Holly and Mike Zeir of Bayard, Nebraska, Laurie Thompson and husband Jeff of Evansville, Indiana, Charlene Hoyle and husband Matt of Amelia, Ohio; great nieces and nephews  Nikki LeDroit and husband Logan and their son Tanner; Alan Zeir, Bryan and Stephanie Thompson, Alex and Nick Hoyle. 
  Bobbie was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Eustis Resident: Horst Tobaben (1929-2016)

  Horst Tobaben of Eustis passed away July 16th, 2016 at the Elwood Care Center at the age of 87. 
  Horst was born on March 13th, 1929 at Hamburg, Germany to Fredrick Boehm and Emma Wenck. Horst made the journey to Ellis Island with his mother in 1932 when he was 3 years old.  
  He graduated from Eustis High School.  Horst joined the US Air Force in 1948. 
  On October 13th, 1953, he married Marilyn Poppe at the Salem Church southeast Eustis. The couple made their home on a farm site south of Eustis until 1961, when they moved to Eustis. In 1961, Horst went to work at Monroe Auto in Cozad until he retired after 32 years.  
  He enjoyed spending time on the family farm and having coffee with friends. He and Marilyn loved to travel after their retirement. Horst was actively involved with the Ostomy Association in Kearney. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis, the American Legion and was a Past Chaplain at the American Legion Post in Eustis.  
  Horst was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. 
  Survivors include his daughter, Lori (Kevin) Welsch of Leigh; 3 sons, David (Kim) of Gothenburg, Doug (Sue) of Murray and Wendell (Deborah) of Cozad; 8 grandchildren, Andrea, Rachael, Hillary, Matthew, Joshua, Jeremy, Stephanie and Kristin;  and 12 great grandchildren.  
  A memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be shared at  
  Services were held Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis with Kathy Gundell, PMA officiating. Burial with military honors followed at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell. Visitation was Monday at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad, which was in charge of arrangements.

Former Cozad Resident: Nancy Conaway (1939-2016)

  Nancy Elizabeth Conaway, 76, of Fort Collins, Colorado, went to be with the Lord on July 5th, 2016.  
  She was born on September 9th, 1939 in Aldrich, Missouri, to Kenneth and Mary Ann Landreth.  
  At age 5, her family moved to the Bay Area in California. She graduated from Hayward High School in 1957.  Following graduation, she attended Midwestern School of Evangelism in Ottumwa, Iowa where she met her husband of 53 years, Ivan Conaway. Not long after marrying, they moved to the Cozad, Nebraska area where they had their 4 children, Carol, John, Barbara, and Jennifer.  In 1977, they moved to White City, Oregon. There, Nancy worked as a Certified Nurse Aide for Providence Medford Medical Center. After retirement, they moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to be near family. While there, she enjoyed caring for her grandchildren, volunteering with Volunteers Of America, activities at the Senior Center, and attending services at Dayspring Christian Church. 
  She is survived by her daughters Carol, Barbara and her husband Rob Gomez, Jennifer and her husband Jonas McKinley, and her 8 grandchildren, Joshua, Andrew, Joseph, Zane, Zoe, Gabriella, Phoebe, and Isaac.  
  She is preceded in death by her husband, Ivan, her son, John, and her son-in-law, Ronald Stoltz.   
  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13th, 3:00 p.m, at Dayspring Christian Church, 8005 Highland Meadows Parkway, Fort Collins, Colorado 80528.  Her cremains will be buried next to her husband and son at Routh Chapel on May 28th, 2017 in Dade County, Missouri. 

Cozad Resident: Carolyn Griese (1952-2016)

  Carolyn S. Griese of Cozad passed away July 18th, 2016 at Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 64.  Carolyn was born April 26th, 1952 at Cozad, Nebraska to Robert and Evelyn (Keller) Bartruff.  She attended rural school through 8th grade and graduated from Eustis High School.  Carolyn studied nursing at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha where she received her degree as an RN.  In 1973, she started her nursing career at the Cozad Community Hospital.  
  Carolyn married Lynden Griese on February 14th, 1975 at the Eustis United Methodist Church.  The couple were blessed with 2 children, Robert LeRoy and Tara Lynn. Carolyn went on to work at the Cozad Medical Clinic and was Director of Nursing at Golden Living until her retirement.  She enjoyed scrap booking, golfing and spending time at their Johnson Lake cabin.  She received numerous awards as an RN and DN.  This October, Carolyn will be  inducted into the Cozad Hospital Foundation Health Care Hall of Fame. She was a faithful and devoted member of the Cozad United Methodist Church and bell choir. Carolyn's most treasured times were spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.  
  She was preceded in death by her father; her grandparents; her in-laws, LeRoy and Theresa Griese; brother-in-laws, Reimund Loshonkohl and Karl Griese. 
   Carolyn is survived by her husband, Lynden of Cozad; her mother, Evelyn Bartruff of Eustis; her children, Tara (Rock) Armagost of Cozad and Robert (Lea) Griese of Chadron; sisters, Jean Loshonkohl of Eustis, Mari (Doug) Banzhaf of Eustis and Janell (David) Wetovick of Eustis; grandchildren, Rowen, Jove and Reid Griese and Ryder and Ryker Armagost; sister-in-laws,  Linda Tidwell of Rifle, Colorado and Jolene Griese of Cozad; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  
  Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating.  Inurnment will be at the Eustis Cemetery.  Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so on Friday from 1 to 8 with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

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