Elwood Resident: Preston Adams (1942-2016)

 Preston (P.R.) Adams of Elwood passed away November 27th, 2016, at Lexington Regional Health Center at the age of 74.  
  Preston was born January 24th, 1942, in Broken Bow, Nebraska to Richard and Inez (Lark) Adams.  He attended school in Broken Bow.  After leaving high school, Preston lied about his age to join the U.S. Air Force.  He married Dina Abichidia in 1962. The couple were blessed with 5 children, Michael, Pascale, Corinna, Preston (Richie) and Desiree.  
  Preston worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for over 25 years before his retirement. In 1995, he married Cheryl Tilson at Cozad, Nebraska.  He loved fishing at Lake McConaughy and Johnson Lake with his brother, Mike, and son, Richie.  Preston enjoyed traveling to auctions as you would surmise when visiting their house. His clocks, cameras, and musical instruments were just a few of his prized possessions. He was proud of his Scottish heritage and loved to wear his kilt displaying his manly knees. He enjoyed listening to Celtic music and playing his Scottish drum. His latest interest were his Native American flutes. Preston was also very talented at storytelling about his childhood, the antics of two little boys (he and his brother, Mike), and his tall tales on fishing.  
  He was preceded in death by his parents; ex-wife; nephew, James Melville; 2 nieces, Anne Hawkins and Penny Cavin; brother, Donzel Adams.  
  Survivors include his wife, Cheryl of Elwood; children, Michael (Bobbie) Adams of California, Pascale Adams of Georgia, Corinna (Travis) Mauterstock of California, Preston Adams of North Platte, and Desiree Adams of Florida; step children, David (Dawn) Newbrey and Robyn (Dean) Watchorn Newbrey; brother, Milo (Sue) Adams of Omaha, sister, Noreen (Ted) Ailes of Lincoln; 20 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  
  Services will be Friday, December 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Elwood United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Fuller officiating. Burial will be at the Elwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm with family present from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Elwood United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.  
  A memorial has been established, as Preston requested, for the Elwood Fire and Rescue Department. Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Former Gothenburg Resident: James Max (1961-2016)

  James Earnest Max, 55, of Papillion, Nebraska, died November 27th, 2016 at his home.
  James was born June 25th, 1961 at Gothenburg to Jimmie and Louise (Pollat) Max.
He grew up on a farm near Brady, Nebraska and graduated from Brady High School in 1979. On February 14th, 1986 James married Michelle Christensen, to this union three daughters were born: Jamie, Jordan and Jenna.
  James worked side by side with his father first in a cattle operation and then they operated Max Well Service together. After 
his father's death he took the Well business over full time and ran it for the next several years before going to work in North Platte at the Union Pacific Railroad in the Car Department. He advanced from there to become a Dispatcher at the Herriman Dispatch Center in Omaha, Nebraska. 
  He loved spending time with his grandkids. He had a soft spot in his heart for all animals especially cows, horses and dogs. James was an avid fan of the Nebraska Huskers and held season tickets for many years.
  He was preceded in death by his daughter Jenna Max; Parents Jimmy and Louise Max; and a brother John Max.
  Survivors include his Daughters Jamie (Jake) Rademacher of North Platte, Nebraska, Jordan (Nick) Bedlan of North Platte, Nebraska and Grandchildren, Justina, Cole and BonnieJean Rademacher and Skylar and Rylan Bedlan; along with many other family and friends.
  Register book signing will be held Thursday December 1st, 2016 from 1:00 - 8:00 PM at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel with the family present from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
  Services will be held at Brady United Methodist Church, December 2nd, 2016 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Janie Freeman officiating.  
  Inurnment will follow in the Brady Cemetery, Brady, Nebraska.
  The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials are given to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.blasestrauser.com

Former Cozad Resident: Dianne Keller (1956-2016)

Dianne E. Keller lost her long battle with cancer and passed away at her home in Bellevue, Nebraska on November 27th, 2016 at the age of 60.  
  Dianne was born May 2nd, 1956 at Fort Morgan, Colorado. The family settled in Gothenburg, Nebraska where she attended school. Dianne learned how to sew in home economics and made her own clothes, including her prom dress. On August 10th, 1974, she married Larry Keller at his parents home in Cozad. The couple were blessed with 2 children, Shawn and Heather. Dianne did childcare at their home until Heather was in school full time. She and Larry owned and operated several businesses together.  
  The family enjoyed camping and traveling together, as Larry taught Tae Kwon Do. Dianne kept their home spotless, with the help of her children, listening to AC/DC while they cleaned.  She was a kind and patient person, and treasured time spent with her family.  Her grandchildren held a special place in her heart and if it was up to her, they wanted for nothing. Dianne loved to spoil her dog, Jake. He had a special way of bringing her joy throughout the treatment of her illness.   
  Dianne was preceded in death by her mother, Edith Bodfield; nephew, Robert Bodfield; and in-laws, Irene and Lloyd Keller.  
  Survivors include her husband, Larry of Bellevue; son, Shawn (Gina) Keller of Ohio; daughter, Heather (Benjamin DeBolt) Geis of Tekamah, Nebraska; grandchildren, Alexander Keller and Madison Geis; brother, Jim Burke of Cozad; sisters, Janice (John) Scott of Lexington, Linda (Paul) Treffer of Lexington, Mary (Mark) Davis of Grand Island and Kathy (Jeff) Stevenson of Lexington; and many other relatives and friends.  She will be greatly missed. 
   A memorial has been established in her memory.  Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.  
  Services will be Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ on Newell with Pastor James McCrickard officiating. Burial will be at the Cozad Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 8 at Berryman Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Former Cozad Resident: Maynard Smidt (1938-2016)

  Maynard K. Smidt, 77 of North Platte, passed away in his home on October 22nd, 2016.  
  Maynard was born in Cozad, Nebraska on December 5th, 1938 to Ernest and Opal Smidt. He graduated from Cozad high school in 1956 and enlisted in the army. Upon discharge from the army he was recruited by the University of Nebraska where he played fullback from 1960-1964, his career with the Huskers culminating in the 1964 Orange Bowl championship. He graduated from UNL with a degree in business administration in 1964 and married his one true love Sharon Ross on April 14th, 1964. 
  Maynard and Sharon moved to North Platte in 1975 where Maynard and his brother Dean opened the Smidt Insurance Agency. Those who knew Maynard best will always remember him for his love of fishing and time spent surrounded by friends and family. 
  Maynard leaves to cherish his memory his children Kim Ridder of Lincoln, Kristi Smidt Murphy of Omaha and Jeff Smidt of Denver; brother, Dean Smidt of Cozad, four grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Memorials are suggested to Game and Parks, Fishing in Nebraska Schools (FINS). 
  Cremation was chosen. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte, which is in charge of arrangements.  

Memorials Suggested: Jack Riley (1932-2016)

 Jack Riley, age 84, of Windsor, Colorado, passed away peacefully, on his birthday, Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016, with his family nearby. Memorials have been suggested to the Shelton Volunteer Fire Department of Shelton, Nebraska or the American Legion in Windsor, Colorado.
  Jack Myron Riley, was born on November 22nd, 1932, to Charles and Madeline (Coon) Riley in Shelton, Nebraska. He graduated from Shelton Public Schools in 1950 where he loved participating in football, basketball, track, and baseball, after which, Jack received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Education from Kearney State College, in Kearney, Nebraska where he was a member of the Phi Tau Gamma fraternity.
  Jack was united in marriage to Virginia Joan Smith on November 18th, 1953 at the United Methodist Church in Kearney, Nebraska. Seven days later, Jack was deployed to the war in Korea, returning home in 1955 where he completed his education through the GI Bill. They moved to Big Springs, Nebraska where he was employed as a business teacher and principal at Big Springs High School. Some years later, Jack and Virginia returned to Shelton, where he worked alongside his father in the custom harvesting, trucking, and livestock business. Jack would go on to spend 25 years affiliated with the DeKalb Seed Corn Company and their trucking business in Shelton. In 1976, he joined First State Bank, in Shelton as a shareholder and later became President, until he retired in 1997. Jack was a trusted businessman and mentor to many area farmers.
  While in Shelton, he was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, a volunteer fireman, planning commission board, school board member, American Legion, and was a member of the Kearney ELKS Lodge.
  Jack’s hobbies included hunting and fishing with his three boys, and spending weekends at their cabin on Johnson Lake, south of Lexington, Nebraska. He also enjoyed gardening, traveling in their motor home, camping and spending time with his family.
  In 2010, they moved to Windsor, Colorado where they enjoyed the Rocky Mountains that were part of their earlier travels.
  Survivors include his wife, Virginia, their children, son, Kim (Jean) of North Platte, Nebraska, their daughters Jessica (Craig) and their children, Madelyn and Caius, Jami (Chad) and their children, Olivia and Kingston, and daughter Jordan, son, Kirk (Kris) of Cozad, Nebraska, their sons Dirk (Lanay) and their child, Stone, Dillon (Elise) and their child, AC and daughter Morgan and her Fiance Drew, and son Craig (Vickie) of Windsor, Colorado, his sons, Cody and Connor, his sister, Wilma Jean Mayfield (Dick) of Shelton, Nebraska and many nieces and nephews.
  Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Madeline Riley and father and mother-in-law, Ernest and Charlotte Smith.
  A private memorial service was held at the home of Craig and Vickie Riley in Windsor, Colorado on Friday November 25th, 2016. Pastor Laura Schultz was honored to officiate the family service. A celebration of his life will be held at Johnson Lake next summer.  
  Condolences may be sent to Virginia Riley at 606 4th St. Windsor, CO 80550 or online at www.marksfuneralservice.com. 

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