Gothenburg Resident: Shirley Brittenham (1933-2016)

   Shirley Ann Brittenham, 82, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died May 11th, 2016 at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital in Gothenburg, Nebraska.  
  She was born July 22nd, 1933 in Ingham, Nebraska, daughter of Reuben and Eva (Callahan) Johnson the youngest of four daughters. She grew up north of Moorefield and attended Jeffery Queens school south of Brady. She graduated from the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis in 1951. She worked at McDonald State Bank in North Platte until her marriage. 
  Shirley married Eldon Brittenham on December 31st, 1953, to this union three sons were born: Dale Lee, Ricky Wayne and Lynn Wade. The family moved to Cozad, Nebraska in 1963, later moving to the family homestead in Moorefield, Nebraska in 1973. Eldon then bought out his father's cows and land and began to manage the family homestead. Shirley was a busy farm wife and mother.  She enjoyed cooking meals from scratch which were always good! Shirley enjoyed spending time in her garden and researching family genealogy. 
  She is survived by three sons, Dale (Vivian Koch) Brittenham of Lincoln, Rick (Cathy) Brittenham of North Platte; Lynn (Missy) Brittenham of Moorefield; six grandsons, Jeff (Becky) Brittenham, Erik Brittenham, Evan (Beth) Brittenham, Seth (Amanda) Brittenham, Austin (Lonna) Brittenham, Jacob Brittenham; three granddaughters, Leslie (Michael) Brestel, Becka (Jaryd Cabriles) Brittenham, Holly Brittenham; four great grandsons Cameron, Nathan, Jett and Roland; two great granddaughters Chloe and Claire; sister LaVawn Rowson of Fulton, Missouri; and siser-in-law Maxine Brittenham of North Platte.
  She was preceded by her parents, her husband Eldon, and two sisters Lorene Hoaglund and Darlene Brittenham. 
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, May 16, 2016.
  Graveside services were held at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska, Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.  
  Memorials may be given to the Callahan Oncology Center, PO Box 1167, North Platte, NE 69103.  
  To sign the online guest book, go to

Gothenburg Resident: Lester Jobman (1922-2016)

   Lester Ruben Jobman, 93, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died May 10th, 2016 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, Nebraska.  
  He was born July 28th, 1922 north of Gothenburg, Nebraska, son of Peter and Emma (Poggendorf) Jobman.
  Lester grew up north of Gothenburg on the family farm. He married Frances Block on December 16th, 1951 at Christ Lutheran Church at Gothenburg. To this union, 3 children were born - Terry, Heidi, and Matthew. Lester was a life long farmer and rancher.  He also was a Pioneer seed salesman for many years.  He was a member of the Jaycees, Lions Club, and was an active member of the American Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed baseball, softball, and bowling along with sports in general. He was a devoted card player, he enjoyed billiards and square dancing.  Lester especially liked to watch his grandchildren participate in school activities.
  Survivors include his wife Frances Jobman of Gothenburg; son, Terry (Nancy) Jobman of Gothenburg, Nebraska;  daughter, Heidi Jobman of Chappell, Nebraska;  daughter-in-law, Charlotte Jobman of Gothenburg, Nebraska; grandchildren - Andrew (Rebecca) Jobman of Gothenburg, Nebraska, David (Jana) Jobman of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Erin Jobman of Manhattan, Kansas, Christopher Morris of Kansas City, Kansas; Erica Jobman of Sidney, Nebraska along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
  Lester was preceded in death by his parents, son, Matt Jobman, brothers, Paul and Alfred Jobman; sisters, Dorothy Wright and Lorene Stevens, son-in-law, Roger Morris, granddaughter, Susan Elizabeth Jobman.
  Book signing was  held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 Tenth Street, Gothenburg, Nebraska; on Friday, May 13th, 2016.
  Memorial services were held at American Lutheran Church, Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at 10:00 am with Pastor Jon Mapa officiating.  
  Private interment will be at a later date in the American Lutheran Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church.  To sign the online guest book, go to

Lexington Resident: Neva Gerard (1938-2016)

    Neva Gail Gerard, 78, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, April 30th, 2016, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community.
  She was born February 10th, 1938, in Nemaha, Nebraska, to Floyd and Martha (Smith) Wallace. Neva lived in Sutton, Nebraska, where she worked as a Medication Aide at the nursing home. 
  Neva was united in marriage to Richard Gerard on January 5th, 1968, in Clay Center, Nebraska. The couple moved to Lexington in January of 1991, to work at the local IBP plant. 
  Neva enjoyed camping and fishing.  She loved gardening and flowers, gambling, putting together puzzles, bowling and traveling.  Her greatest enjoyment came when being with her family, especially the grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 
  Survivors include her husband; Richard of Lexington, Nebraska;  five sons, Nathan Larson of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, Darrell and his wife Ruth Larson of Hastings, Nebraska, John Larson of Hastings, Nebraska, Scott Larson of Hastings, Nebraska, and Richard Gerard, Jr. of Lexington, Nebraska; one daughter, Carmen and her husband Donald Freeland of Lexington, Nebraska; one brother, Earl and his wife Karen Wallace of Lincoln, Nebraska; seven grandchildren; Christopher, Selena, and Paisley Longoria, Eric, Donald, Jr. and Shelby Freeland, and Cassandra DeMoss; two great-grandchildren, Stanley and Mavis; as well as extended family and friends.
  Neva was preceded in death by her parents; son, Bill Larson; daughter, Linda Longoria; and, two sisters, Vivian Eirick and Betty Yakely.
  The family has honored Neva’s wishes for cremation. There will be no visitation.
  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 20th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating.
  Inurnment will be held later at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska.
  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:

Gothenburg Resident: Betty Lou Hubbert (1942-2016)

  Betty Lou Hubbert, age 73, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died May 8th, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska.  
  Betty Lou was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Dorothy Hicken, and brother Glenn Hicken.  
  She is survived by children; George & Kristy Hubbert of Rapid City, South Dakota, Tom & Jody Hubbert of Elkhorn, Nebraska, Marsha & Doug Cleland of Highland Ranch, Colorado, and Mark Hubbert of Denver, Colorado, 4 grandchildren, brothers; Robert & Barb Hicken of Gothenburg, Nebraska, and Ralph & Haruko Hicken of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  Memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg, Nebraska. Private interment.  Memorials can be made to your favorite charity in Betty’s name. To sign the online guest book, go to    

Lexington Resident: David Cranford (1926-2016)

  David D. Cranford, 89, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, May 5th, 2016, at Plum Creek Healthcare Community in Lexington.
  He was born October 31st, 1926 in David City, Nebraska, to Earl and May (Tichacek) Cranford. He lived his early years in Linwood, Nebraska before moving with his family to Lexington, Nebraska in 1935. He graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1945. 
  David entered the United States Army during WWII on December 19th, 1945, and after going to artillery school in Oklahoma and Kentucky, he was sent to Occupied Japan. After his honorable discharge on February 4th, 1947, he began custom farming with his brother, Dick, in the Lexington area. They also did custom haying and had a combine and truck they took to Texas and back for the wheat harvest. In the early 1970’s he acquired his own farm and continued to farm until 1995 when he retired. He continued to live on the farm until the last few weeks when illness required him to enter primary care.
  Dave enjoyed motorcycles and coin collecting as a young man and then enjoyed fishing later on in life. But, his true love was farming.
  Dave is survived by two nieces, Denise Kearney and Dee Crozier, and three nephews, Dana Crawford, Morry DeLap, and Merrill DeLap.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and May Cranford; sisters, Fay DeLap and Phyllis Cranford, and his brother, Dick Cranford.
  Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Polly Deppe-Williams officiating.
  There will be no visitation.
  Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.
  Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery with Military Honors.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. To share online condolences with the family, please visit:

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