Lexington Resident: Merlin Hilty (1925-2016)

 Merlin Frank Hilty, 90, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, January 28th, 2016, at Kearney Regional Medical Center in Kearney, Nebraska.

  He was born September 10th, 1925, near Gibbon, Nebraska, the sixth of ten children born to John C. and Mattie May (Rayback) Hilty. Merlin started school in Newark in Buffalo County. He then moved to Elm Creek, and finished his schooling at Amherst. 
  Merlin served his Country during WWII in the United States Army from July 2nd, 1945, until his honorable discharge on September 14th, 1946. He was united in marriage to Opal Rosentreader on August 20th, 1950, at the United Methodist Church in Ansley, Nebraska. Four children were blessed to this marriage; Susan, Tim, Joan, and Dan.
  The family moved to Lexington in 1957, where Merlin was the shop manager for Lexington Motor Company for fourteen years. He then went to work for Nixon Feeds, which would later become Co-op, working there until he retired in 1988.  After his retirement he worked part-time at Mead Lumber and worked for area farmers. 
  Merlin was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees for several years.  He was also a member of the American Legion.
  He enjoyed growing a large garden, having coffee with his buddies, and he took great pride in keeping a beautiful yard.
  Merlin is survived by his wife of 65 years; Opal Hilty of Lexington, Nebraska; son, Timothy Hilty of Campbell, California; two daughters, Susan Hilty of Hanover Park, Illinois, and Joan Gestring of Holdrege, Nebraska; two granddaughters, Erica (Chad) Sandell of Omaha, Nebraska, and Olivia Gestring of Kearney, Nebraska; one brother, Phillip (Pat) Hilty of Kearney, Nebraska; three sisters; Donna (Jim) Webster of Loveland, Colorado, Patty (David) Peach of Bedford, Texas, and Phyllis Bennett of Kearney, Nebraska; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Dan; three brothers, John, Everett, and Lloyd Hilty; and two sisters, Pauline Cepel and Rachel Darling. 
  Funeral Services were held Monday, February 1st, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Dyton Owen officiating. The casket was closed. 
  Burial with Military Honors was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
  There was no visitation.
  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Cozad Resident: Stephen K. Irish (1952-2016)

   Memorial service for Stephen K “Steve” Irish, 63, of Hoskins was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 30th, 2016, at the Hoskins Community Center, Hoskins, Nebraska.  Pastor Rick Walth officiated. Inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation was  Friday at the Home for Funerals in Norfolk.
  Mr. Irish died January 27th, 2016, at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.
  Steve was born on February 24th, 1952, in Kearney, Nebraska, the son of Bennett and Verna (Glenn) Irish. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1971.
  On August 2nd, 1981, Steve married DeAnna Payne in Gothenburg, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Cozad. Steve attended Sidney Technical School and learned the trade of welding.
Steve had worked for Evan’s Bakery, the Cozad De Hy Plant and Dugdale Beef Plant.
  They moved to Norfolk in 1983 where Steve was a cooler foreman at Dupaco and later Beef America. Following the closing of the plant, Steve worked in Iowa constructing hog buildings before beginning his career at MP Global in Norfolk. He was a supervisor when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in August of 2015. He continued to work up to the day prior to his death.
  Steve was an avid Husker fan who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved to play and watch softball and basketball. There are many people, near and far, on basketball courts and softball fields that will hear him scream swing the bat, charge the ball, box out or rebound…his voice will be heard forever.
  Steve’s passion was his family, especially his grandchildren. 
He is survived by his wife of 34 years; their children, Margo and Craig Reeson, of Hoskins, Nicole Irish and Ron Armitage, Hoskins, Desiree Irish, Hoskins; his grandchildren, Ashlynn Marx, Camrynn, and Journee; his siblings: Rhonda Stephen, Cozad, Nebraska, Ed Irish, of North Platte, Judy Vanderpool, of Tennessee, Cindy Irish, of North Platte, Bob Irish, of Cozad, Nebraska, Ben Irish, of Greeley, Colorado, and Trudy Delgado, Sterling, Colorado.
  Steve was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Melvin Rex Irish, Bennett Albert Irish and Patrick B. Irish, Sr.

Lexington Resident: Benjamin C. Garcia (1965-2016)

   Benjamin Chavez Garcia, 50, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, at Lexington.
  He was born July 8th, 1965, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Hipolito Chavez and Paulina Garcia. Benjamin graduated high school in Mexico, and went on to further his education and became an Accountant. In 1996, he moved to Lexington. He bought Teresa’s Tortillas from the former owners in 2007, and in 2013, remodeled the store and moved to the present location on 7th St.
  Benjamin enjoyed reading, studying (he continued to study, as education was an important part of his life), cooking, and music.  He adored his daughter, Paulina, and felt her continuing education was very important. He was a savvy business man, had a heart of gold, and a love for his employees, and his customers.
  Family meant the world to him and he so enjoyed family get-togethers. He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
  Surviving Benjamin is his daughter, Paulina Chavez, and her mother, Belia Duran of El Paso, Texas; three brothers, Hipolito (Maribel) Chavez Garcia of Oklahoma, Rafael (Mirna) Chavez Garcia of Mexico, Luis (Jennifer) Chavez Garcia of Crete, Nebraska; three sisters, Luz Elena Chavez of Crete, Nebraska, Delia Chavez of Overton, Nebraska, Isabel (Martin) Chavez-Baeza of Oklahoma; twenty-three nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends. 
  Benjamin was preceded in death by his parents, and two nephews.
  Mass of Christian Burial was  Friday, January 29th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Father Jose Chavez officiating.
  Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
  Visitation was held Thursday, January 28th, 2016, from 4-6 p.m. with Rosary to follow at 6:00 p.m. all at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.  
  Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Cozad Resident: Betty Matz (1923-2016)

  Betty J. (York) Matz, age 92 passed away December 22nd, 2015 at Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad. 
  Memorials are suggested to Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad.  
  Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.  
  Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Timothy Anderson (1969-2016)

  Timothy Shane Anderson, 46, of North Platte, Nebraska, died January 23rd, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska after a brief battle with cancer. He was born December 31st, 1969 in North Platte, Nebraska, son of Gregory and Jeanne (Carlson) Anderson.
  Tim grew up in North Platte and attended schools there. He spent his free time fishing, gardening and cooking and grilling for his family and friends. He worked in construction, carpentry, and electrical.
  He is survived by his son, Tommy Benis of Kersey, Colorado, daughter, Morgan Thomalla of Gothenburg, Nebraska, mother, Jeanne Anderson of Gothenburg, brother, Brian Anderson of Alliance, Nebraska, brother, Jeff Anderson of Hershey, Nebraska, sister, Kristina Anderson of Omaha, Nebraska, grandmother Shirley Carlson of North Platte, along with numerous extended family members and friends. 
  Tim was preceded in death by father, Gregory Joseph Anderson, grandfather Harold Carlson and grandparents Joe and Ruth Anderson.
  Visitation will be held, today, at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, January 28th, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
  Funeral services will be held, today, at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 1:00 pm.  
  Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be given to the to the Anderson Family, 1019 Jefferson, Gothenburg, Nebraska 69138.  
  To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

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