Lexington Resident: Ronald D. Bossung, age 79 (1935-2014)
Ronald D. Bossung, 79, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, at CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Ron was born June 8th, 1935, in Lexington to Clifford and Berdena (Decker) Bossung. He was a 1952 graduate of Lexington High School and went on to further his education at Hastings College. On March 8th, 1956, he joined the United States Navy, serving his Country, until being honorably discharged on March 2nd, 1962. He then received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska.
He was united in marriage to Leslie Banta. Two sons were born to this marriage, Michael and Scott. The marriage later ended in divorce. He then married LaJean (Soucie) Foged on January 3rd, 1979, in Yankton, South Dakota. Jean’s three children were welcomed to the family; Michael, Marcia and Michelle.
Agriculture was Ron’s love and he spent his entire career either running Dawson County Feed Products or farming. He retired from farming in 2001. Ron was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Ron was a collector, enjoyed traveling, his afternoon coffee group and wintering in Arizona. His greatest love though was spending time with the family and following the grandchildren’s sporting and activity events. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a true kindness and touched many hearts.
Ron is survived by his wife, LaJean Bossung of Lexington; their children, Michael (Debra) Bossung of Mesa, Arizona; Scott (Otilla Delgado) Brotherson of Chandler, Arizona; Michael (Holly) Foged of Glendale, Arizona; Marcia (Matthew) Hooker of Broomfield, Colorado and Michelle (Richard) Seberger Jr. of Lexington; twelve grandchildren, Jacob Bossung of Mesa; Zachary Bossung of Mesa; Christian Brotherson of Chandler; Holden Brotherson of Chandler; Clay Brown of Glendale; Adaline Brown of Glendale; Ashley (Stewart) Clouse of Dallas, Texas; Brooke Bellamy of Columbus, Ohio; Chelsey (Ryan) Kulhanek of Minden, Nebraska; Tori Seberger of Kearney; Kathleen (Andrew) Ostrom of Lynchburg, Virginia; R.J. Seberger and fiancee’ Taylor Shotkoski of Lexington; seven great-grandchildren; extended family and many friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; one great-granddaughter, Leah McNeal; aunts, uncles and one cousin.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 28th, 2014, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Dyton Owen officiating.
Cremation will follow the service. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to Heartland Military Museum, Lexington Volunteer Fire Department, First United Methodist Church or the Donor’s Choice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please forward online condolences to the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Eustis Resident: Wilbur M. Gall, age 96 (1918-2014)
Wilbur M. Gall, 96, of rural Eustis, Nebraska, died Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, at Park Avenue Estates in Lexington, Nebraska.
He was born June 22nd, 1918, at home near Eustis, to Albert and Anna (Fischer) Gall. He attended school in Eustis, graduating in 1936 from Eustis High School.
Wilbur served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII. He served from December 9th, 1941, until being honorably discharged on December 23rd, 1945. While stationed in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he met the love of his life, Ann Kassabian. They married June 20th, 1944, in Miami, Florida. Two sons were blessed to this marriage; Clark and Matthew.
Following the war, Wilbur returned to the farm with his new wife where he resided his entire life until he moved to Park Avenue Estates in 2012.
Wilbur loved the farm, especially the animals. His instinct was spot-on when it came to his cattle; he could tell a good bull from a mile. He trained both cattle dogs and farm cats to heed his commands and knew the routines and habitats of countless species of wildlife.
Wilbur’s love of music, shaped by his experience playing the base horn in the 571st Army Air Forces Band, lasted his entire life. He entertained audiences with his piano solos at church, the Eustis Senior Center and various area nursing homes and often accompanied his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their performances.
He enjoyed a good game of chess and spending time with his family, especially the great-grandchildren. Wilbur was a faithful member of United Methodist Church in Eustis and the American Legion.
Wilbur is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Clark (Janice) Gall of Eustis, Nebraska; two grandchildren, Kara (Srini) of Lincoln, Nebraska and Rachel (Ross) of Cozad, Nebraska; four great-grandchildren, Lydia, Colton, Bentley and Grayson and many extended family and friends.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ann, and his son Matthew.
The family has honored Wilbur’s wishes for cremation. There was be no visitation.
A Memorial Celebration of Life was held Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, at United Methodist Church in Eustis with Reverend Neil Kloppenborg officiating.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.
Cozad Resident: David J. Earl, age 75 (1939-2014)
David J. Earl, 75, of Cozad, Nebraska, died November 17th, 2014, at Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln, Nebraska.
David was born October 30th, 1939, at Kearney, Nebraska, to Francis and Doris (Flynn) Earl. David grew up in Lexington, Nebraska, where he attended school. In 1958 David was joined in holy matrimony to Jean Sabin. David resided in Gothenburg, Nebraska and Lexington before moving to Cozad in 1965. In 1989 David was united in marriage to Janette Biesecker. David and Janette recently celebrated their 25th anniversary on November 16th.
David had a love for working on cars and was employed at Earl's Glass and Body Shop in Lexington before opening Dave's Body Shop in Cozad.
David was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Jean.
Survivors include his loving wife, Janette; sister Donna Garrelts of Cozad; children, Daniel (Angie) Earl of Thedford, England; Jodie (Gary) Vinzant of Hill City, South Dakota; Brenda Fleming of North Platte; John (Beth) Earl of North Platte; Charlotte (Paul) Pentheny of Gothenburg, Nebraska; Paula Karas of Cozad; 15 grandchildren, Daniel, Lisa, Tara, Pamela, Tyler, Jessica, Jesiah, Stasha, Krista, Nikki, Skyler, Slater, Haile, Brock, Austin; nine great-grandchildren, Lila, Ava, Braydon, Keenan, Harper, Harlan, Alex, Bradley and Wesley.
Services were held Friday, November 21st, 2014, at the Church of Christ in Cozad. Burial was at the Cozad Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements.
Lexington Resident: Melvin J. Streit, age 81 (1933-2014)
Melvin J. Streit, 81, of rural Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, November 24th, 2014, at BryanLGH East Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Melvin was born September 14th, 1933, in Lexington, Nebraska, to Joseph and Maggie (Weaver) Streit. He grew up on the farm north of Overton and attended school in Overton. Melvin was a 1951 graduate of Overton High School.
On November 4th, 1953, he joined the United States Army, serving until his honorable discharge on November 3rd, 1955. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Prasch on November 16th, 1955, in Lexington. Four sons were blessed to this marriage, David, Paul, John and Steven.
The farm was his life. His final harvest was done this fall. Throughout the years the family raised cattle, sheep, pigs, as well as assorted other “farm animals”.
Melvin was a faithful member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. He was past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed singing in the church choir. He also was a member of the American Legion.
He enjoyed playing cards, his coffee buddies, woodworking, collecting toy tractors, planting a huge garden and traveling. Melvin had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be sorely missed.
Survivors include his sons; David (Scott Button) Streit of Washington, DC; Paul Streit of Lexington; John (James Wilkin) Streit of Denver, Colorado and Steven (Kay) Streit of San Francisco, California; three grandchildren, Chelsea (Tyler) Perez of Denver; Cody Streit of Fort Ruckers, Alabama and Levi Streit of Denver; one brother, Larry (Janice) Streit of Overton, Nebraska; one sister, Isabel (Ed) Gruntorad of Overton; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilyn; and, sister, Leona Smith.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, December 1st, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Reverend Neal Nollette celebrating.
Burial followed in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery at Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to Nebraska Special Olympics.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Memorials Are Suggested: Don B. Ozanne, age 63 (1951-2014)
Don B. Ozanne died on November 15th, 2014 in Papillion, Nebraska.
Don grew up in Cozad, Nebraska and graduated from UNL in 1974. Don played football for the Huskers where he was a part of the 1970-71 National Championship and set a record for tackles in a freshman game.
He taught and coached football, basketball and wrestling for Gretna High School before becoming a realtor for 35 years.
Don was a top agent in Sarpy County and has been associated with Kendel Homes and NP Dodge for many years.
Don lived a life that reached many people and will always be remembered in our hearts.
Survived by Wife: Connie; sons and daughter-in-Law: Jacob and Christina Ozanne, Clark Ozanne, all of Papillion. Brothers: Raymond Ozanne, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Doug Ozanne, Cozad. Sister-in-law: Colleen Ozanne, Lincoln, Nebraska, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Don is preceded in death by parents Raymond and Frances Ozanne; brothers and sister-in-law: Keith and Marie Ozanne and Jim Ozanne. Sister: Wilma Nunley.
Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 20th, 2014, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Papillion.
Family gathering with friends Wednesday 5-8 pm at mortuary.
Memorials suggested to the American Heart Association.