Cozad Resident: Lylia Sutherland (1935-2016)

  Lylia L. Sutherland, 81 of Cozad, formerly of Grant, passed away Saturday, August 13th , 2016 at the Cozad Community Hospital. 
  Lylia was born April 6th, 1935 at Blair, Nebraska to Victor and Ada (Stricklett) King. She graduated from Blair High School with the class of 1953.
  On March 20th, 1953, Lylia married John "Burly" Sutherland in Iowa. The couple made their home in Blair for the next 20 years. At that time, Lylia worked at a greenhouse and flower shop, which was a job that she really came to enjoy. Their union would eventually blossom into a family, complete with 4 boys and 2 girls. In 1972, they moved to Grant, and later, Curtis and Max. In 2008, a year after the death of her husband, Lylia moved to Cozad to be closer to her family.  
  Lylia was a long-time member of the Blair Christian Church, the Red Hat Society and J.C. Woman's Club. She loved greenery and tending to her flowers. Lylia was also known to have amassed an impressive collection of bears. From stuffed to ceramic, and everything in between, if it involved a bear, Lylia would add it to her collection. She was also a devoted fan of the Denver Broncos.
  While Lylia enjoyed her hobbies greatly, the focal point of her life was her family. It was a blessing for her to see her grandchildren grow up, and exponentially so, to see their lineage grow with the births of her great grandchildren and even 3 great-great grandchildren.     
  In addition to her husband, Lylia was preceded in death by a son, Joe in 1974.
  She is lovingly survived by her 3 sons, Tim (Gretchen) Sutherland of Lincoln, Bill (Lisa) Sutherland of Blair, Mark (Kim) Sutherland of Cozad; 2 daughters, Robin (Wayne) Larsen of Cozad, Roxann (Pat) Edwards of Blair; 20 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Rita Ray of Omaha; step-sister, Karen (Jim) Bowman of Max; and several other relatives and friends.  
  A memorial has been established in her memory for later designation. Condolences may be shared at, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend.
  Services will be on Saturday, August 20th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Elmer Armijo  officiating. Burial will be in the Grant Fairview Cemetery. 
  Visitation will be on Friday, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant.
  Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements.

Cozad Resident: Charles Creamer (1941-2016)

  Charles 'Uncle Henry' Creamer of Cozad, passed away August 12th, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at the age of 75. Henry was born January 4th, 1941 at Spur, Texas to Willie 'Buck' Forest and Ina Myrtle (Davidson) Creamer. He was raised in Muleshoe, Texas where he attended school.    
  Henry moved to California and worked for a hotel for many years. He eventually moved back to his hometown in Texas and took care of his mother. Following his mother’s passing, he made Cozad his new home. Henry had a special fondness for animals, especially his own dog, Sebastian. He had the perfect job here in Cozad, working with his niece at her pet grooming business, 'DoggieStyles'.  Henry loved listening to Elvis and seeing impersonators in Branson. He also enjoyed watching Westerns. He cherished spending time with his family, especially when they would go for long drives.  
  Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Buck and Myrtle; sisters, Cleta Williams and Sue Kemp; brothers, James, Forest and Travis Creamer.  
  He is lovingly survived by his sisters, Phyllis Mondt of Henderson, Nevada, Carolyn Herrington of Cozad, Monnie (George) Rutherford of Dallas, Texas and Jan (Clint) Pasteka of Quitman, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.  
  A memorial has been established in his memory for later designation. Online condolences may be shared at  
  Services were Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ, 2117 Newell, Cozad, with Pastor James McCrickard officiating. Burial followed at the Cozad Cemetery.    
  Visitation was Monday at Berryman Funeral Home, which was in charge of arrangements.

Lexington Resident: Irene Lopez (1950-2016)

  Irene Vieyra-Lopez, 65, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, August 11th, 2016, at Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington. She was surrounded by her loving family.
  Irene was born October 14th, 1950, in North Platte, Nebraska, to Manuel and Mary (Ibarra) Vieyra. She graduated from Wellington High School in Wellington, Kansas, in 1968. 
  She was the proud mother of five boys and one girl. The love that Irene shared with her children is indescribable, as you can only understand it if you have been touched by her love, kindness, determination, and dedication to the well-being of her family. Irene had an amazing relationship with her twenty-one grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and had enough love to go around for each of them.
  Irene enjoyed being around young people, so she started working at the high school as a para-educator. She then moved on to encourage the kids to continue their education by encouraging and educating the importance of attendance in school as Lexington High School Attendance Secretary. 
  She will be very missed by her family, her co-workers, her friends, and all who knew and loved her.
  Survivors include her children; Michael and wife Cindy Vieyra, Patrick and wife Kim Shelburn, Robert and wife Angie Shelburn, all of Wichita, Kansas, Brian Shelburn of North Platte, Nebraska, Junior Lopez, and, Lisa Nava both of Lexington, Nebraska; twenty-one grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; siblings; Roy Vieyra, George Vieyra, Pat and wife Chris Vieyra, and Bob and wife Mary Vieyra all of North Platte, Nebraska, Jennie Garvin, Anita Sanchez, Helen and husband Alex Sanchez, Delores and husband Jesse Lira, Gina and husband Reuben Rangel, all of North Platte, Nebraska, Terri and huband Don Boese of Overland Park, Kansas, Nellie and husband Len Tominaga of Downey, California; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
  Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Vieyra-Gomez and Manuel Vieyra.
  It was Irene’s wishes for cremation. There will be no visitation.
  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held Monday, August 15th, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Jose Chavez officiating.
  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:

Farnam Resident: Elvin Gardner (1928-2016)

  Elvin D. Gardner, 88, of Farnam passed away August 9th, 2016 at his home in Farnam.
  Elvin was born May 28th, 1928 in Farnam to Clyde and Jennie Johnson Gardner. He spent his childhood on the family farm south of Farnam. He graduated from Farnam High School in 1945. He worked as a mechanic at the Ford Garage, Deavers in Gothenburg and at Hi-Line Implement in Eustis soon after graduation.
  On July 10th, 1955, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Peirsol Gardner. They moved to a farm south of Farnam where Elvin farmed and had dairy cows and a mechanic shop. He also was a contract mail carrier for several years.
  In 1960 they were blessed with a little girl, Launa Kay, who became their daughter. In 1961 a little boy, Tracy Lee, also joined their family.
  Elvin retired in 1990 and they moved to Farnam in 1993. The first year after retirement, they worked in Yellowstone Park. Elvin got back to being a mechanic and liked doing that. They enjoyed traveling the country and later spending winters in the south. Elvin was a Nascar fan and also liked photography. He took many wedding and nature pictures.
  He is survived by his wife Marilyn of 6l years, a daughter Launa Hopkins (Bradley) of Almena, Kansas and a son Tracy Gardner (Teresa) of Curtis, five grandchildren;  Nathan (Staci) Hopkins and their children Rhiley Fiene, Wyatt Fiene, Cort Fiene and CJ Fiene; Ryan (Brittany) Hopkins and their child Owen Hopkins; Amanda Hopkins; Miranda Johnson (and family); Jordan Gardner (girlfriend Sierra).
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Jennie and his sister Eula Weathers.
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Sunday, August 14th, 2016.
  Funeral Services were held at Farnam United Methodist Church, Monday, August 15th, 2016 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating.  
  Burial followed in the Farnam Cemetery, Farnam, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be directed to the Farnam United Methodist Church, 303 Caribou Street, Farnam, NE 69029; Farnam Senior Center, 214 Main Street, Farnam, NE 69029; or the Nebraska Children's Home Society, 4939 So 118th Street, Omaha, NE 68137.
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Cozad Resident: Emersyn Heimann (2016-2016)

  Emersyn Domineke Lindsay Heimann of Cozad passed away Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at Children's Hospital in Omaha.  
  Emersyn was born April 2nd, 2016 at Kearney, Nebraska to Dominic and Kimberly (Brown) Heimann. Emersyn loved her bath time and being held and wrapped close to her mother. She was fascinated by her big brother Myles; he was the only one that could make her laugh like no other.  
  Emersyn was preceded in death by her great grandparents, Kate and Frank Schwartzer; great aunt, Joan Goodman and her cousin, Samuel Heimann.  
  She is lovingly survived by her parents; brother, Myles; grandparents, Patty and Mark Brown of McCook and Julie and John Heimann of Columbus; great grandparents, Clara and Harvey Dunn of Indianola and Ed and Joan Heimann of Columbus; aunts and uncles, Kami Foster of McCook, Keri (Eric) Underwood of Malcolm, Nebraska, Kristi (Joe) Forte of Bismark, North Dakota, Tyler (Kelsey) Brown of Loup City and Phil (Kelsey) Heimann of North Platte; cousins, Ethan, Logan, Matthew, Luke, Ellie, Evelyn, Jackson, Elijah and Felicity.  
  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.  
  Online condolences may be shared at Services were Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Gothenburg.  Burial followed at the Cozad Cemetery.  Visitation was Monday at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad, which was in charge of arrangements.

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