Elwood Resident: Robert Bellamy (1937-2017)
Robert Joe Bellamy, age 79, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at Cozad Community Hospital, in Cozad, Nebraska. Joe was born on May 19th, 1937 on the family farm in Moorefield, Nebraska to Raymond and Hazel (Coker) Bellamy.
Joe grew up on the family farm attending country school through the 7th grade and continued through high school in Farnam, Nebraska. On September 10th, 1954 he was united in marriage to Lloydelle Scharf in Eustis, Nebraska at the United Methodist Parsonage. In 1959, Joe and his brother Kenneth purchased the Elwood John Deere dealership making Joe the youngest John Deere dealer in the country! Joe also began aerial spraying during this time and developed the airport at Johnson Lake. After more than 25 years in the aerial spraying business, he concentrated on building the family farm with his sons in Elwood and Goodland, Kansas.
Joe maintained an avid interest in aviation for the rest of his life owning and flying everything from a Piper Cub to a Pinto jet. In addition to his love of aviation, he enjoyed restoring vintage cars, gas pumps, and renovating farmsteads and homes. Most recently, he has enjoyed spending time with his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. In September of 2014, Joe and Lloydelle celebrated 60 years of marriage with family and friends.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Maurice, Horace, and Noble, Sisters Harriet and Mable, and great-granddaughter Leah.
Joe is survived by his wife Lloydelle Bellamy of Elwood, Nebraska; Sons: Randy and wife Susan Bellamy of Goodland, Kansas; Brian and wife Shelly Bellamy of Sharon Springs, Kansas; Kevin and wife Cheri Bellamy of Elwood, Nebraska. Grandchildren: Kerri, Reed, Ashley and husband Stewart Clouse, Brooke and fiancée Carl DeCaire, Chelsey and husband Ryan Kulhanek, Mandi and husband Josh Hill, Lexie and husband Shannon Pfannenstiel, Kinsey and fiancé Brendan Nunamak. 14 great grandchildren, Brothers: Kenneth and wife Doris, Jack & wife Marlys. Brother-In-Law: Donald Scharf and wife Leila, Ronald Scharf and wife Patricia, Leonard Scharf and wife Nancy. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
Viewing and visitation were Monday, February 13th, 2017 at Elwood Funeral Home, Elwood, Nebraska.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Parkview Baptist Church, in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor John Shields, officiating. Interment was in the Elwood Cemetery, Elwood, Nebraska. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska was in charge of arrangements.
Eustis Resident: Keith Gronewold (1945-2017)
Keith W. Gronewold passed away February 10th, 2017 at his home in Eustis, Nebraska at the age of 71. Keith was born May 20th, 1945 at Gothenburg, Nebraska to William and Irene (Miller) Gronewold. He attended school at Eustis, Nebraska and graduated with the class of 1963.
Keith participated in sports during high school and was proud to have played on the 1962 State Championship Football Team. He entered the US Navy in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1969.
Keith married Phyllis Triplett in 1969 in Louisville, Mississippi. The couple were blessed with 2 sons, Michael and Scott. He later married Helen Obrecht in Grand Island, Nebraska in 1990. Keith worked in Grand Island as a consultant to Business World Products, Eakes Office Supply and Nebraska Petroleum.
The couple moved to Eustis in 1996 where Keith went to work for the local newspaper, Hi-Line Enterprise. Keith enjoyed covering high school sports and getting to know the area student athletes. He was a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Gronewold of Eustis; 2 sons, Michael Gronewold of Louisville, Mississippi and Scott (Amanda) Gronewold of Starkville, Mississipi; step children, Delaine Obrecht of Denver, Jayson (Karen) Obrecht of Kearney and Melissa (Tom) Duffy of Des Moines; grandchildren, Hadley Thompson, Stephanie Spurlock, Alec Johnson, Henry Duffy, Jacob Obrecht, Nathan Obrecht and Kaitlyn Obrecht.
Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
At Keith's request, there will be no formal service and he will be cremated. Memorials are suggested to the family in his name. Berryman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Gothenburg Resident: Marjorie Golter (1925-2017)
Marjorie Golter, 91, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died February 7th, 2017 in Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Marjorie Deana (Huff) Golter was born on September 28, 1925 on a farm north of Arapahoe, Nebraska, and baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection October 25, 1925. She was confirmed May 14th, 1939. She was the youngest of four children; Harold, Mildred and Carl were her older siblings. Their parents were Edward and Lydia Huff. She attended the Union Ridge rural school north of Arapahoe as a child. She later entered the Parochial School. After her father died when she was just 8 years old, the farm was sold and her older siblings went to live with other relatives. Marge and her mother Lydia moved into Arapahoe. Marge graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1943. She enjoyed glee club and girl’s chorus and pep club. Marge liked pink roses and dancing, skating and collecting pictures were her hobbies. Her favorite class was typing and after graduating she worked.
She met Glen F. Golter also from Arapahoe as she was babysitting and pushing a stroller down the street. They dated and Glen had enlisted in the Army in 1944 and was stationed in California. They were married in Arapahoe on December 12th, 1945. Marge and another young woman took off for California to join their husbands. This was not encouraged by anyone but love prevailed and off they went. Marge got a housecleaning job at one of the officer’s homes and when Glen was sent to Germany she came back to Arapahoe to await his return.
Marge joined her husband in Kansas where he got a job with the Bureau of Reclamation as a surveyor. They later moved to Johnson Lake where they began their Central Nebraska Public Power career. Moving to Jeffrey Lake only a year later Marge became a devoted mother caring for three boys, Gary, Bobby and Randy. She was involved in Legion Auxiliary, Kraft Club, Card Club and was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Platte. Marge and Glen operated Golter’s Carpet Cleaning Service for many years as a side job. Marge was a big sports fan especially when watching her sons play. Marge also loved to hunt and fish with Glen and the boys. They took a yearly trip to Saratoga, Wyoming and fished for trout on the Platte River.
Marge enjoyed cooking and was known for her fried chicken and homemade cherry pies. You never left her home without having something to eat! She enjoyed being a mother, grandmother to seven, great grandmother to 19 and great great grandmother to 4.
Jesus called her home to heaven on February 7th, 2017 at Hilltop Estates where she had resided for about two years. Marge is survived by her husband of 73 years, Glen, Sons; Gary (Connie)Golter of Hastings, Bobby (Susan)Golter of Brady and Randy (Elizabeth) Golter of St. Louis, Missouri, 7 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, and 2 nieces.
Marge was preceded in death by her parents, brothers; Harold Huff, George Huff, sister Mildred Dahlenburg, and daughter-in-law, Julie Golter.
Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Friday, February 10th, 2017.
Funeral services were held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 402 S. Baytree Ave, North Platte, NE, Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 2:30 pm.
Interment followed in the Brady Cemetery, Brady, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 402 S. Baytree Ave, North Platte, NE. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Lexington Resident: Julie Owens (1939-2017)
Julie Owens, 77, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born August 12th, 1939, in Greeley, Nebraska to Roman and Margaret (Czarnik) Kowalski. She graduated from Ord High School with the class of 1957, and went on to continue her education at Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1960.
Julie was united in marriage to Roger B. Owens on November 20th, 1959, in Ord, Nebraska. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Chandra, RoxAnne, and Tobin. The family settled in Lexington where Julie worked as a nurse at the Lexington Community Hospital, and Westside Care Home until 1971, when she received her certification to sell insurance. She assisted Roger in their insurance business for over 40 years.
Always an advocate for her community, Julie was involved with the Lexington Housing Authority for 18 years, was a State Commissioner for 8 years, and was honored with Commissioner of the Year in Kearney in 2013. She volunteered with VITA, an income tax assistance program for 26 years, and delivered Meals-on-Wheels for many years.
A member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Julie served as a Eucharistic minister and on the Altar Society.
Her passions included being a season ticket holder for her beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers, as a matter of fact, she loved all football. She enjoyed caring for the elderly, traveling, belonged to two bridge groups, spending time with friends, especially her Wednesday Lunch Bunch, but, her greatest passion were her grandchildren. She just loved people, and people loved her.
Julie is survived by her children; Chandra (Gregg) Baumann of Omaha, Nebraska, RoxAnne (Kory) Koenig of Papillion, Nebraska, and Tobin (Amy) Owens of Lexington, Nebraska; six grandchildren; Bruce & Emma Baumann, Matthew & Catherine Koenig, and Abigail & Griffin Owens; four brothers; Vern (Norma) Kowalski of Grand Island, Nebraska, Dwayne (Monica) Schamp or Ord, Nebraska, Leonard (Barb) Schamp of Alda, Nebraska, and Frank (Barb) Schamp of Kennewick, Washington; two sisters; Ruth (Elliott) Sagehorn of Ogallala, Nebraska, and Maxine (Jon) Peters of Brewster, Nebraska; also surviving are nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Julie was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Alvin Schamp; husband, Roger on July 22nd, 2016; brother, Bill; and nephew, Troy.
Mass of Christian Burial wss Monday, February 13th, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church with Reverends Neal Nollette and Paul Colling concelebrating.
Visitation was Sunday, February 12th, 2017, Wake Service to followed at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington.
Julie was interred next to Roger in the Arcadia Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 13th, in Arcadia, Nebraska.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or Lexington Community Foundation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Lexington Resident: Roger Booth (1934-2017)
Roger Lee Booth, 82, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, at Cozad Care and Rehabilitation Center in Cozad.
He was born September 6th, 1934, in Loup City, Nebraska, to Ernest and Lucille (Anderson) Booth. He attended school in Brady, Nebraska where he graduated with the class of 1952. He was united in marriage to Sharon Owings, in Gothenburg, Nebraska. Four children were blessed to this marriage; Terri, twins, Deb & DeeAnn, & Todd. The family lived in Brady, then Broken Bow, and settled in Lexington in 1971.
Roger was a veteran of the United States Army where he served during the Korean Conflict. He was an Independent Insurance Broker his entire career, as well as an Investment Advisor.
He was a member of the American Legion and VFW. He loved playing golf, following the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and as a young man, used to rodeo.
The most important part of Roger’s life was his family. His grandchildren, and great-grandchildren brought him much joy. He will be so missed.
Roger is survived by his wife, Sharon Booth of Lexington, Nebraska; one son, Todd (Kim) Booth of Lexington, Nebraska; three daughters, Terri Rung of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, DeeAnn (Shane) Sage of Lexington, Nebraska, Deb (Tim) Holbrook of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; one brother; Harold (Elizabeth) Booth of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Elizabeth (Rick) Schmidt of Omaha, Nebraska; sisters-in-law, Delores Gronewold of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Marlene Anderson of Kearney, Nebraska, and Sherrill Lessig of Grand Island, Nebraska; eleven grandchildren; Daniel, Alyse (Michael), Katie (Jonathan), Morgan, Emilee (Michael), Ty, Catherine, Abby (Trevor), Cassidy, Madison and Brendan; nine great-grandchildren; Skylar, Chase, Cayd, Cinch, Cohen, Lilee, Swayzee, Rope, and Brecken; also surviving are nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Harvey Silsby; infant brother, Douglas; and three brothers-in-law; Wayne Gronewold, Roger Anderson, and Robert Lessig.
It was Roger’s wishes for cremation. There will be no visitation.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, February 16th, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Polly Deppen-Williams officiating.
Inurnment will be at 2:00 p.m. that same afternoon in 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 condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.