Memorials Suggested: Patricia Soundy (1924-2017)

Patricia Ann Soundy died Monday May 8, 2017 at age 92, in Good Samaritan Society in Grand Island, Nebraska. A native of Farnam, during her adult life Pat also lived in Cozad and Lexington, raising a large happy family of six children with husband Art Soundy. The couple retired to Art’s hometown of Minden for several years.
Pat was born August 20, 1924 in Farnam, Nebraska, the first of John and Margarette (Parker) Rowland’s three children. After graduation from high school in 1941, Pat completed her Junior Normal School training, then taught country school near Farnam and worked summers in the Farnam Bank. In 1942, she married her high school sweetheart Clinton Wear.  From this union was born a daughter, Pamela. A few days before the end of the Pacific War Clinton, a pilot, was lost at sea.
  In the fall of 1946, Pat earned her teaching certificate at Kearney State College in 1947 and returned home to teach elementary school for the next two years. In 1949, she married the new Farnam High School Teacher and coach, Arthur D. Soundy. The couple lived in Farnam and had four more children (twins Steven and Susan; Ann and Arthur John.) They moved to Cozad to continue Art's career and Timothy was born.
   In 1960, Arthur was hired as principal of Lexington’s Pershing Elementary School, where he remained until his retirement in 1985. Pat was active and deeply involved in community work: especially at Lexington First Presbyterian Church, where she served as Deacon (visitation to shut-ins and the elderly); Elder; Sunday School Teacher and instructor of the Bethel Bible Series. She served regularly as a poll worker, tutored Each One Teach One students and was a dedicated hospice volunteer for a full decade. As a blood donor, she earned her 6-gallon pin. Once Pat made contact with a person in need of help, comfort or companionship, she remained committed to that person, often long after her official role had ended. Pat followed the example of her Lord Jesus Christ, with her lively interest in people and her compassion. Her warm and ready smile reflected her enjoyment of people in her community and the many rewarding relationships she formed in her life.
  Pat is greatly missed by her six children: Pamela Wear Palmer (Jim) of Lincoln, Steve Soundy (Linda) of Minden, Susan Williams (Roger) of Nora, Ann Atkins (Jerry) Grand Island, AJ Soundy (Cathleen) of Hopewell, NJ, and Timothy Soundy (Lisa) of Sioux Falls, SD. She is survived by eighteen grandchildren: Jamie Palmer, Shannon Palmer, Amanda Palmer, Travis Soundy, Tucker Soundy, Taylor Soundy, Tyler Williams, Lance Williams, Sarah Williams Eubank, Marnie Atkins Benson, Jeremy Atkins, Heather Atkins Fucile, Seth Atkins, Patrick Soundy, Jared Soundy, Alexander Soundy, Laura Soundy, and Matthew Soundy: eighteen great-grandchildren; and her younger brother, John P. Rowland (Ardy) of Discovery Bay, CA and brother in-law, Alan Thompson of Olympia, WA. She is preceded in death by both husbands, and sister Barbara Thompson. 

   Pat Soundy’s funeral service will be conducted Monday, May 15, 2017 in the Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden at 2 pm.  Burial will be in the Minden Cemetery.  There will be a visitation from 6-8 pm Sunday evening at the Layton-Craig Funeral Home.

Former Cozad Resident: James Hamilton (1942-2017)

  James M. Hamilton of Lincoln, former Cozad resident, passed away May 6th, 2017 in Lincoln, surrounded by his family, at the age of 75. Jim was born February 7th, 1942 in Omaha, Nebraska to Earl and Helen (Lowe) Hamilton. 
  He married Virginia (Ginny) Fasse on May 28th, 1962.  Jim graduated from Cozad High School in 1959. After high school graduation, Jim worked for Fasse Farm and Ranch. Later taking a job at Monroe Auto in Cozad, Nebraska.  He and his family moved to Kearney, Nebraska, and he attended Kearney State College. While attending Kearney State College, he began his career in transportation with Yellow Freight Systems in Kearney.  Later transferring to Overland Park, Kansas in 1987.  During this time, he worked at Yellow Freight Systems in Lenexa, Kansas as a terminal Manager, then at the Break-Bulk Center in Kansas City, Missouri. After wanting to move back to be closer to his daughter’s, they moved back to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1996 where he retired as the terminal manager in Lincoln in 2008. 
   Jim was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends at their cabin on Midway Lake near Cozad.  
  He survived by his wife, Ginny of Lincoln; daughters, Kim (Ken) Spellman and Nicole (Hamilton) Berke; grandchildren, Austin (Jamie) Spellman and Dylan Spellman; great grandchildren, Zoey and Emma Spellman all of Omaha, Nebraska; brother, Robert (Joeann) Hamilton of Genoa, Nebraska; sister, Cecelia Hamilton of Genoa, Nebraska; in-laws, Jim and Diann (Fasse) Adle of Cozad, Judy (Fasse) Moore of Portland, Oregon, Janel (Fasse) Halligan of Cozad, Karen Fasse of Pueblo, Colorado; brother-in-law, Bruce Nelsen of Cozad; many nieces, nephews and friends. 
  Jim is preceded in death by his parents Earl and Helen Hamilton; infant sister; his father-in-law and mother in-law, Adolph and Ruth Fasse and sister-in-law, Karma Nelsen. He will be missed by many. 
  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may shared at  
  Services will be Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad.  
  Visitation will be Thursday, May 11th, 2017 from 1 to 8 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home.

Former Sumner Resident: Bernice Vollmer (1923-2017)

   Bernice I. Vollmer 94, of Kearney, Nebraska, formerly of Sumner, died Friday, May 5th, 2017 at Mother Hull Home in Kearney.
  She was born April 14th, 1923, in Rural Sumner, Nebraska, to Herbert and Cynthia (Wingert) Wempen.
  Bernice attended school at Lone Star School in Sumner. Following her time at Lone Star School she was a farmhand on the family farm.
  Bernice was united in marriage to Virgil Vollmer on April 15th, 1940. Two children were blessed to this union; Vonnie & Gary.
  The couple lived and worked on the farm near Sumner. In 1983, they moved into Sumner. Virgil passed away in 2007 and Bernice moved into the Homestead Assisted Living in Kearney.  She then moved into Mother Hull Home in 2013, until her passing.
  Bernice was active in her church and was a Park Valley Aid.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading, quilting and gardening. Virgil and Bernice also enjoyed camping and fishing.
  She was a member of the United Church of Sumner.
  Survivors include her children: Gary (Judy) Vollmer of Cozad, Nebraska, and Vonnie (Dale) Martin of Elm Creek, Nebraska; two brothers, Harry (Reva) Wempen of Sumner, Nebraska, and Leonard Wempen of Mexico; two sisters, Pearl (Loren) Schnacker of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Lucille Lange of Lincoln, Nebraska; six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and numerous great-great grandchildren.
  Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, husband Virgil in 2007, three sisters, Opal Freeze, Viola Provolt and Ruth Schnacker.
  Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at United Church of Sumner in Sumner, Nebraska with Pastor Ken Hutson, officiating.
  Burial was in the Sumner Cemetery.
  Visitation was Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, Nebraska.
  Memorials are suggested to Sumner Rescue Unit or United Church of Sumner.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements.  To share online condolences with the family please visit: 

Cozad Resident: Wesley Parker (1957-2017)

  Wesley Garland Parker, 60, of Cozad, Nebraska, died May 4, 2017 after a short illness at his home in Cozad, NE.  
   Surviving are mother, JoAnn Parker of Gothenburg, sister, Karen Drake of Las Vegas, Nevada, brother-in-law, Tom Abramson of Gothenburg, three nieces, Amanda Drake of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ashley Abramson of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Alexandra Abramson of Houston, Texas, nephew, Aaron Abramson of Kearney, Nebraska; half siblings - Sherri Dlabik, Nick Parker, Tracy Jensen all of California.  
   Private family services will be held.
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Lexington Resident: Donna Boom (1931-2017)

  Donna D. Boom, 85, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, May 1st, 2017, at Lexington Regional Health Center.
  She was born November 17th, 1931, in Broken Bow, Nebraska to James W. and Maude L. (Perry) Bubak. She grew up and attended schools there, graduating with the Broken Bow class of 1949. While in school she enjoyed band, chorus, Home Economics, and her commercial class.  During her high school and senior year she worked for O.J. Heaps at his cream station (she tested cream and eggs, and also sold feed there). After graduation she worked in the Custer County Courthouse in the Public Welfare Office.
  She was united in marriage to Gilbert C. Horn in 1950 and the couple resided in the Burr Oak community along the South Loup River south of Broken Bow. To this union three children were born, Timothy Chase, Cyndia Louise, and Benjamin Louis. She enjoyed embroidery, playing the piano, helping with 4-H, and going dancing. She enjoyed oil painting, some of which she sold, but gave many away. In 1975, she married F. Ted Boom in Lexington. This marriage added 7 step-children to her life; Greg, Mike, Steve, Randy, Donnie, Bari, and Susan. 
  Around 1970, she worked for Larry J. Miles in the Dawson County Department of Roads at Lexington until about 1980, when she worked for Orthman Manufacturing for a short period of time.  She then worked as a clerk in the District Court’s office in the Dawson County Courthouse from 1982 to 1998, when she retired.  She often cared for her grandchildren during these times.
  In 2003, she discovered a new and exciting hobby, researching family history. She would often stay up late at night exploring her husband’s and her family histories using many different internet sites. This also led to going to museums and grave sites to continue to “dig up” as much information as possible.  Sadly this exciting hobby had to come to a halt when her eyesight began to fail, but that still did not stop her from sharing all the information she had found with her family. 
  Donna is survived by her loving husband Ted of Lexington, Nebraska; two sons, Tim (Kelly) Horn of Hemingford, Nebraska, and Ben (Barb) Horn of Overton, Nebraska, daughter, Cyndia (Jeff) Boesch of Lexington, Nebraska; eight grandchildren, Samantha (Will) Hall, Jason (Amy) Horn, Mandy Horn, Melinda (John) Asebedo, David (Ivie) Boesch, Lucas (Andrea) Horn, Shonda (Cody) Klusman, Chase (significant other, Annie Harouff) Horn, and twenty-three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; also surviving are seven stepchildren and their families, ten step great-grandchildren, and seventeen great-great-step-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Margaret Bubak of Arnold, Nebraska; as well as extended family and friends.
  She was preceded in death by her parents; and only brother, Gary, and one daughter-in-law, Tammy Horn. 
  It was Donna’s wishes for cremation. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. 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:

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