Gothenburg Resident: Marlene Houchin (1951-2017)

   Marlene Houchin, 65, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 14th, 2017 in Kearney, Nebraska.  
  She was born May 6th, 1951 in Lexington, Nebraska, daughter of Clarence "Jack" and Glenna "Darlene" (Wind) Strickland.
  Marlene lived in the Lexington, Cozad and Gothenburg area all her life. She married Daniel R Houchin on June 11th, 1966 at Lexington. Marlene's special interests included crafts, crocheting, shopping, and gardening. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, family and friends. 
  Survivors include two sons, Shane and Terry Houchin; daughter, Becky (Kelly) McCoy; 8 grandchildren - Morgan Weaver, Madisen Weaver, Connor McCoy, McMinkley McCoy, Brianna Houchin, Christian Houchin, Sydney Houchin and Kelsey Johnson; brother, Larry Strickland; sister, Kathy (Terry) Sabin, sister, Linda (Greg) Osborne; nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. She will be missed by many.   
  Marlene was preceded in death by husband, Daniel Houchin, two infant sons; her grandparents; dad Jack Strickland; mother Darlene Weber; two sisters Kristi and Jackie; three brothers Gary, Terry and Robert. 
  Services were held at Evangelical Free Church, Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 10:30 am.  
  Interment followed in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.  To sign the online guest book, go to

Gothenburg/Former Cozad Resident: Kenneth Etherton (1929-2017)

  Kenneth R. Etherton, 88, of Gothenburg, formerly of Cozad, Nebraska, passed away March 18th, 2017 at Hilltop Estates.  
  Ken was born February 11th, 1929 south of Cozad, Nebraska, son of Henry and Grace (Mills) Etherton.
  Ken grew up south of Cozad where he attended District 29 school and later graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1946. Ken married Betty Peterson on September 26th, 1954 at the Evangelical Free Church in Gothenburg.
  Ken served in the Army during the Korean war. Upon his return from the Army, Ken raised hogs and cattle and farmed south of Cozad with his brother Lloyd. He was a member of  the Evangelical Free church, the Cozad VFW, and the American Legion. He was a past District School 29 board member, secretary/treasurer at the Evangelical Free Church, and seed corn dealer for Jacobson Seed Company. Ken enjoyed spending time with all of his family. He had a love for anything that had to do with meat, from the butchering to the barbeque. 
  Surviving are wife, Betty Etherton of Gothenburg, Nebraska, three daughters,  Koya (Garnold) Kreft of Cozad, Nebraska, Ginger (Craig) Gies of Lincoln, Nebraska, Holly (Mark) Ballmer of Gothenburg, Nebraska, six grandchildren, Kaleb (Amanda) Kreft of Lincoln, Rachel (Gregory) Franklin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Luke (Jenna) Ballmer of Kearney, Brooke (Josh) Kendle of Lincoln, Olivia Gies of Lincoln, and Madison Gies of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and 1 great-grandchild Greyson of Lincoln. 
  Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Violet Brooks, brother Lloyd Etherton, brother-in-law Pete Brooks, and sister-in-law Lucille Peterson.
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Tuesday, March 21st, 2017. 
  Services were held at Evangelical Free Church, Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 11:00 am with Pastor Scott Newman officiating.  
  Interment took place in the Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
  Memorials may be designated to The Commons Building at the Evangelical Free Church. To sign the online guest book, go to

Memorials Suggested: Jason Bartels (1981-2017)

Jason Allen Bartels, 36, of Brady was born January 4th, 1981 in Cozad, Nebraska and passed away as a result of injuries from an automobile accident on March 15th, 2017. He was a graduate of Brady High School Class of 1999. Summers during high school were spent working as a ranch hand. For several years after high school Jason worked for various construction companies.
  Jason was blessed with two beautiful children, Leyha Jane and Hunter Gerald. They were the light of his life. Princess Leyha lost her battle with cancer at the age of six in November of 2012. Hunter is his daddy’s boy, and Jason was very proud of him.
  One of Jason’s most recent adventures involved assisting Scott Williams hanging billboards. He also spent the past few years working for Matt Hatch. He was doing the things he enjoyed, while learning about life from his friend. They always played the short side.
  Jason was a member of TAP pool league. He loved the game of pool, whether it be with a friend or a foe. If he liked you, he might even “let you win”.
  He was preceded in death by his daughter Leyha, brother Jeremy, sister-in-law Becky and his Grandpa Gerald Brown.  
  Survivors include his son Hunter (7), mom Kathy Hoffman, father Mike Bartels, step-dad Ron Hoffman, sisters Jill Miller and Angel Hoffman, Grandma Velma Jean Brown, nieces Harley, Preslee and Ashlyn, nephew Brock, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, March 20th, 2017.
  Funeral Services were held at Brady School, Old Gym, Brady, Nebraska, Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 1:00 pm. with Pastor Mark Hoffman officiating. 
  Interment followed in the Gaslin Cemetery, Brady, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be made to The Princess Leyha Scholarship Fund.  To sign the online guest book, go to

Cozad Resident: Arthur Peters (1933-2017)

  Arthur W. Peters of Cozad passed away March 17th, 2017 at Cozad Care Center at the age of 83.    Art was born May 8th, 1933 at Fremont, Nebraska to Orville and Marie (Boettcher) Peters. The family moved to Cozad in 1946. Art graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1951. He served in the U.S. Army with the Corps of Engineers stationed at Kaiserslautern, Germany from 1953 to 1956.  Art attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  
  He married Patricia Ann Chambers on April 29th, 1961 in Ravenna, Nebraska. Art was employed by Paulsen, Inc. for 48 years before retiring in 1998 and was the Building Inspector for the City of Cozad from 1998 to 2005. Art was affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America since 1990. He served as Scoutmaster and in many other capacities on the local and district levels and was Chapter Advisor for Order of the Arrow.  Art enjoyed working with the youth and the adult leaders in the Scouts.  He was always ready to help out friends and relatives with their building projects and enjoyed researching genealogy.  
  Art was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Patricia.    
  Survivors include his sons, James (Kim) Peters of Lincoln, Bill (Kristi) Peters of Lincoln and Robert (Bridget) Peters of Lincoln; grandchildren, William, Joshua and Jacob; sister-in-law, Jackie (James) Rudnick of Grand Island and numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and extended family.  
  A memorial has been established in his memory.  Online condolences may be shared at  
  Celebration of Life Services were Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor James McCrickard officiating.  Burial with Military Honors followed at Cozad Cemetery.  Visitation was Tuesday at Berryman Funeral Home.  

Memorials Suggested: Rebecca Bartels (1983-2017)

  Rebecca "Becky" Nichole Bartels, 33, of Brady, Nebraska, died March 14th, 2017 as the result of an auto accident.
  Rebecca was born July 13th, 1983 in North Platte, Nebraska to Harlan and Kathleen Stevens.  She was baptized at Svea Dal Church near Brady and confirmed at the American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg.  
  She attended school in Brady and Gothenburg, graduating in 2002. While in high school, she was a member of FFA and was Home Coming Queen. She played basketball and volleyball. 
  While living in Brady, she met and fell in love with Jeremy Bartels. They married on August 8th, 2008; they settled down in Brady where they raised their two beautiful girls Harley and Preslee. Becky went on to help coach elementary girls basketball and volleyball teams. She played on a pool league. 
  Becky worked many places but there are two that stand out. She enjoyed her job, preparing food at the Gothenburg Senior Center for 10 years. She made countless friends while making memories. She then took a job as a cook at the Hitchin' Post in Brady where she was employed until her death. Becky enjoyed flower arranging, gardening, canning, fishing, camping and most of all cooking. 
  Survivors include her parents Ken & Barb Stevens, Kathleen & Gary Pfleider, her daughters Harley and Preslee; sister LaDonna (Jeff) Brock of Gothenburg and their sons Ty (Saraid) grandchild Brinlye, Dade, Dakin; sister Jolene (Chris) Morris of Cozad and children Alyssa, Morgan & Elias; sister Tiffiny (Melissa) Stevens of Westminster, Colorado and children Alec, Emily & Ian; Kari (Jeff) Perry of Polk, Nebraska and daughter Brandie; brother Jeremyah Stevens of Cozad and children Justin and Jaya; brother Darby (Beth) Stevens of Brady and children Mariah, Jayden, Ashton, Hunter, Kennedi; brother Patrick (Brittany) Stevens of Kearney and children Adyn and Adyson; special friends - Kara Johnson, Molly Miller, Chelsey Dennis, Catie McNew, Gena Brown.
  She was preceded in death by her father Harlan Stevens, husband Jeremy Bartels, brother-in-law Jason Bartels, grandparents - Orvin & Lorene Stevens, Ed & Luella Stevens, Robert & Ruth Kruse; nephew Mickale Rosner and niece Leyha Bartels. 
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, March 20th, 2017.
  Funeral was held at Brady School Old Gym, Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 2:00 pm with Lonna Grabenstein officiating.  
  Interment followed in the Gaslin Cemetery, Brady, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be given to Ken and Barb Stevens or LaDonna and Jeff Brock for her girls Harley and Preslee. To sign the online guest book, go to

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