Lexington Resident: Phillip Araujo Jr. (1952-2017)

  Phillip Araujo, Jr., 64, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Sunday, March 12th, 2017, at the University Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
  He was born October 20th, 1952, in Lexington, Nebraska to Phillip and Josephine (Hernandez) Araujo, Sr. He attended school at Lexington. 
  Phillip spent most of his working years working the Hay Mill, farming, and Monroe Auto. 
  He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
  Phillip had quite a few hobbies.  A few included, his beloved 1975 Trans Am, old cars, old music (Elvis and Dolly Parton), westerns, driving around, spending time with his family and friends. His most precious time was taking care of his mom after his dad passed away.  He was very private, but his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews knew how much he loved them.
  Phillip is survived by his siblings; Jeffrey (Joanna) Araujo of North Platte, Nebraska, Marty (Cindy) Araujo of Lexington, Nebraska, Cynthia (Michael) Moats of Omaha, Nebraska, Peggy Jo Hubbard of Lexington, Nebraska, and Christine (Rafael) Villalpando of Lexington, Nebraska; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
  Phil was preceded in death by his parents; niece, Deanna Davis, and other relatives.
  Phillip had requested cremation, the family will honor his wishes.  There will be no visitation or rosary service.
  A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, March 17th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Father Jose Chavez celebrating.
  Inurnment will be in the St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery at Lexington.
  Memorials are suggested to Dawson County Relay for Life.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Eustis Resident: Max Bartruff (1928-2017)

  Max J. Bartruff of Eustis passed away March 6th, 2017 at Kearney Regional Medical Center at the age of 88.  Max was born July 26th, 1928 in Eustis, Nebraska to Louis and Marie (Lang) Bartruff. He graduated from Eustis High School with the class of 1945.  Max married Suzanne Gadeke on November 29th, 1953. The couple made their home on the Bartruff family farm and were blessed with 4 children, Connie, Leann, Jodi and Kyle. 
  Max was proud to be part of the agricultural industry and spent his entire life farming.  He served on the Frontier County ASCS  Committee, and was on the Soil Conservation Board. He was involved with anything to do with farming and soil. When he was no longer able to farm, he went to work for Cenex delivering fertilizer and fixing small pumps. Max was a faithful and devoted member of the United Methodist Church of Eustis. He taught Sunday School, was a council member, sang in the choir and was a leader for the youth league.  He served on the School Board for Eustis Public Schools and assisted with football and basketball games. Max will be missed by all who knew him.  
  He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Warren and Wayne.  
  Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Suzanne of Eustis; his children, Connie (George) Irwin of Sacramento, Califronia, Leann (Mike) Karr of Wichita, Kansas, Jodi (Scott) Rupe of Eustis and Kyle (Kelly) Bartruff of Eustis; grandchildren, Jared (Nicole) Easterday of Oakland, California, Jennifer (Sergi) Mansilla of Barcelona, Spain, Kelsey (Zack) Hall of Henderson, Nevada, Jana (Jon) Miner of Cobleskill, NY, Matthew (Lorin) Karr of Commerce City, Colorado, Calvin (Amber) Rupe of Hastings, Joleen (Anson) Hueftle of Elkhorn and McKenzie Bartruff of Eustis; great grandchildren, Jack Easterday, Josie Easterday, Adriá Mansilla, Seth Karr, Kingston Hall, Scarlett Gray, Timber Miner, River Miner and Landry Rupe; sister, Mary Lou (Wayne) Rodehorst of Hampton Virginia and many other nieces, nephews and extended family.  
  Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Eustis or to the Eustis Foundation/Wellness Center designation. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.    
  Services were held Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Eustis with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating.  Burial was at the East Cemetery in Eustis. Visitation was Friday, March 10th, 2017  at the First United Methodist Church in Eustis. Berryman Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.   

Cozad Resident: Douglas Gruber (1934-2017)

  Douglas Cy Gruber, age 83 of Cozad, passed away March 10th, 2017 at Gothenburg, Nebraska surrounded by his family. Doug was born on February 8th,1934 to Otto and Lois (Jamison) Gruber on the family farm south of Cozad in Dawson County Nebraska.
  Doug attended rural school at District 66 and graduated from Cozad High School. Doug was an accomplished pianist and had a beautiful tenor voice, competing in many vocal competitions. After high school, Doug attended the University of Nebraska, was a member of the Marching Band and the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
  On December 21st, 1952 Doug married Harla Jean Kreitz of Lexington. After completing his schooling in Lincoln, Doug and Harla returned to the family farm to make their home and raise their children, Marsha and Marla.
  Doug was active in the community serving on the school board, church board, NRD committee, and was a member of the church choir. He also sang for many weddings, including both his daughters’ weddings, and the funerals of many. Doug was a charter member of the BPO Elks Lodge #2250 in Cozad and played the organ for their ceremonies.
  Doug and Harla enjoyed traveling all over the United States and abroad. Traveling was their hobby, but they were always ready to come home to Nebraska. In their later years they spent many months at their home at Johnson Lake where they entertained family and friends. Doug could be found almost daily on the road to Elwood to check on his cows!
  Doug was preceded in passing by his wife of 58 years, Harla; his parents, Otto and Lou; infant brother; son-in-law, Mike Feik; many sisters and brothers - in - law; cousins and life long friends.
  Left to carry on his legacy are his daughters, Marsha Feik of Cozad and Marla Gruber of Johnson Lake; grandchildren, Matt (Alison) Feik of Cozad, Marcy Feik (Chad Phaby) of Cozad, D.J O’Donnell of Ashburn, Virgina, and Cody O’Donnell (Danielle Locke) of Leesburg, Virgina; great grandchildren, Madison Navarette, Bryant and Austin Feik, and Avery O’Donnell; He was also Grandpa Doug to Meghan, Cadence, and Miranda Phaby. Also left to mourn his passing are his faithful and loyal ranch manager Leroy (Kristine) Wendland, sister-in-laws, Marilyn Sutherland of California, Janet Bowman of Iowa, and Jan Kreitz of Indiana, along with many nephews and nieces and their families. Doug’s cousins were like brothers and sisters on the Gruber side, and he will be missed by many.
  Services were Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Cozad with Pastor Terry Tomlinson officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad. Visitation was Tuesday at Berryman Funeral Home.  

Former Lexington Resident: Jeremy Randolph (1974-2017)

  Jeremy E. Randolph, 42, of Aberdeen, South Dakota, died Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, at his home.
  He was born October 23rd, 1974, in Aurora, Nebraska, to Darrell and Georgetta (Hagihara) Randolph.  An interesting note to Jeremy’s heritage is his mother descended from the Cheyenne/Ogallala Indian Tribe.  A culture filled with rich tradition and one he passed down to his own children.  The family moved to Lexington when Jeremy was a young boy.  He attended school in Lexington, graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1993. He held the Pole Vault state record for many years.  Jeremy was involved in many sports.  One of his other favorites was bowling. He loved bowling doubles with his dad.
  Jeremy was united in marriage to Michele Hock on February 25th, 1994, in Lexington. Three children were born to this marriage; Branden, Madison, and Allisen. Madison preceded Jeremy in death on November 24th, 1996. The marriage ended in divorce. He would then marry Kimberly Henderson on December 24th, 2008, in Hastings, Nebraska. Jeremy welcomed Kimberly’s four children as if they were his own; Orion, Tory, Timothy, and Tara.
  The couple moved to Aberdeen where Jeremy worked in the Maintenance Department of a beef packing plant. His favorite job; however, was helping the BBQ Company with their catering business for over 25 years. He enjoyed keeping busy around the house, and working on his Thunderbird through the years.  He really never knew a stranger, and would give the shirt off his back. 
  Survivors include his wife; Kimberly Randolph of Aberdeen, South Dakota; son, Branden (Brittani) Randolph of Cozad, Nebraska, Orion Davis of Morris, Illinois, Tory Davis of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Timothy Davis of Lincoln, Nebraska, and daughters, Allisen Randolph of Lexington, Nebraska, and Tara Davis of Ellendale, North Dakota; his father, Darrell (Erika) Randolph of Grand Island, Nebraska; stepmother, Diane Randolph of Grand Island, Nebraska; sister, Tina Randolph of Colorado Springs, Colorado; five grandchildren; Trayvin Jelsma of Avon, South Dakota, Bailee Randolph of  Cozad, Nebraska, Blayten Randolph of Cozad, Nebraska, Lucas Byers of Ellendale, North Dakota, Levi Davis of Aberdeen, South Dakota, and one on the way; special nephew, Ben Platt of Washington State; as well as extended family and friends. 
  Jeremy was preceded in death, in addition to his daughter Madison, by his mother; grandparents; and mother-in-law.
  Funeral Services were held Saturday, March 11th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Pastor Jared Dupont officiating.
  Visitation was held Friday, March 10th, 2017, from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.
  Memorials are suggested to any alcohol or drug rehab program of your choice.
  Following the funeral service Jeremy’s body was cremated. Inurnment will be held at a later date in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery in Lexington.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Former Eustis Resident: Clayton Yeutter (1930-2017)

  Clayton Yeutter died at home in Potomac, Maryland, on March 4th, 2017, after a four-year battle with metastatic colon cancer.
  Clayton Yeutter moved as seamlessly among high level positions in both the public and private sectors as has anyone in the U.S. in the post-World War II period. He did so while maintaining the respect and cooperation of friend and political foe alike. He held a Cabinet post (U.S. Trade Representative) under President Reagan, another (Secretary of Agriculture) under President George H.W. Bush, and then had a short stint (1991) as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, before finishing his tenure in government as Counselor to the President, a Cabinet-level White House post, also under President George H. W. Bush. Earlier in his career he held two sub-Cabinet appointments in the Department of Agriculture and then a sub-Cabinet appointment in the Office of the Special Trade Representative.
  Straddling these public sector undertakings was a seven year tenure as CEO of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. That was the beginning of an enormous period of growth for the exchange, which now has the largest market cap of any exchange in the world.
  Yeutter was raised an only child on a central Nebraska farming and cattle operation which struggled to survive in the drought/depression years of the 1930s. Thanks to the hard work of his parents, the Yeutter farm did survive. Clayton Yeutter went on to earn a B.S. in Animal Husbandry, a J.D. and a Ph.D. (agricultural economics), all from the University of Nebraska with highest academic honors.
  Yeutter’s first public service involvement was as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Nebraska from 1967-68. He then received his international baptism as Director of the Nebraska Mission to Colombia, then the largest agricultural technical assistance program in the world. That led him into the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where his mentor, Dr. Clifford Hardin, had become Secretary.
  Yeutter made his mark in trade negotiations during the second Reagan term. He led the negotiations of what was then an historic U.S. Canada Free Trade Agreement, which later became NAFTA. In contrast to what some American political figures have been saying recently, most independent analysts would rate NAFTA as one of the most successful trade negotiations ever consummated. Yeutter also played a major role in launching the Uruguay Round of negotiations, which culminated in creation of the World Trade Organization. He and his team negotiated a whole host of bilateral agreements, including historic agreements with Japan on semiconductors, beef and citrus. In addition, he was heavily involved in helping persuade the European Union to begin reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy.
  As Secretary of Agriculture, Yeutter managed the 1990 Farm Bill process, resulting in the most market oriented policy the U.S. had   
followed since the 1930s.
  Clayton Yeutter was born on December 10th, 1930 in Eustis, Nebraska. His first wife, Jeanne Vierk Yeutter, died suddenly in 1993 after 40 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Cristena Bach Yeutter, of Potomac. He is also survived by his children Brad (Deb) of Lincoln, Nebraska, Gregg (Jill) of Omaha, Nebraska, Kim Bottimore (John) of Vienna, Virginia, Van (Shelley) of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Victoria, Elena and Olivia, all of Potomac, nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 8th, at The Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5500 River Rd., Bethesda, Maryland. A reception will immediately follow in the Upper Room of the church. Private burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the University of Nebraska Foundation for the support of the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance (#01126990), University of Nebraska Foundation, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the University of Nebraska Foundation for the support of the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance (#01126990), University of Nebraska Foundation, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508.

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