Former Lexington Resident: Charles Fletcher (1945-2017)

  Charles D. “Chuck” Fletcher, 71, of Cozad, Nebraska, formerly of Lexington, died Friday, May 5th, 2017, at Cozad Care & Rehabilitation Center.
  Chuck was born November 20th, 1945, in Wellfleet, Nebraska in Lincoln County, to Earnest Patrick and Fern Alta (Howard) Fletcher. 
  He graduated from North Platte High School with the class of 1964. Chuck grew up in North Platte and moved to Lexington in 1970. He was married to Betty Larson and four children were blessed to this marriage; Roger, Lynn, Jolene, and Kelly.  The marriage would later end in divorce. He was then married to Harriette Lee. This marriage also ended in divorce. 
  He was a hard worker throughout his life until his health forced him to retire. He worked mostly in the ranching/farming industries. He worked for Ed Olberg, the Lexington Sale Barn, IBP, and several ranchers around the area. In 2004, he was forced to retire. 
  Chuck enjoyed riding bulls in area rodeos, hunting and fishing. His family meant the world to him, especially his wonderful grandchildren. He was a member of the C atholic faith.
  Survivors include his children:  Roger (Donna) Fletcher of Omaha, Nebraska, Lynn (Melissa) Fletcher of Omaha, Nebraska, Jolene (Chance) Hinojosa of Kearney, Nebraska , and Kelly Fletcher of Kearney, Nebraska; two brothers, Regis (Kendra) Fletcher of North Platte, Nebraska, Bobby (Dee) Fletcher of North Platte, Nebraska, and sister, Cathy (Doug) Harris of Lexington, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Carol Lee Fletcher of Wells, Minnesota; eleven grandchildren, Grace, Joey, Justin, Journy, Alicyn, Brenden, Carsten, Chandler, Angelique, Octavious, and Myah; three great-grandchildren, Skyla, Lexis, & Christina; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
  Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ellis; and nephew, Jeffrey Fletcher.
  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 11th, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Neal Nollette officiating.
  Burial will be at Wellfleet Cemetery at Wellfleet, Nebraska.
  Visitation was held Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.
  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. To share online condolences with the family, please visit:

Cozad Resident: Maria Romero (1931-2017)

  Maria A. 'Toni' Romero of Cozad passed away May 4th, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital in Lincoln at the age of 85.  
  Toni was born June 28th, 1931 at Las Vegas, New Mexico to Macedonio and Francis (Aranda) Maestas. She attended school at Cozad. Toni married Bennie Romero at Lexington, Nebraska. She worked various jobs, but most importantly was a homemaker and raised five beautiful children.  
  Toni loved traveling and going to the casinos. She also enjoyed shopping watching scary movies, music and dancing.  Toni's most treasured times were spent with her family and making authentic Mexican meals for them.  
  She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bonnie Maestas and daughter, Mary Romero.  
  Toni is lovingly survived by her sister, Alice Maestas of Las Vegas, New Mexico; brother, Joe L. Maestas of Cozad; her children, Eugene (Sandra) Romero of Thornton, Colorado, Alex (Connie) Romero, Cozad, Tommy (Merry) Romero of Cozad, Alice (Ralph) Dean of Cozad and Sylvia (Bryan) Reeves of Cozad; 14 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  
  Memorials are suggested to the family in her name. Online condolences may be shared at    
  Mass of the Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church with Father Don O'Brien as celebrant. Burial will follow at Cozad Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home.

Gothenburg Resident: Delvin Seil (1935-2017)

  Delvin Richard Seil, 81, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died May 7th, 2017 in Cozad, Nebraska.
  Delvin was born December 8th, 1935, on the family farm near Churdan, Iowa son of Henry and Emma (Kanning) Seil. He had an older brother Duane and a cousin Myra who was like a sister to him. Delvin was named after a banker and was baptized and confirmed in the Christ Lutheran Church northeast of Churdan.  He had many stories and happy memories of his childhood. He loved living on the farm and all of it various activities. It was a simple life with many life lessons. His nickname "Olie" was given to him from a classmate and life long friend David Lohr. His favorite subject was history. He loved driving his dads 1948 Ford pickup during his high school years. He graduated from Churdan with the class of 1953.  
  In 1954 at the age of 18 he enlisted in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, 7th Division 48th field artillery. He served his country proudly. Devin married Marlene Carlson on June 9th, 1957; to this union three children were born- Lori Lynn, Brian Richard and Brent Allen.  He continued to farm in the Farnhamville area until moving to Sharpsburg, Iowa in 1972. He continued to farm, living in several places before settling in Arizona. He then moved to Gothenburg, Nebraska where he lived for over 40 years. He worked for Sargents Irrigation and CO-OP; along with several area farmers. If you had asked him what his major was and how he chose it, his answer would have been "Hard Knocks Degree", not by choice but I have done so many different jobs it gives me a very rounded resume.  
  He had at least two special dogs that were faithful companions Sparky and Skippy. He loved reading, traveling and collecting railroad items. His love for his flowers and gardening earned him "Yard of the Week"!  He never knew a stranger and would strike up an conversation or give advice over a cup of coffee. He loved going to the Senior Center for conversation and a meal. Due to a decline in his health he moved to Cozad nursing home in March 2016.  
  Left to cherish his memory are Chad (Lori) Beemer, Irwin, Iowa; Brian and Thom Ender, Fremont, Nebraska; Brent of McCook, Nebraska; grandsons, Alan, Andy, Aric Breemer and two great grandkids, Emma and Kholt Beemer and a sister-in-law Judy.  
  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.  
  Delvin is now free of pain, lost memories, and home with his Lord and Savior.  
  Memorial Services were held on Wednesday, May, 10th, 2017 at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 Tenth Street, Gothenburg, Nebraska.  
  Private Interment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Senior Center or Family Choice.  To sign the online guest book, go to

Former Overton Resident: Shirley Cooney (1933-2017)

  Shirley Jean Cooney, 84, of Clay Center, Nebraska, formerly of Overton, died Monday, May 1st, 2017, at her son’s home in Clay Center.
  Shirley was born February 18th, 1933, in Overton, Nebraska to William Henry and Edna Murial (Stryker) Eliker. She grew up and attended school in Overton, except for 9 years when they lived in Omaha, and then returned to Overton, graduating with the class of 1951.  She then went on to continue her education at Grand Island School of Business. 
  She was united in marriage to Eugene J. Cooney on October 4th, 1952, in Overton.  Three boys were blessed to this marriage; Michael, Richard, and Eugene “Joe”, Jr. The couple lived in Washington State for two years while Gene was in the military. Following this, they returned to Overton, where they would live until Shirley moved to Clay Center three years ago.
  Shirley was the head cook at Overton School for 9 years. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Overton as well as serving on the Altar Society. 
  She was an avid reader, loved to garden, enjoyed crafting, and as a young lady enjoyed bowling. Shirley was a Cornhusker fan, especially volleyball, and a WWF Wrestling fan. Shirley was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was fortunate to be able to see her youngest great-grandson on IPad and Facebook prior to her death. 
  As Shirley’s health began to decline she moved to Clay Center to live with her son, Joe and his wife Christine; this is where she would live until the good Lord took her home. 
  Shirley is survived by her sons; Michael (Pok) Cooney of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Richard (Elizabeth) Cooney of Overton, Nebraska, and Eugene “Joe” (Christine) Cooney, Jr. of Clay Center, Nebraska; one brother, Max William (Shirley) Eliker of Beaver Crossing, Nebraska; ten grandchildren; Dean Cooney of Tucson, Arizona, Frank Cooney of Denver, Colorado, Matthew Cooney of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Wendy (Greg) Dodson of Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, Drew (Martina) Cooney of Czech Republic, Sr. M. Ignatia (Jill) of Alton, Illinois, Ben Cooney of Clay Center, Nebraska, Maggie Cooney of Hastings, Nebraska, and Mary Cooney of Hays, Kansas; three great-grandchildren; Mattigan & Jarrett Dodson of Beaver Crossing, Nebraska; and, Timothy Cooney of Czech Republic; also surviving are extended family and friends.
  Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Gene.
  A Rosary was recited Monday, May 8th, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington, Nebraska with Funeral Service to following with Reverend Julius Tvrdy officiating.
  Visitation was held Sunday, May 7th, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
  Burial was in the Overton Cemetery at Overton, Nebraska.
  Memorials are suggested to the Donor’s Choice.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to have assisted  the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting

Lexington Resident: Mary Stewart (1929-2017)

 Mary R. Stewart, 88, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Saturday, May 6th, 2017, at Brookdale Senior Living in Lexington.
  Mary was born February 17th, 1929, in Los Angeles, California, to Joseph Leslie and Norma (Heine) Ryons. Mary grew up in California, graduating from West Lake High School in 1947, in West Lake, California. She then moved to Nebraska where she attended and graduated from the University of Nebraska with the class of 1951, where she earned her Teaching degree. This is where she met her husband, William. The couple married June 14th, 1951, in San Marino, California. Five children were blessed to this marriage; Leslie, William, Courtney, Joseph, and Lisa. 
  She taught 3th grade at Bryan Elementary in Lexington for 23 years, and also worked in the Bryan Library, retiring in 1978.
  Mary was always active in the Lexington community. She was a faithful member of St. Peter’s in the Valley Episcopal Church where she served in every capacity of the church. She was a past member of the NebraskaLand Foundation Board, American Legion Auxiliary where she spent 35 years as Memorial Day flag chairperson, but volunteered for 50 years, the VFW Auxiliary, Friends of the Library, she enjoyed her book club, and the retired Bryan teacher’s luncheon.
  She was a wonderful lady who loved her family, enjoyed supporting their activites, and attending the grandchildren’s activities as well.  She also loved her four-legged family members. She enjoyed traveling, visiting over 52 countries. She was an avid reader, and spending time at the family cabin at Plum Creek Canyon.
  Mary is survived by her children; William A. (Donna) Stewart of Lexington, Nebraska, Leslie Jane (Thomas) Schlichting of Ashland, Nebraska, Courtney Ann Buchholz and Todd Schulz of Ogallala, Nebraska, and Lisa Kyle (Michael) Small of Hastings, Nebraska; sister, Sally Irving of San Gabriel, California; seven grandchildren; Brian (Amy) Schlichting of Lincoln, Nebraska, Sara (Kyle) Diederich of Kansas City, Missouri, Traci (Tim) Pederson of Norman, Oklahoma, Alex Stewart of Chicago, Illinois, Ben (Kelly) Stewart of Lincoln, Nebraska, Amanda Buchholz of  Columbus, Ohio, and Philip (Jessica) Buchholz of Atlanta, Georgia; five great-grandchildren, Emery Diederich, Zachary Schlichting, Clayson Diederich, Henry Stewart, and Tatum Pederson; three nieces, one nephew, extended family members and friends.
  Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; and, infant son, Joseph.  
  Funeral Service were held Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington with Father Tim Anderson and Father Kay Knudson officiating.
  Visitation was held Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington.
  Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
  Memorials are suggested to Lexington Community Foundation – Library Fund, St. Peter’s in the Valley Episcopal Church, or Heartland Military Museum.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.  To share online condolences please visit: 

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