Lexington Resident: John “Bill” Doughty, age 91 (1921-2013)

John William “Bill” Doughty, 91, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013, at Park Avenue Estates in Lexington.

Bill was born October 16th, 1921, in Lexington, to Ali “Roy” and Harriet (Shepherd) Doughty.  He was a graduate of Lexington High School.  Bill served his Country in the Army Air Corps during WWII from September 23rd, 1942, until his honorable discharge on December 10th, 1945. 

He was united in marriage to LaDonna Frank Torrance on June 26th, 1954, in Lexington. Bill welcomed LaDonna’s sons, John, Bill and Doug.  Two children were then blessed to this marriage; Cindy and Larry.  He worked at Dawson County Motors as Part’s Manager for 35 years. Bill was active in the Boy Scout organization, enjoyed his coffee buddies every morning and playing Bridge at the Grand Generation Center in the afternoons. He was a member of St. Peter’s in the Valley Episcopal Church.

Bill was a loving and devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Bill is survived by one daughter, Cindy and husband Dee Highland of Loveland, Colorado; son, Larry Doughty of Lexington; stepsons; Bill and wife Donna Torrance of Naples, Florida, and Doug Torrance of Lexington; one brother, Gene Doughty of Lincoln, Nebraska; also surviving are many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren in Florida, Texas, Colorado, and California; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, LaDonna in 2010; brother, Robert Doughty; sister, Helen Sill; and, stepson, John Torrance.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, July 27th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s in the Valley Episcopal Church in Lexington with Reverend Kay Knudson officiating.

Interment was held prior in the Kearney Cemetery at Kearney, Nebraska with Military Honors.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 26th, 2013, from 5-8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the Grand Generation Center or the Donor’s Choice.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. Please share online condolences with the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Cozad Resident: Lorene E. Biesterfeld, age 85 (1928-2013)

Lorene E. Biesterfeld, 85, of Cozad, Nebraska, died July 22nd, 2013, at the Cozad Hospital. 

Lorene was born January 11th, 1928, at Wilton, North Dakota, to Iver and Nettie (Brown) Erickson. She attended rural school at Painted Woods in Wilton. 

On December 24th, 1944, Lorene married Leo Biesterfeld. Leo served in WWII and after his discharge they farmed in the Baldwin area. The couple moved twice between North Dakota and Nebraska and finally settled in Cozad in 1964. In the early years of their marriage, Lorene worked at several cafes in the Bismark area. They would eventually have six children and Lorene lovingly cared for them all. When the kids were older, she worked at Nebraska Plastics and later in housekeeping at the Cozad Hospital. 

She enjoyed helping others, cooking, baking bread and cinnamon rolls, sewing, gardening, working on jigsaw puzzles, reading and dancing, but most of all, spending time with her family.

Lorene is survived by her children Joyce (Jim) Campbell of Cozad, Janice (Larry) Werner of Cozad, Dennis Biesterfeld of Cozad, Roger (Ramona) Biesterfeld of Auburn, Nebraska, Debbie (Larry) Tvrdy of Cozad; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Doris Binsfeld of Minnesota; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leo; son Rodney in 1973; brother Melvin; and sister Delores “Toots”.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 27th, 2013, at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeremy Jech and Ken Pitkin officiating. Inurnment will be in the Cozad Cemetery at a later date. 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, July 26th, 2013 at Berryman’s Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

A memorial has been established in her memory and online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

Cozad Resident: Donna Jean Higbee, 83 (1929-2013)

Donna Jean Higbee, 83 of Cozad, Nebraska, died July 10th, 2013, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, Nebraska.

Donna was born November 22nd, 1929, at Cozad to Jens and Grova (Whitehead) Smidt. She graduated from Cozad High School.

On January 17th, 1947, Donna married Charles “Donald” Higbee at Norton, Kansas. The couple made their home in numerous places including Gothenburg, Omaha, Nebraska, Lexington, Nebraska, Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles, California, before returning to Cozad in 1992, where they lived the rest of their married lives. 

While in California, Donna enjoyed working at Knott’s Berry Farm, where she spent early mornings in solitude, unloading and distributing different products throughout the various shops. Despite spending nearly 30 years of her life in Colorado and California, Donna always looked at Nebraska as home and couldn’t wait to return to Cozad. Upon their return, she visited and cared for her elderly mother every day until her eventual passing in 1998. 

Donna was not the type of person that sought attention, rather, she was often found ‘behind the scenes’ and much preferred it that way. She was a loving wife, mother, grandma and daughter. Donna was also an avid reader.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband in 2000; daughter, Melody in 2007 and her parents. 

Survivors include her two sons, Don A. (Cindy) of Omaha and James (Kelli) of Buena Park, California; son-in-law, Michael Yamamura of Los Gatos, California and seven grandchildren, Gary (Jennifer) Jason and Jonathan Higbee, Shanda (Joel) Kinkade and Trevor (Tina) Hahn and Niki and Amy Yamamura; one great-grandchild, Sunshine Higbee and many other relatives and friends

Graveside services will be held on Monday, July 15th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Cozad Cemetery with Pastor Mike Parsh officiating.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

Memorials are suggested to the American Red Cross or the Dawson County Relay For Life in Donna’s memory. 

Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

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