VELMA F. HAMMOND
Velma F. Hammond, 89, of Lexington died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Evangelical Free Church in Lexington. Pastor Duane Russell will officiate.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home inLexington. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Velma was born October 22, 1914, at Callaway to George and Minnie (Reed) Klein. She grew-up in the Callaway area until 1928 when the family moved to Lexington.
On June 11, 1938 she married Leonard Reed in Norton, Kansas. He preceded her in death on March 24, 1950.
On February 14, 1959, she married Warren Hammond in Lexington. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1966.
Velma worked as a Nurses Aid at Lexington Community Hospital for 14 years but due to failing health she was forced to work at home.
She was very handy and loved flowers, working in her garden, crocheting, crossword puzzles, and sewing. She also loved raising birds and fish.
She was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Lexington.
Survivors include one son and a daughter-in-law, Dennis and Nancy Reed; two daughters and sons-in-law: Marilynn and Art Sheldon and Kay and Bill Slater, all of Lexington; two sisters, Vera Brummet and Annetta Marsh, both of Lexington; one sister-in-law, Viva Klein of Lexington.
Other survivors include nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and brothers Lawrence and Robert.
Memorials are kindly suggested to the Evangelical Free Church or the Elwood Care Center.
FRANCES M. ADAMS
Frances M. Adams, 84, of Cozad died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at a hospital in Kearney.
Graveside services were Monday, March 29, 2004, at the Ogallala Cemetery.
She was born Sept. 1, 1919, at Arthur to Nels and Myrtle (Dancer) Johnson.
She attended school at Tryon and Arthur, graduating from Arthur High School. She taught rural school north of Sutherland.
In Aug. 1942, she married Herschel Robinson in Wyoming. While he was in the Navy she taught in a rural school.
The couple later moved to Ogallala, where she worked as a bookkeeper at the John Harney car dealership. She was also employed at Goodall Electric and later with T.R.W.
Following a divorce, she moved to Dugway, Utah, and later moved to Haythorne, Nev. While in Utah and Nevada she worked as a secretary for Government Agencies.
In September 1967, she married Paul Adams, who preceded her in death in 1992. She made her home in North Platte, Cozad, and Kearney since 1992. During her lifetime she enjoyed golf, bridge, reading, needlework, and painting roses on various mediums.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Barbara Robinson of West Valley City, Utah; a daughter Vicki Halligan, Cozad; a brother and sister-in-law, William C. and Deanna Johnson of Alliance; a sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and John Vasa of Holyoke, Colo.; two grandsons and one granddaughter-in-law, Tracy Halligan, Cozad, and R. Blake and Nicolle Robinson of West Valley City, Utah; two great-granddaughters, Brittney and Dreu Halligan; and one great-grandson, Brock Halligan.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Edward, and two sisters, Pauline Jasnoch, and Florence Smith.
Berryman Funeral Home of Cozad was in charge of arrangements.
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Florence Susan Speyer, 55, of Boca Raton, Fla., died on Monday, May 17, at her home.
Babione Funeral Home in Boca Raton handled the arrangements.
She was born on Jan. 25, 1949, at Lexington to Virgil and Lulu Lux.
She is survived by three daughters, Erin Speyer and Jane Speyer, both of Miami Beach, Fla., and Darrow Speyer of Boca Raton; and one son, Todd Speyer of Tallahassee, Fla.; and one brother and sister-in-law, Hal and Vicki Lux of Lexington.
Other survivors include two nieces, Ranae Lux and Alicia Lux; one nephew, Shaun Lux; and two great nieces, Haley Lux-Smith and Shaylee Lux, all of Lexington; and her former husband, Kip Speyer of Boca Raton, Fla.
She graduated from Lexington High School and joined United Airlines as a flight attendant.
She joined the Congregational Church of Boca Raton in 1992. She was active in the Sunday school and youth ministries. Susan was dedicated to helping other people. She always put others first, especially her children. They were "Number One" in her life. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Manuel Galvan-Ledo, 36, of Lexington died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 2 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington.
Wake Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2 at St. Ann's Catholic Church.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.
He was born April 26, 1968, at Mexico City, Mexico, to Jesus Galvan Jaurez and Guadalupe Chavero.
Survivors include his fiancée, Elizabeth Acaceli Florez Pineda and their unborn child of Lexington; three daughters, Diana Esmeraldo Galvan of Lexington; Angelica Melissa Galvan and Samantha Galvan, both of Colorado; his mother, Guadalupe Ledo Chavero of Mexico; five brothers: Roberto Galvan-Ledo of Texas; Alfredo Galvan-Ledo of Mexico; Jesus Galvan-Ledo; Ernesto Galvan-Ledo and Gustavo Galvan-Ledo, all of Lexington; and two sisters, Yolanda Galvan and Leticia Galvan of Mexico.
Galvan-Ledo moved to the United States 13 years ago. He worked for Tyson Foods in Lexington. He was a member of the Lexington Soccer Association and St. Ann's Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorials are kindly suggested to the family.
Walter D. Kopf, 69, of Elmwood died Monday, May 31, 2004, at his son's home in Lexington.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington. Pastor Michael Gruhn will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2 at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.
Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery at Lexington.
He was born May 23, 1935, at Lexington to Walter William and Mary Anna (Neben) Kopf.
Survivors include his loving wife, Lyn Kopf of Elmwood; two sons and daughters-in-law, Curt and Kelly Kopf of Lexington; and Chris and Julie Kopf of Nehawka, Neb.; one daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Jerry Ficke of Milford; one brother and sister-in-law, Dale and LaVonne Kopf of Buffalo, Neb.; two sisters and brothers-in-law: Hilda and Milton Kiesow of Palestine, Texas; and Lorraine and Vern Teetor of Akron, Ohio;
Other survivors include two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law, Rod and Judy Russell of Estes Park, Colo.; and Morley Russell of Peoria, Ill.; sister-in-law, Edna Kopf of Buffalo, Neb.; mother-in-law: Marjorie Russell of Kearney; and eight grandchildren, Amanda, Amy, Brandon, Andrew, Avery, Adam, Casey and Cody.
Walt grew up in the Buffalo, Neb., area, where he attended grade school.
At the age of 11, the family moved to Lexington where he attended the Lutheran Parochial School and then graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1953.
Following graduation, he served in the Army Reserves for six years. During this time he moved to California where he worked for the Boeing Company.
He returned to Lexington, where he was married to Frances Lynette (Lyn) Russell on June 8, 1958, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington.
He worked for Sherwin-Williams after he was first married. He then received his insurance license in the late 1960s and sold insurance for Prudential.
He attended LUTC Classes. Daughter Carol was born in 1961, and Curt was born in 1963, both in Lexington.
In January of 1964, the family moved to Scribner, Neb., where he joined Farm Bureau Insurance until the late 1970s. A son, Chris, was born in Scribner in 1966. In 1967, the family moved to Elmwood, Neb., where he continued to sell insurance until the late 1970s and then went to work for Eastern Nebraska Auto Recyclers as a counter man, where he retired in 1991 because of medical reasons.
Walt was a former member of the Elmwood Lion's Club, past president of the Scribner Chamber of Commerce, the Lexington Jaycees, church board member and Sunday School Superintendent.
He was a member of the First Lutheran Church at Avoca, Neb., and a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington.
He also served as school board member and enjoyed announcing football games.
Walt's love was fishing and all his friends knew they could find him out at Johnson Lake — he was usually the only one catching fish.
He also enjoyed hunting, gardening, attending auctions, garage sales, playing baseball and softball, but, most especially, spending time with his grandchildren and his loving family. He will be truly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Alfred; two nephews, Bobby and Dennis; and father-in-law, Clyde Russell.
Memorials are kindly suggested to the Kopf family.
Adrian Pablo Cuevas, 3-month-old infant son of Emigdio and Kelly Cuevas of Grand Island, died Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services were held on Tuesday, June 15, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island. The Rev. Phil Flott officiated. Burial was in the Grand Island City Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Monday, June 14, at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home in Grand Island.
Adrian Pablo Cuevas was born March 11, 2004, in Grand Island to Emigdio and Kelly (Oliva) Cuevas.
Survivors of the immediate family include his parents, a brother, Blake, and two sisters, Gabriella and Kiana, all of Grand Island; his paternal grandmother, Isabel Cortes of Mexico; and his maternal grandparents, Lynn and Sharon Oliva of Arapahoe.
Also surviving are his maternal great-grandmother, Cleota Oliva of Stockton, Kan., and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Proceding him in death are his paternal grandfather, Agapito Cuevas; his maternal grandmother, Janet Holen-Oliva; his maternal great-grandparents, Bernard and Winnifred Holen; maternal great-grandfather, Bill Oliva; his paternal great-grandparents, Pablo Cortes, Ermelinda Crus and Felipe Cuevas; and his aunt, Elvia Cuevas.
Vera Mae Licking
Vera Mae Licking, 95, of Lincoln, formerly of North Platte, died Friday, June 11, 2004, at Holmes Lake Manor in Lincoln.
Services and visitation were held on Tuesday, June 15 at Southview Christian Church in Lincoln with the Rev. Phillip Hayes officiating.
Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 in Hillcrest Cemetery at Thedford. Wyuka Funeral Home is in charge.
She was born March 29, 1909, in Cabool, Mo., to Charles M.E. and Phoebe (Anders) Cook.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia L. and Albert French of Walton and Charlotte A. and Terry Renner of Kearney; and one son and daughter-in-law, Charles N. and Marilyn Licking of Lexington.
Other survivors include eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
When Vera Mae was two years old, the family moved to Ulysses, and then to Lincoln when she was 11.
She worked as assistant to the principal at Saratoga Grade School in Lincoln from 1928 to 1935.
On June 8, 1935, she married Clyde L. Licking. They lived and ranched in Seneca for many years.
Mrs. Licking was a member of Mullen Methodist Church until 1980, North Platte Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, until 1997 and then to Southview Christian when she moved to Lincoln.
She was organist and choir director in these churches as well as a piano teacher and school accompanist most of her life.
She was a 57-year member of Order of Eastern Star and Worthy Matron of Thedford No. 261.
Preceding her in death was her husband; her parents; three brothers and two sisters.
Memorials are suggested to Southview Christian Church or American Diabetes Association.
Abe Jacob, 79, of Willow Island died June 4, 2004, at the Cozad Hospital.
Services were held on Tuesday, June 8 at the First United Methodist Church in Cozad with The Rev. Lyle Schoen officiating. Burial was in the Cozad Cemetery.
Visitation was on Monday at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad. Berryman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He was born March 1, 1925, at Kearney to John and Selma (Zamel) Jacob.
Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Shirley Jacob of Casper, Wyo.; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Hazel Korrey of Iliff, Colo., Lena and Vern Yanney of North Platte and Carolyn and Norm Keech of Overland Park, Kan.; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Jacob of Cozad.
At a young age, he moved with his parents to a farm site at Willow Island.
He graduated from Cozad High School in 1943. He worked on the family farm until entering the U.S. Army, serving from 1950 to 1952.
Following his discharge, he returned to the family farm where he remained active the remainder of his life.
He was a member of the Gothenburg American Legion Post and the Cozad Elks Lodge. During his lifetime, he was known for his generosity to family and friends.
Preceding him in death was a sister, Edna Jacob; and five brothers, Edward Jacob, Milford Jacob, Joseph Jacob, Sam Jacob and Charles Jacob.
A memorial has been established in his memory.