Holdrege Fire and Rescue

Tribute



The Holdrege Volunteer Fire Department would like to Thank the Dean Lynch Family for their dedication in putting out the plaques and flags at all the cemeteries around the area as a tribute to all the previous Holdrege Firemen who are no longer with us. The hours it takes to put these out and then go and pick them up every Memorial Day is greatly appreciated!






A Plaque and Flag on a Tombstone at Prairie Hill Cemetery

Gail L. BecksteadGail L. Beckstead



A Celebration of Life Service for Gail L. Beckstead will be conducted from the Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bud Gillett officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Gail Lloyd Beckstead, 73 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. Gail was born May 9, 1939 at Omaha, Nebraska, the fourth of five children born to Norris C. and Caroline L. (Seward) Beckstead. He received his education from Bellevue, Nebraska, graduating from Bellevue High School with the class of 1957. He then pursued higher education from Peru State College, graduating with the class of 1961 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. On July 1, 1961 he was united in marriage to Terry Louise Young of Bellevue. To this union three children were born: Christy, Jon, and Patrick. The family made their home in Friend, Nebraska, where Gail taught Industrial Arts and participated in coaching early in his teaching career. He then continued his education at Kearney State College and taught in the Pleasanton Public School System for a year. He then returned to Friend for seven years, and at this time Gail started the Wrestling program. The family relocated to Holdrege in 1974, where Gail continued his teaching career, teaching Industrial Education for 27 years in Holdrege. A highlight of his career was also teaching a Special Needs Program. Gail retired when he was 62 years of age in 2001.

Gail was a member of the Pleasant View Christian Church south of Wilcox, Nebraska. Throughout the years; Gail was also an active member of the Volunteer Fire Departments in Friend and Holdrege. He spent many years as an EMS Instructor. Gail loved being involved and attending his children and grandchildren’s activities, he also enjoyed the time spent at the Harlan County Reservoir with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister born at rest; and one brother, Dewey Beckstead.

Gail leaves to mourn his passing; his wife, Terry of Holdrege; three children: Christy Nelson and her husband, Kirk of Wilcox, Jon Beckstead and his wife, Sammi of Brainard, Nebraska, and Patrick Beckstead and his wife, Lynne of Kearney, Nebraska; nine grandchildren: Heather Hohlfeld and her husband, Adam, Jenessa Keiser and her husband, Beau, Matthew and Michael Nelson, Taylor, Rachel, and Hannah Beckstead, and Josh and Nick Follmer; one great granddaughter, Ava Hohlfeld; two brothers: Marion Beckstead and his wife, Marge of Bellevue, and Eugene Beckstead and his wife, Sue of Sebastopol, California; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial book signing will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in Gail’s honor and kindly suggested to the Holdrege Volunteer Fire Department or the Holdrege Public Schools Foundation.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.















Evald E AbramsonEvald E. Abramson

Funeral Services for Evald E. Abramson will be conducted from the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Saturday, June, 9, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Dale Lambert officiating. Interment will be in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege.

Evald E. Abramson, 83 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at his home in Holdrege after a lengthy battle with cancer. Evald Eugene Abramson was born January 12, 1929 in Holdrege to Gustav Malcolm and Julia M. (Johnson) Abramson. He was the youngest of six sons. He graduated from Holdrege High School in 1947.

At a young age he began working in his father’s business, Abramson Radio Shop, where he learned all aspects of the appliance business. In 1965, he purchased the business from his father and the name was changed to Abramson Appliance & TV. Evald and his wife, Mary Lou, owned and operated the business together for 26 years until they sold it to their oldest son, Mark, in 1991. Evald continued to be an active presence in the store because he enjoyed his customers. He was proud of the fact that the family business is considered the third oldest business in Holdrege in terms of continuous operation.

He married Mary Lou Bocock on September 26, 1948 at the Methodist Church in Holdrege. They were married 63 years and were the parents of three children: Mark Ronald, Mary Katherine “Kay” and Thomas Joel. Evald was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in their many school and sporting activities, band and piano concerts and dance recitals. Every summer weekend was spent at the family cabin at Johnson Lake. His greatest passion was hunting from his goose blind at the Platte River with his faithful Labrador dog.

Evald was a member of the Holdrege Volunteer Fire Department for 37 years, serving several years as Assistant Fire Chief, a 15-year member of the Holdrege Emergency Unit and a member of the Holdrege Gun Club. He was a member of the Methodist Church for 57 years and served on the Administrative Board and various committees.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Lowell Abramson and his wife, Doris, Maurice Abramson and his wife, Elaine, Ronald Abramson and his wife, Frances, James Abramson and his wife, Alice, and Julius Abramson in infancy; daughter-in-law, Paula Abramson; mother-in-law, Irene Bocock; and father-in-law, Bruce Bocock.

Evald is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou; two sons: Mark Abramson of Holdrege, Tom Abramson of Gothenburg; one daughter, Kay Exstrom and her husband, Bryce of Fremont, Nebraska; grandchildren: Beth Abramson of Elkhorn, Nebraska, Rebeka Abramson of Holdrege, Katelyn Exstrom of Lincoln, Nebraska, Ashley Abramson, Aaron Abramson and Alexandra Abramson all of Lincoln; one great-granddaughter, Mia Abramson of Elkhorn; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 8, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in his memory and will be designated at a later date.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.







Dean L BerryDean L. Berry

Funeral Services for Dean L. Berry will be conducted from the Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Paul Snider, officiating. Interment will be in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege.

Dean LeRoy Berry, 79 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. Dean was born October 29, 1932 on a farm north of Huntley, Nebraska, the 4th of 7 children born to Elmer E. and Faye (Schroder) Berry. He received his education at Ragan High School, graduating with the class of 1950.

Dean was united in marriage to Kay Janeen Gorman on April 20, 1952 and to this union three children were born: Rodney, Sheryl, and Kim. The Berry’s made their residence in Holdrege, where Dean worked as the maintenance supervisor for the Department of Roads. In December of 2004, Dean retired after 44 years.

Dean was a member of the Holdrege Volunteer Fire Department from 1959 -1986 and the Holdrege Rescue Squad from 1971-1986 where he was named the Unit Captain from 1978-1979, he was also a member of the Holdrege Elks, Holdrege Area Jaycees, the Phelps County Election Board for 8 years, and a member of the Holdrege Bethel Lutheran Church. In his spare time, Dean enjoyed renovating houses for rent, keeping a nice yard, enjoyed all sports, and loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.

Besides his parents, Dean was preceded in death by his wife, Kay on June 7, 2007; one sister, Detta Duval; brother, Den Berry and son-in-law, Kenny Olson.

He is survived by his three children: Rodney Berry and his wife, Maxine of Loomis, Nebraska, Sheryl Olson of Holdrege and Kim Berry and his wife, Jill of Westchester, Ohio; seven grandchildren: Nicole Mattson and her husband, Aaron, Camela Houston, and her husband, Brian, Allison Perry and her husband, Adam, Brent Olson, Angie Olson, Chelsea Berry and Derek Berry; five great-grandchildren: Aidan and Addison Perry, Olivia and Naomi Mattson, and Colt Houston; two brothers: Don Berry and his wife, LuEtta of Holdrege and Delmer Berry and his wife, Janet of Bertrand, Nebraska; two sisters: Doris Schriner and her husband, Ed of Holdrege, Diane Sell and her husband, Jim of Holdrege; one brother-in-law, Larry Duval of Holdrege; two sisters-in-law: Judy Berry of Illinois, Marlys Brand and her husband, Dale of Holdrege; special friend, Dianna Isaacson of Holdrege; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 30, 2012 at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A memorial has been established in his memory and will be designated at a later date.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.



T. J. WallerThomas J. "T.J." Waller


Funeral Services for Thomas J. “T.J.” Waller will be conducted from The Tassel in Holdrege, Nebraska on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Paul Bauman, Pastor Murray Jones, and Reverend Cal Hiebert, officiating. Interment will be held in the Moses Hill Cemetery in Phelps County, Nebraska.

Thomas Jeffrey “T.J.” Waller, 33 years of age, of rural Holdrege, passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. He was born May 2, 1977 at Holdrege, the youngest of two children born to Richard Bruce and Susan Joyce (Larson) Waller. T.J. was baptized at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege and later confirmed from the Holcomb Evangelical Free Church north of Holdrege.

He received his primary education from the R-4 rural school in Phelps County through the eighth grade. T.J. enjoyed his involvement in 4-H in his younger years, he loved showing hogs and cattle. He graduated from Holdrege High School with the class of 1996. While in high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society, was a three year letter winner in football and active with Future Farmers of America. He then pursued higher education at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and later at Southeast Community College at Lincoln, where he graduated in 2000 and received an associate’s degree in welding technology.

T.J. then returned home on the farm north of Holdrege, where he worked side-by-side with his father as the 4th generation of the family farm and assisted in the operation of the 37 Cattle Company. His focus was on the farming side of the operation and also enjoyed the cow/calf operation.

On June 22, 2002 he was united in marriage to Kaylyn Marie Lorenzen and to this union two daughters were born: Allison and Trista. T.J. was a patient and loving father to his girls and a devoted husband. First and foremost in his life was being at home with his family.

In early June of 2010, T.J. was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, which he courageously fought with an amazing attitude the past seven months. He underwent experimental treatment to assist others in the future. During the past couple years, T.J. loved being a member and active part of the Holdrege Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed the comradery with his fellow members, and felt the Department was his second family.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Roy and Dorothy Waller and Clinton and Ruth Larson.

T.J. leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Kaylyn; two daughters: Allison, 7 and Trista, 3; his parents: Richard and Sue Waller all of Holdrege; sister, Penny Skovly and her husband, Ron of Brookings, South Dakota; father-in-law, Dean Lorenzen and his wife, Debbie of Loveland, Colorado and mother-in-law, Vicki Nutter and her husband, Michael of Centennial, Colorado; two brothers-in-law: Justin Lorenzen and his wife, Michele of Thornton, Colorado and Darren Nutter and his wife, Kristen of Reston, Virginia; and a host of grandparents on Kaylyn’s side of the family and aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 7, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in T.J.’s memory, which will create an education fund for his children and future research for cancer treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.











Darrell E. Feusner
(March 24, 1930 - February 19, 2009)




Darrell E. Feusner

U.S. Veteran

Funeral Services for Darrell E. Feusner will be conducted from the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege, Nebraska on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Linda Bergeon, officiating. Interment will be in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post #66 in conjunction with the Nebraska Army National Guard Honors Team.

Darrell Eugene Feusner, 78 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. Darrell was born March 24, 1930 at Alma, Nebraska, the second of three children of Floyd and Sylvia (Seybold) Feusner. He received his education at Huntley, Nebraska, graduating from Huntley High School with the class of 1947.

On May 24, 1951 he was united in marriage to Gloria Ann Wagner at her parent’s home in Holdrege. To this union three children were born: Monica, Randy and Scott. The family made their home in Holdrege. Darrell then served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army from October 18, 1951 until his honorable discharge on July 4, 1953. Following his service, Darrell returned home to Holdrege and was employed by Gamble-Robinson for a brief time. He then began his life career with the United States Postal Service as a Postal Carrier until his retirement in 1985. Following his retirement, Darrell enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also loved making seasonal trips to Elk hunt. Darrell was a member of the American Legion Post #66, was a past member of the Elks and he enjoyed the friendship bonds formed in the Holdrege Volunteer Fire and Rescue for 51 years.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Gloria of Holdrege; one daughter, Monica Latter and her husband, Ron of Wilcox, Nebraska; two sons: Randy Feusner and his wife, Terri of Savannah, Georgia and Scott Feusner of Holdrege; seven grandchildren: Jeff Latter and his wife, Kendra of Gresham, Oregon, Craig Latter and his fiancé, Stacy Wescott of Funk, Nebraska; Rachel Newell and her husband, Brad of Malvern, Iowa, Jolene Ritterbush and her husband, Craig of Holdrege, Jeremy Feusner and his wife, Chelsea of North Platte, Nebraska, Blake Feusner and Carrie Feusner both of Holdrege; three great-grandsons: Aiden and Alec Newell and Carter Feusner; brothers-in-law: M. Blake Wagner and his wife, Frances of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jim Wagner and his wife, Janet of Holdrege; sister-in-law, Betty Feusner of Ogallala, Nebraska; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Wesley; one sister, Patricia Baker and her husband, Vern; and father-in-law and mother-in-law: Merril and Marvel Wagner.

Darrell will lie in state at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege on Friday, February 20, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A memorial has been established in his memory and will be designated at a later date.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.








Donald Berry
Age - 88
3/27/1926 - 12/2/2014

Huntley, NE - Minden, NE


Funeral Service
10:30 AM, 
Saturday, December 06, 2014
First United Methodist Church
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Holdrege,  NE 68949
Donald E. Berry, 88, of Holdrege, died at Bethany Homes in Minden on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted from the First United Methodist Church of Holdrege, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev Jeffrey Adams officiating. Visitation will be at the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege on Friday Dec 5th, from 5 to 7 p.m., with family present. Burial will be in the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege. Memorials are suggested to the Holdrege Volunteer Fire Department or the family in memory of Don. The Solt Funeral Home of Central City, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.soltfh.com
     
     

Donald E. Berry, 88, of Holdrege, died at Bethany Homes in Minden on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted from the First United Methodist Church of Holdrege, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev Jeffrey Adams officiating. Visitation will be at the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege on Friday Dec 5th, from 5 to 7 p.m., with family present. Burial will be in the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege. Memorials are suggested to the Holdrege Volunteer Fire Department or the family in memory of Don. The Solt Funeral Home of Central City, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.soltfh.com

Donald Edward Berry was born on March 27, 1926 on a farm near Huntley, Nebraska in Harlan County, the eldest of seven children born to Elmer Edward and Faye Marie (Schroder) Berry. He attended grade school in Huntley and graduated from the Ragan High School with the class of 1944. He married LuEtta Edna Jones on March 27, 1946 at the home of Earl and Edna (Johnson) Jones north of Huntley.

Don worked for Gamble Robinson Company (Snow Boy) and also worked for Granger Brother Food Distributors (IGA) and returned to the Gamble Robinson Company combined for over 30 years. He then worked for Don Harris, Standard Oil that later became Bosselman Energy Bulk Plant. After his retirement in 1986, he and LuEtta spent their winters in Apache Junction, Arizona and Don spent his summers working for R.D.O. (Roger Olson Farms).

Don enjoyed his patch farming with his 1953 Ford Jubilee Tractor, raising cattle and sheep. He especially enjoyed his horse Dynamite and hunting elk in the Colorado Mountains. He always enjoyed fishing and camping at the Harlan County Reservoir and traveling in the Winnebago all over the US, including Alaska. Don moved into Bethany Homes of Minden in November of 2012.

Don attended the Methodist Church in Huntley and joined the United Methodist Church in Holdrege. Don was a member of the Holdrege Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad for over 33 years.

Survivors include his wife, LuEtta Berry of Holdrege, son, Gary and wife Dee of Central City; Marilyn Berry of Holdrege; twins, Cindy Cairns of Elk River MN, and Crystal Leopold of Holdrege; Donetta Sandell and husband Craig of Holdrege; 12 Grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren; one brother, Delmer and wife Janet of Bertrand; two sisters, Diane Sell and husband Jim; Doris Schriner and husband Edward all of Holdrege; sister in-in law, Judy Berry of Pecatonica Illinois; and brother-in-law, Larry Duval of Holdrege. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Detta Duval; two brothers, Dennis and Dean; and Dean’s wife, Kay.







V. LaVale Allard
(April 17, 1924 - April 14, 2016)

V. LaVale Allard
U.S. Veteran

     Celebration of Life Services for LaVale Allard will be on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Holdrege, Nebraska with Pastors Paul Bauman and Murray Jones officiating. Interment will be held at the Moses Hill Cemetery in rural Phelps County, Nebraska following services with military rites provided by Martin-Horn American Legion Post #66 in conjunction with the Offutt Air Force Base Military Funeral Honors Team.  

     Vincent “LaVale” Allard, 91 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Chrisoma West in Holdrege. He was born April 17, 1924 in Phelps County, the youngest of three children born to Ivar Joseph and Wilhelmena Fredericka Emma (Harder) Allard.  He received his primary education from Rose Hill District #68 School in Phelps County and then attended Holdrege High School, graduating with the class of 1941. While in high school, LaVale worked various jobs including: O.P. Skaggs Grocery Store, the Hamburger Inn, Elston Drug and the Hotel Dale.

     Following his education, LaVale enlisted into the United States Army Air Corps in June of 1942 at Fort Crook, Omaha. He served during WWII in the European Campaign in France and England, as a Staff Sergeant in the 807th Air Engineering Squadron, where he was crew chief. In November of 1945, he was honorably discharged at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

    Following his discharge, LaVale returned to Holdrege, where he worked alongside his brother, Vern at the Texaco Service Station. He was also employed at Standard Oil for Warren Huss, Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas and Diamond T. Trucks for Merle Huston. In 1949, he purchased the Texaco Service Station and operated it until July of 1960, when he purchased the Sanitation Service.

     On November 9, 1963, he was united in marriage to Loraine “Lori” Johnson at the Presbyterian Church in Minden, Nebraska.  The couple was blessed with four children: Jeffery Alan, Janet Louise, Julie Ann, and Debra Lynn. The family continued to make their home in Holdrege, where LaVale operated Allard Sanitation for 28 years, until his retirement in November of 1986.

     LaVale was a life member of the American Legion, where he served as commander from 1959-1960 and was a life member of the V.F.W. He also served as a Holdrege volunteer fireman for over 38 years. Before accepting Jesus as his Savior and Lord, he was Exalted Ruler of the Elks. LaVale was a past member of the Holcomb Evangelical Free Church of rural Holdrege as a child, the Presbyterian Church of Holdrege and in his adult life, a member of the Trinity Evangelical Free Church, where he served as Trustee, Recording Secretary for 38 years, and ushered at the church for many years.  

      LaVale enjoyed reading and tending to his vegetable garden. He was a jack of all trades; from repairs to wood crafting. LaVale’s pride and joy was his grandchildren. He had them convinced he could fix anything, and he could! In addition, he also enjoyed attending every event and activity of his grandchildren that he could.

     Besides his parents; he was preceded in death by his son, Jeff Allard; sister, Viola Magill and her husband, Rex; brother, Vernon Allard and his wife, Josephine.

     LaVale leaves to celebrate his life; his loving wife of 52 years, Lori of Holdrege; his three daughters: Janet Chagnon and her husband, Tom of Hastings, Nebraska, Julie Pramberg and her husband, Terry of Lincoln, Nebraska and Debi Hadley and her husband, Craig of Loomis, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren: Gary Eby and his wife, Rhonda, Ginger Breinig and her husband, Randy, Ginny Shueey and her husband, Bob, Joe Anderson and his wife, Becky, Beth Anderson, Ryan and his wife, Allison, Brady and his fiancé Sarah Penner, Kim and Tyler Pramberg and Skylar, Carter and Gunnar Hadley; 11 great-grandchildren: Jacob and Elizabeth Eby, Audrey, Shannon, Connor, Meredith and Natalie Breinig, Lane, Abi and Lexi Anderson, and Morgan Anderson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

     Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2016 (which would have been LaVale’s 92nd birthday) from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

     A memorial has been established in LaVales’ honor and kindly suggested to the Todd Becker Foundation or the Youth For Christ Camp Scholarships.

     Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com.

     The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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