Max Donald Kitsmiller
Max Donald Kitsmiller, 80, of Lexington, Neb., passed away June 19, 2013, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.
He was born July 31, 1932, in Beatrice, Neb., to Max M. and Ruth A. (Roepke) Kitsmiller. Max moved to Lexington at the age of 8. He attended school and graduated from Lexington High School. Following graduation, he joined the United States Army Reserves. He then was called to active duty and served his country during the Korean Conflict, being honorably discharged January 11, 1957.
Max was united in marriage to Marjorie A. Moore on May 22, 1954, at the Methodist Church in Arcadia, Neb. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Linda, Barbara & Mike.
Max began his career as a lineman with Dawson Public Power in 1957, retiring in 1994. His second job, more like his hobby, was bartending at the Veteran’s Memorial Club, a job which he thoroughly enjoyed. He retired when the club closed in 2011, after 30 years. He enjoyed playing cards and reading. But his favorite pastime was teasing the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years; Marjorie of Lexington, Neb.; son, Mike Kitsmiller of Lexington, Neb.; daughters, Linda Linn and Barbara Rhone both of Lexington, Neb.; brother, Joe (Barb) Kitsmiller of Lincoln, Neb.; sister, Lois Rutt of Lincoln, Neb.; brother-in-law, Gene Conrad of Lincoln, Neb.; and, sister-in-law, Peg Kitsmiller of Lincoln, Neb.; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Max was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger; sister, Barbara Conrad; brothers-in-law, James Moore and Ted Vose; sister-in-law, Joyce Moore; and sons-in-law, Bill Linn and Randy Rhone.
A Memorial Celebration of Life was held June 21, 2013, at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington., Neb. Burial was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department or the Donor’s Choice. ❖
Jimmie Dale Jenkins
Jimmie Dale “Jim” Jenkins, 81, of Whitman, Neb., passed away on July 11, 2013 at Box Butte General Hospital.
He was born at home west of Stapleton, Neb., on August 8, 1931 to Delbert and Olive (Stalnaker) Jenkins.
Jim graduated high school in 1949 and then joined the Navy on October 16, 1950, where he was stationed in San Diego and Japan during the Korean War.
He married Gerene Stewart on April 1, 1955.
Jim managed the grocery store in Whitman, Neb., for seven years where he enjoyed visiting with the customers who came in throughout the day. He began working for the Monahan Cattle Company in February of 1975 He retired in December of 2011.
Jim will be greatly missed but his contribution to the Sandhills and his legacy will not be forgotten. Jim built many sets of corrals and pens on ranches and fairgrounds across the Sandhills. He was an excellent designer, welder and carpenter. Jim loved driving his tractor, moving bales, feeding cattle, and being out in the hills. More importantly, he spent time with his children and grandchildren teaching them his skills, a trade, and most importantly, work ethic.
Jim loved to hunt coyotes. Friends and family who went with him have great stories and fond memories of those trips. Jim also enjoyed visiting with people and loved to get together with friends to play cribbage and pitch.
He is survived by his wife Gerene of Whitman, Neb., his children Will Jenkins of Whitman, Neb., Leasy (Chancy) Groves of Ashby, Neb., J.R.(Karla) Jenkins of Potter, Neb., his grandchildren Tana (Cody) Miller, Taryn Groves, Jeanna, Nathan, Joshua and Jacob Jenkins, and one great-grandchild, Rhett Miller, his sisters Joyce (Don) Sheets of Burwell, Neb., and Lila Mae Lambertz of Wall Lake, Iowa, plus aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Olive(Stalnaker) Jenkins.
Memorial services were held July 17, 2013, at the Hyannis High School Auditorium.
Memorials to Jim Jenkins Memorial Fund % of the family at Box 36, Whitman, Neb., 69366.
Inurnment will be at a later date by the family. ❖