Obituaries

Lillian D. (Nunn) Heinze-Reinert, 87, of Lincoln, Kan., died Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Lincoln. Lillian was born in rural Lincoln County on May 30, 1927, to Grant J. Nunn, Sr. and Ana (Cheney) Nunn. She attended Denmark Grade School, and graduated from Vesper High School in 1945. She received her teaching certificate and taught at the Trail Creek Country School for a few years. On May 4, 1947, Lillian was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church and on May 11, 1947, she married Leonard Heinze. To this union was born four children; Gregory A. of Luray, Patricia A. Biggs of Barnard, James L. of Apple Valley, Minn., and Debra M. Minear of Lincoln. Leonard died in 1985 and in 1989 Lillian married John M. Reinert, of Tipton. She was very active in the Lincoln Sr. Center, enjoying arts and crafts, cards, and other activities. She was also active in the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Denmark Dames and LWML at the church. Lillian spent many years as a cook for the Vesper, Beverly, and Lincoln  schools. In 1970 she became the secretary for the Lincoln County Extension office, where she was employed for 28 years. She enjoyed working with the 4-H children and served as a Foods judge for many years all across Kansas. Well-known for her “green thumb,” she passed this trait along to her children and grandchildren. Amidst all her activities, she found time to devote to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who were the most important part of her life. She attended as many of their activities as she could, cheering and rooting them on. She was preceded in death by her husbands Leonard C. Heinze in 1985 and John M. Reinert in 2001; brothers, Grant Jr., Robert, Kenneth Ray, and Bill Joe Nunn; and two grandchildren. Left to celebrate her life include family members Gregory A. (Kathleen) Heinze of Luray; James L. Heinze (Lynn) of Apple Valley, Minn.; Patricia A. (Michael) Biggs of Barnard; Debra M. (Jay) Minear of Lincoln; Donald Reinert (Margaret) of Wichita; Alan (Barbara) Reinert of Wichita; Carol (Marvin) Kratky of  Hesston; Jane Mick of Sand Springs, Okla.; Tawanda Nunn of Blackwell, Okla.; Mildred Nunn of Springfield, Mo.; Doris Janne of Wichita; Karen Hampton of Linden, Texas; Lois Heinze of Lincoln; 24 grandchildren and 25 greatgrandchildren. Visitation is 1-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Hall Chapel, Lincoln. Family will greet friends 5-7:00 p.m. Funeral service at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at St. John Lutheran Church, Lincoln, with interment following in Vesper Cemetery. Pall Bearers are Eric Heinze, Daniel Heinze, Bill Biggs, Josh Biggs, Nick Biggs, Joe Biggs, Jesse Minear and Cory Minear. Honorary Pall Bearers are Amy Feauto, Ann Feil, Jenni Rislund, Emily Heinze, Meredith Minear and Marti Minear. Memorials may be made to Lincoln Senior Center or St. John Lutheran Church. Lillian is in the care of Hall Funeral Home, Lincoln, Kan. Online condolences may be left by visiting www.postrockfs.com. 

Rex A. Nelson was born Aug. 9, 1930, to Andrew and Olga (Jepsen) Nelson on a farm near Ash Grove, Kan. and died March 20, 2015 at the age of 84. In 1943 he was the last graduate of Alameade Grade School in Lincoln County, Kan., a one-room schoolhouse. In October 1949, Rex accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and was baptized into the Bethany Baptist Church; Vesper, Kan. On Aug. 29, 2004 he was baptized into the membership of Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church in Statesboro, Ga. In the waning years of his life, his desire was to live the life of a Christian in all things, enjoying serving God, His church, and His people. He was joined in Holy Matrimony to Vivian Lorene Gablemann on Sept. 17, 1950, at Bethany Baptist Church. They began married life on a farm near Ash Grove, Kan. He served in the U.S. Army. After being discharged, both Rex and Vivian began working on college degrees, desiring to be teachers. They began teaching careers in 1957, he at Fort Hays Kansas State University and her in the Hays, Kan. public schools. In 1964, Rex received his doctorate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. His teaching career included terms at: Fort Hays Kansas  State University; Memphis State University; and Georgia Southern University. Being recognized in his field of specialty, he was honored to serve in offices for various local, state and national organizations, both governmental and professional. He served as a visiting professor at Clemson University and West Virginia University, and was a consultant to several other universities, industries, public schools, and governmental agencies. He also directed many institutes and workshops and authored two books. After the love for his family and church, his greatest joy was in teaching. His wife, Vivian, of 58 years preceded him to their heavenly home on Dec. 14, 2008. Survivors include three sons and their families: Stuart A Nelson and wife, Sharon, children; Lauren Olivia and Evan Matthew; Brent G Nelson and wife, Michelle, children; Nicholas Cole and Erin Bethany, all of Dalton, Ga. and Todd J Nelson and wife Jennifer, children; Rachel James and Kaitlyn Taylor of Woodstock, Ga., one sister Jean O. Nelson of Lenexa, Kan.; and, a brother, Virgil and his wife Constance of Olathe, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Olga Nelson, two sisters,  Marcelene and Orpah, and his father and mother-inlaw, Harry and Meta (Nitsch) Gabelmann. Here on earth we have no enduring home, but we seek the one, which is to come. God reached down and gave Rex final victory on March 20, 2015. Because of his faith in Jesus Christ he has joined his beloved wife, parents, family and friends in heaven. In his life he knew that the resurrection is not something we wait for but is already ours; the believer no longer belongs to death but through Jesus Christ belongs to life eternal with Him. Rex requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church, Benevolent Fund, 4 S. Zetterower Ave, Statesboro, GA 30458. A memorial service will be held at Julian Peeples Pleasant Grove Chapel in Dalton, Ga. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 with Dr. Charlie Bridges officiating. The family will receive friends from noon – 2 p.m. with a memorial service afterwards in the chapel. Burial will be at Bethany Cemetery, Lincoln County Kan. with private services for the family. Messages of comfort may be sent to the family at www.julianpeeples.com. Funeral arrangements are by Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Pleasant Grove

Delores “Dee” June Osgood peacefully passed away in the home of her granddaughter in Louisiana on March 12, 2015. Dee was comfortable and surrounded by loved ones. Dee and her devoted husband of 60 years, Terry, were avid travelers, but dearly loved their home of the past 23 years in Lincoln, Kan. There they enjoyed daily visits with their many wonderful friends, going to estate sales and auctions, playing bingo and various social events.  Dee is preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Ruth Easter, a sister and two brothers, and her daughter-in-law, Michelle Osgood. She is survived by her life long partner, Terry Osgood and their beloved dog, Lady; brother, Don (Cathy) Easter; daughters, Teri Ann (Rick) Brown and Barbara Bergman; sons, Michael (Jana) Osgood and Tim  (Ginger) Osgood; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In keeping with Dee’s wishes, she will be cremated in New Orleans, La. and “keep an eye” on Terry from the dash of their motor home. She lived a full and adventurous life, and will be deeply missed by all who had the honor of knowing her.