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Former Cozad Resident: Rex L. Strickland, Age 87

Thursday, October 1, 2020
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Rex L. Strickland

Rex L. Strickland, age 87, formally of Cozad, passed away on September 24th, 2020 at Christian Homes in Holdrege.

Rex was born August 18th, 1933, at Moorefield, Nebraska to Edward and Bertha (Pearson) Strickland. The youngest of seven children. The 8th being Jackie Sue. Rex attended school at Cozad.

On December 10th, 1952, Rex married Janice Gutschow at North Platte, Nebraska. Following their nuptials, the couple resided in Lexington before making their home in Cozad in 1962. Rex worked at the hay mills in Darr and Cozad before he eventually came to work at Monroe Auto Equipment Company for many years until he had to retire due to health.

Rex loved to spend time fishing in the early years taking his kids with him. The kids would use the old cane poles to fish with at the sandpits South of Cozad. Rex also loved hunting ducks, pheasants and deer. He loved the deer hunting the best as he and his brother Dewey (from California) and his grandsons would accompany him and Dewey to their favorite spot at Willow Island for years and years. He bought his grandsons their first high powered rifle as a graduation present for deer hunting. Rex was active in keeping track of his grandchildren in all the sports they we active in by either attending or sitting at his desk listening to the radio to hear how their games came out and reading the newspaper for their stats. He would attend most of the hometown football games and wrestling tournaments. but he let Janice run after grandchildren so he could keep the dogs, chickens and the ducks company and tinker around the acreage. One time he left Dawson County to go Lincoln to State Wrestling to watch a grandson that was in the finals. Rex’s loved his family and all the grandchildren and his great-grandchildren as they were important in his life.

Rex was preceded in death by his wife Janice of 58 years, parents, brothers Allen, Merton “Babe”, Clarence “Jack” and Dewey, sisters Lois, Alverda and Jackie. Sister-in-laws Janette Andre, Donna Smock, Virginia Hansen and Laurine Strickland. Brother-in-laws Bernell Story, Clayton Rutledge, Donald Gutschow, Kenny Moritz and Ed Hanson, parents-inlaw Ruby Rutledge, Cliff Rutledge and Leslie Gutschow, great-grand-daughter Madysen Harmon, her mother Kristi and nephew Jay Story. Survivors include two sons, Gordon Lee (Debra) Strickland

Survivors include two sons, Gordon Lee (Debra) Strickland of Cozad, Gregory Loren (Lloyd) Strickland of Falls City, two daughters Gloria Lynn (Michael) Harmon of Arapahoe and Donna Sue (Merlin) McFate of Callaway. 6 grand-children, Matthew (Amy) Harmon, Jeffery (Michelle) Harmon, Christopher “Toph” (Shannon Tolle) Harmon, Jessica (Ryan) Larson, Justin Strickland, and Laura (David) Black. 11 great grandchildren, Adam, Ella, Faith, Grace, Alex, Janice, Elaina, Carson, Brynlee, Hunter and Chris, Jacob and Jackson Black. Sister-in-law Verna Story-Moritz, June Strickland and brother-in-law Ervin Smock. And many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Services were held Monday, September 28th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Dewane Dow officiating. Cremation followed. Visitation was Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm with family present from 5 pm to 6 pm at Berryman Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Berryman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.