Dean Baalhorn, 85 - December 09, 2013Dean F. Baalhorn, 85, of Cozad passed away on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Cozad Community Hospital.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel.
Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Cozad, with the Rev. Michael Parsh officiating.
Graveside services will be at the Cozad Cemetery.
Baalhorn was born March 24, 1928, to Fred and Minnie (Wolf) Baalhorn. He attended District 19 in rural Cozad and graduated from Cozad High School in 1945. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he played football. In 1948, he transferred to Kearney State College to be closer to home. He ran track and played football at Kearney State.
Following college, Baalhorn went to work for Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Company for a year before returning to the family farm. On June 6, 1948, he married Lois Gill. He and his wife raised two children.
He farmed and ranched in rural Dawson and Custer Counties for 40 years, before his retirement in 1987.
During his career, Baalhorn received the award for Nebraska Outstanding Young Farmer. He was an active and devoted member of the American Luther Church in Cozad and proud member and past exalted ruler of the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250, family members said. He and Lois won the Elks National Foundation Award for Nebraska West District and earned the Elks National Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
?Baalhorn enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding horses and ranching. He was an avid baseball player and fan, and played for the Cozad GreenSox in his early years.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Fred and Minnie; and two infant brothers.
Survivors include: his wife Lois; daughter Cindy (Mark) Peyton of Gothenburg; son Dahlas (Marilyn) Baalhorn of Lincoln; four grandsons—Reece and Alex Peyton and Brett and Riley Baalhorn; great-granddaughter, Emila Jo Peyton; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Jan Gill of Gothenburg; nieces Claudine Kennicutt of Gothenburg and Sally Guthmiller of Omaha; nephew Ben Gill of SanDiego; and many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church in Cozad or donor’s choice.
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