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Robert (Bob) Meester, 65 - August 27, 2015

Robert “Bob” Dean Meester, 65, of Lexington, originally of Gothenburg, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Golden Living Center of Cozad.
Services were conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the First United Methodist Church of Lexington with the Rev. Dyton Owen officiating. Burial with military honors was at the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Meester was born Sept. 22, 1949, at Gothenburg to Walter J. and Hannah (Johanning) Meester. He was baptized on Oct. 25, 1949, at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg as well as being confirmed in 1965.
He was a 1968 graduate of Gothenburg High School and continued his education at Hastings Technical College.
On July 6, 1969, he was united in marriage to Priscilla R. Nickerson at the United Methodist Church in Lexington. To this union, two daughters were born.
Meester served his country during the Vietnam War from Sept. 18, 1969, until his honorable discharge on Oct. 11, 1971. He was discharged as a Sgt. E-5 with awards including the Bronze Star as well as two Army commendation medals.
He was employed as a tool-and-die maker by trade. His working career included Gambles Store while in high school, Coop, Veetronix, Leon Chemical & Plastics, Sperry New Holland, Eiler’s Machine, Reach Electronics and Baldwin’s as well as selling insurance for Farm Bureau Insurance. He was forced to retire after being diagnosed with MS and diabetes, and was also a cancer survivor.
Meester was always active as a younger man and volunteered his time on the Cozad and Wood River Fire Departments, where he was also an EMT. He was a present member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, a former member of the Gopher Smokers and black powder group as well as a Boy Scout.
?He enjoyed gun collecting, woodworking and being with family and his grandchildren, according to family members.
Meester was a joy to know, never met a stranger, and had the gift of gab with a smile always on his face, no matter if he was hurting, the family said.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Walter and Hannah; an infant brother and sister, Terry and Betty; two brothers—Larry and Ronald; father-in-law, Clifford Nickerson; two brothers-in-law—Clinton and Bradley Nickerson; sister-in-law, Linda Meester.
Survivors include: his wife of 46 years, Priscilla Meester of Lexington; two daughters—Kim Meester (Todd Rosenthal)of Lincoln and Amanda G’Schwind (Brian Woolley) of Lexington; three grandchildren—Charles and Nick Rosenthal of Lincoln and Kelsey G’Schwind of Lexington; two sisters—Shirley (Ed) Claflin of Gothenburg and Bonnie (Clifford “Dex”) Wedemeyer of Cheyenne, WY; mother-in-law, Pearl Nickerson of Lexington; sister-in-law, Andrea Nickerson of Virginia Beach, VA; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the Heartland Military Museum, the Lexington Rescue Unit and the First United Methodist Church.