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Paul Conley Pedersen

March 30, 1930 — September 26, 2019

Paul Conley Pedersen of Cozad passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg at the age of 89. Paul was born March 30, 1930 in Cozad, Nebraska to Ferdinand and Ruth (Conley) Pedersen. He graduated from Cozad High School with the Class of 1948. Paul attended college at UNL and received his degree for economics and agriculture. On September 5, 1951, Paul was drafted in to the US Army and sent to Fort Riley, Kansas for basic training. His mother was very worried about him because of a terrible blizzard. He served in the 28th Infantry Division and was also trained as a Photo Interpreter. Paul was sent to Germany during the Korean Conflict, and was discharged August 12, 1953. He returned to the farm back home. Paul rented the Rasmussen ground, starting with hogs, cattle and 40 acres. On November 3, 1973, Paul married Bertha Richey Branstiter in Las Vegas, Nevada. He welcomed her children into his family. He was very proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Bruce joined Paul in the farm operation and formed the partnership PM Farms in 1990, raising hogs, corn and soybeans. Paul was an avid Husker Fan. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harold F. Pedersen; sister, Dorothy Pedersen Boilesen; daughter-in-law, Debra Branstiter and granddaughter, Hilary Ann Branstiter. Survivors include his wife Bert; brother, Bill Pedersen of Lincoln; children, Danny (Oletta) Branstiter of Fort Worth, TX and Verla (Bruce) Montey of Cozad; grandchildren, Mandy (Jeff) Holsten, Douglas (Sydney) Montey, Aaron (Shauna) Branstiter and Ellen Branstiter; and great grandchildren, D'Nae, Christopher, Tre, Allyson, Dameon, Jaxon, Brooklyn, Landyn, Katelyn and AJ; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Memorials are suggested to the family in his name for later designation. Services will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Cozad with Vicar Kathy Gundell officiating. Burial will follow at the Cozad Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family present from 5 pm. to 7 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home.


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Monday, September 30, 2019

1:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Starts at 10:30 pm (Central time)

St. John's Lutheran Church

42650 County Road 764, Cozad, NE 69130

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