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Dennis E. Buettow

May 24, 2011

Dennis E. Buettow age 84 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in Lincoln.  He was born on July 15, 1926 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Louis and Clara (Dietloff) Buettow.  During high school Dennis was a member of  the Norfolk High School State Champion football team.  Dennis served in the US Army during World War II from November 20, 1944 to July 31, 1946.  He worked as a plumber for most of his career.  He helped with the plumbing during the construction of some of the buildings on the campus of the University of Nebraska.  Dennis retired in 1992 and then worked for 12 years at Securitas Security Services, stationed at Farmers Mutual Insurance Company. He was a member of the United Lutheran Church, where he was a past church board member, the American Legion, VFW, Elks, Moose Lodge and the Local Plumbers Union.  Dennis enjoyed stopping daily at his favorite establishment, El Matador Lounge.

Dennis is survived by his nephew, Steven Buettow of Aspen, Colorado, his great-niece, Annie Buettow of Aspen, Colorado, many friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Beulah, and a stepson, Milo.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. at Evangelical United Lutheran Church, 5945 Fremont Street, Lincoln.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at Evangelical United Lutheran Church, 5945 Fremont Street, Lincoln with Pastor Myron Meyer officiating.

Burial with military honors will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

James S. Draper

May 20, 2011

James (Jim) Sterling Draper, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died on Thursday, May 19, 2011 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.  Jim was born on October 25, 1958 in San Francisco and adopted a short time later by Fred and Mollie Draper of Denison Iowa.  He moved to Lincoln in 1986 where he began his career in warehouse management, working for Millard Refrigerated Services and most recently for Farmland/Cooks Foods. 

Jim was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and an occasional game of golf.  Lake Mac was his favorite spot for fishing, especially chasing walleye.  He loved camping in the Otter Creek area while sharing his fishing stories and good food. Turkey, goose and deer hunting were also outdoor hobbies Jim enjoyed.  However, deer hunting was the one thing he looked forward to every year.  He shared all the outdoor fun with his family and friends, but especially with his wife, Bettie. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Bettie of Lincoln; daughters, Nikole Thompson of Lawrence, KS; Shannon and Michael Beltz of Lincoln; sons, Tyson and Ann Draper of Denton, NE; Jeremy Allen of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren, Kylee, Katy, Zane, Kiara, Taylor, Alexandra, Kaiden; special parents, Don and Betty Eggers of Denison, IA; brothers, Jay Eggers of Denison, IA; Jeffrey Eggers of Milford, IA; sister, Jan Eggers of Denison, IA; best friends, Steve and Dyanne Yentes of Sheridan, WY; Larry and Julie Thompson of Denison, IA; brothers & sisters in law, Al and Carol Channel of  Alliance, NE; Bill and Fern Channel, Hastings, NE; Mary Jane and Ivan Burgan, Lincoln, NE; Pat Channel, Portland, OR; many nieces & nephews. 

James was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mollie Draper, grandchildren, Madalyn Marie Draper and Dominick James Draper.

Cremation/no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Cummings officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers: Tyson Draper, Jeremy Allen, Michael Beltz, Zane Beltz, Jason Varejcka, Kaiden Varejcka, Steven Yentes, Larry Thompson, Jay Eggers, Jeff Eggers, Ron Graham and Mike Powers.

Burial will be at a later date in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Capital Humane Society.

Michael F. McKinney

May 12, 2011

Michael Frederick McKinney age 65 of  Bellevue, Nebraska (formerly of Lincoln) died on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in Omaha.  He was born on February 1, 1946 in Lincoln to Waldo Elmer and Harriett Darlene (Eissler) McKinney.  Michael served in the US Army during the Vietnam War from May 11, 1967 to February 9, 1976.  He married Karen Kay Coolen on June 6, 1987 in Auburn, Nebraska, she preceded him in death on November 5, 2004.  He worked for Pony Express as a courier.  Michael enjoyed flying model airplanes and was a member of the Cobra Flying Field. 

Michael is survived by his daughters, Shawnna and Kurt Bonner of Milford, NE; Lori and Kevin Johnson of Valley, NE; Tina and Mitch Kimball of Auburn, NE; Amber McKinney of Auburn, NE; 13 grandchildren; his sister, Patricia Ann Jacobs of Tacoma, WA.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen, parents and in-laws.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May 16, 2011 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home

A graveside service will be held on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Burial with military honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

William Sanford Morgan, age 49, of Lincoln passed away May 6, 2011 in Lincoln.  He was born on July 25, 1961 to Faye Nimic and the late Thomas Morgan.

Survived by mother, Faye Nimic and step-father, Bob Nimic; sister, Karin Lamkins and brother-in-law, R.G. Lamkins; daughter, Elizabeth Dunn; nephew, Scott Lamkins; grandchildren, Grace Dunn and Cooper Dunn.

Private family service.  No visitation, cremation.

Dorothy E. Cramer

May 8, 2011

Dorothy E. Cramer, age 100 of Lincoln died May 8, 2011.  Born on November 10, 1910 in Mound City, Missouri to Robert W. and Maggie L. (Carder) Long.  Dorothy was a beauty operator for 30 years.   Her hobbies included knitting, sewing, crocheting and making quilts.  Dorothy loved spending time with her family especially the babies.

She is survived by her son Calvin West of Lincoln, Sisters: Betty Lou Johnson and Charlotte Mae.  Grandchildren: Pam West and Scott West, 5 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great, Great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Dale Cramer, her sons, Scottie Dean, Royce Lynn, Alan Kent and her parents.

Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 11:00 A.M.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 2:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

Memorials may be given to the family for a later designation.

Edwin Eugene Edwards

May 5, 2011

Edwin Eugene Edwards age 91 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at his home in Lincoln.  He was born on March 23, 1920 in Lincoln to Andrew Wallace and Hazel Marie (Cooper) Edwards.  He graduated from Jackson High School and went on to Ohio State University where he earned an Engineering degree.  Edwin served in the US Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1953.  He married Joyce Nichols of Denver, Colorado in 1940.  To that union were born Sandra, Edwina and Robert.  For years Edwin and Joyce operated Joyce and Eddie’s Cafe in Havelock, then moved to Estes Park, Colorado where they owned and operated the Continental Restaurant and Lounge and other businesses.  After Joyce’s death in 1981 he retired to Lincoln.  

In 1988 he married Mary Catlin in Lincoln, where they continued to live along with son Ron.  They enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.  Edwin was an avid car enthusiast and a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of Grace Community Church.  

Edwin is survived by his wife, Mary of Lincoln; children, Sandra and Vic Spencer of Loveland, Colorado; Edwina and Jim Young of Lincoln; Robert L. and Mary Edwards of Conroe, Texas; stepchildren, Linda and Norman Clark of Havelock, North Carolina; Rosa and Dan Cumming of Michigan; Ron Catlin of Lincoln; Peggy and Philip Hall of Bakersfield, California; 21 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Laird of Sun City, Florida; many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Jack, Wesley, Robert LeRoy, sisters, Frances, Hazel, Naomi, his first wife, Joyce. Cremation/no visitation. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Thompson officiating. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

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