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Alfredo Guevara, Sr.

June 30, 2011

Alfredo Guevara Sr., age 68 of Lincoln.  Died June 29, 2011.  Born June 8, 1943 in Harlingen, Texas to Juan and Maria (Garcia) Guevara. 

Survivors include his wife: Eulalia Guevara of Lincoln.  Sons: Gabriel, Alfredo Jr., Fernando, Jose and Cornelio.  Daughter: Leticia.  13 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren.  Brothers: Humberto and Juan.  Sisters: Josefina and Juanita.

Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 12 noon.  

Visitation will be at Wyuka  Funeral Home on Friday, July 1, 2011 from 11:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery. 

Memorials may be left for the family.

H. Irene Shadley

June 29, 2011

H. Irene Shadley age 90 of Lincoln, Nebraska went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at her home in Lincoln. She was the beloved mother of Karen Oldenburg and Donna Merk both of Lincoln.  Irene was born in Lincoln to Joseph and Essie (Watson) Phillips on January 1, 1921.  She attended Jackson High School in Uni Place.  Irene spend most of her adult life, caring and working with her children.  She was a member of the Capital City Christian Church.

Irene is survived by her daughters and sons-in-laws, Karen and Elwin Oldenburg and Donna and Larry Merk all of Lincoln; step-children, Phyllis Lopez of Hawaii and Earl Shadley, Jr. of the Phillipines.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Shadley Sr., parents, brothers, Arthur, Albert and Richard Phillips, sisters, Ruth Talskey and Dorothy White.

There will be no visitation.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 1, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at Fairview Cemetery with Pastor Bill Thornton officiating.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Dean Stanley “Beak” Jameson, 80 years of age, Lincoln, passed away peacefully at home on June 25, 2011. He was born April 16, 1931 in Arnold, NE to John Henry and Lillian (Erickson) Jameson. He was a graduate of Arnold High School in 1949 and the University of Nebraska in 1953. Dean served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He married Jane Carpender on August 5, 1958 in Lincoln, NE. Dean and Jane lived in Bassett where they owned Jameson’s Dry Goods store and owned the Jameson Ranch. They returned to Lincoln and Dean worked as a salesman for the Friden Company (business machines), and then owned and operated “The Rainmaker Sprinkler Company” until retiring. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity; member of the Custer Masonic Lodge #148 in Arnold, NE. Beak enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family.

Dean is survived by his wife, Jane Carpender Jameson of Lincoln; daughters, Suzy and Jim Sullivan of South Weymouth, Massachusetts; Dr. Mary Liz and Dr. Leland Russell of Wichita, Kansas; and son, Jeffrey and Amy Jameson of Aspen, Colorado; granddaughter Kelsey Jameson Sullivan of South Weymouth, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Lou Ricker, and a brother in infancy.

Cremation/no visitation.

A family memorial gathering will be held at a later date in Bassett, Nebraska.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Eleanore Floth Alt

June 23, 2011


Eleanore, 96, died peacefully at home with her family on June 22, 2011.  Eleanore was born and spent most of her life in Lincoln, NE.   She loved to laugh.  Her warm, generous spirit was an inspiration to all who knew her.  Survivors include children Caroll (David L.) Meyers, LaVon Alt, George Alt; grandchildren James (Jeannine) Meyers, John (Becky) Meyers, Daniel Nordquist; seven great-grandchildren; a sister Lillian Meierjurgen.  She was preceded in death by her husband George Alt Jr.; grandson David R. Meyers; brothers Arthur and Leroy Floth.  Eleanore’s pies were famous.  She was skilled in the needle-arts crochet, knitting and quilting.  She will be greatly missed by those she touched.  Private services.  The family suggests contributions to PMS Hospice Center, 1400 Chama Ave., Santa Fe, NM  87505. 



Elinor L. Canfield

June 22, 2011

Elinor L. Canfield, 83 of Chandler, AZ, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Gilbert, AZ. She was a former resident of Lincoln and Malcolm. She worked as an accountant for the State of Nebraska Department of Public Institutions before retiring and moving to Arizona. She is survived by her son, Donald Canfield (Mary) and daughter, Jeanne Wacker (Kurt) and grandchildren, Kayla Canfield and Kyle and Jacob Wacker, all of Chandler, AZ. Elinor was preceded in death by her husband John Canfield and son James Canfield.

A funeral mass was held on Wednesday, June 22nd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chandler. She will be laid to rest on Friday, June 24th at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 ‘O’ St., Lincoln, NE, with the graveside service beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Maydene Ruth McCoy

June 15, 2011

Maydene Ruth McCoy age 82 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Crete Manor in Crete, Nebraska.  She was born on April 11, 1929 in Havelock to James and Clevia (Holland) Stephens.  She was retired from the Veterans Hospital after many years in food service.  Maydene was a member of the Northeast Missionary Alliance Church.

Maydene is survived by her husband, Murell of Lincoln; son, Monte and Christine McCoy of Eagle, Nebraska; daughter, Marcia McCoy of Lincoln; grandson, Mitchell McCoy stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington; brother, Lester Stephens of Houston, Texas; brother, Paul and Wilma Stephens of Lincoln; sister, Sharon Matlock of Colorado.  She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, James and Stephen Rhoades; step-granddaughter, Heather Gustefson; brother, Glenn Stephens.

Cremation/no visitation.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at Fairview Cemetery with Pastor David Miller officiating.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Crete Manor, Crete, Nebraska.

Robert Prater Kelly

June 14, 2011

Robert Prater Kelly, age 88, beloved brother, husband, and father, proud grandfather and veteran, of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 with family at his side in Lincoln.  He was born on December 28, 1922 in Dallas, Texas to Eli Hughes and Adelia Mae (Prater) Kelly.  He was raised on a central Texas ranch during the depression and took over the family farm and ranch operation at the age of 14.  Robert married Linda Lou Forson of Valley Mills, Texas on November 28th, 1949.  He proudly served in the US Army Air Forces during WWII as a gunnery instructor and flew combat missions in the Pacific Theatre from March 22, 1943 until his honorable discharge on November 23, 1945.  Robert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A & M University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University and was a Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant at Colorado State.  He taught high school vocational agriculture in Colorado from 1953 to 1960.  He then worked as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado and Wyoming.  Robert then worked as an assistant supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Indiana and Illinois. Robert retired in 1986, after 28 years of service, as the Nebraska State Supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Robert was also was active in 4-H, FFA, and was a substitute teacher after retirement. He held lifetime teaching certificates in Texas, Colorado, and Nebraska.

Robert was a lifetime member of the NRA; a member of the Masonic Lodge #53 in Dubois, Wyoming; a 32nd degree mason with the Scottish Rite in Lincoln, and a member of the Sesostris Shrine in Lincoln; his hobbies included raising, training and showing registered Quarter horses, photography, and Jeeping in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming.

 Robert is survived by his wife, Linda of Lincoln; his son, Clay and Denise Kelly of Malcolm, Nebraska; granddaughters, Brittany and Chelsea Kelly; sister, Virginia and Jim Bradish of Covina, California; nephew, Jim Bradish of Diamond Bar, California.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Susan C. Kelly.

Cremation/no visitation.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Burial with Masonic Honors and Military Honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.


Johanna G. Hesser

June 10, 2011

Johanna Genevieve Hesser age 93 of Firth, Nebraska went to her heavenly home on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the Lakeview Care Center in Firth.  She was born on April 23, 1918 at Adams, Nebraska to Henry (Hank) and Tina (Terpsma) Hietbrink.  She was a wonderful caring woman, a farm wife and homemaker all of her life.  She taught her family many great values; to love Jesus, work hard, how to provide for your family through her love of gardening, cooking and baking.

Johanna is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Marlene and Verl Mulder of Firth; Rowanna and Harlan Essink of Adams; Karen and Ronald Essink of Firth; Beth and Bruce Weber of Lincoln, grandchildren, Dennis and Gina Essink; Larry and Lois Essink; Brenda and Lonnie Jensen; Patty and Mike Peters; Connie and Ted Dlouhy; Rick and Wendy Essink; Rita and Scott Sieck; Matt and Nikki Weber; 19 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold on January 13, 1994, her sister, Thelma Mae.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Wyuka Funeral Home from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. with family present during this time.  Visitation will be held on Monday from 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. at the church.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. at the Pella Reformed Church, Hwy 43 and Pella Rd, Adams, Nebraska with Pastor Marcus Roskamp officiating.

Burial will be in the Pella Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Pella Reformed Church or Lakeview Care Center, Firth, NE.

Kenneth C. Olsen

June 2, 2011

Kenneth Cornelius Olsen age 92 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Thursday, June 2, 2011 in Lincoln.  He was born on August 26, 1918 in Hartington, Nebraska to Cornelius Martin and Lavina (Campbell) Olsen.  He graduated from high school and attended the University of Nebraska.  On August 27, 1941 Kenneth married Eleanor F. Murphy at Papillion, Nebraska.  He served in the US Army from March 27, 1943 to April 16, 1946.  Kenneth served in the Central Europe Campaign and attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant. His decorations included the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal, EAME Theatre Ribbon, Purple Heart, WW II Victory Medal and American Theatre Ribbon.  He also served as an instructor during the Korean War from November 1, 1950 to April 2, 1952. After the war he worked for United States Postal Service as a Personnel Director until he retired.  He was a member of the First Plymouth Congregational Church, the Stevens Ministry, the VFW and American Legion.

Kenneth is survived by his daughters, Sandra and Charles Rosecrans of Martell, NE; Marci and Gib Alberti of Lincoln; Barbara and Mike Reid of Fort Worth, Texas; grandsons, David and Jean Rosecrans of Broomfield, CO; Charles Jr. and Tammy Rosecrans of Walton, NE; Matthew and Lori Alberti of Davey, NE; William and Lisa Rosecrans of Omaha; Ryan and Heather Alberti of Lincoln; Chad and Kali Reid of Rolla, ND; Aaron Rosecrans of Martell, NE; Ryan and Johanna Reid of Fort Worth, Texas; 23 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Eleanor, 4 brothers, 6 sisters and a great-grandson, Sammy Aaron Rosecrans.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor Barb Smisek officiating.

Burial with military honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or Tabitha Hospice.

Orval H. Koch

June 1, 2011

Orval Henry Koch, born February 25, 1927 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Gustave and Leona (Neuman) Koch went to be with his Savior on May 31, 2011.

He graduated from Minneapolis Jackson High School, and enlisted in the United States Army, and served his final tour of duty in the Philippines.  Following his honorable discharge, he enrolled at the Brown School of Radio in Minneapolis.  Upon graduation he moved to Shenandoah, Iowa, to begin his radio career as a disc jockey, newsman, and copywriter at KFNF.

In 1952, he joined the staff of KLMS, in Lincoln, as disc jockey, program director and host of the popular daily noon-hour program “Western Serenade”.  In 1956, he joined KFOR as a disc jockey and copywriter, and later became part of the management team of Stuart Broadcasting Company which owned several radio stations throughout the midwest.  He concluded his career as a sales representative for KFOR; retiring in 1996.  His love of the radio industry, and his devotion to it never wavered throughout his five decades of dedication and service.

Music, and literature, as well as love of family, and service to his God filled his retirement years with much happiness.

Left to mourn his passing are his Wife, Sandra;  sons and daughters-in-law Randal and Nancy Koch of Omaha; Scott and Elaine Koch of Lincoln.  Grandchildren Lauren of Omaha and Brandon of Lincoln.  Step children Randy McConnell of Lincoln, Denise Buhdorf of Omaha, Pat Roberts of Lincoln, Grandchild: Cassie Roberts of Lincoln.  Niece Judy Reinke and Nephews James and Steven Holmberg of Minneapolis.  His parents,  sister and brother-in-law, Lenora and Howard Holmberg preceded him in death.

Memorial services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, June 3, 2011.  Private military graveside services will be held at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to the donor’s choice.

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