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Ivan N. Burgan

August 29, 2011

Ivan Newton Burgan age 74 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at Lancaster Manor.  He was born on June 8, 1937 in Johnstown, Nebraska to Ray and Susan (Freeman) Burgan.  Ivan married Mary Jane Channel in 1972.  He had worked at the Lincoln Regional Center in the kitchen and dining room.  Ivan enjoyed walking, bike riding, visiting with friends at the Senior Center, food and music.

Ivan is survived by his wife, Mary Jane of Lincoln; sisters, Lottie Harris of Colorado; Esther Greunke of Fremont; Exa Morehouse; brothers, Ray Burgan of Lincoln; Louis Burgan of Fremont; many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother George.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2011 from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

 

James D. Gekas, age 80 of Wellington, Florida, formerly of Lincoln died August 27, 2011 in Wellington, Florida.  He was born August 22, 1931 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Nick and Georgia (Dubas) Gekas.  James graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He was employed with K-Mart Corporation as an Executive Buyer. 

Survivors include his wife Ruth of Wellington, Florida.  Daughter and Son-in-law: Susan and Richard Moseley and their daughter Jillian of Boca Raton, Florida.  Sisters: Mary Clark and Dena Wisbey both of Lincoln and one brother Theodore Gekas.  He was preceded in death by his son James Michael Gekas, one sister, one brother and his parents.

Services will be held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 950 N. 63rd St. Lincoln, Nebraska on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 10:00 A.M.    Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery following the service at church.

Memorials may be left for the American Cancer Society.

Naomi Laura Watson

August 23, 2011

Naomi Laura Watson, 92, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 22, while in the company of family and friends at the Monroe County Medical Center inTompkinsville, KY.   She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on February 22, 1919, the only child of Laura and Judson S. Wood.  Naomi worked as a secretary for over 40 years.  She worked for KFAB Radio (where she was often recruited to step in and sing in addition to her office duties), and later for an advertising agency.  She married Elwood Ray Watson on August 14, 1956, and they celebrated 50 years together.  After retiring they moved to Colorado, then to Kimball, Nebraska, to be close to family.  She moved with her daughter and son-in-law to Tompkinsville, Kentucky, in 2007.  She loved Jesus and attended church with her family as she was able.  She enjoyed going out to eat, crocheting, eating chocolate, and spending time with her family and special dog Zeus.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Jon Foote, of Tompkinsville; grandchildren Allan (Charity) Foote, Wesley (Leighanna) Foote, and Amanda Foote; great-grandchildren Ian and Kaelyn Foote.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.  

Graveside services will be held at Wyuka Cemetery on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 3:00 P.M.  Family and friends are welcome to gather at Wyuka Funeral Home prior to 3:00 P.M.

Lois Mariel Tefft

August 21, 2011

Lois Mariel Tefft age 97 of Omaha, Nebraska (formerly of Lincoln) died on Saturday, August 20, 2011.  Lois was born in her family home in Lincoln, Nebraska and passed away peacefully at Parsons House in Omaha, Nebraska.  Lois graduated from Jackson High School and attended the Lincoln School of Commerce and night classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  From 1933-1941 she was the secretary to the University of Nebraska 4-H club leader.  In 1941, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she was the administrative assistant in the Quartermaster General’s office helping arrange overseas troop transport, screening classified documents, and handling highly classified war plans.  From 1947-1967, she was the secretary to the officers of Continental and First National Banks including T.B. Strain, C. Wheaton Battey, Alvin C. Glandt, and Walter E. Nolte.  From November 1966-January 1971, Lois was the personal secretary and office manager for Nebraska Governor Norbert Tiemann.  From 1971-1972, Lois was the executive secretary to George Loomis, vice-president of Central Telephone and Utilities.  In October 1972, she became the first woman manager of the Cornhusker Better Business Bureau (Lincoln).  She remained in this position until her retirement in 1985.  During her years with the Bureau she was also selected to be an executive member of the Board of Governors of the National Better Business Bureau.  She was the first woman selected to hold such a position. 

Lois was president of the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Cornhusker Chapter of the National Secretaries Association, a member of the Warren Methodist church council, and a 4 year member of the Nebraska Status of Women Commision.  Lois was a lifelong member of Warren Methodist Church in Lincoln.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Grace Tefft; sister and brother-in-law, Flossie and Don McCloskey; sister and brother-in-law, JoAnn and Don Christenson; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Mickey Tefft; nephews, Dave Gallmeyer and Lonnie Hutcheson; and niece, Laurie Christenson.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Lois Gallmeyer; Steve McCloskey; Mike and Ilo Tefft; Doug and Jeannie Horner; Steve Chandler and Patty Hutcheson-Chandler; Mariel Reynolds; and Dr. Cheri Christensen.  Great nieces and nephews include, John and Christina Gallmeyer, Bill and Somerset Gallmeyer; Justin and Jenn Tefft; Jeremy and Babs Koch; Clarke and Kimrey Tefft; Will and Jenni Baeder; Ryan and Katie Horner; Aaron and Paige Hutcheson; Brian and Aarica Litchfield; Andrew Hutcheson, Dain Christensen; Caitlin Christensen; and Reid Christensen.   Lois is survived by her cousin, Turner Tefft, and dear family friend, Marion Kantner.   She is also loved and survived by nineteen great-great nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Will Baeder, Ryan Horner, Justin Tefft, Dain Christensen, Reid Christensen, and Bill Baeder.   Honorary pallbearers are John Gallmeyer, Bill Gallmeyer, Clarke Tefft, Aaron Hutcheson, and Andrew Hutcheson.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 10:oo A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln, Nebraska with Pastor George Cook officiating.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Following the burial a luncheon will be served in the Garden Room at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to Fellowship Community Church of God, 8601 Holdrege Street, Lincoln, NE 68505-3050.

Staff Sergeant Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, gave his life with 37 others in the service of his country on August 6, 2011, when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.  Pat lived in Grand Island, Nebraska with Candie Reagan, his future wife, and their daughters Veronica Reagan and Payton Hamburger.  He was born in Sioux City, Iowa on Memorial Day, May 25, 1981, and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1985 with his parents, Douglas Hamburger and Joyce Peck, and his brothers Michael Hamburger and Christopher Hamburger.  He graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School in 1999.

            Pat enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1998, when he was a junior in high school.  He was employed as a plumber until 2008 when he became a full-time helicopter flight engineer with the National Guard in Grand Island.  Pat met Candie in 2005, moved to Grand Island with her and Veronica in 2008, and welcomed Payton into the world on January 2009.  He loved spending time with his family and friends.  Pat was a mechanical genius who loved his country intensely.   Ensuring the readiness of Chinooks and flying were passions.

            Pat is survived by his girls, Candie Reagan, Veronica Reagan and Payton Hamburger, of Grand Island, Nebraska, mother and step-father, Joyce and DeLayne Peck of Lincoln, Nebraska, father and step-mother Douglas and Shaune Hamburger of Knoxville, Tennessee, brothers, Michael Hamburger of New York, New York and Christopher Hamburger of Saint Louis, Missouri,  grandparents, Willard  and Jacque Hamburger, of Omaha, Nebraska, step-siblings, Jessica Francis, Jeremy Francis and Joshua Francis, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and brothers in arms.  He was preceded in death by his maternal Grandparents, Edmond and Ruth George of Hampton, Nebraska.

            Visitation for Pat will be held on Friday, August 19, 2011 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.  Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Christ’s Place Church, 1111 Old Cheney Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.  He will then be laid to rest at Wyuka Cemetery, with a reception to follow at Christ’s Place Church.       

            Memorials are requested in lieu of flowers. The Patrick Hamburger Memorial Fund has been established at U.S. Bank.  The fund is dedicated to the care and education of the most important people in his life, Candie, 30, Veronica, 13, and Payton, 2.

            Pat would want to thank the friends and family that were with him along the way.  He also would want us to pray for the safe return of his fellow Muleskinners, the men of the 2-135th General Support Aviation Battalion. 

We love you so much, Pat, and are eternally grateful for the time that we had together.  We will miss you and keep you forever in our hearts.  We know your wonderful smile and generous heart will always fly high and brighten heaven’s skies forever.

Ralph William Hitz

August 16, 2011

Ralph William Hitz age 80 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at his home in Lincoln.  He was born on September 8, 1930 in Denison, Iowa to Gustav and Edna (Greder) Hitz.  He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953.  Ralph was retired from Lincoln Steel.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Rose of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Randall and JoAnne Hitz of York; son and daughter-in-law, Rustin and Kristi Hitz of Lincoln; daughter, Rochelle Hitz of Lincoln; grandsons, Ross and Reed Hitz of York; granddaughters, Alex and Marti Hitz of York; Karli Jo and Katie Hitz of Lincoln; sister, Mary Drbal of Lincoln; brothers, Gus, Bob and Dave Hitz of Lincoln.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Karl, Al, George and Art; sisters, Elsie Turner and Clara Simpson.

Cremation/no visitation.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 3:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Timothy James Patterson age 59 of Raleigh, North Carolina died on Monday, August 15, 2011 in Lincoln.  He was born on April 15, 1952 in Denver, Colorado to James and Marie (Hoffman) Patterson.  He served in the US Navy and the Navy Reserve for 20 years.  Timothy was retired from the US Postal Service.  He was a loving son and husband and a wonderful father. 

Timothy is survived by his wife, Cheryl of Raleigh; mother, Marie Wilson of Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law, Heather Patterson Meyer and Drew Meyer of Pasadena, California; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Melissa Patterson of  Hebron, Nebraska;  stepsons, George Eugene Dill, Shawn Michael Dill, Timothy Andrew Dill all of Murdock, Nebraska; 4 grandchildren, numerous friends and co-workers.  He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Deborah Mitchell.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2011 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Rudge Chapel in Wyuka Cemetery.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. at Rudge Chapel in Wyuka Cemetery.

Burial with military honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Dale E. Rice, age 51 of Lincoln, died August 15th.  Born December 18, 1959 in Iowa to Marvin and Lorene (Trullinger) Rice.  Dale served in the U.S. Army and was employed as a tool and dye maker with Schneider electric, formerly Square D. 

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Brenda (Richards) Rice; Son: John Kelch of Columbus; Brothers and Sisters-in-law:  Kyle and Kathy Rice of Lincoln, Steve and Becky Rice of Lincoln; Sister and Brother-in-law: Shari and Gary Stanley of Lincoln.  Biological father: Marvin Rice; Step father: Carroll Huddle.

Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. 

Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Memorials may be left for the Independance Center.

R. Edward “Eddie” Hall

August 14, 2011

R. Edward “Eddie” Hall passed away peacefully, Saturday August 13th at home,  surrounded by his family.  Ed was born February 4, 1924.  He lived in Lincoln all of his life with the exception of World War II when he served in the Navy Air Corps.  He was a pilot with the rank of Lieutenant J.G.

Ed graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942.  In 1945 he married Elaine Spomer and they celebrated 66 years of married life together on July 15, 2011.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1948 and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  After graduation he was employed by Cushman Motors as Industrial Relations Representative.  After 30 years at Cushman’s he retired and founded Hall Pine Acres Christmas Tree Farm.  He continued the tree farm for many years and loved the work and the many customers who returned year after year.

Ed was a member of Hillcrest Country Club for many years and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Olive Hall and three sisters.  He leaves to mourn for him his wife Elaine, son Steven E. Hall of Bennet, NE.;  two daughters Nancy Jane Cullen and husband David of Long Neck, Delaware;  Jeri E. Hall of Grand Canyon, Arizona.  Six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a nephew Dean K. Bowen.  A special thank you to sister-in-law and husband, Jane and Jim Hacker;  special friends, Don Grant, and John and Lin Hansen.

A family service will be held at a later date.  Memorials in lieu of flowers should be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2001 S. 11th,  Lincoln, NE.  68502 and the Center for People in Need,  3901 N 27th St Unit 1, Lincoln, NE 68521

Marguerite “Peg” Maly

August 11, 2011

Marguerite “Peg” Maly age 87 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at her home in Lincoln.  She was born on November 3, 1923 in Lincoln to George Hartington and Ruth Eugenia (Warrick) Lemon.  She married Stanley Maly Jr. on July 14, 1944 in Lincoln.

Cremation/no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

 Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Leonard Carl Coy, Jr.

August 9, 2011

Leonard Carl Coy, Jr. age 63 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, August 8, 2011 at Lancaster Manor.  He was born on October 22, 1947 in Lincoln to Leonard Carl Coy, Sr. and Frances Kirwin. He worked as a roofer most of his life.

Cremation/no visitation.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Tricia Lynne Griggs

August 5, 2011

Tricia Lynne Griggs age 61 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Thursday, August 4, 2011 in Lincoln.  She was born on March 17, 1950 in Russellville, Alabama to James C. and Lucy (Justice) Bozeman.  She married Phillip Griggs, Sr., on July 19, 1980.  Tricia worked in sales for Jones Oil and Rockport Oil for 15 years.

Tricia is survived by her husband, Phillip Griggs, Sr., of Lincoln; her son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Anna Griggs, Jr., of Utica, Nebraska; her son, Chris Griggs of Utica; 7 grandchildren; her aunt and uncle, Leo and Sue Heaps of Hickman.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jerry Bozeman.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 7, 2011 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Louise Ann Batty

August 2, 2011

Louise Ann Batty age 65 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 in Lincoln.  She was born on October 15, 1945 in Lincoln to Everett and Mildred (Spencer) Berggren.  She was retired from working in housekeeping at the Legacy. Louise loved gardening and her dog Annie.

Louise is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Jennifer Koch of Phoenix, Arizona; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Andy Verdooren of Lincoln; grandchildren, Ashley, Tatum and Wyatt.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with family receiving friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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