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Dennis Mark Simpson

September 30, 2011

Dennis Mark Simpson, of Lincoln, age 47.  His life ended Wednesday, September 28, 2011 as a result of a motorcycle accident.  Dennis was born January 29, 1964 in Lincoln to Harding and Edna (Carlson) Simpson.  Left to cherish his memory are his loving Mother, beloved son Bryan Jon Simpson and Kristi Baldwin, grandsons Donavin and Jaxon Simpson.  Twin Sister Denise Hager of Lincoln; sister: Lois Simpson of Lincoln.  Significant other: Vickie Kyles.  Numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.  Many friends.  Awaiting his arrival in heaven are his father and his brother Jon Simpson, grandparents and niece.

Graveside services will be held at Wyuka Cemetery on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 2:00 P.M.  Faimily and friends are welcome to gather at Wyuka Funeral Home prior to 1:45 P.M.

Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Monday, October 3, 2011 from 2:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.  The family will be present on Monday from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.  Additional visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 from 9:00 A.M. until 1:30 P.M.

Memorials may be left for the family.



Arvin W. Schmidt age 61 of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away at his home with family at his side on Thursday, September 29, 2011 after a courageous and inspiring battle with cancer.  Arvin was born July 8, 1950, in Tilden, NE to Ernie and Angelina (Roewert) Schmidt. He attended Tilden Elementary School and was the first graduating class of Elkhorn Valley High School in 1968. He then moved to Lincoln and attended the Lincoln School of Commerce. In 1976 Arvin started his professional career as a commercial underwriter working for several insurance companies through the years. Arvin was currently working for Allied Insurance in the Personal Lines Processing Center.

Survivors include his life partner of 21 years Lee Foster of Lincoln; brother, Herman Schmidt of Stanton; sister, LaVerda (Keith) Clark of Elgin; niece, Brenda (Matt) Ruhrer of Wahoo; nephews, Brad (Will) Clark of Omaha and Bruce (Heather) Clark of Elgin, aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The meaning of Arvin’s name was “friend of the people” and anyone that knew him would have to agree that he lived up to his name. Arvin always had a positive attitude about life and always tried to make others see the joy in the world. He never met a stranger and always rallied for the underdog.

One of Arvin’s adages was “Don’t worry about the destination, just enjoy the journey.” Arvin enjoyed his journey through life and though it was too short for him and all that knew and loved him, another favorite adage was “Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

We would like to thank the entire staff at Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center, Bryan/LGH, UNO Medical Center, and HoriSun Hospice for the wonderful care and treatment Arvin received during his illness. We feel truly blessed to have had such loving caregivers.

There will be no visitation.

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Tabitha, Lincoln Community Playhouse or the Center for People in Need.

Donald W. Handy

September 27, 2011

Donald Wilmer Handy age 74 of Lincoln, Nebraska went to heaven on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 after a lengthy illness.  He was born on February 3, 1937 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania to Wilmer and Evelyn (Fellman) Handy. Don is most remembered for his love of singing.  He couldn’t read music but, boy could he sing.  Even the angels and the birds stopped their singing so they could listen to Don.  He was the baritone member of the quartet ‘Homeward Bound’ for 30 years.  He also sang in the Glad Tidings Assembly of God adult choir.  Don reached the rank of Airman First Class in the United States Air Force as a fuel systems specialist from April 1958 to October 1962.  After his military service, Don worked in the maintenance department at Cushman Motors.  He retired from Cushman’s after 37 years in December 2002.  Don enjoyed cheering on his beloved Philadelphia Phillies and Nebraska Cornhuskers.  He was also an avid bowler and woodworker.

Don is survived by his wife, Peggy (Hopkins) Handy of Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Mark Sutter and granddaughters Rebekah and Hannah Sutter of Lincoln; daughter, Donna Handy of Springfield, Missouri; daughter and son-in-law, Le Anne and Thomas Bryant and grandsons Spencer and Carter and granddaughter Clara of Kansas City, Missouri; son, Steven Handy of Springfield, Missouri; sister, Mrs. Beatrice Fritz of Lansdale, PA; brother and sister-in-law, Russell and Addie Handy of Lansdale, PA; several special nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and many friends in Lansdale, PA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer and Evelyn Handy, granddaughter, Mollie Marie Bryant and brother-in-law, Albert Fritz.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M with family present from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Glad Tidings Church in Lincoln with Pastor Ron Stanhope and Mr. Steve Handy officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Lillian Lucille Marquardt

September 21, 2011

Lillian Lucille Marquardt, age 99 a resident of Jersey Ridge Place in Davenport, Iowa died on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the Trinity Pathway Hospice.  She was born on July 23, 1912 in Syracuse, Nebraska to Lee and Lydia (Bro) Plumer.  She attended high school at St. Mary’s Academy in Omaha, Nebraska graduating from St. Bernard’s High School in Nebraska City, Nebraska.  Lucille attended the University of Arkansas in Texarkana, Arkansas.  She married Thaddeus Vance in 1938; she later married John Marquardt in 1953.  Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, her sister, Eleanor Zimmerer, brothers, Harold and Maurice Plumer and daughter, Lydia LeRoy.

Lucille is survived by her daughter, Eleanor (Robert) Budd and grandchildren, Rob (Jen) Budd, Anne (Tory) Hartwig, Jim Schnirl, Lynda Schnirl, John LeRoy and eight great-grandchildren.  Lucille resided in Nebraska City and Lincoln for many years before moving to Davenport, Iowa in 2008 to be close to her family.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. followed by the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Paul D. Felton, Jr.

September 14, 2011

Paul D. Felton, Jr. age 49 of Lincoln, died September 13, 2011 in Lincoln.  Born October 17, 1961 in Lincoln to Paul D. and Harriet (Wallman) Felton.  Owner and operator of Paul’s Towing.

Survivors include his mother: Harriet, Brother: Allen Felton and Sister: Gertie Felton all of Lincoln.

Memorial services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 11:00 A.M.  No viewing or visitation.  Family requests casual attire be worn to the service.

Memorials may be left for the family for a later designation.

Alexis Victoria Calfee

September 11, 2011
Alexis Victoria Calfee, 18, of Bennet, Nebraska, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 6, 1992 and passed away on Friday, September 9, 2011 outside of Emerson, Nebraska.  Alexis was a sophomore at Wayne State College studying Elementary Education. She was a graduate of 2010 from Palmyra High School in Palmyra, Nebraska.  Alexis was an all around beautiful person, she had an infectious smile and was loved by everyone who met her. She was a blessing in disguise and was an idol to many people. There are not enough words to describe how amazing this young woman was. Alexis made an impact on literally everybody she encountered.  She was the rock that kept many people together, especially her family. Alexis enjoyed boating, snowboarding, and just hanging out with the people she loved.  In high school Alexis was involved in volleyball, fast-pitch softball, and track. She was also involved in D.A.R.E, P.A.R.T.Y, Student Council, FFA, FCA, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and attended Nebraska’s Girls State. She was crowned Homecoming Queen and was an American Homecoming Queen nominee. Alexis also spent time with children at St. Judes Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.  Alexis was the captain of her volleyball team her junior and senior year at Palmyra High School. After high school, she continued her sporting career with the Wayne State Track & Field team and also played shortstop on the Lady Palmyra Panther Softball team. Alexis was also a member of the Rimington Trophy Committee which raises money for Cystic Fibrosis.

Survivors include her mother and father, Todd and Jaimi (Hahn) Calfee, brother, Drey Calfee, sister, Moriah Calfee (Bennet), best friend Brooke Rubenthaler, grandparents Randall and Deborah Calfee, Wayne Hahn and Sharon Bartak, aunts and uncles, Douglas and Karen Hahn (all of Lincoln), David and Lisa Hahn (Cedar Rapids, IA), Bruce and Kelly Evans (Roca), Lisa and Randy Olsen (Lincoln), Christopher and Karla Hahn (Lone Tree, CO). Cousins, Cody and Ashley Calfee, Dakota Moody (all of Lincoln), Samantha and Skylar Evans (Roca), Delaney Hahn (Lone Tree, CO), and many, many, many special friends from New York to Nebraska.  She was preceded in death by grandparents, William J. and Mildred Calfee, Clinton and Hazel Tumblin, Reinhold and Elsa Hahn, Rudy and Esther Bartak.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from noon until 9:00 P.M. with family present from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.  at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until 11:30 A.M.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) at the Berean Church, 6400 S. 70th Street, Lincoln.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Jean Winifred Spencer Armstrong

September 10, 2011

Jean Winifred Spencer Armstrong, born February 14, 1916 in Alliance, Nebraska to Dr. and Mrs. William T. and Winona (Younkin) Spencer.  Jean moved to Lincoln in 1921, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1937.  Secretary, Lancaster County Republican Party, Rep. Hyde Sweet, Governor Dwight Griswold and staff of Governor Thomas Dewey.  Partner, Armstrong Interiors and Furniture.  Survived by one daughter, Nancy Armstrong Johnson, five grandchildren and spouses, Nathan and the Reverend Ann Johnson, Susan and Daniel Kennerly, Adrienne and Robert Krunich, Brian Johnson and Caleb Johnson, and three great grandchildren, Beck Johnson, Spencer Johnson, and Ezekiel Kennerly.  Member First Christian Church. 

Services will be at First Christian Church, 430 S. 16th, Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 10:30 A.M.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery immediately following the service at church.

Memorials to  Lincoln Symphony Orchestra.

Karl Arthur Kaufman, age 94 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on September 9, 2011, in Lincoln.  He was born on September 4, 1917 in Cozad, Nebraska to John Henry and Rosina Lora (Billeter) Kaufman.  On May 31, 1939, he married Marjorie Ethel Clark in Norton, Kansas.  They had six children;  Karla Sue, Nancy Belle, John Stephen, Thomas James, Cynthia Lee, and David Karl.  They made their first home in California where he worked as a welder on the Liberty Ships.  They had two girls while in California, and the family moved back to Nebraska when he entered the Army.  They lived in Cozad for a few years, then homesteaded in Cody, Wyoming and later again in Rupert, Idaho.  In 1965, they moved to Blaine, Washington where Karl worked in the shipyards as a welder.  He was a member of a plywood cooperative that manufactured custom plywood.  In his retirement, he enjoyed working in the forest, beach combing and rock hounding.  In 1992, they moved back to Cozad to be near their families.  Karl also enjoyed the senior citizen center, growing walnut trees, gardening, crafts, and working at a mammoth fossil dig.  Karl and Marjorie were devoted Christians who helped build churches in Cozad, Rupert, and Bellingham, Washington.  He was an elder in the Christian Church for many years.  Karl also was a member of Gideons International.

Karl was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 72 years, Marjorie, on March 10, 2011; his brother Harold Kaufman, and three sisters, Evelyn Cogswell, Marguerite Gronewald, and Patricia Block.  He is survived by his sister Betty McPheeters of Gothenburg and many nieces and nephews.  He will be lovingly missed by his six children; daughters and sons-in-law:   Karla and Jerry Judt of Lincoln,  Nancy and Lester Morfin of  Troy, Idaho,  Cynthia and Doug Murray of  Bellingham, Washington;  Sons and daughters-in-law:  John and Janann Kaufman of Anchorage, Alaska,  Tom and Shirley Kaufman of Lincoln, David and Lonnie Kaufman of Carnation, Washington;  14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren and their families.

Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 2:00 P.M.   Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be left for habitat for humanity.

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