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Mary F. Goertzen

January 31, 2012

Mary F. Goertzen age 100 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Lincoln.  She was born on January 4, 1912 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Edwin and Minnie (Gordon) Faunce.

A private graveside service will be  held at Wyuka Cemetery.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Diana Margaret Kinney was born on February 21, 1930 in Grand Island, Nebraska.  The only child of Norris and Ella Fielding, her earliest memory was of gathering fresh chicken eggs at her grandparents’ house in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Diana fondly remembered the sewing skills taught to her by her mother.  Diana excelled at music in school, playing the piano and organ as well as singing in the choir.  Her favorite types of music were Big Band Swing and Southern Gospel.  She met her husband, John Randolph Kinney, on a blind date with her best friend Donna, in Omaha, Nebraska, and was married by her father-in-law, Reverend Charles B. Kinney.  Her husband John worked for General Motors in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and California.  Diana passed away on January 25, 2012 in Roseville, California, where she and her son attended Pleasant Grove Community Church.
Diana is survived by three children, Dana Rex Kinney (retired state employee) of Roseville, California; Debra Lee Clark (federal court reporter) of Hayden, Idaho; and Karla Marie Myers (musician, teacher) of Kailua, Hawaii;
and Karla’s three children Erik, Russ, and Kari Lundgren.
After her children left home, Diana returned to school and became a medical office manager for several neurology doctors from the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California, where she was always valued by the doctors and their patients.  She would most like to be remembered as the good mother that her loving children felt she was.

A private graveside service will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 at Wyuka Cemetery with Pastor Mike McMurtry officiating.


Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Marvin L. “Marv” Cottingham, age 66, of Lincoln, died January 27, 2012.  Born July 13, 1945 in Lincoln to Roy and Jeanette (Newhouse) Cottingham.  Marv worked in the Maintenance and Way department for BNSF railroad for 34 years, retiring in 2006.  He served his country as a member of the Nebraska National Guard for 20 years.  As well as being an very active member for over 20 years and officer of the F.O.E. #147, Sons of the American Legion and the Brotherhood of Maintenance and Way Union.

Surviors include his wife: Lee of Lincoln, Step-son: Clete Schrock of Lincoln.  Grandchildren: Adam Niederkorn and Cody Niederkorn.  5 Great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.  Burial with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

No viewing or visitation. Cremation.

Memorials can be directed to the Kidney Foundation in care of the F.O.E. 500 W. Industrial Lake Dr.  Lincoln, NE. 68528

Janice A. “Jan” Lamphear

January 26, 2012

Janice A. “Jan” Lamphear, age 74 of Lincoln, passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 25, 2012.  She was born November 29, 1937 in Seward County, Nebraska to Arvid and Oretta (Ehlers) Richters.  Janice was united in marriage to Kenneth R. Lamphear on March 27, 1954 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She loved spending time in the backyard bird watching especially the cardinals and woodpeckers.  Every spring Ken would get hanging plants and flowers that Janice could enjoy as she spent time outdoors.  She liked watching any Nebraska Cornhusker sport on television, including football, basketball and volleyball.

She is survived by her husband Ken of Lincoln; Daughters and Sons-in-law: Lori and Rudi Rosenfeld of Austin, Texas, Kerri and Ray Lazuk of Leadville, Colorado, Kristi Lamphear, Jodi and Jerry Gaines all of Lincoln.  Grandchildren and Spouses: Zach Bulling, Nate Bulling both of Lincoln.  Josh and Emmy Gaines of Denver, Colorado, Ethan Lazuk of Missoula, Montana, Andi and Brandon Kirk of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Abbey Lazuk of Fort Collins, Colorado, Nisi Gaines of Albuquerque, New Mexico, David and Lynnette Rosenfeld of Salem, Oregon.  Great grandchild: Jude Shepard Kirk.  Brother and Sister-in-law: Tex Richters and Judy Garlock of Lincoln.  Nieces and Nephews, special aunt: Viola Niemann.  Many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services will be held at Faith Bible Church,6201 S. 84th Street, Lincoln on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 1:00 P.M.  Private family interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.

No public visitation.  Private family visitation only.

Memorials may be directed to Cedar’s Home for Children or Any Hospice Care facility in Lincoln, in Janice’ name.



Robert M. Taylor

January 24, 2012

Robert Max Taylor age 91 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, January 23, 2012 at his home.  He was born on March 7, 1920 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Max William and Rebecca Catherine (Jenkins) Taylor.  He served in the US Army from 1941 to 1945 in the European Theatre.  He married Lorraine Bishop on December 25, 1945 in Lincoln.  Robert was a self employed oil jobber.  He delivered fuel and oil to area farmers and businesses.  He enjoyed camping and sailing with his family. 

Robert is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Lincoln; sons and spouses, John and Lisi Taylor of Beaumont, Texas; Douglas and Linda Taylor of Tigard, Oregon; daughters and spouses, Sarah Taylor of Lincoln; Susan and Steven Olds of Chewelah, Washington; Deborah and Thomas Swanson of Lincoln; 10 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Richard and Donald; sisters, DeLoris Barrett and Dorothy Mae Taylor in infancy. 

Cremation/no visitation.

A private family graveside service will be held at Wyuka Cemetery.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.


D. Stephen “Steve” McCloskey, born on January 28, 1947 in Indianapolis, died November 5, 2011 in Omaha at the Josie Harper Hospice House. He is survived by sisters Lois Ann Gallmeyer of Albuquerque, NM and Mariel Reynolds of Indianapolis, IN as well as many nephews, nieces & cousins.  Steve lived in Lincoln many years and was a long-time employee of the Tefft Car Care Center at 70th & Van Dorn.  His amazing customer service made him a friend to many people.  He was a life-long model train collector and a supporter of the Indiana Transportation Museum.  Steve was the loving caretaker of his aunt, Lois Tefft, who preceded him in death by only 2 months.  Memorials to the Indiana Transportation Museum, PO Box 83; Noblesville, IN 46061-0083.  A memorial service will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 11:00 A.M.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery following the memorial service.


Victor Dean DeLong

January 16, 2012

Victor Dean DeLong age 56 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, January 15, 2012 in Lincoln.   He was born on May 15, 1955 in Omaha, Nebraska to Raymond Eugene and Bernice Helen (Bomberger) DeLong.  Victor worked as a truck driver.

Victor is survived by Donna DeLong of Omaha; sons, George Green, Shawn Webber, Greg Webber, daughter, Casey DeLong all of Lincoln.  15 grandchildren.

Cremation, no visitation.

No funeral service planned at this time.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.


Leo Earl Taylor

January 12, 2012

Leo Earl Taylor, age 84 of Lincoln, died January 12, 2012.  He was born to Harry and Minnie (Felton) Taylor on July 19, 1927 in Lincoln.  Leo married Shirley Imogene Bliss on September 26, 1945.  They made their home in Lincoln.  Leo worked as a Lincoln City Fireman, with the Lincoln Public Schools,  was a plumber at Greens Furnace and Plumbing and ended his career with Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, ShirleyTaylor; Sons and Daughters-in-law:  Ed and Joan Taylor of Lincoln; Mike and Connie Taylor of Wilber,  Lee and Judy Taylor of Lincoln.  Brother and Sister-in-law:  Lloyd and Marlene Taylor of Lincoln.  7 Grandchildren and 7 Great grandchildren.  Leo is preceded in death by his parents; 2 Brothers: Albert and Ralph; 3 Sisters: Mabel, Helen and Gladys.  Son: John Taylor.

Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 10:30 A.M.

Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Sunday, January 15, 2012 from Noon until 8:00 P.M.  Leo’s family will be greet friends on Sunday from 5:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.

Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be left for Journey House, in care of Tabitha Hospice, 4720 Randolph St.  Lincoln, NE.  68510

John Andreas

January 8, 2012

                                                                                                                                                       John Andreas, age 87 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, January 8, 2012 in Lincoln.  He was born on March 15, 1924 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Kosmas and Katherine (Chico) Andreas.  He served in the US Army during World War II.  John married Faye Neil on December 26, 1948 in Lincoln. 

John worked for Veteran’s Administration at the Lincoln Air Base and at Offutt Air Force Base.  He was a former manager of the Lincoln Housing Authority.  In addition, he was very proud that he worked for the University of Nebraska Athletic Department for 49 years. 

John is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Ted Ricciardello of Keller, Texas; Cheryl and Doug Luedtke of Lincoln; granddaughters, Jennifer Ricciardello of Dallas, Texas; Laura Ricciardello of Birmingham, Alabama; Melissa Luedtke of Bedford, Texas and Shawna Luedtke of Lincoln.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Faye and a brother George.

Private family visitation.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Capital Humane Society or Disabled Veteran’s.


Richard (Doug) Douglas McClain age 84, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, in Lincoln.  He was born on June 28, 1927, in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He attended  Prescott Elementary School and Irving Junior High School and graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Nebraska. He also graduated from the University of Southern California Law School where he was a member of the Law Review.  Doug was a member of the California State Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar Association, and the Lincoln Bar Association.

Doug married Donna Burbach on July 25, 1949.  He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He completed Naval Justice School,  served on the Aircraft Carrier USS Boxer, and served as Aide to the Base Commander at Long Beach, California.   He was a contract attorney for Union Pacific Railroad in Los Angeles. He was an associate attorney with the law firm Hindin, Sterling, McKittrick, and Powsner in Beverly Hills, California.  Doug moved his family back to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1970 where he served as a Deputy County Attorney for Lancaster County for four years.  In 1974, he opened his own law office in Lincoln where he practiced general law for 34 years until 2008.

Doug was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska,  past member of the Sesostris Shrine, and a member of the Blue Lodge, East Lincoln Lodge 210 since 1951. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite. He enjoyed driving his convertible car as a member of the Ragtops. He belonged to the National Rifle Association, the Isaac Walton League, and the American Legion. He  served a term as State President of the ROA (Reserve Officers Association) and belonged to Footprinters Chapter 44. Doug was an advocate for the Foundation of Human Understanding in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Doug is survived by his wife, Donna of Lincoln; daughter Laurie McClain Chadwick and son-in law Charlie Chadwick of Nashville, TN; granddaughters, Rachel McClain of Lincoln, Anna McClain of Lincoln and Sarah McClain Benjamin of Nashville, TN; nieces  Nancy Lorenz of Lincoln and Robin Phares and nephew-in-law Don Phares of Lincoln; and two great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Douglas McClain;  by his sister, Shirley Rasmussen; and by his parents, Leroy and Laura Thelma McClain.  Doug was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather and a beloved member of the Lincoln community.

The visitation will be held on Friday, January 6, 2012 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.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor H. Kirk Langer officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Shriner’s Hospital’s for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, Fl 33607 or Donor’s Choice.


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