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Richard A. McMurtry

April 30, 2012

Richard A. McMurtry, age 80, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 29, 2012 in Milford.  He was born July 10, 1931 in Anselmo, Nebraska to Roy and Florence (Hanke) McMurtry.  Richard was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served for over 2 years in Korea.  He married Marjorie Ann Shields in McCook, Nebraska on August 23, 1959.  Richard was a meatcutter for Safeway and Russ’s grocery for 50 years.

Survivors include his wife Marjorie of Lincoln, Sons and Daughters-in-law:  Clark and Monica McMurtry of Brookshire, Texas; Keith and Becky McMurtry of LaVista, Nebraska.  Daughters and Son-in-law: Cheryl McMurtry and  Lori and Donald Hilligoss of Olathe, Kansas.   Grandchildren and Spouses: Chris and Nanette McMurtry, Sarah and Zach Eder, Jacob Hilligoss, Kara Hilligoss, Andrew McMurtry, Ethan McMurtry, Braden McMurtry.  Great grandchild: Story McMurtry.   Sister: Lois Hill of Broken Bow, Nebraska;  Brothers-in-law and Spouses: Rolland and Rosemary Shields and Harley and Elda Shields all of McCook, Nebraska.  Maxine and Bob Patterson of Lawrence, Kansas.   Preceded in death by Parents; Brother and Sister-in-law: Ray and Mary McMurtry; Sister and Brother-in-law: Iona and Al Kohler; Mother-in-law and Father-in-law: Nellie and Glenn Shields; Sister-in-law: Hazel Collins.  Brothers-in-law: Bill Collins and Duane Hill

Services will be held Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Southview Christian Church, 2040 S. 22nd, Lincoln.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 2:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home. 

Graveside services with military rites will be held at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be left for Southview Christian Church or the Parkinsons Foundation.

Virginia L. Hamilton age 92 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at her home in Lincoln.  She was born on September 22, 1919 in Newport, Nebraska to William Eugene and Vesta M. (Foxworthy) Farr. 

Virginia’s wishes were to be cremated with no funeral service.

Virginia is survived by a son, daughter and granddaughter.  She was preceded in death by her husband Merle.

Burial will be in the Orchard Cemetery.


Ruth E. Christensen

April 27, 2012

Ruth E. Christensen 89, of Lincoln, formerly of Valparaiso, NE died April 27, 2012 in Lincoln. She was born November 25, 1922 in Valparaiso, NE to Nels and Esther (Olson) Nord. She married Clarence Christensen, Jr. on April 6, 1946, while teaching at Indian Camp country school.  Ruth retired from Raymond Central Public Schools in 1986 after serving as secretary, bookkeeper, bus driver and substitute teacher for 30 years.  She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ceresco, where she was baptized and confirmed.  Ruth was a dedicated community member, serving on many boards and supporting many organizations, including the Valparaiso Senior Center, Valparaiso Heritage Club, Valparaiso Woman’s Club, Eastern Star, WELCA and the Valparaiso Community Club.  She was a strong advocate of the Valparaiso Library, and founded the Ruth Christensen Scholarship Fund at Raymond Central High School for future teachers.  She loved history, genealogy, served and supported all churches in Valparaiso and in Ceresco.

Visitation: Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Monday, April 30, 2012, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.

 Service: Will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ceresco, NE, on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor John Sievers officiating.

 Family Gathering: Family present to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cemetery: Valparaiso Community Cemetery.

 Memorials: Immanuel Lutheran Church; Raymond Central Educational Foundation – Ruth Christensen Scholarship Fund; American Heart Association.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 66 years, Clarence; son, Dan and Sue Christensen of Holdrege, NE; daughter, Cynthia Christensen of Louisville, KY;  son, John Christensen of Ceresco, NE; grandchildren Aaron Schneider (Jenny), Mikhaila Mauricio (Jacinto), Tim, Nathan (Tela), Rob (Andrea), and Alina Ukinski-Radnovich (Chris); and five great-grandchildren, Sierra, Emma, Adam, Josh, and Alejandro; and sisters-in-law Erma and Margaret Nord, Lincoln and Genevieve Christensen, Fremont, NE. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jeanne Schneider; grandson, Anders Ukinski;  parents; brothers Walter, Carl, and Ivan; sister, Irene Nord; and infant sister, Dorothy.


Axton Alexander Nolte

April 26, 2012

Axton Alexander Nolte, 2 year old son of Wade Nolte and Jennifer Baker passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at his home.  He was born in Lincoln on June 9, 2009.

Survivors include his parents, Wade Nolte and Jennifer Baker of Lincoln; grandparents, Roger and Linda Nolte of Lincoln, Kimberly Romine of Lincoln, Chris Baker and Deb Plakas of Illinois; great-grandmother, Lenora D. Clark of Lincoln; great-grandparents, Lloyd and Phyllis Romine of Grand Island; Vern and Shirley Heckle of Alaska; uncles, Austin Nolte of Lincoln, Eric Baker of Illinois,  aunt, Afton Baker of Lincoln, great uncles, great aunts, cousins.  Axton was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Fred Clark; and great-grandparents, Marvin and Dorothy Nolte.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials for Axton may be directed to the Bank of the West.




Sloane Michael Peterson

April 24, 2012

Sloane Michael Peterson age 31 of Lincoln died on April 24, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family, after his 2 1/2 year battle with colon cancer.  He was born on September 3, 1980 in Hastings, Nebraska to Mike and Gay (Hines) Peterson.  He attended school in Kenesaw and graduated in 1999 and McCook Community College graduating in 2001.  Sloane was employed previously at HyVee and UPS and until January of 2012 as a Project Manager at Service Master.

Sloane is survived by his wife and best friend, Ashley (Renner) Peterson of Lincoln; parents, Gay Bogan of Lincoln; Mike and Meredith Peterson of Pinedale, Wyoming; brother, Colt Peterson of Vail, Arizona; niece, Kyrstin; grandparents, Evelyn Hines of Hastings; Bob and Ella Luft of Garland; in-laws, Ervin and Donna Renner of West Point; brother-in-laws, Ryan and Tyler Renner of Omaha, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Roman Hines and Vaughn Peterson.

There will be no visitation.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Duffy officiating.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Karen E. Ehlers Bauman

April 20, 2012

Karen E. Ehlers Bauman, age 66 of Loveland, CO formerly of Lincoln, died April 17, 2012 in Loveland.  She was born October 5, 1945 in Billings, MT to Walter and Janice (Ireland) Ehlers.  Karen was involved with Campfire Girls, Girl Scouts, Theta Rho and was very active in the churches she attended and really enjoyed Calvary Community Church.  She loved to help people, which led her to work in nursing homes and child care.  Karen won an award for putting in the most hours as a caregiver when she worked at a nursing home, she also was involved with the Foster Grandma Program.  She loved spending time with her family, camping, fishing and swimming when she was younger.

Survivors include her husband Ron Bauman of Loveland, CO;  Children, Tammy of Apple Valley, MN.  Shawn of Palmyra, NE.  and Aaron of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Max of Apple Valley, MN.  Isaiha and Jaden of Lincoln.  Brothers and Sisters-in-law: Wayne and Linda Ehlers and Gary and Dorothy Ehlers all of Lincoln.  Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends.  Preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be held Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. in Calvary Community Church, 4400 N. 1st Street, Lincoln.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 23, 2012 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.  The family will be present from 6:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. to greet friends. 

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

William Cortez Williams

April 16, 2012

William Cortez Williams, age 57, of Lincoln, died Saturday, April 14, 2012.  Cortez was born August 18, 1954 in Pittsburgh, PA to Isaac and Mary (Myers) Quarells.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and was enlisted in 1973 and honorably discharged in 1980. 

He is survived by his wife: Audrey Williams of Lincoln, step children: Aubrey Hammer of Scottsdale, AZ.  Bridgett and Kevin Casteneda of Lincoln.  5 Grandchildren, 3 Great grandchildren.  His mother: Mary Quarells of Lincoln, Sisters: Vet Myrick and Linda George both of Lincoln.  Shelly Lobo of Houston, TX.  Step brothers: Mark Lawson of Bremerton, WA and Isaac Quarells of Lincoln.  Mother-in-law: Donna Anthony of Lincoln.  Preceded in death by: Father: Isaac and Sister: Rene Quarells.

Services will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in Wyuka Funeral Home.  Graveside services with military honors will be held at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 in Wyuka Funeral Home from 10:00 A.M. until service time.

Memorials may be left for the family.

Walter Bernhardt

April 15, 2012

Walter Bernhardt age 90 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on April 15, 2012 in Lincoln.  He was born on September 8, 1921 at Hastings, Nebraska to Jacob and Anna (Pfief) Bernhardt.  He married Lydia Schessler on May 25, 1946 in Lincoln. Walter worked for Kess Construction. Walter was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoyed golfing.

Mr. Bernhardt entered the US Army on August 16, 1942 and served until December 12, 1945 for a total of three years, three months and twenty seven days of active military service.

He entered the service at Fort Crook, Nebraska and trained in the infantry until he departed the United States on September 20, 1943 enroute to the Asia Pacific Theater. He arrived in that theater on September 26, 1943. He would not return to the United States until December 3, 1945.

He was awarded the following medals and badges for his service:

  • Combat Infantry Badge: for combat service infantry in the Pacific Theater fighting with the 6th Infantry Division
  • The Good Conduct Medal: in recognition of exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity
  • Bronze Star Medal: in recognition of exemplary service in combat
  • The American Campaign Medal: for his more than one year of stateside service
  • The Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead
  • The World War Two Victory Medal
  • Philippine Liberation Medal
  • Rifle Sharpshooter Badge
  • Honorable Discharge Device/Lapel Button

Mr. Bernhardt’s selfless service to the nation is to be commended. Of his more than three years of active service, more than one year was served overseas in combat zones. His display of duty, honor and love of country is truly a fine example of a real patriot.

Walter is survived by his sister-in-law, Marian Schessler of Lincoln; numerous nieces and nephews and their families from Nebraska, California and Illinois.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Jack and Reuben, sisters, Lydia Ringsted and Edna Weber.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Keyser officiating.

Burial with military honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Orville W. Housel age 91 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Holmes Lake Manor in Lincoln.  He was born on December 18, 1920 at Raymond, Nebraska to John W. and Amanda (Forke) Housel.  He attended Raymond High School.  Orville married Irene L. Patocka on February 25, 1943 in Ceresco.  They farmed near Raymond until 1957 and then he worked for Gooch Milling until retirement. 

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 60 years and a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.  Orville loved flowers and gardening.

Orville is survived by his wife Irene of Lincoln; his daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Larry Behm of Seward; grandsons, Darren Behm and Terri Ling-Gerring of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Dustyn and Caci Behm of Lincoln.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Hazel Gammel Rudolph; Ethel Housel; Blanche Schonenfeld Biggs and Bertha in infancy.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Hanneman officiating.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Donor’s Choice.


Maria Luisa (Tia) Lawson

April 11, 2012

Maria Luisa (Tia) Lawson of Lincoln, Nebraska died on April 10, 2012. She was born in Spain to Marcelo and Maria (Goizueta) Garcia. Maria spent many of her years working as a nurse, and most recently worked as a cook for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She thoroughly enjoyed tango music and dancing. Maria also enjoyed days spent playing Bingo at the Senior Center downtown. Maria was the loving wife of Clarence Lawson and a member of the North American Martyrs Church here in Lincoln.

Maria is survived by her Niece and Nephew-in-law, Jennifer and Marcus Schrader of Lincoln; Nephew and Niece-in-law, Bruce and Marie Kaspar of Effort, Pennsylvania; Great-nieces, Alexandra Jeys and Adrianna Giese; Great-nephews, Geoffrey Schrader, Allan Kaspar, and Christopher Jeys. She is also survived by many other loving members of her family.

Maria was preceded in death by her husband Clarence; Nephew, William Kaspar; and Sister Beatriz Kaspar.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 12:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

A rosary service will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at North American Martyrs Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at North American Martyrs Church with Father Brian Connor officiating.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Carol A. Ide, age 53, of Lincoln, died April 10, 2012.  She was born July 3, 1958 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania to Ralph M. and June L. (Schell) Drumheller.  Carol was raised by her mother and step-father, Russ Birt.  Her biological father died when Carol was a young child.  She enjoyed her job at the Gere library as a Library Assistant.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Ide and their son Andrew Ide both of Lincoln.  Her sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Jeff Diltz of Berwick, Pennsylvania and mother, June Birt of Berwick, Pennsylvania.  Nieces and Nephews.  Preceded in death by her father, Ralph Drumheller and her step-father, Russ Birt.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel.

Private family inurnment will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be left for the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

Ada M. Meeske

April 9, 2012

Ada Marie (Hinzmann) Meeske, age 95, of Lincoln, died April 8, 2012.  She was born September 8, 1916 to Herman and Martha (Jahnke) Hinzmann at Western, Saline County, Nebraska.  Ada was baptized on October 13, 1916, in St. John’s Evangelical Church in Western, NE, by Rev. Alex Henning.  She was confirmed at St. John’s in 1930.  She attended District 39 School in Saline County.  On November 7, 1935, she was united in marriage to Henry Meeske by Rev. Henning at St. John’s Evangelical.  They lived on farms in the Daykin and Western areas until retirement in 1975.  In 1976 they moved to Lincoln to be near their sons. 

Preceding her in death were her husband, Henry, parents, brothers Ernest and Kenneth, and sister, Hilda Krajnik.  Survivors are sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Carolyn of Wichita, Kansas, Gene and Marilyn, Gary and Dee, and Gerald and Nancy, all of Lincoln, nine grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law, Herman and Verneeda Hinzmann, as well as nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 1:00 P.M. in United Lutheran Church, 5945 Fremont St.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012 from 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. in United Lutheran Church.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Sean William Lee

April 5, 2012

Sean William Lee age 43 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln.  He was born on May 30, 1968 in Winona, Minnesota to Brendan Robert and Leilani “Lonnie” Ann (Lambrecht) Lee.  He worked at Duncan Aviation in the upholstery department.

Sean is survived by his wife, Victoria Kovar of Lincoln; his daughter, Allora Kovar and Ian Sheehan of Lincoln, and a grandson, Mason Sheehan, mother, Lonnie Monahan of Front Royal, Virginia; sisters, Kelly, Colleen and Carrie.

Cremation, no visitation.

A Celebration of Life Service is being planned by the family of Sean.


David Hoyle Lepard

April 2, 2012

David Hoyle Lepard, age 78 of Lincoln, Nebraska (formerly of Cornelius, North Carolina), died on Monday, April 2, 2012 in Lincoln.  He was born on May 11, 1933 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to Ransom Hoyle and Lena Florence (Kries) Lepard.  He served in the United States Army from July 22, 1954 to July 2, 1957.  While in the service he played cello in the 7th Army Symphony and traveled throughout Europe.  He married Mildred Rabb on March 22, 1959 in Pomona, California. 

David earned his undergraduate degree in music from Northwestern University and he proudly held a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  David worked in the field of public education administration for 27 years and later in his life was a Professor of Educational Leadership at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  He also founded ABC International Inc., a consulting company specializing in the training of school principals and leaders.

David was a member of the Bahá’í Faith and served local Bahá’í communities and the United States Bahá’í community in many capacities.  He developed a variety of  Bahá’í educational programs and materials, especially for children.

David is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Jenina Lepard of Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Joe Miller of Cornelius, North Carolina; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Jan Lepard of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Daniel Rabb of West Covina, California; and grandchildren, Justin Lepard and Brandon Lepard of Lincoln, and Troy Miller and Shannon Miller of Cornelius, North Carolina.  He was preceded in death by his wife Millie and his parents.

There will be no visitation.

A Life Celebration service will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation or JDRF.

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