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Murray Cason Butler

May 27, 2012

Murray Cason Butler, age 82 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at his home in Lincoln.  He was born on June 29, 1929 in Henderson, Tennessee to Elzie Jacob and Delia Irene (Holloway) Butler.  Murray married Ruthie M. Ramer at Beaufort, South Carolina in 1950.  He served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years.  During his service years he was most proud that in 1965 he was on the maiden voyage around the world of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier the USS Enterprise.  Murray worked for Midland Medical Supply Company for 20 years.  He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, United Methodist Church, American Legion, and Ashland Country Club.  He enjoyed his wife, family, friends, golf, racquetball, bowling, square dancing, coin collecting, reading and traveling.

Murray is survived by his wife Ruthie of 61 years, daughters, Donna Butler of Connecticut; Debra and Bruce Samuelson of Missouri; Diana and Kris Bridges of Nebraska; sister, Nancy Davenport of Arizona; grandchildren, Nori and Sandy Lembree of Connecticut; Cason Ramos and Shelby Carlson of Connecticut; Amy and Chris Falkner of Kansas; Alan and Becky Samuelson of Kansas; Eric and Danyel Bridges of Arizona; Scott Bridges of Arizona; 12 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Hazel and Sue, an infant son and great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor Mike McMurtry officiating.

Burial with military honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.


Theresa “Rose” Spahn, age 99 of Lincoln, died Thursday, May 24, 2012. 99 years is a long time! So much has changed. My parents, Jacob and Katherine Huck, had eight children. I was the last here on earth. I’ll be reunited now with all of them in heaven.

I married Leonard J. Spahn in 1936 (he passed away in 1990). We had two children, Joyce and Don, who survive us. Joyce’s husband is John Jeffries, they live in Chicago. Don and his wife, Linda of Mobile, Alabama, have two children. Jason is my grandson, Cathy Gunn is my granddaughter. She and her husband, Bo gave me a great-grandson, Alan last year. I leave nieces, nephews, and wonderful supportive friends.

Thanks to all my family and friends for making my life so good. Don’t weep for me! I’m with God.

Cremation, no visitation.

A graveside memorial serivce will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. at Wyuka Cemetery with Pastor Nancy Engel officiating.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 13th and F St., Lincoln, NE 68508 or Aseracare Hospice, 5715 S. 34th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516.

Ardys Mae Young

May 8, 2012

Ardys Mae Williams Young, age 89, of Lincoln, died on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Lincoln. She was born on June 5, 1922 in Phillips County Kansas to George Nathan Williams and (Minnie) Mina Bertha Johanna Hecht Williams. Ardys married Donald Earl Young on November 30, 1940 in Imperial, Nebraska. Ardys grew up in the Naponee and Franklin, Nebraska area surrounded by her many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ardys and Donald lived in Holdrege, Nebraska for many years where their daughters were born. She was a stay-at-home mom and was devoted to caring for her family. She never sat still, always busy cooking, sewing, and cleaning for the family and helping her daughters with projects they were involved in. She was active in her Extension Club and church activities. Ardys worked at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant after her children were older and in school. When the family moved to Lincoln in 1965, she went to work at Gold’s and Brandeis Department Store. She was the “salad lady” in the second floor cafeteria. Ardys was the first one to greet customers as they went through the line and always had a smile and kind words for the customers. When Brandeis closed, she worked for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln food service for a short time before retirement. She was a member of Second Baptist Church.

Ardys is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws, Carol and Harley Nelson of Lincoln; Shirley and John Horstman of Lincoln; Beverly and Keith Ludden of Augusta, Maine; grandchildren, Connie Nelson of Lake Havasu, Arizona; Cindy and Jason Richard of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Jeff and Kristy Horstman of Lincoln; Pamela and Matt Brigham of Seattle (Fife), Washington; great-grandchildren, Jessica and Rachel Buck of Lincoln, Korey, Kelsey, and Karsen Richard of Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Kamden and Kasten Horstman of Lincoln, great-great-grandson, Mason of Lincoln; sister, Gladys Norton of Fort Collins, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister, Ruth M. Samuelson, and grandson, John Nelson.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 3:00 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, May 12, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Second Baptist Church, 525 N. 58th Street, Lincoln with Pastor Steven Wisthoff officiating.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Lois Jean “Billie” Knaff, age 79, of Lincoln, died May 5, 2012.  Born January 24, 1933 in Hazard, Kentucky to Richard and Alberta (Olinger) Baker.  She taught for the Lincoln Public Schools before her retirement.

Survivors include her children and spouses: Daphne G. Knaff, Ronald W. Knaff, Carl B. and Teresa Knaff, James and Laura Knaff, Cassandra Knaff all of Lincoln.  Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.  Preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 9th from 2:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Carolina H. Olivas

May 3, 2012

Carolina H. Olivas, age 90, of Lincoln, died May 2, 2012.  Born in Balleza Chih, Mexico on August 24, 1921 to Bentura and Maria (Rodriquez) Herrera. 

Survivors include her children, Lucrecia O. Casas of Richmond, CA.  Manuel Olivas, Luis Olivas, Luisa O. Beltran, Leonor O. Saenz all of Lincoln.  Leticia O. Villegas of El Paso, TX.  Leoncio Olivas of Lincoln.  Many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.  Brother: Damazo Herrera of Amarillo, TX.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lucio, 11 children, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, May7, 2012 at the Cristo Rey Catholic Church, Lincoln.  Visitation will be held on Friday, May 4, 2012 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Sunday, May 6, 2012 from Noon until 9:00 P.M. with rosary services at 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel. 

Interment will be in Wyuka Cemetery

Memorials may be left for the family.

Joan Dolores Furr

May 1, 2012

Joan Dolores Carpenter Furr was born March 26, 1931.  She grew up during the heyday of the American movie musical and she was heavily influenced by the musicals of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Deanna Durbin and Jane Powell.  She had a huge crush on singer/actor Dennis Morgan and learned the entire dialogue of several of his movies, which she would happily recite given the slightest chance.  But, it wasn’t Dennis Morgan who would show up later in her life, but Fred Astaire.  Joan was born with an eye for beauty, an ear for music, an appreciation for both, and terrific taste.  She was also born with a beautiful soprano voice that was so promising that she was admitted to the High School of Music and Art in New York City, where she studied vocal arts.  Joan was also a talented dancer.  She taught ballroom dancing at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio on Park Avenue in New York.  When Fred Astaire came to New York and visited the studio, Joan was his dance partner.  Along with her eye for beauty and beautiful voice, Joan was a beautiful woman.  She and her best friend, Liz MacRae, could stop traffic in New York City in the 1950’s.  They were part of the sophisticated and vibrant New York scene.  Joan loved New York then, and she frequented museums, opera, and Broadway shows.  During that time, Joan met pretty much every big film star in Hollywood.  She was a regular at Sardi’s, The Colony, the Four Seasons, Twenty-One Club, Danny’s Hideaway, and El Morocco.  It was an exciting time for her, but greater happiness would come later in her life.  Joan’s sense of style and taste extended into her surroundings and wherever she lived she transformed the space into a place of beauty.  Her love of design led her to The New School in New York where she completed a degree in interior design.  Joan and her sister Jane opened a successful business togehter on new York’s Upper East Side.  Joan did the design work, and Jane had the fun and challenge to do the actual work to bring her designs to life.  Then Joan’s life changed forever when her friend Liz MacRae invited her to Lincoln for a visit.  Liz introduced Joan and Houghton and it was obvious very quickly that they had fallen head over heels for one another.  They were a match made in heaven with their mutual love of music, art and travel.  Right from the beginning, they traveled the world, taking amazing trips to Africa, Asia and Europe, visiting their favorite city of Paris many times over the years.  When they weren’t traveling, they loved entertaining in their home.  Their home was filled with love, photo albums and mementos of their adventures together, beautiful things.  The food was always great because both Joan and Houghton loved to cook.  Joan also loved tennis and gardening.  When Houghton got sick, their travels came to a halt and there were a rough few years until Houghton’s death, but Joan stayed by his side.  A year ago, the family lost their sister Barbara.  Now, all too soon, they’ve lost Joan.  Wherever Joan is, she’s watching a classic movie, or redecorating, or listening to a Mozart piano concerto and turning the pages for Houghton.  She is survived by her Sister:  Jane Martin of Wilmington, DL.  Brother: Richard Roessle of Lincoln, Step-daughters and Spouse: Lynn Furr; Susan and Victor Shousha of Paramus, NJ.  Niece and Spouse: Joy and Brian Soudant of Wexford, PA.  Nephew: Michael Pacicca of San Francisco.  Grand nephew: Jackson Joseph Soudant, born January 31, 2012.  Joan was preceded in death by her loving husband Houghton Furr, her parents and her sister Barbara Pacicca.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel.

The family is requesting memorials in lieu of flowers to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Joan.  To contribute you can go to  www.woundedwarriorproject.org

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