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Leota Mae Bennett

July 22, 2012

Leota Bennett passed away peacefully at Lancaster Manor in Lincoln on July 19, 2012 at the age of 101.  She was one of seven children and was the beloved wife of Jerry Bennett.  She will be forever remembered by her sons, Chuck and Jim, grandchildren, Jeff, Tim, Kim, Brenna and Kelly and great-grandchildren, Taylor, Clayton, Jessica, Samantha, Emma, Sarah, Calvin, Jared, Dawson, Tylyn, Brooklyn, Ellison, Abbey and Kenzie and many friends and family whom were blessed to know her. 

She and her husband spent their early years of life inAuburn, Humboldt, andFairbury,Nebraska.  She worked at Bennett Clothiers and managed the Mode O Day shop in Fairbury.  Leota was an active member of the Southeast Nebraska Amateur Radio Club, and supported her husband’s interest in Ham Radio as a member of the Lincoln Holiday Rambler Camper Club.  Leota was an outstanding cook and loved to craft, garden and spend time with her family.   She is preceded in death by her husband, daughter, parents, brothers and sisters.

Memorials may be directed to the Leota Bennett Memorial, PO Box 67181, Lincoln,Nebraska 68506.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 23, 2012 from 12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor Eddie Masters officiating.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Gerald (Red) Raymond Fitzwater age 85 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in Lincoln.  He was born on June 17, 1927 in Kellerton, Iowa to Ernie and Grace (McClain) Fitzwater.  Red owned and operated several full service gas stations, including Red’s Skelly.  He retired from Lincoln Public Schools. 

Red is survived by his son, Mitchell Fitzwater of Lincoln; son, Jim Sparks of Lincoln; daughter, Paula (Mike) Hardesty of Lincoln; great-granddaughter, Harley Hardesty.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Harley. 

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 23, 2012 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The graveside service will be held on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Leota Bennett age 101 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Thursday, July 19, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Services are pending.

Jessie A. Auman

July 18, 2012

Jessie A. Auman, age 73, Lincoln.  Loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and caregiver to many, passed away July 17, 2012.  Born November 30, 1939 in Tecumseh, Nebraska to Howard and Bertha (Gardner) Furrow.

She is survived by her children, V-Etta Auman, Richard Auman, Jr.  Mary Squires, Bonnie Price, Danny Auman, Sr. and Chad Auman, all of Lincoln.  17 Grandchildren, 12 Great grandchildren.  Jessie is preceded in death by her parents, Sister: Joyce Furrow and Brother: George Furrow.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. in Wyuka Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 20, 2012 from Noon until 8:00 P.M.  The family will be present from 6:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be left for the Parkinson’s Foundation in Jessie’ name.

Delores (Dee) Ann Meeske

July 16, 2012

Dee, age 65 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, July 15, 2012, after a lengthy a courageous battle with cancer.  Dee was born on October 17, 1946 in Lincoln, Nebraska, the daughter of Lester and Ruth (Hanau) Juilfs.  She was baptized on November 28, 1946 and confirmed on March 26, 1961.  The second of four children, she grew up on a farm east of Burr, Nebraska.  She graduated from Syracuse High School in 1964 and began working at State Farm Insurance Co.

She married Gary Meeske on May 27, 1972 and two children Jennifer and Brian were born to this union.  Dee worked part time at the Lincoln Public Schools for a few years and at Carol Wright Gifts until their closing.  She then returned to State Farm Insurance and worked there until her retirement. Family was very important to Dee. She treasured her time with all of them. She enjoyed making crafts, and she and Gary enjoyed the vacations they took together.

She is survived by her husband Gary of 40 years, children and grandchildren, Jennifer, Scott, and William Creed, Lincoln, Nebraska and Brain, Natalie, Meg, Ashtyn, Mitchell and Graham Meeske of Omaha Nebraska, Mother, Ruth Juilfs, Lincoln and Sister Carol Tyler, Lincoln. Brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lester, and her brothers Kenneth and Delton, father and mother-in-law Henry and Ada Meeske.

No services – visitation will be Friday, July 20, 2012 from 12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with family visitation from 6:oo P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Private family burial at a later date at Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may directed to the family for later designation.

Norman Reece Tucker

July 13, 2012

Norman R. Tucker, 64, of Lincoln was an Army Retired SPC4 Vietnam veteran born to (and preceded in death by) Mamie Jensen in Murfreesboro, TN, on June 22, 1948. Known to family and friends as selfless, generous and jocular, this brave man succumbed to cancer on Thursday July 12, 2012. His enjoyment of fishing, puttering in the garage, and completing (and sometimes repeating) home and mechanical projects at all hours for friends and family was exceeded only by his love for those friends and family.
 
He is survived by family and many close and beloved friends including his wife of 42 years, Marilee Tucker; son Shane Tucker and his spouse Nichole; daughter Cheyanna Bucknell, her spouse Barry and their children Haley, Chase and Joseph; sister Marie Winfrey and her spouse Bob; brother Terry Jensen and his spouse Christine; brother James Jensen and his spouse Sherry; brother-in-law Allyn Parrott (husband of Norm’s predeceased sister Mary); and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his dad, Jim Jensen.
 
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Fellowship Community Church, 8601 Holdrege St. Military honors to follow at Wyuka Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the Special Olympics.

 

David J. Douglass

July 7, 2012

David J. Douglass, age 65, of Lincoln died July 6, 2012. He was born November 3, 1946 in Lincoln to Everett J. and Mary V. (Raichart) Douglass.  He was employed with Speedway Motors as a fiberglass fabricator.  David was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; Sons and Daughter-in-law: Adam Douglass, Jason and Karen Stinson, Joseph Stevens.  Grandchildren: Jasmine Stinson, Fayth Stevens and Joseph Stevens, III.  Brother and Sister-in-law: Rick and Barbara Douglass all of Lincoln.  He was preceded in death by his son: Jason, Brother: Jim and his parents.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

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

Roberta Hazel Cody

July 2, 2012

Roberta Hazel Cody age 92 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Southlake Village in Lincoln.  She was born on March 25, 1920 in Burchard, Nebraska to Miles and Hazel (Hart) Klein.  She graduated from Burchard High School in 1937, attended Peru State College and Lincoln School of Commerce.  Roberta served in the U.S. Navy Waves as a Yeoman First Class from 1944 to 1946.  She married Donald R. Cody on April 16, 1950 at the Second Presbyterian Church in Lincoln.  She worked as a secretary for State Farm from 1947 to 1954 and as an elementary secretary for Omaha Public Schools for 1969 to 1990. 

Roberta is survived by her husband, Donald of Lincoln; daughter, Dr. Carolyn Cody of Lincoln; sons, Douglas R. (Doreen) Cody of Minneapolis, MN; Gregory S. (Kelly) Cody of Lincoln; grandsons, Sean and Ryan Cody of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Ellis E. Klein; sister, Wilma E. Klein.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2012 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Burchard Cemetery, c/o First National Bank, 110 Pawnee Street, Burchard, NE 68333

 

 

 

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