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Katie McCollough

August 31, 2012

Katie McCollough age 73 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the Elms Health Care Center in Ponca.  She was born on April 22, 1939 in Poland to Daniel and Wilhelmina (Neumann) Wirschke.  She graduated from Lincoln High School and the Lincoln School of Commerce.  Katie was a former resident of Tabitha Village and Malone Manor.  She was a homemaker and a member of Christ Lutheran Church.

Katie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Jennifer McCollough of Lincoln; her grandson, Daniel McCollough of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Alfred in infancy.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue.

Frank L. Fontaine

August 29, 2012

Franklin L. Fontaine, age 89 of Lincoln, died Tuesday, August 28, 2012.  He was born January 24, 1923 in Vermillion, South Dakota to Edward F. and Mary (McDonald) Fontaine.  Frank served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  He was a member of many organizations including American Legion Post #3, Moose Lodge #175, East Lincoln Masonic Lodge #210 and IBEW local 265. 

He is survived by his daughter Karen Kehler and her husband Daniel of Lincoln; Grandchildren and spouses, Larry Poore, Bryce and Tammy Poore all of Lincoln, Alex and Jessie Kehler of Ft. Riley, Kansas.  5 Great grandchildren and 5 great, great grandchildren.  Nieces and Nephews.  Special friend Vernie Upton of Lincoln.  Frank is preceded in death by his wife, LaVeda, son, Larry, his parents and his brother and sister-in-law: Edward and Leona Fontaine.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 31, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. in Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 2:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with the family being present from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  Interment with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be left to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Edward A. Debus

August 27, 2012

Former Hastings, Nebraska resident, Edward A. Debus, age 96, passed away Monday, August 27, 2012 in Lincoln.  Ed was born February 8, 1916 in Exeter, Nebraska.  He was the youngest child of Sander and Elizabeth Debus.  He moved with the family to Hastings in 1923.  Ed graduated from Hastings High School and he lettered in football all four years he attended Hastings College.  He went to work in the family business, Debus Baking Company, before graduating due to the war.  Ed married Marie Bruntz in 1939 and they had three children.  While at the bakery he held the position of maintenance supervisor, fleet and sales manager, treasurer, general manager and president.  He was treasurer of Hastings Corporation, Board of Directors of Hastings Chamber of Commerce, President of Nebraska Bakers Association, Alternate Governor to American Bakers Association for Nebraska.  Ed was also a former member of the Nebraska Civil Air Patrol as a pilot.  After the bakery was sold in 1964 he was employed by Hastings Irrigation Pipe Company and the Big G Auto Center.  After his retirement he and Marie built a home at El Charman Lake near Gibbon, Nebraska.  They moved back to Hastings in 1991.  Ed moved to Lincoln in 2006.  He was a member of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hastings.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marie, daughter Jackie McCoy, granddaughter Stephanie McCoy, sisters Marie Campbell, Bertha Vick and Ruth Stanton.  He is survived by his son Bruce Debus and his wife Jayne (vonForell) Debus of Lincoln, daughter Patt and her husband Joe Councill of Omaha.  Grandchildren and spouses, Cindi (McCoy) and John Weiss of Saginaw, Michigan; Joe and Joanne Councill, Drue Councill and Kathy Benak all of Omaha.  Great grandchildren, Joey Councill, Jackson Councill, Lilly Councill, Ty Councill and Samantha Gillespie.  Nieces: Linda Luff, Kathy Stauffer and Pam Watson, Nephew: Vern McAleer.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Nebraska.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home, 1225 N. Elm Ave, Hastings, Nebraska.

Memorials may be left for a Humane Society of the family’s choice.

Peter H. Salter age 70 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at his home in Lincoln.  He was born on November 17, 1941 in Pierce, Nebraska to Harold and Arlene (Mankse) Salter.  Peter earned his BA in Music from the University of Nebraska and his Master’s Degree in French Horn from the University of Southern California.  He was a Professor of Music at Muskingum University in Ohio and Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee.  He was very active in theater and music. Peter is best known as a musician and composer.

Peter is survived by his sister, Carol Salter of Morrison, Colorado; numerous cousins and many friends.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service for Peter will be announced at a later date.


Alan Lee Hoyt

August 22, 2012

Alan Lee Hoyt age 46 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at his home in Lincoln.  He was born on January 19, 1966 in Lincoln to Gene Edward and Helen Rebecca (Bybee) Hoyt. Alan was a self-employed roofer.

Alan is survived by his mother, Helen of Lincoln; daughter and special friend, Pamela (Nathan Mulloy) Holloway of Lincoln; son, Alan J. Hoyt of Lincoln; grandchildren, Aiden, Ariana, Aaron, Alex, Alivia, Salaya; special friend, Georgia Therrien of Lincoln; brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Laurie Hoyt of Lincoln; brother, Paul Hoyt of Lincoln; brother, Bill Hoyt of Omaha; sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and Tobbie Campbell of Lincoln; sister and brother-in-law; Loutricia and Victor McWilliams of Raymond.  He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Raymond Edward Hoyt.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Jeffrey C. Anderson

August 20, 2012

Jeffrey Curtis Anderson was born on March 14, 1969 in Laguna Beach, CA to Karen (Gullickson) Anderson and Gary Anderson, a United States Marine and Vietnam War Purple Heart Recipient.  Days after Jeff’s birth, he and his parents left California and returned to the family farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, where he lived and worked and played every day as a child and teenager.   Jeff was a born outdoorsman.  He loved to hunt and fish.  Any time spent outside and in the sunshine was time well spent for Jeff.  He and his younger brother Steven spent their days playing on their family farm, and later working on it with their father and grandfather. It was easy to play cowboys on a cattle farm, and Jeff and Steven played it often.  One day when playing fireman was in order, they set the grove on fire, alerting their parents by running in the direction of the house indicating that they needed the garden hose as quickly as possible.  As teenagers, Jeff bet his brother Steven that he couldn’t hit a spot power pole with his .22.  When Steven hit the spot, and Jeff lost the bet, the power went out to the house.  Crews worked until three in the morning to fix the problem and restore power to the house.   In addition to working the land with his family, Jeff raised sheep.  He loved his dogs.  He was always thrilled at the chance to tell the story of how he found a nest of abandoned duck’s eggs in the pasture.  After fabricating an incubator, he was able to hatch them, only to watch them return to the pond on their farm for many years to follow.  Jeff adored his parents and grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins—spending time in the presence of family and good food was one of his favorite pastimes.  Perhaps most of all, Jeff loved to hike every day the land that had been in his family for four generations.   Jeff graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1987, one of a class of only 30 students.  Shortly after, he attended Alexandria Technical Institute in Alexandria, MN and later Worthington Community College, where he completed an Associate’s Degree.  His love of learning prompted him to attend Southwest Minnesota State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.  Following his graduation from SMSU, he became employed with them in their Computer Services Department for many years.  It was there in 2001 that he met his wife Stephanie Mitchell, the love of his life.   Stephanie and Jeff were married in 2002.  In Marshall, they raised three children: Grant, Laurel, and Kjirsten.  In 2007, they moved to Malcolm, NE, back to the country life that Jeff had been so very fond of as a child.  On their acreage, Jeff planted hundreds of trees and berry bushes, and tended a garden that made all others pale in comparison.  Until his final day, that garden continued to be a symbol of Jeff’s unfaltering commitment to excellence and unconditional devotion to his role as a steward of the earth.   In 2009, Jeff and his family welcomed his fourth child, a second son, Reid, to the world.  Every bit of Jeff’s energy, and the love that flowed from it, was for his family, particularly his children.  They were the light of his life and his reason for everything he thought to be perfect and beautiful about the world.  Jeff directed Information Technology (IT) for GT Exhaust in Lincoln, NE, a job that he took pride in, one that he enjoyed to the fullest. 

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Buster and Goldie Gullickson, his paternal grandmother, Marge Anderson, and his infant son Gabriel Kaylor Mitchell-Anderson.  Jeff is survived by his wife Stephanie, his children Grant, Laurel, Kjirsten, and Reid of Malcolm, NE, his parents Gary and Karen Anderson of Walnut Grove, MN, his brother Steven, sister-in-law Sheila, and nieces Courtney and Ashley Anderson of Brookings, SD, his grandfather Leo Anderson of Redwood Falls, MN, his mother and father-in-law Rise and George of Malcolm, NE, and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Joe and Christine and nephews Nicholas and Alexander of Omaha, NE.  Jeff is additionally survived by dozens of loved ones and friends who will miss him, feeling all too well the hole his dynamic presence has left in the world he left behind.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 2325 S. 24th, Lincoln.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the family for Jeff’s children’s education fund.

Robert Lyle Smith age 66 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, August 20, 2012 at the VA Hospital in Omaha.  He was born on April 11, 1946 in Lincoln to Harold P. and June (Strubble) Smith.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.  Robert was a custodial supervisor for over 35 years at Southeast Community College and Harris Laboratories.  He was a member of the VFW and DAV.

Robert is survived by the love of his life of 36 years, Marlyn Salyer of Lincoln; daughter, Nicholette Smith of Lincoln; son, Tony Smith of Lincoln; grandchildren, Amanda, AJ, Jessey and Miranda; brother, Lee G. Smith of California.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son, Bobby Lee.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 4:00 P.M. t0 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Hulda Mary Helen (Bohling) Zier, daughter of Ernest F.C. and Dora (Hogrefe) Bohling, was born March 3, 1927 on a farm in Nemaha County, near Johnson, Nebraska.  She was one of seven children, and received her elementary education at the rural Dewey School.   She was baptized April 8, 1927 at St. Paul (Hickory Grove) Lutheran Church by Pastor Theodore Streng, and confirmed June 1, 1941 at St. Paul (Hickory Grove) Lutheran Church by Pastor B.C. Wiebke. At the age of seventeen, in 1944, Hulda moved to Lincoln, Ne. and took a housekeeping job at a University of Nebraska women’s dormitory.  During the first half of 1945, she worked at Gooch’s Mill before taking a job at Western Electric in July of 1945 where she worked for the next three years.  Hulda was united in marriage to Wesley LeRoy Zier Sr. on February 7, 1948 at St. Paul (Hickory Grove) Lutheran Church by Pastor W.A. Hummel.  To this union four children, Dennis, Carol, Gloriann and Wesley Jr., were born.  Hulda’s husband, Wesley, passed away November 30, 1979.  After their marriage, Wesley and Hulda made their home in Lincoln.  Hulda worked at the Elgin Company from September 1948 to November of 1949.  She stopped working outside the home from 1950 to 1960 in order to be a stay at home mother, but still took in laundry work and day cared children in order to provide extra income for her family.  In June 1960, Hulda took a job with the S.S. Kresge Co., where she worked for three years.  In 1963, she began 33 years of employment as a clerk and bookkeeper for the Schwarz Paper Company.  Hulda retired from Schwarz in 1996.  Hulda was an active member of the United Church of Christ in Lincoln, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid.  She was also a member of the American Business Woman’s Association and served two years as the chairperson for the ‘ways and means’ committee of that organization.  Hulda’s other main interests and hobbies included being a caregiver for elderly friends and family members, hosting family gatherings, babysitting for grandchildren and great-grandchildren, researching family history and attending family reunions, playing solitaire, and watching the ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ shows.  After a battle with cancer Hulda passed away at her home in Lincoln on August 18, 2012.

Hulda was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Dora, her husband Wesley, brothers, Rudolph and Richard, and sisters, Viola Winter and Dorothy Kettelhut.  She is survived by sons Dennis (Priscilla Marshall) Zier of Golden, CO;  Wes (Jeannie) Zier of Lincoln; daughters Carol Jones of Lincoln; Gloriann (Dale) Nobbman of Pleasant Dale, NE; grandchildren, Matthew Zier, Kenneth (Paige) Jones, Noel (Patty) Jones, and Katelyne Jones; great-grandchildren, Isabella, Gabriella, and Jessica Zier; sisters, Alvina Kuhlmann, and Sophie Rizor; sister-in-laws, Betty Bohling and Geraldine Bohling,  Gloria (Bob) Bowers, Nancy (Les) Ebner; brother-in-law, William Zier; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 24, 2012 from 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  The family will be present from 6:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 10:30 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.


Ruth E. Lester

August 11, 2012

Ruth E. Lester, age 87 of Lincoln, passed away August 10, 2012 after a courageous fight against a long term illness, with family by her side.   She was born August 24, 1924 in Sioux City, Iowa to Kenneth P. and LaVern (Kloester) Cotton.  Ruth graduated from the University of Minnesota  with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.  After college she worked as a medical technologist.  In 1948, Ruth married Donald E. Lester and eventually moved to Seward, Nebraska where they raised their 4 children and ran the Ford dealership. In 1970, Donald and Ruth moved to Lincoln.  Ruth continued to live in Lincoln after Donald’s death in 1976.  She lived with her son and daughter-in-law for the last 10 years of her life.   Ruth’s interests included music, dancing and swimming.  Her passion was her family and friends.

Survivors include her children and spouses, Jana and Dr. Rob Riggert of Lafayette, Colorado, Michael and Sue Lester of Lincoln, Patrick and Ruth Lester of Lincoln and William and Cindy Lester of Lincoln.  11 Grandchildren and 9 Great grandchildren.  Sister and Brother-in-law: Jana and Robert Cowan of Clive, Iowa.   Nieces and Nephews.  The family wants to extend thanks to Ruth’s special caregivers; Cherie, Elva and Trish.  Ruth was preceded in death by her husband: Donald E. Lester, her parents, Brother: Richard Cotton and Sister: Dorothy Taplett. 

Visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in Wyuka Funeral Home

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are to the Great Plains Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association or the Capital Humane Society.

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