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Arlo Hilbert (Hack) Hackbart

September 26, 2012

Arlo Hilbert (Hack) Hackbart age 85 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Arlo was born on September 6, 1927 to Hilbert and Emma (Glinsmann) in Rockville, Nebraska. Arlo grew up and received his education at several schools in Sherman County, Nebraska. In 1944 he graduated from Ashton High School. He worked as a farmhand, served in the Korean War 425th Transportation Group 8th Army, and was an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture working for the Bureau of Reclamation and the Soil Conservation Service. He retired in Tecumseh, Nebraska after 31 1/2 yrs with the government.

Arlo married Melva Henderson on June 20, 1954 in Loup City, Nebraska. Three children were born to this union, Terry Rae, Lori Ann, and Ronald Arlo. Survivors include his wife, Melva; daughter and son-in-law Terry and Joel Wiegand of Grand Island, Nebraska; daughter Lori Cook of Lincoln and son Ronald Hackbart of Omaha Nebraska. Seven grandsons, Jon and Michelle Wiegand of Gretna, Nate Wiegand of Omaha, Greg and Stacey Cook of Brownville, Chad Franssen-Cook of Lincoln, Taylor Hackbart, Connar Hackbart, and Riley Hackbart of Omaha. Great grandchildren Braelynn Wiegand, Wyatt, and Lexie Cook.

Cremation, no visitation.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2:30 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial with military honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.

Col. Robert A. Wittstruck, Jr.

September 24, 2012

Col. Robert A. Wittstruck, Jr. passed away at his home at 6:00 am on September 23, 2012.  Bob was born in Lincoln on August 20,1920.  After graduating high school, he spent some time in Pontiac, Michigan before enlisting in the Army.  He was assigned to the 274thArmored Field Artillery Battalion, serving as a spotter pilot in Europe during World War II.   After the war, Bob returned to Lincoln and attended UNL.  He remained with the Army National Guard, retiring as Battalion Commander with the rank of Colonel in 1976, after 34 years of service.  He was the first helicopter pilot in the state of Nebraska and captain of the Nebraska National Guard Pistol Team.  Bob worked for the US Postal Service for 34 years, first as a letter carrier and later as the head of Collection and Delivery.  He retired in 1978.  In his retirement years, he has been well-known as “Karaoke Bob“, entertaining crowds with Frank Sinatra and other songs from the 40’s.  Bob has been singing for audiences since he was 5 years old.   Bob was a member of the American Legion, Elks, Moose Lodge, NARFE, WSI, the Lincoln Friendship Force and a life member of the NRA and National Guard Association.  Bob married Thelma Louise Marks in 1943 and to this union Bob’s two children, Gary and Marcia (Carroll) were born.  Thelma passed away in 1961.  He married Mary Lu [Betzer] in 1969.  Mary Lu passed away in 1993. 

In 2002 Bob married Barbara [West], who survives him, along with son Gary, daughter Marcia, 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a number of step-children, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Sr. and Libbie [Kuiper]; brother, Kenneth and twin brother, James; a sister, Alice (Giglio); and wives, Thelma and Mary Lu.

 All services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3600 O St. on Thursday (9/27/12):  Family will receive friends 9-11 a.m., funeral at 11:00 a.m., officiated by Pastor Jeff Warick of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church.  Graveside service and reception will be held onsite following the funeral.

 Memorials are suggested to Tabitha‘s hospice program, or other charity of the donor’s choice.

William Sundeen

September 21, 2012

William R. Sundeen age 58 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Tuesday, September 18th at his home in Lincoln.  Born December 26, 1953, Bill was an exceptional clarinet, saxophone, and flute player during high school.  He also excelled at track and cross country.  Bill played with the Lincoln Youth Symphony Orchestra, high school band, high school jazz band, as well as the groups Elysian Fields and Iron Horse. After graduating from Lincoln Northeast as an honor student in 1972, he moved to New Orleans, where he learned to play guitar and wrote wonderfully insightful songs. He became a popular performer at the Wrong Place Saloon, which at the time was the gathering place for musicians and songwriters in the Big Easy. After he returned to Nebraska, Bill played bass guitar for a touring bluegrass group from Kentucky and for a country band based in Valley, NE. In later years he played at open stages and for special events at the Auld Recreation Center. Bill loved music and was always supportive of other musicians. His talent and spirit will be missed very much by all who knew him.

He is survived by his father, Eugene Sundeen (Lincoln, NE), sisters Cindy Sundeen (Overland Park, KS) and Lori Sundeen Soderbergh (Fort Worth, TX), brothers Tom Sundeen (Lincoln, NE) and Jim Sundeen (Denver, CO), son Paul Sundeen (Omaha, NE), grandchildren Jason Sundeen and Connor Sundeen (Omaha, NE), nieces and nephews: Brian Rosen, Rob Rosen, Jenny Soderbergh, Lars Soderbergh and Evalynn Sundeen.

Bill is preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Sundeen, and by his Grandparents.

Cremation, no visitation.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Monday, September 24th at 10:00 A.M. at the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.

Memorials may be given to the family for future designation.  Condolences and personal reflections may be sent online at www.wyuka.com.

Carl Wendell Medley

September 20, 2012

Carl W. Medley, age 75, of Lincoln died September 19, 2012.  He was born February 22, 1937 in Belmont County, Ohio to John and Betty (Stidd) Medley.  Carl served 20 years in the Air Force with the 355th fighter squadron , he was stationed in Lincoln, Germany, Indiana, Thailand, Tucson, Arizona and Libya.  He was married for 51 years to Marceline Shaw Medley.  After his retirement from the Air Force, Carl was involved with the Lighthouse and Cedars Home for Children and the forester’s as a volunteer.  He loved to go camping and belonged to two camping clubs, Courageous Rambler and Vagabond. 

Carl is survived by his wife, Marceline of Lincoln; Sons and Daughters-in-law: Carl Jr. and Brenda Medley of Crete, Craig and Krystal Medley of Dorchester, Willam (Bill) Medley of Ft. Riley, Kansas.  Daughters and Son-in-law: Teresa Medley of Lincoln, Donna and John Reifschneider of Lincoln.  Mother-in-law: Pearl Shaw of Lincoln, 16 Grandchildren, 2 Great grandchildren plus two more on the way.  Sisters-in-law and Spouses: Joyce and John Mikesh of Osage, Minnesota, Judy Mikesh of Omaha, Cariel and Doug Churchill of Omaha.  Nieces and Nephews.  Uncle: Don Hetrick and family of Lincoln.  Many friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Juanita Sipes, father-in-law: Lawrence Shaw and brother-in-law: Vince Mikesh.  He will be missed by all.

Services will be held on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. in Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be on Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials: To the family for a later designation

Donald L. Hill

September 19, 2012

Donald L. Hill age 78 of Gretna, Nebraska (formerly of Lincoln) died on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Papillion, Nebraska after several years of poor health.  He was born on September 5, 1934 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Henry and Marie (Niederhaus) Hill.  He was proud of his German-Russian heritage and grew up in the South Bottoms and later North Bottoms.  He worked for Burlington Railroad for 12 years.  Don became interested in the bicycle business and in 1970 he started the Lincoln Schwinn Cyclery located at 33 and Pioneers Boulevard in Lincoln in which he operated with his family until 1993. He had a number of other business interests in Lincoln. In retirement he still managed the bicycle department at Walmart in Omaha. Don was a big fan of  “Big Red Football” since his “knot hole ticket days.” He was a faithful member of Indian Hills Community Church and loved the Prime Time Sunday School Class, he also loved traveling, gardening, and family activities.

Donald is survived by his wife of 59 years Mary Ann (Van Gent) of Gretna; daughters, Debbie and Don Barry of Omaha; Julie and Mark Zimmerman of Gretna; sons, David and Sherry Hill of Lincoln; Daniel and Kendra Hill of Omaha; 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Sandra and Henry Schmidt of Denton.

The visitation will be held on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with family receiving friends from 6:0o P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2102 at 10:00 A.M. at Indian Hill Community Church; 1000 S. 84th Street, Lincoln with Pastor Eddie Masters officiating.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Indian Hills Community Church or the Arthritis Foundation.

Halima Levic

September 15, 2012

Halima Levic age 60 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at her home in Lincoln.  She was born on May 14, 1952 in Palanka, Bosnia.

She is survived by her son, Almir Levic of Lincoln.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Evelyn Mae Hindmarsh

September 14, 2012

Evelyn Mae Hindmarsh (Kaspar), 89, Lincoln, Pleasant Dale, Nebraska died peacefully September 14, 2012 at Bryan LGH East.  She was a resident of Tabitha GracePointe, and Goodhouse prior to being admitted to Bryan Hospital. Evelyn was born on September 24, 1922 to James and Louise (Petrus) Kaspar in Malmo, Nebraska. Evelyn graduated from Prague High School before working as a teacher and then at Union Pacific Railroad.

Evelyn was married to Glen E. Hindmarsh for 54 years and during Glen’s time serving in the United Stated Air Force they spent time in Germany and were stationed at several Air Force Bases stateside before Glen retired at Bergstrom AFB in Austin Texas in 1968. They enjoyed traveling and attended many of Glen’s WWII 555th Squadron Army reunions across the country.   After retirement she opened up their home caring for many neighborhood children while running an after school program. She always referred to the children she watched as her kids. She was involved in all her boys’ activities that included Scouting, School PTO, and various sporting events.  Family was very important to her and one of her greatest joys was organizing the annual Kaspar and Sedlacek Family reunions which were usually held in Prague or Wahoo Nebraska.

Evelyn was a dedicated church parishioner and community volunteer. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Havelock and attended faithfully until her move to Tabitha where she attended service these last few years.  She also served countless hours assisting the residents at Village Manor in Lincoln.

Survivors: Sons, George Ronald Hindmarsh, Monument, Colorado, Glen Christopher Hindmarsh, Pflugerville, Texas, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; sister, Norma Jean Nicholson, Lincoln, Nebraska. She was in death by: husband, Glen; parents; brother, James of Prague.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with family receiving friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Father Troy Schweiger officiating.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

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