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Bill D. Smith

July 28, 2013

Bill D. Smith age 84 of Lincoln Nebraska passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at The Monarch in Lincoln.  He was born on March 17, 1929 in Chester, Nebraska to Cleo V. and Lois E. (Gifford) Smith.  He graduated from Crete High School in 1947.  Bill served with the U S Army during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 with the 200th Engineer Company 196 Inf. Regt.  He was stationed in Colorado and then for a year in Alaska.  Bill married Virgie Havel on January 23, 1954 and they celebrated 59 years together.  They moved to Lincoln in 1957.  Bill was a dedicated Benefit supervisor with Woodmen Accident and Life Insurance Company for 37 years.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed watching all sports, especially the Huskers, Saltdogs and KC Royals.

Bill is survived by his wife Virgie of Lincoln; son, Gene and Jane Smith of Lincoln; daughter, Barbara and Michael Honerman of North Platte; son-in-law, Dr. Brad and Laura Lockee of Pierce; grandchildren, Ryan, Reed, Kyle, Scott, Stacy, Matt, Brian, Amy, Brent, Aaron, Jake and Katie; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Ethan, Addison, Savannah and Wyatt. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Susan Lockee.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., with a rosary preceding the Mass at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 7601 Vine Street. Fr. Lyle M. Johnson will be officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.


Richard Shonerd

July 25, 2013

Richard Shonerd was born on June 21, 1929 to Harvey and Helen (Knapp) Shonerd.  He left us on his life’s journey on July 24, 2013.  He was born in Lincoln. NE and made Lincoln his home for those 84 years. During the Korean War he was a member of the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He was a combat veteran and received a purple heart. Following his military service, Dick was a Phillips 66 oil jobber in southeast Lincoln.  After that business was sold, he took great pleasure as a coach driver for Goodlife Coaches and toured the USA and Canada.  When he retired he worked part-time for the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and volunteered at the VA Hospital.

Dick is survived by two daughters:  Nancy Mellott (Brad) of Papillion and  Karee Shonerd of Lincoln; former wife and lifelong friend, Mary Waltz Shonerd;  four grandchildren:  Kara Ficke (Kurt Hesser), Collin Mellott (Mandy), Paige Mellott, Leah Sveen (Jared); four great-grandchildren: Alex and Christopher Hesser, Brady Mellott, Emery Sveen; a sister, Patricia Henry of Ely. Iowa, and brother William Shonerd (Judy) of Lincoln.  Dick was preceded in death  by his parents and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marjorie Shonerd. Memorials may be made to Church of Christ or Nebraska Commission for the Blind.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Church of Christ, 57th and Vine Street.

Burial with military honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.


Donald Jack Smith

July 23, 2013

Donald Jack Smith age 86 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Lancaster Manor in Lincoln.  He was born on March 10, 1927 in Onawa, Iowa to Willard and Pearl (Hale) Smith.  He served in the US Army during the Allied Occupation of Japan.  He worked as a printing pressman and was retired from the Lincoln Journal Star.

Donald Jack Smith is survived by his son, Alan and Gwen Smith of Gering, NE; daughters, Suzanne and John Wolford of Lincoln; Laura and Mike Duggan of Lincoln; Cecelia and Joel Ficke of Pleasant Dale, NE; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Richard and Mary Rose Smith of Washington State;  friend and  former wife, Pamela Flory of Florida.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wives; Mary Ann Aguirre Smith and Betty Freeman Smith.  Sister, Betty, brothers, Bill and Wayne.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the No Kill Cat Shelter.


Bonnie Jean Kean age 80 of Lincoln, Nebraska died peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, July 22, 2013 at Tabitha in Lincoln.

Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Teresa and Kent Landfield of Grapevine, Texas; daughter, Paula Yetter of Lincoln; son, Anthony Hembd of Lincoln; grandchildren, Amy, Patrick, Faye, Neal and Jonathan; 5 great-grandchildren.

Cremation, no visitation.

A private family graveside service will be held in Wyuka Cemetery.


Larry D. Rider Jr., age 88, passed away July 18, 2013. He was born on November 30, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska to Larry and Mary Rider.

He is survived by his daughter, Virginia (Tony) L. Hutto; granddaughter, Emily (Jonathan Fernandez) K. Essl; grandson, Leigh (Morgan) M. Hutto; great-granddaughters, Kennedy Lynn Hutto and Ella Kate Fernandez; sister, Katherine Mary McCully; brother, Raymond Frank Rider; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Larry attended Lincoln High School prior to his military service in the United States Navy and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1952.

Visitation and a memorial service were held in San Antonio, TX earlier this week.

A graveside service and interment will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska with a short visitation at 9:00.

June Patricia Franson

July 17, 2013

June Patricia Franson age 89 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at her home in Lincoln.  She was born on June 27, 1924 in Lincoln to Oscar and Christine (Harrington) Skiles.  She graduated from Lincoln High School.  June married Joseph Franson.  She was very artistic, loved gardening, photography, sewing and dancing.

June is survived by her son, Lindon Franson of Lompoc, CA; daughter, Linda and Jerry Bryceson of Lincoln; daughter, Patricia and Daniel Picotte of Lincoln; grandchildren, Charlotte Helton of Oregon; Justin and Jessica Bryceson of Lincoln; Danielle Picotte of Lincoln; Perry Picotte of Lincoln; great-grandson, Donavan Bryceson; great-granddaughter, Genevieve Helton; brother, Julian and Pat Skiles of New Jersey.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Joseph.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Bertha “Eunice” Harwood, age 78, of Seward, formerly of Denton and widow of Donald died July 7, 2013.  She was born September 23, 1934 in Reading, Kansas to Fred Andrew and Karolina Wilhelmina Bertha (Ulrich) Soderstrom.  Her family moved to Missouri in 1942. After she graduated from Metz High School in 1952 she moved to Lincoln, NE.  Bertha and Donald were married in Adrian, MO in 1955.   She began working as a waitress at Burlington Depot.  After that she worked for Eldgens in the watch department, Formfit Rogers in Crete, House of Bowers, Land and Sky, Designers Corner and Pechous Upholstery.  Bertha was a member of the American Legion Auxilary, Post #355 in Denton and the Utah State western riding club.

She is survived by her Children, Donald Jr. and Jean Harwood of Crete; Ronald Harwood of Seward; Carrie Harwood of Lincoln; Sheri Conard of Lincoln and Rex Harwood of Lincoln.  Grandchildren and spouses, Donald III and Bri Harwood of Lincoln; Ashley and Lucas Mitchell of Lincoln; Lindsay Fritz and Spencer Bailey of Lincoln; Alexandria Harwood of Michigan; Jessica Harwood of Montana; Courtney Harwood of Forsyth, Montana and Haleigh Conard of Lincoln.  Great grandchildren, Ayla Harwood and Zym Harwood both of Lincoln; Aria Mitchell who is on the way.  Siblings, Edna Watters of Denver; Violet Fry, Herman Soderstrom both of Lincoln; Herb Soderstrom of Arizona; Gerald Soderstrom of Holstien.  Sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-law: Betty Matthews of Lincoln; Norman and Charlene Harwood of Utah; Beverly and Ted Blem of Arizona.   Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, her parents, brother, Donald Soderstrom; sisters, Freda Hennes, Bernice Hutton and Helen Busboom.  In-laws, Bill Harwood; Dick Harwood; Thelma and Delbert Hall; Fern and Lloyd Marino; Jack and Lila Harwood; Dick Matthews; Ruby and Earl Allen; Jeannie Soderstrom.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.  No viewing or visitation.

Memorials may be left to the family.

Dolores Fannie Mae Tucker, was born June 25, 1924, she was the first born to Edwin and Juanita McGhee of St. Louis, MO. Dolores was sister to Edwin McGhee Jr. of Meza, AZ and Marcella Foster of Lincoln. She was wife to Wilbert Griggsby who preceded her in death. And to Walter Tucker, Jr. of Lincoln whom she married in 1967, who also preceded her in death. She was Significant other and companion to Thurmond Hoskin of Lincoln until his death in 2005. Dolores was Mom to Diane Ponder of Detroit, MI; Wilbert Griggsby, Jr. (Donnie) and Danny Tucker of Peru, IN. She was grandmother to Karin Gantt, Marc Moore, Kenneth Ponder, Jr. and Donald Ponder all of Detroit; Danny Tucker, Jr. of Lincoln; Savanah, Kaylen and Jazmyn of Peru, IN and a host of great grandchildren. Dolores was best friends to Wright and Vivian Robinson, Willa Jean Davis and Connie Folks all of Lincoln who all preceded her in death. She graduated in 1943 from Vashon High School in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from George Althouse Beauty School specializing in hair care and cosmetology. She moved to Lincoln in 1953 and established a beauty salon in her home, which was frequented by most of the minority community in Lincoln. She also enjoyed her life work at the Nebraska Center for Children, where she worked for 15 years, retiring in 1968. In addition she worked for Thorton Podiatry for 3 years as a Podiatrist Assistant. She was a loyal member and supporter of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church in Lincoln. Dolores was a devoted mother who was totally dedicated to the activities of raising her children. She was an active member of the Lincoln Elks Lodge #390. She was most proud of her accomplishments of interacting and taking care of the children at the Nebraska Center for Children. Dolores was well known throughout the Lincoln community as a hostess and the parties she put on were eagerly awaited and enjoyed by everyone who attended. She could always be counted on for advice and assistance. Who was Dolores Tucker? She was a supportive wife, a dedicated mother, a faithful sister and loyal friend, who upon her death was most proud of her relationship with her children, her family, her friends and with God.

A memorial service for Dolores will be held on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in the chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home. There will be no viewing or visitation, Dolores wished to be cremated and be interred in the same section at Wyuka Cemetery as her mother, Juanita McGhee.

Memorials may be given to the National Council of Negro Women in Dolores’ name.

Susan Diamond

July 3, 2013

Susan Diamond, age 78, died July 2, 2013 in Omaha. She was born August 19, 1934 in Lincoln, NE to Harry and Dorothy (Gordon) Diamond. Susan graduated from Lincoln High School, University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in physical education and Stanford University, where she obtained her Masters degree in physical education. Susan taught in Riverside, CA. Ralston High School in Ralston, NE and St. Patrick’s School in Lincoln.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln . Friends are invited to gather at Wyuka Funeral Home by 1:30 P.M.

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