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Joyce L. Cash

September 30, 2013

Joyce L. Cash, age 74, of Humboldt, Nebraska died September 29, 2013 in Lincoln.  She was born March 6, 1939 in Plainfield, Wisconsin to Lyle and LaNolla (Rice) Daschner.  Before her retirement she was a cook at the Newman Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Cash of Humboldt.  Daughter and Son-in-law, Kathy and William Foster of Lincoln.  Son, Warren Mitchell of Lincoln; her mother, LaNolla Rice of Clinton, Wisconsin.  Grandchildren and Spouse, Adam and Mariya Foster of San Francisco, California; Robert Foster of Lincoln; Wesley Mitchell of Lincoln and Brittany Mitchell of Lincoln.  6 Great grandchildren.  4 step children and several step great grandchildren.  Sister and Brother-in-law, Delores and Tony Jones of Clinton, Wisconsin.  Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Arleigh and Joni Daschner of Sussex, Wiconsin; Norman and Barb Daschner of Maringo, Illinois.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren; Father, Lyle and Sister, Jeanette.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 3rd from Noon until 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home

Services will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Friday, October 4th at 9:30 A.M. 

Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams, Lincoln.

Memorials to the family.

James Edward Meeks, age 81 of Lincoln, died Friday, September 27, 2013.  He was born February 29, 1932 in Fayette, Alabama to Phillip and Pearl (Taylor) Meeks.  James was raised in Fayette, moved to Lincoln to join family and friends in the 1950’s and worked in the construction industry until his retirement.  He was known to many in the community for his JM seasoning and barbeque ribs.  James was a kind and gracious person and will be missed by his family and friends and those at Homestead Rehab Center.

James is preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters.  He is survived by his nieces Marie and Erania and by his many other nieces, nephews and their families and by his former wife Rosetta and his step-son Wilbur.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Henry B. Thomann

September 23, 2013

Henry B. Thomann, age 96 of Lincoln passed away September 23, 2013.  He was born August 14, 1917 in New Haven, Missouri to Oscar J. and Hattie M. (Foster) Thomann.  Henry was a member of Southview Christian Church in Lincoln.

Survivors include his son, James B. Thomann of Springfield, Illinois. daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Gene Hayes of Springfield, Illinois.   Sister, Mary Hoerstkamp of New Haven, Misssouri.  2 Grandchildren, Julie and Garrett Curry;  John Schroeder.  2 Step grandchildren, Scott and Debbie Hayes; Kerry and Allen Tomlin.  2 Great grandchildren, McKenna Curry; Brennan Curry.  2 Step great grandchildren, Travis Hayes; Jared Hayes and special friends.  Preceded in death by his wife Joyce.  Sister, Florence Von Behren.  Brother, Oscar Thomann.

Services will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held on Saturday beginning at 1:00 P.M.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

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

John R. Engel

September 16, 2013

John Robert Engel, age 90 of Lincoln passed away September 16, 2013.  He was born April 1, 1923 in Grand Island, Nebraska to Fred and Katy (Krott) Engel.  On February 22, 1942 John married Alberta Richardson in Grand Island, Nebraska.  John served in the U.S. Army during WWII, spending over one year in Europe with Battery A, 555th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion and at the end of the war with the U.S. Army military police.  He was a member of  the First Christian Church and the IUPAT local 0573.  John had a 30 year career as a glazier with Cooks Paint & Glass contractors.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Susan Engel of Lincoln and Mike and Bonnie Engel of Lincoln.  7 Grandchildren, 5 Great grandchildren.  Nieces and Nephews.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Alberta; their daughter, Linda S. Engel (Wentz).  Sisters, Marie Hope, Molie Engel, Irina Koch, Esther Christensen and Bernice Engel.  Brother, Henry Engel and his parents.

Services will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.  No viewing or visitation, John’s wishes were to be cremated.

Memorials may be left for the Alzheimers Association or the American Heart Association.

Robert E. Hunt, Sr.

September 12, 2013

Robert E. Hunt, Sr., age 90 of Lincoln, passed away September 11, 2013.  He was born January 27, 1923 in Auburn, New York to Leo James and Elnora (Brennan) Hunt.  Bob was a U.S. Army veteran serving as a medic during WWII in France.

Survivors include his former spouse and friend, Joyce Hunt of Lincoln.  Daughters and Son-in-law, Deb Crandall of Ft. Pierce, FL; Mildred and Dan Shepler of New York.  Son Robert E. Hunt, Jr. of Lincoln.  Granddaughters, Nicki of New York and Stefanie of Florida.  Grandson, Leroy Crandall, Jr. Niece, Bonnie Rockwell of New York.  5 step children, many step grandchildren.

Graveside services with military rites will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Tanzania Orphan Project

Betty Jean Kroon

September 9, 2013

Betty Jean Kroon age 82 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, September 9, 2013 in Lincoln.  She was born on June 23, 1931 in Milligan, Nebraska to William and Liddia (Horlivy) Buzek.  She graduated from Milligan High School.  Betty married Larry Glen Kroon, he preceded her in death on July 28, 1998.  She was the apartment manager at Blevins Apartments from 1964 to 1996.

Betty is survived by her sons, Curtis (Leslie Stimbert) Kroon of Lincoln; Calvin (Mary) Kroon of Roca; granddaughter, Heidi Kroon of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. rosary service all at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1420 K Street, with Father Doug Dietrich officiating.

Burial at a later date will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Capital Humane Society.

Dr. John Willard Bengtson

September 6, 2013

Dr. John Willard Bengtson, 98, of Lincoln passed away September 5, 2013 in Lincoln Nebraska.  He was born on a farm in rural Platte county  December 11,1914 to parents John Emil and Sarah Nilsson Bengtson, both first generation residents of Swedish ancestry.  He attended Boone County rural schools, graduated from Albion High School and attended the University of Nebraska graduating in 1937 with a BS in Agriculture, and a MA from George Washington University in 1941.  In 1940 he married Antoinette Ketner of Washington DC.  First employed mapping sandhills vegetation on the Valentine Migratory Wildfowl Refuge, he was next employed by the US Golf Association Greens Section  in Washington DC doing  research on selection and cultivation of grass for golf courses.  With the onset of WWII he was employed by the US Army Corps of Engineers to stabilize newly constructed airfields in the southern United States.  When this assignment was finished he was inducted into the US Army Chemical Warfare Service until discharged to attend medical school.  He entered the University of Rochester (NY) School of Medicine in 1945, graduating in 1948.  Internship and residency at University Hospitals Cleveland Ohio and continued  residency at Veteran’s Hospital in Newington Connecticut under the supervision of Yale University.  Certified in Internal Medicine he was employed at the Connecticut Veteran’s Home in Rocky Hill until joining the Lincoln Clinic in 1956.  While in practice he was a member of the attending staff at Bryan Memorial, Lincoln General, and St. Elizabeth hospitals.  He was medical director of the Independence Center at Lincoln General Hospital for 20years.  John served on the Nebraska Commission on aging, was a member of the Nebraska Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, and the Lancaster County Medical Association.  He was elected to Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. He was a long time member of Lincoln Sailing Club.

Preceded in death by his wife, Antoinette and daughter  Khristina.  Survived by sons Peter of New York City, Erik and Steven (Vonda) of Lincoln, Carl (Deb) of West Palm Beach, FL. and grandchildren, Sarah, Rachael and Charles of West Palm Beach, FL., and Stephen, Matthew and Jenna  of Lincoln.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.





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