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Larry N. Gagner

August 27, 2015

Gagner, LarryLarry N. Gagner age 74 of Lincoln, passed away August 26, 2015.  He was born February 16, 1941 in St. Paul, Nebraska to Edward G. and Mavis (Ross) Gagner.  Larry was proud to be a Union Carpenter and was a member of Local No. 1055.

Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, Doug Mahrt and Curtis Benda both of Lincoln; Carl and Soheila Sitler of Clearwater, Florida.  Daughters and sons-in-law, Shanna and Joe Jones of Lincoln, Taunya and Michael SaBell of Henderson, Nebraska and Karin Keller of Lincoln.  15 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren.  Brothers and sister-in-law, Myron and Karen Gagner of Lincoln, Jerry Gagner of Eagle, Nebraska and Melvin Gagner of Denton, Nebraska.  Sister and brother-in-law, Mavis and Bob Newton of Lincoln.  Nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy, twin daughters, his parents, brother Tommy Gagner and sisters-in-law, Pat Gagner and Linda Gagner.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, August 31, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be on Sunday, August 30th from 1:00 until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Norma A. Botts

August 21, 2015

BottsNorma A. Botts age 78 of Lincoln passed away August 19, 2015.  She was born in Auburn, Nebraska to Ray and Thelma (Masion) Reed.  Norma was the housekeeping supervisor for BryanLGH hospital.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Julie Jones of Syracuse.  5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren.  Sister and brother-in-law, Rosalie and Kenny Walbridge of Lincoln.  Brother, Wayne Reed of Arlington, Nebraska.  Nieces and Nephews.  Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Botts and her son, Roger Jones.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Gladys L. Long

August 20, 2015

Long, GladysGladys L. Long age 76 of Lincoln passed away August 19, 2015.  She was born December 20, 1938 in Halifax, North Carolina to Alexander and Gatsie (Ausby) Lynch.

Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Lisa and Willie Savage of Lincoln, Janice Henderson of Littleton, North Carolina.  Son, Anthony Sealy Jr. of Lincoln.  7 Grandchildren, 9 Great grandchildren.  Brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Minnie Lynch of Suwanee, Georgia; Sisters and brother-in-law, Viola Ghee of Richmond, Virginia, Dorothy and Jim Shelton of Ocala, Florida.  Former spouse, Anthony Sealy Sr. of Yulee, Florida.  Nieces and Nephews.  Preceded in death by husband, William Long.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Dorothy Ann Housel

August 17, 2015

Housel, DorothyDorothy went home to her Lord on August 14, 2015 after a long illness.  She was born in Lincoln on April 16, 1923 to Sarah and Charles Dennis.  Dorothy married Donald Housel on November 24, 1937 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  They were married 6 days short of their 59th anniversary, when Don passed away.  They became parents of six children and raised their family in Lincoln.  She babysat many children over a sixty year period and remembers many of them fondly.  She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for many years.  One of the things she was most proud of was she earned her high school diploma on May 18, 1976.  Dorothy was a very strong person and as many of her grandchildren said over the years Grandma is tough and funny.  The family would like to thank Aging Partners for making it possible for Dorothy to stay in her home.

She is survived by son Willis (Gretchen) Housel of Lincoln, daughters Barbara (Earl) Jarrett of Ridge, MD., Donna (Don) Townsend of Burton, TX., Jeanette Emert (Jack Wheat) of Lincoln, Gloria Housel of Lincoln, brother Harold Dennis, grandsons Jeffery Boyles (Paula) of Goodyear, AZ., Bruce Reinhardt (Lauri) of Lincoln, David Blasingame of Arlington, TX., Donald Blasingame (Cheryl) of Sachse, TX., Chip Jarrett (Pam) of Woodbridge, VA., Virgil Blasingame (Virginia) of Caddo Mills, TX., Benjamin Housel of Lincoln.  Granddaughters Kathy Ruhl (Mark) of Lincoln, Melissa Volguardson (Jerry) of Lake Havasu City, AZ., Debbie Saggard (John) of Epharta, PA., Cindy Hebert (Larry) of Phoenix, AZ., Janelle Evans of Lincoln, Tammy Page (Russell) of Sachse, TX., Ronna Coleman (Jay) of Buford, GA., Angela Updike (Ricky) of Lusby, MD., Ivaloo Blasingame of Swedebara, NJ., Amy Housel of Lincoln, 25 Great grandchildren & 13 Great, great grandchildren.

Pallbearers, Bruce Reinhardt, Benjamin Housel, Andrew Evans, Kyle Birdsall, Russell Page and Rocky Dennis.

Preceded in death by her husband Don, daughter & son-in-law Ivaloo & Virgil Blasingame, son-in-law Gary Emert, granddaughter GayLynn Brummett, grandsons Johnnie Blasingame, Thomas Boyles, great grandson Jon Paul Coleman, parents Charles & Sarah Dennis, brothers Hartson, Marvin, Clifford, Bill, Edward.  Sisters Etta Mae Dennis, Marie Truksa, Betty Jean Dennis

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, August 21, 2015 at Cathedral of the Risen Christ officiated by Msgr. Robert Tucker.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Interment at Wyuka Cemetery

Edward John Meents

August 16, 2015

Meents obit photoEDWARD JOHN MEENTS, age 89 of Lincoln, was born in Beatrice in 1926 to John and Dorothy Meents. He served in the Navy during two wars. Ed worked for local Gas Companies for 34 years.   Recently he returned to Lincoln from New Mexico and lived at the Legacy Terrace. Ed was a sweet, gentle, funny man who loved deeply. Connie (Pitzer) and Ed were married 68 years.

He is preceded in death by his son Dan.

Survivors include children, Michael (Brenda) and Julie (Chip); daughter in law, Madeline;  grandchildren, Matt, Claudia, Lindsey, Austin, Blake, Phillip, Tara; five brilliant greatgrands; a remaining sister Helen Kunc; niece Sharon Hester and Bob are a blessing.

A casual ‘Gathering of Family & Friends’ will be Tues., Aug. 18th , 10:00 a.m., at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln, officiated by Pastor Wes Ballard.

Memorials to Lincoln Food Bank or Alzheimer’s. Condolences at www.wyuka.com


Scott, Lance obit and folder photoLance Scott, age 47 of Lincoln, died quietly on August 15, 2015 at home.  Loving son.

Survived by his mother, Karen Scott of Lincoln.  Preceded in death by his father, Larry Scott.

Funeral Services:  10:00 a.m., Wednes., Aug. 18, 2015, Lincoln Church of Christ 820 N. 56th St.  Pastor Bill Hance officiating.  Burial to follow at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St. 

Condolences at www.wyuka.com



Jimmy D. Brown

August 11, 2015

Brown, Jimmy obit photoJimmy D. Brown, age 53 of Lincoln, passed away surrounded by his family on August 10, 2015. He was an amazing father! Jimmy took care of his family and his home first. He always enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and loved spending time with friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Patricia (Reed) Brown.

Jimmy is survived by his wife Stephanie; sons, Erik, J.D., Jermaine, Nicholas, and Jediah Brown and Tre’Von Frye; daughters, Chandell Brown and Natalie Frye; siblings, Kathy Willcoxon, and Jerry, Julie, Jeff, Jody, John, Jerald, Judy, JoAnn, Jason, Jackie, and Jeremy Brown; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, NE, officiated by Buzzy Vance. Jimmy’s life story and condolences at www.wyuka.com

Darrel D. Van Ackern

August 10, 2015

Van AckernDarrel D. Van Ackern age 67 of Dorchester passed away August 9, 2015.  He was born with his twin sister  Carol Van Ackern in a pick-up truck on Bennett Road.  Proud Army (Vietnam) veteran of 24 years.  Beloved Husband, Father, brother and friend, passed away too soon.  He honorably served his country and retired with the rank of SFC.  Tour of duties include Vietnam, Marshal Islands, Colorado, Germany and many other bases in the U.S. and around the world.  He was a Farmland employee for 21 years.  Darrel was a loving, loyal, hard working husband, father and great friend.  He had a great sense of humor and loved to joke around.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife Liane Van Ackern, his siblings, John (Kathy) Van Ackern of Nebraska; Louis (Lois) Van Ackern of Arizona; twin sister, Carol Van Ackern, Bonnie (Dave) Sierks both of Nebraska; Barbara (Dave) Funkhouser of Missouri; Mary (Verlin) Homolka of Nebraska.  Children, Chris (Melinda) Van Ackern; Randy (Charlene) Van ACkern; Vicky (Tony) Simmons; Steven (Raven) Van Ackern all of Alabama.  Step children, Luise Klein; Jeanie (Alex) Domkowski both of Germany.  Kathy Hernandez; Rosa (Jeff) Dornan both of Nebraska and Manuela Poor of Florida.  17 Grandchildren, 1 great grandchild.  Nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Van Ackern, his mother, Grace Van Ackern and a brother Robert Van Ackern.  You will forever be greatly missed.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home with military services provided by the Nebraska Army National Guard.

Memorials to the family.

Roy C. Thomas Jr. of Lincoln died August 7, 2015.  He was born March 17, 1951 in Holdrege, Nebraska.

Survivors include his wife Betsy (Lempka) Thomas, sons; Roy of Lincoln and Mike (Anna) of Pueblo, Colorado.  7 grandchildren.  Roy’s mother, Mary (Leach) Thomas and sisters, Teresa and Amy all of North Platte, Nebraska.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, father and 2 brothers.

Memorials to Horisun Hospice or The Monarch.

Brandon C. Lindteigen

August 8, 2015

LindteigenBrandon Cole Lindteigen age 21 of Lincoln, passed away August 4, 2015.  He was born April 22, 1994 in Hastings, Nebraska to Myron Lindteigen and Misty Cook.  Brandon was employed at Casey’s Pizza in Lincoln.

Survivors include his father, Myron of Hastings; mother, Misty Cook of Missouri; son, Leighton Lindteigen.  Siblings, Ariel, Matthew, Andrew, Cody Murphy, Karen White and Nikki White.  Paternal grandmother, Betty Brase; paternal grandfather, Byron Lindteigen.  Maternal grandmother, Lynette Armstrong; maternal grandfather, Charles Cook.

Services will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing or visitation.


Leonard L. Lear

August 7, 2015


Lear L, obit photoLeonard Leslie Lear, 92, Lincoln, died August 6, 2015. He was born May 25, 1923 in Lincoln to his parents, Jacob and Edna Lear.

As a child he grew up in the Havelock area of Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated in the first graduating class of Lincoln Northeast High School in 1942. Shortly after graduation he entered the Army where he served in World War II.

Upon his return home, he married his sweetheart (Dora) Arlene Miller. Together, he and Arlene had three children, David, Barbara, and Rhonda.

He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad at the Havelock Shops for 42 years, as well as laying sod for Bullock and working concessions for the University of Nebraska. When he retired from Burlington he was the Weighmaster.

Leonard enjoyed all Nebraska Sporting events, especially football and was a St. Louis Cardinal fan. In his younger years he was the coach for his son David’s baseball team and later attended many of his grandchildren’s sporting and creative arts events. He had an obsession with yard work, enjoyed woodworking and spent a lot of time playing bingo with friends. He liked to travel and while his children were young the family would ride to Chicago on the train. He was well known for his outdoor decorations that would light up the neighborhood during the Christmas seasons.

Preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Arlene; son, David; son-in-law, Ric Douglass; and his grandsons, Shane and Troy Leech.

Survived by daughters, Barbara Lear-Douglass and Rhonda (Howie) Leech; and daughter-in-law, Dianna Lear; grandchildren, Jennifer Lear, Angela (Bobby) Dixon, Tina Clark, Jessica (Mike) Pasika, Zac (Mandy) Douglass, Tessa (Brian) Kroksh, Sarah (Aaron) DeLoa, and Heather Leech; great-grandchildren: Brittany, Kylse, and Shane Dixon, Mikayla, Samantha, and Jeremiah Pasika, Calvin Douglass, Julian DeLoa, Jayma and Tenley Kroksh.

Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, visitation one hour prior. Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln. Military Honors at Graveside to follow.

Memorials to the family for future designation.

Clara L. Brauckmuller

August 5, 2015

Clara L. Brauckmuller age 88, of Lincoln, passed away August 5, 2015.  She was born April 3, 1927 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Seth and Clara A. (Spring) Beam.  Clara worked at Lincoln Public Schools in data entry.  She loved to travel, work in her garden and was an excellent cook but especially enjoyed baking.  Clara was a genealogist and enjoyed crocheting.

Survivors include her husband Everett of Lincoln; daughters Barbara Williams of Phoenix, Arizona and Joni Williams of Lincoln.  Son and daughter-in-law David and Gayle Williams of Phoenix.  Grandchildren Jill, Lisa, Tricia, Michael, Andrew, Keaton, Devon, Ange, Amy and Amanda.  17 Great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren.  Nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her son, John; her parents; brothers, Albert and Carl; sister, Patricia.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at the gravesite, Section 21, Lot 102.  Wyuka Cemetery MapSection 21 Map.

Memorials to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Rex James Scott

August 4, 2015

Scott, RexRex James Scott, 67, passed away August 3, 2015 while under the loving care of the expert staff at Country House, 25th and Old Cheney, and Aseracare Hospice.  A lifelong Lincoln resident, he was born on December 7, 1947 to John R. and Melba M. (Myers) Scott.  He was raised on a poultry farm near Playmor and attended country school District 107 on West “O”, University High School, Nebraska Wesleyan University, University of Nebraska Lincoln and Kearney State College.

Rex spent his teaching career with LPS as a social studies teacher at Everett Park Middle School and was active in LEA as a faculty representative.  He retired at the rank SFC-E7 from the Army National Guard where he served as a medic/instructor with the 24th Medical Company.  He also drove the train at the Children’s Zoo, was a host at the original Valentino’s, promoted seat belt usage for Nebraska Highway Safety, worked at Tiernan’s Ambulance Service, Lincoln General Hospital’s Emergency Room, and Hovland-Swanson where he met his wife.  In 1982, he was appointed to the Nebraska State Ambulance Board by Governor Charles Thone.  He held a teaching certificate, EMT license#153, and for awhile a real estate license.  He loved his work.

Rex volunteered at the American Red Cross all of his adult life.  He worked on the First Aid Team at Memorial Stadium for 45+ years, headed up the First Aid team at Salt Dogs games during their opening seasons as well as State Games and Special Olympics, and many other events.

Rex is survived by his wife of 48 years Nikki (Nutt) Scott; son Eric (Deanne) of Valentine; daughter Elizabeth “Libby” of Lincoln and brother, John R. Scott II of Yoder, Wyoming; granddaughter, Alexa (Tyler) Caulkins; and grandson Braxton Green.  His extended family includes a mother-in-law, Marilyn E. Nutt, a brother-in-law, Bob (Melanie) Nutt of Cozad and the most amazing group of nieces and nephews.  Rex was preceded in death by his beloved parents, John and Melba; father-in-law, George M. Nutt and sister-in-law Nancy Fredericksen.

A celebration of life will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with a light lunch to follow.  Interment will be at a later date.

Memorials can be directed to donor’s choice, but suggestions could include LEA Harvest of Books, Parkinson’s Research Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association or Country House Memory Care.

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