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Jack L. Gannon

October 28, 2015


Jack L. Gannon, 68, of Lincoln, passed away quietly on Oct. 28 at the Journey House after fighting a courageous battle against lung cancer. Born on July 27, 1947, to Rex and Marie Gannon.  Jack’s independent spirit, realistic outlook, and quick wit stayed with him until the last breath.  He graduated from Lincoln High School, hired out at the BNSF Railroad, and took a leave of absence to serve in the Navy on the U.S.S. Galveston. He was very proud of his 4 yrs of military service, and retirement from BNSF after 45 yrs.  Loved boating and always had a project going either at home or for the PLA neighborhood, but his true pride and love in life was his wife and his family.

Jack is survived by his wife of 43 yrs Pam, his sons Jeff Gannon, Kyle (Cara) Gannon, and his daughter Kristin (Mike) Woods, and granddaughters Kaysia and Tyrah Woods and Hailey Gannon, and brother & sister-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces and cousins.

Internment with military honors will be held at 9:00 A.M. at Wyuka on Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 with a Celebration of Life at Sheridan Lutheran Church at 11:00 A.M. and a lunch to follow. Memorials are requested to Make-A-Wish, Sheridan Lutheran Church, Friendship House or projects for veterans such as Fisher House.


William “Bill” Tumblin

October 27, 2015

FlagWilliam “Bill” Tumblin, 70, of Rapid City, SD, formerly of Lincoln passed away on Friday, October 23, 2015, at the Ft. Mead VA Care Facility after a long battle with Parkinsons Plus disease.  Bill was born on September 2, 1945 in Omaha and was adopted from the Children’s Home in Omaha by his loving parents, Clinton Tumblin and Hazel Mae (Shaw) Tumblin.  Bill graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in 1963 and continued his education at the University of Nebraska for 4 years and 2 years at Antioch University School of Law.  Bill was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1967 serving as an Infantry Drill Sergeant with Classified Operations in Vietnam and also served with the Army National Guard.  Bill was proud of his law enforcement years with the Lincoln Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Deputy U.S. Marshall/Border Patrol and a Self employed Private Investigator with the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission.  His true love and happiness was his years as rancher/owner from 1982-1998.

Bill is survived by his wife Linda of Rapid City, his sons Adam (Melanie) Tumblin of Germany and Justin Tumblin of Columbus, Nebraska.  Grandson Addison Tumblin of Germany, step-daughter Ashley Walker and step-son Ryan Moore; sister Deborah (Randall) Calfee; nephew Todd (Jaimi) Calfee; niece Lisa (Randy) Olson, and many great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Jason Tumblin, great-niece Alexis Calfee, grandparents, and several counsins.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Wymore Cemetery in Wymore, Nebraska.

Memorials to the family.

Patrick-headshot obitPatrick Schmidt, 52, of Lincoln, passed on October 24, 2015. Funeral Services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 30 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln; Visitation with Rosary begins at 12:00 p.m.  Father Porada  of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church officiating.  Burial to follow in Wyuka Cemetery.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Patrick Troy Schmidt was born in Alliance Nebraska on August 26, 1963. Patrick has six living brothers and sisters.  He is preceded in death by his Father James Sr. (March 2009) and his Mother Emma (September 2015) and two brothers.   Patrick loved his family and spent many hours with his parents and siblings.  He was a loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews.  Patrick met his domestic partner in September 1992 and was with him until his death.  Patrick received his GED diploma from University of Nebraska in December 1980.  Patrick studied cosmetology, and worked in several food service locations in Lincoln and Kearney NE, and Farmington NM; and entertained many under the stage name of Kristine Decory.  Patrick/Troy was keenly interested in his Native American roots, spoke Lakota, and was a registered member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe.  Patrick/Troy had a strong personality, was a leader and tried to make friends with as many people as he could.  Patrick struggled with addictions and attended treatment several times along with attendance in AA meetings.  His final months were spent alcohol free.  Patrick /Troy will be missed by his family and friends who are grateful to have had the privilege of his company in our mutual journey through life.

Jeffery M. Hunzeker

October 20, 2015

HunzekerJeffery Michael Hunzeker, 35, of Lincoln, Nebraska died Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Butner, North Carolina after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born January 4, 1980, in Lincoln, Nebraska to Bruce and Ruth (Harmon) Hunzeker. Jeff graduated from East High School in 1998 and attended Southeast Community College, earning a degree in culinary arts in 2004.

 Jeff is survived by his parents, Bruce and Ruth Hunzeker; brother, Scott Hunzeker and wife, Marsha; sister, Kate Singsaas and husband, Andy; grandparents, Gene and Ilah Harmon, all of Lincoln. Survivors also include four nieces, one nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins.

 Preceding him in death are Jeff’s grandparents, Lorain and Lucile Hunzeker of Ceresco, Nebraska.

 There will be a graveside service at 2:30, Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Wyuka Cemetery. A reception will follow at Heritage Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.



FlagRobert W. Kitchen,  76, formerly of Lincoln and McCook, Neb., passed away on October 19, 2015 in Franklin, Tenn.   Former USAF Pilot, retired PanAm/Delta airline pilot, loving father and husband. Funeral Service at 12:00 noon, on Thurs., Oct. 22, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln.  Burial to follow with Military Honors, Wyuka Cemetery.

Julie Ann Brown

October 16, 2015

Brown, JulieJulie Ann Brown age 50 of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away October 14, 2015.  She was born November 20, 1964 to William and Patricia (Reed) Brown.

Survivors include her sons, Charles Brown of Lincoln, Jonathan Bradley of Lincoln.  Daughters and son-in-law, Kascha Brown of Charlotte, NC, Kevann and Jamal Holmes of Charlotte, NC.  Grandchildren, Amirre Brown, Teshaila Brown, Justyce Brown, Zayden Brown and Kaylana Bradley.  Sisters, Judy, Jackie and Joann Brown.  Brothers, Jerry, Jeff, John, Jerald, Jody, Jason, Jeremy Brown and Billy Moore.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jimmy Brown.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. at Newman United Methodist Church, 2242 R St. Lincoln on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  Visitation will begin at Noon on Wednesday, October 21st with a wake service at 6:00 P.M. and visitation lasting until 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Brian Foster

October 9, 2015



Brian Foster, 42 of Lincoln, died July 2, 2015 in Rio Turbio, Argentina. Loving Father, Husband, Son, Brother, he worked as a Senior Combustion Systems Engineer.

Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 17 at Fellowship Community Church, 8601 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Graveside Service with military honors to follow at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.



JULY 2015:

Brian Foster, 42, resident of St. Joseph, Mo. formerly of Jonesboro, Ark., and Lincoln, NE, passed away July 2, 2015 in Rio Turbio, Argentina. Brian was born December 28, 1972, in Lincoln to the late Rose (Rengo) Webber and Richard Willis Foster (Sherril)) of Overland Park, Kan. He was raised in Lincoln by his mother and step-father, Duke Manley. Brian graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School and then served six years in the United States Navy. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in industrial engineering and was employed and traveled worldwide for 14 years as a senior combustion systems engineer with John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, of Koch Industries.

Brian is survived by his wife of 20 years, Charlotte; sons, Steven McFarlin of Little Rock, Ark. and Shane (Conner) McFarlin of St. Joseph; step father, Duke (Renee) Manley; biological father Richard (Sherril) Foster; sister, Britt (Shawn) Reynolds; brothers, Ralph (Krista) Manley and Jarrod (Ellen) Foster and Jason Foster; step sisters Jennifer (Tony) Buda, Jada Witherspoon, Jessarae (Doug) Drevo; cousin, Teresa (Grant) Richards; maternal grandparents, Al and Lois Rengo; and multiple aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.



Donald E. Madlock

October 8, 2015

gold crossDonald E. Madlock age 61 of Lincoln, passed away September 15, 2015.  He was born April 10, 1954 in Memphis, Tennessee to Edna Madlock.  Donald worked at the Lincoln Journal Star in the production department.  Graduate of Lincoln High School.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley Bell (Fleming) Jones of Lincoln;  brother, Sid Madlock of Omaha.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  A Reception will follow in Wyuka’s Garden Room.

Interment of ashes will be at a later date in Omaha.

Deborah “Debb” R. Moore

October 7, 2015


FB_IMG_1444232073515 (2)-001Deborah “Debb” R. Moore, age 64 of Alvo, NE passed away at home surrounded by family on October 6, 2015. Born in Council Bluffs, IA to Roy and Alice (Cooper) Daugherty, she spent most of her life in the Lincoln area. Debb worked for 38 years in parts and services for Harley Davidson with many loyal customers. Her passions were family, music, and motorcycles – her parents were also motorcyclists.

She is survived by her husband Marcus Moore; daughters, Lia Leiting and Tara (Carlos) Montenegro; brother Dennis Daugherty; sister Cheri Daugherty; grandchildren, Jessica, Tina, TJ, Isabel, Diego, and Caitlan; great grandchildren, Zoe, Chloe, Jessy, Grascie and Ross.

She is preceded by her parents and sister Sheila Daugherty.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln, with a Reception following. Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Dorothy L. King

October 4, 2015

images[1]Dorothy King, age 84 of Lincoln, passed away on October 4, 2015 at Homestead Rehabilitation.  Private Family Services.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

SKM_C284e15100415310_0001-001Mary E. Ivins, age 89 of Lincoln, passed away October 3, 2015. Devoted military wife and mother, her priority was family. She married her soul mate, Bill Ivins, on Jan. 30, 1946 in Donnellson, Iowa. Mary was a homemaker, PEO member, and member of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Ivins.

Survived by son, James (Becky) C. Ivins of Oklahoma City; daughter, Anne Bremer of Lincoln; grandchildren, Mary Molina-Walker of Lincoln, Mark (Heidi) Molina of Gilbert, AZ, Julie (Justin) Bro of Chandler, AZ, Eric (Trish) Ivins of Odenton, MD, Robert (Sandra) Ivins of Oklahoma City, Emily (Kent) Hathaway of Oklahoma City, William (Jackie) Ivins of Chicago; and 11 great grandchildren who were her favorite subject!

Family will greet friends at Holmes Lake Apts Party Room, 7100 Holmes Park Rd, Lincoln, 2:00 -4:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11th. Private family funeral and interment.

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