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James B. Jackson

November 30, 2015

JacksonJames Byron Jackson age 67 of Lincoln, passed away November 29, 2015.  He was born August 31, 1948 in Valentine, Nebraska to Byron and Viola (Wondercheck) Jackson.  Jim was a 1968 graduate of Gordon High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969 and served until 1970.  He was a 35 year employee of the BNSF Railroad, working as a signalman.  Jim was very artistic and loved to find antiques and give new life to them.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Larry Clymer of Lincoln; brother, Bill Jackson of Lincoln.  Nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters, Betty Marianne and Donna.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 4, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to The Monarch

Duane Kauk

November 28, 2015

KaukDuane Kauk, age 79 of Lincoln passed away November 27, 2015 with his loving family by his side.  He was born June 23, 1936 in Sutton, Nebraska to Herbert and Wilhelmina (Reomich) Kauk.  Duane served his country in the U.S. Army.  He was employed for over 20 years at American Stores, after that, working for the City of Lincoln and Molex Corporation.  Duane was a member of the D.A.V.  His greatest joy was his family, especially his grandchildren, teaching them important life lessons and showing them how to be a kind person with a sense of humor but also with an ornery side.  Duane will be missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, LaVae (Nelson) Kauk; daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and Mark Smith, Tammy and Kevin Chance all of Lincoln.  Son and daughter-in-law, Darren and Daina Kauk of Lincoln.  8 Grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren.  Sister, Arlene Frycek of Mesa, Arizona.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will start on Tuesday, December 1st from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family.

Gerald H. Schroeder

November 26, 2015

Schroeder, GeraldGerald H. Schroeder, son of Herb and Myrtle Schroeder, was born on June 15, 1944 in Boise, Idaho.  He departed this life November 26, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska at his home to join his heavenly Father at the age of 71.  He grew up in North Platte, Nebraska where he graduated from North Platte High School.  He married Elizabeth Gillespie on November 24, 1967.  Gerald enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps on January 30, 1964.  His enlistment ended on January 29, 1968, serving four years and had a final rank of Sgt.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Myrtle Schroeder.  Left to treasure in his memory is his wife, Elizabeth of Lincoln; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Francine Schroeder, Patrick Schroeder and Buffy Fisher.  Sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Joe Wilson; 4 granddaughters and 2 great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment of ashes will be at 2:30 P.M. on Friday, December 4th at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the family for a later designation.



Edward Shearer, Sr.

November 25, 2015

IMG00406 (3)-001Edward Lee Shearer Sr., age 49 of Lincoln, died on Nov. 24, 2015. Ed was a wonderful father, brother, and friend.  He worked at Jimmy Johns; loved riding his motorcycle, camping, and spending time with family and friends.  He also loved his coffee at the Village Inn.

He is survived by his children – Kierra, Kesha, Kelci, Edward Jr., and Nathan; brother Jack (Michelle) Lojka; sisters, Rose Allen, Patricia (Allen) Berry, Cathy (Buddy) Frost, and Shirley Winkle; and four grandchildren.

Ed is preceded in death by his mother Gladys Webster.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Mon., Nov., 30, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln; with a  Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. prior to the funeral.  Burial will follow at Wyuka Cemetery.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

Dr. Reuben Samani

November 23, 2015

Samani Obit photo

Reuben Samani, 95, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2015 in his home with friends by his side. He was born in Baku Azerbaijan, Russia on July 18th, 1920 and was raised by his parents Salmon and Luba Lea (Koklyn) Samani.

Reuben went on to get his Law degree in Tehran, Iran and then moved to the United States where he became a naturalized citizen. He studied Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he received his Master’s degree.

After this, Reuben decided to continue his education by completing the prerequisites for Medical School and enrolled in the UNL College of Medicine where he became Family Practice doctor. During his time at UNL he met his wife of 61 years, Margaret (Johnson) Samani. Reuben and Margaret were married on August 9th, 1954 while they were both attending UNL. Once he graduated from UNL he started his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNMC in Omaha. He finished his Residency in 1960.

Eventually Reuben and Margaret moved to Sioux Center, Iowa where Reuben built his own family practice and treated his patients until the age of 90. Over the course of working there Reuben took care of three generations of families.

During his later years, Reuben enjoyed spending time with his friends, playing chess and backgammon with his grandchildren, reading philosophy, watching the news and staying involved with his book club

Reuben is survived by his wife, Margaret; his sister, Rosie (Ebraham) Farahi of Reno, Nevada; his sons: Dr. David (Lynette) Samani of Lincoln and their children Shea (Connor) Smith, Ben, Bryan and Bree; Dr. Daniel (Christina) Samani of Falls City, and Dr. John (Miriam) Samani of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and their children Jasmine, Marisa, Alexa, and John Jr.; his daughter Julie (Steve) Ourada and her children Joey Parks, Jenny (Eddie) Villegas and their daughters Elayna and Alexandra, and Jason Parks.

Reuben’s funeral service will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 O St. Lincoln, Nebraska on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Burial to follow in Wyuka Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in Sioux Center, Iowa at a future date.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be given to the family for later designation.

Galen Dean Penkava

November 19, 2015

PenkavaGalen Dean Penkava, 59, of Lincoln, passed away November 18th after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born October 15, 1956 in Lincoln to Norman and Phyllis Penkava.  Galen was the youngest of 3 boys.  He attended Lincoln Lutheran and graduated from Northeast High School excelling in baseball.  Later he developed a love for tennis and fishing with family.  Galen was currently employed at Black Hills Energy for the past 11 years.  His life revolved around his family.  He will be fondly remembered for holiday festivities, birthday celebrations and especially Halloween gatherings.  His favorite season was Christmas – the music, the decorations and spending it with loved ones.  Galen was known for his nostalgia for Old Westerns, James Bond, The Beach Boys, Robert Redford and more.

Galen is survived by Nella, his wife of 12 years; sons, Cory (Jackie) Sievers, Rei (Samantha) Alcalde; daughters, Alyssa (Chris) Kaufhold, Danielle (Andrew) Penkava.  Grandchildren: Cooper, Aubrey, Lainey and Lexi Kaufhold and Olivia Sievers.  Father, Norman (Leora) Penkava; brother, Jere (Cheryl) Penkava; nices and nephews, Madelyne (Trevor), Carmen, Cristian, Vanesa, Vicky, Valentina, Marcel, Ramon Ali and Santiago.  Brother and sister-in-laws, aunts and cousins.  He was loved by many for his gentle spirit and will be greatly missed.

Galen took with him the love and support that friends, family and coworkers gave him through his life, especially during his illness.  “It’s a special gift to know how much one is loved, before they leave this world.”  He is preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Penkava; brother, Steve Penkava and numerous relatives.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 21st at Wyuka Funeral Home.

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

Myrtle M. Schroeder

November 13, 2015

Schroeder, MyrtleMyrtle Marie Schroeder, the daughter of Antionette Marie (LaFerrier) and Raymond Cooley, was born on July 12, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois.  She departed this life November 13, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska at The Monarch Hospice Home to join her heavenly father at the age of 93.  In her childhood her family moved from Chicago to Hershey, Nebraska.  She received her education in Hershey where she graduated from high school.  On September 5, 1942 she was united in marriage to Herbert Randall Schroeder in Alliance, Nebraska.  This union was blessed with two children, Jerry and Linda.  Early in the marriage they resided in Colorado Springs, Colorado before settling in North Platte, Nebraska where they made their home and raised their family.  Myrtle was a homemaker, but enjoyed volunteering in her church and her children’s activities.  She was a loving mother and wife who was very involved in her children’s lives.  After becoming a widow she resided in North Platte until 1997 when she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where she lived at The Legacy for 17 years.

Preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Herb.

Left to treasure in her memory is her brother Bobby Cooley of California, her son Jerry Schroeder and Wife Elizabeth of Lincoln, her daughter Linda Wilson and husband Joe of Lincoln; grandchildren and spouses, Michael and Francine Schroeder, Patrick Schroeder and Buffy Fisher, Thad and Tricia Topolski, Troy and Kelly Topolski and Josh and Ashleigh Topolski; and 13 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

Services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Graveside service will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Tuesday, November 17th at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 16th from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home

Memorials may be left for City Impact.

Barbara R. Smith

November 11, 2015


barb1Barbara R. Smith, 80, passed away on Nov. 11, 2015, at Crestview Manor, in Milford, Neb.Born April 7, 1935 in Nebraska City, to Gerald and Paula (Wood) Tiemann, as the oldest of four children.  She was married three times, the last to W. D. “Bill” Smith with whom she celebrated over 25 years of marriage before he passed away in approx. 2003.  She had 8 children, the first two were girls, followed by six boys.  She was a housewife and mother all her life.

She was preceded in death by:  her parents;  her husband, W.D. “Bill” Smith;  two sisters: Delores “Dee” and Judy;  and one granddaughter, Tracy.

She is survived by:  her eight children:  Bobbie Ann (& Tom) Campbell of Pawnee City,  Renee Cunningham of Hawaii, Jerry Cunningham of Nevada, Terry Cunningham of Lincoln, Robert Shelly of Oregon, John Shelly of Colorado, Mark Smith of Loveland, Col., and Joe Smith of Alaska;  eleven grandchildren, many great grandchildren, a brother Gary Tiemann of Casper, Wyo.; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Memorial Service was held Mon., Nov. 16, 12:30 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel,

3600 “O” St., Lincoln, with the Rev. Lyle Schoen officiating.  Inurnment followed at Fairview Cemetery.



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