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LCpl. Eben W. Warnke

March 31, 2016

Warnke, EbenLCpl. Eben W. Warnke, 19, of Lincoln, NE passed away March 25, 2016 in Camp Pendleton, California.  He was born June 21, 1996 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Todd and Eunah (Jo) Warnke.  Eben attended St. Mary’s School in Lincoln, NE and moved to St. Patrick’s School in McCook, NE.  He graduated high school in 2014 in McCook, NE.  Upon graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion in Camp Pendleton, CA.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Changup Jo and maternal grandmother, Seongsook Yi.

Survivors include his parents, Todd and Eunah Warnke of Olathe, KS; his sister Lea of Olathe, KS; his paternal grandparents Clint and Terry Warnke of Stanton, NE; his uncles Mike Warnke of Stanton, NE, Pat Warnke of Norfolk, NE, Wonyong Jo of Seoul, South Korea; his aunt Tyra Warnke of Lincoln, NE; great great aunt Tena Warnke of Albion, NE; great aunt Audrey Warnke of Ravina, SD; great aunt Kathy Wieland of Stanton, NE; numerous cousins and great cousins of Stanton, NE, Lincoln, NE, Norfolk, VA, Seoul, South Korea, and Marion, IA.

Memorial service will be held in Camp Pendleton, CA., on Friday the 1st of April.

Rosary and visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln, NE on Monday the 4th of April at 7 pm.  Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lincoln, NE on Tuesday the 5th of April at 10 am.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in memory of Eben to;

Semper Fi Fund

825 College Blvd, Suite 102

PMB 609

Oceanside, CA 92057

Cleo J. Horstman Craigie

March 30, 2016

Craige, Cleo obit photoCleo Jean Horstman Bender Craigie, 94, of Lincoln Passed away March 29, 2016 at her home. She was born on January 7, 1922, in Lincoln to Rae and Josephine Cameron.  She was best known for her leadership skills and volunteerism which led to a fulfilling life.  She graduated from Teachers College High School in 1939, and completed a year of business education at the Nebraska Business Institute.  The early working years were short term jobs until during WW II she went to work for Radio Station KFOR-KFAB until she married John G. Horstman on May 20, 1943.  He was a soldier boy who was stationed at the Lincoln Air Base until he was sent overseas to the Europe Theater area.  During this time she worked at Ben Simon & Sons.  They raised two sons, Charles Rae and John Jr.  In 1971 after a career of homemaker and mother she went back to work for Kelly and Manpower employment agencies.  After the death of John Sr. in April 1980 she began working for the Norell Employment Agency which led to a position with the Lincoln Area Agency for Aging as a counselor and coordinator for the department of senior employment until 1982.   Cleo married Homer T. Bender from Friend, NE on June 19, 1982 and they shared much happiness together until his death on December 25, 1984. A few years later Cleo married long-time friend Edgar Craigie on December 9, 1989.  They were together throughout the rest of her life.  They shared many interests including the American Legion and Auxiliary and traveled from Arizona where they lived for several years before returning to Lincoln.

It was through the military service of John Sr. she became eligible for membership in the American Legion Auxiliary in March 1946. She called it professional volunteer- one who can never say NO.  Her career with the American Legion Auxiliary drew on her strength as a leader.  She served in many capacities within the organization as an elected officer and program chairmanships.  One office led to another – Unit Historian, Treasurer, Unit President, District 12 President, Secretary-Treasurer, Historian and Parliamentarian.  She served as Girls State election director, Vice President then President for seven years, then advisory board for 10 years.  She also served as Nebraska Department President in 1973-1974.  During her term as President she prepared a speech on Americanism.  A copy was submitted to the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge as an entry for the George Washington Award for Americanism speeches in 1975.  Thirteen speeches were selected to represent the United States and Cleo’s was one of the 13.  Following her term as President, she was elected the National Executive Committee Woman to represent the Nebraska Auxiliary organization and appointed National Security Chairman for the Northwestern Division of seven states.  Cleo also served as a judge for the Oratorical program both in Nebraska and in Arizona where she resided in the winters.  She also served as a judge for the National Regional Oratorical Contest.  Her work didn’t stop there; she was called to assist with the organization of a new Unit in Sun City West, Arizona where she lived.  In March 2016 she was awarded a continuous member certificate for 70 years of service to the American Legion Auxiliary.  Cleo is a member of Lancaster Salon #92 8/40.  She served as an elected officer in every capacity including Chapeau.  She also served as Le Secretair-Cassier and Area B Chapeau.

Cleo has been a member of Second Baptist Church in Lincoln for 84 years and sang in the choir for over 30 years. She has always been active in the ladies circles as well as the music programs.  She was known for playing the flute.  When the church celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the church last year, Cleo served on the anniversary committee.  After all, who else had been around long enough to recall the history of the congregation.

She is also a member of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution and was active in a musical study group, Musical Forum. Within the community her interest was in promoting the Lincoln Community Concert Association, working on the March of Dimes, Community Chest drives, Women in Community Service Inc. and promoting some legislative issues.  She was given the honor of becoming an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy on March 18, 1974.  She was a member of the Nebraska Association of Parliamentarians and served as Parliamentarian for several organizations.  She was featured as the Woman of the Year in the local newspaper and received an outstanding citizen award from the Lincoln Bar Association.  For 18 years she played her flute in two concert bands in Arizona.  And over the years she enjoyed water skiing, golfing, card playing, traveling in her Motor Home year round and as a Nebraska Cornhusker football fan and supporter.

She was preceded in death by her husband John G. Horstman in 1980, husband Homer T. Bender in 1984, and her parents as well as her affectionate cat “Princess”.  She is survived by her husband Edgar Craigie, her sons and wives Charles and Diane Horstman, and John Jr. and Shirley Horstman of Lincoln.  Grandchildren:  Jeff and Kristy Horstman of Lincoln and their children Kamden and Kasten Horstman, and Pamela and Matt Brigham of Gig Harbor, WA and their son Noah.  She is also survived by step-daughter and husband Eileen and Rick Cubbison of Westminster, CO; step-son and wife Fred and Diane Craigie of Lincoln; step-grandchildren Catie Schrotberger of Lincoln, Mandie Craigie of Chicago, Il, Shelli Reicks of Omaha, and Jenni Russell of Lincoln; step-great-grandchildren Korben and Faye Schrotberger, Hayley and Renae Reicks, and Owen and Devon Russell.  She is also survived by her sister Ramona Hill and her husband Daryl of Lincoln and their children Ruth (Terry) Wright, Glen (Kim) Hill, Robert (Sherri) Hill and Leonard Hill, nieces and nephews, cousin Warren Jennings of California, and friends.  Special thanks for hospice friend and caregiver Mark Backencamp, and Pathways to Compassion employees.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at Second Baptist Church, 525 North 58th St., Lincoln.  Burial and Graveside Service in Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, to follow at 1:00 p.m.  Visitation with family present will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.

Memorials to American Legion Auxiliary Unit #3; or Second Baptist Church.

Loren Shaw Gerischer

March 25, 2016

SKM_C284e16032515110_0001-001Loren Shaw Gerischer, age 99, of Roca passed away at home early Fri., March 25, 2016. Loren has stepped into eternity to be united with his many dogs that have kept him company on his life’s journey.

Graveside Service: 11:00 a.m., Wed., March 30 meeting at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 O St., Lincoln. www.wyuka.com


June Brott

March 23, 2016

SKM_C284e16032316010_0001-001June Roseland (Davidson) Brott, 90,  died March 22, 2016, Lincoln, NE surrounded by her family.

Born December 17, 1925 in North Platte, NE to Roll and Nellie (Scott) Davidson.  Preceded in death by her beloved husband Joe, her parents, sister Fern (Robert)Kanive, and brother Paul (Fern) Davidson.

June loved to travel.  As a child she was blessed to travel by train to amazing destinations as her father was an engineer with the UP out of North Platte.  She loved to tell stories of their adventures from coast to coast including the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.

On June 30, 1946 in North Platte, Nebraska June married the love of her life, Joseph W. Brott, following his return from three years in Germany during WWII.  After attending and graduating North Platte High School, 1943 – their engagement/courtship was via letters throughout Joe’s Army duty. June counted the days Joe was gone, faithfully writing letters and sending packages.  June volunteered at the North Platte Canteen, serving WWII servicemen traveling across the country by train during the war and was active in prayer groups for the soldiers.

After attending Business College June enjoyed a long career – retiring from Amoco Oil (Standard Oil of Indiana) and also from a second career with the Kellogg Company, Omaha, NE.

She was a member of the Gentle Shepherd Baptist Church, Lincoln, NE; the Nebraska Woodcarvers Club, Omaha and the Nebraska Scottish Society. June was a lifelong believer, attending Baptist churches and enjoyed church activities, always willing to help with anything asked of her.

During retirement they lived at Beaver Lake, Nebraska and enjoyed lake life a great deal.  They enjoyed traveling across the U.S. and Europe where again, June enjoyed the trains.  She learned to be a woodcarver with Joe; was very proud of her Scottish heritage and toured Scotland several times.  She was fascinated with and worked diligently on genealogy.  She was a good story teller of all the amazing experiences of her life and that of her family.

Throughout 68 years of marriage, June and Joe were always together and became known for the holding of hands, smiles and kisses between them.  Their legacy of love, patience, tenderness and kindness is a blessed gift to their family and friends.

June is survived by her three daughters, Judy (Jerald) Buss, Lincoln, NE; Jody Brott, Lincoln, NE; Julie (Mark) Walters, Ely, IA; grandchildren April (Justin) Douglas, Lincoln, NE; Crystal (Patrick) Ridder, Lincoln, NE; Tom Walters (Brooklyn Wroe), Waterloo, IA; Sarah Walters, Naples, FL; great grandchildren, Alexandra and Jacquelyn Douglas;  Joey, Jaelee and Jack Ridder;  Haylee, Rylee, Gavin and Nolan Walters; Aliviah Wroe, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service:  April 2, 2016, 10:00 am, Rudge Chapel, Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O St, Lincoln.  Burial:  Wyuka Cemetery. Visitation with family: Friday, April 1, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. Wyuka Funeral Home.  www.wyuka.com

Hill, Shirley A.Shirley A. Hill, 88, lifelong resident of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 19 at her home.  She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and good friend to many.  Shirley Mason was born November 25, 1927.  Her parents died at an early age, so Shirley was raised by her loving aunt Grace.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1945 where she met the love of her life, Fred Hill.  They married in 1946 and enjoyed every day of their 63 year marriage, until Fred‘s passing in 2009.  They were blessed with five children. Shirley enjoyed staying home to raise her children. She later embarked on a 27-year career at Bryan Medical Center East in the Housekeeping Department, where she was a highly respected supervisor. Shirley loved people and had a genuine interest in everyone’s history and was always eager to learn their “story”.  This formed the basis of numerous friendships she acquired, many of which lasted her lifetime.  She never met a person she didn’t consider a friend. Shirley and Fred lived life to the fullest. They were charter members of Eastridge Presbyterian Church, avid sports fans, loved Kansas City baseball, Cornhusker football, golfing, riding bikes and their fishing and camping trips.  They spent many vacation weeks in their Bahamas paradise, Scotland Cay, with their lifelong friends, Pat and Arnie.  They loved traveling and were always up for any adventure, especially when it involved connecting with family or friends. Shirley loved life and lived it with enthusiasm and gratitude.  She found her greatest joy in her family and loved nothing more than having her house filled with loved ones, activity, and laughter.  Her ever- present optimism was an inspiration for living life to everyone who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred and her son Ted.  She is survived by her children and their spouses, Mary (Dollie) and Larry Benac of Lincoln, Norm and Terri Hill of DoverFoxcroft, ME, Tom and Susan Hill of Freedom, PA, and Dennis and Michele Hill of Kearney, NE, 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, friend and sister-in-law Mary Jean Sohl, brother-in-law Jerry Hill, and special friends Pat and Arnie, Betsy, and Glenna.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Because Shirley was so compassionate of people in need, her family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations to Lincoln Food Bank, 4840 Doris Bair Circle, Lincoln, NE 68504 or online at lincolnfoodbank.org.

Ralph M. Olson

March 4, 2016

Olson, RalphRalph Martin Olson passed away on March 4, 2016 in Lincoln, NE. Ralph was born to Robert Otto Olson and Josephine Thelma Williams in Burwell, NE on October 28, 1933. As a young man, Ralph served in the Navy as a pilot. He married Janice Carol Hallberg April 3, 1958 after meeting at a dance in college at the University of Nebraska. He graduated from UNL in 1958. Growing up in a large farm family, Ralph learned to build and fix anything, and built the three family homes brick-by-brick, from the ground up. He played sports and trombone in high school and as an adult, taught himself to play guitar and saxophone. Ralph loved travelling, rodeos, dancing with his wife, and flying.

Ralph is survived by his wife Janice and their three children, Terry and Cindy Olson, Pamela Olson, Tamela and Richard Kaufman, and his four granddaughters, Kristin and Kara Olson and Kelsey and Kiera Kaufman. He is also survived by his sisters, Clara Smolik and Helen Wilson.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, March 7, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until service time on Monday, March 7th.

Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Nebraska Heart Association.

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