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Betty J. Root (Long)

April 28, 2016

Root, Betty (color)Betty J. Root (Long) age 92 of Lincoln went to be with the Lord, April 27, 2016.  She was born January 31, 1924 in Lincoln to John and Alice (King) Holwuttle.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Paul Richardson, John Holbrook, Shirley O’Meara, Wes Husband, Patricia Short (Edward), Debbie O’Malley, Diana Huey (Way), Donald Holbrook and many great nieces, nephews and other family members.  Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Wesley Long, their daughter Patricia Ann Long, her second husband Wallace J. Root, her parents and all her siblings, Paul, Irma, Bernie, Alice and Elsie.

The celebration of Betty’s life will be Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving friends Friday evening from 5:00-7:00 P.M.  She will be interred in Carthage, Missouri resting forever by her first husband, Wes.

Memorials may be left to Tabitha Hospice.

James “Jim” D. Byh

April 23, 2016

Byh obit photo-001   James “Jim” D. Byh, age 53, of Lincoln, died suddenly Fri. evening April 22, 2016 at Neb. Heart Institute, surrounded by his family and friends. Jim was a missionary with Assemblies of God/One Hope Africa.  He was born in St. Paul, Minn. to Kenneth and Phyllis (Krantz) Byh on Nov. 4, 1962.

Jim received a degree in mission and theology – but more than that he received a calling and vision from God to reach the unreached areas of Africa and tell all of the love of Jesus.  For the last 33 years he has worked fervently as a missionary in French speaking West and Central Africa -planting churches, teaching in Bible schools, crusades, starting Bible clubs for children… to read his life’s story would take volumes. He was loved and will be greatly missed.  “Well done-Jim”

He is survived by his parents; his wife Kristi (Neiger) Byh; daughters, Wendy (Willem) Byh-Jongejan, Tiffany (Westley) Negley, Jessica Byh and Kaelee Byh; brother, Greg; sisters, Holly (Frank) Crain, and Liz (Rick) Reeves; one granddaughter Madalyn Grace Negley; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends worldwide.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tues. April 26, at Christ Place Church, 1111 Old Cheney Rd, Lincoln. Memorials to the Jim Byh Memorial Fund, 600 SW 3rd St., Pompano Beach, FL  33060 (https://onehope.net/jimbyh/) Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Roth Obit photoAnnette Anne Sutton Roth, age 76, died early Thursday, April 21, 2016, at her home surrounded by family.  Annette grew up in Lincoln, until marriage, and then traveled with her husband in the military; she was the mother of five children.  Annette also worked as a telephone operator for Lincoln Telephone Company, and was active in the Union.

She is survived by her son, John M. (Teresa) Sutton; daughters, Judith A. (David) Green, Margaret J. (John) Keeler, Karen M. (James) London, and Mariannette Sutton; brothers, Dallas (Thelma) Haynes, Willis (Betty) Haynes, Orval Haynes, Stanley (Janet) Haynes, and Floyd (Cleo) Haynes; sisters, Penny (Don) Bennett, and Icel (Ron) Heaton; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life service from 12-3 pm  on April 30th at Union Manor, 5211 Calvert St., Lincoln.  A private family scattering will take place at a later date in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln.  Condolence cards may be sent to the family in care of Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 ‘O’ Street, Lincoln, NE 68510. Online condolences at www.wyuka.com



Mollie A. Keller

April 19, 2016

Keller, MollieMollie A. Keller age 98, formerly of Lincoln passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 20th in Yellville, Arkansas.  She was born on June 18, 1917 in Bay Port, Michigan.  Mollie was a homemaker and former owner with her husband Victor Keller Sr. of Central Shoe and Hat Shop for many years in Lincoln.

She is survived by her son Victor Keller Jr. and his wife Sandy of Yellville, Arkansas; granddaughter Mollie Roberts and her husband Philip of Lincoln.  Great grandson Mitchell Baade of Phoenix, Arizona and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Victor Keller Sr. and a son Roger Lee Keller

Graveside interment will be at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will gather at Wyuka Funeral Home by 10:15 A.M. on Saturday.

Memorials to the family.

Everett A. Brauckmuller

April 17, 2016

Brauckmuller, Everett-001Everett A. Brauckmuller age 90 of Waverly passed away April 16, 2016.  He was born October 25, 1925 in Waverly to Carl and Harriet Martha (Timm) Brauckmuller.  Everett was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He farmed the family homestead just outside Waverly.

Survivors include his sisters, Opal Finney of Waverly, Eileen and Ron Bayless of Golden City, Missouri.  Step-children, Barbara Williams of Phoenix, Joni Williams of Lincoln and David Williams of Phoenix.  Sister-in-law, Mary Fran Brauckmuller of Waverly.  10 Step grandchildren, 17 step great grandchildren and 2 step great great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; his parents, one brother, one sister and one brother-in-law.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to Faith Lutheran Church, Lincoln.

Dorothy Eickmeier

April 12, 2016

EickmeierDorothy Eickmeier, 90 died April 5th at home in Beatrice.

Survivors: Linda Schroeder,  Peggy (Barry) Thomson,  John (Karin) Eickmeier,  Beth Engels,  Bonnie Broeker,  11 Grandchildren and 9 Great-grandchildren.

Services – 2:00 April 27th Centenary  United Methodist Church, Beatrice.

Memorials to Children’s Apraxia of Speech Ass. – Team Averie -Dorothy’s great grand daughter   or Beatrice High School Music Depart. in care of Beth Engels

620 N. 7th Beatrice, Ne 683l0.

Lillian M. Skoda

April 4, 2016

Skoda, Lillian obit photoLillian Marie (Russell) Skoda, 74, of Lincoln, passed away on April 2, 2016 at home surrounded by her family. Lillian lived in Havelock her entire life, attended Northeast High, and she was employed by Garner Industries for 28 years.

Lillian is survived by her daughter, Teresa Knickerbocker of Lincoln; sisters, Jerris (Tony) Shafer of Omaha, Carol (Tony) Blazka of Anchorage, Joyce Smith of Lyons, Neb., and Janice Gillispy of Lincoln; grandchildren, Chris, Amanda, and Billy; three great grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her parents Mildred and Walter Russell; brothers Dale, Gary, and Bill; and former spouse Gabe Skoda.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln. www.wyuka.com

Kaufman, ScottyGottlieb “Scotty” Kaufman,96, passed away April 2, 2016, after losing his battle to leukemia.  Born in Lincoln Oct.14,1919, son of Johann and Christina Kaufman, and one of 8 children. He joined the Army in 1944, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge under General Patton. He returned to Lincoln and married his wife Marty, married 68 years. After briefly working at Henkel & Joyce Hardware, he then worked at State Farm Insurance as an agent for 40 years. He didn’t care for retirement so worked at Sampson Construction as an Insurance Risk Manager, for the next 16 years, retiring at the age of 94. He loved his golf, played often, loved traveling and saw the world.

He was a member of former Zion Congregational Church at 9th&D, AHSGR member, American Legion member, Credit Union Board member, he was also a member of the Sesostris Shrine, Scottish Rite and Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Marty; daughter Lynne Smith of San Diego; several nieces and nephews, and extended family.

Memorial service 10 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2016, Westminister Presbyterian Church , 2110 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln. Reception immediately following service. Military burial Wyuka Cemetery after reception. Cremation, no visitation.

LeRiche, LeonaLeona “Onie” Katherine LeRiche nee Ostermiller, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, age 99, of Lincoln, passed into God’s hands March 25, 2016, in Sugar Land, Texas. She was a wonderful example of faith, love and strength and she will be dearly missed.  Leona was born January 26, 1917, in Lincoln, to Katherine (Alles) Ostermiller and George Ostermiller. She had three sisters and one brother. Leona graduated from Lincoln High School. She married James C. LeRiche in 1939. They made their home in Lincoln, and were the parents to one beautiful daughter, Kay Ellen.  Leona was employed by Boyden Pharmacy, managed the Dotty Dunn Hat Shop, worked for Gold & Company for 18 years, and served the Municipal Court for 19 years, all in Lincoln.  She became a member of St. Paul United Methodist church in 1934 where she served as a member, and president, of the United Methodist Women’s Group.  Leona was a long time member of the Everett Neighborhood Association and the Mayors Round Table for the Vision Impaired.

She is survived by her brother George Ostermiller and wife Fern Ostermiller, three grandchildren, Kim Trippel Daigle and husband Ritch Daigle of Sugar Land, Texas, Don Trippel Jr. of Haughton, La., David Trippel and wife Kristy Trippel of Haughton, La., four great-grandchildren Conner Daigle, Alex Daigle, Dakota Villard, Tyler Villard, son-in-law Don D. Trippel and wife Kasey Trippel, and many loving nieces, nephews, friends and devoted caregivers at Oyster Creek Manor.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 4, at the Wyuka Chapel, 3600 O Street, Lincoln. Viewing one hour preceding the service.

Her lessons of love and strength will be with us always.

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