liliesCharles “Rick” Whitesell, 70, passed away Thursday evening, May 5, 2016 at his home in Lincoln, NE. Born March 18, 1946 in Cedar Rapids, IA to John and Mary Jane Whitesell. Retired after many wonderful years of service with Duncan Aviation. Well loved husband, father, and grandfather.

Rick is survived by his wife Coleen (McInerney); mother Mary Jane; son Todd Whitesell (Laurie); daughter Deanna Birdwell (Ronnie); sister Diane Seko (Jim); niece Felicia MacDonald (Gregg); brother Steven Whitesell (Susan); brother-in-law John Daly; sister-in-law Barbara Whitesell; 4 grandchildren Zachariah, Caile and Ricky Birdwell, and Hannah Whitesell; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his father, sister Gail Daly; and brother Thomas Whitesell.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday May 13, 2016 at Wyuka Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for a charitable donation to be made in Rick’s honor. Online condolences


11 Responses to Charles “Rick” Whitesell

  1. Cheryl says:

    You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Colette Ryan says:

    Coleen – I am sorry for your loss. You have to have wonderful memories as a family. I hope Elaine can get there. Hello from the Hennes family. I will let mom know. Love, Colette

  3. Jeff Krull says:


    Sorry to hear about your dad. My dad just turned 70 in March. I drive by your old house on 33rd all the time and think of all the fun times we had. We’ll have to get together sometime.


  4. Krista Egging says:

    Prayers for the family. May he rest in peace in God’s arms.
    Krista Egging

  5. Dave & Nita Wessel says:

    I just can’t believe Rick is gone, wife and I set and remembered all the good times together many years ago, The years Rick worked for me and had my back many times and now he is in that big shop in the sky. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and his many friends.

  6. Troy & Kim (Grubel) Dake says:

    So very sorry to hear about Rick’s passing Coleen & all. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  7. Lisa Chesher says:

    Coleen–We’re so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Thinking of you and your family and sending hugs and love. Lisa, Mike and family

  8. Pete Alves says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Please accept my, and my wife Diana’s, deepest condolences. Our prayers go out to you.

    I’ve missed traveling with him.

    Pete and Diana Alves

  9. Dennis James says:


    I was saddened to hear of Rick’s passing. I have many memories working with him at Duncan. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  10. Dennis Brewer says:

    Gill and I were very sad to hear of Rick’s passing. I always enjoyed visiting with him when I was in Lincoln, and especially so the few times that we travelled together. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  11. Gary Harpster says:

    Susan and I were very sorry to hear about Rick’s passing – my deepest condolences for you and your family.

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