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Rodney L. Metcalf

January 17, 2017

Metcalf, RodneyRodney L. Metcalf age 70 of Lincoln, passed away January 9, 2017.  He was born March 19, 1946 in Lincoln to Bernard and Helen (Barbee) Metcalf.  Rodney was a data processor for the City of Lincoln before his retirement.

Survivors include his children, Rhonda, Richard and Jason.  Grandchildren, Natalya, Giselle, Sara, Zac and Matt.  He was preceded in death by his wife, June and his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family.


Spady, Darwin folder pictureDarwin Royce Spady, 84, died January 15, 2017 in Lincoln.  He was born December 7, 1932 to Clarence and Nelda (Kelly) Spady in Imperial. Darwin was the oldest of three siblings, Doris, Dennis, and Deloyce (Pete).  Darwin grew up in Imperial and graduated from Imperial High School in 1952. In 1959, he fell in love with and married Elva Ann Zech. To this union, three children were born: Cathleen Kay, Tammy Linn and Scott Lee.  Darwin was a wonderful and loving husband and always made family his priority. The family enjoyed many vacations to visit relatives and see national parks. Darwin also enjoyed hunting and fishing with relatives, especially his son, Scott.

He was a carpenter by trade and built homes with his father and brothers’ construction company in Imperial. Darwin and his family moved to Lincoln in the late 1970s where he worked in construction in and around Lincoln.  Darwin was a Christian, attending Messiah Lutheran for over 40 years in Lincoln.  He retired in 1996 and took a part-time position working and serving at Messiah Lutheran Church as head custodian/maintenance. He also enjoyed spending time at the Messiah Lutheran school helping teachers with classroom needs and seeing and talking with the students.

In later years, after his wife’s passing, Darwin enjoyed spending time with long-time close friend Helen Leonhardt. Helen faithfully visited Darwin at Holmes Lake Manor and would read to him and play the piano.

Darwin was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Nelda Spady; wife, Elva Ann Spady; sister, Doris (Spady) Baldwin; and brother, Dennis Spady.  Daughter-in-law, Jennifer Lynn Spady.

Surviving are his children, Cathleen (Marty) Mastagni of McCloud, OK; Tammy (Mark) Emery of LaSalle, CO; son, Scott of Lincoln; and grandson, Matthew Emery of LaSalle, CO.  Brother, Deloyce “Pete” Spady of Imperial, Nebraska.  Step-granddaughters and Spouse, Jillene and Matthew Reichle of Wichita, Kansas, Alicia Mastagni of Edmond, Oklahoma.  He will be missed by a multitude of family and friends.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, January 20, 2017 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1800 S. 84th, Lincoln.

 Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Thursday, January 19th from 11:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams, Lincoln.





Darrell G. Watts

January 11, 2017

Watts, DarrellDarrell G. Watts age 80 of Lincoln, passed away January 10, 2017.  He was born October 12, 1936 near Martha, Oklahoma to Herman B. and Lou Whilden (Williams) Watts.  Darrell received his B.S. in agricultural engineering from Oklahoma State in 1960, his masters degree in irrigation engineering from the University of California-Davis in 1962 and his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Utah State in 1975 and was a professor in teaching, research and extension at Oregon State University, Haile Sellassie University in Ethiopia, University of Nebraska.  MIAC Morocco project P.I.  Nebraska MSEA water quality project.  He lead numerous short term consulting trips on water management in Colombia, Chile, Russia, Morocco, Niger, Zaire, Brazil and Argentina.  Darrell received the Distinguished Service Award from UNL in 1988, honorary professor from the University of Concepcion in Chile in 1997, USDA group honor award for excellence, MSEA project in 1997, ASAE Nebraska Section, Engineer of the Year in 1997, research team award from UNL in 1998 and was inducted into the Biological Systems Engineering Hall of Fame in 2009.

Survivors include his wife Lois Watts of Lincoln, daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Danny Kelly of Lincoln and a son Joel Watts of Lincoln.  Brother and sister-in-law, Robert B. and Alva Watts of Eolia, Missouri.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the University of Nebraska East Campus Union.

Interment of ashes will be 11:00 A.M. on Monday, January 23, 2017 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at Wyuka Funeral Home prior to 11:00 A.M.

Memorials to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, UNL Foundation or Region V services for the handicapped.

Eleanor Lou Francke

January 10, 2017

eleanor-francke-002Eleanor Lou Francke was born November 21, 1930, to John Victor and Erna (VonSeggren) Erickson at Scribner, Nebraska.  She was a lifelong Lutheran, baptized at St John Lutheran Church, Scribner, and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran in Pender, NE.  Eleanor married Gervase H Francke, her college sweetheart, in 1953.  Eleanor was educated in District 21, a one-room school.  She was elected governor of Girls’ State while attending Wisner High School, and named Valedictorian of her 1948 graduating class. Eleanor attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she was initiated into Mortar Board and graduated with a BS in Home Economics/Education in 1952. She was then employed by International Harvester in Iowa as a home economist.  Eleanor later received an MS degree and a Doctorate in Secondary Education from UNL in 1967 and 1971.  Eleanor was employed by the Lincoln Public Schools where her career spanned four decades beginning in 1961 until her retirement in 1998.  She taught English at Irving and Mickle Junior High Schools and at East High. She transitioned to administrative roles in 1973, first in the Instruction Department, and then with the English as a Second Language Program, directing the ESL Program from 1991-1998.  She received the prestigious Scottish Rite Teacher of the Year Award in 1967, while teaching at Irving.

Eleanor was active in many community and civic activities including the New American Task Force, helping immigrants and refugees in the Lincoln community; and the Lancaster County Planning Commission from 1984-1995. Through her generosity and vision, Eleanor brought one of the most remarkable firsthand encounters to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in the creation of Laura’s Butterfly Pavilion.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Gervase, in 1983. She will be missed by many friends and family and is survived by brother, John Erickson, sister Joan Diedrichsen, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to LPS Backpack Extra Mile Walk, c/o Food Bank of Lincoln, 4840 Doris Bair Circle, Suite A, Lincoln, NE, 68504

Bernice Mae Peterson

January 6, 2017

peterson-berniceBernice Mae Peterson of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016.  Bernice was born in Carroll, NE on February 15, 1927, to James Wilber Hampton and Maud Adelle (McIntire) Hampton. She was the middle child of eight and loved growing up in a house full of hard working, fun loving, family! She married her high school sweetheart, Paul Olaf Peterson, on November 6, 1945 in Wayne, NE. The two were blessed with three daughters and four grandchildren in nearly 64 years of marriage. Bernice recently welcomed a great granddaughter!  She earned her cosmetology license in 1965 and enjoyed the profession for nearly 30 years in Scottsbluff, Alliance and Lincoln, NE. She greatly enjoyed, being a wife and mother, raising the girls, and taking care of her home, with a knack for decorating. She often shared in the family business, working in retail with Paul in several communities in Nebraska.   Bernice was a member of Naphis Temple #66 Daughters of the Nile, Shrine Widows Association, and mostly loved being Paul’s “Lady Bernice” in their many Shrine and Masonic activities and philanthropic endeavors. Bernice was a golfer, bowler, cook, baker, and gardener, with a green thumb that nurtured beautiful flowers and plants!

 Bernice is survived by children, Paula and Dennis Tofteland of Boise Idaho; Lana Peterson-Pressler of Lincoln, NE; Mona Peterson of Boise Idaho. Grandchildren Anna Pressler, Dustin Tofteland, Elizabeth Bunn, Heather and Jon Rouwenhorst, great granddaughter, Kadence Rouwenhorst; numerous nieces and nephews. Her beloved husband Paul, four brothers, three sisters-in-law, three sisters, three brothers-in law, two nephews and her parents precede her in death.

 The family invites you to a memorial service on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM, at First Lutheran Church 1551 South 70th Street, Lincoln, NE. Please join us for lunch at the church following the service.

 Memorials may be directed to Sesostris Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, c/o Sesostris Shrine, 1050 Saltillo RD, Roca, NE 68430 and First Lutheran Church, 1551 South 70th Street, Lincoln NE 68506.


Allyn D. Parrott Sr.

January 5, 2017

FlagAllyn D. Parrott Sr., age 81 of Lincoln passed away peacefully at home January 4, 2017.  He was born November 4, 1935 in Grinnell, Iowa to Levi and Minnie (Schmidt) Parrott.  Allyn served 4 years in the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Air Force after 17 years.  He was employed by National Crane for 20 years and Russ’s IGA in Havelock.

He is survived by his daughter Shirley Parrott, his son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Lori Parrott and their sons.  Sisters and their families, Joan Steele and Janice Huggaet.  In-laws, Marie and Robert Winfrey and family.  Numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie, his parents and a brother.

Private family graveside with military honors by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

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