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In loving memory of Kathleen Margaret (Tate) Struve. Kathy passed

away peacefully at her home in Green Valley, Arizona on February

18, 2017 surrounded by family.

Kathy was born March 6, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Don

and Frances Tate, the oldest of five children. She married John

Struve on August 13, 1966 in Lincoln, Nebraska. They lived in

Lincoln until 1969 when they moved to Wayne, Nebraska. Kathy’s

most important job in Wayne was being a mother to their four

children at which she excelled. She was a small business owner of

a wallpapering and painting business. She earned her

undergraduate and master’s degrees from Wayne State College and

taught for a year in Winside, Nebraska. In 1988, she moved to

Manhattan, Kansas for John’s career. In Manhattan, she was the Business Manager for the

Department of Grain Science at Kansas State University for about 18 years. In 2009 Kathy retired

from K-State. She and John moved to Green Valley in 2010, first as snowbirds then full-time in


Kathy and John celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary during the summer of 2016.

Kathy had a love of all things that grew. She especially liked flowering plants and nurturing

African violets. She was a skilled quilter having made numerous quilts for her grandchildren and

others. While in Wayne, Kathy was a member the First Presbyterian Church and the Order of the

Eastern Star. In Manhattan, through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Kathy and John had

the opportunity to host two foreign exchange students from Japan and from Turkey. Kathy was

a member of the Green Valley Camera Club and enjoyed taking photos of Southwest scenery but

particularly Sonoran Desert flowers. She was also a member of the Green Valley Ceramics Club,

the Sonoran Astronomical Society and was a volunteer at the White Elephant thrift store in Green

Valley. Kathy and John took several cross-state trips on their tandem bicycle including Iowa,

Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri and the west of Ireland.

Kathy is survived by her husband John and her children, Laura (Kris) Weddell, Ashley (Jessie) and

Rebecca; Julie (Todd) Dorcey, Madison, Tate, Kora and Regan; Jeff (Sharon) Struve, Natalie, Maisy,

Ruby and Cleo and Melissa (Ralph) Thomas, Logan and Leia, her Father Don (Marion) Tate, sisters

Adele (Harry) Tate and Nancy (Mark) Cross and brother James (Kelly) Tate along with numerous

cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Frances Tate and brother

Kelly (Lori) Tate.

Memorial Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery located at 3600 O Street

in Lincoln Nebraska on March 11, 2017 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent

to: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition-Tucson, P.O. Box 12261, Tucson, AZ 85732; University of

Arizona Cancer Center Development Office, 1515 N Campbell Ave, P.O. Box 245013, Tucson, AZ

85724-5013 or Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care, 1802 W St Mary’s Rd, Tucson, AZ 85745.

A final note, Kathy would want every woman to become familiar with the symptoms and risk

factors of ovarian cancer at www.ovarian.org.

FlagWilliam L. Brown, age 87, of Lincoln passed away on February 25, 2017.  He served his countryin the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, 1948-1953.  His cremains will be placed in a Niche at Wyuka at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Dorothy Arlene Heusman Upton

February 24, 2017

Upton, DorothyDorothy Arlene Heusman Upton was born on March 4, 1927 in Sterling, NE to Rudolph and Tressa (Topp) Heusman. She passed away surrounded by family and close friends on Saturday, February 18th, 2017.   Dorothy married John Morris Upton on December 21st 1945. To this union a daughter Margaret (Peg) Upton Reynolds was born.  Dorothy was a wonderful loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all. Throughout her married life she and John farmed near Crab Orchard, Weston and McCool Junction, NE.  Working beside her husband and daughter on the family farm was her passion. Dorothy loved her daughter Peg, grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly.  Time spent with them brought her great joy.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husband John and son-in-law Morris Reynolds. Four sisters, Hazel, Mildred, Ruth, Rosie and 1 brother Wesley (Bill).  Dorothy is survived by her daughter Margaret (Orville Jones III). Grandchildren Sandra Reynolds, Taos, NM, Kathryn (Kay) John Connelley of Gretna, Joshua of Lincoln and Molly of Omaha. Great Grandchildren Emma Connelley Kearney, Sam Connelley Gretna, Amaya & Gabrielle Garrett of Omaha.  Brother, Ivan Heusman, Sterling, sisters  Sylvia Remmenga of San Luis Obispo and Twila (Jean) Wusk of Sterling.

Private Services as requested by Dorothy. In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent in Dorothy’s name % of Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE 68510 for designation at a later date.

David E. Stout

February 21, 2017

Stout, Dave obit photoDave Stout, age 55, of Lincoln, died February 20, 2017. Loving father, brother, and special friend.

Memorial Service: 5:00 pm, Feb. 24, 2017, Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln.  Visitation with family 4-5 pm.  Cremation, no viewing or interment.  Memorials to the family.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

Robert “Bob” Henry Gross

February 20, 2017

Robert “Bob” Henry Gross was born October 12, 1928 in Havelock to John and Katherine (Roth) Gross, the 8th of 8 children.  He died peacefully, surrounded by his family on February 19, 2017 at Gramercy Hill in Lincoln.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1946.  He married Betty Burianek on May 14, 1949. He worked for Burlington Shops in Havelock, as a carpenter in California, and as a Conductor for the Burlington Northern Railroad.  He was an avid woodworker who made lots of wooden names for people he met.  He enjoyed fishing and traveling in his Airstream.  Over the years, he volunteered at the Veteran’s Hospital and at Crossbridge Christian Church.  He was a member of Burlington Campers, Airstream Club, BN Veterans and BN Club.        

Survivors:  wife, son Gary Gross, Daughter Colleen (Craig) Wittstruck, Grandchildren; Tami (Greg) Prang, Robert Gross (Leah Carrera), Courtney Wittstruck, Casey (Whitney) Wittstruck, Jessica (Brent) Foreman, Cole (Bonnie) Wittstruck, and John Gross (Erica Spanyers).  Great-grandchildren; Logan, Carter, Brynley & Macy Prang, Liam & Grace Wittstruck, Audrey & Adelyn Foreman, and Gabi Carrera.

Preceded in death by parents, brothers Walter, Johnny, Otto, sisters Caroline, Ernestine, and infant sisters Bertha and Virginia.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 22nd from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment with military honors will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Joan E. Hunter

February 17, 2017

Hunter, JoanJoan E. Hunter age 76 of Lincoln, passed away February 16, 2017.  She was born December 5, 1940 in Lincoln to Floyd and Elaine (Stone) Burkey.  Joan worked as a vocational rehab trainer with Community Alternatives and The people’s city mission.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Bret and Debra Henning of Lincoln, daughters Bobbie Hunter of Lincoln and Shelley Ihde of Omaha.  9 Grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren.  Brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Pat Burkey of Lincoln, sisters Judy Jones and Jennifer Brown both of Houston, Texas.

Graveside services will be held at Wyuka Cemetery on Wednesday, February 22nd at 11:00 A.M.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 22nd at Wyuka Funeral Home from 9:00 A.M. until service time.

Memorials may be left for The People’s City Mission.

Clarence Christensen, Jr.

February 13, 2017

Christensen obit photoClarence Christensen, Jr., age 94, of Lincoln, died Feb. 12, 2017. He was born on a farm in Hooper, Nebr. and helped his father with the farm until the Depression when his family moved to Fremont.  There he helped support the family by delivering newspapers. In his teens, they moved to Dwight, where Clarence helped his father in the family’s machinery repair shop.  During high school, they moved to Valparaiso and he attended Valparaiso High School.  As a teenager, he built a ham radio, secured a license and communicated with ham radio operators around the country, even serving as an operator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).  Clarence survived Scarlet Fever as a child, causing him to graduate a year later.

Clarence worked with his family at Christensen Implement in Valparaiso where they repaired and sold farm equipment -there he was able to purchase a ride with a barnstormer pilot, launching his love for flying. He volunteered for the Army Air Corps to train as a B24 pilot.  At 22, he flew 35 combat missions over Europe during WWII, and brought his 9-member crew home safely to conclude their tour.  Clarence earned two distinguished Flying Crosses for his bravery.

After the war, he joined the Nebraska Air National Guard where he not only served as an aircraft instructor, but also worked as an aircraft maintenance officer earning and honoring the respect of the aircraft mechanics; finishing his career with the military as a Director of Operations.

Clarence bridged the gap between propeller airplanes of the 1940’s such as the B24 (and his favorite, the P51), finishing his career in the supersonic RF4. None of his personal achievements surpassed his winning the prestigious Ricks Trophy Race.  Representing the 173rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, “Chris” Christensen flew his F-86D Sabre jet over the 850-mile course between Jacksonville, Florida and Dallas, Texas in one hour, forty-eight minutes and twenty seconds. He was inducted into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame in 1993.

Preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; daughter Jeanne Schneider; and grandson, Anders Ukinski.

He is survived by his son Dan and family; daughter Cynthia and family; and son, John; including 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 am on Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017 at American Lutheran Church, 42nd & Vine St., Lincoln, NE.; with burial to follow the reception.  Burial in Valparaiso.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 pm on Wednes., Feb. 15th, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Memorials to the Village of Valparaiso Park Fund. Condolences www.wyuka.com




Betty Lou Haller

February 11, 2017

roseBetty Lou Haller, age 86, passed away on February 10, 2017 at Tabitha Williamsburg.  She was born on Nov. 22, 1930 in Denton, NE to Louie and Elenora (Tucker) Busch.  She was married to Odell Haller in Council Bluffs, IA in 1953, to this union were born five children:  Steven Haller, Michael Haller, Randy Haller, Pamela Haller-Smith, and Vicki Wright.  Loving grandmother to 7 grandchildren and 4  great grandchildren.

There will be no services at this time.  Cremation with no viewing.

Curtin obit photoCharles Curtin, 94, of Lincoln (formerly of Sterling), left us to join the Lord on Feb. 10, 2017. He was born Feb. 3, 1923 to Cornelius and Maude (Davis) Curtin.  Charlie graduated from Sterling High School in 1941, and served in WWII with the 5th Army Division from 1943-45 in Italy and No. Africa.  Returning home, he married Mary June Lambert in 1946, and to this union were born 3 daughters.

He farmed for several years before becoming a rural postal carrier for 40 years, and received recognition for his safe driving of over 1,000,000 miles. Charlie was an avid golfer, card player, bowler and fisherman, and always looked forward to his annual Canada fishing trip.  He was elected to the Sterling School Board, was a member of the VFW Post 8221 Tecumseh and Am. Legion Post 140 Sterling, was a volunteer fire fighter, a Mason, and was on the Methodist Church Board.

Charlie cared for and had a great love for all animals and had a variety of pets throughout his lifetime.

He is survived by his wife Mary; daughters Cynthia (Rodney) Schwartz, Patricia Curtin, and Susan (James) Powers; 8 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and brother Keith Curtin.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at St. Mark’s Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln, with a social gathering following the service. Cremation, no visitation.  Memorials in Charlie’s memory can be given to the family for donation to the Humane Society.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

swanJack Hansen, age 89, passed away February 8, 2017 at Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana.  There will be a viewing and Funeral at Burns Kish Funeral Home in Hammond, Indiana on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.  He will be flown back to Lincoln, and buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Section 21 – Lot 107,  the week of February 20, 2017.  Graveside Services only.  Check back for time and date.

John M. Casebolt M.D.

February 3, 2017

Casebolt, JohnJohn M. Casebolt M.D. age 87 of Lincoln, passed away February 2, 2017.  He was born October 11, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri to Milton and Geneva E. (Morgey) Casebolt.  John spent his adult life helping others in the medical field.  He was a physician at Mutual of Omaha in Lincoln and Omaha, Connecticut, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Lincoln.  John received his Bachelors degree from William and Jewell College, his masters degree from Purdue University and his doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years Louise (Privett) Casebolt, son and daughter-in-law Robert M. and Julie Casebolt of Newport News, Virginia and their children Rachel and Jenna.  Son and daughter-in-law, James E. and Katheryn Casebolt of Bellevue and their son Raymond.  Son and daughter-in-law, Jerry K. and Rose Casebolt of San Diego and their children, Emily, Geneva and Johannah.  He was preceded in  death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Second Baptist Church, 525 N. 58th Street, Lincoln.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.

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

Memorials to Second Baptist Church.

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