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liliesWanda W. “Nonie” Trueblood age 83 of Lincoln, passed away April 24, 2017.  She was born February 21, 1934 in Lincoln to Charles and Tressa (Kamarad) Westbrook.

She is survived by her 5 daughters, Christine Trueblood of Lincoln, Lynn (Kevin) Parsons of Wheatland, Missouri, Maureen (Robert) Brophy of Casa Grande, Arizona, Tina Trueblood and Alison Trueblood both of Lincoln.  10 Grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.  Brother and sister-in-law, Wesley and JoAnn Westbrook of Papillion, Nebraska.  Wanda is preceded in death by her husband, Jack, her parents and siblings, Vivian, Johnny, Ruby, Rhea, Ilene, Evelyn, Everett, Darlene and Richard.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 P.M.  on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 28th from 1:00-3:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to Autism Speaks in care of the family.

Calvin Rife, Sr.

April 25, 2017

Rife, CalvinCalvin Rife, Sr. was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on July 3, 1924 to Pearl and Homer Rife, Sr.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Homer, Jr.; and sisters, Helen, Roberta, and Louise.  He moved to Lincoln in 1940.  In 1943, Calvin enlisted into the U.S. Army.  He served in the European campaign, including Normandy, northern France, the Ardennes, Rhineland, as well as locations in the Pacific Theater.  Calvin earned several decorations and citations, including the American Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.  He was a member of V.F.W. Post #131/#3606 and American Legion Post #3.  Calvin was able to participate in one of the last World War II Honor Flights from Nebraska to visit Washington, D.C.

When he returned , he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Nevels, on August 21, 1946.  Calvin worked for the U.S. Post Office for 35 years as a custodian, general mechanic, office clerk, labor foreman, and superintendent of building services.  He received an award for contributing to the suggestion program and was a member of the EO program, as well as being President of Local 16 Union.

Calvin worked several times at KUON TV on a Negro documentary, “Black Frontier”.  He also received an award for his work in a play, called “You Can’t Take it with You”, at the Lincoln Community Playhouse.  He served on the Board and was President of the Lincoln Senior Golf League.

Calvin was a member of Quinn Chapel Church and served as a Sunday School teacher and trustee.  He was the local minister under the direction of Rev. Marian Jones.  He received certificates from the Back to the Bible Correspondence School.  Calvin was also a member of Lebanon Lodge #3 F & AM, serving as Worshipful Master from 1977 to 1981 and as G.E.C.F.C. in 1996.

After he retired from the Post Office, Calvin travelled extensively with his wife, Shirley.  He also worked as a volunteer income tax assistant for many years and in 1990, he received a certificate from the IRS in recognition of his work at the Good Neighbor Center.  The group was recognized by the Governor.  He believed in the Peoples City Mission and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Calvin passed away after an illness on April 21, 2017.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley; his brother, John Rife; his sons Calvin, Jr. (Janet) of Lincoln, Roger (Kolete) of Austin, Texas and Michael (fiancé Janis) of Lincoln; his grandsons Shawn (Shane), Jason, Justin, Christopher (Ashley), and Brandon Rife; and his great grandchildren Jordan, Aaron, Dylan, and Olivia Rife; as well as nieces and many friends.

Memorial services are scheduled for 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home in Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.  The Reverend Harry Riggs II will officiate.  Memorial gifts can be directed to the family to honor Calvin at a future date.

Rathbun, IvanIvan Thomas Rathbun age 99 of Lincoln passed away April 25, 2017.  He was born October 1, 1917 in Columbus, Nebraska to William and Mary Rathbun.  Ivan enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 serving until 1945.  He worked at UNL as an engineer.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Rathbun, son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Nikki Rathbun of Lincoln.  Daughters and sons-in-law, Sue Rathbun and Gary Huff of Des Moines, Iowa; Lee and Del Meyer of Fremont, Nebraska.  Grandchildren, Ryan Rathbun, Anthony Jacobsen, Christopher Huff, Nicholas Huff, Shayla Bushhousen and Shannan Page.  8 Great grandchildren.

Mass of the Resurrection will be at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 29th at Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln.

Visitation will be held at Cathedral from 1:00 P.M. until service time on Saturday.

Interment with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Fremont Opera House.

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