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Amy Lu Osborne

May 29, 2017

Osborne, AmyAmy Lu Osborne June 4, 1966 – May 28, 2017

Amy was born in Aurora, NE and spent most of her younger years in the Chapman, Central City area.  The last years of her life were spent in Lincoln doing what she loved the most – caring for her grandsons.  She loved horses, rock and roll, and motorcycle rides.

Amy is preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Carol Osborne, and sisters Suzy Appel and Sarah Osborne-Hilliard.

Amy will be missed by: children Cody and Chasity Osborne, Lincoln; Alex Loyd, Tulsa, OK; grandsons Dustin Jones and Daymynn Osborne, Lincoln; brothers Richard (Ruth) Osborne, Grand Island; Dennis (Mary) Osborne, York; Dave (Kathy) Osborne, Giltner; Dean Osborne, Lincoln; sisters Docia (Bob) Wilson, Harvard; Diane (Roy Venhaus) Osborne, Lincoln; Cindy (Mark) Behmer, Norfolk; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Celebration of life will be held at a later date with updates on this site.


Nancy E. Holmquist

May 24, 2017

Holmquist, NancyNancy E. Holmquist age 56 of Eagle passed away after a long, courageous battle against pancreatic cancer on May 23, 2017.  She was born July 27, 1960 in Columbia, Missouri to Phillip and Helen (Royse) Webber.  Nancy was the Clinical Director at Voices of Hope.  She received her undergraduate and master’s degree from Doane College.  Nancy had a very artistic, eclectic mind that she used in her graphic art, photography, painting and so much more.

Survivors include her husband, Bart Holmquist of Eagle, Nebraska, her sons and daughters-in-law Jacob and Katie Lind, Zachery and Renae Lind all of Lincoln.  Granddaugher, Cici.  Mother, Helen Webber of Lincoln, Sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Fred Wagner of Walton, brother and sister-in-law, Curt and Julie Webber of Seward.  Step-daughter and spouse, Kara Holmquist and Kiko Bracker and their daughter, Story of Needham, Massachusetts.   Step-son and spouse, Brett and Carrie Holmquist and their children Grant and Avery of Thousand Oaks, California.  Nieces, nephews, cousins and many loving friends.

Private family celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  No viewing or visitation.  Cremation.

Memorials to Voices of Hope in Nancy’s memory.

Sheryl Heidenreich

May 14, 2017

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Sheryl L. Heidenreich was born to Dr. Clarence R. and Dorothy Heidenreich on 24 July 1954 in Geneva, NY. She died on 3 May 2017 in Kearney, NE.  Sheryl attended school in Olympia Fields, IL and graduated from Rich Central High School.  She attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and obtained her Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Anthropology and Sociology.

Sheryl was employed for many years in the Anthropology Department at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. She attended Dominican University in River Forest, IL and completed her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.  Sheryl moved to Kearney to join the staff of the Calvin T. Ryan Library of the University of Nebraska Kearney as an Assistant Professor, subsequently promoted to Associate Professor.

Sheryl is survived by her sister Marcia (Siamak Shahabi) and brother Byron (Molly Carpenter), aunts Alva DuBois and Helen Lessman; many cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (631 D Street, Lincoln, NE 68502) or to the NU Foundation (PO Box 2678, Kearney, NE 68848) indicating the Planetarium Fund in tribute of Sheryl Heidenreich.

Visitation for family and friends will be held 3 – 7 p.m., Friday, 26 May 2017, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln. At Sheryl’s request, there will be no funeral and a private burial.


Harr, DuaneDuane Rexford Harr, age 83, of Raymond, Nebr. passed at home surrounded by family on Sat., May 13, 2017. Born in 1934 to George and Marie (Sader) Harr in Lincoln.  Duane served in the Navy 1952-56 during the Korean War on a Gunnery Ship; he was also supply manager on the first Antarctica Expedition which founded McMurdo Sound serving with Admiral Byrd.  He also served his country in the Nebr. Air Force National Guard 1956-59.  Duane always owned a business; from diesel mechanic, stonework, remodeling homes, a laundry mat, and also owned a Bar (Ding-a-Ling) in Raymond for 20 years.  Truly a Jack of all trades.

Survived by his wife Frieda; son Steven Harr; daughters Linda Feiler and Dianna (Richard) White; grandchildren Nathan A. Harr, David and Keith White, Sarah and Kyle Feiler; great grandchildren Nathan Duane Harr, Chloe and Jaszmyne Charles; and special mention to Duane’s well-loved dogs past and present.

Military Graveside Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thurs. May 18, 2017 at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln. Meet at Funeral Home for procession.  Reception to follow at Funeral Home.  www.wyuka.com

Miller, Edwin obit photoEdwin J. Miller Jr., age 84, died May 13, 2017 at his home. He was born near Cook and grew up close to Tecumseh, Nebr. After graduating from Tecumseh High, he spent time in the US Army stationed in Germany; he then served full time in the Nebr. Army National Guard, retiring after 37 years with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4.

He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Patricia; two sons Mike (Dorene) and Scott (Mary); four grandchildren Jessica, Mitch, Dave and Carrie; two great grandsons Mitch and Dillon; sister Eleanor (Jack) Haeffner; brothers Del (Jo) and Bob (LuAnn); sister-in-law Jo Ann Miller; also many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, and brother Orv Miller.

A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, please send Memorials to Life Quest, P.O. Box 217, Palmer, NE  68864

Morgan Marie Clark

May 12, 2017

Clark-001Morgan Marie Clark age 24 of Lincoln passed away suddenly on May 9, 2017.  She was born August 16, 1992 in Lincoln to Larry Clark and Sharon Nelson.  Morgan was a 2010 graduate of Lincoln Northeast High School.  She was a fun loving, independent free spirit who will forever be in our hearts.  Morgan worked as a culinary assistant at Cheddar’s Restaurant.

Survivors include her father and step-mother, Larry and Diane Clark, mother Sharon Nelson all of Lincoln.  Brother, Jordan Clark of Sarasota, Florida and her sister Rylee Clark of Lincoln.

A celebration of Morgan’s life will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing or visitation, cremation.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the family for a later designation.

Langness, StrelsaStrelsa (Sydney) Lee Langness, 80, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017. Sydney was born in New York City on January 13, 1937. She graduated from Lincoln High and lived most of her vibrant life in Lincoln.

Sydney’s special spirit touched many lives during her lifetime. She was a champion for animal rights and supported many animal charities in Lincoln as well as throughout the world. She was also very community minded and belonged to many organizations in which she was active. A few of the organizations which she supported are: Women’s Welcome Club, Lincoln Womans Club, Lincoln Book Club, Lincoln Symphony Guild, Cornhusker Republican Women’s Club, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, Nebraska Herbal Society, Fresh Start, Lincoln Community Playhouse, The Mary Riepa Ross Media Arts Center, Arts Ambassadors, Lincoln Community Foundation, Tabitha, Capital Humane Society, The Cat House, REOMA, NAMI, St. Paul Methodist Church and many others.

She is preceded in death by her son, Martin Jay Langness, Topeka, KS and granddaughter Amber Allen, Lincoln, NE. She is survived by her sons Michael Langness and Kenneth Langness both of Lincoln, NE, granddaughters Melissa Langness, Oakland, CA, and Megan Allen, Lincoln, NE and grandson Thomas Ryan, Seattle, WA.

Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

It is Sydney’s wish that donations be directed to Capital Humane Society or The Cat House, both in Lincoln, Nebraska, in lieu of flowers.

Shirley M. Kriz

May 5, 2017

northern-cardinal-perchedShirley Mary Kriz, age 93, of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away on Wed., May 3, 2017.  Born Sept. 21, 1923 in Redfied, SD to Orville and Elizabeth Wright.   Shirley will be forever missed by her daughter Beth Coufal, son-in-law Delano and grandson Jacob; her Son Rod Kriz, daughter-in-law Susan and grandchildren Kyle and Adam.  She also leaves behind her sister, Desamore Dangel, of Redfield.  Shirley is proceeded in death by her beloved husband Jospeh, her parents, brother and sister-in-law, sisters and brothers-in-law. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017 at Southern Heights Presbyterian Church, 40th & Old Cheney Rd. A family greeting at 10:30 and lunch following the service. Memorials to Southern Heights Presbyterian Church.


Barton, Charles obit photoDr. Charles Lawrence Swafford Barton of Lincoln, NE, died on April 19th in Scottsdale, Arizona, after a prolonged illness.  Charles was born on July 16th, 1935, in Rome, Georgia, to Frida Wesgate and George Swafford.  Following a divorce, Frida and her two sons (Wesgate and Charles) moved to Pierre, South Dakota, to be close to her family.   Frida was employed by the state of South Dakota as the state brand director for cattle, horses, sheep and hogs.


Charles´s mother remarried a local rancher, DeWolfe Barton who adopted Charles and his brother and they grew up on a cattle ranch outside of town. After graduating from Pierre High School, he attended Harvard University and finished his studies in 1957 with a degree in psychology. During his undergraduate years, he played clarinet in the Harvard band and studied with behavioral psychologist, B.F. Skinner.  After graduation in 1957, Charles was offered a seat with the Boston symphony but by that time, his mother and stepfather had sold the ranch and moved to Tucson, Arizona.  He left the East Coast and moved to Arizona but his interest in ranching and farming lasted all his life.


Charles Barton married Anne Mook in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1959. He attended the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating in March of 1965. His internship was at St. Joseph´s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, which was followed by a residency in ENT Head and Neck Surgery at the Ohio State University Hospital.


Shortly after finishing his residency, he was drafted into the armed services during the Vietnam conflict and served stateside for two years in the Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. After that, he entered private practice in Lincoln, NE, where he attended patients for 40 years. In 1996, he became a board certified allergist.


While medicine was Charles’s main passion, he was equally as enthusiastic about other activities. He served as the president of the Lancaster County Medical Society, President of the Lincoln Community Foundation, and was a board member of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for nine years.  Aviation was another passion and he earned his pilot’s license in the 70’s.  Later, he would make use of his pilot’s license to attend patients in smaller cities in Nebraska without an ENT specialist.


Charles is survived by his wife his loving wife Anne Barton, Lincoln, NE; son Charles Barton, Chicago, IL; daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Roland Kyllmann, Santa Cruz, Bolivia; grandchildren, Sebastian and Sophia Kyllmann, son Jason Barton, Scottsdale, AZ; and grandson Preston Barton.


Memorials can be made to the Lincoln Foundation. The burial will be held at Wyuka Cemetary at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13.  Susanna DesMarais will lead the memorial service at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 10:30 a.m. at 6001 ‘A’ St on the same day, May 13.  Condolences may be offered at wyuka.com.

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