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Esther Arlene Bouslaugh

January 20, 2018

Esther A. Bouslaugh, 90, of Lincoln, passed away January 18, 2018. Born January 6, 1928, in Percivial, IA, to John and Cora (Moyer) Ray.

Esther worked at Rotella’s Bakery for 6 years. She moved to Blair, NE in 1969. She also, worked at Dana College for 24 years. Retired in 1993 to take care of her grandkids, her mother and brother. She moved to Lincoln 14 years ago and worked with Sue at Parks and Rec. assisting handy capped adults with ceramics.

Survived by daughters; Nadine Sue (George) Ball, Lincoln, Coralea (Joel) Kontrous, Fremont, Mary (Jim) Lottman, Fremont, son; Joe (Cindy) Bouslaugh, Fremont sister; Donna Jones, Omaha, sister-in-law, Rose Ray, Omaha, 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Esther is preceded in death by her parents, brothers; Gearld, Dick and Terry Ray, grandson, Mike Bouslaugh and lots of special friends.

Visitation on Monday, January 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m, at Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln. Funeral service on Monday, January 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at Wyuak Funeral Chapel, Lincoln. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln. Memorials to daughter, (Nadine Ball) for further designation.

William J. Shamblen

January 18, 2018

William J. Shamblen age 74 of Lincoln passed away January 16, 2018.  He was born May 28, 1943 in Omaha to Les and Mary Kay (Atkins) Shamblen.

Survivors include his sons, Grant Shamblen of Lincoln, Greg and Sarah Shamblen of Lincoln.  Grandsons, Asher and Perrin “PJ”.  Brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Wendy Shamblen of California and his special furry friend, Jack Russell Terrier, “Clutch”.  Preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Richard.

Celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Memorials to the family.

Henry Fred Green

January 16, 2018

Henry Fred Green Jr., 85, of Omaha, Ne., peacefully passed away January 14, 2018 at Madonna Long Term Care, Lincoln, Ne.

Known to friends and family as Hank and some grandkids as Freddie, he was born to Edith Dotson of St. Joseph, Mo., June 12th, 1932 and adopted by Henry F and Effie E Green on Dec. 22nd, 1934 from the Humane Society in Saint Joseph, Mo. His family soon moved to Council Bluffs, Ia, where Henry graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1951 and joined the U.S. Navy June 20th, 1951. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal (Three Stars), United Nations Service Medal, China Service Medal and was honorably discharged June 19th, 1959. He was also within a few hours of obtaining his pilot’s license.

He was happily married to Violet (Ruby) for 31 years until her death on Feb 12th, 1988.

He is survived by his daughter Debra (Mick) Lindgren of Lincoln, Ne.; step-son Jim (Tina) Piazza of Tampa, Fl.; step-daughters Jodie Epperson of Omaha, Ne. and Pam Piazza of Council Bluffs, Ia; sister Janice (Donald) Core of Phoenix, Az.; brother Al (Janice) Cochran of Raymond, Ne.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Helen, wife Violet, sister Katherine J. (Green) Kuklin of Altoona, Ia.; brothers Edward E Green, Ronald T Green of Council Bluffs, Ia. and Vernon Dotson of St Joseph, Mo.; and step-daughter Gloria Wishecoby of Omaha, Ne.

Henry always worked. He worked for Great Western railroad, Bluestar frozen Foods (where he met Violet), K & K Transportation (for 21 years) and as a beloved custodian and watchman of St Margaret Mary’s Catholic School for the last 23 years of his life.  He also faithfully served as an ordained minister of the Remnant Latter Day Saints Church for 48 years.  He was always upbeat and whistling and could remember the lyrics of almost any song recorded in the 40s or 50s and hundreds of hymns.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 19th, 2018 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment of ashes will be at a later date at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to Madonna Foundation. https://www.madonna.org/foundation


Mary Etta Brown

January 11, 2018

Mary Etta Brown, 85, of Lincoln Nebraska rested in Lord Jesus on the morning of January 6, 2018.

Born September 18, 1932 in Ripley Mississippi, she was the daughter of the late Milton Miller and Annie Mae Boyd-Miller. As a child, she enjoyed playing with her siblings at the nearby creek collecting crayfish, swinging and playing on the see-saw.

Mary graduated from Secondary School in 1950. She married Fred Monroe in 1951 and from that union two children were born, Brenda Monroe and Marilyn Monroe-Johnson. Mary had three more children, Freddie Gail Monroe, Joseph Brown and Terrence Monroe. Mary lived in Ripley, MS for the first 29 years of her life, moving to St. Louis, MO in 1961.  She married Howard Brown (1917-1979) and out of the union came one child, Lisa (Brown) Monroe-Taylor.

She is survived by six children, Brenda Monroe (Fagin) of Ripley, MS; Marilyn Johnson (Willie) of Blue Mountain, MS; (Freddie) Gail Monroe of Ripley, MS; Joseph Brown (Mitzuko) of Round Rock, TX; Terrence Monroe (Monique) of Wilmer, TX; Dr. Lisa Taylor (Robert) of Lincoln, NE.;  Seventeen  grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren.

Sisters Clarsteen Foster (Luther) of St. Louis MO; Tommia Russell (Herman) of St. Louis, MO; Milton Eugene Miller (Doris) of St. Louis, MO; James Miller (Virginia) of; Hinesville, GA. and a host of nieces and nephews

Mary lived her life joyously with the purpose of helping anyone in need and showing the love of Jesus Christ to whoever crossed her path. She has an enduring love and passion to serve others in her community.  She was gifted with hospitality and excellent culinary skills which she use to edified the church at potlucks.  As a Prison Ministry team member, she was titled “Mother Brown” by the ladies we serve at Nebraska Corrections Center for Women at York, Nebraska because they were influenced by her kindness, honesty, wisdom, tender kindheartedness, thoughtfulness and impeccable memory.  She was a dependable and committed Allon Chapel Deaconess as well as a FoodNet team member at Allon Chapel.  She was a tender kindhearted prayer warrior and will be greatly missed at Allon Chapel and in the community.  We look forward to that day that the Lord Himself will descend with the shout of the archangel and the dead in Christ will rise up and we will rejoice in Him forevermore.

Curtis John FitzSimmons, MD, 50, of Shawnee, KS, passed away December 29, 2017.

A Memorial Reception will be held from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, at Wyuka Cemetery and Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln in the Wyuka Stables facility.  A short program with Pastor Kara Hillhouse officiating and music provided by Theater Arts for Kids will begin at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Curtis FitzSimmons memory are suggested to the K.U. Endowment, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard Mail Stop 3012, Kansas City, KS, 66160 to benefit the Curtis J. FitzSimmons, M.D., Memorial Scholarship.  Online contributions may be made at www.kuendowment.org/give. Please indicate that donations are for the memory of Curtis John FitzSimmons, M.D.


Kenneth A. Darby

January 8, 2018

Kenneth A. Darby age 87 of Lincoln passed away January 6, 2018.  He was born July 5, 1930 in Julesburg, Colorado to Emory and Cora (York) Darby.  Kenneth was an employee at LT&T for over 40 years.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He is survived by his son, Michael Darby of Lincoln, former spouse, Betty (Christie) Swenson of Lincoln and his nieces.  Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mary Frances (Wade) Darby.  Sister, Margaret Christiansen and brother, Willard Darby.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment of ashes will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Frank L. Taylor

January 5, 2018

Frank L. Taylor, 89, of Lincoln passed away January 1, 2018. Born in Lewellen, NE on April 27, 1929 . Parents were Frank and Kate Taylor. Graduated from Lewellen High in 1946. Graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1951 and received his Master’s Degree from Northwestern University and taught at the University of Wisconsin. Frank served two years in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Redeemer Lutheran in Milwaukee. Upon his retirement in 2000, he moved to Lincoln to be near his brother Bob and family.

Survived by his brother Bob and wife Beverly and nieces Karen Bowling and family, Linda Nettleton and family both of Lincoln,  Jane Williams and family of Salt Lake City and nephew Tom Taylor and family of Omaha. Preceded in death by parents and sisters Marge and Blanche. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Memorials can be made to Nebraska Family Alliance c/o Karen Bowling, 1106 E Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

The family wants to extend a heart-felt thank you to all the staff at Holmes Lake Rehabilitation and Care Center for their loving care over the past five years. Frank loved you all!


Marjorie A. Ridenour

January 3, 2018

Marjorie A. Ridenour, age 79 of Lincoln passed away January 1, 2018.  She was born July 14, 1938 in Page, Nebraska to Samuel and Maryann (Clark) Ferris.  Marjorie was a teachers aid and a loving mother.

Survivors include her children, William and Dorothy. Preceded in death by her parents and husband, George W. Ridenour.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9:00-11:30 A.M. on Saturday 6th, at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.


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