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James B. Jackson

November 30, 2015

JacksonJames Byron Jackson age 67 of Lincoln, passed away November 29, 2015.  He was born August 31, 1948 in Valentine, Nebraska to Byron and Viola (Wondercheck) Jackson.  Jim was a 1968 graduate of Gordon High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969 and served until 1970.  He was a 35 year employee of the BNSF Railroad, working as a signalman.  Jim was very artistic and loved to find antiques and give new life to them.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Larry Clymer of Lincoln; brother, Bill Jackson of Lincoln.  Nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters, Betty Marianne and Donna.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 4, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to The Monarch

Duane Kauk

November 28, 2015

KaukDuane Kauk, age 79 of Lincoln passed away November 27, 2015 with his loving family by his side.  He was born June 23, 1936 in Sutton, Nebraska to Herbert and Wilhelmina (Reomich) Kauk.  Duane served his country in the U.S. Army.  He was employed for over 20 years at American Stores, after that, working for the City of Lincoln and Molex Corporation.  Duane was a member of the D.A.V.  His greatest joy was his family, especially his grandchildren, teaching them important life lessons and showing them how to be a kind person with a sense of humor but also with an ornery side.  Duane will be missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, LaVae (Nelson) Kauk; daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and Mark Smith, Tammy and Kevin Chance all of Lincoln.  Son and daughter-in-law, Darren and Daina Kauk of Lincoln.  8 Grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren.  Sister, Arlene Frycek of Mesa, Arizona.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will start on Tuesday, December 1st from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family.

Gerald H. Schroeder

November 26, 2015

Schroeder, GeraldGerald H. Schroeder, son of Herb and Myrtle Schroeder, was born on June 15, 1944 in Boise, Idaho.  He departed this life November 26, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska at his home to join his heavenly Father at the age of 71.  He grew up in North Platte, Nebraska where he graduated from North Platte High School.  He married Elizabeth Gillespie on November 24, 1967.  Gerald enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps on January 30, 1964.  His enlistment ended on January 29, 1968, serving four years and had a final rank of Sgt.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Myrtle Schroeder.  Left to treasure in his memory is his wife, Elizabeth of Lincoln; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Francine Schroeder, Patrick Schroeder and Buffy Fisher.  Sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Joe Wilson; 4 granddaughters and 2 great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment of ashes will be at 2:30 P.M. on Friday, December 4th at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the family for a later designation.



Edward Shearer, Sr.

November 25, 2015

IMG00406 (3)-001Edward Lee Shearer Sr., age 49 of Lincoln, died on Nov. 24, 2015. Ed was a wonderful father, brother, and friend.  He worked at Jimmy Johns; loved riding his motorcycle, camping, and spending time with family and friends.  He also loved his coffee at the Village Inn.

He is survived by his children – Kierra, Kesha, Kelci, Edward Jr., and Nathan; brother Jack (Michelle) Lojka; sisters, Rose Allen, Patricia (Allen) Berry, Cathy (Buddy) Frost, and Shirley Winkle; and four grandchildren.

Ed is preceded in death by his mother Gladys Webster.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Mon., Nov., 30, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln; with a  Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. prior to the funeral.  Burial will follow at Wyuka Cemetery.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

Dr. Reuben Samani

November 23, 2015

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Reuben Samani, 95, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2015 in his home with friends by his side. He was born in Baku Azerbaijan, Russia on July 18th, 1920 and was raised by his parents Salmon and Luba Lea (Koklyn) Samani.

Reuben went on to get his Law degree in Tehran, Iran and then moved to the United States where he became a naturalized citizen. He studied Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he received his Master’s degree.

After this, Reuben decided to continue his education by completing the prerequisites for Medical School and enrolled in the UNL College of Medicine where he became Family Practice doctor. During his time at UNL he met his wife of 61 years, Margaret (Johnson) Samani. Reuben and Margaret were married on August 9th, 1954 while they were both attending UNL. Once he graduated from UNL he started his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNMC in Omaha. He finished his Residency in 1960.

Eventually Reuben and Margaret moved to Sioux Center, Iowa where Reuben built his own family practice and treated his patients until the age of 90. Over the course of working there Reuben took care of three generations of families.

During his later years, Reuben enjoyed spending time with his friends, playing chess and backgammon with his grandchildren, reading philosophy, watching the news and staying involved with his book club

Reuben is survived by his wife, Margaret; his sister, Rosie (Ebraham) Farahi of Reno, Nevada; his sons: Dr. David (Lynette) Samani of Lincoln and their children Shea (Connor) Smith, Ben, Bryan and Bree; Dr. Daniel (Christina) Samani of Falls City, and Dr. John (Miriam) Samani of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and their children Jasmine, Marisa, Alexa, and John Jr.; his daughter Julie (Steve) Ourada and her children Joey Parks, Jenny (Eddie) Villegas and their daughters Elayna and Alexandra, and Jason Parks.

Reuben’s funeral service will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 O St. Lincoln, Nebraska on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Burial to follow in Wyuka Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in Sioux Center, Iowa at a future date.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be given to the family for later designation.

Galen Dean Penkava

November 19, 2015

PenkavaGalen Dean Penkava, 59, of Lincoln, passed away November 18th after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born October 15, 1956 in Lincoln to Norman and Phyllis Penkava.  Galen was the youngest of 3 boys.  He attended Lincoln Lutheran and graduated from Northeast High School excelling in baseball.  Later he developed a love for tennis and fishing with family.  Galen was currently employed at Black Hills Energy for the past 11 years.  His life revolved around his family.  He will be fondly remembered for holiday festivities, birthday celebrations and especially Halloween gatherings.  His favorite season was Christmas – the music, the decorations and spending it with loved ones.  Galen was known for his nostalgia for Old Westerns, James Bond, The Beach Boys, Robert Redford and more.

Galen is survived by Nella, his wife of 12 years; sons, Cory (Jackie) Sievers, Rei (Samantha) Alcalde; daughters, Alyssa (Chris) Kaufhold, Danielle (Andrew) Penkava.  Grandchildren: Cooper, Aubrey, Lainey and Lexi Kaufhold and Olivia Sievers.  Father, Norman (Leora) Penkava; brother, Jere (Cheryl) Penkava; nices and nephews, Madelyne (Trevor), Carmen, Cristian, Vanesa, Vicky, Valentina, Marcel, Ramon Ali and Santiago.  Brother and sister-in-laws, aunts and cousins.  He was loved by many for his gentle spirit and will be greatly missed.

Galen took with him the love and support that friends, family and coworkers gave him through his life, especially during his illness.  “It’s a special gift to know how much one is loved, before they leave this world.”  He is preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Penkava; brother, Steve Penkava and numerous relatives.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 21st at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be left for the family for a later designation.

Myrtle M. Schroeder

November 13, 2015

Schroeder, MyrtleMyrtle Marie Schroeder, the daughter of Antionette Marie (LaFerrier) and Raymond Cooley, was born on July 12, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois.  She departed this life November 13, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska at The Monarch Hospice Home to join her heavenly father at the age of 93.  In her childhood her family moved from Chicago to Hershey, Nebraska.  She received her education in Hershey where she graduated from high school.  On September 5, 1942 she was united in marriage to Herbert Randall Schroeder in Alliance, Nebraska.  This union was blessed with two children, Jerry and Linda.  Early in the marriage they resided in Colorado Springs, Colorado before settling in North Platte, Nebraska where they made their home and raised their family.  Myrtle was a homemaker, but enjoyed volunteering in her church and her children’s activities.  She was a loving mother and wife who was very involved in her children’s lives.  After becoming a widow she resided in North Platte until 1997 when she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where she lived at The Legacy for 17 years.

Preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Herb.

Left to treasure in her memory is her brother Bobby Cooley of California, her son Jerry Schroeder and Wife Elizabeth of Lincoln, her daughter Linda Wilson and husband Joe of Lincoln; grandchildren and spouses, Michael and Francine Schroeder, Patrick Schroeder and Buffy Fisher, Thad and Tricia Topolski, Troy and Kelly Topolski and Josh and Ashleigh Topolski; and 13 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

Services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Graveside service will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Tuesday, November 17th at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 16th from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home

Memorials may be left for City Impact.

Barbara R. Smith

November 11, 2015


barb1Barbara R. Smith, 80, passed away on Nov. 11, 2015, at Crestview Manor, in Milford, Neb.Born April 7, 1935 in Nebraska City, to Gerald and Paula (Wood) Tiemann, as the oldest of four children.  She was married three times, the last to W. D. “Bill” Smith with whom she celebrated over 25 years of marriage before he passed away in approx. 2003.  She had 8 children, the first two were girls, followed by six boys.  She was a housewife and mother all her life.

She was preceded in death by:  her parents;  her husband, W.D. “Bill” Smith;  two sisters: Delores “Dee” and Judy;  and one granddaughter, Tracy.

She is survived by:  her eight children:  Bobbie Ann (& Tom) Campbell of Pawnee City,  Renee Cunningham of Hawaii, Jerry Cunningham of Nevada, Terry Cunningham of Lincoln, Robert Shelly of Oregon, John Shelly of Colorado, Mark Smith of Loveland, Col., and Joe Smith of Alaska;  eleven grandchildren, many great grandchildren, a brother Gary Tiemann of Casper, Wyo.; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Memorial Service was held Mon., Nov. 16, 12:30 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel,

3600 “O” St., Lincoln, with the Rev. Lyle Schoen officiating.  Inurnment followed at Fairview Cemetery.



Jack L. Gannon

October 28, 2015


Jack L. Gannon, 68, of Lincoln, passed away quietly on Oct. 28 at the Journey House after fighting a courageous battle against lung cancer. Born on July 27, 1947, to Rex and Marie Gannon.  Jack’s independent spirit, realistic outlook, and quick wit stayed with him until the last breath.  He graduated from Lincoln High School, hired out at the BNSF Railroad, and took a leave of absence to serve in the Navy on the U.S.S. Galveston. He was very proud of his 4 yrs of military service, and retirement from BNSF after 45 yrs.  Loved boating and always had a project going either at home or for the PLA neighborhood, but his true pride and love in life was his wife and his family.

Jack is survived by his wife of 43 yrs Pam, his sons Jeff Gannon, Kyle (Cara) Gannon, and his daughter Kristin (Mike) Woods, and granddaughters Kaysia and Tyrah Woods and Hailey Gannon, and brother & sister-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces and cousins.

Internment with military honors will be held at 9:00 A.M. at Wyuka on Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 with a Celebration of Life at Sheridan Lutheran Church at 11:00 A.M. and a lunch to follow. Memorials are requested to Make-A-Wish, Sheridan Lutheran Church, Friendship House or projects for veterans such as Fisher House.


William “Bill” Tumblin

October 27, 2015

FlagWilliam “Bill” Tumblin, 70, of Rapid City, SD, formerly of Lincoln passed away on Friday, October 23, 2015, at the Ft. Mead VA Care Facility after a long battle with Parkinsons Plus disease.  Bill was born on September 2, 1945 in Omaha and was adopted from the Children’s Home in Omaha by his loving parents, Clinton Tumblin and Hazel Mae (Shaw) Tumblin.  Bill graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in 1963 and continued his education at the University of Nebraska for 4 years and 2 years at Antioch University School of Law.  Bill was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1967 serving as an Infantry Drill Sergeant with Classified Operations in Vietnam and also served with the Army National Guard.  Bill was proud of his law enforcement years with the Lincoln Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Deputy U.S. Marshall/Border Patrol and a Self employed Private Investigator with the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission.  His true love and happiness was his years as rancher/owner from 1982-1998.

Bill is survived by his wife Linda of Rapid City, his sons Adam (Melanie) Tumblin of Germany and Justin Tumblin of Columbus, Nebraska.  Grandson Addison Tumblin of Germany, step-daughter Ashley Walker and step-son Ryan Moore; sister Deborah (Randall) Calfee; nephew Todd (Jaimi) Calfee; niece Lisa (Randy) Olson, and many great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Jason Tumblin, great-niece Alexis Calfee, grandparents, and several counsins.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Wymore Cemetery in Wymore, Nebraska.

Memorials to the family.

Patrick-headshot obitPatrick Schmidt, 52, of Lincoln, passed on October 24, 2015. Funeral Services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 30 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln; Visitation with Rosary begins at 12:00 p.m.  Father Porada  of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church officiating.  Burial to follow in Wyuka Cemetery.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Patrick Troy Schmidt was born in Alliance Nebraska on August 26, 1963. Patrick has six living brothers and sisters.  He is preceded in death by his Father James Sr. (March 2009) and his Mother Emma (September 2015) and two brothers.   Patrick loved his family and spent many hours with his parents and siblings.  He was a loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews.  Patrick met his domestic partner in September 1992 and was with him until his death.  Patrick received his GED diploma from University of Nebraska in December 1980.  Patrick studied cosmetology, and worked in several food service locations in Lincoln and Kearney NE, and Farmington NM; and entertained many under the stage name of Kristine Decory.  Patrick/Troy was keenly interested in his Native American roots, spoke Lakota, and was a registered member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe.  Patrick/Troy had a strong personality, was a leader and tried to make friends with as many people as he could.  Patrick struggled with addictions and attended treatment several times along with attendance in AA meetings.  His final months were spent alcohol free.  Patrick /Troy will be missed by his family and friends who are grateful to have had the privilege of his company in our mutual journey through life.

Jeffery M. Hunzeker

October 20, 2015

HunzekerJeffery Michael Hunzeker, 35, of Lincoln, Nebraska died Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Butner, North Carolina after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born January 4, 1980, in Lincoln, Nebraska to Bruce and Ruth (Harmon) Hunzeker. Jeff graduated from East High School in 1998 and attended Southeast Community College, earning a degree in culinary arts in 2004.

 Jeff is survived by his parents, Bruce and Ruth Hunzeker; brother, Scott Hunzeker and wife, Marsha; sister, Kate Singsaas and husband, Andy; grandparents, Gene and Ilah Harmon, all of Lincoln. Survivors also include four nieces, one nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins.

 Preceding him in death are Jeff’s grandparents, Lorain and Lucile Hunzeker of Ceresco, Nebraska.

 There will be a graveside service at 2:30, Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Wyuka Cemetery. A reception will follow at Heritage Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.



FlagRobert W. Kitchen,  76, formerly of Lincoln and McCook, Neb., passed away on October 19, 2015 in Franklin, Tenn.   Former USAF Pilot, retired PanAm/Delta airline pilot, loving father and husband. Funeral Service at 12:00 noon, on Thurs., Oct. 22, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln.  Burial to follow with Military Honors, Wyuka Cemetery.

Julie Ann Brown

October 16, 2015

Brown, JulieJulie Ann Brown age 50 of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away October 14, 2015.  She was born November 20, 1964 to William and Patricia (Reed) Brown.

Survivors include her sons, Charles Brown of Lincoln, Jonathan Bradley of Lincoln.  Daughters and son-in-law, Kascha Brown of Charlotte, NC, Kevann and Jamal Holmes of Charlotte, NC.  Grandchildren, Amirre Brown, Teshaila Brown, Justyce Brown, Zayden Brown and Kaylana Bradley.  Sisters, Judy, Jackie and Joann Brown.  Brothers, Jerry, Jeff, John, Jerald, Jody, Jason, Jeremy Brown and Billy Moore.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jimmy Brown.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. at Newman United Methodist Church, 2242 R St. Lincoln on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  Visitation will begin at Noon on Wednesday, October 21st with a wake service at 6:00 P.M. and visitation lasting until 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Brian Foster

October 9, 2015



Brian Foster, 42 of Lincoln, died July 2, 2015 in Rio Turbio, Argentina. Loving Father, Husband, Son, Brother, he worked as a Senior Combustion Systems Engineer.

Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 17 at Fellowship Community Church, 8601 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Graveside Service with military honors to follow at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.



JULY 2015:

Brian Foster, 42, resident of St. Joseph, Mo. formerly of Jonesboro, Ark., and Lincoln, NE, passed away July 2, 2015 in Rio Turbio, Argentina. Brian was born December 28, 1972, in Lincoln to the late Rose (Rengo) Webber and Richard Willis Foster (Sherril)) of Overland Park, Kan. He was raised in Lincoln by his mother and step-father, Duke Manley. Brian graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School and then served six years in the United States Navy. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in industrial engineering and was employed and traveled worldwide for 14 years as a senior combustion systems engineer with John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, of Koch Industries.

Brian is survived by his wife of 20 years, Charlotte; sons, Steven McFarlin of Little Rock, Ark. and Shane (Conner) McFarlin of St. Joseph; step father, Duke (Renee) Manley; biological father Richard (Sherril) Foster; sister, Britt (Shawn) Reynolds; brothers, Ralph (Krista) Manley and Jarrod (Ellen) Foster and Jason Foster; step sisters Jennifer (Tony) Buda, Jada Witherspoon, Jessarae (Doug) Drevo; cousin, Teresa (Grant) Richards; maternal grandparents, Al and Lois Rengo; and multiple aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.



Donald E. Madlock

October 8, 2015

gold crossDonald E. Madlock age 61 of Lincoln, passed away September 15, 2015.  He was born April 10, 1954 in Memphis, Tennessee to Edna Madlock.  Donald worked at the Lincoln Journal Star in the production department.  Graduate of Lincoln High School.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley Bell (Fleming) Jones of Lincoln;  brother, Sid Madlock of Omaha.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  A Reception will follow in Wyuka’s Garden Room.

Interment of ashes will be at a later date in Omaha.

Deborah “Debb” R. Moore

October 7, 2015


FB_IMG_1444232073515 (2)-001Deborah “Debb” R. Moore, age 64 of Alvo, NE passed away at home surrounded by family on October 6, 2015. Born in Council Bluffs, IA to Roy and Alice (Cooper) Daugherty, she spent most of her life in the Lincoln area. Debb worked for 38 years in parts and services for Harley Davidson with many loyal customers. Her passions were family, music, and motorcycles – her parents were also motorcyclists.

She is survived by her husband Marcus Moore; daughters, Lia Leiting and Tara (Carlos) Montenegro; brother Dennis Daugherty; sister Cheri Daugherty; grandchildren, Jessica, Tina, TJ, Isabel, Diego, and Caitlan; great grandchildren, Zoe, Chloe, Jessy, Grascie and Ross.

She is preceded by her parents and sister Sheila Daugherty.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln, with a Reception following. Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Dorothy L. King

October 4, 2015

images[1]Dorothy King, age 84 of Lincoln, passed away on October 4, 2015 at Homestead Rehabilitation.  Private Family Services.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

SKM_C284e15100415310_0001-001Mary E. Ivins, age 89 of Lincoln, passed away October 3, 2015. Devoted military wife and mother, her priority was family. She married her soul mate, Bill Ivins, on Jan. 30, 1946 in Donnellson, Iowa. Mary was a homemaker, PEO member, and member of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Ivins.

Survived by son, James (Becky) C. Ivins of Oklahoma City; daughter, Anne Bremer of Lincoln; grandchildren, Mary Molina-Walker of Lincoln, Mark (Heidi) Molina of Gilbert, AZ, Julie (Justin) Bro of Chandler, AZ, Eric (Trish) Ivins of Odenton, MD, Robert (Sandra) Ivins of Oklahoma City, Emily (Kent) Hathaway of Oklahoma City, William (Jackie) Ivins of Chicago; and 11 great grandchildren who were her favorite subject!

Family will greet friends at Holmes Lake Apts Party Room, 7100 Holmes Park Rd, Lincoln, 2:00 -4:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11th. Private family funeral and interment.

James L. Jurgens

September 30, 2015

Jurgens folder photoJames L. Jurgens age 65 of Lincoln, passed away September 29, 2015.  He was born August 31, 1950 in Fremont, Nebraska to Richard and Peggy (Clark) Jurgens.

Survivors include his son, Bryce Jurgens and his fiancé Jackie Fullerton of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Trisha Jurgens of Lincoln and a daughter, Janelle Miller of Wilber, Nebraska.  James’ fiancé, Vicki Jurgens of Lincoln.  8 grandchildren.  Sister, Cheryl Jindra of Friend, Nebraska.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 5, 2015 at Capitol City Christian Church, 7800 Holdrege, Lincoln.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 5th at church beginning at 10:00 A.M.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Lawrence H. Lohmeier

September 29, 2015

LohmeierLawrence H. Lohmeier age 81 of Lincoln, passed away September 28, 2015.  He was born November 4, 1933 in Pocatello, Idaho to Lawrence and LaVaun (Parker) Lohmeier.  Lawrence was a cook by trade and was the owner of Lohmeier’s Café.  He graduated from Blessed Sacrament School in 1949 and Cathedral High School in 1952.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Sally and William Jonas of Lincoln, Eva and Kenneth Hillyard of Blue Springs, Missouri and Carolyn Lohmeier of Fullerton, Nebraska.  Sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Karen Lohmeier of Lincoln, Rod and Teresa Lohmeier of New Albany, Indiana.  9 Grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, soon to be 7.  Siblings, Ken Lohmeier of Lake Tahoe, California, Joe Lohmeier of Honolulu, Hawaii, Della Olson of Wisconsin and Mary Barrett of California.  Preceded in death by his son, Forrest Wade.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, October 2, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to Operation Smile.

Alberta J. Cartagena

September 21, 2015

Cartagena photoAlberta Josephine (Keech) Cartagena, age 84 of Lincoln, passed away on Friday, Sept.18th, 2015. Born June 21, 1931 in Lincoln, NE to James Franklin and Edith Keech. Alberta retired from the US Soil Conservation Service as a cartographic supervisor. After retiring from the government, she continued her working career at Tabitha Health Care Services. Alberta had a zest for life with a love of travel. She was an artist, who loved to paint, quilt and write poetry. Alberta was a lifelong learner and a voracious reader. She was preceded in death by her husband Carlos Cartagena and her siblings. She is survived by her children, Steven and Teresa; daughter-in-law Lori; grandchildren Trevor (Keri) and Kelsey. Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the American Heart Association.

Andrea M. Kabourek

September 17, 2015


Andrea Mary (Baker) Kabourek, 38, of Lincoln, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at home with her husband and parents.  She was born September 1, 1977 in Lincoln to Ken and Estelle (Plantz) Baker.. Andrea had fought the brave battle against cancer and served as inspiration to many with her “I CAN. I WILL!” mantra. She was a teacher and running coach at Lincoln East High School. Memorial arrangements are being made to a cross country scholarship at Lincoln East and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in which details will given later.


A Celebration of Life for Andrea will be held on September 27 at 1 p.m. at Snyder Arena on the Nebraska Wesleyan University Campus. Doors will open at noon. Family and friends request casual dress (no black).





Freida Flack

September 11, 2015


Graveside Services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, NE.  Meet at the Funeral Home to process to Graveside. Reception to follow in Wyuka’s Garden Room.   Memorials and condolences to the family for designation in Freida’s honor – in care of Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, NE 68510

Freida Flack, age 91 of Lincoln, passed away with grace and dignity on July 23, 2015. Her strength, fight, and love will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Born in Lincoln, NE on Oct. 24, 1923, the youngest of 13 children; Freida graduated Lincoln High in 1941. She worked in Defense 1941-44 and was married on Nov. 5, 1944 to John Flack. John preceded her in death. Freida retired from Bryan Memorial Hospital in 1991; was a member of First Plymouth Congregational Church; Eastern Star; and Daughters of the Nile. The family thanks Legacy Terrace in Lincoln for years of friends and fulfillment.

Survived by daughter, Maryellen (William) Heggen of Austin, TX; son, Thomas Dean (Janice) Flack of Scottsdale, AZ; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.



William R. (Bill) Wood, 73, of Lincoln, passed away September 11, 2015.

Born Nov. 25, 1941 to Robert and Ruth (Collier) Wood in New Lexington, OH. Bill served in the United States Air Force from 1960-64. He married Ila Jean Shaw in Edgar, NE, in 1964 and they raised two children.

After nine years as a barber, he earned an Associate’s in Accounting and began a career in Agribusiness. He worked for Farmland, then Cenex Co-ops, becoming a manager, until retirement.

Survived by wife, Ila Jean; son, Kevin Wood of Valley; daughter, Amy (Grant) Rosenthal of Blair; grandson, Jacob Gleason of Valley; brother, Jim (Kaye) Wood of Junction City, OH; sister, Bonnie (Gary) Dunwoody of New Lexington, OH; brother-in-law, LaVern (Rose Mary) Shaw of Grand Island; sister-in-law, Rita (Adolf) Ohle of Republican City; brother-in-law, John Emmert of Somerset, OH; nephews, nieces and many other loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Carol Emmert.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tues., Sept. 15, 2015 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Lincoln, NE. Visitation will be held one hour prior at the church; burial will follow at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln, with Military Honors. Memorials given to the family will be donated to St. Rose Catholic School in New Lexington, OH. Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Betty J. Johnson

September 3, 2015

Johnson, BettyBetty J. Johnson, age 87 of Lincoln, passed away on the evening of Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  Betty was born in Fremont, NE on July 8, 1928 to Alfred and Vera (Totten) Callaway.

She is survived by son, Duane L. Johnson, Jr. (Suzy) of Lincoln, daughters Vickie Fisher (Rick) of Lincoln and Kandy Husbands (Jerry) of Gravois Mills, MO.  Grandchildren include Kevin (Valerie) Husbands of Olathe KS, Courtney (Billy) Sneed of Loganville GA, Kami Earleywine of Lincoln, Jami (Mike) Thomas of Lincoln, Robert (Amy) Walbridge  of Omaha, Aubree (Michael) Jacobsen  of Lincoln, Cory (Mallory) Johnson of Manhattan NY and Linnie (Jessie) Prochaska of Lincoln.  She had 12 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by husband, Duane L. Johnson, Sr. and daughter, Ginger Johnson.

Her burial took place at Wyuka Cemetery on Wednesday, September 2nd at 3:00 p.m. with family present.



Larry N. Gagner

August 27, 2015

Gagner, LarryLarry N. Gagner age 74 of Lincoln, passed away August 26, 2015.  He was born February 16, 1941 in St. Paul, Nebraska to Edward G. and Mavis (Ross) Gagner.  Larry was proud to be a Union Carpenter and was a member of Local No. 1055.

Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, Doug Mahrt and Curtis Benda both of Lincoln; Carl and Soheila Sitler of Clearwater, Florida.  Daughters and sons-in-law, Shanna and Joe Jones of Lincoln, Taunya and Michael SaBell of Henderson, Nebraska and Karin Keller of Lincoln.  15 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren.  Brothers and sister-in-law, Myron and Karen Gagner of Lincoln, Jerry Gagner of Eagle, Nebraska and Melvin Gagner of Denton, Nebraska.  Sister and brother-in-law, Mavis and Bob Newton of Lincoln.  Nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy, twin daughters, his parents, brother Tommy Gagner and sisters-in-law, Pat Gagner and Linda Gagner.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, August 31, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be on Sunday, August 30th from 1:00 until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Norma A. Botts

August 21, 2015

BottsNorma A. Botts age 78 of Lincoln passed away August 19, 2015.  She was born in Auburn, Nebraska to Ray and Thelma (Masion) Reed.  Norma was the housekeeping supervisor for BryanLGH hospital.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Julie Jones of Syracuse.  5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren.  Sister and brother-in-law, Rosalie and Kenny Walbridge of Lincoln.  Brother, Wayne Reed of Arlington, Nebraska.  Nieces and Nephews.  Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Botts and her son, Roger Jones.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Gladys L. Long

August 20, 2015

Long, GladysGladys L. Long age 76 of Lincoln passed away August 19, 2015.  She was born December 20, 1938 in Halifax, North Carolina to Alexander and Gatsie (Ausby) Lynch.

Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Lisa and Willie Savage of Lincoln, Janice Henderson of Littleton, North Carolina.  Son, Anthony Sealy Jr. of Lincoln.  7 Grandchildren, 9 Great grandchildren.  Brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Minnie Lynch of Suwanee, Georgia; Sisters and brother-in-law, Viola Ghee of Richmond, Virginia, Dorothy and Jim Shelton of Ocala, Florida.  Former spouse, Anthony Sealy Sr. of Yulee, Florida.  Nieces and Nephews.  Preceded in death by husband, William Long.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Dorothy Ann Housel

August 17, 2015

Housel, DorothyDorothy went home to her Lord on August 14, 2015 after a long illness.  She was born in Lincoln on April 16, 1923 to Sarah and Charles Dennis.  Dorothy married Donald Housel on November 24, 1937 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  They were married 6 days short of their 59th anniversary, when Don passed away.  They became parents of six children and raised their family in Lincoln.  She babysat many children over a sixty year period and remembers many of them fondly.  She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for many years.  One of the things she was most proud of was she earned her high school diploma on May 18, 1976.  Dorothy was a very strong person and as many of her grandchildren said over the years Grandma is tough and funny.  The family would like to thank Aging Partners for making it possible for Dorothy to stay in her home.

She is survived by son Willis (Gretchen) Housel of Lincoln, daughters Barbara (Earl) Jarrett of Ridge, MD., Donna (Don) Townsend of Burton, TX., Jeanette Emert (Jack Wheat) of Lincoln, Gloria Housel of Lincoln, brother Harold Dennis, grandsons Jeffery Boyles (Paula) of Goodyear, AZ., Bruce Reinhardt (Lauri) of Lincoln, David Blasingame of Arlington, TX., Donald Blasingame (Cheryl) of Sachse, TX., Chip Jarrett (Pam) of Woodbridge, VA., Virgil Blasingame (Virginia) of Caddo Mills, TX., Benjamin Housel of Lincoln.  Granddaughters Kathy Ruhl (Mark) of Lincoln, Melissa Volguardson (Jerry) of Lake Havasu City, AZ., Debbie Saggard (John) of Epharta, PA., Cindy Hebert (Larry) of Phoenix, AZ., Janelle Evans of Lincoln, Tammy Page (Russell) of Sachse, TX., Ronna Coleman (Jay) of Buford, GA., Angela Updike (Ricky) of Lusby, MD., Ivaloo Blasingame of Swedebara, NJ., Amy Housel of Lincoln, 25 Great grandchildren & 13 Great, great grandchildren.

Pallbearers, Bruce Reinhardt, Benjamin Housel, Andrew Evans, Kyle Birdsall, Russell Page and Rocky Dennis.

Preceded in death by her husband Don, daughter & son-in-law Ivaloo & Virgil Blasingame, son-in-law Gary Emert, granddaughter GayLynn Brummett, grandsons Johnnie Blasingame, Thomas Boyles, great grandson Jon Paul Coleman, parents Charles & Sarah Dennis, brothers Hartson, Marvin, Clifford, Bill, Edward.  Sisters Etta Mae Dennis, Marie Truksa, Betty Jean Dennis

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, August 21, 2015 at Cathedral of the Risen Christ officiated by Msgr. Robert Tucker.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Interment at Wyuka Cemetery

Edward John Meents

August 16, 2015

Meents obit photoEDWARD JOHN MEENTS, age 89 of Lincoln, was born in Beatrice in 1926 to John and Dorothy Meents. He served in the Navy during two wars. Ed worked for local Gas Companies for 34 years.   Recently he returned to Lincoln from New Mexico and lived at the Legacy Terrace. Ed was a sweet, gentle, funny man who loved deeply. Connie (Pitzer) and Ed were married 68 years.

He is preceded in death by his son Dan.

Survivors include children, Michael (Brenda) and Julie (Chip); daughter in law, Madeline;  grandchildren, Matt, Claudia, Lindsey, Austin, Blake, Phillip, Tara; five brilliant greatgrands; a remaining sister Helen Kunc; niece Sharon Hester and Bob are a blessing.

A casual ‘Gathering of Family & Friends’ will be Tues., Aug. 18th , 10:00 a.m., at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln, officiated by Pastor Wes Ballard.

Memorials to Lincoln Food Bank or Alzheimer’s. Condolences at www.wyuka.com


Scott, Lance obit and folder photoLance Scott, age 47 of Lincoln, died quietly on August 15, 2015 at home.  Loving son.

Survived by his mother, Karen Scott of Lincoln.  Preceded in death by his father, Larry Scott.

Funeral Services:  10:00 a.m., Wednes., Aug. 18, 2015, Lincoln Church of Christ 820 N. 56th St.  Pastor Bill Hance officiating.  Burial to follow at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St. 

Condolences at www.wyuka.com



Jimmy D. Brown

August 11, 2015

Brown, Jimmy obit photoJimmy D. Brown, age 53 of Lincoln, passed away surrounded by his family on August 10, 2015. He was an amazing father! Jimmy took care of his family and his home first. He always enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and loved spending time with friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Patricia (Reed) Brown.

Jimmy is survived by his wife Stephanie; sons, Erik, J.D., Jermaine, Nicholas, and Jediah Brown and Tre’Von Frye; daughters, Chandell Brown and Natalie Frye; siblings, Kathy Willcoxon, and Jerry, Julie, Jeff, Jody, John, Jerald, Judy, JoAnn, Jason, Jackie, and Jeremy Brown; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, NE, officiated by Buzzy Vance. Jimmy’s life story and condolences at www.wyuka.com

Darrel D. Van Ackern

August 10, 2015

Van AckernDarrel D. Van Ackern age 67 of Dorchester passed away August 9, 2015.  He was born with his twin sister  Carol Van Ackern in a pick-up truck on Bennett Road.  Proud Army (Vietnam) veteran of 24 years.  Beloved Husband, Father, brother and friend, passed away too soon.  He honorably served his country and retired with the rank of SFC.  Tour of duties include Vietnam, Marshal Islands, Colorado, Germany and many other bases in the U.S. and around the world.  He was a Farmland employee for 21 years.  Darrel was a loving, loyal, hard working husband, father and great friend.  He had a great sense of humor and loved to joke around.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife Liane Van Ackern, his siblings, John (Kathy) Van Ackern of Nebraska; Louis (Lois) Van Ackern of Arizona; twin sister, Carol Van Ackern, Bonnie (Dave) Sierks both of Nebraska; Barbara (Dave) Funkhouser of Missouri; Mary (Verlin) Homolka of Nebraska.  Children, Chris (Melinda) Van Ackern; Randy (Charlene) Van ACkern; Vicky (Tony) Simmons; Steven (Raven) Van Ackern all of Alabama.  Step children, Luise Klein; Jeanie (Alex) Domkowski both of Germany.  Kathy Hernandez; Rosa (Jeff) Dornan both of Nebraska and Manuela Poor of Florida.  17 Grandchildren, 1 great grandchild.  Nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Van Ackern, his mother, Grace Van Ackern and a brother Robert Van Ackern.  You will forever be greatly missed.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home with military services provided by the Nebraska Army National Guard.

Memorials to the family.

Roy C. Thomas Jr. of Lincoln died August 7, 2015.  He was born March 17, 1951 in Holdrege, Nebraska.

Survivors include his wife Betsy (Lempka) Thomas, sons; Roy of Lincoln and Mike (Anna) of Pueblo, Colorado.  7 grandchildren.  Roy’s mother, Mary (Leach) Thomas and sisters, Teresa and Amy all of North Platte, Nebraska.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, father and 2 brothers.

Memorials to Horisun Hospice or The Monarch.

Brandon C. Lindteigen

August 8, 2015

LindteigenBrandon Cole Lindteigen age 21 of Lincoln, passed away August 4, 2015.  He was born April 22, 1994 in Hastings, Nebraska to Myron Lindteigen and Misty Cook.  Brandon was employed at Casey’s Pizza in Lincoln.

Survivors include his father, Myron of Hastings; mother, Misty Cook of Missouri; son, Leighton Lindteigen.  Siblings, Ariel, Matthew, Andrew, Cody Murphy, Karen White and Nikki White.  Paternal grandmother, Betty Brase; paternal grandfather, Byron Lindteigen.  Maternal grandmother, Lynette Armstrong; maternal grandfather, Charles Cook.

Services will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing or visitation.


Leonard L. Lear

August 7, 2015


Lear L, obit photoLeonard Leslie Lear, 92, Lincoln, died August 6, 2015. He was born May 25, 1923 in Lincoln to his parents, Jacob and Edna Lear.

As a child he grew up in the Havelock area of Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated in the first graduating class of Lincoln Northeast High School in 1942. Shortly after graduation he entered the Army where he served in World War II.

Upon his return home, he married his sweetheart (Dora) Arlene Miller. Together, he and Arlene had three children, David, Barbara, and Rhonda.

He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad at the Havelock Shops for 42 years, as well as laying sod for Bullock and working concessions for the University of Nebraska. When he retired from Burlington he was the Weighmaster.

Leonard enjoyed all Nebraska Sporting events, especially football and was a St. Louis Cardinal fan. In his younger years he was the coach for his son David’s baseball team and later attended many of his grandchildren’s sporting and creative arts events. He had an obsession with yard work, enjoyed woodworking and spent a lot of time playing bingo with friends. He liked to travel and while his children were young the family would ride to Chicago on the train. He was well known for his outdoor decorations that would light up the neighborhood during the Christmas seasons.

Preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Arlene; son, David; son-in-law, Ric Douglass; and his grandsons, Shane and Troy Leech.

Survived by daughters, Barbara Lear-Douglass and Rhonda (Howie) Leech; and daughter-in-law, Dianna Lear; grandchildren, Jennifer Lear, Angela (Bobby) Dixon, Tina Clark, Jessica (Mike) Pasika, Zac (Mandy) Douglass, Tessa (Brian) Kroksh, Sarah (Aaron) DeLoa, and Heather Leech; great-grandchildren: Brittany, Kylse, and Shane Dixon, Mikayla, Samantha, and Jeremiah Pasika, Calvin Douglass, Julian DeLoa, Jayma and Tenley Kroksh.

Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, visitation one hour prior. Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln. Military Honors at Graveside to follow.

Memorials to the family for future designation.

Clara L. Brauckmuller

August 5, 2015

Clara L. Brauckmuller age 88, of Lincoln, passed away August 5, 2015.  She was born April 3, 1927 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Seth and Clara A. (Spring) Beam.  Clara worked at Lincoln Public Schools in data entry.  She loved to travel, work in her garden and was an excellent cook but especially enjoyed baking.  Clara was a genealogist and enjoyed crocheting.

Survivors include her husband Everett of Lincoln; daughters Barbara Williams of Phoenix, Arizona and Joni Williams of Lincoln.  Son and daughter-in-law David and Gayle Williams of Phoenix.  Grandchildren Jill, Lisa, Tricia, Michael, Andrew, Keaton, Devon, Ange, Amy and Amanda.  17 Great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren.  Nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her son, John; her parents; brothers, Albert and Carl; sister, Patricia.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at the gravesite, Section 21, Lot 102.  Wyuka Cemetery MapSection 21 Map.

Memorials to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Rex James Scott

August 4, 2015

Scott, RexRex James Scott, 67, passed away August 3, 2015 while under the loving care of the expert staff at Country House, 25th and Old Cheney, and Aseracare Hospice.  A lifelong Lincoln resident, he was born on December 7, 1947 to John R. and Melba M. (Myers) Scott.  He was raised on a poultry farm near Playmor and attended country school District 107 on West “O”, University High School, Nebraska Wesleyan University, University of Nebraska Lincoln and Kearney State College.

Rex spent his teaching career with LPS as a social studies teacher at Everett Park Middle School and was active in LEA as a faculty representative.  He retired at the rank SFC-E7 from the Army National Guard where he served as a medic/instructor with the 24th Medical Company.  He also drove the train at the Children’s Zoo, was a host at the original Valentino’s, promoted seat belt usage for Nebraska Highway Safety, worked at Tiernan’s Ambulance Service, Lincoln General Hospital’s Emergency Room, and Hovland-Swanson where he met his wife.  In 1982, he was appointed to the Nebraska State Ambulance Board by Governor Charles Thone.  He held a teaching certificate, EMT license#153, and for awhile a real estate license.  He loved his work.

Rex volunteered at the American Red Cross all of his adult life.  He worked on the First Aid Team at Memorial Stadium for 45+ years, headed up the First Aid team at Salt Dogs games during their opening seasons as well as State Games and Special Olympics, and many other events.

Rex is survived by his wife of 48 years Nikki (Nutt) Scott; son Eric (Deanne) of Valentine; daughter Elizabeth “Libby” of Lincoln and brother, John R. Scott II of Yoder, Wyoming; granddaughter, Alexa (Tyler) Caulkins; and grandson Braxton Green.  His extended family includes a mother-in-law, Marilyn E. Nutt, a brother-in-law, Bob (Melanie) Nutt of Cozad and the most amazing group of nieces and nephews.  Rex was preceded in death by his beloved parents, John and Melba; father-in-law, George M. Nutt and sister-in-law Nancy Fredericksen.

A celebration of life will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with a light lunch to follow.  Interment will be at a later date.

Memorials can be directed to donor’s choice, but suggestions could include LEA Harvest of Books, Parkinson’s Research Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association or Country House Memory Care.

Mary Kay Kreikemeier

July 25, 2015

Kreikemeier croppedMary Kay Kreikemeier age 51 of Lincoln, passed away July 25, 2015.  She was born May 11, 1964 in Omaha to Robert and JoAnn (Pospishil) Pechar.  Mary was a 1985 graduate of UNL with a bachelor of science degree in education and in 1998 she received her masters degree in education from Ohio University.  She was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church and was a Peace Corp member in Tunisia from 1986-1988.  Mary Kay and Mike were married in Omaha on April 6, 1991.  She was a stay at home mom for their 4 children from 1997 until 2005 when she returned to teaching for Lincoln Public Schools.

Survivors include her husband, Mike; children, Alec, Chloe, Elise and Liam all of Lincoln.  Her mother, JoAnn Pechar of Bellevue; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Greg and Shelley, Mike and Shannon, Rob and Patty, Mark and Jen all of Omaha.  She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Pechar and mother-in-law, Joyce Kreikemeier.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Lincoln.  A rosary vigil service will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 28th at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church.

Visitation will be  at Wyuka Funeral Home on Monday, July 27th from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday, July 28th from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.  Additional visitation will be held at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church on Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 P.M.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the St. Teresa’s Building fund in memory of Mary Kay.

Kenneth L. Johnson

July 24, 2015

Johnson, KennethKenneth L. Johnson, 73, of Overland Park, Kansas, formerly of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away July 14, 2015.  He was born on December 16, 1941 in Clay County, Kansas to Ernest “Stretchy” Johnson and Nola (Holladay) Johnson.  He was a graduate of Morganville High School, Emporia State University and Kansas State University.  He was a math teacher and mentor for gifted students.  He loved his family, golf, the Wildcats, Chiefs and Royals.

He is preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Jean (Worm) Johnson and sister, Ardis Johnson.  He is survived by his brother, Neill (Nancy) Johnson; children, Kelly Johnson and Karla Johnson; stepchildren, Tim Mittan, Terri (Dayle) Mautz, Andy (Lisa) Mittan; grandchildren, Taylor and Drew Stohs, Luke Johnson, Sydnie and Mason Bubien, Zachery and Sierra Largent, Colton and Kierra Johnson, Lauren Mautz, Hannah and Kaitlyn Mittan, Lindsay, Brandon and Zachery Grams; Nieces and Nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Sheridan Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE on August 3rd at 2:30 P.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ken Johnson Memorial c/o Great Western Bank.

fff-001Freida Flack, age 91 of Lincoln, passed away with grace and dignity on July 23, 2015. Her strength, fight, and love will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Born in Lincoln, NE on Oct. 24, 1923, the youngest of 13 children; Freida graduated Lincoln High in 1941. She worked in Defense 1941-44 and was married on Nov. 5, 1944 to John Flack. John preceded her in death. Freida retired from Bryan Memorial Hospital in 1991; was a member of First Plymouth Congregational Church; Eastern Star; and Daughters of the Nile. The family thanks Legacy Terrace in Lincoln for years of friends and fulfillment.

Survived by daughter, Maryellen (William) Heggen of Austin, TX; son, Thomas Dean (Janice) Flack of Scottsdale, AZ; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Graveside Services at 11:00 a.m. on September 12, 2015 at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln; meet at the Funeral Home to process to the Graveside.  Reception to follow in Wyuka’s Garden Room.   Memorials and condolences to the family for designation in Freida’s honor – in care of Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, NE 68510.

Dorothy E. Ahlstedt

July 23, 2015

AhlstedtDorothy Marian Elaine Ahlstedt age 89 of Lincoln, passed away in the early hours of July 22, 2015.  Dorothy was the youngest of two sisters born to Otto and Frieda Muehlhausen on October 17, 1925.

Dorothy is survived by her son Jim Ahlstedt Sr. and his wife Deb of Lincoln; grandchildren Jim Ahlstedt Jr. and his wife Hannah of Lincoln, great grandchildren James III, Cameron and Jack Ahlstedt all of Lincoln and one niece, Anne Harris of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim; sons, Ken and Bill; sister Helen Terkildsen; grandson Jason Ahlstedt.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 28th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.  A reception will be held immediately following the chapel service in the “Garden Room” at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.


Howard R. Mattison

July 21, 2015

MattisonHoward Raymond Mattison of Lincoln passed away Tuesday, July 21st.  He was born August 28, 1928 to Clarence and Ora Mattison in Richmond, Indiana.  His father was a minister and later became an Army Chaplain.  His father moved the family to many churches and Army bases.  Howard attended many schools growing up.  His Senior year in high school he was able to attend the whole year in one place at Albion, Nebraska.  He enjoyed being able to play in the school band and to play on the basketball team.  He attended Wayne State College.  He was drafted into the Korean war in 1950.  He married his high school sweetheart (Alberta Elaine Pexton) before leaving for the Army.  He spent 2 years in the service.  After he was discharged he got a job in Lincoln with the Gas Company in their accounting department.  in 1958 he went to work for Securities Acceptance Corp.  In 1968 he began working for National Bank of Commerce and helped introduce the Master Charge Credit Card (later known as Master Card).  Later he worked for a bank in York, Nebraska, then First Federal Savings and Loan in Lincoln.  He set up their credit card program and worked there until he retired in 1994.  Howard and Elaine were blessed with 3 boys; Bill, Bob and David.  Howard enjoyed his grandchildren and their many activities.  Howard enjoyed traveling, has been in all 50 states, traveled to Germany, trips to California and New Hampshire to visit relatives.  He enjoyed attending Nebraska football games and traveling with special friends to away games.

Survivors are wife Elaine, sons Bob (Karen) Mattison of Lincoln, Dave (Kristy) Mattison of Topeka, Kansas grandchildren Melissa, Nathan and Caitlen of Lincoln, Jett and Kort of Topeka.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ora Mattison, son William Howard Mattison and sister Velda Roberts.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, July 27th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society or The Monarch.

David M. Musiel

July 20, 2015

Musiel, David M.David M. Musiel, age 69 of Lincoln, died suddenly on Fri. July 17, 2015 by an accident at the Auto Gallery and Firth Storage in Firth, Nebraska.  Born Jan. 13, 1946 to Edward and Della (Dawson) Musiel in North Bend, NE.  After graduating from Prague High School, Dave served in the US Army in 1965; owned an insurance business, making a career in the insurance industry; loved working on old cars; rock and roll music; and talking to anyone and everyone he met. He was wed to Beverly Kreifels in 1982.  Dave was a Shriner and a Legionaire, living most of his life in the Lincoln area.

He is survived by his loving wife Beverly; sons, Jason and Adam Musiel; daughters, Jennifer (Jason) Pieper and Samantha Musiel; step daughter, Sarah (Jason) Chagnon; brother, Bud Musiel;  seven grandchildren;and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Phyllis (Robert) Hays and Joan Musiel.

Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. on Thurs. July 23, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.  Interment of Ashes will take place at a later date in St. Joseph Cemetery in Paul, NE. Memorials to the Family or Union Bank for his Memorial Fund for later designation in Dave’s honor.

ClaraBelle Roberts

July 14, 2015

images[1]ClaraBelle Roberts, age 78 of Lincoln, passed away on July 13, 2015; shortly after her arrival at Homestead Rehabilitation Center.  She was a loving Homemaker and Caretaker.

Survived by her brothers, William and Robert Wallman; sister, Harriet Felton; niece, Gertrude Felton; and nephew, Alan Felton.  Preceded in death by her parents, William and Esther (Pierce) Wallman; and spouse Ronald Roberts.

Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. on Thurs. July 16, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln; visitation one hour prior. Rev. Mark Jones of Harvest Community Church presiding.  Burial in Wyuka Cemetery.

Thomas-Gregg-JrThomas Gregg, Jr., 61, of Clarksville, TN, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville, TN.  Thomas was born in Rosebud, SD to the late Thomas Gregg, Sr. and Belva Roubideaux Ackerman. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Anna Louise Gregg and sister, Tote (Joan) Gregg.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Larry Peters officiating.  Graveside services with military honors  will be at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, NE.  Chaplain, Major Scott Ehler will officiate.
Thomas was a Retired U.S. Army Veteran, having served 22 years with tours in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He retired in 1992, from Ft. Campbell, KY, where he finished his career as an Aviation Mechanic with the State Department. He had such a love for cars that he restored a 1960 Ford pick-up truck. He also loved fishing and most importantly his family. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 42 years, Deanna Gregg of Clarksville, TN; two sons, Thomas Jay Gregg of Clarksville, TN and Daniel (Jessie) Gregg of Memphis, TN; three daughters, Cheryl Slivinski of Louisville, KY, Karen Costa of Pine Mountain, GA, and Katherine (Jim) Porter of Springhill, TN; brother, Kermit (Sandy) Williams of North Platte, NE; two sisters, Gorgie Paulhamus and Tinka Duran of Rapid City, SD; two grandchildren, Zachary Costa and Alonna Gregg; and an expectant grandson, Greggory Porter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 2041 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37043.

Alexander Pikelis

July 6, 2015

PikelisAlexander Pikelis age 90, passed away July 6, 2015 at the St. Joseph Villa in Omaha.  He was born May 20, 1925 in Siauliai, Lithuania to Anton and Sophia (Valantinaicivte) Pikelis.  Alex worked as a union electrician and was a member of IBEW #1525 and the Nebraska Army National Guard.  He married his wife, Winifred on January 22, 1949 in Austria.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Winifred (Jaeger) Pikelis; Sons and daughter-in-law; Alexander Frank and Lenell Pikelis, Preston Alfred Pikelis and Win Pikelis.  Grandchildren and spouse; Olivia Marie and Thomas Streeter and Karl Frank Pikelis.  Alex was preceded in death by his parents, Sisters; Ellen, Sophia and Marie.  Daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Pikelis.

Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, July 10, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, July 10th.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Nebraska Humane Society.


Wurm Violet youngViolet Ida (Wilksen) Wurm, age 94 of Lincoln, died Sat. Jul. 4, 2015.  Born Jul. 2, 1921, Benedict, NE, to Henry and Ida (Conrad) Wilksen. Married to Willard G. Wurm of Lincoln on Apr. 18, 1948. Formerly employed at Dorsey Laboratories; as an election worker; and volunteer at the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging.

Survived by son, John (Becky) Wurm, Pleasant Dale, NE; daughters, Katie (John) Kugler, Cozad, NE, Becky (Scott) Clark, Lincoln, NE; brother, Leslie Wilksen; grandchildren, Anna Kugler, Autumn (Caleb) Wiechmann, Hattie (Roger) Rasmussen, Luther (Kristina) Kugler; step grandchildren, Aaron (Monica) Taylor, Cory (Brandon) Jackson; 9 great grand children; 4 step great grand children; sister in law Dorothy White; brother in law Roy Schwarzkopf; many nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her parents; husband; one brother; two sisters; and one great grandson.

Funeral Services at 10:00 a.m. on Sat., Jul. 11, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 724 S. 12th St, Lincoln.  Visitation on Fri., Jul. 10th at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln, from 4-8 p.m.  Burial at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Memorials: Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch; Lutheran Bible Translators; and Lutheran Indian Ministries; donate blood!

Splichal 1Mildred L. “Swanee” (Swanson) Splichal age 90 of Trophy Club, Texas, joined her guardian angels on June 23, 2015.  She was born on a farm north of Omaha on February 6, 1925.  Swanee had a beautiful life with her husband of over 66 years, Bill Splichal.  She went to Omaha North High School and after graduation enrolled in nursing school at the Immanuel Hospital in Omaha.  Up0n graduation she was a nurse at the Veteran’s Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Soon after WWII ended she met a veteran patient and was married September 3, 1948 to Bill Splichal.  Together they raised 5 children who gave them 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  A beautiful and wonderful family.  Her nursing career covered Nebraska, Illinois and California where they made their homes.  Swanee loved to travel, she will be dearly missed.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Public visitation will be held on Monday, June 29th from Noon until the service time.

Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Randall Banks Sr.

June 20, 2015

Banks, RandallRandall Banks Sr., age 79 of Lincoln, passed away on June 16, 2015, at 6:55 p.m., at The Senior Village Nursing Home in Wilkesboro, N.C. surrounded by family. The beloved son of Edna Fowler White and Willie Banks, born Jan. 16, 1936, in Lamont, MS.  He relocated to Gary, IN, to reside with his father, complete high school, and raise a family.  A proud Veteran, he served in Korea before joining the workforce at Inland Steel.

Randall Sr., and wife Barbara, moved to Lincoln, NE after he devoted 37 years as a Steel Mechanic at Inland Steel Corp. in E. Chicago, IN. The dynamic duo settled in Lincoln and quickly became pillars to family, friends and church members. He was an Ordained Deacon at Christ Temple Church prior to his recent move to North Carolina.

Leaving to cherish memories: wife, Barbara, 61 years of marriage; sons, Randall (Claudia) Banks Jr. of Aurora, Co, Dennis Banks of Pleasantville, TX, Brian Banks of Aurora, CO, Austin (Mary) Banks of Wilkesboro, NC and Melvin Pennington of Hammond, IN; daughters, Valerie Mitchell of Aurora, CO and Rhonda (Rondell) Swope, of Aurora, CO; 17 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services at 10:00 a.m. on June 26, at Christ Temple Church, 500 N. 25th St., Lincoln followed by Burial with Military Honors at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.   Visitation will be held June 25, from 9:00 – 5:00 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com;  in lieu of flowers, Memorials to The Malone Center, 2032 U St, Lincoln, NE, 68503.

Dorothy V. Ebner

June 16, 2015

EbnerDorothy V. Ebner age 90 of Lincoln, passed away June 14, 2015.  She was born March 2, 1925 in Cordova, Nebraska to Henry and Augusta (Abraham) Frank.  Dorothy managed the Junior League Thrift Store for many years, taught sewing classes at SCC, volunteered at Tabitha with the hospice unit and was very active with Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Dottie and Jack Burnham of Tremonton, Utah; son, Alan Ebner of Lincoln; daughter, Cindy Ebner of Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Calvin Reinke of Salina, Kansas; son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Pam Ebner of Ft. Collins, Colorado.  Brother and sister-in-law, Elroy and Bobbi Frank of Lincoln.  4 Grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew; her parents, siblings, Homer Frank, Lillian Grasmick and Luella Crowl.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 510 S. 33rd, Lincoln.

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

Memorials in lieu of flowers to Redeemer Lutheran Pre-school or church, Lincoln Lutheran High School or the Alzheimers association.

Virginia I. Schessler

June 13, 2015

SchesslerVirginia I. Schessler age 93 of Lincoln passed away June 11, 2015.  She was born August 30, 1921 in Coos Bay, Oregon to John and Ellen Louise (Thornerose) King.  Later the family moved to San Diego, California where she graduated from Hoover High School followed by hairdressing school.  She worked in that profession for several years and met her future husband David Schessler.  They married on November 20, 1946, then moved to Lincoln in 1951.  Virginia was a member of the Sons of Norway fraternal organization in San Diego for most of her life.  She became a Camp Fire Girls leader in the late 1950’s,  followed by a position on the Lincoln Camp Fire Girls District Council.  In the 1960’s she worked at Miller & Paine then the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the registrar’s office and the UNL department of textiles, clothing and design until retiring in the 1980’s.  Virginia was involved with Beta Sigma Phi business women’s sorority and a member of First Plymouth Church.  She loved sewing embroidery, clothing and quilting.  Virginia also loved to spend time in her garden and was an avid reader.

Survivors include her daughter, Marjorie J. (Schessler) Osborne of Lincoln; brother, John C. King of San Diego, California and a niece Andrea (Phelps) and Noel Parr of LaMesa, California.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, David Schessler and her sister, Jeanette (King) Phelps.

Services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery

Memorials to the Nebraska Cancer Research Center for breast cancer research in Virginia’s memory.

Hazel I. Gillispie

June 12, 2015

Gillispie obit photoHazel Ilene Fetterley Gillispie, age 87 of Lincoln, passed away June 11, 2015.  She was born Dec. 4, 1927 to Leroy and Edna Lee Brown Fetterley in College View, Lincoln.  She wed Robert Leslie Gillispie in May 1945 and was blessed with seven children; as a couple they traveled extensively in their early marriage.  She remained in good health into her 80’s.

Hazel owned and operated Hiway 77 Café in Ceresco; her passion in life was the love she had for family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Milton; sister-in-law, Judy Fetterley; granddaughter, Tonya Marie Kermmoade; and great grandson Tony Lee Watson.

Survived by her children, Marge (Kent) Watson of Lincoln, NE, Terry (Marlyn) Gillispie of Crete, Mary Ann Taylor of Florida, John Gillispie of Lincoln, Robin Hill of Waverly, Kathy (Joe) Nannen of Sprague, and Robert Leslie (Jolynn) Gillispie II of Lincoln; brother, Wayne “Carolyn” Fetterley; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thurs. June 18, 2015 at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln with Pastor Marty Thurber officiating. A Reception following in Wyuka’s Garden Room.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com; Memorials to Aging Partners, 1005 “O” St, Lincoln, NE,68508.

Arthur Nicolai

June 10, 2015


Arthur C. “Art” Nicolai, Ed.D, age 88 of Lincoln, passed away peacefully on the night of June 9, 2015, surrounded and comforted by his family.  Art was born in Sutton, Nebraska, on January 12, 1927, the third son of Fred and Martha (Heinz) Nicolai.

Graduating Sutton High School in 1944; he served in the Navy during WWII as a radioman on the aircraft carrier USS Point Cruz (CVE-119).  Art was wed to Glennis DeVasure in Tekamah, Nebraska July 20, 1951.  Earning his B.A., M.A. and Ed.D. from the University of Nebraska by 1966, he taught and coached high school sports in Nebraska from 1952 to 1961.  Art coached Bartley HS to Class D State Track Championship in 1955.  He was HS Principal in Hebron 1962-1965; wanting excellence in teacher education, he moved to Professor of Education at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1966, supervising the education of hundreds of teachers; then retiring as Head of the Department in May 1989.  Art was an avid sportsman and supporter of Wesleyan Athletics including Representative to the NCAA Conference; Spirit of the Plainsman Award 1997; and scorekeeper of basketball games.

Art loved travel. In addition to frequent adventures overseas, he escorted bus tours throughout the U.S., loved golf, swimming, Husker Football, dancing, and coffee with his friends.  Memberships included Christ United Methodist Church; Master Mason – Bartley, NE Lodge Number 228; Sesostris Shrine; American Legion Post 3; Executive Club; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia; and Life Member of UNL Alumni Association.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Fred L. and Frederick Lawrence.

Survived by wife Glennis; daughter, Nancy, of Albuquerque, NM; son, Jim of Cove, TX; and grandsons, Jeremy and Nathan Nicolai of Cove, TX.  He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Art Nicolai Memorial Fund, Nebraska Wesleyan University Athletic Dept. Swim Program, 5000 St. Paul Avenue, Lincoln 68504 or its website.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 A Street.  Visitation one hour prior at the Church.  Graveside Service at 12:30 p.m. with Military Honors at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.

“Fair Winds and Following Seas.”


SKM_C284e15060914340_0001-001Carolyn Rosalie Pierson, age 76, of Lincoln, passed away early on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Tabitha Nursing Home

after a valiant fight with cancer.  Born February 15, 1939 in Niskayuna, NY; the daughter of Louis H. Somerfeldt and Agatha Martin, she was raised in Schenectady, NY.

A National Honor Society member – growing up she had a book of her poems published; did Red Cross life guard training; held the NY State girls NRA national rifle championship.  She received scholarships to the Rhode Island School of Design and to Russell Sage College of Nursing.  She entered the U.S. Navy in Oct. 1959 and was discharged in June 1960.  Carolyn graduated from BYU with a BA in 1972; also an AS in Civil Drafting from SECC.

She married Emil E. Pierson in Nov. 1960 in Schenectady, NY. – blessed with eight children, Laura Reichert(Greene, NY), Margrethe Pierson (Magnolia, AR), Kristina Karp (Wilmington, NC), Emil Pierson (Olympia, WA) , Anna Johnson (Federal Way, WA), Rebekah Hoyt (Lincoln, NE), Erika Deen (Smithville, MO), Judith Dunn (Spearfish, SD).

Carolyn is survived by her husband; eight children; 31 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four sisters; one brother; nephews and nieces.

She has worked as a nurse, a computer programmer (Donnelly Marketing, Woodman Accident & Life, Lancaster County); in a candy line at Russell Stovers; and with the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.  She loved old houses, their architecture, and visiting art museums.  Active in the Nebraska Herbal Society; she loved to work in her garden, providing a sanctuary for people and animals.  She was very active in genealogy and worked at the Family History Center of the LDS Church and taught classes.

Visitation for adults will be Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.  The Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 15 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 640 N. 56th St., Lincoln.  Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Wyuka Cemeter ,3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.  Memorials to the National Audubon Society. Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Frazzie Lee Wynn

June 8, 2015



In Loving Memory of

Frazzie Lee Wynn

September 26, 1934 -June 7, 2015

Frazzie was born in Greenwood, Mississippi to Lee Wynn and Lula Wynn (Stovall). Together they had four children and Frazzie was the youngest of the four children.

Frazzie attended public school in Greenwood MS where he completed the 11th grade.

In his younger years Frazzie fathered three children – Francine Wilder Henderson, Grant Wynn and Patricia Davis.

Frazzie later moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan where he helped his father run a grocery store/restaurant.

He later moved to Chicago, Illinois where he worked at an iron foundry; he also worked as a diesel mechanic.

While in Chicago he met Ora Lee Whiters. Together they had two daughters – Michelle Denise Wynn and Nikita Renee Wynn.

In 1968 Frazzie, Ora and their daughters moved to Wichita, Kansas where he was a mechanic at Goodyear. He later worked for Bray Lines, where he bought his first 18 wheeler and went

into business for himself as an over the road truck driver. He later became employed with Consolidated Freightways. While employed with Consolidated, he also owned a full service

Texaco gas station.

In 1981 his job relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska where he continued his employment with Consolidated until he retired.

After his retirement Frazzie enjoyed fishing, working on cars, and walking his dogs.

Frazzie was preceded in death by his father (Lee), mother (Lula), four brothers and two sisters; son Grant Wynn; and daughter Michelle (Wynn) Hoover.

He is survived by wife Ora Lee Wynn; daughters Francie Henderson, Patricia Davis, Nikita Allen and Keisha Wynn; son Frazzie Wynn Jr.; and numerous grand and great grandchildren.


A Memorial Service with Reception will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow in Wyuka’s Garden Room.

KelleDoris A. (Bruner) Kelle age 92 of Lincoln, formerly of Fremont, passed away June 4, 2015 at the Waterford Care Center, College View in Lincoln.  She was born January 12, 1923 in Fremont to Arthur and Emma (Anderson) Lueninghoener.  Doris attended Nickerson High School.  She worked as a cashier at Safeway in Fremont and after moving to Lincoln worked in retail sales for Younkers and Dillards.  She was married to Marvin Kelle until his death in 2011.  Prior to Marvin, Doris had been married to Robert T. Bruner.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her son, Robert D. Bruner of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Carolyn Bruner of Fremont.  Daughter and son-in-law, Gloria Allen and Bill Whitlock of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Sisters, June Timm of Nickerson; Norma Olson of Crete and Connie and Jim Janssen of Fremont.  Grandchildren, Todd Allen, Jr.,  Martin Bruner, Shelley Ames, Melissa Bruner-Solas and Jena Bruner.  Great grandchildren, Alex Bruner, Alyssa Bruner, Derek Bloom, Kristen Allen, Luke Allen and Danielle Elliott.  Great, great grandchildren, Barron Bloom, Reed Bloom and Liam Elliott.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; daughter, Marilyn Bruner and sister, Ardis Mauer.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln.  Visitation will be from  1:00 P.M. until service time on Tuesday, June 9th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be left for the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation or to the family.

Karen S. Cockrill

May 26, 2015

CockrillKaren S. Cockrill age 73 of Lincoln, passed away May 25, 2015.  She was born January 13, 1942 in Auburn, Nebraska to George and Leola (Hicks) Cummings.  Retired from Goodyear as a supervisor.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Monty and Renee Mertes, Mitchell and Beth Mertes, Jeremy and Kristie Cockrill.  Daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Dave Barth.  Grandchildren and spouse, Melissa and Herbert Kinchen, Lauren Mertes, Alex Mertes, Paige Jewett, Jenna Elson, Rebeka Elson, Jachin Mertes and Grace Mertes.  Great grandchildren, Meliyah Lashley and Cameryn Collier.  Brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger and Paula Cummings, Earl and Betty Cummings, George William III and Nadine Cummings.  Preceded in death by her husband, Jerold W. Cockrill.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 28th at Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Memorials to Hearts United in Auburn.

Daniel W. Nalley

May 25, 2015

IM000265.JPGDaniel W. Nalley age 68, of Lincoln, passed away May 25, 2015.  He was born July 18, 1946 in Urbana, Illinois to William F. and Gladys M. (Frye) Nalley.  Daniel was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1967-1968.  He was retired from a career as a butcher.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Nalley Oloo and Enock Oloo of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Sahara Nalley of Aurora, Colorado;  Grandchildren, Valeska, Makayla and Sahara Nalley.  Nieces and Nephews.  Close family friends, Heather Kramer, Chere and R.A. Jones.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Patricia Humes and brother James “Cooper” Nalley.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, May 29, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing or visitation.

Burial with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family.

Christie Kay White

May 24, 2015

SKM_C284e15052412430_0001-001Christie K. White, age 63 of Lincoln, loving mother, passed away at home on May 20, 2015.  Christie was born in Fort McCoy, Wisconsin to Pete and Delores (Ziegler) White and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Private family services.

John Elden Hall

May 20, 2015

FlagJohn Hall, age 63 years and two months, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Lancaster Manor in Lincoln.  John served his country during the Vietnam War and most recently worked for a Lumbar Yard driving, delivering, and in dispatch.  He is survived by his mother, Mary Hall; his twin sister, Cheryl Bledsoe; son, Jason Hall; and siblings and friends.  Burial at Wyuka Cemetery with private family services.

Sharon L. Meyers Durden age 73, of Lincoln, passed away May 18, 2015.  She was born October 6, 1941 in Fort Sam Houston, Texas to Clarence Everett and Della Leota (Rush) Meyers.

Survivors include her children, Amanda, Chad and Jodie.  Sisters, Sue and Sharleen.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Cemetery on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.  Visitation will be from 1:00-1:45 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 20th.

Memorials to First Baptist Church or Donor’s choice in memory of Sharon.

images[1]Rosemary Annette Chatel, age 66, of Hebron, Nebraska, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln, surrounded by her family.  Rosemary was a nurse in Hebron, she is survived by her son, Joseph Chatel and family, of Schererville, Indiana.  Private family burial. www.wyuka.com


Jerry Hugh Hamilton

May 13, 2015

Hamilton, Jerry folder photoJerry Hugh Hamilton, age 79 of Lincoln, was sent to God’s side on May 10, 2015 at his home.  Jerry was born Feb. 7, 1936 in Lanett, AL to Tommy Lee and Elizabeth (Lashley) Hamilton.

Jerry lived a remarkable life. He retired from the United States Air Force after proudly serving 20 years, including serving in Vietnam with the 555th Red Horse, Cam Rahn Bay. Jerry loved his job as Deputy Sheriff for Troup County Georgia where he trained and ran the canine unit, D-9 K-9, under Sheriff Jones. He was also a Federal Police Officer at the Lincoln Veteran’s Hospital for 8 years where he cared for and protected everyone who came across his path including many nurses and staff that he developed life-long friendships with.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed. Special thanks to his Oncology Nurse, Sarah Keller at LVA and Saint Elizabeth’s Progressive Care Unit & Hospice Team for their loving care.

Long-term Lincoln resident, survived by his beloved wife Charlene of 58 years; son Greg (Alyce) Hamilton and family of Denver; daughter, Julie (Steve) Lillich and family of Lincoln; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents; son, Jeffrey Hamilton; five brothers; and three sisters.

Military Graveside Service at 3:30 p.m. on  Friday, May 15th at Fairview Cemetery, 84th & Adams St., Lincoln; meet and process from Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St. at 3:00 p.m.  Supper Reception at Wyuka Stables, 3600 “O” St., following the service. There will be a Visitation from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thurs. May 14th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Memorials to the Wounded Warriors Project.


Alice A. Patterson

May 11, 2015

PattersonAlice A. Patterson, age 81 of Lincoln, passed away May 8, 2015.  She was born September 16, 1933 in Table Rock, Nebraska to Cecil and Ollie (Lang) Horton.  Alice retired as an Administrative Assistant with the State of Nebraska and was awarded the honorary title of Admiral of the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Joan Siske of Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Donald Dondlinger of Lincoln; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Vernon Hartman of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Daniel Dondlinger, Michelle Dondlinger both of Lincoln.  David Dondlinger of Springfield, Missouri and Matt Dondlinger of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Ross Siske and second husband Richard Patterson.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until service time on Thursday, May 14th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Richard D. Luhr

May 8, 2015

Luhr_edited-1Richard D. Luhr age 64 of Omaha, formerly of Lincoln, passed away May 7, 2015 in Omaha.  He was born August 29, 1950 in Lincoln to Dale Luhr and Delpha (Packett) Fusco.  Richard was an electrician at LES for 38 years before his retirement.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Survivors include his son and fiancé, Brian Luhr and Ashley Helms of Lincoln; mother, Delpha Fusco of Bentonville, Arkansas; Grandchildren, Audrey Luhr and Breck Luhr; Brother and sister-in-law, David and Jody Luhr of Lincoln; Nieces, Maygan Luhr and Stephanie.  Nephews and spouse, Logan Luhr, Nathan and Melissa Luhr.  Aunts, Uncle and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, step father, Peter Fusco and brother, Steven Luhr.

Services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Burial at Wyuka Cemetery.  No viewing or visitation.

Memorials may be directed to the family.


May 5, 2015



Winifred Ann (Locher) Turner, age 88 of Lincoln, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Tabitha Maseman Unit in Lincoln.  Winifred was born June 7, 1926 in Oneida, Kansas, the daughter of Andrew and Nettie (Hess) Locher.  She graduated from Bern KS High School, class of 1944.

Winifred married her high school sweetheart, Leonard Turner, on December 4, 1946; they celebrated their 55th anniversary prior to his passing.  She was employed with Nash Finch Company for 20 years and enjoyed 18 years of service as Hostess at the Bethany Pantry.

She is survived by daughters, Glenda Walters of Topeka, KS, Gloria Turner-Fox (Frank) of  Tempe, AZ ; son, Fred (Brenda) of Lincoln;  six grandchildren;  seven great grandchildren; brother, Leonard (Christine) Locher of Paulding, OH; and sisters, Clarine (Richard) McConnell of Tucson, AZ, and Lois Slack of Escondido, CA.

Preceded by her parents;  husband;  sisters, Ruth Down and Lennis Locher ;  son in law Robert Walters; brother & sister in law, Gene (Betty) Turner; and brother in law Robert Turner.

Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015 at St. Marks United Methodist Church , 8550 Pioneers Blvd;  Pastor John Lacey officiating.  Visitation will be Sunday, May 10, 2-4 p.m. at 1111 North 78th Street, home of Fred and Brenda Turner.  Memorials to St. Marks Church.  

Robert A. McKinney

May 3, 2015

McKinneyRobert A. McKinney age 78, of Lincoln, died May 2, 2015.  He was born November 20, 1936 in Lincoln to Charles L. and June Esther (Titus) McKinney.  Bob married Marcella Dec 5, 1981.  They lived in Malcolm for 26 yrs.  Bob worked for Burlington Railroad for 35 yrs, and retired in 1999.

Survived by:  Wife Marcella McKinney, Step-children Judy McEniry (Bob) Houston, Tx, Bennie Kermmoade (Pat), Danny Kermmoade (Robin), Michelle Smith (Rocky) all of Lincoln, NE, 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 1 sister Emmajane Crossley,  numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces & great nephews.  Preceded in death by:  His parents Charles & June McKinney, Sisters Rosemary Gallagher, Patty Loos, Esther Farleigh; Brothers Charles McKinney, Jim McKinney, (Earl) Butch McKinney.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Wyuka.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Salvation Army.



Gottula 1Larry Gottula age 83, of Bennet passed away April 28, 2015.  He was born December 24, 1931 in Lincoln to Lawrence and Ellen (Pettigrew) Gottula.  Larry was born and raised on the farm that he worked.  After his retirement from farming he became a mechanic that many local farmers relied on to keep their equipment and farms running.  Larry was a devoted and loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.

Survivors include his daughters and son-in-law, Diane and Mike Jackson of Deatsville, Alabama and Carol Piper of Lincoln.  Grandchildren and spouses, Adeline and John Stotts of Bennet, Valerie Gottula of North Carolina, Lorlei and Jonathon Saunders, Seth Jackson and Matthew Jackson all of Alabama.  3 Great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Adeline; son, Michael and his parents.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 A.M. until service time at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the Cheney United Methodist Church.

CHARVAT OBIT PHOTOEdward Dominik Charvat, age 94 of Lincoln, born on March 30, 1921 died on April 26, 2015. Ed was son to Valerie K. (Vojta) Charvat and Edward James Charvat. He was always a hard worker and during the Depression helped his family by selling ice, while still a young boy. After graduating High School at Tilden Technical High School, Chicago, Illinois he went on to join the Navy during WWII. He was first stationed in Oklahoma and then was stationed on the USS Henderson traveling to Pearl Harbor just days after it was bombed. He often talked about this experience and it resonated throughout his life. After returning to the mainland after the war, Ed went on to work his way across the U.S. to the West coast, first owning a gas station in Colorado and later by 1950 as a Fire Fighter in Palo Alto, CA.

He moved back to Chicago after nine years in California. He met the love of his life at the Algonquin Ballroom in Illinois and married six months later, on April 27, 1957. In the 1950s Ed was a Mechanical Engineer with General Motors in Chicago and then later became employed with the Chicago Burlington Railroad. They began their family and then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1963. Ed lived the rest of his life in Lincoln and continued to work for the Burlington Northern Railroad in several positions with the last as Federal Inspector. He retired from the Burlington after 28 years and enjoyed time with his wife, traveling and building several houses together.

Ed is survived by his daughters, Audrey Charvat Drew (Gary), Donna Haiden (Mark), and Renee Charvat; five grandchildren, Erica White (Gary), Dawson & Raimey Drew, Leah & Rachel Haiden; two great grandchildren, Jasmyn & Addisyn White.

He is preceded in death by his wife Marie on October 27, 2013.

Funeral Service on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Father Thomas Maclean officiating; 11:15 Graveside Committal with Military Honors at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel and Cemetery, 3600 O St, Lincoln, NE.  Visitation 9:30 – 10:30 am with the family at the Funeral Home, no viewing.


April 27, 2015

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Ethel Crump, age 91 of Lincoln, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Lancaster Manor in Lincoln, Nebraska surrounded by her family.  Ethel was the daughter of James & Annie (Pavlish) Rardin; born in Dorchester, NE on October 4, 1923.  Many knew her as Bookkeeper at Wagey Drug in Lincoln.

Ethel is preceded in death by her parents; husband Keith; grandson, Curtis Sheridan; sisters and brothers.

She is survived by her daughter, Sally Dibiase; estranged grandson, Louie (Emerald) Sheridan; great grandchildren, Peyton BigBow, Cozad Sheridan, Lauryn Sheridan; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no viewing; a burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery on Tuesday, April 28th, at 12:00 p.m. with a private family service at the graveside officiated by family member Rudy Mitchell.


Trude Schomer

April 24, 2015

SchomerTrude Schomer went to be with the Lord on April, 22, 2015.  She passed away peacefully in the home she loved, surrounded by the family and animals she loved and who loved her deeply in return.  Born April 09, 1923, she recently celebrated her 92nd birthday and stated how blessed she was to share the day with so many friends and family.

Trude is survived by her daughter Trude Carol Farrell, Edgewater, Florida, her son Tommy Joe Schomer, Lincoln, six grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

Trude lived each day with optimistic enthusiasm.  She opened Trude’s Dog Motel in 1963 and operated it continuously until now.  Her passion and caring devotion for the well being of “her dogs” never diminished.  Many generations of Lincolnites have confidently entrusted the care of their canine family members to Trude, never doubting that each one would receive individual attention and the best of care.  With Trude, caring for her charges was never a “job”, it was her “life”.  Over the years she cared and found homes for many homeless pups.

In addition to her family and her dog motel, her other passions were her prize winning roses which she shared generously, and offering a safe haven for turkeys, deer, songbirds and the other wildlife which she provided for.

Her success earned her the Chamber Outstanding Woman Owned Business of the Year award in 2008.  If there was a need, Trude was always there.  To those of us who have had the privilege of sharing life with her, Trude will remain “forever young” in our hearts.

Visitation at Wyuka Monday, April 27, 2:00 pm ‘till 8:00 pm, with family present 7:00 pm ‘till 8:00 pm.  Celebration of her life at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church on Tuesday April 28th at 10:00 am followed by burial at Wyuka.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Capitol Humane Society.

Housel 1Irene L. Housel age 91 of Lincoln, passed away April 23, 2015.  She was born February 17, 1924 in Valparaiso, Nebraska to Joseph and Rose (Vanicek) Patocka.  Irene married Orville Housel on February 25, 1943 in Ceresco, Nebraska and at the time of his death they were married for 68 years.  She worked as a packer at Russell Stover Candies for 20+ years and than became a dietician at the Lincoln Veterans Hospital for another 20+ years.  Irene and Orville loved to go to casinos and really enjoyed flying to Las Vegas.

Survivors include their daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Larry Behm of Seward; Grandsons and spouse, Darren Behm; Dustyn and Kaci Behm all of Lincoln.  Great grandson, Kyler Behm.  Sisters, Margaret Cerra of Lincoln and Wilma Stastny of Wichita, Kansas.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville.  Her parents, one brother, Elmer Patocka and brothers-in-law, John Cerra and Jack Stastny.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, April 27th at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at Wyuka Funeral Home by 1:45 P.M.

Private family visitation only.

Memorials to the Alzheimers Association.

Isabelle M. Brown

April 23, 2015

Brown, IsabelleIsabelle Madeline Brown, 85, passed away April 22, 2015.  Isabelle was born January 2, 1930 to William and Rose (McPeak) Lafferty in Lincoln, Ne.   She married the love of her life Melvin Brown on October 1, 1948 at Central Alliance Church where she was a member for over 70 years.  Isabelle started college when her children were in high school and received a degree in Early Childhood Development.  She was the Director at Central Daycare where she worked for over 20 years.  Her favorite hobbies included spending time with her beloved grandchildren, camping, and reading.  Her most cherished book was her well-worn Bible.  She lived for the Lord every day of her life. She also enjoyed cooking and baking for family, friends, and the church.

Isabelle is survived by Mel, her husband of 66 years; her son Gary (Valerie) Brown of Lakewood, Colorado; her daughter Cathie (David) Miller of Lincoln; and her grandchildren Keith and Jesse Brown, Taylor and Spencer Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, half-brother Francis Stromer , half-sister Helen Kearns and special aunts Emma, Eva & Iva McPeak who helped raise her .

Funeral Service:  10:30 am, Monday,  April 27, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home, followed by a luncheon at Wyuka.

Visitation:  Noon- 8 pm on April 26 with the family present from 4:00 – 5:00 pm also at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to The Nebraska Children’s Home Society and The People’s City Mission.


April 20, 2015

Briggs obit photoRalph A. Biggs, 89, Lincoln resident and WWII veteran, died on April 19, 2015. Ralph was the fourth of nine children born to Mabel (Hederman) and Al Biggs. The family lived for many years at the corner of North 12th and Butler Streets in Lincoln’s Belmont district. Al operated a nearby auto mechanic shop on Cornhusker Hwy.

In 1943, during his senior year at Lincoln High, Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Trained as a Gunner’s Mate, he saw action in the Pacific on board a destroyer-escort and a landing ship dock. He was Honorably Discharged at war’s end in April, 1946. A few weeks before his discharge, still in uniform, he married Doris McQuown, of Lincoln. They eloped to Marysville, KS; Ralph, not yet 21, could not obtain a marriage license in Nebraska. Their marriage lasted 57 years; Doris passed away in July, 2003.

After their first child was born in 1947, Ralph and Doris moved to Wisconsin. Yet when they retired more than 40 years later, they came back to Lincoln. They raised four children: Carol Shepard of Lincoln; Daniel Biggs of Silver Spring, MD; Jerry Biggs of Baltimore MD; and Susan Steger of Allenton, WI.  Ralph would tell anyone who asked that his proudest achievement in life was “trying to make sure my kids grew up right.”  In recent years, Ralph resided at Gramercy Hill Senior Home in Lincoln, where he enjoyed the friendship, laughter, and Husker-mania of staff and residents.

Ralph is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Robert Shepard III, Angel Shepard, Marcos Biggs, Alexandria Steger, Robert Steger, Ian Greco, Arabella Greco, Eric Dixon, and Mira Biggs; siblings Ivan Biggs and Irene Leech, both of Lincoln, and  brother Harold of Greenville, WI.

Preceded by grandson Thomas Dixon; and Emily Shepard.

No Public Services are planned; family and friends will gather in private to reminisce about Ralph’s loves and his impact on their lives. Condolences may be sent to: The Ralph Biggs family c/o Gramercy Hill, 6800 A Street, Lincoln NE 68510.

Marvin G. Anderson

April 15, 2015

FlagMarvin G. Anderson known to his friends as “Captain Andy” age 72 of Lincoln, died April 14, 2015 in Omaha.  He was born August 23, 1942 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Charles Anderson and Fern Meyers.  Marvin was proud to be a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and attained the rank of Sergeant.  He was awarded the Bronze Star while serving in Vietnam.   Marvin lived in Germany before moving back to the United States.  He was named employee of the year more than once when he worked at  Tabitha Health Care.  Marvin was also the manager at the Foxy Lady for a number of years.

Survivors include two daughters, Lori and Bonnie; Mother, Fern; Sister, Carol and two brothers, Fred and Larry.  Lifetime friend, Sandra Irwin.  His three companions: Peggy, Sammy and Trudy.  He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Burial with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

No viewing or visitation.

Memorials to the family.


April 13, 2015

HARVEY3 (5) cropHarvey Joseph “Ace” Schmid, 79, of Lincoln, died April 12, 2015.  Born April 21, 1935 in Mason City, NE to Charles and Colia (Burnett) Schmid.

From 1955-1960 “Ace” served in the US Air Force. In later years, he served in and retired from the NE Air National Guard. He maintained a strong identification with his military service throughout his life, and it was a source of great pride for him.

Ace will be most remembered as a singer and musician, playing often in a number of different country western and bluegrass bands both in Nebraska and in Texas.

Survived by former wife Alona; children, Bambi (Brian Wilson), Shawn, Casey (Lisa), Derek (Brenda Walker), Tyler, and Shadlee Jo (Ryan) Meinke ; grandchildren, Morgan (Jeff) Krull , Bruce, Kris, Mason, MacKenzie, and Connor; great grandchild, Bruce; brother, Dean (Carolyn); sister, Peggy Dye; brother in law, Eugene Chartraw; sisters in law, Lois, Joan, and Alice (Cox); 14 nieces and nephews; and over 30 great- and great-great nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by one unborn child; his parents; brothers, Charles, Harley (twin), Alfred, and Leo; sisters, Gerry Korensky and Frances Chartraw; brothers in law, Frank Korensky and Lloyd Dye; niece Bonnie Jean Chartraw; nephew Roger Badberg; and former in laws, LaVerne and Vera Cox, and Larry Cox.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 25, at St. Teresa’s, 735 So. 36th Street, Lincoln with Burial immediately following at Wyuka Cemetery with Military Honors; a Reception will follow at the Church.  A Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Friday, April 24th, from 6:oo – 8:00 pm with a Rosary Service at 6:30 pm.  Monsignor Nemec will be Officiating all Services.  Memorials to the family for later designation. www.wyuka.com

Linda E. Douglas

March 31, 2015

Linda Douglas PhotoLinda Douglas, 72, passed away March 27, 2015, surrounded by her family after an unexpected but courageous battle with stomach cancer. She handled this unbelievable crisis with immense grace; her firm belief in God and devotion to her family gave her peace.  Linda was born on October 1, 1942. She received a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from UNL in 1974. She completed her Undergraduate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and her Master’s degree from Appalachian State.  Linda finished her 36 year career at Lincoln Public Schools as the Director of Special Education. After retiring from LPS in 2005, she worked for 11 years as an Adjunct Professor at UNL and Nebraska Wesleyan University, teaching Special Education courses. She also worked with the NE Dept. of Education for the past 10 years.  Linda was a dedicated and integral member of Eastridge Presbyterian Church for over 40 years and served as Elder, Clerk of the Session, and Deacon.

Linda is survived by her husband (Aaron), daughter (Heather)—both of Lincoln, NE—and her brothers (Lynn Echerd and John Hall Echerd) and sister (Thelma McLeod) of Taylorsville, NC.  Her brothers William, Howard, and Bruce Echerd precede her in death.

Linda’s Memorial Service will be on April 11, 2015 at 11 am at Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Drive Lincoln, NE, and will be followed by a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her memory may be directed to the family and will be used for Church projects she designated and for establishing a Scholarship for students pursuing degrees in Special Education.  The family will hold a private Committal ceremony at Wyuka Cemetery prior to the Memorial service.


Madelynn Anderson obit photoMadelynn EvaMarie Anderson (Maddy), age 17, of Lincoln went to heaven surrounded by her family on Friday, March 27, 2015 after her courageous battle against leukemia. Our little Preemie Princess was born at Saint Elizabeth Hospital on Oct. 23, 1997; Down Syndrome made her an extra special angel, and she was a daddy’s girl from the get-go. Maddy brought love and happiness to everyone she met.

Maddy was a student at Lincoln East High; she had many happy years at Barkley ECSE, Clinton Elementary, and Culler Middle School. Maddy was a member of the Down Syndrome Assoc. for Families and enjoyed attending their activities, especially swim parties.

She enjoyed heavy metal, classic rock, pop music, going to the movies (which could not be complete without “corn-corn” and “kit-kats”), eating out, attending concerts, scary Halloween decorations, amusement parks – especially roller coasters, dances – especially Aunt Shari’s Halloween parties, pretty dresses especially her flower girl bridal dress, and her beautiful long brown hair.

Surviving loved ones include her parents, Rex & Caroline (Hier) Anderson of Lincoln; brothers and sisters in law, Derek (Leah Harris) Anderson of Ames, IA; Jared (Caira West) Anderson of Lincoln; grandparents, Wayne ( Laura) Anderson of Lincoln and Evelyn Hier of Lincoln; aunts and uncles, Glade Hier, Bernie Hier, Mike Hier, Shari Hier-Duffin, Ginny Fry, Cindy (Mark) Stevens, Justin ( Lindsey) Anderson, all of Lincoln, and Bill (Alma) Anderson of Kuwait; honorary uncle and aunt Steve (Candy) Chrastil of Lincoln; special movie buddy, Shawna Hurley of Lincoln; many special cousins, family, and friends; and puppies Bella, Guinness, and Willie.

Maddy is preceded in death by grandfather Julian Hier; great grandparents, Sam (Lucille) Belfiore; and so many other loved ones.

There will be a Visitation at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, at 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2015 with the family present. www.wyuka.com

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 1st, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3218 “S” St., Lincoln with a visitation one hour prior at the Church.   A Rosary Service will be held at 6:30 pm on March 31st at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, with family present; Father Morin is officiating all Services. Open Public Visitation will be held from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31st, at Wyuka Funeral Home. Burial and Committal will follow the Funeral Service on April 1st at Wyuka Cemetery and Park with a Dinner Reception following at Wyuka Garden Room.

Jill A. Ulland

March 16, 2015

Ulland, JillJill A. Ulland, age 55 of Lincoln, beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend, passed away March 3, 2015.  She was born May 10, 1959 in Broken Bow, Nebraska to Maynard J. and Lucille P. (Kjos) Ulland.

Survived by: sisters, Bonnie Borenstein, (Daniel) and Diane (Dede) Priest (Skip); niece, Amanda Whitesides; nephews, Jay Borenstein and Ryan Priest; and six great nieces and nephews.   Extended family in Lincoln:  Sue Simmons; Maghie and Aidyn Jenkins; Damien and Makayla Simmons, Helen Draper and Lisa Rochenbach .

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.  Memorials to Easter Day Recreation Center, Atten: Kerry Zing, 6130 Adams Street, Lincoln, NE  68507; or Region V Services, 3801 Union Dr. Suite #1, Lincoln, NE 68516.

Mary Ann Sprague

March 11, 2015

gold crossMary Ann Sprague age 82, of Lincoln, passed away March 10, 2015.

There will be a Funeral Service at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln, NE. The service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 14, 2015 with burial to follow in wyuka Cemetery. Mary Ann died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

She was born February, 14th 1933 to Burton and Mary (Rupert) Davis; and attended schools in Mt. Ayr, Iowa  graduating in 1951. She attended Northwest Missouri State University and received her Associates

Degree in music education. Music was her passion as a young women and she performed as a vocalist in numerous competitions and church choirs, often as a soloist.

She married Bob L. Sprague in 1954 in St. Joseph, MO. He preceded her in death on May 21, 1989. Soon after marrying, the couple moved to Lincoln where they continued their educations at the University of Nebraska. Mary Ann and Bob started Sprague Roofing Company on May 1, 1961. She worked at Sprague Roofing as the office manager and bookkeeper until her retirement in 1994.

Mary Ann enjoyed traveling and did so extensively by taking trips throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. She was well versed in the histories of the regions she traveled.

She is survived by son, Gregory M. Sprague, daughter, Marcia Hershiser (Craig Hershiser), grandchildren, Heidi Hayes (Adam Hayes), Laura Rigoni (Brandon Rigoni), Megan Hershiser (Joey Ianno) and Cameron Hershiser, great grandchildren, Noah Hayes and Livia Rigoni.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to The American Lung Association and may be sent in care of Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln, NE.


LeAnna L. Reiselman

March 9, 2015

Reiselman 1LeAnna L. Reiselman age 57 of Lincoln, passed away March 7, 2015 after a courageous year long battle against cancer.  She was born November 10, 1957 in Lincoln to Neale and Beverly (Gerdes) Walbridge.

Survivors include her husband, Reed Reiselman of Lincoln; sister, Lorna Pleasant of Lincoln; sisters-in-law and spouses, Patricia and Jeff Bergman of Ithaca, Nebraska and Aileen and Gary Leithead of Torrington, Wyoming.  Brother-in-law and spouse, Robin and Cheri Reiselman of Bremerton, Washington.  Nephew, Chad Pleasant of Papillion and his daughter, Henley.  Niece, Anjuli Pleasant of Lincoln and her son Cyanté.  Other nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by her parents, brother, Herb Walbridge and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Mary Lou Reiselman.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  No viewing or visitation.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Family.


Jared F. Teichmeier

March 7, 2015


TeichmeierJared F. Teichmeier, 80, died Friday, March 6, 2015. He was born on August 10, 1934 in Rockville Nebraska to Frank and Christal Teichmeier. He grew up on the farm with 3 brothers and 3 sisters and graduated from Boelus High School.

Jared married Doris Koslicki on July 24, 1958 at Fort Riley Kansas and they celebrated their 55th anniversary before Doris died in 2013. They had four children: son: Greg (Lori) Teichmeier, Lincoln; daughters; Dodie (Randy) Grachek, Atlanta GA, Katherine (Harlan) Opie, Olathe, KS, Andrea (Mark) Keim, Lincoln; grandchildren, Nicole (Andy) Janssen, Tiffany (Austin) Young, Jared, Neil and Kellen Grachek, Tristan and Eden Opie, Joel, Eva, Lily and Evan Keim; great grandchildren, Bella Slattery and Harper Janssen. Jared also enjoyed a large extended family and many friends.

Jared was in the US Army and served 20 years with the US Navy Reserve- Seabees. For most of his life he worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. During his retirement, he worked part time for Budget Rental Car. He was a member of United Rubber Workers/USWA Local 286, serving on its executive board and bargaining unit. He was President of Local 286 from 1988 -1994. He was devoted to the cause of labor unions and worked tirelessly for the advancement of working people. He was a delegate to the Lincoln Central Labor Union for 50 years, was inducted into the Nebraska State AFL-CIO Hall of Fame, received the Al Bauer Award for leadership, and was a representative for labor in various capacities in government and the community.

Jared was also very active in local and state affairs of the Democratic Party.  He was on the Lancaster County Democratic Party Central Committee, was an officer in the Nebraska Alliance for Retired Americans and was the ultimate grassroots campaigner for political candidates and legislative issues. He was honored to be a Nebraska Delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1996  (Chicago) and 2000 (Los Angeles).

His community involvement was extensive. He cared a lot about northeast Lincoln and was active in the Havelock Business Association, the Havelock Neighborhood Association and the Northeast Family Center. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Goodyear Employees Federal Credit Union. He served as a deacon at Rosemont Alliance Church. He volunteered for the Triad Salt Council, Nebraskans for Peace, the Community Blood Bank, United Way, the Larsen Tractor Museum at UNL, the Food Bank of Lincoln, and operated the train at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

Most of all, Jared was a kind, sweet, generous man. He was a wonderful Dad, but he excelled as a Grandpa. We will miss him every day, but thoughts of him will warm our hearts and make us smile because of who he was.

Jared is survived by his immediate family, his brothers Leroy Teichmeier and Kenneth Teichmeier, and his sisters Colleen Mieth and Charlotte Case. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 1 brother, 1 sister, and 2 nephews.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on March 12, 2015 at the Lincoln Berean Church, 6400 S. 70th.  Visitation will be from 4:00-9:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11th, at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to The Food Bank of Lincoln or MiddleCross Church, formerly Rosemont Alliance Church.



March 5, 2015



Wendy Jo Thrasher-001Wendy Jo (Owens) Thrasher, age 56, of Lincoln, passed away March 5, 2015. Wendy attended East High School and the University of Nebraska here in Lincoln. Early on she worked in Broadcasting for NETV; and as a Seamstress for Fringe and Tassel; she also pursued a career in Theatre as a Stage Hand at Kimball Recital Hall, Pershing Auditorium, and the Lied Center.  Wendy also really enjoyed performing with local theatre arts groups.

Wendy is survived by her mother Margaret Todd, her father James Todd; her three children Todd Krumm-Owens, Avery Thrasher, and Emily Rose Thrasher; brother Bryce (Tiffany) Todd; one grandchild Danae Gariboy; and her nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her brother Troy Owens; and her sister Julie Fenstermacher.

Memorial Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. Burial will follow at Wyuka Cemetery. www.wyuka.com


March 2, 2015

gold crossDONALD R. WAHL, age 81, of Lincoln, passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Bryan East Hospital.  Donald was born in Lincoln in 1934 to Claude and Julia (Stalder) Wahl.

Services are Pending at this time.

Robert M. Frame

February 23, 2015

FrameRobert M. Frame age 80 of Lincoln, passed away February 22, 2015 at the Eastern Nebraska Veteran’s Home.  He was born December 30, 1934 in Price, Utah to Vernee and Virgie (Mulliner) Frame.  Robert served with the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing of the U.S. Air Force, and was called up for the “Berlin Crisis” in 1961.  Robert received his A.S. degree in 1954 and his B.A. degree in 1959 before serving his country.  After his service, Robert received his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.  For over 35 years, he worked in the Human and Organizational Development and Change business.  Robert served as the Civil Service Commissioner for Ventura County, California from 1965-1969 and in 1974 was named the “Organization Development Practioner of the Year”.  He also authored a book about “Organizational Development”.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Frame of Lincoln; sons and daughter-in-law, David Frame of Highlands, Utah; Robert and Rachel Frame of Cady, Texas.  Daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Dave Staker of Highlands, Utah.  2 granddaughters and 6 grandsons.  Step children, Jane and Joe Ouellette, Jeff and Jolene Rodzielski all of Lincoln.  2 step grandchildren.  Brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Donna Frame of American Fork, Utah.  Sister, Patricia Quarnberg of Green River, Utah. Sister-in-law, Sue Frame of Orem, Utah.  Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gerald Frame.

Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 640 N. 56th, Lincoln on Wednesday, February 25th at 3:00 P.M.  Burial with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Disabled American Veteran’s, 5631 S. 48th, Lincoln 68516.

Patricia (Pat) M. Gagner

February 20, 2015

Gagner 1Patricia (Pat) M. Gagner, passed away on February 15, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Pat was born on February 25, 1942 in Alliance, Nebraska to Earl and Inez (Scarlett) Prall.  Pat was married to Jerry Gagner for over 55 years.  Pat enjoyed life to the fullest and she had a remarkable ability to make anyone laugh.  She loved her family most of all and cherished being around her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She will be deeply missed by her family and a wealth of friends.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry; children, Alan (Melody) Gagner of Eagle, Nebraska; Candy (Jeff) Damme of Cook, Nebraska; Scott Gagner (fiancé Mary Nabity) of Omaha, Nebraska, 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  Brother, Lonnie Prall of Hebron, Nebraska; sister, Shirley Logan of Sacramento, California.  She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Yvetta Bryan; brother, Tom Prall; great grandson, Tristan Gagner.

No formal funeral services per Pat’s request.  Cremation by Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln.  A celebration of life gathering will be held on March 1st from 1:00-4:00 P.M. at the Eagle Community Building located at 509 S. 4th street in Eagle, Nebraska (Main Street).

Cards can be sent to Jerry Gagner, P.O. Box 155, Eagle, Nebraska 68347.

Memorials may be sent to Eagle State Bank, P.O. Box 39, Eagle, Nebraska 68347 in Pat’s name, for a charitable donation to be made in Pat’s memory at a later date.


February 16, 2015

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Mary Klanecky Brox, 66, of Lincoln, died peacefully on Monday, February 16, 2015. Born August 12, 1948 at the Nebraska Industrial Home in Milford, NE, she was placed with the Nebraska Children’s Home (Whitehall) located in Lincoln. Loving parents Frank F. and Viva L. Klanecky, of McCook, adopted her after a long drive to Lincoln in a blizzard, arriving on Christmas Eve 1948; thus they named her “Mary.”

After moving to Lincoln in 1952, she attended Calvert Elementary and Southeast Junior & Senior High Schools, graduating in 1966.

Mary married James L. Brox on December 2, 1967. They had three sons. Her years as a devoted wife and mother were devoted to countless hours as a parent-volunteer in the children’s schools. She was also a gifted and talented crafter. Her projects included knitting numerous blankets for ill, traumatized, or needy children through Project Linus. She was especially known for creating beautiful cross-stitch wedding samplers, which now adorn the homes of many family and friends.

Mary is survived by her husband, Jim; sons, Timothy (Melissa) Brox, Lincoln, Michael (Yanina) Brox, Lakeland, FL, and Daniel (Carrie) Brox, Princeton, N.J.; 12 grandchildren;  numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is also survived by her birth mother, Carol Smith, Beaver City, NE;  brothers, Jerry Smith, Hendley, NE, Jim Smith, Beaver City,NE; sisters, Sue Riley, Holton, KS, Terri Martin, Beaver City, Toni Hardenbrock, Axtell, NE, Joyce Smith, Beaver City and Cheryl Buss, Beaver City.

Preceded in death by her parents; in-laws;brother- and sister-in-law; and other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services: 1:30 p.m. Friiday,February 20th, Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St., Lincoln, with the family receiving guests after.  Memorials to the Food Bank of Lincoln.


SKM_C284e15021614330_0001Robert Lee Williams, 61, of Lincoln, passed away at home February 14, 2015. Robert grew up in Omaha and attended South Omaha High School; he married his wife Robin in 1972 and they moved to Lincoln in 1981. To this union were born three children raised in Lincoln.

Robert worked for many years in Construction specializing in drywall and framing – “yes, he could fix anything.”. He loved fishing any time of the year, even ice fishing; he enjoyed hunting and was an avid outdoorsman always with his yellow lab Angel at his side. Robert liked to play horse shoes and shoot pool, while listening to good music. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren: Jordan, Vane, Ian, Aidan, Tatyana, Mikkel, and Tahneceya.

Survivors include his wife Robin; daughters, Tammy Williams, Kari (Lee) Umana; son, Bobby Williams, Jr; seven grandchildren; and his faithful companion “Angel”.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, with Pastor Mike McMurtry Officiating. Private Inurnment at a later date. Memorials to the family for later designation in Robert’s honor.

Phan V. Nguyen

February 12, 2015

gold crossPhan V. Nguyen passed away February 12, 2015 at his home.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Lincoln Vietnamese Alliance Church, 1440 W. A street, Lincoln.

Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln, on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 P.M.

Family requests no flowers be sent.  Memorials to the Bible College Student Scholarship Fund in memory of Rev. Phan Nguyen in care of the Lincoln Vietnamese Alliance Church, 1440 W. A Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68522


February 11, 2015


Chase, Carol obit photo-001CAROL J. CHASE, 68, of Lincoln, passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospital with family near, on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2015. Carol was born in 1946 in Springfield, MA to Harley and Priscilla (Clark) Cummings. She attended Holyoke College receiving her Associates Degree in Accounting. In 1981, she married Ray Chase in Miami, Oklahoma. Together they raised three children in Lincoln. Carol waitressed at the Village Inn locations on 29th and “O” and 66th and “O” Streets in Lincoln; and was an extremely committed Independent Contractor for the Lincoln Journal Star delivery routes for over 30 years. Carol was actively engaged in her church with Sunday School teachings, and secretarial work for many years. She enjoyed gardening, bible studies, fishing, camping; and most of all, her relationships with family and friends. Her strength, love and friendship will live on in the individuals she touched throughout her life.

Carol is survived by her children James Hartley, Belinda Fowler, and Rae Marie Erickson; siblings Judith Neill, Sandra Wood, and Douglas Cummings; grandchildren KayLee Hartley, Allison & Ryan Fowler, and Natalie and Abigail Erickson.

She is preceded in death, by her parents, her brother Richard Clark Cummings, second husband Billy Rex Vickers, and husband Almond Ray Chase.

Please come help celebrate Carol’s life and relationship with God at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 6251 Colby St, Lincoln on Friday, Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m. Burial and Committal will immediately follow at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, (Vine Street Entrance); with a Lunch Reception in Wyuka’s Garden Room following graveside services. There will be a Visitation Thursday, Feb. 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., with family present. Memorials to the family for later designation in Carol’s honor.

Stanley Ray Drabant

February 7, 2015

DrabantStanley Ray Drabant, age 86, passed away Friday, February 6th, 2015, in Lincoln, NE.  He was born Nov 15, 1928 in Hillsboro, Illinois, the forth child of Julia and Michael Drabant.  Stan served in the Air Force from October 1946 to August 1949, and was stationed in Greenland and at the Pentagon.  In 1949 he moved to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska.  There he met his future wife, Jo Ann, and was married to her on August 12, 1950.  For 40 years, Stan was a plumber for Wentz Plumbing, retiring in 1990.  In addition, he was an entrepreneur, a real-estate agent, and an antique dealer.  Stan & Jody “worked/played” at this until 2 years ago.

Stan is survived by his wife, Jody (Lincoln), son Mike Drabant (and Doris) of Houston, daughters Becky Moock(and Jim), Jenny Drabant-Greever(and Brent), and Kris Koch (and Dan).  Grandchildren include Dr. Bradlee Drabant (Los Vegas, NV), Brian Moock (and Christi), Jeff Moock (and Shelby), Dave Moock, Melissa (and Luis) Soares of Prince George, Canada, Jessica Meyers, Jennifer Greever, Sarah Davis (and Dan), and Josh Koch (and Mandy) all of Lincoln.  Great (and great-great) grandchildren include Erik Hall, JJ Koch, Nathan Koch, Kelsey Koch, Kayden Koch, Emma Davis, Lilly Davis, and Eli Anderson.   He was preceeded in death by his parents and siblings, Eve Drabant, William Drabant, and Carrie Osinski, and granddaughter Lori Drabant.

Services for Stanley are scheduled on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:00 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will begin at Noon on Tuesday, February 10th at Wyuka Funeral Home with the family present from 6:00-7:30 P.M.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to The American Legion, Post 3.


February 2, 2015

FlagROBERT GERALD LASWELL, age 61, of Lincoln, passed away on January 28, 2015 at his home.

Rob was influential to many people. He encouraged others to be their best, which often included helping them to get help for themselves. After many years of traveling and moving, he settled down in Lincoln where he spent time volunteering for groups like NAMI, reading or watching movies, exploring different music, and enjoying his family and friends. He will be missed greatly.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 5th, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln , NE with the family minister officiating.  Burial will follow in Wyuka Cemetery.  There will be no viewng or visitation.  Family and friends will gather for a small luncheon in Wyuka’s Garden Room after Burial.


January 30, 2015


Hogg, Gladys photoGladys Spencer Brown Hogg, 93, of Lincoln, died Jan. 29, 2015. She was born Nov. 26, 1921 in Oakland, Iowa, the daughter of Will and Lucy Spencer. Her father was the president of the Oakland Savings Bank. Gladys graduated from Oakland High School, and Christian College in Columbia, Missouri (Columbia College). She trained as a nurse in Omaha, Nebraska; there she met and married Dr. John A. Brown III and they moved to Shreveport, LA for his internship; they lived in many places in the U.S. until he went overseas. After the war they moved to Lincoln, John passed away in 1972. John and Gladys had two daughters, Joann and Brenda. Gladys returned to the University of Nebraska to finish her bachelor’s degree, and was active in the community. She loved bridge so much that she ran a bridge club and taught bridge at the local community college. At a bridge tournament she met Bill Hogg. They were married in 1977 and lived in Lincoln and Columbus for several years; then moved to Florida where they had 22 acres and became snowbirds. Lucky friendships gave them an introduction to teach bridge and run duplicate bridge games on cruise ships for more than 30 years — what an opportunity! From 1976 until 2006 they spent many months cruising the world: five trips to Russia and eastern Europe; many times from London to the North Cape in Norway; eight weeks in the South Pacific (China, Japan and beyond); through the Panama Canal 21 times; up and down both sides of South America; many cruises in the Mediterranean; to Africa and India; and many cruises in the Caribbean. Overall, they logged more than 2,500 days aboard ship, worked on 25 different vessels, and visited over 100 different countries. They were happy and lucky, loved people and adventures. Gladys and Bill moved from Florida to the Kansas City area many years ago, recently living at Park Meadows Senior Retirement Center in Overland Park.

Predeceased by husband Bill Hogg; and daughter Brenda Brown DeSatnick.

Survived by her daughter, Joann Brown; her children, Jim Nelson, John (Deb) Nelson; and Greg DeSatnick, son of Brenda Brown DeSatnick. She is also survived by Bill’s daughters Susan Macauley Ferris and her children Shauna Macauley and Mark Macauley; and Bill’s daughter Jane Krizer, her children Kathy Krizer; and John Garrett Krizer, his wife Angie, and their two boys Evan and Andrew.

Memorials can be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 10000 W. 75th St #231, Overland Park, KS 66204. Internment will take place at a later date.

Stephen Hunter

January 29, 2015

Hunter, SteveStephen Hunter,  Las Vegas, NV, passed away on Jan. 4th,  2015 at age 77.  He was predeceased by his wife Alverna Taylor, Denver, CO. Steve is the son of the late Armand L. Hunter and Genevieve Dalling Hunter who resided in East Lansing, MI.  He is survived by his son, Mark (Debra) Hunter, granddaughter, Sarah, and step grandson Jeremy Robbins; his sister, Katherine (Gary) Thompson, Rochester, NY; nephew, Matthew (Jessica) Thompson, Hilton, NY;  niece, Beverly (Aaron) Baker, Spencerport, NY;  six grand nieces and nephews; cousins, Pam Baker, Lincoln, NE; Deborah Reichow, Scottsdale, AZ.

Steve was a 1955 graduate of East Lansing High School, and a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps.  Figure skating was a passion of his, he skated in many ice shows and taught figure skating out in California.  He attended MSU, and was a long time Michigan resident.  He spent many years in Denver, CO, and moved to Las Vegas several years ago.

Services will be held in the spring in Lincoln, NE. Please visit www. Wyuka.com, for more information, and to share a memory or send the family a condolence.  In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.cff.org.

Florafae Schoen

January 27, 2015

SchoenFlorafae Schoen age 77 of Lincoln died January 26, 2015.  She was born September 27, 1937 in Sidney, Nebraska to Ralph and Dorothy (McIntire) Farquhar.  Florafae worked as an R.N. and after her retirement was involved with pet therapy at local retirement homes.  She is a member of Hope Community Church.

Survivors include her husband Burdette Schoen of Lincoln.  Son, Eric Schoen of Lincoln; daughters, Catherine Bailey of Fall City, Washington and Diane Usher of Lincoln.  3 Grandchildren, Taylan, Karinina, Chauncelamay and her numerous critters.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Hope Community Church,  4700 S. Folsom St.  Lincoln.

Memorials to the Alzheimers Association

John R. Blazek

January 23, 2015

Blazek, JohnJohn R. Blazek age 50 of Lincoln, passed away January 22, 2015 at home with his family at his side.  He was born October 14, 1964 in Lincoln to Gary and Judy (Hitz) Blazek.  John was an employee of ADM working as a boiler operator.

Survivors include his wife Catherine Blazek of Lincoln; daughter, Crystal Blazek of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Kellyann Blazek of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Granddaughter, Ivy Blazek.  Brothers, Calvin Blazek, David Blazek and Eric Blazek all of Lincoln.  John was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer; mother, Judith; sisters, Terri Gallant and Brenda Blazek.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St.  Lincoln.  Private family visitation only.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.


January 18, 2015

Cave, Evelyn Obit PhotoEvelyn Cave, 84, of Lincoln, died Jan. 17, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. She was born Nov. 17, 1930 on a small farm in Ord, NE to Frank and Jessie Jobst. After graduating from Ord High School with her hard working, spicy spirit, she moved to Lincoln where she met and married Jerry Cave in 1952; a 62 yr. marriage.

Working at Norden Lab for 16 yrs, retiring in 1991 – she loved camping, playing cards and had a passion for a tidy home.

Survived by daughter Connie (Scott) Agena, Waverly; son Gary Cave, Lincoln; grandchildren Travis (Chelsea) Schmailzl, Waverly, Tonya (Ed) Henson, Ashland, Tanner (Faith) Hanson, Lincoln, Hayley Agena, Waverly, Jessica (Dallas) Wyman, Lincoln and Lindsey Cave, Lincoln; 18 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; sister Eloise Schwerdtfeger, Omaha; brother Verdon (Phyllis) Jobst, Lincoln; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her husband Jerry, who died Dec. 29th, 2013; her parents; brother Verne Jobst; brother-in-law Charles Schwerdtfeger; and great niece Sierra Elliott.

Graveside Service at 2:00 pm on Jan. 22nd at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, with Rusty Miller of Capital City Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be left in her name at Bank of the West, Lincoln.                                            

Hall, Elaine obit photoELAINE (SPOMER) HALL, 90, of Lincoln, died peacefully Jan. 17, 2015. Elaine was born Aug. 19, 1924 to John S. and Lydia (George) Spomer. In 1945 she wed Lincoln High School sweetheart R. Edward “Eddie” Hall. Married for 66 years, they had three children – Steven E. Hall of Bennet, NE; Nancy H. Cullen of Long Neck, DE; and Jeri E. Hall of Lewes, DE. Elaine was a personnel director for Lincoln Liberty Life Insurance Co. and a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 11th & Plum.

She is preceded by her beloved husband, with whom she founded and operated Hall Pine Acres Christmas Tree Farm for many years.

Survived by her three children; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister, Jane Hacker; brothers, Edwin J. Spomer of Springdale, AZ and Donald J. Spomer of LaCanada, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

A Family Service will be held at a later date.  Memorials in lieu of flowers to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2001 S. 11th St., Lincoln, NE 68502; or to the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St, Unit 1, Lincoln, NE 68521. Online condolences to www.wyuka.com

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