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Richard L. Fleming

January 22, 2018

Richard L. Fleming age 86 of Lincoln passed away January 17, 2018.  He was born February 24, 1931 in Ipswich, Massachusetts to LeRoy and Lucy (Sturgis) Fleming.  Richard received his Bachelors of Science degree from Kansas State University in 1953, Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska in 1962 and his Doctorate from University of Nebraska in 1972.  Richard began his professional career as the Assistant Extension Editor in charge of Press Section, Assistant to Associate Professor, Department of Information, College of Agriculture and Home Economics at the University of Nebraska, 1956-1963.  He was the Director of University Information at the University of Nebraska, 1973-1976, assistant to the Chancellor, Director of University Information and Professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska, 1976-1980.  Richard received many awards during his career, listed are just a few including 24 years of loyal service, United States Government, 1996; Distinguished Service Award, Nebraska FFA Association, National FFA, 2006;  Legacy Award for Continuing the Legacy by making a difference with his lifelong passion for education, care and respect for every student and service to alumni, stakeholders and your profession, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Alumni Association, 2007; Elected to Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement, 2005; Master Conservationist Award, 2011; Award of Merit, Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute, 2014; Hall of Fame, Nebraska Press Association and the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications, 2015.  His memberships include National Agri-Marketing Association-past president of Midlands Chapter and member, national NAMA Board of Directors; Charter member, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Alumni Association, University of Nebraska, 2003; Past President, member, University of Nebraska Emeriti Association.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Becky Fleming of Eagle, daughter, Julie Chieffo of Lincoln.  Grandsons, Ryan, Josh and Michael.  Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Connie; his parents and one sister, Freda Manowski.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  University of Nebraska attire is requested and appropriate.

Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to the Dick and Connie Fleming Scholarship Fund in care of the University of Nebraska Foundation, 1010 Lincoln Mall Ste. 300, Lincoln, NE  68508 or the Lancaster County 4-H Council.

Esther Arlene Bouslaugh

January 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

William J. Shamblen

January 18, 2018

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

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

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

Memorials to the family.

Henry Fred Green

January 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mary Etta Brown

January 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Kenneth A. Darby

January 8, 2018

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

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

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

Interment of ashes will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Frank L. Taylor

January 5, 2018

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

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

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


Marjorie A. Ridenour

January 3, 2018

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

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

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

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

Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.


Larry L. Schroeder

December 26, 2017

Larry L. Schroeder, 79, of Fairbury, Nebraska died Saturday, December 23, 2017, at the Jefferson Community Health & Life Hospital in Fairbury, Nebraska with his family by his side.   Services will be at  1 : 30  Friday at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln, Nebraska.   

Larry was born August 14, 1938, in Beatrice, Nebraska, the son of Harlan and Alice Schroeder. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from Lincoln High. While in school and after graduating, he worked as a clerk at Hinky Dinky grocery store and was also part of The Nebraska National Guard. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Kathryn (Kate) Schaffer and they were united in marriage on August 30, 1959. They recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. They started their family in Lincoln and then moved to Grand Island, Nebraska in 1965 when Larry became the manager of the Hinky Dinky grocery store there. He received numerous awards for his outstanding work within the grocery store chain. He was made a District Supervisor of Hinky Dinky stores, but this required him to travel and be away from his family, which he didn’t enjoy. This is when he became manager of the new Hinky Dinky store that was being built in Grand Island. They remained in Grand Island to raise their family. During his time in Grand Island, Larry was a member of the Jaycees where he received an Outstanding Bosses Award, was President of The Cosmopolitan Club, Toastmasters, The Chamber of Commerce, and was also the President of the Gates School PTA and was made a lifetime member of the Nebraska State PTA. In November of 1982, Larry pursued his dream of owning his own grocery store, Schroeder’s Jack & Jill. It is this dream that brought Larry and Kate to Fairbury, Nebraska.

 Larry had a gift with people and those that had the opportunity to work with him found they respected and loved him for his kind nature and leadership. He was a great businessman and knew the secrets of running a successful grocery business. Larry also had the gift of craftsmanship. He took on many projects which involved remodeling, painting, wallpapering, and constructing. He was very handy which gave him the nickname of Mr. Fix-It by his granddaughters. He had a great eye for detail. When not working or tinkering, you could find him out on the golf course. He enjoyed golfing for many years until his deteriorating health made that difficult. Most importantly, Larry was a loving family man. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren wholeheartedly and would give them all the world if he could. He was always willing to help in any way needed. Larry earned the name of Bompo from his grandchildren, only because his first grandchild couldn’t say grandpa and it came out Bompo. It’s a name that stuck through the next four granddaughters and he was more than proud to be called Bompo.   

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 58 years, Kate Schroeder; his son Craig of Fairbury and daughter and son-in-law Lori and Gus Patsios of St. Paul, Nebraska; two brothers and sister-in-laws, Jim and Vicki Schroeder of Omaha and John and Karen Schroeder of Lincoln along with a sister and brother-in-law Judy and Randy Johnson of Lincoln; and his grandchildren, Bailey (Patsios) Aupperlee and husband Jeremy of Grand Island, Sydney Schroeder of Lincoln, Morgan Schroeder of Fairbury, Demi Patsios of Lincoln, and Taylor Schroeder of Lincoln; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Larry was welcomed into heaven by his parents, and two sisters, Janice and Shirley. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.wyuka.com

Charlotte A. Moyer

December 19, 2017

Charlotte A. Moyer age 78 of Lincoln passed away December 18, 2017.  She was born October 10, 1939 in Lincoln to Therold and Louise (Slaughter) Heiselman.  Charlotte retired from Integrated Resources after working 13 years as operations manager.  She is a member of the Lincoln Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Early Ford V8 club and the Nifty Fifty Ford club.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond of Lincoln. Son, James Hicks of Lincoln; daughters, Teena Newsome of South Carolina, Dianne Raymond and Dawn Wilson both of St. Joseph, Missouri.  Threasa and Jim Yonker, Lorena and Terry Linscott all of Lincoln.  Son, Raymond Moyer of Lincoln. Sister, Lynda and John Cannon of Kentucky.   10 Grandchildren, many great grandchildren.  Sister-in-law, Nyla Moyer of Lincoln.  Brothers and sister-in-law, Richard Moyer of Washington State, Neal and Carol Moyer of Oregon.  Preceded in death by her parents, brother, Charles Heiselman and sister, Peggy Briggs.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 22, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until service time on Friday, December 22nd at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Edith V. Hartman age 89 of Lincoln, passed away December 17, 2017.  She was born July 4, 1928 in Waverly to Carl and Anna (Peterson) Johnson.

Survivors include her daughters, Jan Knudsen (Roger), and Judy Neu (Rich). Grandchildren, Kristin and Lucas. Great Grandchildren, Greyson and Ryker. She was preceded in death by her husband Dwaine, her Parents, Sisters and Brother. Edith was a loving mother and grandmother.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. Interment to follow at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to Aging Partners, 1005 O St #300, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Alan E. Stolzenburg

December 15, 2017

Alan E. Stolzenburg age 66 of Lincoln, passed away December 14, 2017.  He was born March 11, 1951 in Lincoln to George and Marguerite (Hopman) Stolzenburg.  Alan worked as a grounds keeper and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Marsha, son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Amy Stolzenburg, sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Fred Reed all of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Carter, Berkley, Rylee and Morgan.  Nephews; Jeff (Danelle) Reed, Brian Reed (Sherry Gudding), Kevin (Melisa) Reed. Nieces; Teresa  Penbrooke (Kurt Cashman), Tracy (Tom) Wellbrock, Jennifer Hodges.  Great nephews & great nieces.  He was preceded in death by his brother Lynn, sister Mary and his parents.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, December 18, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from Noon until 7:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 5:00-6:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Melvin Leroy Brown

December 11, 2017

Melvin Leroy Brown, 87, passed away on December 8,2017. Melvin was born to Bernard and Ethlyn (Hartman) Brown on February 16, 1930 in Hebron, NE.   Mel graduated from Teachers College High, Lincoln in 1947.  On October 1, 1948 he married Isabelle Lafferty, his high school sweetheart.

Mel served honorably in the US Army during the Korean War and achieved the rank of SFC. He earned a Bronze Star Medal for his service.  Mel was a barber in Lincoln for over 20 years.  After that he was the Business Manager at the Peoples City Mission.  Mel and Isabelle were long time members of Central Alliance Church; where he served as Treasurer, Elder and Deacon.  Mel also was the Business Manager for Central Day Care Center.   Mel and Isabelle cooked many meals in the church kitchens.  They also hosted Christmas dinners at their home for men living at the city mission.  Mel loved the Lord and served by helping others.  Mel and Isabelle especially loved feeding family and friends.

Mel was a member of Faith Bible Church in recent years. He enjoyed reading, cooking, camping and spending time with his family and friends.  Mel and Isabelle took their children and later their grandchildren on many camping vacations to various parts of the country.   He was a loving caregiver to Isabelle the last few years of her life until her passing in April 2015.  Mel is survived by son Gary (Valerie) Brown of Lakewood, Colorado; daughter Cathie (David) Miller of Lincoln; grandchildren Keith and Jesse Brown, Taylor and Spencer Miller; sisters, Marie von Forell and June Hainlen;  nieces and nephews.  Mel was preceded in death by his beloved wife Isabelle, parents and brother Gene.

Services: Friday, December 15, 2017;     2:00 Graveside at Wyuka Cemetary with Military Honors for any that wish to attend followed by a 3:00 Memorial Service at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation:  Noon – 6:00 pm on December 14 with the family present from 3:00 – 5:00, also at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank Tabitha Hospice and the Journey House staff for the loving care they gave both Mel and Isabelle.

Memorials to People’s City Mission, Tabitha Foundation or Madonna Foundation

Kenneth “Diz” Roberts

December 10, 2017

Kenneth “Diz” Roberts age 91 of Bee, Nebraska, passed away December 9, 2017. He was born August 16, 1926 in Calvert, KS to George and Emma (Akin) Roberts.
He is survived by his wife Donna (Roe) Roberts, son, Gary (Sandy) Roberts, Daughters; Connie (Jim) Cook and Kay Roberts, 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Fred, Joe, Clark, Robert, Ora, sisters; Fern Eshelman, Wilva Lamb-Hutchens, and Velda Bieghler, son, Jim Roberts, daughter in-law Linda Roberts and son in-law Mike BussVisitation Monday, December 11, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:00p.m., family present from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street
Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 10:00a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home.
Memorials to Bee Ballroom Committee, Bee Nebraska, 68314.

Sherry J. Schwarck

December 5, 2017

Sherry Jean Schwarck age 69 of Lincoln, passed away December 4, 2017.  She was born July 3, 1948 in Lincoln to Paul R. and Lillian B. (Niederhaus) Weiler.  Sherry worked in the accounting department at Goodyear for 25 years.

She is survived by her son, Shawn Garber, grandson, Zach Garber, great granddaughter, Ellie Garber.  Mother, Lillian Weiler of Lincoln,  Sisters and brother-in-law, Coni Weiler, Paula and Thomas Srb of Lincoln.  Sherry was very fond of her niece Melissa Srb.  She is preceded in death by her father, Paul Weiler.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

Private family interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Loretta J. Kreiter

December 4, 2017

Loretta J. Kreiter age 97 of Lincoln, passed away December 3, 2017.  She was born July 25, 1920 in Manfred, North Dakota to Jacob and Florence (Edinger) Wagner.

Survivors, sons and daughter-in-law, Don and Susie Kreiter of Lincoln, Kurby Kreiter of Texas.  Granddaughter, Pennie Marshall, grandson, Stacy Kreiter, great grandsons, Joshua Marshall and Luke Marshall all of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, her parents and 2 sisters, Luella and Ida.

Services will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Lincoln Memorial Park.  Family and friends will meet at Gate 2 prior to 10:00 A.M.

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from Noon until 6:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to College View Academy Worthy Student Fund.

Eva Joye Phelps

December 1, 2017

Eva Joye (Palser) Phelps, 88, passed away November 30th, 2017. Eva was born March 26, 1929 to John Ashton and Katie Blanche (Johnson) Palser in Ord, NE and was raised on the family farm in Davis Creek, NE. She moved to Lincoln in 1948 and worked at Elgin Watch Factory. Eva married Coleman C. Phelps, Jr. April 9, 1950. Their marriage was blessed by three children: Paul David, Jane Louise, and Dean Steven. Eva was a devoted member of the church of Christ and the Ladies Bible Class, dedicated children’s Bible class teacher, loving and supporting mom to her own children, their friends, and all the neighborhood kids.
Survived by daughter and son-in-law Jane and Ron Franson, son and daughter-in-law Dean and Christi Phelps, grandson and wife Cole and Shayna Franson, granddaughter Carrie Franson, great grandchildren KayLana, Jayvon, KinLeigh, and KataLya; nieces, nephews, numerous cousins, friends, and grand dog Bubba.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 56 years, Coleman; son Paul David, and 10 siblings: Stella Kerr, Harold Ellsworth Palser, Robert Carroll Palser, George Edward Palser, Florence Wright, Mary Esther Rowe, John Weldon Palser, Paul Wayne Palser, Arthur Eldon Palser, and Richard Eugene Palser.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 3, 2017, 12:00 to 6:00p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St, Lincoln
Burial Monday, December 4th, 10:00a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, 84th & Adams, Lincoln.
Memorial service Monday, December 4th at 11:00a.m. at Lincoln Church of Christ, 820 N. 56th St., Lincoln, NE 68504
Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers, Nebraska Youth Camp, 65 Sweetwater, Kearney, NE 68847.

Kathleen R. Morgan

November 29, 2017

Kathleen R. Morgan age 71 of Lincoln passed away November 24, 2017.  She was born October 10, 1946 in Lincoln to Jacob and Lydia (Schessler) Koch.  Kathleen was a para-educator at Lincoln Public Schools.

Survivors, sons and daughter-in-laws, Kevin and Shannon Morgan; Terry and Joanna Morgan all of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Jacob, Christopher, Harrison and Sloane.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Morgan, her parents and her brother, Jack Koch.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to JDRF.

Warren G. Martin age 74 of Wayne, passed away November 27, 2017.  He was born June 13, 1943 in Dalton, Georgia to Cecil and Martha (Heggie) Martin.  Warren was a 1961 graduate of the former Martha Berry School for Boys of Rome, Georgia. He graduated from Berry College, Rome Georgia with a bachelor of science degree in history in 1965. Warren graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1970 and was admitted to the practice of law in Nebraska on February 28, 1972. In 1979, Warren served the Eighth Judicial District of Nebraska as an associate county judge.  Due to his health, Warren retired from law practice in 1985.

Survived by his brother, Russell Martin of Warner Robins, GA. He is preceded in death by his parents. Warren was a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Association of Ancient Historians. He was devout in his Christian faith.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln.

Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to Alzheimer Association.

Gordon G. Gude

November 27, 2017

Gude, GordonGordon G. Gude age 94 of Lincoln, passed away November 27, 2017.  He was born January 29, 1923 in Audubon, Iowa to George and Elda (Lange) Gude.  After Gordon graduated from Audubon High School he joined the U.S. Navy Air Corp on December 8, 1941.  He was stationed in the Pacific theatre.  Gordon received an executive MBA from Harvard University in 1970.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Beverly Gude, sons and daughter-in-law Craig Gude, Randy and Jelena Gude all of Lincoln.   Grandchildren,  Brian, Curtis, Kamberly and Kelle.  Great grandchildren, Briona, Brock, Carter and Emma.  He was preceded in death by his parents and five sisters.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.

Marguerite Mae Mazuch

November 24, 2017

roseMarguerite Mae Mazuch age 86 of Lincoln, passed away November 22, 2017.  She was born August 8, 1931 in Lincoln to John F. and Thelma (Reinert) Walthers.  Marguerite was a member of Jehovah Witness Bethany Park congregation for over 50 years.  She worked for LT&T as a long distance operator, for 17 years, Experian for 17 years and enjoyed being in the LPS Foster Grandparent Program for over 10 years.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Richard Jones of Seward; son, Randall Mazuch of Lincoln.  Grandchildren and spouses, Marcus and Justina Jones, Thomas Jones, Sarah Jones, Lisa Rose, Rebecca Jones, Andrew Mazuch, Megan Mazuch, MarLeigha and Sam Loos.  16 Great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Mazuch, her parents and a brother, Norman.

Private family and close friends services.

Public visitation will be Monday, November 27, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home from Noon until 5:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the LPS Foster Grandparent Program or American Heart Association.

Thomas Edward Rinkevich

November 14, 2017

Rinkevich, ThomasThomas Edward Rinkevich was born in Grand Rapids Michigan and received his A.B. at Xavier University in Ohio in 1964, an A.M. at Ohio State University in 1966, and a Ph.D. in Classics at Ohio State in 1973. After working as a Mail Carrier for the Postal Service in 1966, he began his career in the Classics Department at University of Nebraska in 1967. He was made Assistant Professor of Classics in 1973, promoted to Associate Professor in 1996, and retired in 2015 with Emeritus of Classics, after 48 years of faithful service to countless students of Greek language and literature, Latin language and literature, and numerous other subjects, including Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Mythology. Thomas was beloved by several generations of students and colleagues, who enjoyed the depth and breadth of his knowledge and his love for wisdom, and basked in his limitless kindness and his indefatigable sense of humor.

His excellence as a teacher warranted him several nominations for the American Philological Association’s Excellence in Teaching award, and led to his receiving the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1991. He also received three UNL Parents Association teaching awards, in 1992, 2002, and 2004, and the J. Wellington Wimpy Award in 1996, testifying to his ongoing dedication to pedagogical excellence.

In his many years of service at UNL, Thomas served on countless committees, including the Faculty Senate and the University Marshalls, and bore the responsibility of acting Chair of the department at least four times. He was an important contributor to the sustenance and growth of the Classics Department, and thereafter of the Classics and Religious Studies, always ready to teach extra courses when the students’ needs exceeded the Department’s means. After his retirement, the Department honored his dedication to service to the students with the Thomas Rinkevich Memorial Award for Exceptional Service.

He initiated an informal social group he named the “Secret Seneca Society,” membership of which was open to anyone devoted to Ancient literature and thought, which has functioned as an unofficial alumni group for his many students. Thomas was also a faithful participant in the Latin Mass in the diocese of Lincoln, and readily gave his talents as a Latinist as they were needed. He enjoyed playing the violin and piano, and enthusiastically participated in the Lincoln Shape Note Singing Society.  He had a passion for gardening, travel, and bird watching.

He married Virginia Lee Uzendoski  in 1971 and was a loving father to Xavier Thomas Rinkevich, Mary Genevieve Rinkevich, Katharine Concepción Wilson, Roseanne Magdalene (Sean Thomas) Horton. He delighted in being grandfather to Emma Rose Potter. He is predeceased by his parents, Edward Francis Rinkevich and Magdalene Barbara (Vidro) Rinkevich, James Robert, his brother, and by Xavier Thomas and Mary Genevieve, his children, and is survived by Magdalene Theresa Bumford, his younger sister.

There will be a funeral Mass at 10:00 am, Saturday, November 18, 2017 with a Rosary beginning at 9:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1145 South St in Lincoln, NE.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O St, Lincoln, NE.  In lieu of flowers the family invites contributions to the University of Nebraska Foundation’s Thomas E. Rinkevich Memorial Fund, which will be dedicated to student scholarship awards.

Richard K. Lear

November 9, 2017

Lear, RichardRichard K. Lear age 87 of Lincoln passed away November 8, 2017.  He was born May 1, 1930 in Lincoln to Clarence and Christa (Richardson) Lear.  Richard U.S. Marine Corps in 1949 and received an honorable discharge in 1952.  He worked for Burlington railroad for 40 years as a switchman.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Terry Lear of Evergreen, Colorado, son, Rick Lear of Lincoln, daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Bob Schilke of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Jerry Nobbman, Jeff Nobbman, Zach Crosby and Alyson Lear.  Great grandchildren, Elijah Nobbman and Ava Crosby.  Sister, Virginia Kiefer, Brothers-in-law, Denny Kiefer and Ron Bonebright.  Sister-in-law Frieda Harr.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Irene (Harr) Lear, his parents and siblings, Bob, Don, Gene, Vera, Faye and Vivian.

Services will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Monday, November 13, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home from Noon until 7:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Donna Mae (Barton) Lewis

November 7, 2017

Lewis, DonnaDonna Mae (Barton) Lewis was born on December 14, 1931, in Rosemont, Nebraska, to Frank and Lola (Wright) Barton.  She graduated from Roseland High School in May, 1949 and married Albert Dale Lewis in July that same year.  She and Al had three daughters, LeAnn (Clancy) Hammar, Robin (Cantu, Thiel) Lewis and Julie Lewis.  She is survived by: LeAnn and Dave Hammar; Ann, Patrick and Olivia Clancy; Heather Payden-Williams, Lucina Eid, and Derek Williams; Robin Lewis; Brandy, Nick, Sara, and Jadyn Ringheimer; Gerard Cantu Junior; Julie Lewis; Special niece Lonna Divine; and many nieces and nephews.  Her parents, six sisters and five brothers-in-law predeceased her.  She also outlived Albert Lewis, Misty Cantu (granddaughter) and M. Shonn Clancy (grandson).

She retired on her 65th birthday from HyGain/Telex, now Bosch.  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and participated in the Sewing Circle, Century Guild and Supper Club.  She was also active at the Lincoln Downtown Senior Center.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, prior to the service.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to People’s City Mission, Center for People in Need, Lincoln Salvation Army or First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln.

Adan J. Teniente

November 4, 2017

Teniente, AdanAdan J. Teniente age 30 of Omaha, previously Lincoln passed away November 1, 2017.  He was born February 6, 1987 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Adan Chavez and Yolanda Teniente.  The determination to achieve any dream.  The heart that made us all feel loved.  And the smile that lit up every room.  Rest easy our beautiful angel.

Adan is survived by his mother, Yolanda of Lincoln, father, Adan of Sutton, Nebraska, Brother, Roberto Teniente, sisters Erica Ketcham, Victoria Teniente and Cynthia Guitierrez all of Lincoln.  Brother, Phillip Teniente of South Dakota.

Services will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Thursday, November 9th from 4:00-8:00 P.M. with a rosary service at 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to the family for a later designation.


Cary R. Steele

October 31, 2017

Steele, CaryCary R. Steele age 47 of Lincoln passed away October 29, 2017.  He was born October 6, 1970 in St. Paul, Minnesota to William L. Steele and Kathryn (Wyner) Shanks.  Cary served the people of Lincoln for over 18 years as a 911 dispatcher and supervisor.  He served with the U.S. Army in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War.  Cary was a loving father, husband, son and brother.

Survivors include his wife, Laura and their children Grace and Donovan all of Lincoln.  Mother, Kathryn Shanks and husband Glenn of Lincoln.  Brother and sister-in-law, William L. and Zenaida Steele of Alexandria, Virginia.  Loving aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, William L. Steele.

 Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Celebrant Monsignor Liam M Barr.

 Burial of ashes with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

 Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to the children’s education fund in care Wells Fargo Bank.

Bruce E. McVey

October 16, 2017

McVey, Bruce 1Bruce E. McVey age 57 of Lincoln passed away October 15, 2017.  He was born June 28, 1960 in Omaha to Phillip and Marian (Crossen) McVey.

Survivors include his son Ian McVey and daughter Lana McVey both of Lincoln.  Grandson, DeVaughn Phillip Harris.  Granddaughter, MaLeah Kei’Mya McVey.  Sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Darrell Weiss of Alpharetta, Georgia, Carol and Tom Fricke of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Nephews, Derrick Weiss and Mitchell Weiss.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Logan, MarilynMarilyn Jean (Yowell) Logan, died peacefully at home on October 12, 2017. She was born August 10, 1928 to Hoyt and Kathryn Yowell and grew up with brothers Hoyt Jr and Jerry in the East Campus neighborhood in Lincoln. Marilyn graduated from Northeast High in 1946 where she made lifelong friends. On October 15, 1949 she married her best friend’s brother, Franklin Logan.

Marilyn and Frank raised their family in Lincoln and Ralston. She was a loving wife and mother and made a welcoming home for family and friends, always including those who needed comfort and companionship. Marilyn loved her many cats and dogs, to read and garden, and especially enjoyed traveling, often riding on the back of Frank’s motorcycle.

Marilyn is survived by her husband Frank; children Frank Jr. (Vicki), and Kay (Randy Peters); grandchildren, Sarah Lyons (Justin), Dan Logan, Will Peters (Callie), and Tessa Peters; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Mary Jane Parker (Dick); many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Inurnment at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln NE. Private family services. Memorials may be directed to the Capital Humane Society. 

Shirley M. Speer

October 14, 2017

Speer, ShirleyShirley M. Speer age 72 of Lincoln passed away October 13, 2017.  She was born May 9, 1945 in Hampton, Nebraska to John and Verla (Roehrs) Rathje.  Shirley graduated from York High School in 1963.  She received her associates degree from Lincoln School of Commerce.  She was in the marketing department for both Cushman and Licor in Lincoln.  Shirley was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her daughter Christine Lien and her son Brett Speer both of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Garrett Lien, Donovan Speer, Travis Lien and Clara Speer.  Brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Doris Rathje of York.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Warren Rathje.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 510 S. 33rd street, Lincoln.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 17th at Wyuka Funeral Home from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M.

Memorials to Lymphoma/Leukemia Society or Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Christina Bell Snyder

October 12, 2017

SnyderChristina B. Snyder, of Lincoln, passed away Oct. 9, 2017. She was born December 30, 1929 in Norton, Kansas to George and Louisa Freda (DeWester) Prall.

Survivors: husband, Richard, daughters, Iris (Chuck) Zimmerman, Linda, Debra and Joyce, four grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren, sister, Frieda (Jim) Stroud. Preceded in death by daughter, Roberta, son Patrick, granddaughter, Tina.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Bud T. Ricketts

September 29, 2017

Bud T. Ricketts age 87 of Lincoln, formerly of Hastings passed away September 28, 2017.  He was born August 11, 1930 in Arnold, Nebraska.

He is survived by his 3 children, Jeff, Crystal and Cyndy.  7 Grandchildren

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 2, 2017 at Wyuka Cemetery.

Dorothy M. Doling

September 26, 2017

Doling folder picDorothy M. Doling age 86 of Lincoln passed away September 26, 2017.  She was born April 11, 1931 in Faxon, OK to Claude B. and Mary J. (Moon) Davis. She attended Lawton High School in Lawton, OK with the graduating class of 1950. Dorothy met the love of her life; Forrest H. Doling while he was stationed at Ft. Sill Oklahoma. They were married in Hot Springs, SD in 1956 and moved to Lincoln, NE in 1957. Dorothy loved singing, painting, gardening, cooking, traveling, genealogy, and socializing with family and friends.

She is survived by her 5 children, Gary Forrest of Lawton, Oklahoma, Sharon and Jim Nelson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Diane Doling-Bregar and Jim Bregar of Mesa, Arizona, Mark Doling of Lincoln, Lori and Mark Ellis of Omaha.  13 Grandchildren, Jason, Shaun, Tyler, April, Tomas Jay, Jared, Matt, Riley, Garrett, Jordann, Brooke, Maegan and Logan.  15 Great grandchildren.  Sister, Polly Meador of Lawton, Oklahoma, LaVelle and Les Bean of Murchison, Texas.  Brother and sister-in-law, Robert “Bud” and Virginia Davis of Lawton, Oklahoma.  Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Forrest and brother, Lester.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln.

Visitation will be on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Bryan Foundation or Pathways to Compassion Hospice.





Sorensen, RuthRuth Adelaide (Hackett) Sorensen passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the age of 95.  She was born March 27, 1922 in Bloomfield, NE to Chester Arthur and Nola Belle (Walker) Hackett.

Survivors include her daughters and families:  Kay N. (Lyle) Ashelford and JoAnn (Dann) Miller.  Ruth had 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Trules, and son Lorenz Dee.  She was a devoted mother and wife.

During WWII, she worked at the Glen L. Martin Aircraft plant in Omaha.  She was a member of the team who built the Enola Gay bomber.

Ruth’s life work from 1951-1989 was dedicated to the advancement of developmental disabled individuals.  In the early 1950’s she and other volunteer parents created the Opportunity Center in Norfolk, Nebraska.  This was a school for mentally challenged children.  Her continued effort led to her position as Executive Director of Region IV services, retiring in 1989.  Under her leadership a workshop and multiple group homes were created to serve adults and children.

She served in various offices on a variety of local, state and national organizations and committees concerned with legislation, public relations, fund raising and the enhancement of the public perception of the developmentally disabled population.

Ruth received recognition and awards throughout her career.  She offered hope, support and friendship to many families.  Her legacy will live on for years.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, on Phillip Ave. in Norfolk Nebraska.



Dorothy Lauretta Sutter

September 18, 2017

Sutter, DorothyDorothy L. Sutter age 96 of Lincoln, passed away September 17, 2017 at her home.  She was born July 27, 1921 in Fairbury, Nebraska to Orval and Anna (Hinzman) Gaylor, Sr.  On April 26, 1941 she married Willard H. Sutter and for the next 31 years they travelled the world as he was a member of the U.S. Air Force.  After retiring, they settled for a time in Conifer, Colorado before ultimately returning to Lincoln.  Everywhere they moved she was always active in a local church serving as secretary, organist, soloist and other capacities.

She is survived by daughter Janice Yohe of Wilton, Iowa, sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Nancy Sutter, Mark and Debbie Sutter both of Lincoln, Brian and Sheila Sutter of Eagle, brother and sister-in-law Melvin and Roma Gaylor of Lincoln.  7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, countless friends.

The family invites loved ones and friends to a time of remembrance on September 20, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M. on September 21, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the People’s City Mission.

Bergman, DonnaDonna B. Bergman, 90, of rural Ceresco, Nebraska passed peacefully away, Saturday, September 16, 2017.  She was born November 20, 1926 to Fred and Fannie (Conn) Mau in Harvard, Nebraska.  Donna graduated high school in Greybull, Wyoming.  She was a good student and athlete, excelling in spelling and earning track & field ribbons.  In 1947, she married Cleo C. Bergman.  Together they raised 4 children.

Primarily a homemaker, Donna also worked as a Miller & Paines’ department store sales associate for over 25 years.  Donna & Cleo traveled extensively across the U.S.A., enjoying RV trips & winters in a warm climate.  A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she liked gardening, family gatherings, pets, trips to casinos where she was unusually lucky, old TV westerns, big band music & reading, especially real life mysteries.

Preceded in death by her husband, Cleo, daughter Julie Bergman, son-in-law, Mike Moots.  Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gary & Shari Bergman (Arizona), daughters, Sharon Moots (Colorado) & Jolene Thomas (Lincoln).  Grandchildren and spouses, Ryan and Liz Thomas, Lindsey and Soroud Fattah, Megan and Dane Merry.  Great grandchildren, Kameron, Gavan, Lana Fattah and Senna Merry.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Eagle Cemetery, Eagle, Nebraska.

Memorials to Juvenile Diabetes or Alzheimers Association.

Dr. Richard E. Hall

September 17, 2017

Hall, RichardDr. Richard E. Hall age 93 of Ashland passed away September 16, 2017.  He was born December 9, 1923 in Ashland to Elmer L. and Beulah M. (Johnson) Hall.  Richard joined the U.S. Army in 1943, and was involved with the assault on Omaha Beach and the battle’s of Normandy and Northern France.  When he returned from the war, Richard enrolled at Nebraska Wesleyan University graduating in 1949 with a B.A. degree.  Married Mary Smiley in 1950.  He received his Masters degree at UNL in 1950 and his doctorate of education in 1960.  Richard was an educator from 1950 to 1985 including administration at Lincoln Northeast High School and social studies teacher in Millard, Lefler, Whittier and Dawes Schools.   He was the director of education at the men’s reformatory and penitentiary for 5 years.  Richard loved to travel, taking trips to Pakistan, Australia, Northern England, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii.  He was a 70 year member of American Legion Post #29.  Richard was also a member of the DAV, NSEA and the NEA.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Steve Matzen of Lincoln.  Sons and daughter-in-law, James and Janell Hall of Lincoln, Dr. Richard E. Hall Jr. of Seattle, Washington.  Grandsons and spouses, Brocke and Meri Burkholder, Aaron Burkholder, Bryan and Julie Boelter, Justin and Amanda Hall, Nicholas and Marie Hall, Jordan Hall, Tim Matzen, Joel Matzen, Mike and Jessica Matzen.  12 Great grandchildren.  Sister, Ruby Strode of Ashland.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Catharine Conover.  Sisters, Eunice Hall and Colleen Schneider.  Brother, Bennie Hall.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 19th at Wyuka Funeral Home from 5:00-8:00 P.M.

Interment with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the family for the Carr Cemetery Trust or Ashland City Library.

Radene G. Stump

September 14, 2017

Stump, Radene folder photoRadene Goldberg Stump age 82 of Beatrice passed away on September 12, 2017 at the Good Samaritan facility in Beatrice.  She was born in Beatrice to the late Joseph and Ruth Goldberg.  Radene attended Monticello College in Godfrey, Illinois and graduated from the University of Oklahoma.  She was affiliated with Beatrice Iron and Metal Co.  She was a member of P.E.O. 

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ralph A. Stump and her sister, Audrey Goldberg Sachs of Dayton, Ohio.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Ruth Goldberg. 

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. 

All friends and associates are invited to join the family at the graveside service. Family and friends will meet at Wyuka Funeral Home on Tuesday by 9:45 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.

Hilary Larry Lassek

September 12, 2017

Lassek, HilaryHilary Larry Lassek formerly of Lincoln passed away September 3, 2017 in Massachusetts.

Survived by his companion, Susan Truitt.  Son, Hilary, sisters and brother-in-law, Loretta Kucera and Susan and Bill Neal.  Nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 P.M. at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Don Hoback

September 11, 2017

Hoback, Don 1Don Hoback age 90 of Lincoln passed away September 11, 2017.  He was born October 14, 1926 in Omaha to Ben and Helen (Eddy) Hoback.  Don was owner of C&H Concrete and worked for Roberts Dairy and Parkway Lanes.  He loved to golf and bowl.

Survivors include his wife Lois, married 70 years this January, of Lincoln, sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Carla Hoback of Lincoln, Mike and Joyce Hoback of Issaquah, Washington.  Brother and sister-in-law, Wally and Betty Hoback of Mt. Vernon, Washington.  Granddaughters, Louise, Anngie, Maggie and Jessica.  9 Great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Shirley Loos and Delores Nau.

Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation Monday, September 18, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Thomas A. Dahlgren

September 5, 2017

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Thomas Albert Dahlgren, age 64, of Lincoln passed away September 5, 2017.  He was born September 20, 1952, in York, Nebraska, to Harry A. and Irene H. (Ellermeier) Dahlgren.  Tom graduated from York High School in 1970, and also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1975 and his Master’s in Business Administration from Touro University in 2003. 

A member of the National Guard for more than 40 years, Tom left for basic training just three days after graduating high school. He enjoyed a 35-year career with the U.S. Property and Fiscal Office with the Nebraska National Guard and later spent three years serving with the United States Virgin Islands National Guard in St. Croix. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 5 in 2012. After his retirement, Tom spent much of his time on the golf course and was an extremely proud “Papa” to his two granddaughters.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Judy (Reetz) Dahlgren of Lincoln, sons and daughters-in-law Jerod Dahlgren and Tanya Wright, and their daughter Hadley Dahlgren of Grand Island, New York; and Eric and Jamie Dahlgren, and their daughter Taylor Dahlgren of Urbandale, Iowa.  Brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Barb Dahlgren of Lincoln.  Step-mother, Elaine Dahlgren of York.  Step-brother and spouse, Chuck and Rita Pfenning of Lincoln; step-sister and spouse, Jo and Gary Warren of Aurora, Nebraska.  Tom was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation with family will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017, at Wyuka Funeral Home from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Southwood Lutheran Church, 9300 S. 40th Street, Lincoln.

Private family inurnment at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org



William D. “Bill” Jensen

September 1, 2017

William D. “Bill” Jensen age 73 of Lincoln passed away September 1, 2017.  He was born September 28, 1943 in Omaha to Arvid and Pearl (Orris) Jensen.

Survivors include his wife Marlene of Lincoln, daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Ray Brooks of Lincoln, Sons and daughters-in-law, Bill Jr. and Nancy Jensen, Jim and Shawna Jensen all of Lincoln.  Sister, Jean Proulx of Omaha, sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and John Knight of Los Angeles, California, brother and sister-in-law, Jimmie D. and Betty Jensen of Papillion.  He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry and his parents.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until service time at Wyuka Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 with family greeting friends from 10:00-11:00 A.M.

Memorials to the family.

Dennis R. Bozarth

August 29, 2017

Bozarth, DennisDennis Ray Bozarth “Boz”, age 60, passed away at his home on August 28, 2017. He was born in Lincoln the fourth child of Clara M (Shrout) and the late James W. Bozarth.  Dennis graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School, attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, received his MD from University of Nebraska Medical Center, and completed his residency at West Virginia University.

Dennis married his wife Carol in 1982. He is survived by her, their two sons Matthew (Kathryn) and Aaron (Jennifer), and grandchildren Robert and Petronella.  Other survivors include his mother Clara, sisters Gayle Petersen and Kristi Lambrecht (Mark), brother John Bozarth, and many nieces and nephews.  A highly respected orthopaedic surgeon, Dennis was known not only for his skill but also for his joy and laughter in the operating room and his determined care for his patients. He focused on returning patients to an active lifestyle and often traveled to neighboring clinics to provide service to those in need.

Dennis enjoyed watching track and field and rugby with his sons, attending the College World Series, and cheering on the Huskers. A life-long Cubs fan, he cheered on the team at a World Series game at Wrigley Field last year.  A licensed pilot since high school, he also enjoyed spending his vacations at Disney World with his wife Carol.

A Celebration of Life Open House will be Friday, September 1 from 4 to 7pm at First Evangelical Free Church, 3280 S 84th St, Lincoln, NE 68506.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Dennis will be donated to the CRUDEM Foundation.  A hospital and medical mission in Haiti, Dennis was scheduled to spend a week there in September volunteering as a surgeon.

Craig A. Loeck

August 24, 2017

Loeck, CraigCraig A. Loeck age 67 of Lincoln, passed away August 23, 2017.  He was born November 27, 1949 in Omaha to Norman Johnson and Patricia Ann (Shaeffer) Johnson.  On November 7, 1959 Patricia Ann married Robert C. Loeck.  Robert adopted Craig and lovingly raised him as his own with Patricia Ann.  Craig has been a real estate agent for many years, most recently with Woods Brothers in Lincoln.

He is survived by his wife, Anita (Faas) Loeck of Lincoln.  Daughters and son-in-law, Katherine and Jamie Carestio of Hector, New York and Laura Jean Christie of San Jose, California.  Son, Sam Loeck of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  His father, Robert Loeck of Omaha.  Brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Renee Loeck of Lincoln, Ben and Jane Loeck of Omaha.  His in-laws, Melvin and Maria Faas of Lincoln.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia.

Memorial service will be held at 6:30 P.M. on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner St. Lincoln.  No viewing or visitation.  Craig’s wishes were to be cremated.

Private family inurnment Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to Alcohol Anonymous Central Office, Lincoln or the Bryan Independence Center.

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Betty L. Nettland

August 22, 2017

Betty L. Nettland age 86 of Lincoln passed away August 22, 2017.  She was born October 14, 1930 in Murphysboro, Illinois to Charless and Bessie (Rowan) Caraway.

Survivors include her daughters, Laura Nettland and Linda Nettland both of Lincoln.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Nettland, her parents, sisters Cleo Caraway and Ethel Miller.  Brothers, Lester, George, Wayne and Charlie Caraway.

Funeral services will be held at Noon on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held on Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until service time at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to The Cat House.

images[1]Doris I. Berry age 79 of Lincoln passed away August 22, 2017.  She was born March 7, 1938.  Doris was a nurses aide at Gateway Manor before she retired.

Survivors include her son, Mike Berry, daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Jon Landis, Barbara and Chris Bryan all of Lincoln.  Grandson, Jim Landis.  Sister-in-law, Shirley Obermeyer of Syracuse, Nebraska.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Berry, her parents and a brother, LeRoy “Butch” Obermeyer.

Private family services.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Raymond L. Borchers

August 19, 2017

Borchers, RaymondRaymond Lester Borchers, 101, Lincoln, passed away Aug. 17, 2017.

Survived by son Marc (Barbara) of Tampa, FL, daughter Sonja Breen of Pueblo, CO, son Philip (Deborah) of Pueblo CO, grandson Nathaniel (Crystal) of Portland, OR, and great grandchildren,  Lincoln and Denley. Preceded in death by wife, Margaret Borg-Breen.  Raymond was born April 13, 1916,  on a farm near Juniata, Nebraska, to Henry and Mary (Jacobitz) Borchers. He graduated from Kenesaw High School in 1933, the University of Nebraska Kearney in 1938, and the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1942 with a doctorate in biochemistry. He taught at Creighton Medical School from 1942 to 1945 and rose to full professorship at the University of Nebraska Lincoln from 1945 to 1981. During his career he conducted extensive research on the protein content of soybeans, supervised numerous graduate students, and chaired the Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition.

Private family service with inurnment at Fairview Cemetery.

Rosemarie Kempkes

August 18, 2017

roseRosemarie Kempkes age 76 of Lincoln passed away August 17, 2017.  She was born May 24, 1941 in Cozad, Nebraska to Harold and Mollie (Dinges) Schneider. 

 Survivors include her daughters, Shannon Kempkes, Kimberly Dolen and Denise Smith.  Sons and daughter-in-law, William E. Salisbury Jr.  Todd and Bille Jean Salisbury, and John and Denotta Salisbury.  Sister, Beverly Crapson.  Brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and Karol Frye.  23 Grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren.  Special friend, Pat Rickey.  Many cousins and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Butch Kempkes, her parents, son, Dennis Salisbury, sister, Delores Pipkin, son-in-law, John Dolen, step-father, Al Frye and brother-in-law, Jim Crapson.

 Private family inurnment at Wyuka Cemetery. 

Memorials to the family in care of Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510


Helen Huynh

August 15, 2017

Huynh, HelenHelen Huynh age 73 of Omaha formerly of Lincoln passed away August 13, 2017.  She was born February 1, 1944 in South Vietnam.

Survivors: Sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Nu Tran of Omaha; John and Mui Le Tran of Chicago.  Son-in-law, Hong Nguyen of Lincoln

Services: Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment Wyuka Cemetery.

Kayden J. Smith

August 8, 2017

Smith, KaydenKayden J. Smith age 13 of Lincoln passed away on August 6, 2017.  He was born October 17, 2003 in Lincoln to Teresa (Herman) Smith.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Teresa Smith and Greg Palmer, Brother and sister-in-law, Tyler and Miranda Palmer and their son Bennett of Lincoln.  Sister and brother-in-law, Payton and Adam Claypool of Lincoln, his grandparents Cherry Herman, Allen and Joyce Palmer all of Lincoln.  Great Aunts, Lorna Sitherwood of Lincoln and Diane Chatterton and her husband Paul of Fremont.  Uncle, Scott Palmer of Lincoln and many, many friends.

Memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Casual dress is requested.

Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

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

Jon W. Nacke

August 2, 2017

Nacke, Jon

Jon William Nacke, 59, born in Hebron, Nebraska to Irene and Bill Nacke. Jon was taken into God’s loving arms on the morning of July 31 at his family’s fishing cabin in South Dakota, and greeted at the gates by both his Heavenly Father, and his dad, Bill. Jon married the love of his life, Becky Kuper October 30, 1982 in Yankton, South Dakoka, and together they gave life to two beautiful children, Jason and Shanna. Jon was an amazing husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, and friend and a devoted Christian. Jon’s love for life was tireless and selfless. He grew up as his father’s right hand in the Nacke family business and went on to create his own business with his wife. But of all the jobs he had, the one he took the most pride in was being “Papa.” His true passion was his family and his dog, Bear, and nothing brought him greater joy than singing bedtime lullabies to his grandchildren Logan, Conner, Belle, and Bonnie, and spending time with Becky. Jon and his family have resided in Lincoln, Nebraska since 1984 and have built a strong relationship with The Berean Church Community where he has given himself to The Celebrate Recovery Group and the Children’s ministry.

Jon will be loved and never forgotten by his soulmate, Becky, their son Jason and wife Kim, daughter Shanna and husband Sam, his grandchildren, siblings Barb, Jim, and Michelle and their families, and his mother, Irene Nacke of Hebron.

He will be remembered for his easy smile, abundant heart and tireless work ethic. While he will be missed sorely on earth, his love will continue to be felt in the laughs of his grandchildren and the hearts of all who knew him.

Public visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from Noon until 8:00 P.M.  The family will greet friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M.

Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Lincoln Berean Church, 70th and Hwy 2 in Lincoln.

Private family burial of ashes will be at Yankee Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials to the family or Lincoln Berean Church, Celebrate Recovery Group.



Marie L. Payne

July 25, 2017

images[1]Marie L. Payne, age 82, of Lincoln, went home to Jesus July 23, 2017. Viewing, Sat., July 29, 2:00-4:00 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St., Lincoln.  Funeral, 11:00 a.m. on Mon., July 31, 2017 at Lincoln City Church, 5001 S. 1st St., Burial at Fairview Cemetery, 84th & Adams.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

WRV (002)-001Dr. William R. Vlasak, born in Lincoln on Dec. 7, 1952, passed away on July 15, 2017. He attended universities in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Calif., studying various disciplines, he received his MD at Ross University in 2001.  Versed in many subjects of science and medicine, as well as in physical sports such as Judo and Karate where he excelled with gold and silver medals.  He was seriously injured in Karate with a reverse kick to the back, which limited his endeavors.  He was brave and strong, yet gentle and kind, and loved his pet dog very much.  He retired and returned to Nebr. and his parents Margaret and Dr. Weldon Vlasak on their farm near Clatonia.  His capabilities were diverse, helping with various tasks, and engineering projects.  During the last years of his life he was plagued with medical problems that led to his death.  Survived also by a sister, Jackie Sabold of Oregon.  He will be dearly missed by all family and friends.  Private Entombment on Tues., July 18, 2017 at Wyuka Cemetery’s Mausoleum, Lincoln, Nebr.

Alice M. Rathbun

July 11, 2017

Rathbun, AliceAlice M. Rathbun age 98 of Lincoln, passed away July 9, 2017.  She was born September 15, 1918 in Columbus, Nebraska to Leo and Lillian (Platte) Woerth.  Alice was an avid bowler and at the age of 72, rolled a 236.  She was also active in the Eagles Auxiliary and TOPS.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Nikki Rathbun of Lincoln.  Daughters and sons-in-law, Sue Rathbun and Gary Huff of Des Moines, Iowa; Lee and Del Meyer of Fremont, Nebraska.  Grandchildren, Ryan Rathbun, Anthony Jacobsen, Christopher Huff, Nicholas Huff, Shayla Bushhousen and Shannan Page.  8 Great grandchildren.  Brothers and sister-in-law, Joe Woerth of Bellevue, John and Barbara Woerth of Columbus.  Sisters-in-law, Stella Woerth of Lincoln and Patty Woerth of Shenandoah, Iowa.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Rathbun, her parents, sister, Lillian.  Brothers, Leo, Max, Fred, Charles and Valentine.

Rosary service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Cathedral of the Risen Christ.

Visitation will be from 1:30-2:30 P.M. at Cathedral of the Risen Christ.

Funeral Mass will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Thursday, July 13th at Cathedral of the Risen Christ.

Memorials to the Cathedral of the Risen Christ Altar Society.


Scott D. Mitchell

July 8, 2017

Mitchell, ScottScott D. Mitchell age 61 of Omaha, passed away July 6, 2017.  He was born December 14, 1955 in Lincoln to Jerry Mitchell and Leona (Jennings) Eyer.  Scott was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors: Daughters, Stephanie and Tiffany Mitchell both of Lincoln.  Brothers, Mike and Roger Mitchell of  Newburgh, Indiana.  Preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Military service provided by U.S. Army honor guard.

Family requests no monetary donations be made.

Naoma A. Basler

July 7, 2017

Basler, NaomaNaoma A. Basler age 86 of Lincoln, passed away July 7, 2017.  She was born February 8, 1931 in O’Neill, Nebraska to Andrew and Myrtle (Henifin) Johnson.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Lawrence Basler of Lincoln.  Son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Donna Basler of Ceresco and their daughters and spouse Stephanie Seuferer, Jessica and Dustin Gushard.  Daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Kevin Fry of Lincoln and their children and spouses, Jason Davis, Amanda and Chris Hansen, Adam and Lauryn Nobbe.  Daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Mitch Gerdes of Crete and their children, Hannah Pinkerton, Lindsey Pinkerton and Ben Pinkerton.  Son, Jim Basler of Rockwall, Texas.  7 Great grandchildren.  Sister, LuEtta Curran of Columbus.  She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, July 10, 2017 at United Lutheran Church, 5945 Fremont St.  Lincoln.

Private family interment at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Jackson, BillWilliam B. “Bill” Jackson, age 65, of Lincoln, died July 1, 2017.  He was born October 31, 1951 in Valentine, Nebraska to Byron and Viola (Wondercheck) Jackson.  Bill worked at BNSF railroad for 29 years as a heavy equipment operator.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Larry Clymer of Lincoln.  Nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home

Visitation will held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

LawsonJeannette Frances Lawson, age 94, of Lincoln, passed away on the afternoon of June 30, 2017. She was born in Kenesaw, Nebr. in 1922 to Charles and Caroline (Roberts) Eberline.  At age 3 the family moved to Lincoln with Jeannette holding the kerosene lantern in her arms the entire trip for her father.  She grew up in Lincoln and graduated from Lincoln High in 1940; she wed Eugene V. Lawson in 1941.  An avid Husker football fan, Royals baseball fan, and traveler – she loved golf, bowling and reading. Her career was as Media Audio Visual expert at the Lincoln Public Schools, retiring in 1994.

She is survived by her children Susan (Jerry) Bradford, Nancy (Boyd) King, Janet (Kent) Alderin, and Thomas (Kate) Lawson; daughters-in-law Patty Jo Lawson and Carol Lawson; grandchildren Willie, Michael, Daniel, and Samuel Lawson, Tim Klein, Tammy Carlson, Tiffany King, and Cathy Kottwitz; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Jeannette was predeceased by her husband Eugene V. (Gene) Lawson; brothers Charles and Bill, and sister Betty; and sons Don and Gerry Lawson, and grandson Ben Kottwitz.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on July 6, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln with a viewing from 9:00-11:00 prior to the service, family present 10:00-11:00. Burial to follow in Wyuka Cemetery.


Kettler June 2017 (002)-001Opal Mae Kettler, 88, passed away peacefully June 29, 2017. Born October 7, 1928 in Omaha, NE to Myrtle and Monroe Wiles she grew up on her parent’s farm near Weeping Water, NE. She attended Chilton Country School, Weeping Water High School, and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in biology. She then attended Bryan School of Nursing in Lincoln, NE becoming a Registered Nurse in 1951. In 1952, she married Anthony (Tony) Kettler in Omaha, NE and together they raised six children. Opal loved working outdoors and spent many hours tending her flower gardens. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting and antiquing. She arranged many family trips and vacations while raising her family, and she and Tony travelled to several destinations around the USA in their retirement. Opal was preceded in death by her parents, sister Lois, brother Stanley and husband, Tony. Survivors: Children, Joseph A, Janice M, Thomas C Sr, (Rena), Teresa M Durrant Bachmann (Jim), Timothy A (Sally Cox), John F (Nanci); nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Graveside service Friday July 7th, 9am, Wyuka Fairview Cemetery 84th & Adams, Lincoln, NE. Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1500 S 70th St, Ste 201, Lincoln, NE 68506

Gary W. Gerlach

June 26, 2017

Gerlach, GaryGary W. Gerlach age 64 of Lincoln, passed away June 25, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born April 5, 1953 in Lincoln to James Robert and Joyce Louise (Schleiger) Gerlach.  Gary worked as a carman for BNSF railroad.  He was a loving husband, father, son and grandfather.

 Survivors include his wife, Theresa of Lincoln.  Son, Christopher Gerlach, his fiancé Maria Krisch of Elkhorn and their children, Brittany, Preston, Kasidy, Ethan, Averey, Taylor and Matthew.  Daughter, Dwan Louise Cassil and her children of Oklahoma City.  Daughter and son-in-law, Breanna and Andrew Werger and their children, Taylor and Sarah of Lincoln.  Daughter and son-in-law, Sheena and Jake Halverstadt and their children MicKael, JennaLynn, PeightonJean, EmmaLeigh, BrookLynn of Carleton, Nebraska.  Son, Nathaniel Gerlach and his daughter Natalie of Lincoln.  Son, Aubrey Gerlach of Lincoln.  Daughter and significant other, Haleigh Gerlach and Kamar Goodwin and their child Isaac of North Platte.  Son, Aaram Gerlach of Lincoln.  Mother, Joyce Louise Robinson of Anniston, Alabama.  Sisters and Brothers-in-law, Nancy Jo Mobley and Jimmy of Anniston, Alabama and Kayleen and Rocky Marzzarella of Canton, Georgia.  Gary’s good-boy, Turbo Charlie.  He was preceded in death by his father.

 Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 33rd and Old Cheney Rd.

 Visitation will be held for the public from 9:30-10:30 am on Friday, June 30th at church.  Family only visitation will begin at 10:30 am at church.

 Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

 Memorials to Nebraska Habitat for Humanity.

ClarkLenora Delores “Dee” Clark, age 86, of Lincoln died June 25, 2017. Dee passed away peacefully surrounded by her family due to medical conditions she had in this year.  Dee was born to Floyd and Elizabeth (Kidd) Daily in Hiawatha, KS.  She graduated High School in Holton, KS.

A southern gentleman Fred Clark, came into her life in 1949 and swept her off her feet. They married in 1950 and began their life in the south, which led to living in many states.  From this union they were blessed with 3 daughters and a son.

Upon settling in Lincoln, Dee worked at Holiday Inn; Culler Junior High & Northeast High Schools in the cafeteria; and lastly Norden Lab/SmithKline for 20 years, retiring in 1990. After retiring she operated her own cleaning services.  She had people say “they couldn’t find anyone who cleaned better.”  A hard worker from an early age.

She was a member of 2nd Baptist Church in Lincoln, participated in Bible Study; ABW; yearly garage sales; and she found volunteering at Matt’s Kitchen thru the church most rewarding.  Dee loved attending her grandchildren’s activities, spending time with her great granddaughter brought a smile to her face. She enjoyed collecting different items, going to garage sales and selling her treasures at Aardvark Antique Mall.  Bingo was a favorite.

Dee’s greatest passion was helping others, especially her family.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, daughter Cathy Lynn, granddaughter Morgan Clark, and great grandson Axton Nolte.

Survived by daughters Linda (Roger) Nolte of Lincoln, Patricia (Dave) Holle of Kennesaw, GA; son Larry (Diane) Clark of Lincoln; grandchildren Wade Nolte of Lincoln, Austin Nolte of Brooklyn, NY, Derek Holle of Kennesaw, Jordan Clark of Sarasota, FL, Rylee Clark of Lincoln; great granddaughter Amelia Nolte of Lincoln and many many friends.

Celebration of Life Service held at 1:00 p.m. on Thurs. June 29, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial at a later date in Powhatten Cemetery. www.wyuka.com

Marilyn N. Chaffin

June 14, 2017

Marilyn obit photoMarilyn Nell Chaffin, age 86, of Lincoln, passed away at home after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday the 14th of June, 2017. She was born to Colin and Marguerite (Olcott) Anderson in Burwell on May 7th, 1931 and graduated from Burwell High School before moving to Lincoln and doing secretarial work for the Department of Roads and various law offices.  She later worked for Bryan Hospital for 37 years as a Patient Registrar.

In 1958 she married Gerald R. Chaffin, who predeceased her seven years ago. They are survived by their two sons, Scott, of Lincoln and Brian, of Minneapolis.  Marilyn is also survived by her brother Clayton (Margaret) Anderson of Burwell.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Homer Anderson of Long Beach, California, and Carolie (Jimmy) Larsen of Burwell.

Marilyn was devoted to her family and friends, passionate about keeping an immaculate home, and loved all animals, especially cats. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the All Feline Hospital spay and neuter clinic in Lincoln or to The Cat House, also in Lincoln.  A Visitation will be held on Monday, June 19, from 12:00- 2:30 p.m. with burial to follow at Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

starks obit photo for Fri june 16-002Surn Aurelius Starks, age 66 passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at his home in Lincoln, NE.

Surn was born in Miller, S.D. on January 30, 1951 to Richard and Margaret (Parmely) Starks. He was raised in Valentine, NE and graduated from Valentine High School in 1969.

In the early 1970’s he moved to Lincoln, making it his permanent home. He met and after two dates married Joann Sintek (Vogel) on November 08, 1974. She has been the love of his life for nearly 43 years.

Surn worked for Meginnis Ford for 20 years making his living as a mechanic and later as the Parts Department Manager. He left Meginnis and ventured out on his own to form Diversified Automotive. He worked alongside his son, Chad for more than 30 years. Diversified was Surn’s life, long after he could no longer turn the wrenches. He worked tirelessly his entire life.

Surn was a kind, compassionate person who cared tremendously about his family. He developed such strong relationships with his customers that they too were like family.

Surn had a very competitive spirit. He enjoyed playing and watching sports, tv westerns such as Laramie, Gunsmoke and Bonanza. He enjoyed bowling especially and was on numerous leagues at Hollywood, Sun Valley and Parkway Lanes in the 1980’s.

Surn is survived by his wife, Joann; children, Tedica Saddler (Jason), Chad Starks (Deidre), Amy Bretta (Dan), Todd Sintek, Blake Sintek, Jeanine Johnson (Randy), and Cindy Wimmer (Frank); mother, Margaret Starks; sisters: Leonda Anglin (Larry), Lafran Preble (Rodger), Stavan Starks, Tammie Waldrop (Bob); brother: Vonn Starks; sister-in-law: Barbara Starks (Pierson); brother-in-law: Ron Vogel (Loyla); 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Surn is preceded in death by his father, Richard Starks, brother Crain Starks, Sister Terrill Hendershot (Starks), grandparents Ferrill and Mabel (Barrett) Parmely and William and Ella (Fees) Starks; father and mother in-law Reuben and Marie (Austin) Vogel; sister in-law Marjorie and husband Harold Stimbert.

Visitation will be held June 16, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, with family present from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Wyuka Funeral Home 3600 O Street, Lincoln. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am on June 17, 2017 at Elevate Church, 8251 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln. Burial 1:00pm at Wyuka Cemetery 3600 O Street, Section 35, Lincoln. Memorials can be made to Tabitha Hospice.


Anne Chen

June 4, 2017

Anne Chen (002)-001Anne Gordon Chen, 71, of Lincoln, died June 4, 2017. Anne taught at Hartley School for 42 years and worked at JC Penny for over 10 years after retiring from teaching.  She had many friends of all ages that added much joy to her life.

Survivors include husband David; son Philip (Melanie) Chen; daughter Emily Chen; foster daughter Liz (Jeff Martin) Bui; sister Mary Gordon; brothers James (Mary Ellen) and Mark (Carol) Gordon; mother in law Sally Chen; sisters in law Anna, Lucy, and Phebee (Albert) Chen; brothers in law John (Carol) and Paul (Becky) Chen; and many nieces, nephews, their spouses, and children. Preceded in death by her parents Homer and Marjorie Gordon.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church, 7601 Vine St., Lincoln, at 11:00 a.m. on June 10, 2017 with a Visitation at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., from 9:00-10:30 a.m. with procession to the church at 10:30 a.m. Burial at Fairview Cemetery, 84th & Adams.  Memorials to Bright Lights Summer Learning Adventures or Leadership Lincoln.    Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Ohnoutka obit photoDennis William Ohnoutka, 89, of Lincoln, Nebr. passed away on June 3, 2017 in Lincoln.

Born on March 10, 1928 in Touhy Nebraska to Emil and Josephine (Skokan) Ohnoutka. Dennis attended Touhy grade school and graduated from Valparaiso High School. After driving truck for Touhy Transfer Company, Dennis joined the US Navy, where he served on the Destroyer USS Collette in the South Pacific. On Aug. 26, 1947, Dennis married Donna Mae Armitage in Touhy where they lived until 1976 before moving to Lincoln. After driving for multiple trucking firms, he was hired at Gooch Foods as a long haul driver for over 25 years, until his retirement. In his younger years Dennis played baseball on town teams throughout the Saunders County area. He really enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren participate in all sports. Donna and Dennis attended Husker football and Kansas City Royals games for many years. In retirement they enjoyed traveling, gardening, woodworking and their poodles, Charlie and Jamie.


Dennis is survived by his four children, David W. Ohnoutka, Linda (Stan) Berlowitz, Diane (Steve) Spradling, and Mick (Karen) Ohnoutka, all of Lincoln; nine grandchildren, Jeff (Debbie) Ohnoutka, Doug (Mindy) Ohnoutka, Karie (Dave) Sayker, Rob Noha, Ami Heffelfinger, Ritch (Cassie) Spradling, Tim (Andrea Gebhart) Ohnoutka, Eric (Katie) Ohnoutka, Jason (Mirela Simic) Berlowitz; eighteen great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Jeanette Brown and Julie Andresen.


He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Donna; brothers George (Lucille) Ohnoutka, Emil (Della) Ohnoutka, and Leo (Rose) Ohnoutka.


A Funeral Service with Rosary will be held at 11:00 a.m. on June 7, 2017, with Visitation one hour prior at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln. Burial with Military Honors will commence at 1:15 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, 84th & Adams, Lincoln.  Memorials to The Lexington Assisted Living/Recreation and Tabitha Meals on Wheels.  Condolences www.wyuka.com



Seif Rye Martin

June 1, 2017

bluebirdSeif R. Martin, age 60, of Lincoln, passed away Thursday morning, June 1, 2017.  Services are pending.

books-public-domainThomas L. J. Darling

December 10, 1946 – May 23, 2017

Thomas L. J. Darling, 70, of Lincoln, passed away on May 23. He was born in Binghamton, NY, on December 10, 1946 to Lawrence and Margaret Darling, and was the oldest of six children. He graduated from Hamilton College, earned a Ph.D. from Yale University, and had a career as a biochemist in the pharmaceutical industry.

Tom enjoyed being active as an alumnus of Hamilton, had a passion for all things coffee, spun fantastical bedtime stories for his children, and was an avid reader. He is survived by his mother Margaret, his brothers Richard Darling and Christopher Darling, and his sisters Kathleen Darling and Diana Neno. He is also survived by his friend and former wife Joan Darling, his son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Christine Darling, his daughter and son-in-law Alison and Daniel Olig, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and his brother David.

A Memorial Service will be held later this summer. Memorial donations can be made in his name to Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Amy Lu Osborne

May 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Nancy E. Holmquist

May 24, 2017

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

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

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

Memorials to Voices of Hope in Nancy’s memory.

Sheryl Heidenreich

May 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Morgan Marie Clark

May 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shirley M. Kriz

May 5, 2017

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Memorials to Autism Speaks in care of the family.

Calvin Rife, Sr.

April 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Fremont Opera House.

Jeanne Laurie Farrow

March 25, 2017

swanJeanne Laurie Farrow, age 72, of Lincoln died Saturday morning at Crestview Nursing Home in Milford, Nebraska.  No services.  Her cremains will be placed in Wyuka Cemetery beside her husband Joseph.

roseSamson Goitom, age 21, of Lincoln died of accidental drowning on March 22, 2017 at Bryan West Hospital. He was laid to rest by his family, friends, and the Islamic Foundation Mosque in Lincoln at Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln,  on March 24, 2017.

Cao Hanh Thi Nguyen

March 23, 2017

NguyenCao Hanh Thi Nguyen, age 92, of Lincoln, died March 22, 2017 at home surrounded by family. She was born in Vietnam on Nov. 11, 1924.

She is survived by her daughter, Thanh Van Thi Nguyen; son in law, Hy Chiem Tran; granddaughter, Van Huong Thanh Tran; grandson, Hy Van Dan Tran; and sister, Odette Bui and family.

A Buddhist Visitation will be held from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sat. March 25, 2017 and from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 26th at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, NE. Family prayers will take place at Wyuka on Mon., March 27 at 11:00 a.m. directly before laying her to rest.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Charlie F. Anderson

March 14, 2017

FlagCharlie Fred Anderson age 92 of Lincoln passed away March 13, 2017 at Waterford Assisted Living.  He was born December 16, 1924 in Milford to Ole and Anna (Plessel) Anderson.  As a young boy Charlie attended Milford Public School graduating with the class of 1942.  Charlie and his brothers sang gospel and other types of music for many churches and events.  Their group name was Pioneer Midget Quartet.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in Australia, New Guinea, Layte Phillipines, Luzon Phillipines and Japan.  He served in WWII as a Corporal.  After his discharge in 1946, Charlie returned to Milford where he was employed at the Milford Review.  He belonged to Legion Post #0171 and V.F.W. #9775.  Charlie married Beverly Cook on April 13, 1951 and lived in Seward where he worked for the Seward Independent.  He retired from Christensens Printing in Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Kay Anderson; wife Beverly Anderson; brothers, Alfred, Andrew, Alvin and Harry Anderson.  Sisters Edith Jantzi, Mabel Hoge and Hanna Allison.  Charlie is survived his daughters and son-in-law, Karen Hoffman of Milford, Janice and Mark Roth of North Platte.   Son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Karma Anderson of Friend.  Eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and one great, great grandson.

Private family graveside services will be held at the Blue Mound Cemetery in Milford.


Gray, MichaelSherman Michael Terry Gray age 64 of Lincoln passed away March 9, 2017 in Omaha.  He was born June 15, 1952 in Carthage, Mississippi to Oscar and Clementine (Stewart) Gray.  Michael worked for Region V services as a rehabilitation coach/counselor.  He enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971 and was honorably discharged in 1973.

Survivors include his wife, Timolyn (Long) Gray of Lincoln, daughters Shontelle Davis of Milwaukee and Jzah-Nevah McWilliams Gray of Lincoln.  Son Michael E. Bully of Omaha.  Sisters and brothers-in-law, Sherrie and Ernest Hamilton of Bolingbrook, Illinois; Anita and James Hall of Milwaukee; Patricia Gray of Milwaukee.  Brothers and sister-in-law, Sylvester and Yvonne Gray of Los Angeles and William Gray of Denver.  Grandchildren, Lee, Queenia, Deja and Cameron.  Nieces, nephews and cousins.  Preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Stewart Gray.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Quinn Chapel AME, 1225 S. 9th Street, Lincoln.

Family requests memorials instead of floral arrangements that may be mailed in care of the family to Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln, NE.  68510

Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Strve, K folder photo

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

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

18, 2017 surrounded by family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

a wallpapering and painting business. She earned her

undergraduate and master’s degrees from Wayne State College and

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri and the west of Ireland.

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

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

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

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

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

Kelly (Lori) Tate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

factors of ovarian cancer at www.ovarian.org.

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

Dorothy Arlene Heusman Upton

February 24, 2017

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

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

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

David E. Stout

February 21, 2017

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

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

Robert “Bob” Henry Gross

February 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Interment with military honors will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Joan E. Hunter

February 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Clarence Christensen, Jr.

February 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Betty Lou Haller

February 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John M. Casebolt M.D.

February 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

Memorials to Second Baptist Church.

Rodney L. Metcalf

January 17, 2017

Metcalf, RodneyRodney L. Metcalf age 70 of Lincoln, passed away January 9, 2017.  He was born March 19, 1946 in Lincoln to Bernard and Helen (Barbee) Metcalf.  Rodney was a data processor for the City of Lincoln before his retirement.

Survivors include his children, Rhonda, Richard and Jason.  Grandchildren, Natalya, Giselle, Sara, Zac and Matt.  He was preceded in death by his wife, June and his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family.


Spady, Darwin folder pictureDarwin Royce Spady, 84, died January 15, 2017 in Lincoln.  He was born December 7, 1932 to Clarence and Nelda (Kelly) Spady in Imperial. Darwin was the oldest of three siblings, Doris, Dennis, and Deloyce (Pete).  Darwin grew up in Imperial and graduated from Imperial High School in 1952. In 1959, he fell in love with and married Elva Ann Zech. To this union, three children were born: Cathleen Kay, Tammy Linn and Scott Lee.  Darwin was a wonderful and loving husband and always made family his priority. The family enjoyed many vacations to visit relatives and see national parks. Darwin also enjoyed hunting and fishing with relatives, especially his son, Scott.

He was a carpenter by trade and built homes with his father and brothers’ construction company in Imperial. Darwin and his family moved to Lincoln in the late 1970s where he worked in construction in and around Lincoln.  Darwin was a Christian, attending Messiah Lutheran for over 40 years in Lincoln.  He retired in 1996 and took a part-time position working and serving at Messiah Lutheran Church as head custodian/maintenance. He also enjoyed spending time at the Messiah Lutheran school helping teachers with classroom needs and seeing and talking with the students.

In later years, after his wife’s passing, Darwin enjoyed spending time with long-time close friend Helen Leonhardt. Helen faithfully visited Darwin at Holmes Lake Manor and would read to him and play the piano.

Darwin was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Nelda Spady; wife, Elva Ann Spady; sister, Doris (Spady) Baldwin; and brother, Dennis Spady.  Daughter-in-law, Jennifer Lynn Spady.

Surviving are his children, Cathleen (Marty) Mastagni of McCloud, OK; Tammy (Mark) Emery of LaSalle, CO; son, Scott of Lincoln; and grandson, Matthew Emery of LaSalle, CO.  Brother, Deloyce “Pete” Spady of Imperial, Nebraska.  Step-granddaughters and Spouse, Jillene and Matthew Reichle of Wichita, Kansas, Alicia Mastagni of Edmond, Oklahoma.  He will be missed by a multitude of family and friends.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, January 20, 2017 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1800 S. 84th, Lincoln.

 Visitation will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home on Thursday, January 19th from 11:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams, Lincoln.





Darrell G. Watts

January 11, 2017

Watts, DarrellDarrell G. Watts age 80 of Lincoln, passed away January 10, 2017.  He was born October 12, 1936 near Martha, Oklahoma to Herman B. and Lou Whilden (Williams) Watts.  Darrell received his B.S. in agricultural engineering from Oklahoma State in 1960, his masters degree in irrigation engineering from the University of California-Davis in 1962 and his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Utah State in 1975 and was a professor in teaching, research and extension at Oregon State University, Haile Sellassie University in Ethiopia, University of Nebraska.  MIAC Morocco project P.I.  Nebraska MSEA water quality project.  He lead numerous short term consulting trips on water management in Colombia, Chile, Russia, Morocco, Niger, Zaire, Brazil and Argentina.  Darrell received the Distinguished Service Award from UNL in 1988, honorary professor from the University of Concepcion in Chile in 1997, USDA group honor award for excellence, MSEA project in 1997, ASAE Nebraska Section, Engineer of the Year in 1997, research team award from UNL in 1998 and was inducted into the Biological Systems Engineering Hall of Fame in 2009.

Survivors include his wife Lois Watts of Lincoln, daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Danny Kelly of Lincoln and a son Joel Watts of Lincoln.  Brother and sister-in-law, Robert B. and Alva Watts of Eolia, Missouri.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the University of Nebraska East Campus Union.

Interment of ashes will be 11:00 A.M. on Monday, January 23, 2017 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at Wyuka Funeral Home prior to 11:00 A.M.

Memorials to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, UNL Foundation or Region V services for the handicapped.

Eleanor Lou Francke

January 10, 2017

eleanor-francke-002Eleanor Lou Francke was born November 21, 1930, to John Victor and Erna (VonSeggren) Erickson at Scribner, Nebraska.  She was a lifelong Lutheran, baptized at St John Lutheran Church, Scribner, and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran in Pender, NE.  Eleanor married Gervase H Francke, her college sweetheart, in 1953.  Eleanor was educated in District 21, a one-room school.  She was elected governor of Girls’ State while attending Wisner High School, and named Valedictorian of her 1948 graduating class. Eleanor attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she was initiated into Mortar Board and graduated with a BS in Home Economics/Education in 1952. She was then employed by International Harvester in Iowa as a home economist.  Eleanor later received an MS degree and a Doctorate in Secondary Education from UNL in 1967 and 1971.  Eleanor was employed by the Lincoln Public Schools where her career spanned four decades beginning in 1961 until her retirement in 1998.  She taught English at Irving and Mickle Junior High Schools and at East High. She transitioned to administrative roles in 1973, first in the Instruction Department, and then with the English as a Second Language Program, directing the ESL Program from 1991-1998.  She received the prestigious Scottish Rite Teacher of the Year Award in 1967, while teaching at Irving.

Eleanor was active in many community and civic activities including the New American Task Force, helping immigrants and refugees in the Lincoln community; and the Lancaster County Planning Commission from 1984-1995. Through her generosity and vision, Eleanor brought one of the most remarkable firsthand encounters to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in the creation of Laura’s Butterfly Pavilion.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Gervase, in 1983. She will be missed by many friends and family and is survived by brother, John Erickson, sister Joan Diedrichsen, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to LPS Backpack Extra Mile Walk, c/o Food Bank of Lincoln, 4840 Doris Bair Circle, Suite A, Lincoln, NE, 68504

Bernice Mae Peterson

January 6, 2017

peterson-berniceBernice Mae Peterson of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016.  Bernice was born in Carroll, NE on February 15, 1927, to James Wilber Hampton and Maud Adelle (McIntire) Hampton. She was the middle child of eight and loved growing up in a house full of hard working, fun loving, family! She married her high school sweetheart, Paul Olaf Peterson, on November 6, 1945 in Wayne, NE. The two were blessed with three daughters and four grandchildren in nearly 64 years of marriage. Bernice recently welcomed a great granddaughter!  She earned her cosmetology license in 1965 and enjoyed the profession for nearly 30 years in Scottsbluff, Alliance and Lincoln, NE. She greatly enjoyed, being a wife and mother, raising the girls, and taking care of her home, with a knack for decorating. She often shared in the family business, working in retail with Paul in several communities in Nebraska.   Bernice was a member of Naphis Temple #66 Daughters of the Nile, Shrine Widows Association, and mostly loved being Paul’s “Lady Bernice” in their many Shrine and Masonic activities and philanthropic endeavors. Bernice was a golfer, bowler, cook, baker, and gardener, with a green thumb that nurtured beautiful flowers and plants!

 Bernice is survived by children, Paula and Dennis Tofteland of Boise Idaho; Lana Peterson-Pressler of Lincoln, NE; Mona Peterson of Boise Idaho. Grandchildren Anna Pressler, Dustin Tofteland, Elizabeth Bunn, Heather and Jon Rouwenhorst, great granddaughter, Kadence Rouwenhorst; numerous nieces and nephews. Her beloved husband Paul, four brothers, three sisters-in-law, three sisters, three brothers-in law, two nephews and her parents precede her in death.

 The family invites you to a memorial service on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM, at First Lutheran Church 1551 South 70th Street, Lincoln, NE. Please join us for lunch at the church following the service.

 Memorials may be directed to Sesostris Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, c/o Sesostris Shrine, 1050 Saltillo RD, Roca, NE 68430 and First Lutheran Church, 1551 South 70th Street, Lincoln NE 68506.


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