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Obituaries

Burdette R. Schoen

December 8, 2016

schoen-bBurdette Richard Schoen, age 85 of Lincoln, passed away at home surrounded by family early December 7, 2016.  He was born August 18, 1931 in Gladstone, Nebraska to John and Florence (Regnier) Schoen;  he was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from December 7, 1955 until September 16, 1957; Burdette attained a B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska Lincoln; and was a Farm Manager at First Tier/US Bank.  He married Florafae Farguhar in Denver, Colorado in 1959 who preceded him in death, January 2015.

He is survived by his children, Eric, Cathy, and Diane.  Sister, Ellie Keller and grandchildren, Taylan, Karinina, and Chauncelamay.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Hope Community Church, 4700 S. Folsom St. Lincoln.

Interment of ashes and military rites will be at Yankee Hill Cemetery immediately following the memorial service.

Memorials to American Cancer Society.

 

Dennis D. Vogel

December 7, 2016

vogel-3Dennis D. Vogel age 64 of Lincoln, passed away December 3, 2016.  He was born June 1, 1952 to Edward and Alvena (Schneider) Vogel.  Dennis will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and friend to many.  His honorable contribution to Nebraska Organ Recovery, not only saved a life but touched the hearts of many leaving his family proud.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Jamie and Kevin Weyers of Ashland, Kimberly and Jesse Obert of Lincoln and Nicole Vogel of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, MacKinsey, Kagen, Gracie, Alex, Kadence, Max, Tate and soon to be great grandson, Cash.  Significant other, Diann Lukowski of Lincoln and the mother of his daughters, Linda Vogel of Lincoln.  Step children, Tony and Reannen.  Birth mother, Martha Tappen of Broken Bow, Nebraska.  Brother, Marc Sparling of Arizona and sister, Karen Duke of Oklahoma.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016 at Lincoln Berean Church.  Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at the Watering Hole, 8300 Northwoods Dr., Lincoln.

Memorials to the family for support of Nebraska Organ Recovery.

Lonnie Jernigan

November 30, 2016

northern-cardinal-perchedLonnie B. Jernigan, age 64 of Lincoln, passed away early November 30, 2016.  Born in Beatrice, Nebraska to Bill and Ruth (Peterson) Jernigan.  He is survived by his wife, Candace.

Services are pending.

Robert J. Martin

November 25, 2016

FlagRobert J. Martin, 72, of Lincoln died November 24, 2016.  U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by his sister, Patricia Kempkes.  Nieces and nephews.

Private family service.

Sharon L. Harms

November 22, 2016

harms-sharonSharon L. Harms, widow of Wayne age 76 of Lincoln, passed away November 22, 2016.  She was born February 25, 1940 in Pawnee City, Nebraska to Frank and Caroline (Bausch) Jones.  Sharon worked at United Fire and Casualty for over 20 years.  She enjoyed reading, but loved the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs.  Her passion and the twinkle in her eye was her grandson.  Sharon was a loving, encouraging, supportive mother and grandmother, committed to her family and taught her daughter how to be a mom and a great cook.

She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Harms of Lincoln.  Grandson, Noah Sanchez.  Sister, Shirley Wissler.  Nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Monita Culver

November 19, 2016

skm_c284e16112116520_0001-002Monita Ella (Heitman) Culver, age 89, of Lincoln passed away on November 19, 2016. Born in Madison, S.D. to Wilbert and Eunice (Janssen) Heitman on July 20, 1927.  While working for the Madison telephone company she met Robert Culver in 1946 and they married in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1947.  Together they raised four children.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Bob (Debra) Culver Jr. and Jim (Fran) Culver; daughters, Linda (Rick) Chrastil, and Brenda Culver; brother Allen Heitman; sisters Judy (Lee) Boss and Arlene (Dick) Harvey; grandsons Chris (Akiko) Culver, Alex (Rosie) Hall, Walker Hall, Bryan (Kristina) Chrastil, and Tyler Chrastil; granddaughters Ashley (Bryan) Brinkman, Clarissa (Travis) Smith, Alison (Eric) Preston, Elizabeth Hall, and Deb Hansel; great grandchildren Kai, Juli, Lily, Ethan S., Tatum, Ethan P., Ella, Patience, and Gracie.

Monita is preceded in death by her parents, brother William “Bill” Heitman; sister Delilah “Dee” Olson; and daughter in law Mary Culver.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednes. Nov. 23, 2016 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln. Visitation and viewing from 6-8 pm with family present on Tues. Nov. 22, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Burial in Wyuka Cemetery. Memorials to Children’s Ministry of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Condolences at www.wyuka.com

mcmanaman-obit-photoEvangeline “Vangie” Chapman McManaman, age 95 of Lincoln, and born in Shelby, Nebr. – passed away Nov. 17, 2016 surrounded by family. Daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother; born May 5, 1921 to Forest and Minnie May (Gilbank) Chapman.  Vangie married George “Bud” McManaman in 1944 in Spalding, Nebr. and raised five daughters: GK Wattier, Mary Pat Boesch, Cecilia Ann “Mick” Wempe, Veronica McManamon, and Sharon Runyan.  She is also survived by son Eugene McManaman.

Vangie is preceded in death by her husband and sons, John “Jack” and Rollin McManaman.

Catholic Memorial Service to be held at 11:00 am on Nov. 22, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln. Visitation with viewing from 5 – 8 pm on Mon., Nov. 21st also at the funeral home.  Memorials to the family. Condolences at www.wyuka.com

goodwin-rickRick O. Goodwin, 59 years young of Lincoln died November 15, 2016.  He was born February 8, 1957 in Lincoln to Orville and Elinor (Wolter) Goodwin.

Rick is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Lynn and Paula Goodwin of Denton, Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Rhonda and Ron Lawson of Lincoln.  Nieces, nephews, one aunt, cousins and countless friends.

A celebration of Rick’s life will be at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment of ashes will be at Fairview Cemetery following the service.

June L. Metcalf

November 17, 2016

metcalf-juneJune Louise Metcalf, age 68 of Lincoln, passed away at home surrounded by family on the evening of November 16, 2016.  She was born May 13, 1948 in Washington D.C. to Robert and Marian (Cooper) Hamilton.  June moved to Lincoln when she was a young child, her mother was a very loving, hard working, caring woman and mother.  Rod and June met in the summer of 1962.  Her husband loved her from first sight.  June was the best mother, grandmother, and wife.  Her family could always depend on her for everything!  And anything!  She loved to care for her family and put them before herself.  She loved children and always involved with every aspect of their lives.

Survivors include her husband, Rod.  Children, Rhonda, Richard and Jason.  Grandchildren, Jessica, Mathew, Kaleb and Jayde.  Great grandchildren, Natalya, Giselle, Persayis Sara, Zac and Matt.

She loved her close friends, was a great cook and always had good conversation.  She was a blessing to everyone around her.

Her Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.

frazier-frederickFrederick Bernard Frazier, age 50 of Lincoln, passed away peacefully at Bryan West Hospital in Lincoln with his brothers, Tommie J. Frazier, Jr. and Carlton L. Frazier, by his side after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.  His services are being held in Palmetto, Florida where his parents Tommie Sr. and Priscilla Frazier reside.

Reed J. Reiselman

November 11, 2016

Reed J. Reiselman age 57 of Lincoln, passed away November 10, 2016.  He was born January 15, 1959 in Scottsbluff to Robert L. and Mary L. (Rice) Reiselman.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Aileen and Gary Leithead; brother and sister-in-law, Robin and Cheri Reiselman; sister and brother-in-law, Trish and Jeff Bergman.  Sister-in-law, Lorna Pleasant.  Nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife, LeAnna (Walbridge) Reiselman and his parents.

Reed’s wishes were to be interred with LeAnna and for no formal service.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

dennis-haroldHarold Lloyd Dennis, a life long resident of Lincoln passed away at the age of 91 on November 10, 2016 at Bryan Hospital East.  He was the son of Charles H.R. Dennis and Sarah E. (Harvey) Dennis, also of Lincoln.  He was born April 9, 1925 in Lincoln, after high school at the age of 18, he enlisted June 18, 1943 in the Army.  He served three years in the Army during World War II, in the 123rd Infantry, Co. L, 33rd Division Illinois.  “The Prairie Division”, Men of the Golden Cross.  Battles he fought in were at Luzon, New Guinea and the Philippines.  He won many medals, a few being the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Service with 2 bronze stars, Philippines Liberation Ribbon with 1 bronze star, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal – Inscribed.  He was discharged from the Army on January 17, 1946.  He returned home, met and married Annie Mae Bates on November 22, 1947 at his sisters home.  Harold and Ann raised five children; Paul B. Bundy, Carolyn (Dennis) Kress, Jean (Dennis) Masek, Lloyd and Rocky Dennis.

Harold enjoyed and loved his family very much, they were always first.  His interest were watching NASCAR and football, especially the Nebraska Huskers on his 60″ television.  He had a big laugh, crazy stories told with colorful language that on occasion, were actually true.  Before retirement he was employed at Wells Fargo Armored Services and later Nebraska Correction Department.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Annie Mae (Bates) Dennis, who passed away in 2013, and two sons, Paul B. Bundy who passed away October 2013 and Lloyd Dennis who passed away May 2016.  He is also preceded in death by five brothers, Hartson, Cliff, Marvin, Bill and Edward Dennis; and four sisters, Etta Mae and Bettie Jean Dennis, Dorothy (Denis) Housel and Marie (Dennis) Truksa.

He is survived by his three children, 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Steven Wayne Wroughton

November 10, 2016

woughton-stevenSteven Wayne Wroughton, the son of Richard and Lorraine (Kelley) Wroughton was born on May 19, 1957 in Superior NE. He was called home by his Lord and savior on November 9, 2016 at the age of 59 years. Steve graduated from Nelson High School in 1975. He served our country in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1978 and was stationed in Germany.

Steve returned to Nebraska and discovered that he had a special knack for computers and worked in information technology. Steve’s faith was a central part of his life. As a faithful servant of Jesus Christ, Steve was an active member of Calvary Community Church and involved in the music ministry, playing guitar at Calvary and the Lincoln Berean Church. He married Becky McNitt on March 17, 1989. Steve loved camping, concerts, spending time with friends and family events.

Steve is survived by his wife Becky, sons Brandon of Hebron KY, and Austin of Lincoln NE, parents Richard and Lorraine Wroughton of Superior NE, grandchildren Owen and Quinn Wroughton of Hebron KY, brother David Wroughton of Superior NE and brother-in-law Martin Rowland and his wife Sandy of Milford NE, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Rowland, and his grandparents.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday November 15, 2016 at Calvary Community Church, 4400 First Street, Lincoln, NE.  Family will greet friends one hour prior to service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lincoln food bank.

Nola Jean Newsham

November 4, 2016

newsham-nolaNola Jean Newsham, age 91 of Lincoln, passed away at Eastmont Towers on Nov. 3, 2016.  Her family was most important to her; she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and loyal friend.  Nola Jean was born August 6, 1925 to Joseph and Anna Chore in Gregory, South Dakota.  She had three older sisters – Viola, Geneva and Eleanor.  She attended Northeast High and Neb. Wesleyan University where she was a member of the Willard Sorority.  Nola Jean was a charter member of the Neb. Assoc. of Bank Women.  In 1975 with one other employee, she started First Savings Company of Lincoln for First National Corporation.  She retired as an AVP from First Tier Bank in 1987.  She also belonged to PEO, Chapter Al.  She was on the Neb. Board of Trustees and the Pension Board of the Neb. Conference of the United Methodist Church, where she has been active since 1935.

Nola Jean married Lloyd Newsham on March 24, 1945, and they had three daughters. She is survived by her three daughters Judy Torrens of Omaha, Karen White and husband Tom of Lincoln, and Joyce White of Lincoln; grandchildren Jacob Torrens of San Francisco,CA, Sara (Bill) Prince of Arlington Heights, IL, Zachary (Andrea) White of Lincoln, Seth (Nicole) White of Omaha, Anna White of Marina del Rey, CA, Whitney (Chad) Tonkinson of Brunswick, OH, and Joshua White of Flagstaff, AZ; great grandchildren include Addison Prince, and Koa, Luna, Thomas, and Eloise White.  Also surviving is her sister Eleanor Peters and  husband Ruben.

Nola Jean is preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters Viola Petty and Geneva Stearns; and grand-daughter Aimee Torrens.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 12, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, 50th and St. Paul, Lincoln,  with interment of cremains to follow at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln.  Cremation with no visitation.  In lieu of flowers Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church or Eastmont Towers.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Stella Arnold Robert

November 1, 2016

robert-stella-obit-photoStella Arnold Robert, age 101, of Lincoln, died on Oct. 31, 2016. Stella was born in Phillips, Nebr.  in 1915 to Earl and Edna (Harvey) Arnold; the oldest of seven children.  Her father was a farmer and electrician.  She was the last of her High School graduation class from Phillips, Nebr.  Stella was wed to Henry Robert in Nov. 1937; Henry worked for American Stores Co., and Stella worked as a book binder for the University of Nebraska.

Stella is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Joyce English; and brother, Bob Arnold.

She is survived by her daughters Reta Farnsworth and Ronda (Dean) Piersol; son, Richard (Anita) Robert; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thurs. Nov. 10, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. Cremation with no viewing. Family burial at a later date.  Condolences may be left at www.wyuka .com

Aurora L. Lawless

October 13, 2016

guardian angelAurora L. Lawless passed away October 12, 2016 at the age of 5 months.  She was born May 11, 2016 in Lincoln to Allen Lawless and Sierra Robinson.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, October 17th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 11:00 A.M. on Monday prior to the service.

Norrita A. Chick

October 10, 2016

chick-norritaNorrita A. Chick age 78 of Lincoln, passed away October 10, 2016.  She was born November 23, 1937 in Dunmore, Pennsylvania to Victor and Doris Ruth (Woodward) McCauley.  Norrita was married to George Chick in Scranton, Pennsylvania on June 19, 1954 and they were blessed with six children.  She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, George Chick and their children and spouses, George S. Chick Jr.  Lucinda and Lars Davis, Michael W. Chick and Becky Chick, Stephen and Char Chick, Matthew and Chie Chick, Aileen Chick and her husband Douglas Hibbs.  Brother and sister-in-law, William and Loretta McCauley.  Grandchildren, Kelly Chick, Kevin Chick, Scott Davis, Robert Davis, Michael Davis, William Davis, Nichole Scoles, Ashley Chick and Tyler Chick.  Great grandchildren, Kristina Davis, Myla Davis, Elliana Davis, Quinton Davis, Amelia Davis, Blakely Davis, Alexa Massie, Kylie Massie and Isabella Scoles. Beloved cousin, Margaret Bowen.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 7601 Vine St. Lincoln.  The Rosary service will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, October 14th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Friday, October 14th from 1:00-8:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln.

Memorials to the Providence Cancer Center,  4805 NE Glisan St.  Portland, OR 97213 for pancreatic cancer research.

 

Rodney “Rod” L. Larsen

October 8, 2016

laresen-rodney-obit-photoRodney Lee Larsen, age 59 of Lincoln, NE left this world to join our heavenly father on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Rodney, the fourth child of Theodore (Ted) and Bernadeen (Bernie) Larsen of Exeter, NE, was born on May 12, 1957 at Friend Memorial Hospital in Friend, NE. His baptism took place at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and his confirmation at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cordova, NE.

 

Rod faced challenges with disabilities, but his efforts to overcome them created a lasting and deep love for him from the many people who helped him over the years. Many coworkers, staff members, houseparents and housemates enriched Rod’s life just as he enriched theirs. They gave him a better life year after year and the family is deeply grateful for the love and care they showed him.

Rod’s family was his anchor, securing him with love and faith in Christ. Rod enjoyed the family’s gatherings and the joy he took from his siblings and generations of aunts, uncles, cousins and his nieces and nephew.

Rod enjoyed his employment at community workshops and earned the nickname”Flash” for his speed and enthusiasm. At home, he loved games of all kinds, racing cars. movies and bowling. Halloween became a big special occasion for him thanks to the love of his extended family of Sedric and LeeAnn Harvey, who both helped give him such a wonderful life in the last few years.

Rodney is survived by his mother Bernadeen Larsen; brothers Larry, Tom and Wayne (David Rush); sisters Connie (Pete) Kreifels and Karen (Craig Kenworthy) Larsen; nieces Jessica Kreifels and Jackie (Cole) Meyer; nephew David Larsen; great nephews Ellis and Leo Meyer and extended family Sedric, LeeAnn and Reece Harvey. He was preceded in death by his father Theodore Larsen and brother Ted Larsen.

A viewing will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, with funeral services provided at 10:30 a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln at 3600 O Street. Committal services will be at Zastrow Cemetery near Cordova, NE, at 2 p.m. the same day. The family invites memorial donations to the Region V Foundation, 1430 South Street, Ste. 203, Lincoln, NE 68502 or at www.region5services.com/who-we-are/the-foundation       Condolences may be left at www.wyuka.com

 

Shirley J. Barthelman

October 4, 2016

barthelman-shirleyShirley J. Barthelman age 71 of Lincoln, passed away October 3, 2016.  She was born February 6, 1945 in Oskaloosa, Iowa to Howard E. and Ruth Helen (Kerr) Barthelman.  Shirley was retired from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Grand Island where she was the medical librarian.  She was a 1963 graduate of Oskaloosa High School.  In 1974, Shirley received her teaching certificate in History/Political Science from William Penn University, in 1976 she graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in history and in 1988 received her Masters of Library and Information Services from the University of Iowa.

Survivors include her Brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Barb Barthelman of Lincoln; Sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Keith Krumm of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Karen and William Ross of LaVista, Nebraska.  Many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great, great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene, 1901 S. 70th St.  Lincoln.

Inurment will be at 16 Cemetery in Thornburg, Iowa on Saturday, October 8th at 2:00 P.M.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

skm_c284e16100411530_0001-001Robert “Bob” Carl Schwartz, age 81 and a resident of Lincoln since his birth in 1935, passed away Oct. 3, 2016. Bob attended Teacher’s College and started with Burlington Northern RR at age 16 as a coach cleaner and retired 44 years later as an Engineer. He really enjoyed family vacations; fishing trips to Canada; and wintering with his wife Barb in AZ; also cruising to Jamaica and Alaska. Bob lived life well.

He is preceded in death by father Louis Schwartz; mother Pauline (Brehm) Vandergriend and step-father Herman Vandergriend; brothers Alvin and Donald Schwartz; sister Wilma Schreiner; niece Janine Christman; and nephew Terry Loesing.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Schleiger); daughters Vickie (Marty) Murray, Laura (Wayne) Pester, and Kris (Regan) Hubbard; 7 beloved grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Delores Schwartz; and his nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services: 11:00 am on Fri., Oct. 7, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Burial following in Wyuka Cemetery.  Memorials to the family for later designation in Bob’s honor.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

Bruce T. Shear Sr.

September 30, 2016

shear-bruceBruce T. Shear Sr.  age 90 of Lincoln passed away September 29, 2016.  He was born December 15, 1925 in Lincoln to Walter D. and Aggie A. (Lemen) Shear.  Bruce started working as a clerk at Ideal Grocery while still a student at Lincoln High School in 1941.  He graduated from Lincoln High in 1944 and after graduation joined the U.S. Army until 1946.  While Bruce was in the Army he received a Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge and Expert Infantry Badge.  After the war, Bruce came home and became the produce manager and a partner at Ideal Grocery, retiring in 1990.  On June 8, 1947 he married Elnore Burns and at the time of her passing in 2014, they had been married 67 years.  Bruce was a life long member of Trinity United Methodist Church and was a member of American Legion Post #3.

Survivors include his sons, Bruce Jr. and Howard Shear; daughters, Rosanne Thomas, Susan Gildersleeve, Sonya (Bryan) Richardson, SuLyn (Jeff) Medvin and Henrietta (Steve) Haack.  Sister, Neta Adele Kelly.  6 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren.  Many nieces, nephews, family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Elnore, his parents and 3 brothers.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 7130 Kentwell Ln.  Lincoln.

Inurnment with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Jerome “Jerry” L. Zimmer

September 29, 2016

zimmer-jerryJerome “Jerry” L. Zimmer, age 80, of Lincoln, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening September 28, 2016 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, surrounded by his family.  Jerry was born to Mae ( Plattner) and Nicholas Zimmer on September 30, 1935 in Del Norte, Colorado.  Jerry earned his degree from Colorado State University where he was a member of the rodeo and square dancing programs.  Jerry impacted lives as a teacher, long-time Farmers National farm manager and UNL Guest/Security Relations and Event Staff employee.

 Jerry is survived by his wife Helen (Frank) Zimmer; sons, Nick Zimmer and wife Nancy (Red Oak, IA), Keith Zimmer and wife Michelle (Lincoln); grandsons Logan and Caden Zimmer; sister in-law Cheryl Cole (Broomfield, Colorado), niece Stephanie Van Scoyk and many other family members and loved ones.   Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Leonard, Robert and Don Zimmer along with several infant brothers.

 Jerry enjoyed the many sporting events of Logan and Caden, walking with his wife and attending athletic and other special events throughout Lincoln.  Jerry was a proud member and volunteer of St. Marks Church in Lincoln.  Jerry was a Veteran of the United States Army.  He served as Deputy District Governor with the Lion’s Club.

 A visitation will be held at Wyuka  Funeral Home from 2:00 till 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 till 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2nd.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 3rd at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 84th and Pioneers in Lincoln. 

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the University of Nebraska Student-Athlete Experience Fund, the Montgomery County Family YMCA or St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. 

flanagin-obit-photoLewis “Louie” Iiron Flanagin, 79, of Lincoln, NE died at his home on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Born July 21, 1937 in Pawnee City, NE to Iiron and Mildred Flanagin.  Louie is a graduate of Pawnee City High School.  After High School he spent six years as a mason, then 41 years as Masonry Contractor.  In 1962 he married Carole Porter and they made their home and life together in Lincoln, NE.  Louie is survived by wife Carole, son Michael (LeAnn), daughters DeAnn Crockett (Chad), Staci Martinez (Patrick), grandchildren; Kyle Flanagin, Emily Flanagin, Zac Crockett and Isabella Martinez.  Brothers; Russell, Jim, Dave, Gary and sister Charlene.   Louie is preceded in death by his parents; brother Calvin; and sister Alberta.  Memorial Services will be at 1:00pm on September 26, 2016 at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1621 Superior St., Lincoln, NE.  Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the family. Condolences www.wyuka.com

 

John G. Drydale

September 16, 2016

drydale-obit-pictureJohn G. Drydale age 86 of Lincoln passed away September 14, 2016.  He was born December 1, 1929 in Barnard, Missouri to Harry and Hope (Ware) Drydale.  John was a member of the million mile club several times during his career as a truck driver.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Gerald Sherman of Waverly; Anita Sue and Jeff Eastman of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Donna Drydale of Houston, Texas.  Brother, Carrol Drydale of Barnard, Missouri.  Brothers-in-law, Duane Howard of Kansas City, Missouri and Carol Howard of St. Joseph, Missouri.  Grandchildren and spouses, Joshua and Tanith Sherman of Erieville, New York; Cody Sherman and Brittany Buskirk of Lincoln; Aaron Drydale of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Haley Drydale of Oklahoma City and their mom, Latha Coleman.  Great grandchildren, Autumn, Owen, and Tenley Sherman; EllieAnna Buskirk, Keaten Buskirk and Hadley Sherman.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty and his parents.

John requested his funeral be a private, family only celebration of his life.

Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Wyuka Funeral Home with proceeds to the family for a later designation.

Gary G. Campbell

September 15, 2016

FlagGary G. Campbell, age 75 of Lincoln passed away September 15, 2016.  He was born April 1, 1941 in Ashland, Nebraska to Glen R. and Goldie (Vosler) Campbell.  Gary was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked as a merchandise manager at several retail stores.

Survivors include his daughter, Amy Walkenhorst; granddaughters, Paige Walkenhorst and Faith Eberhardt.  Sister, Glendora Bundy.  Nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Phyllis.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Please dress casually.

Interment Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family.

Georgia Rose Walla Burnham

September 13, 2016

burnham-obit-picGeorgia Rose Walla Burnham, age 96 of Lincoln, passed away early Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, surrounded by family.  Born October 1919 in Butler County, Nebr. to George and Wilhelmina (Woodraska) Walla; she graduated from high school at Denver West. Married in 1946 to Kenneth MacKenzie Burnham in David City, Nebraska.  She was Assistant Vice President and Trust Officer at the former 1st National Bank of Lincoln for 22 years.

Georgia is preceded in death by her husband; brother Richard Walla; and sister Anne Walla. Survived by daughters Pam Burnham and Barb (Doug) Lacey; grandchildren Jeff (Katrena) Lacey, Brett (Anna) Lacey and Scott Lacey; great-grandchildren Georgia, Thomas, Augustus, and Arden Lacey.

Funeral Services:  11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln with Visitation one hour prior.  Reception in Wyuka’s Garden Room followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery. Memorials to HoriSun Hospice. Condolences www.wyuka.com

Leon Mituro

September 8, 2016

mituro-obit-photoLeon Mituro, age 76 of Lincoln, passed away Thurs. Sept. 8, 2016. Born Feb. 20, 1940 in Wilno, Poland to Leonard and Apolonia (Sapsaj) Mituro.  In 1980 he was a solidarity leader of Zielona Gora; this is what brought him and his family to the United States.  He has worked as a Diesel Mechanic for 30 years in the U.S. and as a Welder in Zastal, Poland for 25 years prior.

He is survived by his wife Krystyna; daughters Jolanta (Robin) Derr, Dorota (Kirk) Lindner; granddaughter Natalie Lindner; and grandson Matthew Derr.

 

Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m. on Sat. Sept. 10, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln with Burial following in Wyuka Cemetery.   Visitation: 5-8 p.m. on Fri. Sept. 9, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home with family present 6-7 p.m.  Memorials to the family.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

northern-cardinal-perchedElroy “Roy” D. Linkugel, age 82 of Lincoln, died Sep. 7, 2016 in Ashland, Neb.  Graveside Service:  10:00 am on 9/10 at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, Section 31.

 

Donald M. Nichols

August 29, 2016

Nichols, DonaldDonald M. Nichols age 80 of Lincoln, passed away August 28, 2016.  He was born May 23, 1936 in Paxico, Kansas to James S. and Florence E. (Welch) Nichols.  Donald was a long time employee at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

Survivors include his siblings and their spouses, Selma and Byron Rogers of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Carmane Russell of Lincoln; Vada and Lamont Bowen of Wichita, Kansas and Duane and Shirley Nichols of Los Angeles, California.  Nieces and nephews.  Donald was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Janice Beard; brother-in-law, Charlie Russell and sister-in-law, Shirley Nichols.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. at Bethel Bible Way Apostolic Temple, 1990 A Street, Lincoln on Wednesday, August 31st.

Interment will be at the Newbury Township Cemetery in Paxico, Kansas on Thursday, September 1st at 3:00 P.M.

Memorials to Bethel Bible Way Apostolic Temple.

John “Jack” H. Reed

August 27, 2016

JohnReed-001John “Jack” H. Reed, age 89 of Lincoln, died August 27, 2016 in Elkhorn, Neb. Born Mar. 22, 1927 Jack graduated from Raymond High School and worked as a farm laborer most of his adult life.  He served in the US Navy during WWII and was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Neb.

Preceded in death by parents Pete and Margaret (Steffen) Reed; wife, Eula I. Reed (Gross); and son, Lane A. Reed. Survived by daughter Lori (Troy) A. Christensen; daughter in law Shelley Reed; grandsons Evan and Jesse Christensen; brother Bill (Janice) Reed; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Memorials to the family; VFW Waverly; or American Legion Post #3.

Funeral Services at 11:00 am on Aug. 30, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home 3600 “O” St., Lincoln with burial and military honors following in Wyuka Cemetery; visitation from 6-8:00 pm on Aug. 29, 2016 also at Wyuka. www.wyuka.com

Margaret L. Briggs

August 15, 2016

Briggs obit photoMargaret “Peggy” Briggs March 17, 1938 – Aug. 13, 2016.  Cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.  Peggy retired after 12 years as the state’s Popular Tourism Director – upon the passing of her father.  Peggy brought joy into the lives of everyone she knew.

Survived by husband Fred; sisters Charlotte and Lynda; sons, Kevin, Lee, Fred Jr. and his wife Jeab; daughter Shelley; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Preceded in death by brother Charles, father and mother.

Memorial Service with reception following at 10:00 am on Sat. Aug. 20, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln. Memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Fund.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

Sharon Bartak

August 11, 2016

Bartak obit photoSharon Rae Bartak, age 79, of Lincoln passed away August 10, 2016. She was born in a farmhouse near Stanton, Neb. to Rudolf “Rudy” and Esther (Pont) Bartak on December 28, 1936 the second of four children; Caryle, Sharon, Jerry and John.  She graduated in 1954 from Madison High School and initially began a profession as a legal secretary.  In 1956 she married Wayne Hahn and moved to Lincoln, Neb. where she gave birth to and was the loving mother of five children; Douglas, David, Kelli, Christopher and Jaimi.  Her love was unconditional.

After her second marriage she learned new skills and reentered the workforce as an administrative secretary working for United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska.  After that she went on to work for the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and subsequently retired in 2011.  She loved working and always enjoyed helping others.  She was a courageous woman with a strong will to never give up on herself, her family, or her friends.  She died while fighting to recover her health after completing cancer treatments in 2016.

She is survived by her children, their spouses and five of six grandchildren; Doug and Karen Hahn, David Hahn and Lisa Carrara, Kelli and Bruce Evans and their daughters Samantha and Skylar, Dr. Christopher and Karlie Hahn and their daughter Delaney, Jaimi and Todd Calfee and their son Drey and their daughter Moriah.  She is also survived by her sister Caryle Donscheski, her brother Jerry Bartak, her nephew John Bartak, and her nieces Jessica (Cooper) Bartak and Sonya (Rule) Bartak. She was preceeded in death by her parents, her younger brother John Bartak, and her granddaughter Alexis Calfee.

Memorials to: the alexis Project or United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska.

Funeral Services:  11:00 a.m. on Tues. Aug. 16, 2016 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 1015 Lancaster Ln., Lincoln.  A Visitation will be held on Sun. Aug. 14, 2016 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Burial at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams St., Lincoln.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

 

 

Titler folder photoAdrian W. Titler, age 76, of Lincoln passed away at home surrounded by family on Aug. 10, 2016.  Navy Veteran and loving family man.  Funeral Services: 10:30 am, Aug. 13, 2016 at Northwest Church of Christ, 1st and Adams, Lincoln, with visitation 9:30 – 10:30 am.  Interment:  Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln with military honors.  Memorials to the family.

Karen G. Allen

August 8, 2016

Allen, Karen obit photoKaren G. Allen age 72 of Lincoln, passed away August 8th.  She was born December 23, 1943 in Red Oak, Iowa to Glen and Doris (Black) Baker.  Karen worked as a surgical technician at Lincoln General Hospital and Gateway Lanes.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Bill Snyder, Carla and Leon Swanson;  son and daughter-in-law, David and Jaci Allen;  sister, Norma Duncan;  9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Allen, her parents and brother, Robert Baker.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 10th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 10th from Noon until service time.

Memorials may be left to the family.

 

SaddlerDeena Jo Saddler age 46 of Lincoln, passed away August 7, 2016.  She was born July 8, 1970 in Fremont, Nebraska to Tom and Vickie (Koch) Anderson.  Deena was a grade school teacher with LPS.

Survivors include her daughters; Kayla, Hannah and Lauren Saddler, her mom Vickie Anderson of Fremont, Brother and sister-in-law, Chad and Mary Anderson of Papillion, Sister and brother-in-law, Carrie and Chris Kohl of Fremont.  Former spouse, Chad Saddler of Lincoln, mother-in-law, Connie Saddler of Lincoln.  Nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her son, Colin and her father, Tom.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 11th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Wednesday from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Children’s fund at Liberty First Credit Union.

Stanley C. Keller

August 1, 2016

SKM_C284e16080113240_0001-001Stanley Clarence Keller passed away Sunday morning July 31, 2016 at the age of 64. He was ready to join his parents after an 18 month bout with brain cancer. He passed away peaceful with 4 of his children (Amanda, Becky, Jessica and Daniel) at his side at the Monarch Hospice Facility on 78th and Pioneers. He was born on Dec. 4, 1951 in Seward County to Clarence and Norma (Hackbart) Keller. Stan graduated from Milford High School in 1970 and attended the Carpenter program at Southeast Community College in Milford and graduated in Dec. of 1971.

Stan grew up on a small farm near Milford, Neb. until his dad Clarence passed away in 1970 of cancer. Stan loved the farm; farming, playing kick the can, cowboys and indians, 4th of July fireworks, playing high-five, endless hours on the Big Blue River and 18 acre lake and playing with all their dogs. He had to make a decision if he wanted to farm or go into another business on his own, remodeling homes? He chose the latter in which he was highly regarded and a perfectionist in his profession. You had to book his services normally 6-9 months out. He did remodeling jobs for Warren Buffet and Larry the Cable Guy to name several. He sub-contracted for Lincoln Cabinet for almost 20 years.

Stan married and is survived by his wife Peggy Briney Keller on December 15th, 1978 and raised 6 children who survive him. Eric Keller of Lincoln, Melissa Zerfass (Robbie) of Washington, Amanda Keller of Lincoln, Rebecca (Becky) Keller of Lincoln, Daniel Keller of Lincoln and Jessica Allen (Nicholas) of Lincoln.

Stan is also survived by his Sister Sandra Guerin (Rex) of Hermitage MO, Brother Kevin Keller (Beverlee) of Lincoln, Sisters-in-laws; Mary Dickey of Lincoln, Brenda Medley of Crete, Diane Glass-Burks of Ok, Susan Pavey and Brother-in-law, Charles Briney of SD.

Stan loved his work, his children and his grandchildren; Kaylee Keller, Breckin Womochil, Caiden Zerfass, Harmony Zerfass, Sami Keller, Rhyland Allen and Andrece Allen. He would do anything for his children and grandchildren which showed in his daily life. He would work 6-7 days a week putting in 10-12 hours each day, come home and cook dinner for the kids, take them to the park, play games, build tree houses, teach them how to ride bikes and drive to just name a few. All his children and grandchildren brought him great joy and happiness.

A Family Visitation will be held from 6 – 8 pm on Friday Aug 5th at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street Lincoln, Neb. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 am at Wyuka on Sat Aug 6th. Stan will be cremated and his ashes divided and made into jewelry for the children and grandchildren and the remaining ashes will be spread on the old homestead. Memorials will be the family choice but the majority will go to the Monarch Hospice Center at 78th and Pioneers and Cancer Research.

Cancer sucks; it has taken Stan’s life, his Dad’s life and his Grandpa and Grandma Keller’s lives.

“I wish cancer would get cancer and go kill itself.” Amanda Keller

Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Glandt, Margaret 2Margaret R. (Birdsall) Glandt age 96 of Lincoln, formerly of Omaha passed away July 23, 2016.  She was born September 21, 1919 in Union, New Jersey to Joseph and Corynne (Shaw) Fischer.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, John and Jeannie Birdsall of Lincoln; granddaughter, Joni Birdsall; grandson and spouse, Rick and Debra Birdsall.  Great grandchildren, Wyatt, Jarod and Luci Packard.  Step great grandson, Vincent Wheatley.  Special nieces, Linda Kuehl and Sherri Buford.  Nephews.  Preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alfred Glandt.  Brother, Walter Fischer, 3 other brothers and 1 sister.

Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 26th from 5:00-8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Cat House, a no kill cat shelter, Lincoln, NE.

Robert D. Willey

July 21, 2016

 

img010 (2)-001Robert Dean Willey, 68, of Lincoln, passed away July 21, 2016. He was born April 7, 1948 in Geneva to Dean and LaVeta (Madison) Willey.  Robert graduated from Geneva High School and continued on to Southeast Community College in Milford and graduated with a degree in mechanics.  Robert served in the Marine Corps from 1968-1970, and belonged to American Legion Post #216.

Robert Married Judith (Horky) of Friend in 1979 in Lincoln. Robert enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandsons, playing cards and restoring cars.  Robert retired from Goodyear in 2005 after 35 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Survived by his wife Judith; daughter Amanda (Jarrod) Neujahr, grandsons Brayden, Coleton, and Logan; his son, Brian Willey (Dani) Grandson Hudson; sister, Norma Jean Willey; sister-in-law Jane(Ken) Harpenau; sister-in-law Janelle Kopsa; cousins, niece, nephews, and many dear friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday July 27, 4:00 p.m. at Risky’s 48th & Leighton Lincoln.  In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family.

Dirk Stuart

July 20, 2016

maxresdefault[1]Dirk Stuart, age 47, of Lincoln passed away on July 17, 2016 a patient of Bryan Heart Hospital.  Dirk donated his organs to Nebraska Organ Donation.  No service information at this time.

Karen L. Bailey

July 17, 2016

Monarch butterflyKaren LaVonne Bailey, age 73, of Lincoln passed away early Saturday, July 16, 2016.  There will be private family services at a later date.

Robert N. Mohlman

July 9, 2016

Mohlman, RobertRobert Norton Mohlman age 90 years, 10 months, 13 days passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:40 p.m.  He was born August 24, 1925 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Columbus, Nebraska to Eilert and Anna (Brandes) Mohlman.  He graduated from Kramer (Columbus) High School in 1943, known in the school Annual as “A PAL TO ALL”, a philosophy that shaped his belief in and acceptance of all persons throughout his life.  He served in the 130th Signal Radio Intelligence Company of the U.S. Army during World War II for 3 years and received a Bronze Star for service on Guam in the Mariana Islands during the Western Pacific Campaign.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Social Science and English, and, in 1954, a Master of Science degree.  He was a high school teacher in Fairbury and Omaha for six years before returning to Lincoln to begin a pursuit of a Doctoral Degree in Adult and Continuing Education.

August 1, 1953, Bob married Darlene Marie Holstrom, a marriage of faith and graceful love that lasted 52 plus years interrupted only with the passing of Darlene, February 3, 2006.  The union developed 4 treasured, talented and beautiful daughters–Marsha, Linda, Lisa and Monica.

On May 3, 1957, Bob began a 52 year association with the Nebraska Department of Labor serving as an Employment Interviewer, Placement Specialist in Professional Jobs, serving 34 years as Staff Training and Development Officer, and, after official retirement, returned to become lead Department Receptionist for 7 years.  He often referred to his public service work and relationship with all peoples, “His Job, His Life,” and credited many persons as friends who represented his favorite saying: “No person is the whole of himself; his friends are the rest of him.”

Bob’s keen interest in growth and development and professionalism on the job provided him the opportunity to develop and conduct educational and training programs locally and nationally for persons in their professional association, the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security (IAPES).  He was elected International President of his professional association of 26,000 members, world-wide, in Toronto, Canada, in 1981.  Bob was an active Presbyterian and an Elder, Deacon and Worship Enabler, as a member of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church.

Robert is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Marsha and David Wetrosky of Nebraska City, Linda and Michael Stroud of El Mirage, Arizona, Monica Mohlman of Lincoln, Lisa and Ralf Lindow of Bellevue; former son-in-law, Eric Gillette.  Grandchildren, Alex, Audra, Ava Wetrosky all Nebraska City; Justin Stroud and fiancé Beth Outz of Lincoln, Jenna Stroud Petrocchi and husband Ryan of Birmingham, Alabama; Morgan Gillette of Lincoln; Samuel, Carter and Emma Gillette of Bellevue; step granddaughters Sasha Lindow and Jessica Holcomb of Bellevue; great grandson Forest Riegle and his father Chris Reigle of Lincoln.  Great granddaughter, Renata Caster and her father Josh Caster of Lincoln.  Special nieces Pat Webster and Pam Sayers of North Carolina, Sandra Barth of Manhattan, Kansas; Terri Willmes of Lincoln.  Nephew, Don R. Mohlman, Jr. of Elkhorn and special buddies Laurie and Will; and his beloved St. Bernard, Bailey.  Bob was preceded in death by his wife Darlene and her sister Donna.  Brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Shirley Mohlman  and his beloved cat, Spoky.

Memorial service 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 8300 East Pointe Dr.  Rev. Jeff D. Warrick presiding and celebrating Bob’s life.  Inurnment will be at Wyuka Cemetery at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 14th.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Larry Wayne Kubick

July 8, 2016

Larry KubickLarry Wayne Kubick, age 73, Lincoln, Neb. Born November 25, 1942 in Cambridge, Nebraska. Died peacefully in his sleep July 6, 2016. Retired after a long and distinguished career as a bank loan recovery officer, Larry also served his country honorably in the Nebraska Air National Guard, ultimately achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. Son of the late Harold and Dorothy Kubick, Larry was a resident of Lincoln since 1984. Graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School, Class of 1961. Also attended the University of Nebraska. Preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dan of Omaha.

Survivors: Two sons, Thomas, of Lawrence, Kansas and wife Jessica; Nicholas of Richmond, Virginia and wife Maria. Also survived by two grandchildren: Connor Nicholas (son of Nicholas) and Samantha Mary (daughter of Thomas). Also survived by two brothers, Bruce and Mark, both of Lincoln. Also nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 14th at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Wolfe, Robert

Robert C. “Gramps” Wolfe, age 89, of Lincoln passed away July 7, 2016. Born April 22, 1927 at home on 2815 P St., Lincoln NE to Clarence and Freda (Schurk) Wolfe.  Graduate of Lincoln High School and served in the US Navy 1944 – 1947.  Moved to California with wife Mary and a young daughter in 1949. Started the West Covina, CA fire station as a volunteer and ended as a Battalion Fire chief in 1964 where he then moved his family back to Lincoln.  A man of many talents with a few being an electrician, plumber and mail carrier.  His main career as a business owner of Beltone Hearing Aid Center, Lincoln, NE for 17 years and then at the age of 56 in his retirement he bought a small hardware store in Havelock. As a pillar in the community he continued to be actively involved in Wolfe Ace Hardware stores day to day business up until his passing. Today it continues to run as a 4 generations store.  Awarded the 50 year member of the American Legion Post #13 for his longtime and dedicated service.  Loved by all as a father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather.  As a friend and mentor to many he will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his sister, Janice Bowman of California; Brothers and sister-in-law, Bud and Elsie Bennett of Oklahoma, John Bennett of Florida.  His children, Linda (Ed) Diaz, Dave (Jackie) Wolfe, Sondra (Ron) Tresnak, Judy (Mark) Weaver and Mary (Mike) Edwards.  Grandchildren, Mark Neal, Marcella and Matt Boehnke, Jason and Lynnette Wolfe, Jeff and Nikki Wolfe, Jamison and Jody Wolfe, Joyce and Mike Walton, Adam and Shana Grell, Angie and Joe Clapper, Andrea Grell and Nate Ross, Max Tresnak, Aaron and Kristi Weaver, Jenni and Derek Engelbart, Austin and Elyse Weaver, Andrew and Erin Edwards, Jonathan Edwards, Brendan, Bryan and Austin Farley.  33 Great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by wife Mary Ruth (Bennett) Wolfe, sister Betty Sinner.

Private family services.  Interment Wyuka Cemetery.

A celebration of life will be held at the Isles Reception Hall, 6232 Havelock Ave.  on Wednesday, July 13th from 3:00-6:00 P.M.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 12th at Wyuka Funeral Home from 4:00-8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Memorials to Tabitha or Lincoln-Lancaster Habitat for Humanity.

Dale E. Schmitz

July 7, 2016

Schmitz, DaleDale Eugene Schmitz, 76, of Lincoln, passed to his heavenly rest on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Journey House of Tabitha.  Dale was born in Lincoln, to Harold and Jeannette (Wintersteen) Schmitz on October 21, 1939, the oldest of three children.  He grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1957, where he excelled in basketball and track & field.  It was also at Bellevue High that he met the love of his life, Mary Jo Swaney.  Upon graduation, Dale attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Dale and Mary Jo were married on October 2, 1959, and the young family relocated to Lincoln, where Dale worked in the accounting/bookkeeping field, retiring from Pfizer in 2001.  As a young man, Dale was very involved with the Jaycee organization local and state officer.  He was a member of Prairie Home United Methodist Church and after his retirement, Dale and May Jo spent many hours volunteering at church and for the FoodNet Lincoln charity, but Dale was happiest on the golf course and spending time with his large family.  He was a fixture at sporting events and school activities for all of his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Jo, his children: Ellen (Mark) Dickey of Dunes, South Dakota; Dorothy (Mark) McManaman of Lincoln; David Schmitz of Los Angeles, California; Nancy (Greg) Topil of Lincoln and Jean (David) Hart of Edmond, Oklahoma, 10 grandchildren:  Chelsea Kelley; Jacquelyn Wright; Jenna Topil; Tyler McManaman; Justin Topil; John Dickey; Matthew Hart; Meredith McManaman, Dylan Schmitz and Hayley Schmitz.  Great grandchildren: Bryar Kelley, Marley McManaman and Maci McManaman  He is also survived by two sisters, Nancy (Ike) Rothgeb of Murray, Nebraska and Judith Leacock of Phoenix, Arizona and 2 nieces and 2 nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter-in-law, Lucy Schmitz.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, July 11th at Wyuka Funeral Home with burial at Yankee Hill Cemetery in Lincoln.  Visitation will be 2:00-7:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 10th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the compassionate and loving staff of the Tabitha Journey House for the excellent care he has received over the past year.

Memorials may be directed to the Journey House, Prairie Home Church or Alzheimer’s Association

Isaacson, PatsyPatsy R. Isaacson age 78 of Lincoln passed away July 4, 2016.  She was born August 30, 1937 in Holdrege, Nebraska to Lewis and Ada (Vreeland) Wagner.

Survivors include her husband Larry Isaacson of Lincoln, sons Ron Isaacson and Jeff Isaacson.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from Noon until 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 12th.

Interment Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to Lincoln Berean Church or Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Jean Harker Tussing

July 5, 2016

Tussing, JeanJean Harker Tussing, 80, of Lincoln, NE passed away July 3, 2016. Jean was born December 20, 1935 in Denison, Iowa to George W. and Ella M. Harker.  Jean graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in piano from the University of Iowa in 1958 and after raising her family, a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Nebraska in 1981.  An accomplished concert pianist, a loving mother and grandmother, dedicated educator, avid gardener and lover and protector of all animals, she lived a meaningful, thoughtful and joyous life. Her greatest joy was sharing her love of literature and music with her granddaughter Ellen.  Jean was happiest digging in her garden with her dog by her side, working one-on-one with her pupils, laughing/arguing with her three brothers and surrounding herself with her daughters, her granddaughter and her many, many loving friends.  Although she lived in Lincoln, NE most of her adult life, Jean remained true and loyal to the Black and Gold of the University of Iowa.

 Jean is survived by daughters Kerin L. Peterson, Leslie J. Tussing and partner Sharon Reuter, son Jay Tussing and granddaughter Ellen L. Peterson, all of Lincoln.  Brothers, G. Wesley Harker and wife Bonnie of Santee, CA, John V. Harker of Lake Oswego, OR, Lee A.  Harker and wife Jill of Omaha, NE and canine buddy Tonka.

 Preceded in death by parents, sister-in-law Judy Harker, niece Nicole L. Weber and many beloved canine companions.

 Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home. 

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Chet Ager Nature Center.

Victor S. McWilliams Sr.

June 25, 2016

McWilliams, VictorVictor S. McWilliams Sr. was born July 29, 1926 and was called home June 23, 2016 after a long battle against Alzheimer’s.  He was the youngest of 6 children born to John Jefferson and Sarah (Webster) McWilliams in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He attended Bancroft Elementary School, Whittier Junior High and Lincoln High School.  Victor was employed at Northwestern Metal Co. and was the Vice-President when he retired after 43 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John J. McWilliams II, Theodore McWilliams, Henry McWilliams, sisters Helen McWilliams, Elizabeth (Lit) Green, Nephew Jo Nathan McWilliams and daughter Felicia S. McWilliams.  He leaves behind his son Victor S. McWilliams II (Latricia) of Raymond, Nebraska, daughters Cynthia Belford, E. Rose McWilliams and E. Ruth McWilliams of Lincoln, 4 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, niece Loretta McWilliams Russell of Lincoln, nephew Henry (Chipper) McWilliams (Deb) of Grand Island, Nebraska and a host of nephews, cousins, friends and family.

Victor was married to Juanita M. Walker for over 55 years.  He leaves to cherish his memory dear classmates Shirley Rife and Vernon Wilson, childhood and close friends, Hazel (Wilson) Anderson, Charles Baker, Pat Bluford, Charles Botts, Ledora Brown, Hobart Bradley, Roger Caulier, Jean I. Green, Gray Hill, Allen Jackson, Romayne Jackson, Albert Maxey, Ray McCray, Birdie Powell, Talmage Ricks, Toni Vinegar and Ida Washington.

He was a strong yet quite man and soft spoken, he loved spending time with family and friends.  The family would try to take a trip each year to visit family and friends.  Victor Played the jazz piano and became an avid photographer.  At the time of his death he was a member of Lincoln City Church.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Lincoln City Church, 5001 S. 1st Street, Lincoln.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 1st from 1:00-8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to Lincoln City Church, 5001 S. 1st Street, Lincoln 68512 or Quinn Chapel AME Church, 1225 S. 9th Street, Lincoln 68502

Phyllis J. Lorraine

June 20, 2016

Phyllis Lorraine-001Phyllis Jean Lorraine, 84, born in Covington, Vir. a resident of Lincoln since 1951 died June 19, 2016. She attended Neb. School for the Blind and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.  Phyllis led a life dedicated to her family, loving every minute of being mother, grandmother, and aunt.

Preceded in death by husband, Daniel; parents W.G. and Lula (Keeling) Shanks; and great grandson Avery.

Survived by sons Dan (Julie) and Bill (Deanna); daughter Jean Rentfro; nine grandchildren; six great grands; sister Louise Van Bloom; brother Glenn (Kathryn) Shanks; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral at 10:30 am, Thurs. June 23 at Wyuka Funeral Home 3600 “O” St., Lincoln; with Visitation Wed. June 22, from 5-7 pm. Burial in Wyuka Cemetery. Memorials to the National Federation of the Blind, nfb.org  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

William H. Myers Sr.

June 14, 2016

Myers, WilliamWilliam H. Myers Sr. age 69 of Lincoln, passed away June 12, 2016.  He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam combat veteran and loving father.

Survived by son William H. Myers II and daughter Prudence A. Myers.

No services or visitation.

Richard J. Cubbison Sr.

June 12, 2016

CubbisonRichard J. Cubbison Sr. Age 94 passed away on June 11, 2016.  He was born March 14, 1922 in Lincoln to James and Esther (Anderson) Cubbison.  His wife Lucille preceded him in death on Nov. 6, 2007 after 64 years of marriage.  Richard served in the Marine Corp for 42 months in aviation maintaining F4U fighter planes during WW2.  In civilian life Richard was in the floor covering business under CUBS DIST., and earlier as A-1 Linoleum and Sherwin Williams Paints.

He is survived by his son Richard J. Cubbison  Jr. and wife Ellie of Westminster, Colorado.  His sisters Helen Balderson and Sally Stauffer preceded him in death.  Nieces Kay McCune of Bemidji Minn., Karen Johnston of Cortland, Ne., Leslie Booker, and nephew Jim Stauffer of Lincoln and their families also survive him in addition to several great nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, June 20, 2016 with Rev. Dr. Neal Anthony of the Evangelical United Lutheran Church.

Memorials are to be sent to Smile Train for Children.

John V. Kitrell Jr.

June 11, 2016

Kitrell, John JrJohn V. Kitrell Jr. age 63 of Elmwood, accepted his wings on June 9, 2016, losing his battle to cancer.  He was born April 6, 1953 in Lincoln to John Sr. and Carrie (Lakey) Kitrell.

He is survived by his wife Diane, sons and daughters-in-law: Nathan and Courtney, Shawn and Connie, Chad and Melissa.  Daughters Ashley, Andrea and Brandy.  7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Sister and brother-in-law, Connie and Charles Sykes.  John is preceded in death by his parents and daughter Nicole.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 P.M. on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Wyuka Cemetery.  John’s family will host a celebration of life gathering at the Red Cedar Lounge in Elmwood at 5:00 P.M. on June 29th, all are welcome to come share memories of John.

Memorials may be given to the family.

Myrtie Monia obit photoIola “Myrtie” Pray Monia, age 100, of Lincoln went to heaven peacefully surrounded by family on June 6, 2016. Born April 5, 1916 in Willow Springs, MO, daughter of George and Lulu Pray.  Married to Andrew Monia, 1934, in Lincoln.  She was a member of Eastern Star; a nurse aid and board member at Bryan Hospital; VFW Ladies Auxiliary; Havelock Methodist Church and St. Luke’s Methodist Church.
Preceded in death by her parents; husband Andrew; sons Andy and Roger; grandson Rodney Minzel; and son in law Dutch Buettgenbach.

Survived by her son Pete (Mary) Monia of Lake Havasu City, AZ; daughters, Myrtie Jean Buettgenbach, Andrea (Tom) Mills, and Sally Edwards, all of Lincoln; 8 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and 23 great great grands. It was Myrtie’s wish to be cremated.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Fri. June 10, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln. Burial at a later date. www.wyuka.com

Susan M. McCullough

June 6, 2016

McCullough 2Susan M. McCullough, 98, of Lincoln passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016.

Preceded in death by her beloved husband, John W. McCullough; eight of her nine siblings; and other beloved family members.

She is survived by her son, Rod (Julie) McCullough of Des Moines, IA and grandson Dylan McCullough (Steph) of Brooklyn, NY; daughter Margaret (Jim) Minary and grandson Jared (Margee) Minary with great grandchildren Christian, Celena, and Nora of Lincoln; grandson Thomas (Ilia) Minary and great grandson Charlie, of Lincoln; youngest sister Calore Van Houden of Noel, MO; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Fri., June 10 at Southern Heights Presbyterian Church, 40th and Old Cheney, Lincoln. Pastor Leanne Masters officiating. Memorials to SHPC and Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Scott J. Long

May 31, 2016

Long, ScottScott J. Long age 50 of Lincoln, passed away May 29, 2016.  He was born February 6, 1966 in Moorhead, Minnesota to John D. and Joan M. (Erickson) Long.  Scott worked as an IT professional and was currently at Fiserv.  He received his degree from North Dakota State University.

He is survived by his wife, Mary McCauley-Long, son Connor, daughters, Alaetra and Malayah all of Lincoln.  Parents John and Joan of Glyndon, Minnesota.  Brother, Randy Long of Fargo, North Dakota.  Mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gerald and Peggy McCauley of St. Paul, Minnesota.  Sister-in-law, Cathy Campbell of Miami, Florida and brother-in-law, Greg McCauley of Seattle, Washington.

Family will be greeting friends on Sunday, June 5th from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, June 6th at Lincoln Berean Church, 6400 S. 70th street, Lincoln.  No viewing or visitation, cremation.

Memorials in lieu flowers may be left for the children’s college fund in care of the family.

Houghton Furr, Jr.

May 30, 2016

FurrHoughton Furr, Jr.  age 73 born to Houghton, Sr and Marion (Jones) at Harvard in Boston, MA on 9/10/42.  Graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned a Bachelors in Business at UNL where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.  During college he worked at Speedway Motors where he increased his vast knowledge of tuning car engines to perfection. He served on the Board of Directors of the University Club and retired after 37 years as Deputy Chief Examiner at the Nebr. State Dept. of Insurance.  “Houghtie” had a love of boating, traveling with his daughter and grandchildren and loved open road auto racing.  His favorite race was the Sandhills Open Road Challenge where he won several championships and made some dear, lifelong friends.  His love for animals was endless and he was a proud supporter of Hearts United for Animals as well as Hands, Hearts & Paws where he adopted the loves of his life.  You could always find him in any room just by following his laugh.

Preceded in death by parents, sister, Lyn Jones.  Survived by daughter, Brittany (Kitchen) Furr; granddaughter/husband Bailey (Mitchell Cookston), Great granddaughter, Annalyse Cookston, all of Lincoln; grandson Dylan McAllister, Steamboat Springs, CO; Special friend Sharon Cochrane, “Brother” Michael Davlin and lifelong friends Terry Sindelar and Barry Ehrman.

Memorials c/o family to be donated to HUA and HHP in his honor.

Memorial service 3:00pm, Thurs, Jun 9, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St, Lincoln. Celebration of life party to follow at Country Pines.

 

BlackeyesTe Wa’u “Dae” Danielle Black Eyes, 23, of Lincoln and Omaha, and the Omaha and Lakota nations, had her spirit released on May 23, 2016 and passed away on May 25, 2016.  Danielle was born on February 9th, 1993 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She attended Hartley Elementary in Lincoln, then after moving to Omaha she attended Swanson Elementary, Westside Middle, Central High, and graduated from Westside High. She was proud of her heritage, and under the guidance of elder Octa Keen she sewed an Omaha regalia for her senior project.

Her son, Liam, was born on August 28th, 2012. She was proud of him and loved being his mother. Danielle loved scary movies, the mall, spicy cheetos, hanging out, and staying up late.

She brought happiness to many with her joyful laugh and goofy, wild sense of humor. She was beautiful and strong, brave and tender.

Danielle is survived by son, Liam; parents Sharon Black Eyes Hirschler, Jon Gilbert, Carol Gilbert and Ed Taylor; siblings Florine, Shelly, and Vernon Black Eyes, Cody McCullough, Ian and Michael Taylor, and Ethan Thomsen; many grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

Services will be at 3:30 P.M. on Sunday at the Indian Center.  Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Donations in Danielle’s honor to Youth Emergency Services or Nebraska Children and Families Foundation are suggested instead of flowers.

Stanley William Floth

May 25, 2016

Floth, StanleyStanley William Floth was born September 12, 1938 to Conrad & Molly (Sittner) Floth in Lincoln, NE.  He was baptized November 12, 1938 & confirmed March 29, 1953 at Friedens Lutheran Church in the South Bottom in Lincoln.  Stan attended Park Elementary, Everett Junior High, & Lincoln High School graduating in 1956.  His college plans were interrupted due to health. Stan became ill, was hospitalized, & at the age of 18 was diagnosed a brittal diabetic after a near death experience.  During this time he felt the call to the ministry.  He entered Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, NE graduating June 3, 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  He then entered Central Lutheran Seminary in Fremont, NE graduating May 5, 1966 with a Mastor of Divinity degree. Stan spent 1 year of internship at Zion Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Stanley & his class was ordained June 2, 1966 at the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) Nebraska Synod Convention in North Platte. Their class was the last one to be ordained at convention.

1966-68 – Pastor Floth’s first parish was Calvary Lutheran Swede Home, NE.  During this time in 1967 he took Hospital Chaplaincy Training at Bryan Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

1969 – Pastor Floth continued Hospital Chaplaincy Training in Kansas City, MO.

Later in 1969 he was called by the Synod to be an Interim Pastor.  He spent anywhere from 3 months to a year or more in the following churches:

1969 – Emmanuel Lutheran, Lawton, OK.

First Lutheran, Nebraska City, NE.

1970 – St. Paul’s Lutheran, Falls City, NE

1970 – 71 – St. Mark’s, Verdon & St. Peter’s Falls City

1971 – 72 – First Lutheran, Lincoln, NE.

1972 – 73 – St. Paul’s Lutheran, Grand Island, NE.

1973 – 74 – Fridhem Lutheran, Funk, NE. During Pastor Floth’s year in Grand Island, he met Sharon Fitzke & they became engaged.  After his Interim work in Funk & the first semester of school was over they were married on Feb. 2, 1974 at St. Paul’s Lutheran, Grand Island.

1974 – 77 – Pastor Floth was called to Christ Lutheran, Pierce, NE. During this time he & Sharon welcomed Robert(Bob) who was born on April 24, 1975.

1977 – 88 – Pastor Floth was called to St. Paul’s Lutheran, Blue Hill, NE. The family continued to grow with Carol being born on June 25, 1977; Brian on April 18, 1979; & Susan on May 17, 1982.

1988 – 1994 – Pastor Floth was called to St. John’s Lutheran, Sterling. Due to health issues September 1994 Pastor Floth went on medical disability through the church.

1994 – 2006 – Pastor Floth (as his health would allow) did worship supply & interim ministry for congregations who were between ministers.

October 2011 Pastor Floth was diagnosed with dementia/alzheimer’s.

May 2016 a heart condition led him home to live with the Lord.

Pastor Floth died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at GoldCrest Retirement Center in Adams, NE.
Survived by his wife, Sharon (Fitzke) Floth, children: son Bob & wife Stephanie;  daughter Carol Floth all of Lincoln;  son Brian & wife Danielle of Edgar; & daughter, Susan Floth of Fremont. Along with 5 grandchildren Bradyn, Camdyn, Landyn of Lincoln & Ethan & Brielle of Edgar.  Older brother, Gerald, of Shawnee, KS & younger brother Alan & wife Joanne of Gilbert, AZ. Along with nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents Conrad & Molly; sister-in-law Mary Floth, Shawnee, KS; niece Jaime Lynn Floth, AZ.

Visitation – Sunday, May 29 from 1:00-7:00p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln, NE. Family will be present from 5:00-7:00p.m.

Service of Resurrection Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 10:30a.m. at American Lutheran Church in Adams, NE. Luncheon to follow. Committal at Wyuka Cemetary in Lincoln, NE at 3:30p.m. Fellowship following in the Garden Room at Wyuka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family to be divided between 4 organizations that touched the life of Stanley.

Nieveen Betty photoBetty Lou Nieveen of Lincoln, passed away at her Lincoln home with her daughters and grandson present on January 22, 2016.  She was born in Wahoo on January 20, 1927 to Hilda (Pabian) and Edward Dolezal. She spoke fondly of growing up on the family farm with brother Billy and attending a one room schoolhouse a mile away. She attended Catholic School in Wahoo, Luther College, and graduated from UNL where she met Arnold. They married July 31, 1950 and moved from Fremont to York, and finally settled in Beatrice. Betty taught in North Platte, at Randolph Elementary in Lincoln and Paddock Lane in Beatrice.  Betty loved big band music. She was a prolific song writer who, with the encouragement of cousin, Jerrine Racek, and dear friend, Jim Koudelka, achieved her dream of creating a big band CD of several songs. The CD release party held in 2011 was attended by over 300 attendees and was featured on NET Nebraska Stories. Work on her second CD started in 2015.  Before her move to Lincoln in 2012, Betty played bridge, travelled the world, volunteered at the Beatrice Community Hospital and was an active member of the Beatrice First Presbyterian Church. She was a member of NSAI and won an honorable mention for one of her songs. She will be remembered by many as a favorite teacher and great friend.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, William. Survivors include son Bruce (Liisa) of Riverton, Utah, daughters Barbara Nieveen (Keith Larsen) and Patte Newman (Darrell Klein) of Lincoln and grandchildren Marc Newman (Niki Oberheu) of Lincoln, Jed (Chersti), Jacob (Nora) and Katrina (Aaron Christensen) all of Utah.

Memorial services were held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Beatrice with Reverend Dr. Jimmy Shelbourn officiating. Burial at a later date at Wyuka Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Beatrice Sertoma Club Scholarship Fund with the funeral home in charge.

dad (3)Arnold E. Nieveen, 80 years of age, of Beatrice, NE passed away at the Beatrice Community Hospital Sunday afternoon, October 24, 2004. He was born on August 4, 1924 in Adams, NE. He was a graduate of Adams High School and graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with an Economics in Agriculture degree. He served his country in the United States Army in the Army Medical Corps in occupied Japan from April 22, 1946 until September 28, 1947. He married Betty Lou Dolezal on July 31, 1950 in Lincoln and lived in Fremont from 1951-1959 where he worked as a farm manager for the Farmers National Co. for 7 years. They moved to York and lived there until a move to Beatrice in 1961. He was employed at the Scully Estates in Beatrice from 1961 until he retired in 1990.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church; the Geddes-Thober Post 1077, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Bitting-Norman Post #27, American Legion; Beatrice Noon Sertoma Club and past board member; Travelers Protective Association, past president and board member; and a past member of the Lodge #619, B.P.O. Elks, all in Beatrice. He was a past member and president of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers; past president and board member of the National Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers; past chairman and board member of the Agriculture Committee of the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce; was the treasurer of the American Field Service for 9 years; past board member of the Nebraska Ag. Alumni Association; and past member of the Nebraska Ag. Relations Council Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Steward. He had been involved in city politics in Beatrice and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, playing poker and was an extensive traveler.

Survivors include his wife Betty Lou; Son Bruce Nieveen and his wife Liisa of Riverton, Utah; daughters Barbara Nieveen and her husband Keith Larsen of Lincoln, NE. and Patte Newman and her husband Darrell Klein of Lincoln, NE.; grandchildren Jed, Jacob and Katrina Nieveen and Marc Newman; and brother LaVern (Fat) Nieveen and his wife Margery of Adams, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents Cornelius and Jennie (Ringling) Nieveen; brothers Martin, Harmon, and Melvin Nieveen; and sister Mae Marcusse.

Memorial services were held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 29, 2004 at the First Presbyterian Church in Beatrice, NE. with Reverend Dr. Jimmy Shelbourn officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln. A memorial was established to the Sertoma Scholarship Fund with Gerald Kleveland and Joe Richling in charge.

Donald Nels Hansen

May 24, 2016

FlagDonald Nels Hansen of Tucson, Arizona, went to join his Heavenly Father April 23, 2016.  He was born August 11, 1926 to Nels and Anna C. Hansen of rural North Platte, Nebraska.  There he learned the values of honesty and hard work.  He graduated from North Platte High School in June of 1944.  Don enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Logan, Colorado November 13, 1944.  He served briefly with General Patton’s 3rd Army Infantry Division in Europe, arriving a few days after D-Day.  He then served with General Douglas McArthur’s staff in Japan as First Sergeant.  After WWII he returned to Nebraska and later married O’Linda Hergenrader in 1951.  He worked briefly at Braniff Airlines in Norfolk, Nebraska and Moore, Oklahoma.  Don became a contract negotiator for the Navy Department in Washington D.C. where he retired in 1991.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Linda, brothers Earl and Paul and sister Mary Ruth.  He is survived by 6 nieces and two nephews.

Private graveside services at Wyuka Cemetery at a later date.

Atwood R. Watson

May 19, 2016

Atwood WatsonAtwood R. Watson Sr., 97, of Mitchell, Nebr., formerly of Lincoln, passed away Thurs. May 19, at the Mitchell Care Center. Born Aug. 21, 1918 to Amzi and Besse (Grass) Watson in York County, Nebr.  Graduated Waco High School in 1938.  He owned a donut shop in Waco with his twin brother, Elwood.  Served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army at Camp Roberts in Paso Robles, CA from 1941- 1945; he was drafted and his brother Elwood volunteered so they could serve together. Married to Arlene McClatchey Sept. 3, 1942 in Paso Robles. Two children Atwood Jr. and Joan Marie.

Returned to Lincoln managing Elgin Watch Co.; when they closed he worked for several car dealers before purchasing his own dealership, Parrish Motors. Upon selling, he retired for a short while, returning to work as a Veterans Service Officer for the State of Nebr.  Atwood and Arlene were members of the College View 7th Day Adventist Church for 57 years where he enjoyed serving as a Deacon.  In 2009 they moved to Mitchell to be near their son and his family.

Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arlene, who passed Nov. 3, 2010 celebrating 68 years of marriage in Sept. 2010; daughter Joan Hamm; brothers, Wayne, Gilbert, and Elwood; and sister Lela.

Survived by son Atwood Jr. (Diane) of Melbeta, NE; grandson Atwood III “Trey” (Sylvia) Watson with great grandchildren Wyatt Atwood and MaKayla of Cheyenne, WY; grandson Travis (Deidra) Watson with great grandchildren Dax and Ryker of Farmington, NM; grandson Jason (Andrea) Thomas with great grandson Dylan of Clarksville, TN;  granddaughter Justina Thomas of Farwell, MI; niece Lori Foote of Decherd, TN; son in law Allan Hamm of Longview, WA; sister in law Marge Watson of York, NE; nephews Wayne, Kenny Watson and niece Joann Watson all of MS; and his extended family of caregivers at Mitchell Care Center.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Mon. May 23, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln with a Viewing from 12:00-1:00 pm; Pastor Russ Thomas officiating. Interment with military honors to follow at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials will be used to provide a token of appreciation for the outstanding care from the staff at Mitchell Care Center.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

 

 

 

Dorothy WellsMrs. Dorothy Louise Wells was born in Charleston, Miss. (Tallahatchie County) on Dec. 19, 1952 to the late Carrie Louise Johnson. She departed this life on Wednes. May 18, 2016 at Sunrise Country Manor in Milford, Nebr.  She is preceded in death by her mother Carrie and one sister, Martha Johnson.

Dorothy attended Allen Carver High School and then Job Corps in Washington D.C. From there she moved to Chicago, IL and lived there for many years before moving to Lincoln.  Sister Dorothy joined Angelic Temple C.O.G.I.C., was baptized, and became a member of the Usher Board; remaining a member until her death.

She leaves to cherish two sons, Charles and Arronson Wells; one brother, James Johnson; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; eight aunts; four uncles; and a host of cousins.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 27, 2017 at Angelic Temple Church, 33rd & Q Streets, Lincoln.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.

Sleep on…Take your rest.

                                                                We love you… But God loves you best.

CasciniDr. Brett Ranford Cascini, 59, of Lincoln passed away on May 17, 2016. Born July 10, 1956 in Schenectady, NY to Dr. William and Edythe (Peden) Cascini.

Dr. Cascini was a 1974 graduate of Lincoln East High School; 1978 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University (B.S.); member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity; 1984 graduate of University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry (D.D.S.); and a 1986 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University Orthodontic Residency program in Hackensack, NJ.

In solo private practice for 30 years, Dr. Cascini also taught at UNMC Medical Center College of Dentistry, Dept. of Orthodontics for 28 years. He instructed hundreds of dentists and orthodontists during his tenure and will be fondly remembered for his quiet, gentle manner.  He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics and was an active member of the American Assoc. of Orthodontics, American Dental Assoc., Nebr. Dental Assoc., and Lincoln District Dental Assoc.

Survived by his wife Mary (Lundy); his parents; daughter Jillian (Myron) Schneider; grandchildren Paxon and Blaire Schneider all of Rothschild, WI; son, Zane of Lincoln; brother, Wade (Marcella) of Sammamish, WA; sister, Janelle (Michael) Herres; nephews, Alex and Macrae Zappala, Will (Jes) Herres; and niece, Kate (Lance) Edwards, all of Lincoln.

No Services at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: William and Edythe Peden Cascini Family Endowed Scholarship, Advancement Office,

Smith-Curtis Building Room 310, Nebraska Wesleyan Univ., 5000 St. Paul Ave., Lincoln, NE 68504; or to the UNMC College of Dentistry, Dr. Brett Cascini Memorial Donation, Orthodontic Development Fund ID#01010320 c/o The University of Nebraska Foundation, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Condolences at www.wyuka.com

 

Latisha M. Lucas

May 14, 2016

Lucas, LatishaLatisha M. Lucas age 36 of Lincoln, passed away May 8, 2016.  She was born May 7, 1980 in Lincoln to Jerome Robinson and Tracey Minchow.  Latisha worked for Lincoln Public Schools.  She was a Special Olympics athlete and at the time of her death was an organ donor which helped more than one person with the gift of life.

Survivors include her husband, Christopher Lucas and daughter, Olivia of Lincoln.  Mother and step father, Tracey Minchow and Larry Sypho of Lincoln.  Father Jerome Robinson of Lincoln.  Grandfathers, Darrell Minchow and Al Dunekacke both of Lincoln.  Grandmother, Dorothy Robinson of Omaha.  Six brothers, two sisters.  One step-sister and one step-brother.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Southview Baptist Church, 3434 S. 13th St. Lincoln.

Private family interment.

Memorials may be left for the family.

Marjorie A. Phillips

May 10, 2016

 

Marjorie PhillipsMarjorie A. Phillips, age 89, of Lincoln, Nebr. died on Sun., May 8, 2016 in Waverly.  Born on Aug. 30, 1926 to Frank and Ellen ( Soules) Evans.  Marjorie was a strong and loving mother and grandmother; she worked in the cafeteria at Lincoln General Hospital.

She is survived by granddaughters, Christy Davis of Lincoln, Jennifer (Dan) Lesoing of Lincoln, and Karmen Cook of Papillion; and 9 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Phillips; parents; daughters Connie Phillips, and Joyce Brown; and her beloved dog Winston.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thurs., May 12 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln.  Visitation from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. preceding.  Burial to follow in Wyuka Cemetery.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

maxresdefault[1]Lorraine Schaffer, age 96, of Lincoln passed onto her heavenly home the day before Mother’s Day, May 7, 2016, with her daughter Gayleen by her side.  Lorraine was born on a farm outside Staplehurst, NE.  She is survived by two daughters, Gayleen Hayes and Karen Long.

Private family service.

Arleda P. Kelly

May 9, 2016

Kelly, ArledaArleda P. Kelly age 84 of Lincoln, passed away May 9, 2016.  She was born August 20, 1931 in Crook, Colorado to Henry and Mary (Debus) Sader.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, May 12th at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will gather at Wyuka Funeral Home.

No visitation.

Memorials to the Capitol Humane Society

Ruby F. Fristoe

May 6, 2016

Ruby (003)-001Ruby F. Fristoe, age 89, formerly of Lincoln, passed away at home surrounded by her children on May 5, 2016 in Sparks, Oklahoma.  She is survived by 5 children; 6 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10th at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln with viewing and visitation from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. preceding. Burial to follow in Wyuka Cemetery, reception in the Garden Room. www.wyuka.com

liliesCharles “Rick” Whitesell, 70, passed away Thursday evening, May 5, 2016 at his home in Lincoln, NE. Born March 18, 1946 in Cedar Rapids, IA to John and Mary Jane Whitesell. Retired after many wonderful years of service with Duncan Aviation. Well loved husband, father, and grandfather.

Rick is survived by his wife Coleen (McInerney); mother Mary Jane; son Todd Whitesell (Laurie); daughter Deanna Birdwell (Ronnie); sister Diane Seko (Jim); niece Felicia MacDonald (Gregg); brother Steven Whitesell (Susan); brother-in-law John Daly; sister-in-law Barbara Whitesell; 4 grandchildren Zachariah, Caile and Ricky Birdwell, and Hannah Whitesell; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his father, sister Gail Daly; and brother Thomas Whitesell.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday May 13, 2016 at Wyuka Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for a charitable donation to be made in Rick’s honor. Online condolences www.wyuka.com

 

Elton Hill obit photoElton Monroe Hill, 79, of Havelock, passed away May 5, 2016. Loving husband, father, and grandfather.  Born in Edison, Nebr. To Paul N. Hill and Greeta (Bloom), his family moved to Lincoln and he attended Northeast High.  Elton made a career in Tool & Die and as a Gunsmith; he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Preceded in death by his parents; and brother Paul L. Hill.

Survived by his wife Rita (Kirk); daughter, Dani (Ernie) Erbe; sons, Jamie (Maria) Campbell, and Nate (Lisa) Hill; grandchildren, Regina Brown, Cameron Lutz, Megan and Shelby Campbell, and Kaylie, Briley, and Chayse Hill; 4 great grandchildren; brother, Richard (Barb) Hill; brothers-in-law, Elsey (Kay), Richard (Ann), and Chuck (Dianna) Kirk.
Funeral Services at 10:30 a.m. on Wednes., Mar. 11th at Wyuka Funeral Home 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Visitation with viewing 9:00 -10:30 a.m. before the Funeral at Wyuka.  Burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams, Lincoln.  A Reception following burial at the Isles Reception Hall, 6232 Havelock St., Lincoln.  Memorials to the family, online condolences at www.wyuka.com

Betty J. Root (Long)

April 28, 2016

Root, Betty (color)Betty J. Root (Long) age 92 of Lincoln went to be with the Lord, April 27, 2016.  She was born January 31, 1924 in Lincoln to John and Alice (King) Holwuttle.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Paul Richardson, John Holbrook, Shirley O’Meara, Wes Husband, Patricia Short (Edward), Debbie O’Malley, Diana Huey (Way), Donald Holbrook and many great nieces, nephews and other family members.  Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Wesley Long, their daughter Patricia Ann Long, her second husband Wallace J. Root, her parents and all her siblings, Paul, Irma, Bernie, Alice and Elsie.

The celebration of Betty’s life will be Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving friends Friday evening from 5:00-7:00 P.M.  She will be interred in Carthage, Missouri resting forever by her first husband, Wes.

Memorials may be left to Tabitha Hospice.

James “Jim” D. Byh

April 23, 2016

Byh obit photo-001   James “Jim” D. Byh, age 53, of Lincoln, died suddenly Fri. evening April 22, 2016 at Neb. Heart Institute, surrounded by his family and friends. Jim was a missionary with Assemblies of God/One Hope Africa.  He was born in St. Paul, Minn. to Kenneth and Phyllis (Krantz) Byh on Nov. 4, 1962.

Jim received a degree in mission and theology – but more than that he received a calling and vision from God to reach the unreached areas of Africa and tell all of the love of Jesus.  For the last 33 years he has worked fervently as a missionary in French speaking West and Central Africa -planting churches, teaching in Bible schools, crusades, starting Bible clubs for children… to read his life’s story would take volumes. He was loved and will be greatly missed.  “Well done-Jim”

He is survived by his parents; his wife Kristi (Neiger) Byh; daughters, Wendy (Willem) Byh-Jongejan, Tiffany (Westley) Negley, Jessica Byh and Kaelee Byh; brother, Greg; sisters, Holly (Frank) Crain, and Liz (Rick) Reeves; one granddaughter Madalyn Grace Negley; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends worldwide.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tues. April 26, at Christ Place Church, 1111 Old Cheney Rd, Lincoln. Memorials to the Jim Byh Memorial Fund, 600 SW 3rd St., Pompano Beach, FL  33060 (https://onehope.net/jimbyh/) Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Roth Obit photoAnnette Anne Sutton Roth, age 76, died early Thursday, April 21, 2016, at her home surrounded by family.  Annette grew up in Lincoln, until marriage, and then traveled with her husband in the military; she was the mother of five children.  Annette also worked as a telephone operator for Lincoln Telephone Company, and was active in the Union.

She is survived by her son, John M. (Teresa) Sutton; daughters, Judith A. (David) Green, Margaret J. (John) Keeler, Karen M. (James) London, and Mariannette Sutton; brothers, Dallas (Thelma) Haynes, Willis (Betty) Haynes, Orval Haynes, Stanley (Janet) Haynes, and Floyd (Cleo) Haynes; sisters, Penny (Don) Bennett, and Icel (Ron) Heaton; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life service from 12-3 pm  on April 30th at Union Manor, 5211 Calvert St., Lincoln.  A private family scattering will take place at a later date in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln.  Condolence cards may be sent to the family in care of Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 ‘O’ Street, Lincoln, NE 68510. Online condolences at www.wyuka.com

 

 

Mollie A. Keller

April 19, 2016

Keller, MollieMollie A. Keller age 98, formerly of Lincoln passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 20th in Yellville, Arkansas.  She was born on June 18, 1917 in Bay Port, Michigan.  Mollie was a homemaker and former owner with her husband Victor Keller Sr. of Central Shoe and Hat Shop for many years in Lincoln.

She is survived by her son Victor Keller Jr. and his wife Sandy of Yellville, Arkansas; granddaughter Mollie Roberts and her husband Philip of Lincoln.  Great grandson Mitchell Baade of Phoenix, Arizona and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Victor Keller Sr. and a son Roger Lee Keller

Graveside interment will be at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will gather at Wyuka Funeral Home by 10:15 A.M. on Saturday.

Memorials to the family.

Everett A. Brauckmuller

April 17, 2016

Brauckmuller, Everett-001Everett A. Brauckmuller age 90 of Waverly passed away April 16, 2016.  He was born October 25, 1925 in Waverly to Carl and Harriet Martha (Timm) Brauckmuller.  Everett was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He farmed the family homestead just outside Waverly.

Survivors include his sisters, Opal Finney of Waverly, Eileen and Ron Bayless of Golden City, Missouri.  Step-children, Barbara Williams of Phoenix, Joni Williams of Lincoln and David Williams of Phoenix.  Sister-in-law, Mary Fran Brauckmuller of Waverly.  10 Step grandchildren, 17 step great grandchildren and 2 step great great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; his parents, one brother, one sister and one brother-in-law.

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to Faith Lutheran Church, Lincoln.

Dorothy Eickmeier

April 12, 2016

EickmeierDorothy Eickmeier, 90 died April 5th at home in Beatrice.

Survivors: Linda Schroeder,  Peggy (Barry) Thomson,  John (Karin) Eickmeier,  Beth Engels,  Bonnie Broeker,  11 Grandchildren and 9 Great-grandchildren.

Services – 2:00 April 27th Centenary  United Methodist Church, Beatrice.

Memorials to Children’s Apraxia of Speech Ass. – Team Averie -Dorothy’s great grand daughter   or Beatrice High School Music Depart. in care of Beth Engels

620 N. 7th Beatrice, Ne 683l0.

Lillian M. Skoda

April 4, 2016

Skoda, Lillian obit photoLillian Marie (Russell) Skoda, 74, of Lincoln, passed away on April 2, 2016 at home surrounded by her family. Lillian lived in Havelock her entire life, attended Northeast High, and she was employed by Garner Industries for 28 years.

Lillian is survived by her daughter, Teresa Knickerbocker of Lincoln; sisters, Jerris (Tony) Shafer of Omaha, Carol (Tony) Blazka of Anchorage, Joyce Smith of Lyons, Neb., and Janice Gillispy of Lincoln; grandchildren, Chris, Amanda, and Billy; three great grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her parents Mildred and Walter Russell; brothers Dale, Gary, and Bill; and former spouse Gabe Skoda.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln. www.wyuka.com

Kaufman, ScottyGottlieb “Scotty” Kaufman,96, passed away April 2, 2016, after losing his battle to leukemia.  Born in Lincoln Oct.14,1919, son of Johann and Christina Kaufman, and one of 8 children. He joined the Army in 1944, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge under General Patton. He returned to Lincoln and married his wife Marty, married 68 years. After briefly working at Henkel & Joyce Hardware, he then worked at State Farm Insurance as an agent for 40 years. He didn’t care for retirement so worked at Sampson Construction as an Insurance Risk Manager, for the next 16 years, retiring at the age of 94. He loved his golf, played often, loved traveling and saw the world.

He was a member of former Zion Congregational Church at 9th&D, AHSGR member, American Legion member, Credit Union Board member, he was also a member of the Sesostris Shrine, Scottish Rite and Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Marty; daughter Lynne Smith of San Diego; several nieces and nephews, and extended family.

Memorial service 10 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2016, Westminister Presbyterian Church , 2110 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln. Reception immediately following service. Military burial Wyuka Cemetery after reception. Cremation, no visitation.

LeRiche, LeonaLeona “Onie” Katherine LeRiche nee Ostermiller, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, age 99, of Lincoln, passed into God’s hands March 25, 2016, in Sugar Land, Texas. She was a wonderful example of faith, love and strength and she will be dearly missed.  Leona was born January 26, 1917, in Lincoln, to Katherine (Alles) Ostermiller and George Ostermiller. She had three sisters and one brother. Leona graduated from Lincoln High School. She married James C. LeRiche in 1939. They made their home in Lincoln, and were the parents to one beautiful daughter, Kay Ellen.  Leona was employed by Boyden Pharmacy, managed the Dotty Dunn Hat Shop, worked for Gold & Company for 18 years, and served the Municipal Court for 19 years, all in Lincoln.  She became a member of St. Paul United Methodist church in 1934 where she served as a member, and president, of the United Methodist Women’s Group.  Leona was a long time member of the Everett Neighborhood Association and the Mayors Round Table for the Vision Impaired.

She is survived by her brother George Ostermiller and wife Fern Ostermiller, three grandchildren, Kim Trippel Daigle and husband Ritch Daigle of Sugar Land, Texas, Don Trippel Jr. of Haughton, La., David Trippel and wife Kristy Trippel of Haughton, La., four great-grandchildren Conner Daigle, Alex Daigle, Dakota Villard, Tyler Villard, son-in-law Don D. Trippel and wife Kasey Trippel, and many loving nieces, nephews, friends and devoted caregivers at Oyster Creek Manor.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 4, at the Wyuka Chapel, 3600 O Street, Lincoln. Viewing one hour preceding the service.

Her lessons of love and strength will be with us always.

LCpl. Eben W. Warnke

March 31, 2016

Warnke, EbenLCpl. Eben W. Warnke, 19, of Lincoln, NE passed away March 25, 2016 in Camp Pendleton, California.  He was born June 21, 1996 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Todd and Eunah (Jo) Warnke.  Eben attended St. Mary’s School in Lincoln, NE and moved to St. Patrick’s School in McCook, NE.  He graduated high school in 2014 in McCook, NE.  Upon graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion in Camp Pendleton, CA.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Changup Jo and maternal grandmother, Seongsook Yi.

Survivors include his parents, Todd and Eunah Warnke of Olathe, KS; his sister Lea of Olathe, KS; his paternal grandparents Clint and Terry Warnke of Stanton, NE; his uncles Mike Warnke of Stanton, NE, Pat Warnke of Norfolk, NE, Wonyong Jo of Seoul, South Korea; his aunt Tyra Warnke of Lincoln, NE; great great aunt Tena Warnke of Albion, NE; great aunt Audrey Warnke of Ravina, SD; great aunt Kathy Wieland of Stanton, NE; numerous cousins and great cousins of Stanton, NE, Lincoln, NE, Norfolk, VA, Seoul, South Korea, and Marion, IA.

Memorial service will be held in Camp Pendleton, CA., on Friday the 1st of April.

Rosary and visitation will be at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln, NE on Monday the 4th of April at 7 pm.  Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lincoln, NE on Tuesday the 5th of April at 10 am.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in memory of Eben to;

Semper Fi Fund

825 College Blvd, Suite 102

PMB 609

Oceanside, CA 92057

Cleo J. Horstman Craigie

March 30, 2016

Craige, Cleo obit photoCleo Jean Horstman Bender Craigie, 94, of Lincoln Passed away March 29, 2016 at her home. She was born on January 7, 1922, in Lincoln to Rae and Josephine Cameron.  She was best known for her leadership skills and volunteerism which led to a fulfilling life.  She graduated from Teachers College High School in 1939, and completed a year of business education at the Nebraska Business Institute.  The early working years were short term jobs until during WW II she went to work for Radio Station KFOR-KFAB until she married John G. Horstman on May 20, 1943.  He was a soldier boy who was stationed at the Lincoln Air Base until he was sent overseas to the Europe Theater area.  During this time she worked at Ben Simon & Sons.  They raised two sons, Charles Rae and John Jr.  In 1971 after a career of homemaker and mother she went back to work for Kelly and Manpower employment agencies.  After the death of John Sr. in April 1980 she began working for the Norell Employment Agency which led to a position with the Lincoln Area Agency for Aging as a counselor and coordinator for the department of senior employment until 1982.   Cleo married Homer T. Bender from Friend, NE on June 19, 1982 and they shared much happiness together until his death on December 25, 1984. A few years later Cleo married long-time friend Edgar Craigie on December 9, 1989.  They were together throughout the rest of her life.  They shared many interests including the American Legion and Auxiliary and traveled from Arizona where they lived for several years before returning to Lincoln.

It was through the military service of John Sr. she became eligible for membership in the American Legion Auxiliary in March 1946. She called it professional volunteer- one who can never say NO.  Her career with the American Legion Auxiliary drew on her strength as a leader.  She served in many capacities within the organization as an elected officer and program chairmanships.  One office led to another – Unit Historian, Treasurer, Unit President, District 12 President, Secretary-Treasurer, Historian and Parliamentarian.  She served as Girls State election director, Vice President then President for seven years, then advisory board for 10 years.  She also served as Nebraska Department President in 1973-1974.  During her term as President she prepared a speech on Americanism.  A copy was submitted to the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge as an entry for the George Washington Award for Americanism speeches in 1975.  Thirteen speeches were selected to represent the United States and Cleo’s was one of the 13.  Following her term as President, she was elected the National Executive Committee Woman to represent the Nebraska Auxiliary organization and appointed National Security Chairman for the Northwestern Division of seven states.  Cleo also served as a judge for the Oratorical program both in Nebraska and in Arizona where she resided in the winters.  She also served as a judge for the National Regional Oratorical Contest.  Her work didn’t stop there; she was called to assist with the organization of a new Unit in Sun City West, Arizona where she lived.  In March 2016 she was awarded a continuous member certificate for 70 years of service to the American Legion Auxiliary.  Cleo is a member of Lancaster Salon #92 8/40.  She served as an elected officer in every capacity including Chapeau.  She also served as Le Secretair-Cassier and Area B Chapeau.

Cleo has been a member of Second Baptist Church in Lincoln for 84 years and sang in the choir for over 30 years. She has always been active in the ladies circles as well as the music programs.  She was known for playing the flute.  When the church celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the church last year, Cleo served on the anniversary committee.  After all, who else had been around long enough to recall the history of the congregation.

She is also a member of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution and was active in a musical study group, Musical Forum. Within the community her interest was in promoting the Lincoln Community Concert Association, working on the March of Dimes, Community Chest drives, Women in Community Service Inc. and promoting some legislative issues.  She was given the honor of becoming an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy on March 18, 1974.  She was a member of the Nebraska Association of Parliamentarians and served as Parliamentarian for several organizations.  She was featured as the Woman of the Year in the local newspaper and received an outstanding citizen award from the Lincoln Bar Association.  For 18 years she played her flute in two concert bands in Arizona.  And over the years she enjoyed water skiing, golfing, card playing, traveling in her Motor Home year round and as a Nebraska Cornhusker football fan and supporter.

She was preceded in death by her husband John G. Horstman in 1980, husband Homer T. Bender in 1984, and her parents as well as her affectionate cat “Princess”.  She is survived by her husband Edgar Craigie, her sons and wives Charles and Diane Horstman, and John Jr. and Shirley Horstman of Lincoln.  Grandchildren:  Jeff and Kristy Horstman of Lincoln and their children Kamden and Kasten Horstman, and Pamela and Matt Brigham of Gig Harbor, WA and their son Noah.  She is also survived by step-daughter and husband Eileen and Rick Cubbison of Westminster, CO; step-son and wife Fred and Diane Craigie of Lincoln; step-grandchildren Catie Schrotberger of Lincoln, Mandie Craigie of Chicago, Il, Shelli Reicks of Omaha, and Jenni Russell of Lincoln; step-great-grandchildren Korben and Faye Schrotberger, Hayley and Renae Reicks, and Owen and Devon Russell.  She is also survived by her sister Ramona Hill and her husband Daryl of Lincoln and their children Ruth (Terry) Wright, Glen (Kim) Hill, Robert (Sherri) Hill and Leonard Hill, nieces and nephews, cousin Warren Jennings of California, and friends.  Special thanks for hospice friend and caregiver Mark Backencamp, and Pathways to Compassion employees.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at Second Baptist Church, 525 North 58th St., Lincoln.  Burial and Graveside Service in Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, to follow at 1:00 p.m.  Visitation with family present will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.

Memorials to American Legion Auxiliary Unit #3; or Second Baptist Church.

Loren Shaw Gerischer

March 25, 2016

SKM_C284e16032515110_0001-001Loren Shaw Gerischer, age 99, of Roca passed away at home early Fri., March 25, 2016. Loren has stepped into eternity to be united with his many dogs that have kept him company on his life’s journey.

Graveside Service: 11:00 a.m., Wed., March 30 meeting at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 O St., Lincoln. www.wyuka.com

 

June Brott

March 23, 2016

SKM_C284e16032316010_0001-001June Roseland (Davidson) Brott, 90,  died March 22, 2016, Lincoln, NE surrounded by her family.

Born December 17, 1925 in North Platte, NE to Roll and Nellie (Scott) Davidson.  Preceded in death by her beloved husband Joe, her parents, sister Fern (Robert)Kanive, and brother Paul (Fern) Davidson.

June loved to travel.  As a child she was blessed to travel by train to amazing destinations as her father was an engineer with the UP out of North Platte.  She loved to tell stories of their adventures from coast to coast including the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.

On June 30, 1946 in North Platte, Nebraska June married the love of her life, Joseph W. Brott, following his return from three years in Germany during WWII.  After attending and graduating North Platte High School, 1943 – their engagement/courtship was via letters throughout Joe’s Army duty. June counted the days Joe was gone, faithfully writing letters and sending packages.  June volunteered at the North Platte Canteen, serving WWII servicemen traveling across the country by train during the war and was active in prayer groups for the soldiers.

After attending Business College June enjoyed a long career – retiring from Amoco Oil (Standard Oil of Indiana) and also from a second career with the Kellogg Company, Omaha, NE.

She was a member of the Gentle Shepherd Baptist Church, Lincoln, NE; the Nebraska Woodcarvers Club, Omaha and the Nebraska Scottish Society. June was a lifelong believer, attending Baptist churches and enjoyed church activities, always willing to help with anything asked of her.

During retirement they lived at Beaver Lake, Nebraska and enjoyed lake life a great deal.  They enjoyed traveling across the U.S. and Europe where again, June enjoyed the trains.  She learned to be a woodcarver with Joe; was very proud of her Scottish heritage and toured Scotland several times.  She was fascinated with and worked diligently on genealogy.  She was a good story teller of all the amazing experiences of her life and that of her family.

Throughout 68 years of marriage, June and Joe were always together and became known for the holding of hands, smiles and kisses between them.  Their legacy of love, patience, tenderness and kindness is a blessed gift to their family and friends.

June is survived by her three daughters, Judy (Jerald) Buss, Lincoln, NE; Jody Brott, Lincoln, NE; Julie (Mark) Walters, Ely, IA; grandchildren April (Justin) Douglas, Lincoln, NE; Crystal (Patrick) Ridder, Lincoln, NE; Tom Walters (Brooklyn Wroe), Waterloo, IA; Sarah Walters, Naples, FL; great grandchildren, Alexandra and Jacquelyn Douglas;  Joey, Jaelee and Jack Ridder;  Haylee, Rylee, Gavin and Nolan Walters; Aliviah Wroe, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service:  April 2, 2016, 10:00 am, Rudge Chapel, Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O St, Lincoln.  Burial:  Wyuka Cemetery. Visitation with family: Friday, April 1, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. Wyuka Funeral Home.  www.wyuka.com

Hill, Shirley A.Shirley A. Hill, 88, lifelong resident of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 19 at her home.  She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and good friend to many.  Shirley Mason was born November 25, 1927.  Her parents died at an early age, so Shirley was raised by her loving aunt Grace.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1945 where she met the love of her life, Fred Hill.  They married in 1946 and enjoyed every day of their 63 year marriage, until Fred‘s passing in 2009.  They were blessed with five children. Shirley enjoyed staying home to raise her children. She later embarked on a 27-year career at Bryan Medical Center East in the Housekeeping Department, where she was a highly respected supervisor. Shirley loved people and had a genuine interest in everyone’s history and was always eager to learn their “story”.  This formed the basis of numerous friendships she acquired, many of which lasted her lifetime.  She never met a person she didn’t consider a friend. Shirley and Fred lived life to the fullest. They were charter members of Eastridge Presbyterian Church, avid sports fans, loved Kansas City baseball, Cornhusker football, golfing, riding bikes and their fishing and camping trips.  They spent many vacation weeks in their Bahamas paradise, Scotland Cay, with their lifelong friends, Pat and Arnie.  They loved traveling and were always up for any adventure, especially when it involved connecting with family or friends. Shirley loved life and lived it with enthusiasm and gratitude.  She found her greatest joy in her family and loved nothing more than having her house filled with loved ones, activity, and laughter.  Her ever- present optimism was an inspiration for living life to everyone who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred and her son Ted.  She is survived by her children and their spouses, Mary (Dollie) and Larry Benac of Lincoln, Norm and Terri Hill of DoverFoxcroft, ME, Tom and Susan Hill of Freedom, PA, and Dennis and Michele Hill of Kearney, NE, 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, friend and sister-in-law Mary Jean Sohl, brother-in-law Jerry Hill, and special friends Pat and Arnie, Betsy, and Glenna.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Because Shirley was so compassionate of people in need, her family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations to Lincoln Food Bank, 4840 Doris Bair Circle, Lincoln, NE 68504 or online at lincolnfoodbank.org.

Ralph M. Olson

March 4, 2016

Olson, RalphRalph Martin Olson passed away on March 4, 2016 in Lincoln, NE. Ralph was born to Robert Otto Olson and Josephine Thelma Williams in Burwell, NE on October 28, 1933. As a young man, Ralph served in the Navy as a pilot. He married Janice Carol Hallberg April 3, 1958 after meeting at a dance in college at the University of Nebraska. He graduated from UNL in 1958. Growing up in a large farm family, Ralph learned to build and fix anything, and built the three family homes brick-by-brick, from the ground up. He played sports and trombone in high school and as an adult, taught himself to play guitar and saxophone. Ralph loved travelling, rodeos, dancing with his wife, and flying.

Ralph is survived by his wife Janice and their three children, Terry and Cindy Olson, Pamela Olson, Tamela and Richard Kaufman, and his four granddaughters, Kristin and Kara Olson and Kelsey and Kiera Kaufman. He is also survived by his sisters, Clara Smolik and Helen Wilson.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, March 7, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until service time on Monday, March 7th.

Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Nebraska Heart Association.

Connie S. Krueger

February 29, 2016

Krueger obit pictureConnie S. Krueger age 63 of Ashland, passed away February 28, 2016 in Papillion.  She was born October 1, 1952 in Ord, Nebraska to Jason and Irene (Masin) Hayes.  Connie was a loving mother and friend who was cherished by all.  She dedicated her life to taking care of her children, special needs adults and anyone who crossed her path.  She was a Lincoln Northeast High School graduate.

Survivors include her son, Chad Morrison of Dallas, Texas.  Daughters and sons-in-law, April and BJ Hansen of Omaha; Abby and Riley Russell of Lincoln. Their father, Lowell Krueger.  Siblings, Sharon DeBusk, Mike Hayes, Kathy Sardeson and Colleen McEnery.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Steve Hayes and Ron Hayes.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 3rd at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will from Noon until 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 2nd with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Private family interment will be at a later date.

Linke, Charles obit photoCharles Barker “Chick” Linke, 82, of Lincoln died Feb. 24, 2016. Born June 16, 1933 in Bassett, to Karl and Viola (Barker) Linke.  US Army veteran; retired insurance executive; graduate of Neb. Wesleyan University; and former member of Sertoma Club of Lincoln.

Survivors include his wife Lavonne; children, Lori (Jeff) Patterson, Doug Linke, and Scott Linke; grand daughters, Nicole (Roy) Gibbons, Erica Linke and Chelsea Patterson; great grandsons, Grayson and Kyler Gibbons; and sister Frances Walkes.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, Feb. 29, at First United Methodist Church, 2723 N. 50th St., Lincoln.  Burial to follow with Military Honors in Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  A Visitation will be held from 6 – 8:00 pm, Sunday, Feb. 28, at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Memorials to the family for future designation.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

Beverly J. Anderson

February 24, 2016

Anderson, BeverlyBeverly Jean Anderson age 84 went home with the Lord February 23, 2016 at Sumner Place in Lincoln with her family at her side.  She was born October 22, 1931 in Neola, Iowa to Frank and Julia (Agersen) Cook.  Beverly attended Neola Public School, graduating with the class of 1950.  After graduation she worked for Omaha National Bank, Mutual of Omaha, and waited tables at Welbourne Café in Neola, Iowa.  Beverly was married to Charlie Anderson on April 13th, 1951.  She did baby sitting for other families, sold Avon, then worked for Hy-gain in Lincoln till the plant closed.  She retired from Molex in Lincoln.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra Kay Anderson, her parents and brothers, James Cook, George Cook, Daniel Cook, Virgil Cook and Gerald Cook.  Sisters, Iona Waters and Lorraine Moffit.  Beverly is survived by her husband Charlie Anderson; daughter, Karen Hoffman of Milford; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Mark Roth of North Platte.  Son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Karma Anderson of Friend.  8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.  Sister, Bonnie Ackart; brother, Larry Cook.

Interment of ashes will be at Blue Mound Cemetery in Milford.

Private family services at a later date.

TemplienEmanuel “Joe” Henry Templien age 82, of Lincoln formerly of North Platte, passed away February 14, 2016 at UNMC in Omaha.  He was born September 8, 1933 in Kulm, North Dakota on his family farm to Gottfried “Fred” Templien and Hedwig “Hattie” (Gall) Templien.  Joe was baptized on March 11, 1934 at the Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul’s church in Kulm, ND and confirmed on July 11, 1948 at the Martin-Luther Lutheran Church at Fredonia, ND.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1959, including a tour of Germany during 1956-1959 before retiring as an E5.  After leaving the military, he married his devoted wife of 54 years, Janice Hartman on September 15, 1961. They met at a Valentine’s dance 7 months before in Berlin, ND.

He ran a welding and repair shop in Edgeley, ND before going on to North Dakota State College of Science, receiving a degree in welding and drafting then working at a local manufacturing company.  Joe received his teaching certificate from Kearney State College.  He then moved to North Platte, NE in 1972 where he was the welding and machine shop instructor and department head at Mid-Plains Community College from 1972 until he retired in 1999. He touched the lives of many students during that time and was excited to stay in touch with students and watch their success.

Joe and Jan moved to an acreage in Hershey, NE in 1995 where they kept busy by caring for their farm and herd of miniature horses and several other critters. They spent quite a bit of time there teaching their grandchildren about the simpler things in life.

Joe had a great sense of humor and enjoyed hunting, fishing, doing puzzles, and giving the grandchildren horseback rides around the farm led by him on the lawn mower. He previously served on the board of Guiding Star Girl Scout Council and was a former church council member at Messiah Lutheran Church in North Platte

He recently moved to Lincoln, NE to be closer to family.

Preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Carl Templien.

Survived by his wife, Janice Templien, daughter,  Wanda Caffrey (Martin), son, Kent Templien (Juli), daughter, Carla Dawson (Joe); and grandchildren Brian Templien, Trisha Ullman (Doug Ullman), Heather Garbers (Trevor Garbers), Amanda Caffrey (Ira Olsen, partner), Marla Dawson, Marissa Caffrey, Jolene Dawson, Mia Templien, Brooklyn Templien, and Melanie Marsh.

Services will be Saturday, February 20th at 10 a.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510. Visitation is Friday, February 19th from 3 to 8 pm with family greeting friends from 7 to 8 pm.  Memorials to Girl Scout Lakeview Cabin North Platte, NE or Callahan Cancer Center North Platte, NE.

Catherine (Carver) Hayes

February 9, 2016

Hayes, CathyCatherine (Carver) Hayes, 57, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at her home in Tucson, Arizona. Daughter of Milton and Juanita Carver of Lincoln. Sister of Ken and Terri. Mother of Austin Hayes.

Services: Saturday, February 13, with visitation at 1 pm and funeral at 3 pm. Reception following. Wyuka Funeral Home

Thomas E. McCullough

February 3, 2016

McCullough Obit PhotoThomas E. McCullough,  61, of Lincoln passed away Feb. 2, 2016.  Beloved brother and friend to many.  Tom was born November 25, 1954 in Omaha, Nebraska to parents James and Dorothy.  He had three brothers, Robert, Donald and James, along with sisters Sally and Margaret.  All but James and Margaret have preceded him in passing.  Tom lived most of his life in a group home at various locations in Lincoln.  Tom was loved by all who knew him.  He worked for many years at Mueller Recreation Products.  He loved to travel, and be with friends and family.  Tom was a very special person and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Services:  11:00 a.m., Feb. 9, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln.  Viewing one hour prior to the Service with family present.  Interment:  Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln.  Memorials to:  First Free Evangelical Church Masterpiece Ministry for Special Needs, Lincoln.

Della Sandahl

February 1, 2016

Sandhal, DellaDella Clarine (Fischer) Sandahl, 91, of Lincoln, died January 31, 2016 at the Legacy Arbors. She was born May 3, 1924, at rural Republican City, NE, one of eleven children of Ernest and Christine (Weisshaar) Fischer. Ernest died in 1930 at the beginning of the depression years. The family then moved to a farm near Wakefield, NE when Della was 11 years old.

Della was confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield, NE. After graduating from Wakefield High School in 1941, she attended Luther College in Wahoo, NE for one year and then taught at one room rural schools for two years. Della returned to Luther College for an additional year and received an associate degree in 1945. During this period she also worked part time at the Nebraska Ordnance Plant at Mead, NE. Della then taught four more years at Emerson, NE and Oakland, NE.

On June 10, 1949 Della married Dean Sandahl at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield, NE. They moved to Lincoln, NE and Della stayed home to raise their three children. She completed her bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Nebraska in 1969.

Beginning with her presidency of the NE Nebraska District Luther League as a teenager, Della held many leadership roles including: St. Andrew’s church council; leader of women’s ministries; Bible School director; Tabitha Board of Directors;  Midland Lutheran College Parent’s Group and Alumni Association; and directed Lutheran Synod teacher training and evangelism workshops. Volunteer activities included sponsoring church youth group and family camping trips, and delivering Meals on Wheels. Della enjoyed gardening, flowers, baking, entertaining family and friends, family history, extension club, camping and travel.

Survivors include daughter, Linda Peterson of Hordville; sons and wives, Larry and Chalena Sandahl of Lincoln, and Bruce and Alisa Sandahl of Hastings; grandchildren and spouses: Eric and Aimee Peterson, Krisa and Jay Howland, Sarah and Brian McCoy, Laura and Matt Starostka, Tim and Emily Peterson, Matthew Sandahl, Brian Sandahl, and Nathan Sandahl;  nine great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Loyd and Marie Fischer, and Gene and Marylynn Fischer; sisters-in-law Pauline Fischer, Margaret Fischer, and Shirley Fischer; nieces, nephews and cousins.  Preceded in death by her parents; husband Dean Sandahl; brother George Fischer; infant brother; sister and brother-in-law Emma and Ron Harding; brothers and sisters-in-law Paul and Margaret Fischer, and Lorence and Verna Fischer; brothers Francis Fischer, Melvin Fischer, and Clarence Fischer; son-in-law Deryl Peterson; and nephew Roger Fischer.

Gathering for sharing memories, Friday, February 5 at 7:00 pm and Celebration of Life, Saturday, February 6 at 10:30 am, both at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Lincoln, NE.

Memorials are suggested to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Lincoln, NE, Salem Lutheran, Wakefield, NE, or donor’s choice.

Pearl Mae (Wallace) Decker

January 14, 2016

SKM_C284e16011415220_0001-001Pearl Decker, 89, of Lincoln, peacefully met her Lord Jesus on Jan. 13, 2016.  Born to Ernie and Lilly Higgins on Sep. 11, 1926.

Preceded in death by husbands, Robert Wallace and Clyde Decker.

Survived by daughters Priscilla (Harold) Goossen, Betty (Bob) Hoffman, Phyllis (Tom) Mann, and Ruth (John) Merrett; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Rejoicing in her Life at 10:00 a.m. on Mon. Jan. 18, 2016 at Grace Community Evangelical Church, 6843 South Street, Lincoln.  There will be a Visitation from 6 – 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.

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 Bette C.  (Minne) Roberts

Oct. 10, 1933 – Dec. 20, 2015

Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. on Sat. Jan. 23, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial of Cremains to follow in Wyuka Cemetery and Park.

Preceded in death by her parents, Lucille and John Minne, husband Morris and son John. Survived by daughter Lynn Salzinger (Fred); grandchildren, Shannon Roberts, Kyle Schrader (Kelly), Ben and Sam Salzinger; great grandchildren, Lily, Jacob, Ruby and Kristopher Schrader.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Lincoln Food Bank or Crowell Memorial Home in Blair, NE.

Mildred Klein Heaton

January 12, 2016

HeatonMildred Klein Heaton, age 88, passed away January 9, 2016. She was born August 17, 1927 in Lincoln to John and Katherine (Stehr) Klein.  Mildred was a co-owner of Klein’s IGA and Bakery, 11th & G streets, and started work at a very young age.  The bakery was started in 1928 by her parents, which eventually grew to include a grocery store, liquor store and discount grocery store in the same cluster of buildings.

Mildred is survived by her son Michael and his wife Sally, grandchildren Hannah and Andrew all of Overland Park, Kansas.  Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Lt Col (USAF Ret) James, her parents, sister Gertrude, and bothers Edward and Wesley Klein.

Celebration of life services will be at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home with visitation from 9:00 A.M. until service time and family greeting friends from 11:30 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Due to the cold temperature all services will be held indoors.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to Tabitha Hospice.

Marilyn J. Runyan

January 11, 2016

Runyan Marilyn

Marilyn June Runyan, 85, of Lincoln, Neb. passed away Jan. 11, 2016 at her home. Born June 30, 1930 to Ralph and Wilma (Morrisey) Blue in Tecumsah, Neb.  She married Jack Fuller Runyan in Dec., 1953.

She came to Lincoln at the early age of 17 and started working at Elgin watch. Many years of retail service followed, including King’s Restaurant; Sears Roebuck; Supersaver Card Dept.; and volunteering at St. Elizabeth Hospital.  Marilyn was an avid Huskers fan since 1966, loved gardening, her dogs, especially home projects, and traveling with Jack.

Marilyn will be missed by sons Mike (Lori) of Lincoln and Mark (Sharon) of Lincoln; daughter Lisa; and grandsons Alex and Drew Shepard of Shawnee, Kan.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  No Visitation, private burial service.  Memorials to the family for a charitable contribution in Marilyn’s memory at a later date.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

 

Pedigo, BettyBetty L. “Granny” Pedigo age 91 of Lincoln passed away January 6, 2016.  She was born August 31, 1924 in Florence, Nebraska to Clyde Miller Sr. and Jennie (Thordsen) Miller.  Betty lived the first half of her life in Council Bluffs, Iowa but called Lincoln her home for the last 44 years.  She retired from the University of Nebraska Lincoln food service after 25 plus years.  Betty was a proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was a joy to everyone who got the priveledge to know her.  Her amazing quick wit and charm won people over wherever she went.  Whether it was playing cards, making puzzles or gong to keno or playing bingo, she was always on the go.

Survivors include her son Robert Miller of Council Bluffs, Iowa; daughters and son-in-law, Cheryl Miller of Lincoln, JoAnn and Bill Wallen of Lincoln, Paula Terpsma of Waverly.  Daughter-in-law, Cindy Miller, brother Clyde Miller Jr. and his wife Marge of Council Bluffs.  She had 10 grandchildren, Michele Miller, Claudia Yupes, Tina and Adam Hansen, Cassie Kosch, Melanie Herrmann, Kristen and Brett Robertson, Jennifer and Kyle Kohn, Robert Wallen, Lexi Wallen, Tiffany Terpsma and 15 amazing great grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Genevieve, Brother Paul, son Kent Miller, daughter Suzie McCauley and great grandson Cody Terpsma.

Services will be at Noon on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Private family visitation only.  Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams St.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Raymond R. Krause

January 4, 2016

KrauseRaymond Krause, age 77 of Lincoln died December 31, 2015.  Born June 24, 1938 to Ross and Frances Krause of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Veteran of the U.S. Air Force; enjoyed camera’s, leather work, and calligraphy.  He enjoyed being around his family especially his granddaughters and his nine great grandkids.

Survivors include; daughters Deb Greving, Tina (Rob) Krause-Hebbard, Terri Krause, all of Lincoln, Tammy (Dave) Leff of Seward, granddaughters Stacia (Greving) Beyer, Cassandra Greving, Courtney Krause, Nichole (John) Javorsky, Melanie Leff, great-grandchildren Chloe, Deighton, Ava, Gavin, Dylan, Tyson, Tessa, Madisyn and Ethan. Sister Helen Mozick, Brother John (Marcella) Krause, many nieces, nephews, friends.

Preceded in death by; wife, Betty (Bridges), parents, brother Charlie Krause, sister-in-law Eva; brother-in-law Regis Mozick.

Celebration of life will be held at 10am Tuesday January 5th, 2016 at Wyuka Chapel 3600 O Street, Lincoln Ne.

SchlegelEthelynn “Tootsie” Schlegel, age 77 of Lincoln, passed away December 23, 2015.  She was born July 29, 1938 in Bismarck, North Dakota to Carl A. and Esther M. (Pfenning) Roemmich.  Tootsie was a graduate of the Lincoln School of Commerce and was a 43 year employee of the Department of Labor.  She was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Shari Schlegel and her partner Scott Richards.  Stepson, Alan Ramsier, stepdaughter and spouse, Brenda and Adolph Dinges.  Sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Patrick Healey.  Special friends and neighbors, Arlyn and Cindy Olson all of Lincoln.  Preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Schlegel, her parents and two sisters, Eileen Smith and Kathleen Litt.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 31st from 10:00 A.M. until service time.

Memorials to The Monarch or St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

The family wants to thank the staff at the Monarch for the care of Tootsie in her last days.

Gerald Dee Hedges

December 24, 2015

Hedges, GeraldGerald Dee Hedges, 90, of Lincoln (formerly Bennet), passed away on December 23, 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda, 3 daughters and 1 son, 6 grandkids and 5 great grandkids.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Bennet Community Church.  Please dress casual.  Visitation will be held from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 4:00-5:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 27th at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Private family burial at the Bennet Cemetery prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to People’s City Mission or Bennet Community Church.

The family wishes to thank all the staff at the Waterford Care Facility College View and Hospice Community Care for all the love and care given to Gerald and his family in his last days.

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