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Marilyn N. Chaffin

June 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Anne Chen

June 4, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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



Seif Rye Martin

June 1, 2017

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

books-public-domainThomas L. J. Darling

December 10, 1946 – May 23, 2017

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

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

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

Amy Lu Osborne

May 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Nancy E. Holmquist

May 24, 2017

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

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

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

Memorials to Voices of Hope in Nancy’s memory.

Sheryl Heidenreich

May 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Morgan Marie Clark

May 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shirley M. Kriz

May 5, 2017

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Memorials to Autism Speaks in care of the family.

Calvin Rife, Sr.

April 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment with military rites will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Fremont Opera House.

Jeanne Laurie Farrow

March 25, 2017

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

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

Cao Hanh Thi Nguyen

March 23, 2017

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

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

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

Charlie F. Anderson

March 14, 2017

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

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

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

18, 2017 surrounded by family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

a wallpapering and painting business. She earned her

undergraduate and master’s degrees from Wayne State College and

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri and the west of Ireland.

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

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

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

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

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

Kelly (Lori) Tate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

factors of ovarian cancer at www.ovarian.org.

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

Dorothy Arlene Heusman Upton

February 24, 2017

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

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

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

David E. Stout

February 21, 2017

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

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

Robert “Bob” Henry Gross

February 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Interment with military honors will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Joan E. Hunter

February 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Clarence Christensen, Jr.

February 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Betty Lou Haller

February 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John M. Casebolt M.D.

February 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

Memorials to Second Baptist Church.

Rodney L. Metcalf

January 17, 2017

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

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

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

Memorials to the family.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Darrell G. Watts

January 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Eleanor Lou Francke

January 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

Bernice Mae Peterson

January 6, 2017

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

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

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

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


Allyn D. Parrott Sr.

January 5, 2017

FlagAllyn D. Parrott Sr., age 81 of Lincoln passed away peacefully at home January 4, 2017.  He was born November 4, 1935 in Grinnell, Iowa to Levi and Minnie (Schmidt) Parrott.  Allyn served 4 years in the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Air Force after 17 years.  He was employed by National Crane for 20 years and Russ’s IGA in Havelock.

He is survived by his daughter Shirley Parrott, his son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Lori Parrott and their sons.  Sisters and their families, Joan Steele and Janice Huggaet.  In-laws, Marie and Robert Winfrey and family.  Numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie, his parents and a brother.

Private family graveside with military honors by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Mirsad Sehic

December 29, 2016

maxresdefault[1]Mirsad Sehic, age 64 of Lincoln, died Monday, December 26, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital.  He was buried at Fairview Cemetery on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by Sabah Bosnian Mosque.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

Donald D. Witt

December 27, 2016

northern-cardinal-perchedDonald D. Witt, age 89 of Lincoln, died Monday evening, December 26, 2016 at The Monarch.  Memorial Services are pending for the Spring of 2017, no viewing or services at this time.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

chick-george-obit-photoGeorge S. Chick, age 83 of Lincoln, passed away December 26, 2016.  He was born April 28, 1933 in Scranton, Pennsylvania to Michael and Mary (Badek) Chickalochick.  George was married to Norrita McCauley in Scranton, Pennsylvania on June 19, 1954 and they were blessed with six children.  He was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Lincoln. George’s education included: Scranton High School, University of Scranton General Engineering, University of Detroit B.A. in Architectural Engineering, and Wayne State University, Mich. in Public Administration And Urban Planning. His primary occupation was Director of Urban Development (retired) Lincoln, Nebr. 1976-1995.

George was also Community Development Director in Highland Park, Mich.; along with Young Man of the Year 1963; 5th Bi-Annual HUD Design Award 1972; had articles published called “Chick Chat”; 2 HUD Certificates of  National Merit 1982; and Community Development Partnerships.

In Lincoln, Nebr. his accomplishments included the Original Cornhusker Hotel and Conference Center Project and its expansion; Nebr. Radial Reuse Project; Downtown Lincoln Housing Project; Member of Development Team on Old Market District in Haymarket Historic Old Town and Warehouse District.

Preceded in death by his wife Norrita Ann Chick; his parents Mary & Michael Chickalochick, and his brother Michael Chickalochick Jr.

Survivors include their children and spouses, George S. Chick Jr.,  Lucinda (Lars) Davis, Michael W. Chick, Stephen (Char) Chick, Matthew  (Chie) Chick,  Aileen (Douglas) Chick-Hibbs, Becky Chick, Linda Chick; brother-in-law William (Loretta)  McCauley;  grandchildren Kelly,  Kevin, Ashley, and Tyler Chick, Scott, Robert (Meredith), Michael (Kathleen), and William Davis, and Nicki (Zack) Scoles; great grandchildren, Kristina, Myla, Elliana, Quinton, Amelia, and Blakely Davis, Alexa and Kylie Massie, and Isabella Scoles; and beloved cousins, Margaret Bowen .

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2016 at St. John’s Catholic Church, 7601 Vine St., Lincoln. Burial at Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln.  A Rosary will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, Jan. 2, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, along with Visitation from 2:00-6:00 P.M.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

Ilene M. Stroup

December 16, 2016

stroup-obit-photoIlene Marie Kassebaum Stroup, age 78 of Lincoln, died Dec. 16, 2016. Born to Robert and Eva (Starke) Kassebaum on Oct. 12, 1938, she grew up in rural Loup County near Taylor, Nebr. and went to Country School through the 8th grade.  She graduated from Loup County High in 1956.  Also moving to Lincoln in 1956 she met and married Rodney Drown in 1958; to that marriage were born two children – Yvonne and Michael.  In 1970 she wed the love of her life, Kenneth L. Stroup; two children Everett and Loretta were born.

Ilene worked in data entry for AC Nielson and Peed Corp. until retirement in 2006. She enjoyed camping, bowling, and family.  She was a den mother in Boy Scouts for 16 years.  Ilene and Kenneth shared in raising 7 children, referred to as “yours, mine, and ours”.

After losing Kenneth in 2002, she moved in with sister June Schoonover for 13 years. In March 2016 she moved in with daughter Loretta near Pleasanton until her death.

Survivors include sons Dennis (Christine) Stroup of CO, Mike (Karyn) Stroup of Lincoln, Doyle (Angie) Stroup of Lincoln; daughters Denise Stroup of Benkelman and Loretta (Lonnie) Swearingen of Pleasanton; sister June Schoonover of Lincoln; sister in laws Nancy and Betty Kassebaum, Bertie Stroup, and Val-Jean Lambert.; 23 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth; daughters Yvonne and Doretta; brothers Loran, Dale and Jack; 6 sisters in law; and 9 brothers in law.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sat. Jan. 7, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln, with burial to follow in Wyuka Cemetery. Memorials to the family. Condolences www. Wyuka.com

Shirley Mae Brockman

December 14, 2016

brockman-shirley-obit-photoShirley Mae (Dunbar) Brockman, age 94, of Lincoln, passed away early on December 14, 2016.  Born in Dekalb, Missouri to Wilbur A. Dunbar and Geneva Alice (Prather) Dunbar. She resided from six weeks to age 11 in Gresham, NE, where her father was Superintendent of Schools. She then moved to Apopka, FL with her parents and brothers (14 year-old Walter and 6 year-old Paul).

She was a good public speaker, often representing her class at school and church events. When she was 14, she was asked to speak at the National Townsend Plan Convention in Orlando, FL.

The family moved to Lincoln, NE in 1937. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1940, then attended the University of Nebraska.

While in high school, she enjoyed sports and played first string basketball on her high school intramural team.

She and husband Glenn L. Brockman raised two boys, Larry and Lee. Shirley was a Cub Scout and 4H leader and was always in attendance at the boys’ school and athletic events.Shirley Mae (Dunbar) Brockman, age 94, of Lincoln, passed away early on December 14, 2016.  Born in Dekalb, Missouri to Wilbur A. Dunbar and Geneva Alice (Prather) Dunbar. She resided from six weeks to age 11 in Gresham, NE, where her father was Superintendent of Schools. She then moved to Apopka, FL with her parents and brothers (14 year-old Walter and 6 year-old Paul).

She was a good public speaker, often representing her class at school and church events. When she was 14, she was asked to speak at the National Townsend Plan Convention in Orlando, FL.

The family moved to Lincoln, NE in 1937. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1940, then attended the University of Nebraska.

While in high school, she enjoyed sports and played first string basketball on her high school intramural team.

She and husband Glenn L. Brockman raised two boys, Larry and Lee. Shirley was a Cub Scout and 4H leader and was always in attendance at the boys’ school and athletic events.

She was an ardent supporter and fan of Lincoln Northeast, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and the University of Nebraska.

Shirley was an advocate for the intellectually disabled and worked as a supervisor and program director for LARC, LOMAR, and Region V Services.

She enjoyed reading, writing, and Toastmasters. She was especially good at writing and delivering humorous speeches, winning a number of contests.

Preceding her in death were her parents and brothers Walter, whose plane was shot down over Italy in WWII, and Paul who worked for the Union Pacific Railroad.

Survivors are her sons Larry N. Brockman and wife Linda, and Leland G. Brockman and wife Barbara. Grandchildren: Debbie Custer, Rebeca Rose , and Erin Brockman. Great grandchildren: Jacob Custer, Tatum Custer, and Dominic Brockman.

Funeral Services are at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 with a one hour closed casket visitation prior to the service at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Burial will follow in Wyuka Cemetery.  Memorials to the family.  Condolences www.wyuka.com


James S. Spidel Jr.

December 13, 2016

FlagJames S. Spidel Jr. age 71 of Lincoln passed away December 10, 2016.  He was born February 3, 1945 in Lincoln to James Sr. and Josephine (Tautfest) Spidel.  Jim joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, attaining the rank of 2nd class petty officer.  He served on the USS Forrestal.

Survivors include his wife Linda of Lincoln, Sons, James Spidel III of Hibbings, Minnesota and Jason Giles of Holt, Florida.  Grandchildren, James IV, Nikki Jo and Madison; great granddaughter, Keeley.  Step grandchildren, Taylor, Alycia, Christina, Tessa and Ryan.

Private family services.

Dr. Kenneth P. Pruess

December 11, 2016

pruess-ken-obit-pictureDr. Kenneth P. Pruess age 84 of Lincoln died December 11, 2016.  He was born June 21, 1932 in Troy, Indiana to Elmer and Clara (Grass) Pruess.  Kenneth graduated from Purdue University in 1954 and earned his doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1957.  He married Neva Currie on June 15, 1963.  Dr. Pruess was Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska.  He was at the North Platte Experiment Station 1957-1965, Entomology Department at UNL 1965-1997 and Entomology Department UNL Emeritus 1997 until the time of his death, continuing his research until December 8, 2016.  He taught and researched range land grasshoppers, army cutworms, computer modeling for pest management, aquatic insects, black fly taxonomy and alfalfa weevil taxonomy.  Dr. Pruess was an academic coach for the Linnean Games which is an entomology graduate student competition.  His memberships include being a 60 year member of the Entomological Society of America, North American Black fly Association, Lincoln Stamp Club, American Philatelic Society, American Revenue Association, American Topical Association and Cornhusker Fly Fishers.

Survivors include his wife, Neva Pruess of Lincoln, their daughter and son-in-law, Carleen and Ken Coulter of Frankfort, Illinois.  Sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Don Johnson of Terre Haute, Indiana.  Numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his son, Cameron and his parents.

A memorial gathering will be held in the “Garden Room” at Wyuka Funeral Home beginning at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Nature Conservancy or the American Philatelic Society.

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.  Nieces, Lynette Sorrentino and Trisha Crist.

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.

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