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Houghton Furr, Jr.

May 30, 2016

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stanley William Floth

May 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

1969 – Emmanuel Lutheran, Lawton, OK.

First Lutheran, Nebraska City, NE.

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

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

1971 – 72 – First Lutheran, Lincoln, NE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Nels Hansen

May 24, 2016

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

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

Private graveside services at Wyuka Cemetery at a later date.

Atwood R. Watson

May 19, 2016

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

Sleep on…Take your rest.

                                                                We love you… But God loves you best.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences at www.wyuka.com


Latisha M. Lucas

May 14, 2016

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

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

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

Private family interment.

Memorials may be left for the family.

Marjorie A. Phillips

May 10, 2016


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

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

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

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

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

Private family service.

Arleda P. Kelly

May 9, 2016

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

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

No visitation.

Memorials to the Capitol Humane Society

Ruby F. Fristoe

May 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Betty J. Root (Long)

April 28, 2016

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

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

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

Memorials may be left to Tabitha Hospice.

James “Jim” D. Byh

April 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mollie A. Keller

April 19, 2016

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

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

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

Memorials to the family.

Everett A. Brauckmuller

April 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

Memorials to Faith Lutheran Church, Lincoln.

Dorothy Eickmeier

April 12, 2016

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

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

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

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

620 N. 7th Beatrice, Ne 683l0.

Lillian M. Skoda

April 4, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LCpl. Eben W. Warnke

March 31, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Semper Fi Fund

825 College Blvd, Suite 102

PMB 609

Oceanside, CA 92057

Cleo J. Horstman Craigie

March 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Loren Shaw Gerischer

March 25, 2016

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

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


June Brott

March 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph M. Olson

March 4, 2016

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

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

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

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

Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the Nebraska Heart Association.

Connie S. Krueger

February 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

Private family interment will be at a later date.

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

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

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

Beverly J. Anderson

February 24, 2016

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

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

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

Private family services at a later date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catherine (Carver) Hayes

February 9, 2016

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

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

Thomas E. McCullough

February 3, 2016

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

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

Della Sandahl

February 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pearl Mae (Wallace) Decker

January 14, 2016

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

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

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

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


 Bette C.  (Minne) Roberts

Oct. 10, 1933 – Dec. 20, 2015

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

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

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

Mildred Klein Heaton

January 12, 2016

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

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

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

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to Tabitha Hospice.

Marilyn J. Runyan

January 11, 2016

Runyan Marilyn

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Raymond R. Krause

January 4, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerald Dee Hedges

December 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chung, Yung Y.Yung Yung Chung passed peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2015, Omaha, Neb. Her health had deteriorated after surgery for abdominal cancer. It was her third surgery for the disease. She was also a breast cancer survivor.

The 11th child in her family, Yung was born on Oct. 5, 1934, in Hong Kong, British Commonwealth. She was educated in England, and earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from St. Mary College, Durham University (Durham, England) in 1959.

She came to the U.S. after graduating to live with her sister Sui Tong Fung in Ames, Iowa. There Yung met and married Dr. Hui-Ying (Charlie) Chung. They had two daughters and eventually moved to Lincoln where Charlie was an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Nebraska. Both became U.S. citizens in 1968.

Yung demonstrated her entrepreneurial spirit when she opened Hong Kong Pizza King restaurant with a family friend in the mid 1970s. After running the restaurant, which operated near the UNL campus, for seven years, she worked at companies including Baker Hardware, Foote & Davis Midamerica Webpress, Alltel, and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital before retiring in 2006.

Yung and Charlie enjoyed attending Chinese community socials and the University of Nebraska events until Charlie passed away Aug. 20, 1992.

After retirement, she traveled to Hong Kong, Canada, Alaska, and other locales. Highlights included a cruise of the Yangtze River with daughters, a family reunion cruise to Ensenada, Mexico and reuniting with her sister in Tianjin, China.

Yung enjoyed classical concerts, and recently attended Paul McCartney, the Lion King and Wayne Newton. She loved shopping and a good deal. She especially enjoyed a good meal of dim sum with family and friends. She doted on her grand dogs.

Yung is survived by her daughters Janet Chung (Pat Raybould) and Dorothy Chung Javorsky (Tim Javorsky), both of Lincoln; beloved dogs Radcliff, Ina, and Josh; sister Suet Haan Chan, of Tianjin, China; nieces and nephews.

Cremation, no visitation. The family plans a Celebration of Life service for 10 a.m. Jan. 4, 2016, at Wyuka Funeral Home. Food will be served after the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts are suggested to the University of Nebraska Foundation for the Yung Y. Chung Memorial, 1010 Lincoln Mall #300, Lincoln, Ne 68508, or on-line gifts at nufoundation.org.

Phyllis J. Campbell

December 23, 2015

Phyllis J. Campbell, age 77 of Lincoln, passed away December 22, 2015.  She was born September 2, 1938 in Lincoln to Phillip and Dollie (Pope-Kehler) Koch.  Phyllis graduated from Joseph’s School of hair design and was a licensed cosmetologist.  Her love of children caused her to become a daycare operator for over 20 years.  Phyllis was a 50 year member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband Gary; daughter, Amy Walkenhorst both of Lincoln.  Son, Gary Phillip Campbell of Guntersville, Alabama.  Sister, Mary K. Bruning of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Paige Rebecca Walkenhorst, Faith Nichole Walkenhorst both of Lincoln and Gary Phillip Grandstaff Campbell of Guntersville, Alabama.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  There will be visitation on Saturday, December 26th beginning at 9:00 A.M. until service time at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Lawrence P. Smith

December 22, 2015

Smith, LawrenceLarry Smith 96, of Lincoln, passed away on December 21, 2015. He was born on July 31, 1919 in Octavia, Nebraska to Henry and Antoinette Smith. Larry graduated from the University of Nebraska pharmacy college in 1937 and served in the Army during WWII. Larry returned to Lincoln after the war where he owned a pharmacy at various locations in the city for 35 years. During his career he was a member of the Nebraska Pharmaceutical Association and served two years as president. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ and was an avid golfer.

Preceded in death by his wife Lorene, Larry leaves behind a son, Michael “Mike” Smith and daughter in law Debbie Smith, a granddaughter Erin and a great granddaughter Michaella.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will be on Monday, December 28th from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Louis I. Leviticus

December 14, 2015

Louis Leviticus, 75, Holocaust survivor, tells his story as a public speaker and in his book "Tales from the Milestone." (Gwyneth Roberts)

An October afternoon in 1942 was shattered by police pounding on the door of an Amsterdam residence, the refuge hiding the Leviticus family from the Nazi onslaught.  As the police barged in, Lou Leviticus, aged 11, ran in terror to the back of the house.  As his father closed the door behind him, Lou jumped off the 3rd floor veranda.  An awning broke his fall and allowed him to escape.  He never saw his parents again.

Lou was on his own until rescued by Karel Brouwer, a young civil servant and his wife.  Risking his life to help many Jews, Brouwer treated Lou as his own son.  In facing death many times at the hands of the Nazis, Lou learned skills of escape and survival.

After the war Lou immigrated to Israel, earned an engineering degree at the Israel Institute of Technology and traveled to the U.S. to earn a PhD at Purdue University. Lou served in the Israeli military during the 1967 and 1973 wars.  In 1974, he immigrated to the US.  A year later, he became Professor of Agricultural Engineering at UNL.  Until his 1998 retirement, Lou was director of the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory.  Thereafter he volunteered as a curator at the Larsen Tractor Museum on the UNL campus.

Lou Leviticus was known far and wide for his ability to speak to people and open their eyes to the events and the meaning of the Holocaust. He translated his feelings and his observations into vibrant images that captured the minds and the hearts of those in the audience.  His survival, the years of misery, gave Lou a wisdom that helped many, especially troubled children, see that despite the pain, life is worth living.  Lou told people that they have more resources within themselves than they are aware of.  Lou said, “There is always a way out.”

Following a massive stroke, Lou passed away gently early on the morning of Saturday, December 12. He finally found the peace earned through a challenging life and the gift of knowledge he gave others.  Shortly after his passing, his friend Rabbi Craig Lewis, walked close to Lou and assured him that “the truth you spoke will live on forever.”  Knowing Lou, wherever he was, he shrugged and said “Oh come on.  I was just telling the story.”

Lou’s life is chronicled in an autobiography, “Tales from the Milestone.” He was born on July 4, 1931.  His parents, Max Leviticus and Sera Leviticus – ten Bosch, died in Auschwitz.  Lou was raised by Rita and Karel Brower.  In 1982 he married a remarkable woman, Rose Gould.  Rose and Lou resided in the Lodge at the Preserve in Lincoln.  Lou is survived by Rose, their children Melanie (Alan) Cohen and Joanna Brown and grandchildren Chen, Talia, Lauren, Libby (all living in Israel), Amy (New York) and great granddaughter Ellia (Israel).

Memorial services for Lou will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, December 22, at the South Street Temple, 2061 South 20th St. (at South), Lincoln, NE 68502, and at 2pm on Wednesday, December 30, at the Grand Lodge at the Preserve, 4400 S. 80th St., Lincoln, NE 68516.  In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations may be made in the name of Lou Leviticus to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Dr. Caryll P. Wilson

December 5, 2015


Caryll at the clinic 11-22-2013Dr. Caryll Palmer Wilson, clinical psychologist, 64, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015, at home in the loving care of her family, in Ceresco, NE. Born August 3rd, 1951 to Edmund and Jeannette (Ferry) Hallowell in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA; she was the eldest of two daughters. A passionate woman who lived life to the fullest, Caryll earned her pilot’s license and was flying her own plane by age 24. She later graduated from college summa cum laude and obtained her doctorate from the School Psychology program at UNL in Lincoln, NE. She was the founder and president of the Wilson Behavioral Pediatric and Family Psychology Clinic (later renamed Williamsburg Behavioral…) in Lincoln, NE. She cared very deeply for her patients, and specialized in treating childhood and adult autistic spectrum disorders. Caryll fell ill with cancer in 2013 and fought bravely with an unwaveringly positive attitude until the end.

Happily married for 33 years to her husband, Dwayne Wilson, she is also survived by their daughter, Laura Borden (Ron Borden) son, Joe Palmer, daughter Taylor Wilson, daughter Araya Wilson, sister Jill Foley (nephews Robert and Michael Frazier), and father Edmund Hallowell (Joanne Hallowell); grandchildren Jack and Ethan Borden, and numerous family and friends.

She was preceded in death by son, Damon Wilson, and her mother, Jeannette Hallowell.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln.  Burial will follow in Wyuka Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 at Wyuka before the Funeral Service.  There will be a meal of condolence served after the Graveside Service in Wyuka’s Garden Room.

“Earl” Beardsley

December 4, 2015

gold crossWilliam “Earl” Beardsley, age 93 of Lincoln, passed away at home surrounded by family on Dec. 3, 2015.  Born in Adams, Neb. on Jan. 22, 1922.  He graduated from Lincoln High and the Univ. of Neb. with a Bachelors in Math and Physics, and spent three years in the Navy during WWII.  He was a life member of the American Legion.  Earl owned and operated  a TV Service Shop for 31 years.  He enjoyed bowling, dancing, and cards.

Earl is survived by his wife of 67 years Ruth (Sigsbee) Beardsley; daughter Jane (Steve) Chamberlain; son Thomas (Jill) Beardsley; daughter Julie (Gary) Smith; five grandchildren; two step grandchildren; two great grandsons;  several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents William F. and Blanch (Abbott) Beardsley; and sister Marian Beardsley Paradiso.  Private Family Services.  Condolences at www.wyuka.com

James B. Jackson

November 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

Memorials to The Monarch

Duane Kauk

November 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

Memorials to the family.

Gerald H. Schroeder

November 26, 2015

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

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

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

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



Edward Shearer, Sr.

November 25, 2015

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

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

Ed is preceded in death by his mother Gladys Webster.

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

Dr. Reuben Samani

November 23, 2015

Samani Obit photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Galen Dean Penkava

November 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Myrtle M. Schroeder

November 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be left for City Impact.

Barbara R. Smith

November 11, 2015


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

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

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

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

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



Jack L. Gannon

October 28, 2015


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

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

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


William “Bill” Tumblin

October 27, 2015

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

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

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

Memorials to the family.

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

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

Jeffery M. Hunzeker

October 20, 2015

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

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

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

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



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

Julie Ann Brown

October 16, 2015

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

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

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

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Brian Foster

October 9, 2015



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

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



JULY 2015:

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

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



Donald E. Madlock

October 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

Deborah “Debb” R. Moore

October 7, 2015


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

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

She is preceded by her parents and sister Sheila Daugherty.

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

Dorothy L. King

October 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

James L. Jurgens

September 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Lawrence H. Lohmeier

September 29, 2015

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

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

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

Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to Operation Smile.

Alberta J. Cartagena

September 21, 2015

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

Andrea M. Kabourek

September 17, 2015


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


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





Freida Flack

September 11, 2015


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Betty J. Johnson

September 3, 2015

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

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

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



Larry N. Gagner

August 27, 2015

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

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

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

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Norma A. Botts

August 21, 2015

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

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

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

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Gladys L. Long

August 20, 2015

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

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

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

Memorials to the family for a later designation.

Dorothy Ann Housel

August 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment at Wyuka Cemetery

Edward John Meents

August 16, 2015

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

He is preceded in death by his son Dan.

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

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

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


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

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

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

Condolences at www.wyuka.com



Jimmy D. Brown

August 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

Darrel D. Van Ackern

August 10, 2015

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

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

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

Memorials to the family.

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

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

Memorials to Horisun Hospice or The Monarch.

Brandon C. Lindteigen

August 8, 2015

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

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

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


Leonard L. Lear

August 7, 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials to the family for future designation.

Clara L. Brauckmuller

August 5, 2015

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

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

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

Memorials to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Rex James Scott

August 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Kay Kreikemeier

July 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Kenneth L. Johnson

July 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dorothy E. Ahlstedt

July 23, 2015

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

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

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

Memorials to the family for a later designation.


Howard R. Mattison

July 21, 2015

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

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

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

Memorials to the American Cancer Society or The Monarch.

David M. Musiel

July 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

ClaraBelle Roberts

July 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alexander Pikelis

July 6, 2015

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

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

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

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Nebraska Humane Society.

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