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Gary W. Gerlach

June 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

 Interment with military honors will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

 Memorials to Nebraska Habitat for Humanity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marilyn N. Chaffin

June 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Anne Chen

June 4, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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



Seif Rye Martin

June 1, 2017

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

books-public-domainThomas L. J. Darling

December 10, 1946 – May 23, 2017

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

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

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

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