2004-08-13T19:00:00Z Obituaries
August 13, 2004 7:00 pm

n Inez 'Polly' Baxendale


Inez "Polly" Baxendale, 88, Lincoln, died Thursday (8/12/04). Retired medical technologist.

Survivors: sons, Fred, Lincoln, Bill, Littleton, Colo.; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Services will be held in Williamson, N.Y. No visitation. Butherus, Maser &Love FuneralHome, 4040 A St.

n James W. Beard


James W. Beard, 78, Lincoln, died unexpectedly Thursday (8/12/04) after a short illness. Born Oct. 1, 1925, to Walter J. and Ruth R. Beard. After serving in the Army during World War II, Jim dedicated his life to family, friends and his nearly 50-year career with Kingery Construction Co.

Survived by: wife, Gertrude A.; daughters, sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Daniel Nelson, Susan and Rick Lange; grandchildren, Dylan and Wyatt Nelson, Elizabeth, James and Katharine Lange; niece, Nancy Ferguson; great-niece, great-nephew, Rooney Patterson and Will Ferguson. Preceded in death by: sister, Ann Beard Patterson; nephew, James W. Patterson.

Memorial services: 11 a.m. Monday, Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 3500 Sheridan Blvd. Memorials to Lighthouse, 2530 N St., Lincoln 68510. Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St. q

n Lucille Sedlacek Belka

Wilber, formerly Crete

Lucille Sedlacek Belka, 86, Wilber, formerly Crete, died Tuesday (8/10/04) in Wilber.

Funeral Mass: 2 p.m. Monday, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Crete. No visitation. Memorials to Wilber Care Center or Alzheimer's Association. Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete. q

n Ruby L. Bersley

Overland Park, Kan.

Ruby L. Bersley, 80, Overland Park, Kan., died Thursday (8/12/04). Born, Wahoo.

Survivors: daughter, Patricia L. Day; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Charles.

Services will be private. Sharon Memorial Park, Charlotte, N.C. Memorials to Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, Lincoln.

n Norval E. Bowen


Norval E. Bowen, 82, Papillion, died Thursday (8/12/04). Born, Havelock (4/1/22).

Survivors: wife, Carolyn "Connie"; children, spouses, Steven and Carol, Lincoln, Robert and Patricia, Richard and Brentleigh, all of Omaha, Susan and Al Wenstrand, Destin, Fla., Barbara and David Splichal, Bellevue; 13 grandchildren; sister, brother-in-law, Edna and Al Zuehlk, Fair Oaks, Calif.; nieces; nephews; sister-in-law, Bonnie Bowen, Medford, Ore. Preceded in death by: parents, Earl L. and Besse Bowen; brother, Francis "Tad" Bowen.

Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, West Center Chapel, Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Funeral Home, Omaha. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Omaha, with military honors by Benson VFW 2503. Visitation begins at 5 p.m. Monday, with family receiving friends 6-8 p.m., funeral home. Memorials to Presbyterian Church of the Cross, Omaha. q

n Ray Lamar Brown


Ray Lamar Brown, 57, Wilber, died Saturday (8/14/04).

Survivors: wife, Emily, Wilber; mother, Lois Quinn, Bono, Ark.; stepsons, Jacob Korinek, Joey Kotas, both Wilber; sons, Ray Brown, Michael Brown, both Boston; daughters, son-in-law, MarrLa and Bernie Kraft, Rashel Brown, LaDonna Brown, all Jamestown, N.D.; four grandchildren; brothers, sister-in-law, Bill Brown, Illinois, Dale and Gale Brown, Rogers, Ark.

Service: 10 a.m. Thursday, Gregg Funeral Home, Jonesboro, Ark. New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Arkansas. Visitation begins 11 a.m. Monday, Kuncl Funeral Home,Crete. q

n Thomas W. Carey

Grand Island

Thomas W. Carey, 68, Grand Island, died Wednesday (8/11/04).

Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, St. Mary's Cathedral, Grand Island. Visitation: 4-7:30 p.m. today, Curran Funeral Chapel, Grand Island; Scripture, rosary service, 7:30 p.m. today Memorials to family's choice. Condolences may be left at q

n Raymond H. Cook


Raymond H. Cook, 85, Lincoln, died Wednesday (8/11/04).

Services: 3 p.m. Monday, Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St. Visitation: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. today, funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Kansas State University Veterinary College or Nebraska ETV Network. q

n Janet Davis

Rural Pine River, Minn., formerly Lincoln

Janet Davis, 85, rural Pine River, Minn., formerly Lincoln, died Monday (8/9/04). Born, Norton, Kan.

Survivors: husband, Gerald; son, James; one grandson.

Memorial services were held, Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center, Pine River. Interment, Lincoln Memorial Park, 6700 S. 14th St. Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St.

n Maria F. Dimas


Maria F. Dimas, 70, Ohiowa, widow of J. Guadalupe, died Friday (8/13/04) in Fairbury. Born, Zacatecas, Mexico.

Survivors: sons, Logio, David, Jose A., all Hayes Center, Ezequiel, Lincoln, Jesus, Lupe, Manuel, Ignacio, all Ohiowa; daughter, Josie Filipi, Western; brothers, Jose Mendoza, Denver, Blas Mendoza, Mexico; sisters, Maria Mendoza, Mexico City, Catalina, Geneva Mendoza, both Mexico, Solodad Mendoza, Denver; 21 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Services: 2 p.m. Monday, Farmer & Son Funeral Home, Kotas Chapel, Milligan. Ohiowa Public Cemetery. Visitation: 1-9 p.m. today, funeral home. Memorials in care of the family.

n Grace E. Ellis

Firth, formerly Bennet

Grace E. Ellis, 88, Firth, formerly Bennet, died Thursday (8/12/04). Born, Firth (3/12/16), to Peter and Jennie (Abbink) Mulder. Retired teacher. Graduate, Nebraska Wesleyan University. Member:Firth Reformed Church, Bennet Community Church, Bennet Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors: brother, sister-in-law, Robert and Dorothy Mulder, Firth; sister, brother-in-law, Dorothy and Alvin Huenink, Holland; stepchildren, spouses, Barb and Dennis Phillips, Sharon and Byron Dowding, Karen and Terry Hatcher, all Palmyra, Lois and Lyle Stephen, Roland Ellis, Duncan and Grace Ellis, all Bennet; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by: parents; first husband, Jess Hunter; second husband, Robert Ellis; five sisters; one brother.


n Catherine Forsgren


Catherine Forsgren, 75, Martell, died Saturday (8/14/04).

Services pending; Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete. q

n Homer Gebo Jr.


Homer Gebo Jr., 84, Greenwood, died Thursday (8/12/04). Born, Model, Wyo. World War II veteran, U.S. Navy.

Survivors: wife, Rejane; daughters, Sharon Luedtke, Jeannine Vanlaningham, both Lincoln; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life Mass: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Blessed Sacrament Church, 17th and South streets, Lincoln. No visitation; cremation. Private burial, Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell. Butherus, Maser &Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St.

n George A. Hraban


George A. Hraban, 81, Dwight, died Thursday (8/12/04).

Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m. Monday, Assumption Catholic Church, Dwight. Visitation: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Wood-Zabka Funeral Home, Seward, one hour before services Monday, church. Rosary prayer service: 7 p.m. today, church. Memorials to donor's choice, care of family. q

n Eleanor L. Jensen


Eleanor L. Jensen, Lincoln, died Saturday (8/14/04). Born, Lincoln. U.S. Navy veteran. Retired long-distance operator, Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph after 40 years of service.

Survivors: son, daughter-in-law, David and Shauna Buettgenback, Lincoln; daughter, Lorelei Peters, Lincoln; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; former husband, Gerald Buettgenback, Lincoln.

Graveside services: 10 a.m. Monday, Lincoln Memorial Park, 6700 S. 14th St. Meet at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St. Visitation: noon-9 p.m. today, 9-10 a.m. Monday, both at the funeral home. Memorials in care of the family.

n Clarence W. Laug


Clarence W. Laug, 81, Tecumseh, died Friday (8/13/04) in Lincoln. Born, Vesta. World War II veteran. Construction worker.

Survivors: wife, Merla, Tecumseh; daughters, Joyce Sporhase, Otoe, Nancy Laug Sholin, Omaha, Mary Lade, Shirley Lade, both Tecumseh; son, Lyle, Tecumseh; sisters, Irene Bartels, Pauline Rinne, both Steinauer; 12 grandchildren.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, St. Paul's United Church of Christ"Maple Grove, rural Tecumseh. Interment: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Adams Cemetery. Visitation: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, with family greeting friends 6:30-8 p.m., Wherry Brothers Mortuary, Tecumseh.

n Grace R. Lee


Grace R. Lee, 17, Omaha, passed away Tuesday (8/10/04).

Services: 2 p.m. Monday, Braman Mortuary, 1702 N. 72nd St., Omaha. Private interment. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. today, with family present 6-8 p.m., funeral home. Condolences may be sent online at q

n Walter Loos


Walter Loos, 86, Lincoln, died Thursday (8/12/04). Born, Sherburn, Minn. (6/27/18). Served, U.S. Army, World War II. Member: Immanuel Lutheran Church; past, American Legion, VFW, Welfare Society.

Survivors: wife, Norma; sons, daughters-in-law, Eric and Merna, Lincoln, Scott, Bee; daughter, son-in-law, Dana and Juan Rodriguez, Lincoln; brother, sister-in-law, Jacob and Dorothy Loos, Lincoln; sisters, Ann Gergen, Lincoln, Rose Reiling, Wyoming; grandchildren, Lindsey Rodriguez, Blake Loos, Katie Loos. Preceded in death by: parents; infant son, Blake; one brother; seven sisters.

Services: 10 a.m. Monday, Wadlow Rozanek Funeral Home, 5200 R St. Pastor Roger Morrow, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor Dale Robbins, Belmont Baptist Church. Military graveside service by Fort Riley, Kan., honor guard. Oak Creek Cemetery, Raymond. Pallbearers: Juan Rodriguez, Greg Loos, Rodger Loos, Cody Ramel, Gary Will, Bryan Will. Honorary pallbearers: Tom Will, Randy Loos, David Prochnow, Eric Cox, Mike Gergen, Dennis Gergen. Visitation: 2-8 p.m. today, with family greeting friends 6-8 p.m., funeral home. Memorials to family's choice. q

n Lois Lunsford


Lois Lunsford, 63, Rulo, died Thursday (8/12/04) in Omaha.

Survivors: children, James, Rulo, Jeffrey, Jefferson City, Mo., Joel, Jason, John, all Falls City; sister, Barbara Liberty, Hiawatha, Kan.; brothers, Tommy Adams, Yuma, Ariz., Dicky Adams, Falls City, Gary Adams, Rulo; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Rulo. Rulo Cemetery. Memorial gathering: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Camp Rulo, followed by 7:30 p.m. rosary at the church. Family and friends may sign register book 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Hall Funeral Home, Falls City.

n Kevin O. Nelsen


Kevin O. Nelsen, 44, Lincoln, died Thursday (8/12/04). Born, Omaha (2/9/60), to Galen and Beverly (Husmann) Nelsen. Custodian, Lincoln Public Schools.

Survivors: mother, Beverly; brothers, sister-in-law, John and P.J. Nelsen, Jim Nelsen, all Lincoln; sister, Kristi Nelsen, Lincoln; nephews, J.D. and Andy Nelsen; aunts; uncles; cousins. Preceded in death by father, grandparents, niece.

Services: 1 p.m. Monday, Roper & Sons Chapel, 4300 O St. Pastor Roy Nelson. Memorial Cemetery, Fremont. Visitation: 5 p.m. today until services, funeral home; family will greet friends 5-6 p.m. Memorials to Folsom Children's Zoo, 1222 S. 27th St., Lincoln 68502. Condolences may be left at q

n Richard A. 'Dick' Perry


Richard A. "Dick" Perry, 72, Lincoln, died Saturday (8/14/04). Born, Northwood, Iowa, to Ross and Palma (Hanson) Perry. U.S. Army veteran, 3rd Infantry Division, Korean War. Past member, American Legion Post 3. Retired sportscaster and radio announcer. Inducted into the Nebraska Broadcaster Hall of Fame and Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame. Nebraska Sportscaster of the Year seven times. Broadcaster, Nebraska football and basketball for KFOR and its Cornhusker Radio Network, as well as Armed Forces Radio, 1960-1978. KFOR "Dick and Bill" morning radio show. Known as Lincoln's "Morning Mayor," 1960-1978.

Survivors: wife, Carol "Jeanie"; brother, Phillip L., Minneapolis; son, daughter-in-law, Greg A. and Deborah, Omaha; stepsons, spouses, Robert J. and Shelley Finke, Jeffrey L. and Kelli Finke, all Lincoln; grandchildren, Elizabeth, James Perry, Seth, Jordan Sapp, Haylee, Scott, Benjamin Finke, Jessica, Matthew Meyer. Preceded in death by his parents.

Services: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St. Lincoln Memorial Park. Visitation: noon-9 p.m. Tuesday, with family greeting friends 6-8 p.m. Memorials in care of the family. q

n Charles O. Root

David City

Charles O. Root, 85, David City, widower of Adeline, died Friday (8/13/04). Born, Rokeby. Self-employed machinist. U.S. Army veteran, World War II.

Survivors: daughters, Karen Markham, Plano, Texas, Kathy Duda, David City; brothers, James, Boulder, Colo., Marvin, Florida; sister, Hazel Potter, Shortsville, N.Y.; one grandchild.

Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Roberts-Chermok Funeral Home, David City. Private family disposition of ashes at a later date. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to American Cancer Society or in care of the family.

n Helen Elize Scheve


Helen Elize Scheve, 87, Lincoln, died Saturday (8/14/04). Born, Jansen, (2/28/17), to Henry and Agatha (Brott) Scheve. Beatrice High School and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate. She earned a master's degree in administration and supervision from Colorado State University. She taught vocational home economics in Nebraska and Kansas. While in Kansas, she was the state supervisor of home economics. In Madison, Wis., she was employed at the state Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education as a consultant in occupational training programs on the postsecondary level. In 1986, Helen received the Ruth Gordon Service Club Award in Madison. Member: Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lincoln, since 1992.

Survivors: brother, sister-in-law, Robert Sr., and Lois, Lincoln; nieces, nephews, Barbara Rose, Beatrice, Carol Yung, Camarillo, Calif., John Scheve, Marietta, Ohio, James, Tom Moore, both Franklin, Robert Scheve Jr., Firth, Cindy Sinagra, San Pedro, Calif., Debbie Scheve, Seattle. Preceded in death by: parents; brother, John Scheve; sisters, Ella Bloodgood, Hertha Mathers, Edna Moore, Marie, Waldemar Scheve.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 510 S. 33rd St. Pastor Mark Ebert. Cremation; no viewing or visitation. Private family inurnment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Harbine. Memorials to the church or American Diabetes Foundation. q

n Lois M. (Keep) Schneider

Omaha, formerly Lincoln

Lois M. (Keep) Schneider, 94, Omaha, formerly Lincoln, passed to life eternal Tuesday (8/10/04).

Memorial services: 3 p.m. today, Faith United Methodist Church, 1333 N. 33rd St. No visitation. Memorials to church. q

n Marguerite 'Mag' Schultz


Marguerite "Mag" Schultz, 94, Malmo, died Thursday (8/12/04). Born, Schuyler. Owner/operator, Mag and Ted's Bar, 1933-1972.

Survivors: daughters, Judy Swanson, Wahoo, Nancy Egr, Prague; brothers, Robert Shanahan, North Platte, John Shanahan, Wahoo; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Ted.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Edensburg Lutheran Church, Malmo. Sunrise Cemetery, Wahoo. Visitation: 3-8 p.m. today, Pruss-Nabity Funeral Home, Wahoo. Memorials to church or Malmo American Legion Auxiliary. q

n Richard Wendell Smith


Richard Wendell Smith, 92, Lincoln, died Thursday (8/12/04).

Services: 11 a.m. Aug. 21, First-Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D St. Memorials to: Nebraska Wesleyan University; University Place Art Center; church; Street Kids Worldwide, P.O. Box 6473; or donor's choice. Condolences may be left at q

n Nancy J. Spahn


Nancy J. Spahn, 68, Lincoln, died Friday (8/13/04). Born, Anselmo (10/4/35), to Leon and Anna (Lindly) Peters. Registered nurse. Member: St. Luke UnitedMethodist Church; Bryan School of Nursing alumni.

Survivors: husband, Gerald "Jerry"; daughters, Lynn Bahr, Dallas, Sue Burkey, Lincoln; son, daughter-in-law, Tom and Cindy Spahn, Lincoln; grandchildren, Candice and Megan Burkey, Jonathon Spahn; sisters, brother-in-law, Kathryn and Eldon "Skip"Miller, Marcia Gunn, all Lincoln; brother, sister-in-law, Larry and Fay Peters, Texarkana, Texas; nieces; nephews. Preceded in death by parents.

Memorial service: 10 a.m. Tuesday, St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1621 Superior St. The Rev. Francis Schmidt. No visitation; cremation. Roper &Sons Funeral Home, 4300 O St. Condolences may be left at q

n Arlen LeRay Tomlin


Arlen LeRay Tomlin, 68, Lincoln, died Tuesday (08/10/04). Born, Franklin County. Sheet metal worker, Greens Heating & Plumbing.

Survivors: aunt, Phyllis Tomlin, Naponee; cousin, Gary Tomlin, Toledo, Ohio.

Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Roper & Sons Funeral Home, 4300 O St. No visitation.

n Cecil L. Tuma


Cecil L. Tuma, 92, Lincoln, died Saturday (8/14/04). Born, Cotesfield (11/22/11), to John and Katie Tuma. Graduated from Cotesfield High School and attended Kearney State Teachers College.

Survivors: niece, Kathryn Ingerle, Elba; nephews, Leonard Vlach, Cotesfield, Millard Vlach, Ron Tuma, both Scotia, Russell Hughes, Omaha, Don Hughes, Scotia, Bill Hughes, Omaha, Garlan Tuma, Herman, Jack Tuma, Lincoln, Jim Tuma, Grand Island, Galen Tuma, Roca; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Cotesfield United Methodist Church. Memorials to Cotesfield Cemetery Association. Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul. q

n Helen M. Turek


Helen M. Turek, 81, Seward, widow of Edward, died Thursday (8/12/04).

Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m. Monday, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Seward. Burial: 1 p.m. Monday, St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Ulysses. Rosary: 7 p.m. today, Volzke Mortuary, Seward. Visitation: noon-8:30 p.m. today, mortuary. q

n Esther K. Vrbsky

Kearney, formerly Seward

Esther K. Vrbsky, 96, Kearney, formerly Seward, died Friday (8/13/04). Born March 19, 1908. Former owner, Blankenship Grocery, Seward; Foote's and The Western Cafe, Kearney.

Survivors: son, daughter-in-law, Robert and Linda Vrbsky, Kearney; grandchildren, Jill and Steven Marshall, Lincoln, James and Jillian Vrbsky, Madison, David and Lori Sanders, Dwight, Diane Murray, Ceresco; great-grandchildren, Melissa, Gloria Murray, Nick Sanders; brother-in-law, sister-in-law, Ed and Leora Wolf, Lincoln; daughter-in-law, Mary Workman, Seward. Preceded in death by: parents, William and Kate (Jacoby) Wolf; husband, Ernest; son, Frank Sanders; sister, Pauline Gumbel.


n David P. Weber

Downers Grove, Ill., Naples, Fla.

David P. Weber, 71, longtime resident of Downers Grove, Ill., and Naples, Fla., passed away Thursday (8/12/04).

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Monday, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Downers Grove. Visitation: 2-6 p.m. today, Toon Funeral Home, Downers Grove. Memorials in lieu of flowers: Butler National Caddy scholarship fund, 2616 S. York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523; Illinois Neurofibromatosis Inc., P.O. Box 1923, Lombard, IL 60148; One Step At A Time (a cancer camp for kids), Children's Oncology Services of Illinois-INS, 135 S. LaSalle St., Dept. 6457, Chicago, IL 60674-6457. q

n Bonnie Marie (Henke)White

Fort Lupton, Colo.

Bonnie Marie (Henke) White, 54, Fort Lupton, Colo., died Thursday (8/12/04). Born, North Platte.

Survivors: mother, Veda Marie White, Lincoln; special friend, Cynthia Unruh, Fort Lupton; sisters, Cynthia Louise Hoesch, Central City, Ruth Ann Stoll, Linda Dale White, Billie Jean Hildebrandt, all Lincoln; nephews; niece. White, Billie Jean Hildebrandt, all Lincoln; nephews; niece.

Celebration of life: 2 p.m. today, Atwood House 740 S. 17th St., Lincoln. Bostick Funeral Home, Fort Lupton.

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