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Keith Duane Rees

May 8,1925 - January 5, 2019

Keith Duane Rees, of Lincoln, formerly of Liberty, passed away January 5, 2019, in Lincoln, at the age of 93. He was born May 8, 1925, at the family farm near Liberty along with his twin brother, Kenneth, to Ernest and lnez (Blume) Rees. He grew up on the family farm southeast of Liberty, and attended rural school District 66, Dubois, and Barneston High School. Keith graduated salutatorian of his class from Barneston High School in 1942. He graduated from the Grand Island Business College in 1943.

Keith served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946 on the USS Pamanset AO-85 in the Pacific Theater. He called it an Oiler. Keith married Elaine May Weyer of Barneston at St. Johns Lutheran Church April 4, 1948. They have been married for 70 years. They have one daughter, Nancy.

Keith was active in the community serving on the Barneston School Board, the Election Board, and the ASCS committee. He served as a trustee and church Treasurer for the Mission Creek Presbyterian Church. He was treasurer for the Mission Creek Cemetery for 32 years. Keith was a member of Barneston Legion Post 356, and a life time member of the VFW Post 1077 in Beatrice.

He worked for the ASCS office measuring ground for 13 years. He farmed for 48 years, and lived on the same section for 85 years. Elaine and Keith moved to the Cotner Center Condominiums in Lincoln in 2010.

He is survived by his wife Elaine, daughter Nancy (Darrel) Weers, grandchildren Tracy (Kevin) Dickes, Tyler (Diana) Weers, and four great-grandchildren Dawson Wright, Maya Dickes, Audrey Weers, and Hunter Weers, his sister-in-law Lila Rees, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and lnez (Blume) Rees, bothers Ivan, Donald, Lowell, Kenneth, and Harold.

Memorials to the Mission Creek Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 13, at the Cotner Center, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd., Lincoln.  Please use the north entrance. A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. January 16 at the Barneston American Legion in Barneston. Military honors will be in Barneston. Private internment will be at the Mission Creek Cemetery on a later date.

Daniel G. Swartzendruber

November 30, 1930 - January 10, 2019

Daniel G. Swartzendruber, age 88, Shickley, died Thursday, January 10, 2019, in Geneva. Born November 30, 1930, in Shickley to Lewis & Katie (Troyer) Swartzendruber.

Survivors: wife Madonna Swartzendruber, Shickley; sons: Steve & Gina Swartzendruber, Shickley, Paul & Debra Swartzendruber, Shickley, Dave & Faren Swartzendruber, Denver, Colo., Jon & Linda Swartzendruber, Bruning; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 14, at Salem Mennonite Church, Shickley, with Pastor Shawn Nolt officiating. Graveside services, Salem Cemetery. Visitation from 1 to 8 p.m. with family present from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Farmer & Son Funeral Home, Geneva. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, are suggested to the Living Water Mission, York. Condolences at

Diane Nadine Schacht

December 7, 1947 - January 10, 2019

Diane Nadine Schacht, age 71, passed into the loving arms of her heavenly Father on Thursday, January 10, 2019. She was born December 7, 1947, the first daughter of Marvin and Vivian (Vermule) Schacht.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents and younger sister, Joycelin Schacht. She is survived by her sister Anita, and husband Ron Bowman of Fremont; nieces and nephew, Elizabeth and husband Ken Halvorsen and Dr. Erik and wife Crystal Bowman, all of Lincoln, and Alicia and husband Dr. Erich Schafer of Fremont, Mich. Also great nephews and great nieces: Jordan Satter, Kaitlyn Halvorsen, Zahara, Ainsley, and Halia Bowman, and Brigham and Ellianna Schafer.

Funeral services: at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 13, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ (Osage), near Cook. Visitation from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. with family greeting friends from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home in Syracuse. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude, Operation Smile or St. Paul's UCC (Osage). Condolences to

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Gerhardt, Alexzandria (Eaton) and Buddy, Lincoln, boy, Bryan. 

Peterson, Suzanne, and Elstun, Sean, Lincoln, girl, Bryan. 

JAN. 9

Denker, Brooke and Kyson, Lincoln, girl, St. Elizabeth.

Forget, Nikkola (Thompson) and Calvin, Lincoln, boy, St. Elizabeth.

Hydo, Jamie, and Policky, Chad, Lincoln, girl, Bryan.  

Kage, Mallory (Heck) and Brandon, Hickman, boy, St. Elizabeth. 

Toenies, Cammi (Krueger) and Nathanael, Lincoln, St. Elizabeth. 

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Kusilek, Grace (Chester) and Brandon, Lincoln, girl, St. Elizabeth.  

Patricia “Pat” Louise (Gordon) Spaulding

October 5, 1936 - January 9, 2019

Patricia “Pat” Louise (Gordon) Spaulding, 82, from Lincoln, passed away January 9, 2019. Born October 5, 1936, in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Robert Roy and Rose Viola (Curry) Gordon. Retired office manager, University of Georgia (Department of Entomology), Athens, Ga. Pat was a very active church member and supporter of her alma mater, Union College, Lincoln, where she met her husband.

Pat will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 62 years, James “Jim” Spaulding; children Susan (Jim) Jones, Ric (Cindy) Spaulding, Salli (Paul) Jenks; grandchildren Jim (Shelley) Jones II, Travis (Jennifer) Jones, Brittany (Dan) Sallee, Kevin (Macy) Spaulding, Megan (Nick) Sharon, and Mattison Jenks; great-grandchildren Carrington and James Jones III, Kalin and Kolton Sallee; siblings Ron Gordon and Jane (Dave) Cunningham; nieces and nephews Tammy (Steve) Miller, Todd (Jennifer) Gordon, Tyler (Erica) Gordon, Aaron (Carmen) Cunningham, Andrew (Heather) Cunningham; and many other loved great-nieces and nephews, and dear friends. Pat was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Phyllis.

Funeral service: 10 a.m. Monday (1-14) College View Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4801 Prescott Avenue, with private graveside service for family and close friends following in the College View Cemetery. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be given to Children's Ministries at College View Seventh-day Adventist Church. Visitation one hour prior to service time. Condolences online at

Ivene M. Birkett

July 29, 1916 - January 8, 2019

Ivene M. Birkett, 102, of Wilber, passed away January 8, 2019. She was born on July 29, 1916, in Lincoln to Louis and Mildred (Chaloupka) Badousek. She graduated from Lincoln High School and later married Jack Birkett on November 27, 1940. They lived on the family farm near Wilber. Ivene worked alongside Jack on the farm and enjoyed planting a big garden.

She loved her flowers. She grew peonies, iris, roses and many others, some of which are still around today. Ivene was an excellent seamstress and cook. She loved baking cakes, and made many wedding and anniversary cakes over the years. She was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilber, the Big Blue Extension Club, and long-time member and past president of the Sokols in Wilber.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, parents, brother and sister-in-law, John and Ruth Badousek, sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Bob Mankin. Ivene is survived by her children and spouses: John and Mary Ann Birkett, Diane and Bill Quinn. Grandchildren and spouses: Randy and Cheri Birkett, Russell and Sara Birkett, Ryan and Stacey Birkett, Tonya Quinn, Christina Quinn and Dave Gardner. Eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Monday, January 14, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilber. Visitation beginning at 4 p.m. with rosary at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Kuncl Funeral Home, Wilber. Memorials to the church or Wilber Sokols. Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber is in charge of arrangements.

Major General Edward C. Binder

August 11, 1923 - January 7, 2019

Major General Edward C. Binder was born In Omaha on August 11, 1923, to Clarence and Myree Binder. He graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1941 and attended Kemper Military School in Booneville, Mo., graduating in 1943. General Binder began his military service when he enlisted in the US Army at Ft. Crook in June 1943. He served in the Infantry branch in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

He returned to Nebraska in 1946 where he met and married Roma Chilcott. This marriage was blessed with two children, Gary and Nancy. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Colorado Army National Guard in 1948 and later served in the New Mexico National Guard. Ed and Roma returned to Nebraska where Ed then served in the Nebraska National Guard. By the time he retired in 1983, he had more than 40 years of service and retired as the adjutant general of the Nebraska National Guard.

During and after his military career, he was very active in the American Legion, serving as commander of Lincoln's Post #3 and as state commander of the American Legion. After retirement, Ed served as a volunteer in many activities such as Cornhusker Boys' State and assisting people with homestead exemption applications. During his later years, he served as a volunteer at the information desk in the Lincoln-Lancaster City-County Building, where he was recognized for his long time volunteer efforts.

He is survived by his children, three grandsons: Matt, Michael (Janel) and Jonathan (Samantha) and six great-grandchildren: Brooke, Kaylee, Lucas, Megan, Kenzie and Kyler.

Services: 11 a.m. Monday, 1/14, at Grace Lutheran Church, 22nd and Washington Streets, Lincoln. Reception to follow at church. Interment at 2 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials to Grace Lutheran Church or the Nebraska National Guard Museum.

Joyce Elaine Staberg Dimmitt

April 7, 1927 - January 9, 2019

Joyce Elaine Staberg Dimmitt, 91, of Lincoln, widow of Robert A. Staberg, passed away January 9, 2019. Born April 7, 1927, in Unadilla to Lloyd R. and Bessie M. (Barnes) Whitney. Joyce was a graduate of Lincoln Northeast High School. Married to Robert Staberg on April 21, 1946. To this union two children were born, Lisa Jo and Scott. Married to Kendall Dimmitt on November 11, 1989. Joyce was a retired accounting clerk at UNL. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #3 and V.F.W. Post #131 and a resident of Eastmont Towers.

Family members include her husband Kendall Dimmitt; son Scott Staberg, Lincoln; step-daughters Judy Hoesing, Jean Hildebrand, and Joyce Oehm; brothers Don D. (Judy) Whitney, Lincoln and Neil Whitney, Bradenton, Fla.; sisters Marilyn Jean Schmieding, Omaha and Mary Ann (Lorenz) Niemeyer, Lincoln. Preceded in death by her parents, first husband Robert Staberg, daughter Lisa and brother Lloyd.

Graveside service: 9:30 a.m. Monday (1-14) Fairview Cemetery, 84th & Adams, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Roper and Sons Chapel, 4300 ‘O' Street, with Pastor Bob Neben officiating. Memorials to the Villa Marie School, 7205 North 112th, Waverly, NE 68462. Visitation from 2-8 p.m. with family present from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Roper and Sons. Condolences online at

William A. (Bill) Bartek

March 3, 1932 - January 8, 2019

William A. (Bill) Bartek, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and uncle passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday January 8, 2019. Bill was born on the family farm in Ulysses, on March 3, 1932, to William John and Mary Ann (Kobza) Bartek. The family moved from the farm to Lincoln in his early years where he grew up and graduated from Lincoln High School. He is a Korean War veteran having proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955.

On June 11, 1955, he married Jamee Ellen Ewing in Lincoln. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1959. After graduation, his career with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals brought him to Houston, Texas, where he retired in 1995 after 36 years. Bill loved his family and was an avid woodworker and do-it yourselfer. He loved spending time with his friends, was especially proud of his Czech heritage, and was a lifelong Cornhusker.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jerome Bartek. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Jamee Ellen; his daughter Kim Upton and husband Richard; son Jim Bartek and wife Tina; his grandchildren William Bartek and wife Mary Ellen, Aimee Upton, and Thomas Bartek; his great-grandchildren Morris and Walter Bartek; sisters Dolores Steyer of Lincoln, Mary Ann Budler of Des Moines, Iowa; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Following a private Catholic Mass, graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 18, at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77038.

The family expresses special appreciation to the staff and caregivers at Sunrise of Cinco Ranch Senior Living and Sterling Oaks Rehabilitation & Specialty Care Center, Katy, Texas, for their exceptional devotion and kindness. He cherished his many friends while he was in residence.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to the Houston Area Parkinson Society, 2700 Southwest Freeway, Suite 296, Houston, Texas 77098,; or the Woodworkers Club of Houston, Texas, Inc, Mr. David Janowitz 2429 McClendon St. Houston, TX 77030-1915,

Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home 1344 W. Grand Parkway South, Katy, Texas. To express condolences, please visit

Velma “Jo” (Dingman) Ramsey

Velma “Jo” (Dingman) Ramsey

June 5, 1934 - January 11, 2019

Funeral: 10:30 am Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice. Visitation: 1-8 pm with family greeting 6-7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice. Condolences may be left at