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Duane Edward LaPlante

Duane Edward LaPlante

January 27, 1942 - September 12, 2017

Duane Edward LaPlante, 75, of Lincoln, passed away September 12, 2017. Duane was born January 27, 1942, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to Edward and Charlotte (Beckstrom) LaPlant. Auto technician for 46 years. Duane owned and ran his own archery business, Arrow Rest Archery, where he enjoyed sport archery and bowhunting. He was an avid and very accomplished woodworker. He was a member of St. John of Kronstadt Orthodox Church in Lincoln where he built the Iconostas. Family members include his wife of 56 years, Judith; daughter, Claudette Smith of Hickman, her children Dylan and Gwen Arthur; son, Christopher (Deborah) LaPlante of Ceresco, their children, Alexander and Amanda LaPlante; daughter, Jennifer (Craig) Anderson of Lincoln, their children, Michael, Rosemary and Jacob Anderson; He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Myron; sister, Darlene; and sons-in-law, James Douglass and Andrew Smith. Funeral service to be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 16, at Roper and Sons Funeral Home, 4300 O St, Lincoln. Burial will be in the Greenwood Memorial Cemetery, Greenwood. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., Friday, September 15, at Roper and Sons, 4300 O St., with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be given to the family for a future designation. Condolences online at

Hilary Larry Lassek

September 3, 2017

Hilary Larry Lassek, formerly of Lincoln, passed away September 3, 2017, in Massachusetts. Survived by his companion, Susan Truitt; son, Hilary; sisters and brother-in-law, Loretta Kucera and Susan and Bill Neal; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., on Friday, September 15, at Fairview Cemetery, 84th and Adams. Online condolences may be left at

George E. Chaney Jr.

September 28, 1941 - September 8, 2017

George E. Chaney Jr., 75, passed away September 8, 2017. Preceded in death by wife, Helen M. Chaney; sister, Sharon Chaney; parents, George Sr. and Gertrude Chaney. Survived by children, Julie White (Doug); George Chaney III (Tammy); and grandchildren, Jordan, Lucas, and Keegan.

Memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 16, at Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel. Interment: Dannebrog Cemetery, Dannebrog. Memorials directed to the Shriner's Hospital. Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel, 2202 Hancock St., Bellevue.

Hollis E. Jennings

September 13, 2017

Hollis E. Jennings, 85, of Lincoln, passed away September 13, 2017. Visitation: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., with rosary at 7 p.m., Friday, September 15, Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 16, Blessed Heart Sacrament Catholic Church, Lincoln.

Lillian J Meyer

April 25, 1935 - September 12, 2017

Lillian J. Meyer, died on September 12, 2017. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 15, at Gerdes-Meyer funeral home chapel in Fairbury. Burial in the Fairbury Cemetery. Memorials will go to the Cat Adoption Center.

Lincoln state senator seeks second term

Lincoln Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks said Wednesday she will seek a second term in the Nebraska Legislature.

Pansing Brooks, first elected in 2014, said she looks forward to building on the successes of her first term.

“Many critical issues lie ahead for us in the coming years," she said.

Those include corrections reform, meaningful tax reform, protection of natural resources and the environment, support for education, preservation and advancement of civil liberties, workforce development and economic growth, she said.

“These challenging issues will continue to require both leadership and the bipartisan support of our elected officials," she said.

During the past three legislative sessions, she has worked successfully on increasing penalties on human traffickers and solicitors, those who purchase sex, while boosting protections for victims who are trafficked, she said. 

Other legislative highlights for Pansing Brooks, 58, are in pushing for the elimination of Whiteclay alcohol sales, protecting women’s health, juvenile justice reform, climate change, financial protections for college students and funding for teachers seeking degrees in high priority and high-needs areas.

The District 28 senator, who is an attorney and co-founder and vice president of Brooks, Pansing Brooks law firm, serves on the Judiciary and Education committees.

She also served on and took over leadership of the former Department of Corrections Special Investigative Committee, which identified and made recommendations for solving problems in the prisons. 

“I am pleased with my record of legislative accomplishments these past three years,” Pansing Brooks said. 

Lincoln man gets prison time for stolen gun, meth, driving charges

A 30-year-old Lincoln man caught with 2½ ounces of meth in November and again in June for driving on a revoked license with a loaded stolen handgun and more meth has gotten nine to 13 years in prison for a string of charges.

Derek Spurlock pleaded no contest to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, driving during revocation and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Lancaster County District Judge Darla Ideus sentenced him Tuesday.

On June 13, Lincoln-Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force members were at a house near South Ninth and Van Dorn streets on an unrelated Crime Stoppers tip about possible drug sales. 

While officers were inside, Spurlock pulled up in a car. Police arrested him on warrants and for driving on a revoked license, and a search of the car turned up the stolen gun, ammo and 14 grams of meth.

At the time, he was out of jail on bond on charges related to a traffic stop early Nov. 23.

Police had gotten information that day about meth being sold out of a University Place house near North 41st Street and Huntington Avenue.

When an SUV left, they followed and ended up stopping the driver on a traffic violation. Spurlock was the passenger. A police K-9 indicated the scent of drugs inside, which led to a search that turned up nearly 2½ grams of meth in his left cargo pants pocket and 2 more grams hidden in a body cavity in a search at the jail.

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Robert E. Shaw

August 18, 2017

Robert E. Shaw, US Coast Guard retired. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Grace Lutheran Church, 2225 Washington St. Memorials to Grace Lutheran or VFW #131. Condolences to

James W. Schaffert

July 26, 1945 - September 8, 2017

James W. Schaffert, 72, of Lincoln, died September 8, 2017. James married Karen Harpster on June 18, 1967. Jim served in South Korea 1969-1970 as a communications specialist along the DMZ. He was co-owner and manager for Bethany Hardware and next a buyer for Telex.

Survived by: wife, Karen; sons, Todd, Davenport, Iowa; Greg, Grand Island; sister, Glenda (Lynn) Rathjen, Grand Island; brothers, Fred, Lincoln; Tim Clear Water, Florida; three grandchildren. Preceded by brother, Tom Schaffert.

Services: 10:30 a.m., Friday, Faith Lutheran Church, 8701 Adams St. Memorials: Michael J. Fox Foundation. Arrangements by Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

Faith Eileen Weber

November 24, 1919 - September 11, 2017

Faith Eileen Weber, 97, of Lincoln, passed away September 11, 2017. Born November 24, 1919, in Whitehall, Wisconsin, to Faye C. and Ella (Brewer) Amo. Retired after a 30-year career as a real estate agent in Omaha. Faith was an active member of the American Legion, supporting her husband who was a WW II veteran. She enjoyed spending time at the lake, traveling and gardening with her family.

Family members include her daughter, Jan (Bob) Lau; son, Roger (Irma) Weber; grandchildren, Brooks Lau, Hugh (Shannon) Lau, Kathy (Emmanuel) Dantey, and Tracy Weber (Guisseppi Naglierie); great-grandchildren, Betsy Lau, Erin Lau, Jimmy Lau, Danny Lau, Christian Dantey, Ellie Dantey, Alex Lau, Allie Naglierie and Laurel Naglierie; special friend, Jean Showers Nelson. Preceded in death by her husband, Hubert.

Memorial service: 12 noon Friday, September 15, First-Plymouth Chapel, 2000 D St., with Rev. Dr. Jim Keck officiating. Prior private interment. Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Thursday with family present from 5-6 p.m. at Roper and Sons, 4300 O St. Memorials to Samaritans Purse for Storm Relief in Texas and Florida. Condolences online at

Robert Lee Turek

September 7, 1935 - September 8, 2017

Robert Lee Turek, 82, formerly of Geneva, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017. He was born on September 7, 1935, in Geneva, to John and Alice (Turner) Turek, Sr.

Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 19, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Geneva. Pastor Stuart Davis officiating. Visitation: 1-8 p.m., Monday, September 18, Farmer & Son Funeral Home, Geneva. Graveside services: Geneva Public Cemetery, Geneva. Memorials to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at

R. Nadine Miller

Beatrice, June 28, 1918 - September 13, 2017

Joseph Kozisek

David City, March 31, 1922 - September 12, 2017

Jakeb Lee Myers

Stanton, October 11, 2000 - September 11, 2017

Lorraine C. (Rasmussen) Vech

September 11, 2017

Lorraine C. (Rasmussen) Vech, 93, of Cedar Bluffs, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017, at South Haven Living Center in Wahoo.

Memorial mass will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cedar Bluffs. Father David Gayhart and Father Thomas Dunavan will officiate. Memorial visitation will be from 5:30-8 p.m., Friday with a rosary starting at 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Cedar Bluffs. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cedar Bluffs or Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo. Online condolences may be left at: Moser Memorial Chapel, 200 W. Main, Cedar Bluffs.

LaVeta Rempe

July 3, 1926 - September 12, 2017

Former Hastings resident, LaVeta Rempe, 91, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Blue Hill Care Center, Blue Hill. LaVeta was born July 3, 1926, in Lawrence to Anton J. and Rose Mary (Blume) Buschkoetter. She married Alphonse H. Rempe on April 20, 1948; he preceded her in death on October 2, 2000. LaVeta was a homemaker and a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. She was a dedicated wife and loving mom and grandma.

Survivors: children and spouses, Ken and Janet Rempe, Superior, Marilyn and Garry Just, Lincoln, Arlene and Jerry Bower, Waverly, Lynette and William Hofstetter, Lawrence, and Kathy and Greg Sinner, Doniphan; 16 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marcella Menke, Lawrence, and Lucille Rempe, Hastings. LaVeta was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alphonse H. Rempe; sisters, Verena Buescher and Irene Hoelting; and brothers, Leonard Buschkoetter, LeRoy Buschkoetter, and Robert Buschkoetter.

Rosary: 6 p.m., Thursday, September 14, Butler Volland Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 15, St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Father Jeremy Hazuka officiating. Burial: 2 p.m. Friday, September 15, in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lawrence. Visitation: 1-8 p.m. Thursday, September 14, at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service at the church. Memorials may be given to LaVeta Rempe Memorial Fund. Private condolences may be sent to the family at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Edgar C. Hoyt

September 13, 2017

Edgar C. Hoyt, 99, of Lincoln, died September 13, 2017. Services: 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 19, Grace Lutheran Church, 22nd & Washington. Arrangements by Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

Sara L. Nielsen

September 7, 2017

Sara L. Nielsen, 74, of Lincoln, died September 7, 2017. Survived by: brother and sister-in-law, Kirk and Susan Nielsen; sister-in-law, Ann Nielsen; nieces, nephew, great-nieces and -nephew. Preceded by: parents and brother, Stuart. Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m., Friday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 7900 Trendwood Dr. Msgr. Liam M. Barr officiating. Viewing 9 a.m.-9 p.m., with rosary at 7 p.m., Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St. Burial: Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials: St. Joseph's or St. Vincent de Paul Society. Arrangements by Butherus, Maser & Love. Online condolences:

Linda Marie O'Neel

May 24, 1947 - September 12, 2017

Linda Marie O'Neel, of Eagle, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born May 24, 1947, to Jack and Gziah Petersen. Linda was always thought of a 'caregiver,' putting everyone else before herself.

Linda will be missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Brian Koeneke; granddaughter, Katlynn; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Joshua Marx, granddaughters, Alana and Skyler and grandson, Jacob; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A celebration of Linda's life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday September 16, at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St. Memorials may be given to the family for future designation.

Rosemary E. Sharp

Rosemary E. Sharp

February 3, 1945 - September 7, 2017

Rosemary E. Sharp, 72, of Lincoln, passed away Sept. 7, 2017. Visitation: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday, with family present 6-8 p.m., and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, all at the funeral home. Funeral: 1 p.m. Thursday, Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home;