Ten eastern Nebraska organizations divided nearly $900,000 in estate funds from Lincoln native Joe Meehan during a Sept. 27 luncheon at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in downtown Lincoln.
The 92-year-old Meehan, who died in February, spent nearly three years in the U.S. Army during the 1940s. He founded the WWII Library and Museum near Greenwood. Meehan was a 60-year member of the Masons. He was a master mason at North Star Lodge No. 227 and traveled to numerous Shrine conventions throughout the country.
Meehan’s $891,811.55 in estate funds were divided among the following organizations:
- $127,401.65 to Fleming Family Foundation in Springfield, Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Scottish Rite Preservation Foundation, Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont, North Star Lodge No. 227 in Lincoln and Sesostris Shrine Transportation Fund of Roca.
- $38,220.50 to American Legion Post No. 294 in Hallam, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary of Lincoln and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lincoln.
- $12,740.15 to Disabled American Veterans of Lincoln.
“This day will go down in history for our Fleming Family Foundation, not just because this is our largest donation, but it comes from a U.S. Army veteran, just like my father,” Fleming Family Foundation chairman Randy Fleming said. “This money will help shape the hearts and souls of young men and women pursuing degrees that will help mold and shape the United States of America with scholarship dollars.”