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Jon T. Farrar

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Jon T. Farrar, 73, passed away March 30, 2021, at his home in Lincoln.

Jon was born August 10, 1947 in Genoa, Nebraska to Kenneth “Bud” and Lucycle (Truelove) Farrar. Kenneth died when Jon was four so Jon had no memories of his father. He graduated from Monroe Public High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in wildlife management.

In college he began working for the Game and Parks Commission as a plant propagator. He worked at Nebraskaland Magazine for 42 years as a writer, photographer, and editor. His natural history articles and photographs were published in internationally circulated magazines and books. He was the author of several books, one of which is still used as a textbook.

Jon spent his childhood outdoors, playing along the Loop River in Monroe. In grade school he began recording the behavior and appearance of the wild animals that he knew so well. He continued this meticulous practice until his retirement and left behind a lifetime of field notebooks, all filled with first-hand observations. Jon wanted to preserve the true history of Nebraska.

For thirty years he collected information from primary sources, he located people in nursing homes after first contacting their families for permission to interview and record their stories. They in turn gave him the names of other families blessed with living histories. He gave copies of the interviews to all their families. Jon was amazed by how many of these elderly people came to life when telling their stories. One old man said he thought no one would remember him, that he would just disappear. Jon came to care deeply about these families.

Jon is survived by his wife Michele Angle Farrar of Lincoln; daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, grandson, sister Sally Ann Farrar Mueller, and sister-in-law Barbara Moody Farrar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Thomas Harry Farrar, and stepfather Lewis Hamner. Jon’s passions and interests remained constant throughout his life.

He loved the Northern Great Plains. Photographing migrating birds and “peeking into the private lives of wild animals, watching their courtship displays and seeing chicks breakout of their egg shells” he said, were the best parts of his job. During his last two years, Jon watched the animal inhabitants in his backyard wilderness. Those animals, usually called vermin and pests, are expected to yield their homes and lives to an ever-expanding city. He said he had more intimate views into their lives than he had ever gotten through a camera lens. He loved his foxes, raccoons, possums, squirrels, jays and robins. Yes, he fed them. He fed them because they were hungry and they pressed their little noses against the windows patiently waiting. They didn’t run away from him. He watched a fox eating peacefully beside a possum.

In his final years, Jon suffered from profound depression and withdrew from many people who were important to him. His family and friends are deeply saddened to lose him to this terrible illness. He is loved and will be greatly missed.

No service.  For condolences, please use the form below.



Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

Eleanor Mae Fenton

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Eleanor Fenton, 83, of Lincoln passed away on Jan 19, 2021.

Born on August 14th 1937 in Lincoln to Marion and Irene Kellogg. She grew up with her 3 siblings in Alvo, NE.  She married in 1955 to Dwayne Grabowski and they had 3 children, Crystal, Sondra and Neil.  Dwayne became ill and Eleanor lovingly cared for him until his death in 1992.

In 1994 she met Larry Fenton. They were married for 26 years.  They loved to travel, New England being their favorite, going on bus trips to Casinos, watching  the Huskers and Green Bay Packers.  They enjoyed their family and friends and playing pitch.

Eleanor loved to play bridge and was very active in her church.  She was in the choir, Circle Women’s group and always an active participant at Christ United Methodist Church and at Havelock United Methodist Church.

She worked for a grocery broker for 30 years and specifically for Schilling Spices and was known as the “spice lady”.

Eleanor is survived by daughters Crystal Rosenberry and husband Gene of Lincoln, Sondra Eckert and Mark of Kansas City, and son, Neil Grabowski; sister in law Pam Grabowski; brother in laws Paul Greenwalt and Vern Beckmann; 5 grandchildren; 9 step grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by Dwayne Grabowski, Larry Fenton, parents, Marion and Irene Kellogg, sisters Marilyn Vosler and Ruby Beckmann, and brother Bob Kellogg.

Services to be scheduled for Eleanor and Larry at a later date.

Memorials to Christ United Methodist Church.

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

William J. Fry

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William J. Fry, 85, of Lincoln, passed away January 7, 2021.  Born March 5, 1935 in Hopkins, Missouri to Lester and Gladys Fry.

Proudly served his country in the Army Airborne.   William was an athlete in his high school years lettering in football, basketball & cross-country.  With these accomplishments he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Lincoln Northeast High School.  Bill was a hard worker and was fortunate to have a 40 year career with BNSF.  In retirement, he continued to pursue his lifelong athleticism in the Senior Pro Golf Tour and participated in Classic Car Shows sharing his love of his Model-A’s.

He never met a stranger.

Preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and one granddaughter.

Survived by former wife Sharon; son Brent; daughter Laurie (Marty) Gross; grandsons Josh and Joey; great grandchildren; nieces and nephew.

Cremation and no service due to Covid.

Memorials suggested to the Lincoln Food Bank.

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

Diane Frazier

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From Garland, Nebraska.

Born on February 27, 1959.

Passed away on January 4, 2021.

No service at this time.

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

Frances “Fran” Lorine Follett

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1947 – 2020

Fran L. Follett was born in 1947 in Boonville, Missouri the daughter of Dewitt and Berniece Cline and passed away from this earth peacefully at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska on November 25, 2020 at the age of 72.

Fran was raised in Beatrice, Nebraska, the oldest of three sisters. She attended high school in Beatrice and college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In Fran’s personal mission statement she says that “At the end of my life I want to be able to say I gave everything I had to give.” And indeed, she did. On top of being a loving mother and wife, throughout her life Fran always kept busy working and volunteering.

While attending college in Lincoln, Nebraska she worked at Back to the Bible. She met and later married Jerry Follett there and moved to McCook, Nebraska where they raised their two boys. In McCook, she worked as a sales associate at JC Penney’s and as an office assistant at McCook National Bank. She also volunteered as an Awana leader at the McCook Evangelical Free Church and as a member of the local Sheriff’s Posse.

Fran and Jerry moved back to Lincoln where she worked as an insurance rater at Continental Western Group. Then she retired and they moved to York, Nebraska to be closer to family.

Throughout this time, Fran volunteered for the CASA organization, where she gave children a voice in the court system and for Sertoma, where she helped people in need. Fran was also a woman of deep Christian faith and traveled overseas to the countries of Romania and Uganda to teach and witness to people.

At home, Fran was a voracious reader, tearing through two novels a week, and loved putting puzzles together and playing games with her children and grandchildren.

Fran was preceded in death by her two parents Dewitt and Berniece Cline and is survived by her husband Jerry Follett of York, Nebraska, her son Jeremiah Follett of San Francisco, California, her son and daughter-in-law Josh Follett and Sarah Follett of York, her grandchildren Zeke and Tirzah Follett of York, and her two sisters, Marlene Cline of Lincoln, Nebraska and Kathy Scribner of Fairbury, Nebraska.

A memorial will take place virtually on Friday, Dec 11th courtesy of York Berean Church. For details about how to join visit www.yorkberean.org.

If you’d like to honor Fran, please make donations to your local food bank, the CASA organization, and Sertoma.

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.