[otw_is sidebar=otw-sidebar-1]
[otw_is sidebar=otw-sidebar-3]
[otw_is sidebar=otw-sidebar-2]

Archive for: J

Johnnie (John) E. Jurgensen

featured image

Johnnie “John” Jurgensen was born September 17, 1954, in Lexington, Nebraska.  He passed away on November 30, 2023, at the age of 69.

John held Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He taught business and coached football, basketball, and track for two years at Gibbon High School and two years at McCook Senior High. From there John began a 12-year career coaching basketball at the collegiate level. He was the head coach for six years at McCook Community College, 3 years as assistant coach at Montana State University, and 3 years as assistant coach at the University of Texas-Arlington.  In 1994 John and Deb moved to Lincoln which would be their home for the next 30 years. Shortly after the move, he joined Deb in the securities and insurance industry where he became a “financial coach.”

John’s passions in life were undoubtedly basketball and coaching. After John left college coaching, he volunteered as an assistant basketball coach for 12 years at Lincoln Southeast high school. He helped at Lincoln Public Schools sporting events and worked state basketball tournaments. For years, John dedicated himself to coaching youth basketball and softball/baseball for Elly and Jaydee’s teams, not only mentoring his own children, but also touching the lives of other youth.

More than anything John loved being a Dad to his Elly Jane and Budman. He was the best playmate, letting us constantly jump all over him and chasing us around the house. He was the biggest fan of his own jokes inevitably saying “I don’t care who you are, now that’s funny!”, remixing lyrics to songs which resulted in eyerolls from us kids, but all it took was one cracked smile to keep him going. He would never say no when Elly asked him to dance or when Jaydee asked him to throw batting practice. He would spend hours catching Elly and Jaydee’s pitching practice in the yard and rebounding in the driveway. He loved kids in general, and recently shared that he wanted his future grandkids to call him Coach, which we thought was perfect.

As adults, he enthusiastically wanted to make trips down to Dallas to see us, whether for a couple week stay or a single night for dinner — no trip or time with us was too small. He had genuine interest in Elly’s and Jaydee’s jobs and careers. When challenges arose from work or anything in their personal lives, he knew how to comfort them, keep life simple, and put things into perspective. He was our biggest cheerleader; we unquestionably knew how proud he was of us and how loved we were. We love you and miss you, Dad.

John’s hobbies included golfing, reading mysteries and westerns, playing Santa Claus during the Christmas season, and competing in ‘Words With Friends’. He attended two coffee groups with friends every week, mostly to rehash the sports of the week. However, he was not much of a cook.

John is survived by his wife of 46 years, Deb, and their children, Elly Jurgensen of Dallas, Texas, and Jaydee Jurgensen and fiancée Andrea Hunter of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Steve (Ledene) Clapp of Kearney, Nebraska; brother-in-law, John Clapp, of McCook, Nebraska; nephew, Kasey Clapp of Boulder, Colorado; nieces, Josette  McConville (Justin) of Kearney, Nebraska; Erica Clapp of New Zealand, and Sydney Clapp of Denver CO; great-nephew Brodie McConville, and great-niece, Lexie McConville. He will be missed by his many God-Children and other close relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his father, Richard Jurgensen, his mother, Bonita Jurgensen, and brother Dennis Jurgensen.

A celebration of John’s life will be held Friday, December 8, 2023, at 11am at Southwood Lutheran Church, 4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68516. Following the service, a luncheon will be served in the church’s fellowship hall for loved ones to gather to share happy memories, crazy stories, and remember him as a loving, caring man and Father who enjoyed life and basketball.

Memorials may be given in John’s memory to McCook College Foundation in support of the men’s basketball program where he was a student-athlete and coach or to Southwood Lutheran Church.

John was an organ and tissue donor. To leave a condolence please use the form below.

To leave a condolence 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.

Merletta Johnson

featured image

Born on May 21, 1975.

Passed away on November 2, 2023.

A great mother, a loving friend, and a beautiful soul.

We loved her and she will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and everyone she impacted. Merletta Johnson is survived by her children: Daunte Johnson, Curtis Johnson, and Sarah Johnson; her husband Curtis Johnson; and relatives: Markeisha Ensley, Chaka Witherspoon, Allison Booker, Kerra Russell (Nicky), Barb Waymire; and many more relatives in Michigan and Kansas City.

A private family service was held in her honor.

To leave a condolence 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.

Robert Winfield Jeambey

featured image

Born on December 1, 1931.

Passed away on October 27, 2023.

No service information at this time.

To leave a condolence 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.

Sharon Sue Jewitt

featured image

Sharon Jewitt was born May 7, 1945 to Gerald & Virginia Lienberger in Beloit Kansas. She passed away on October 6, 2023 in Hebron Nebraska, surrounded by her family.

Sharon was married to Robert Packer and in this marriage, they had 4 children. They lived in Wilber, Nebraska. After this marriage ended in divorce, Sharon moved to Friend and married John Jewitt. Sharon worked at Petersons, Square D, Farmland, had her own cleaning business, and a leasing agent. Sharon and John spent many years traveling in their camper across the United States and Canada. Sharon resided in Lincoln following their travels and made many friends. In July of 2023 Sharon moved to Assisted Living in Hebron, NE to be closer to family.

In her spare time, she enjoyed her flower gardens when she lived in Friend, dabbling in painting, a wonderful cook and an avid seamstress. Sharon also enjoyed hosting holiday get togethers with her family, making baby blankets for her grandchildren and great grand -children.

Sharon is survived by her daughter Tammy & John Noojin, of Deshler, NE daughter Penny & Loren Thompson, of Wilber, NE daughter Christina & Dale Reece of Hebron and son Robert “David” & Tammy Packer of Wilber. Sharon had 15 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. And her good friend Tom Eilers of Lincoln. She is proceeded in death by her late husband John, her brother Rex, her parents Gerald & Virginia, and infant brother David.

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 28, 2023 at the Friend Country Club from 2:30-4:30. This is a catered event so no outside food will be accepted.

Cards can be mailed to David Packer 1505 County Road 1600, Wilber, NE 68465 for those who are unable to attend.

Memorials to the family in lieu of flowers.

A private interment of John & Sharon Jewitt’s ashes will precede the Celebration of Life, Family will gather at 1:30 p.m. at Andrews Cemetery, 604 County Road E, Friend, NE for the interment.

To leave a condolence 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.

Carol Ann Roth (Dumpert) Johanson

featured image

Carol was born April 15, 1950 in Villisca, Iowa to Max G. and Bonnie L. (Gunderman) Roth.
She passed away August 2, 2023 at Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln.

Carol graduated from Villisca High in 1968, then completed an degree at Peru State.
She had a long career as a school teacher in Exeter and other Nebraska locations.

Carol married John W. Dumpert July 15, 1977.
They moved to Johnson Lake in 2007, then to Lincoln in 2010.
John died November 7, 2014.

Carol met Jeffery Johanson when they were co-workers at Fallbrook Super Saver.
They became a couple, and enjoyed fishing, baseball and traveling together.
They married May 5, 2022 in Loveland, Colorado.

An only child, Carol had no kids but the hundreds she taught at school.
She is survived by husband Jeff, cousins and in-laws.

No memorial service is planned at this time.

To leave a condolence 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.