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Robert “Bob” Eugene Oetken

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Robert “Bob” Eugene Oetken (age 71) passed away suddenly at home on April 23, 2024.

Bob was born on April 21, 1953 to Arthur and Mildred (Pallas) Oetken. He grew up on a farm in Emerson, NE with his six siblings: Dale (Darlene), Roger (Sharon), Connie Vraspir (Glen), Bev Gradert (Lennie), Larry (Barb), and Richard (Michelle).

In 1974, there was one girl in particular that caught Bob’s eye every time she came home from college. His pursuit was successful, and he married Karen Vraspir on September 19, 1975. They were looking forward to celebrating 50 years together next year. Bob and Karen had two daughters, Jill Brianne and Amber Dawn. He worked tirelessly to support his three girls, but it was a blessing when son-in-law, Matthew James LeFeber, joined the family in 2005. Among his greatest joys were his grandchildren: Natalie Anne (10), Elizabeth Breesa (8), and Isaiah Matthew Thomas (6). He loved watching them grow and attending their activities. He would tell you stories about them and how proud he was of them every chance he got.

Bob was strong-willed and outspoken, but he also had a great sense of humor and would do anything for those he cared about. He was generous, dependable, and determined. He was charismatic, creative, curious, and he loved to tinker. He was full to the brim with knowledge, which he gained through research and his life experiences: farm boy, road construction and maintenance, and pipe fitter. He liked to fix things (or at least try) even if it led to needing to fix more things! He was delighted by children and always seemed to make a small friend wherever he went. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed mowing, gardening, planting trees, and watching birds. Bob had the most beautiful green eyes.

Bob will be remembered for his frequent button-pushing and all the (often unsolicited) advice and life lessons he shared with his family and friends. He truly loved each of them – and if you knew him, you knew it. He was grateful for the life he had lived and will be dearly missed, but he is most likely having a heck of a time catching up with his parents, family, and friends that passed on before him.

In typical Bob fashion, there are no services planned, certainly no pomp and circumstance. His family invites you to a “Celebration of Life” open house on Thursday May 16th from 2:00 – 7:00 PM at The Urban Farmhouse Room in Lincoln, NE.

We have been comforted by the stories and memories of Bob that some of you have shared. In lieu of a memorial gift, we will have note cards available at his open house for you to leave a story, memory, or sentiment. We would also welcome the gift of a cherished photo if you would like to bring one. If you are unable to be present and would like to contribute, we would welcome these at the following e-mail address: oetken.memorial@gmail.com.

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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.

Peggy Jean (Fork) Oswald

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Peggy Jean (Fork) Oswald, 80, of Waverly, NE, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2024, in Lincoln, NE.

Born on April 13, 1944, in West Point, NE to Al and Helen Fork, Peggy led a life marked by devotion to her family, her faith, and her community. She was the beloved wife of the late Joe Oswald, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. Together, they raised a loving family, leaving behind a legacy of kindness and care.

She is survived by her children, Kevin (Micki Buhrmann) Oswald of Lincoln, Kellie Thoms of Lincoln, and Jeff (Erin) Oswald of Waukee, IA. Peggy was a proud grandmother to Amber (Paddy) Mulholland, Nicole (Eric Dempsey) Espinoza, Alyssa Haschenburger, Trevor (Jen) Haschenburger, Hailey Oswald, and Samie Buhrmann; and a great-grandmother to Trevor Jr., Thoren, Charlotte, and Crew. She is also survived by her sister, Pam (Eddie) Holtz of West Point, NE, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Oswald, parents Al and Helen Fork and sister Patricia ‘Patty’ (Fork) Grieser.

Peggy owned Pretty Homes Cleaning, where she dedicated over 25 years to providing exceptional service to her community. Her commitment extended beyond her business to her deep involvement in ministry at Radiant Church. Her kindness, warmth, and tireless dedication to her family, church, and community will be forever remembered and dearly missed. Her legacy of love and service continues to inspire all who knew her.

Peggy’s life will be celebrated on Sunday, April 28, at 3:00 p.m. at Radiant Church, located at 740 N 70th St., Lincoln, NE 68505. A luncheon will follow the service, where friends and family can share memories and fellowship.

Contributions in memory of Peggy can be made to Radiant Church, reflecting her dedication to her faith and community.

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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.

Dale A. Oberle

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Dale A. Oberle, of Lincoln, passed away on April 17, 2024. Dale was born on April 23, 1933 in Lincoln, NE to Carl and Laurena Oberle of Eagle, NE. He loved to go fishing his whole life.

Dale is survived by his wife of 71 years, Lila; his daughter Cindy Synak(Jim); son Roger Oberle (Holly); son Tim Oberle(Nancy); grandchildren Lindsy McCreary(David), C.J. Synak, Jake Oberle(Michelle), Josh Oberle(Michaela) and Hannah Oberle; 5 great grandchildren; sister Judy Holtgrewe(Ron); sister-in-law Arlene Norris; and 11 nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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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.

Charlene Ann Ottersberg

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Charlene was born July 21, 1943 in Denver, Colorado to Guy and GuyLeta (McCullough) Hagood. She lived most of her life in the Blue Springs/Wymore/Beatrice area. She also lived in Prineville, Oregon, California, and South Sioux City, Nebraska. She graduated from Wymore High School in 1961.

 

She married Willie Ottersberg in October 1961, later divorced. Bowled in several leagues at Henry’s Bowl and was Secretary/Treasurer on some of them. Worked at Good Sam Home for a while, Goodrich Dairy, Holiday Villa Motel, Henry’s Bowl and started at Sunrise Bakery in 1976 and worked there for 35 years and retired in 2011.

 

Her hobbies were bowling, fishing, watching tv, hanging out with her dog Alf and cat Cha-Cha. She also loved spending time with her family very much.

 

She was survived by daughters, Sheila Folsom and husband Michael of Lincoln; Deb Arntt and husband Duane of Campbell; son, Keith Ottersberg of Wymore; grandchildren, Jesse Huls and fiancé Tiffany, Brittani Arntt and significant other Jake Ackland, Jordan Foss and wife Michaela, Bradley Ottersberg and Ashley Ottersberg and fiancé  Skyler Phothirath ; great grandchildren, Paesynn and Ransom Arntt, Camryn and Natalia Guthrie, Jared and Breanna Folsom, Alyssa Johnson, Emma Folsom, and Emersyn Ottersberg. Along with nephews Dan Crowley and wife Heather, Jason Crowley and wife Vanessa, and great nieces and nephews. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and GuyLeta (McCullough) Hagood, sister Sharon Ramsey, brother Stephen Hagood, niece Samantha Ramsey, and nephew Jeff Crowley, and grandparents.

 

Charlene did not want any services. Please send memorials to The Grace Space, 1740 Superior, Lincoln, NE 68521.

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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.

Gene Curtis O’Dowd

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From Lincoln, Nebraska.

Born on April 12, 1959.

Passed away on August 24, 2023.

No service has been scheduled 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.