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Richard Louis Thornton

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Richard Louis Thornton of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on December 16, 2020. He was born on July 16, 1951 in Bay City, Michigan. 

He married his best friend Wanda Gamble on February 2, 1973 in Jacksonville, Florida.

He worked as a master carpenter for 50 years. He took a lot of pride in teaching and sharing his skills.

He is survived by wife Wanda Thornton; daughter, Rebecca Copley; grandchildren Brittany, Ashely, Hannah, and Anthony Copley. Mr. Thornton also is survived by several of his nephews and nieces,

He will be deeply missed.

Private service.



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.

Deanna D. (Vrana) Carlsward

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January 22nd 1969 – December 15th 2020

Deanna “Nan” Vrana-Carlsward was born January 22nd 1969 and departed this earthly home on December 15th 2020 in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the age of 51.

Deanna was born on January 22nd 1969 in Aurora Illinois to Dale Vrana and Margaret “Peggy” (Tuttle) Vrana. She graduated from Northeast High School in 1987.

She is survived by her longtime companion, Rick Combs; sons Aaron (Sammy), Zack (Kayla) and Dean; daughter Ashley; father Dale; mother Peggy; brothers Dale Robert (DeEtta) Vrana and Josh Vrana; sisters Valerie (Robert) Phillips, Lauri (Chuck) Addams, Shelley (Jay) Grantski, Kathy Adams, Mari Hoyt; grandchildren which she loved dearly, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Private service.



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.

Barbara (Carson) Elder

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August 18, 1924 – December 11, 2020

Preceded in death by husband John T. Elder, parents James and Meta Carson, sisters Muriel Barns and Mary Beth Carson. Survived by son Bruce Elder (Lisa) of North Andover, MA, Janet Kettler (Richard) of Lincoln, NE, granddaughters Carson, Juliette and Chloe Elder, Madeline and Isabel Kettler, nieces and nephews.

Barbara was born in Wessington Springs, SD and graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1942. She then graduated nursing school at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, IL. She worked as a surgical nurse at hospitals in Rapid City, SD and Seattle, WA. After her marriage Barbara moved to Omaha and finished her career as a nurse for Omaha Public Schools.

No services per Barbara’s request.

Memorials to Food Bank of Lincoln or Capital Humane Society.

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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.

Michael Whitney Gallagher

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Michael Whitney Gallagher, 37, passed away from cancer on November 3, 2020, in Hickory, NC. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Carl Andrew and Linda Ann (Lovgren) Gallagher.  Raised by his parents along with his brother, Robert, in Lincoln, NE,  Michael attended Hartley Elementary School, Culler Middle School, Lincoln Northeast High School and the Arts and Humanities Focus School his senior year graduating in 2001.  He was a four-year competitor on the LNE swim team and swam for the Nebraska Aquatics club team. His early jobs were lifeguarding, waiting tables and bartending.

After stops in Minnesota and South Dakota for college, Michael studied Architectural and Engineering Design at Southern Maine Community College before transferring to the Maine College of Art (MECA) in Portland. There he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Woodworking and Furniture and Design. At the North Carolina University Crafts Center in Raleigh, NC, he taught woodworking classes.  His furniture making took a turn when a man came into his shop to see if he wanted to do some subcontract work making ball winders for yarn.  As time went on, he bought the business, Nancy’s Knit Knacks, then bought Strauch Fiber Equipment and finally, this year, bought Heavenly Handspinning. The three businesses will be his legacy and will continue.  Along the way, he also bought and remodeled houses to sell.

Those left to cherish his memory and the man with the beautiful blue eyes and the smile that doesn’t end are: his daughter, Aeon Casteel Gallagher of Alexander, NC; his fiancée, Ashley Diane Chapman and her two daughters, Presley and Lily Olson of Newton, NC; parents, Carl Andrew and Linda Ann (Lovgren) Gallagher of Lincoln, NE; brother, Robert Andrew Gallagher (Tammy Ann) of Milford, Ohio; nephew, Caden Andrew Gallagher; nieces, Zoe Mae and Layna Whitney Gallagher, Milford, Ohio; former wife, Tanya Marie Casteel of Alexander, NC; uncles and aunts, John (Nancy) Lovgren of Round Rock, TX, Bob (Linda) Lovgren of Omaha, NE, Roberta Lauderdale of Raytown, MO, Frances (Oscar) Ramirez of Thornton, CO, Stacie (David) Bebber of Edmond, OK and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents: Dr. Robert Ellsworth and Dorothy May (Whitney) Lovgren, paternal grandparents: Robert Frank Gallagher and Ella Ruth Gallagher, aunt: Ella Bell Gallagher, uncles: Robert Frank Gallagher and Robert Steven Lauderdale; cousins, Charles Wade Comstock, Tatum Faith Lovgren.

When you think of Michael, have a sparkle in your eye, a smile on your face and a laugh in your heart. His number one priority was and will always be his daughter, Aeon.

Please send memorials in his honor to Michael Gallagher Memorial Trust, 4440 Meredeth St, Lincoln, NE  68506-4936.  A Celebration of his life will be held next year.

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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.

Larry Eugene Luginbill

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From Lincoln, Nebraska

Larry Luginbill was born on April 19, 1954 to Ruth and Wayne Luginbill. He passed away and joined his wife Jamie Luginbill on December 7, 2020.

Larry was a father to Brian Luginbill, Jeromie Luginbill and Kelly Luginbill. His two biggest fans were his grandchildren Caleb Luginbill and Izabella Andrews.

Larry worked at Burlington Northern as a Carman from the age of 19 until he retired at the age of 60. He not only loved working on cars, but enjoyed talking about them for hours.

He was a natural protector and worked hard everyday to provide for his family.

Passed away on December 7, 2020.

He will be greatly missed.

Please donate any contributions to the Dementia Society of America at https://www.dementiasociety.org/donate.

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.