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Archive for: Past

John S. Dorais

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Born on January 2, 1950.

Passed away on December 28, 2022.

Service information is pending.

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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.

John Paul Menard

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John P. Menard, age 87 years old of Hickman, Nebraska passed away on December 24th, 2022.  John was born in Hastings, Nebraska on February 28th, 1935. John was a master carpenter and loved working on cars (the faster the better).

John is survived by his wife of 63 years Martha Menard and his daughters Annette (David) Owens of Hickman Nebraska, Renae (Barry) Hergenrader of Sterling, Nebraska and Sheri Pieper of Pickrell, Nebraska. He had 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren along with several sister-inlaws and brother-inlaws, nieces and nephews.

There will be a private family burial and service held at a later date.

Memorials can be sent to Aspen Cremation Service c/o J. P. Menard; 4822 Cleveland Avenue; Lincoln, NE 68504.

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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.

Joyce Elaine Coppinger

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From Lincoln, Nebraska.

Born on December 19, 1939.

Passed away on December 25, 2022.

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.

William Earl Dyer Jr.

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(William) Earl Dyer, Jr. died December 23, 2022. He was 95 years old. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Lee Michael “Mick” Dyer and Kelly O’Hara Dyer of Minneapolis; son Scott William Dyer of Lincoln; brother-in-law Willian “Bill” White of Grand Island; sister-in-law Marilynn Meisinger of Plattsmouth and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Dyer, his father William Earl Dyer, Sr; mother Hazel Maude Dyer (Hosfelt) and brothers Eugene “Gene”, Gerald “Gerry” and Jasper Lee Dyer. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

Born in Kearney, NE, his childhood was spent in a number of small Nebraska towns where his father and mother were teachers. Growing up, his family lived in 20 different houses before settling long-term in Nebraska City, where he graduated high school. He won a Regent’s scholarship to the University of Nebraska, where he began studies in 1944.

Drafted in 1945, he served most of his time in Washington, D. C. in a message center in the Pentagon where he was a clerk preparing messages in a special log for Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, then chief of staff of the U.S. Army. He was promoted from private to technical sergeant in five months.

Returning to the University of Nebraska, he was involved with cooperative houses for male students, eventually founding Norris House, which was the first racially integrated and international residence for male NU students. He joined the staff of The Lincoln Star, then an evening paper, as a reporter while a senior at NU. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary society and Sigma Delta Chi. He graduated from NU in 1949.

Taking a leave from the newspaper in 1950 and using money received from the GI bill and his earnings, he set out on an 8 1/2-month tour of Europe by bicycle, traveling to 13 countries and visiting several foreign student members of Norris House who had returned home after study at NU. Back at The Star, he became city editor in 1952 and subsequently executive editor, retiring at age 65 in 1991.

He was passionate about equal rights throughout his life. In the early 60s he took time off from The Star one summer to volunteer with a weekly paper in Mississippi published by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was one of the founders of Lincoln Community Developers, a group which purchased a tract of land in Lincoln for the purpose of developing inter-racial housing. He served on the board of the Malone Community Center. He was also active for years as a volunteer with Nebraska’s American Indian tribes (and was given the Omaha name Gazuba). He served on the state Indian commission and the state welfare advisory committee.

In 1967 he married Elizabeth Meisinger. After retirement, he and Betty enjoyed several trips to Europe, and he also made solo trips to Central Asia, India and China, bringing the number of countries he had visited to more than 20. He was an active bicycle rider into his early 90s and proudly owned and rode the same English-manufactured bicycle for more than 50 years.

He was a member and twice congregational president of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln; a longtime member of Lincoln’s Open Forum Club, and served on the board of Lincoln Community Concerts, organized to bring classical music to then-new Pershing Auditorium. He was a member of Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music for more than 50 years. He was also an active Democrat, participating in several political campaigns in Nebraska.

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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.

Arlyce Iona Siebert

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Arlyce Iona (Epp) Siebert of Henderson, Nebraska was born as Betty Marie Schowalter in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 4, 1935. She was lovingly adopted soon after by David H. and Sarah H. (Dueck) Epp of Henderson, Nebraska. Arlyce passed away at 87 years of age on Saturday, December 24, 2022. Arlyce is survived by her husband Roger Siebert, whom she was married to for 69 years, and their four children: Son Kim Siebert and wife Lindy of Henderson, Nebraska, daughter Debra (Siebert) Adams of Marquette, Nebraska, son Eric Siebert and wife Carol of Lakewood, Colorado, and son Matthew Siebert and wife Danielle of Henderson, Nebraska, as well as 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her adopted brother Maynard Epp and wife Chris of Henderson, Nebraska, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arlyce attended Farmers Valley grade school, of which she fondly referred as her favorite years in school. Later she attended and graduated from Henderson Community High School. She married Roger Siebert at Bethesda Mennonite Church on June 23, 1953. They moved to Denver, Colorado immediately and she served as a nurse’s aid alongside Roger, who served as an orderly for 1-W Service at Rose Memorial Hospital until they moved back home to Henderson in February 1955.

Feeling blessed to be adopted by a loving Christian home, after giving birth to her 2 children, Kim and Debra and expecting a 3rd, , Matthew, she and Roger chose to bless and adopt a 4th child, Eric.

She loved gospel quartet music, played the accordion and sang with a beautiful alto voice. She persuaded us many times to sing and play together as a family at various nursing homes in the area. She had a “green thumb” and enjoyed gardening and growing plants and flowers, so much so that she started her own greenhouse and flower business on the farm for several years. Arlyce loved being a farm wife, loving and caring for all animals, both wild and domestic, which was easy living on the farm near the river where she also liked to fish with her children.

She cherished motherhood, and when the grandchildren arrived she made the most out of every moment she had with them. She and Roger enjoyed travelling together in their retirement years, especially “being snowbirds” for the winter multiple years meeting new lifelong friends from all over the country in Texas.

She gifted us all with her unconditional love, instilled in us her Christian faith, and we are eternally grateful for the time she shared in our lives.

Funeral Services will be held at Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, Nebraska, on Friday, January 6 at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will follow in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Bethesda Mennonite 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.