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Archive for: Past

Robert Terry Wagner

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Age 66

From Lincoln, Nebraska

Born on February 18, 1951

Passed away on December 20, 2017.

No 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.

LaVonne Rae Ruley

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LaVonne R. Ruley, 59, of Lincoln, NE left this earthly life to join her Heavenly Father on December 27, 2017.  LaVonne battled mightily against breast and ovarian cancer, but passed away from MDS Leukemia –  peacefully in her home, surrounded by loving family, friends, and her pup pups.

LaVonne was born on April 16, 1958 in Aurora, IL to Delores Mae (McCray) and Lloyd LaVerne Keslar.  She graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in 1976.

LaVonne married James Ruley on 12-4-1993, and to this union LaVonne was blessed with the light of her life, James Devin Ruley.

LaVonne was a RN and worked at Bryan Hospital and the Nebraska Heart Institute as a Cath Nurse for 39 years.  Her caring touch left an impact with many patients and their families. Her sense of humor eased the most difficult of situations.

While balancing family and career she made time for Jimmy, being his strongest supporter of all his endeavors, especially his baseball and basketball teams. She had an affection for pets, always counting one or more dogs as members of the family. In recent months, granddaughter Addilyn Mae occupied a special place in her life

LaVonne enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and travelling with friends.  Special interests include Husker Sports and the Kansas City Royals baseball games.

LaVonne is survived by son James Devin Ruley (Caitlin Roussan) and granddaughter Addilyn Mae of Hoskins, NE; sister LeIla White of Lincoln, NE; sister LaVerna Bakk (James) of Lincoln, NE; and brother Paul Keslar (Deb) of Lincoln, NE; 6 nieces and nephews; and 12 great-nieces/nephews.  LaVonne was preceded in death by her parents, Delores and Lloyd Keslar.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on January 5th, 2018 at the Community of Christ Church, 2045 South 44th St (44th & South Streets), Lincoln NE.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for future designation.



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.

David Winram Joseph

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Age 87

From Lincoln, Nebraska

Born on June 28, 1930

Passed away on December 17, 2017.

Graveside service in the near future.



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.

Tommy Jelsma

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Tommy Jelsma was born July 30, 1927 in Lincoln, NE to Harold and Elizabeth (Toody) (Brown) Jelsma.  He was 90 years old and died peaceably at his home on Sunday December 17, 2017.  He is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Toody Jelsma.  He is survived by his wife Norma (Hawkins) Jelsma; daughters Connie Jelsma and Kimarra (Kim) Jelsma Elam; grandchildren James Vicars, Michael Vicars, Tyler Miers and Ashley (Miers) and John LaRosa; cousins Robert Brown and Fred Brown.

Tommy and Norma were married in Denver, Colorado on Nov. 6, 1947.  They enjoyed 70 years together.

Tommy was the owner of the Royal Grove Nite Club.  The club has roots that go back to prohibition and The Brown Derby, a downtown Lincoln speak-easy operated by Jelsma’s grandfather, Henry Brown.

The original Royal Grove was built in the village of West Lincoln in 1933 by Henry and Christina Brown. In 1938 the business was carried on by their daughter Elizabeth (Toody) and her husband Harold Jelsma. In the early years, the Grove was a beer tavern that specialized in pan fried chicken.

In 1960, the business was leased, but in 1964, reverted back to the Jelsma family.  Toody and Harold managed the business until 1966 when their son Tommy took charge of it.  In 1967, local liquor laws were passed that made it possible to sell mixed drinks and wine along with beer. That same year, the Grove was relocated to on West Cornhusker Hwy.  Local rock and roll bands were the featured entertainment. The building has since expanded from 2,000 sq. ft. to its present size of 16,000 sq. ft.   Tommy made a dream of his come true.

The Royal Grove featured mainly rock ‘n roll bands, though Asleep at the Wheel, Colt Ford, Jerrod Niemann and other country artists have occasionally played the venue.  Artists such as Edgar Winter, Three Dog Night, Pat Benatar, Larry the Cable Guy, Jerry Seinfeld, Johnny Winter, Kansas, Slipknot, Jackyl and many more were featured at the club.

In 1998 Tommy was inducted into the Nebraska Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  He and wife Norma were also recipients of Sertoma’s Appreciation Award for Service To Mankind.

In 2013 Tommy and his wife Norma retired and the Royal Grove was closed.  Tommy enjoyed retirement and spending time with his family and working on his ranch.

Private service.  No visitation.  In lieu of flowers, the family will donate memorial gifts to Tommy’s favorite charities: Capital Humane Society Spay & Neuter Program, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors or the Nebraska Wildlife Federation.   Make check out to Norma Jelsma and mail it to Aspen Cremation Service, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504.  Write “Jelsma” on the outside of the envelope.



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.

Thurman Thurston Green, Jr.

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Age 69

Born on January 29, 1948

Passed away on December 16, 2017.

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.