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Archive for: Past

Dr. Allen Ray Hohensee

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Allen Ray Hohensee died 5/24/24, surrounded by his family, after 10 years with Myelodysplastic Syndrome.

Al was born on July 15, 1942 to Emma (Kolar) and Clarence Hohensee in a Lincoln home near 21st and O. He attended Capitol grade school then Everett Jr. High. He actively participated in varsity football and basketball at Southeast High School, graduating in 1961.

Al had jobs at a fast food restaurant and Smiley’s Conoco during high school and had planned on continuing them until a friend persuaded him to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for no reason other than it seemed like it was what everyone else was doing. He loved college, graduating in 1965, then working as a Graduate Assistant doing research on chicken chromosomes. This led to medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Toward the end of his medical training, Al undertook a preceptorship alongside Dr. Lee at Bryan Hospital. After graduating medical school in 1969, he practiced family medicine with Drs. Harley and Schwenke, followed by 8 years of emergency medicine at Bryan Hospital, 12 years in internal medicine at the VA, and another 12 years in reviewing disability claims for the Federal Government.

During his medical preceptorship at Bryan, fate intervened with a serendipitous meeting with a med tech student Susan Russell, which he fondly recalled as “The best day of my life.” They were married on May 24, 1969. Al, an instrument-rated pilot, and Sue found joy in soaring through the skies together in a small 7770 Piper airplane. They loved spending time on their land, planting thousands of trees. Avid Husker fans, they regularly cheered on the volleyball team from the front row. Al was a financial whiz and was always keeping busy trying to surpass the performance of the S&P 500.

Al is survived by his adoring wife of 55 years, Susan, of Lincoln; his children Dr. Samantha Mack (Bryan) of Denver, Russell (Catherine) of Vail, Colorado; his grandchildren Savannah (8), and twins Claire & Hudson (6) of Denver; his brother Jack (Sheryl) of Omaha; sister-in-law Sally Russell of Cataldo, Idaho; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence & Emma Hohensee, Susan’s parents, Bill & Betty Russell, and sisters Darlene Holbert & Gladys Purcell.

He recently said “I had a really good life. My only regret is leaving Susan….”

In lieu of flowers, please send a personal note to Susan letting her know your memories of Al.

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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.

Nancy Howard Regier

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From Lincoln, Nebraska.

Born on December 7, 1945.

Passed away on May 26, 2024.

No service will be held.

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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.

Robert A. Bender

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Robert A. Bender died late May 24 or early May 25 from multiple illnesses. He was 45 years old and had been ill for several months.

Rob worked for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as an information technology help desk consultant. He had worked in a similar capacity for NTT Data.

Many who knew him thought of him as a gentle giant. Although he was 6-feet-8 and over 300 pounds, he was soft spoken and friendly.

Rob was a science fiction fan and ardently followed Star Wars and Star Trek movies and TV series. He also enjoyed computer gaming.

He graduated from Southeast High School in 1997 and received an associate’s degree from Southeast Community College in 2014.

Rob is survived by his parents, Valerie A. and John R. Bender of Lincoln.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association.

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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.

Danny W. Crosby

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Danny W. Crosby, 82, died May 27th at Gateway Vista in Lincoln. Born September 28, 1941 in Beatrice, Ne. to Daisy (Reinhart) and Dan Crosby. Danny attended Lincoln High School and served in the United States Marine Corp. until 1964.

He married Margery Christofferson (Thomas) in 1974 and was with her until her death on June 4, 2002. They had one daughter, Brandee, as well as 4 children from Margery’s first marriage, Eric, Sandi, Brian, and David.

He is survived by daughters Brandee (Ron) Williams of Lincoln, Sandi Christofferson of Des Moines, Ia. and son Brian Christofferson of Scottsbluff, Ne. Brothers Randy (Violet) Crosby and Kerry Crosby of Lincoln, and Barry Crosby of Pensacola Fl. 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margery, sons Eric and David, parents Daisy and Dan, sister Carol and brother Lonny.

Danny was cremated and his ashes placed with Marge’s as was their wish. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date. Check back for updates.

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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 D. Owens

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William Dwight Owens “Billy”, age 71, of Fairbury, NE, passed peacefully to Heaven, surrounded by his children, at 12:27 pm on Thursday, May 23, 2024, from esophageal cancer complications, at Bryan East hospital in Lincoln, NE. He was born November 5, 1952 in Beaver, OK to William B and VernaBelle (Barnett) Owens. Billy was a 1971 graduate from Tri County High School in rural DeWitt, Nebraska. He was a tough opponent in football and basketball. In 1975, he graduated from Southeast Community College, with an Applied Science degree in Welding and Metallurgy. He was a skilled welder and fabricator working in various locations. He loved to reuse and repurpose materials and was quite creative. In 1972, he married Victoria Zulauf, later divorced, and 3 children were born to this union. Billy truly lived life to the fullest and lived it on his own terms. He enjoyed rockhounding, playing marbles, going on long nature walks, fishing, and bird watching, all with his faithful dog, Dizzy, by his side. Billy had a great smile, a witty personality and a strong gentle presence that will be missed by all.

He is survived by two of his children, Shawn William Owens (fiance Ashley Jewell) of Lincoln, NE and Shelley Lynn (Bryce) Owens-Buggi of Palmyra, NE, his sister Diana Kay Owens of Beatrice, NE, six grandchildren Cade, Brayden and Ethan Owens, Apollo, Logann and Odyn Buggi.

He was preceded in death by daughter Shelby Lynn Owens in 1972, parents William B Owens in 2013 and VernaBelle (Barnett) Owens in 2014, brother Darrel Owens in 2020.

He has been cremated as per his request -“dust to dust”. His ashes will be spread and there will be no service.

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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.