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Mary Rosalie Rowell

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Mary Rosalie Rowell (Johnson) entered into rest on June 24th, 2024 at the age of 66 at home. The Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, July 1st, 2024, at 11:00 AM at the Lincoln Berean Church, at 6400 S 70th St, Lincoln, NE, 68516. Memorials can be mailed to Delray Rowell at 1640 SW 32nd Street Lincoln, NE 68522. The children will choose an organization at a later date for contribution in Mary’s name.

Mary was born in Lincoln, NE on December 11, 1957, to Bobbie and Doreen Johnson. Mary attended Wymore High School and graduated in 1976. Shortly after graduation, she started working in DeWitt at Peterson Manufacturing, which later would be known as American Tool. This is where she met her husband of 28 years, Delmar Rowell. During her early years, she loved spending time with her siblings and watching her father, a local Hall of Fame Race Car driver, race all over the local area.

In the summer of 1982, Mary delivered twins, Delray and Desiree. Becoming a mother was the highlight of her life, in January of 1983 she would marry Delmar. The family lived in Dewitt, Nebraska for approximately ten years before moving to Plymouth.

In the years to come, she would frequent Wil-Bowl Lanes and enjoy the comradery of her fellow teammates and coworkers. Mary and Delmar would often join friends and family in playing cards, joining pool, dart and shuffleboard leagues, and other various activities.

Several years later she left the DeWitt American Tool and went to work in Beatrice at American Tool’s sister facility Quick-Grip. It is here that she and her son Delray would work together for a year or so before he went off to college in 2001. Shortly after Delray started college, the American Tool company changed hands, and several of the employees including Mary took this opportunity to go to college and focus on other careers. Mary enrolled at Southeast Community College in Beatrice and earned her associate’s degree in the Office Professional program. One of the things Mary was most grateful for was that she and her son went to SCC in Beatrice at the same time and they could take the Public Speaking course together making this course a lot more comfortable for both of them.

After graduation, she later took a position at the Farmers Cooperative in Fairbury, and eventually found her permanent location in Wilber, Nebraska. Her nineteen years of dedication and hard work ethic paved her path to retirement which was set to take place in early 2025.

Mary was able to enjoy several trips with Delmar before he passed away from cancer in 2011. The two loved going to ball games, especially to Kaufman Stadium to watch the Kansas City Royals, and Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs. What Mary loved most was being a mom and grandma. Luke and Desi had four girls and Mary was a very active participant and never turned down an opportunity to watch her grandchildren participate in their various sports and other activities. From numerous soccer games to dance recitals, Mary was there. The Family knew Mary as “Sissy.” This was her nickname growing up. It stuck and numerous family members referred to her this way. She would always lend a hand, offer kind words, be a shoulder to cry on, or just listen. She was loved by many.

Mary enjoyed her coworkers as they were a big part of her life. She knew everyone who worked there and those who often stopped by. She knew their name(s) and so much more. She cared deeply for those around her and those in her community.

Preceded in death by her husband Delmar, parents Bobbie and Doreen; brother Greg Johnson. Survived by her two children; Delray (Matt) Rowell of Lincoln, NE; Desiree (Luke) Derowitsch of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren Alexis, McKenzie, Katelyn, and Maddie; sister Bobbi Johnson of Beatrice, NE; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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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 L. Robinson

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ROBERT (BOB) ROBINSON (OUTDOOR BOB)

Bob was born near the Golden Gate Bridge right after the mid-twentieth century.  Four years later his favorite (and only) sister, Janet, was born.  Growing up, Bob, with his family, lived in several of the states west of the Rockies.  The family was blessed with love and experiences that showed the strength of an experiment in welcoming all.  Public education and public libraries were important to Bob and family.

In 1966, Bob’s father, John, died in his home state of Oregon. Trudy (Bob’s mother) moved the family to her hometown, Omaha.  Trudy/Tootie was a model of the Golden Rule. Bob was a Benson graduate and received his bachelor of arts from the University of Nebraska. Bob worked in Downtown Lincoln and loved it! Bob met Jennifer Rose at KZUM Community Radio and loved her more!

Bob enjoyed the friendship of so many that their names are numbered in the stars. Bob’s extended family members include those with last names of Barnes and Sanford, Clark, Youngman, Winkelhake, Twyman, Pachman, Parker, and of course, Lyons and the “out-laws”.

Bob is to be cremated.  Bob requested no services.  Bob would like family and friends to keep doing good things for other people.

Special appreciation to HoriSun Hospice, Methodist Hospital (6 North team), St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and to Dr. Matthew Shupe of Nebraska Hematology Oncology.

Memorials are suggested to KZUM Lincoln 89.3 FM, 3534 So. 48th St, Suite 6, Lincoln, NE, 68506 (kzum.org)

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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.

Mary Rilling

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From Lincoln, Nebraska.

Born on July 17, 1971.

Passed away on May 9, 2024.

No service information 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.

Harold James Roeker

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Harold James Roeker (76) passed away April 3, 2024 after many years of illness due to Agent Orange exposure in VietNam. During his final weeks he resided at Tabitha Journey House in Lincoln, NE. A Celebration of Life will be held on July, 28 2024 at 2:00 PM; Forest Lake Estates Clubhouse, 6834 Summerset Court Lincoln, NE 68516.

Harold was born in North Dakota July 24, 1947, to Clifford and Agnes Roeker with the help of a mid-wife. Harold and his siblings grew up on a farm outside LaMoure, North Dakota (about 50 miles west of Fargo). Harold was the third of seven children.

Harold graduated from LaMoure High School in 1965.  He completed trade school programs in Heating and Air Conditioning and became an Electrician.

Harold decided to enlist in the Army rather than waiting to be drafted.  He said he wanted to get his military service over so he could get on with his life.  After returning from VietNam he finished his education and received his B.A. in Archaeology from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Harold began contract work as an Archaeology Tech for the National Park Service.  As destiny would have it he soon got a job offer at Midwest Archaeology Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Again as destiny would have it he met a nice young woman and a couple of years later Jodene Renae Schwindt and Harold were married in a garden wedding on the first day of fall in 1996. He didn’t have much time to miss North Dakota because he was a perfect fit for our family.  We kept him busy living the same kind of life style and activities and family life he grew up with in North Dakota! Jodene’s father & the rest of her family all instantly fell in love with Harold too. He fit in perfectly! Hunting, fishing, making bullets, fixing cars, fixing things around the house, and Harold was an excellent cook!

Alas, the effects of Agent Orange exposure in VietNam began manifesting in Harold’s body.  First diabetes shortly after he started working at the National Park Service.  Then other inflammatory diseases; Rheumatoid arthritis rash erupted on his birthday, July 24th, the day of our new house warming party. Then recurring bronchitis and pneumonia that much later was finally diagnosed as asthma.  No one seemed to know, when they were wading in pesticides up to their ankles in VietNam in 1967, where it would lead.  Harold retired on disability from the National Park Service in 2008. The life story of so many young men like Harold who could weld & build, & fix anything in the house or car; hunt for their supper after making their own bullets; shear sheep, spin yarn and knit sweaters; and most of all of these skills, chip arrowheads, and research the history of our land and our country.  A generation of men dying off too soon.

Harold was a very good man, one of the most honest people I ever knew; he was very kind, and funny.  He was loved by everyone he came in contact with and I will miss him.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents and brother William. Also by Jodee’s parents Mildred Schwindt and Fred and Betty Schwindt. Harold is survived by his brothers, Kenneth (son Kent and daughter Amanda), David (son Brian) and Richard and by his sisters Caroline and Ruth (daughter Jessica and son Phillip). Jodee’s 3 sisters and their families:  Marjorie Abelbeck, Collette Schwindt, (son Tony Menefee, grandchildren Nick & Luke Menefee), Colleen Kadavy (spouse David Kadavy, sons Bob (Mara) & Brad Walton (Amanda), grandchildren Evija and Lilija Walton).

Memorials in Harold’s name may be sent to:
The Vet’s Center: 211 South 84th St., Lincoln, Nebraska  68510 or
Max Raven Animal Rescue: 4516 Sherman St., Lincoln, NE 68506

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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.