Jan 29, 1940 - Nov 11, 2023
Jan 16, 1969 - Nov 27, 2023
Jason F. Van Buskirk, age 54, passed away unexpectedly with his loving wife by his side. Born January 16th, 1969, in Chicago, IL to Francis & Artus (Doren) Van Buskirk. Jason was a free spirit, spending much of his time gardening, attending rock concerts, and trying new foods. He was an avid cheesecake and dessert baker, and it brought him great joy to share his creations with loved ones. His family meant everything to him, and he made sure everyone around him enjoyed and noticed the little things in life. He had a curious nose and a keen eye for all things beautiful in nature; never leaving a flower unsniffed. Jason stood at 6'7", a looming figure never to be missed in a crowd. He wasn't afraid to strike up a conversation with anyone. With a boisterous laugh and a gentle soul, Jason left an impact on everyone he met. His smile and vibrant energy will be greatly missed. In Jason's early life, he was a drummer in a band and enjoyed playing hockey with his brother. He was a videographer, capturing everything from weddings to commercials. He loved filming the perfect shot. Later in life, Jason started working with his wife, Amy, at Pizza Ranch where he left a legacy of pursuing excellence. The customers loved him; his coworkers looked up to him. Jason is survived by his wife, Amy Culver-Van Buskirk, his children, Jacob and Jessica Van Buskirk, his parents, sister, Jennifer Van Buskirk, brother, Jeffrey Van Buskirk, and many other relatives and friends. Cremation and a celebration of life have taken place.
Died : Nov 30, 2023
Lloyd Benal 1935-2023Lloyd Frank Benal, 88, died on Thursday, November 30, 2023. After growing up in Wahoo, Nebraska, Lloyd served in the Navy then earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska. He retired following a career at Federal Crop Insurance. Lloyd loved spending time with his family and staying active, especially running. He was a longtime parishioner at St. John the Apostle Catholic church. Lloyd is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn (Meduna); daughter, Ann Hoffmann (Jeff) of Minneapolis; son Greg of Lincoln; sister Norma Chvatal; and grandchildren Christopher and Caroline Hoffmann. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Irene (Wirka); and brothers Leo and Dale Services pending.
May 31, 1946 - Nov 20, 2023
Suzanne Marie (Dort) Kirkland, passed away November 20, 2023. She was 77 years old. Sue was born May 31,1946 to Douglas and Eileen (Donley) Dort. Sue was raised in Lincoln and graduated from Southeast High School in 1964. She went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity. She absolutely loved her family, friends and meeting new people. Professionally, she worked for years in law office administration, followed by her most rewarding tenure as Assistant Dean & Director of Career Services at the University of Nebraska, College of Law. She began her public service career as Clerk of the District Court for Lancaster County, where she was elected three times. As busy as she was being a full-time career woman and single Mom, she still made time to volunteer for many political campaigns, serve on the board of her beloved Delta Gamma as their House Corporation President, Junior League of Lincoln and on the Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime. She is survived by her son, Matthew (Jennifer) Kirkland and daughter, Karie (Rich) McKinley. Her grandchildren, Patrick (Kelly) Kirkland, great granddaughter Penelope Kirkland, Kaley (Reid) Walker, Charlie and Teddie Kirkland, Kate Overstreet, Nick Overstreet and Shannon (Andrew Zahn) McKinley and Shawn McKinley. She will also be missed by her siblings, Stephanie (John) Bryn and Nancy (Larry) Rossow and nieces and nephews, Brandon (Nicole) Bryn, Kristina (Grant) Nolan and Marie and Mara Rossow. She is preceded in death by parents, Douglas M. and Eileen M. Dort and brother, Michael D. Dort. The service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 3pm. Followed by the "Suelebration of Life" at The Country Club of Lincoln, 4pm. Memorials in Sue's honor may be made to: Rainbow House, 7825 Farnum Drive, Omaha, NE 68114 & Center for People, 3901 North 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68521
Mar 17, 1932 - Nov 13, 2023
Robert Dean Ficke was born to Edgar and Elsie Ficke on March 17, 1932, in Seward, Nebraska. Bob was the first born of three children and was joined by his brother Don and sister Marlene. Early in life, Bob moved with his family to a farm 2 1/2 miles north of Pleasant Dale, Nebraska. While on the farm Bob attended country schools in District 64. The family then moved to Garland, Nebraska where Bob attended country grade school through the 8th grade, at which point the family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. In Lincoln, Bob attended Irving Junior High School and Lincoln High School. Bob then went on to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where in 1954 he received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. During his college days, Bob was in the Army Reserve Officer's Training Corp and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. Bob graduated artillery school at Fort Sills, Oklahoma. He then transferred to Fort Carson, Colorado and graduated from Army School, and later received a First Lieutenant's commission. Bob and Shirley were married in 1956 in Shirley's hometown of Wray, Colorado. The couple made their home in Lincoln, where Shirley began a long career as a music teacher and Bob initially worked for First Trust Company. Bob went on to join First Federal Savings and Loan where he worked until his retirement, attaining the position of Chief Real Estate Appraiser. Bob had become a certified appraiser and a Member of the Appraisal Institute, earning the prestigious "MAI" designation. Bob served as president of the Nebraska Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. In retirement, Bob was a life member of the Appraisal Institute and enjoyed the lifetime professional designation of MAI-SRA. Bob and Shirley were married 67 years and blessed with four loving children, Gerald (Mary Pat) Ficke, Lisa (Vaughn) Dilley, John (Linda) Ficke and Tom Ficke. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Elizabeth (Derek) Shaner, Wallace (Laura) Dilley, Kara Ficke, Leah (Jared) Sveen, Caroline (Eric) Johnson, Caitlin (Jimmy) Lowe, Carly (Dylan) McDermott, Claire Ficke and Hattie (Trent) Kingsley. And don't forget the eighteen great grandchildren! Bob was kind, easy to love, and the consummate gentleman. He was a solid citizen, seriously embracing his professional and family responsibilities. He was a fan of Runza, Valentino's pizza and the Huskers. He was an excellent listener and a font of wisdom. Bob enjoyed hunting pheasant and quail (he was a great shot), and every year took his family to Pleasant Lake near Hackensack, Minnesota to fish, ski, boat, swim and listen to the loons. He was a loving father, and always there for his children, especially in their hour of need. Bob loved Shirley dearly, and relied upon her strength, especially in his later years. We will all miss Bob, and we look forward to seeing him again in heaven. Memorials to the Shirley V. Ficke Music Scholarship Fund at Pius X High School in Lincoln NE, or donor's choice. Viewing to be held on Monday, November 20 from 1pm to 7pm. . . family members will be present from 4-5pm. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 21 at 11am. . . lunch will be served immediately following. Both the viewing and memorial service will be held at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 40th and A Streets Lincoln, NE. After the luncheon, a burial service with military honors will be held at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery located at 6800 S 14th Street, Lincoln, NE.
Jan 29, 1940 - Nov 11, 2023
Larry D. Reifschneider, 83, passed away at home, Saturday, November 11, 2023. Larry was born in Lincoln on January 29, 1940, to Conrad and Marie (Becker) Reifschneider. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957, and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Larry was a career salesman which included Motion Industries, Kelso, and running his own cleaning supply business. He was lover of the great American automobile. He restored several cars to perfection, and proudly showed them winning over fifty awards. One of Larry's great joys was following NASCAR events and attending Sprint Car Races. As a loyal Nebraska Huskers fan, he is a season ticket holder for football and volleyball. He remains a member of the Hickman Masonic Lodge #256, and was Worshipful Master in 1980 and 1981. Larry was a member of Scottish Rite, Sesostris Shrine, participating in Little Cars, Bug Patrol and Rag Tops. Larry is survived by his wife Deanna (Bruns) Reifschneider, his sister Connie Maul, his son Scott, his daughters Michelle Reifschneider and Sheri (husband Andy) Riddle, son John (wife Donna), step son DJ Northcott, brother-in-law Dan Bruns (wife Becky Rodes), former wife Carolyn (Mandary) Linke. Grandchildren include: Brandon Reifschneider, Andrew and Cody Riddle, Cali and Jena Reifschneider, Sierra Mizell and Grace Northcott. Larry is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Norma Boles. Larry was a member of Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Road where his Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, November 16 at 11:00 am. Visitation is Wednesday, Nov 15 at Butherus Maser and Love funeral home, 4040 A St, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the family present. There will be a Masonic Service following the visitation at 7:00 pm. Memorials are suggested to Sheridan Lutheran Church (c/o Readiness Fund), Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Humane Society. www. bmlfh. com
Jul 03, 1934 - Nov 07, 2023
Carol Rogers Teale was born July 3, 1934 to Rev and Mrs. John Milton Rogers in Baltimore, MD. She had an older sister Judy (Sam) Johnson and nephew Roger Johnson. Rogers daughter Le'lis (Dale) Lydigsen Carol met Robert (Bob) Edward Teale in her father's new church at age 15. Bob, 19, was singing a solo in the choir. Carol wrote on the bulletin that she was going to marry that man and handed it to her mother. Three years later they married. They added 2 sons to the marriage. John Edward, who died at the age of 27 in a tragic accident. Michael David who married Diane (Imlay) Bridger along with her 3 children Tanaya, Torry and Dale Bridger. Carol and Bob immediately adopted them into their hearts! Michael & Diane added two more grandchildren Jenae Teale & John Edward Teale II Carol grew up with her nephew Roger Johnson, who was closer in age so more like her brother. They have stayed in close contact through the years. It was almost immediately after delivering Rogers message to tell her he loved her very much and give her a kiss, that she breathed her last. Carol had a large family on Bob's side as well. Bob's sister Patricia (Pat) married to Warren B. French. Their 4 children Anne (Jeff) Dalke Cindy (Grigg) Mullen Warren ( Chip) French II Chris ( Rhonda) French And many nieces, nephews It has been shared by many who knew them, that Bob and Carol were always together. That is so true. Bob and Carol, Mom & Dad, and Mamaw and Poppy as they were affectionately called, were rarely apart. Carol was a Den Mother for Cub scouts for both their boys. I'm sure she treated all of them as her own. She loved to crochet and made Michael and Diane and each of the grandchildren and their first child, an Afghan blanket before arthritis stopped her. She also made Afghans for the pregnancy centers and hospitals. Carol traveled and spoke for the Stonecroft Ministries (Christian Woman's Club) for 18 yrs giving her testimony. Both Bob and Carol sang in the group Prime Timers and enjoyed playing in the skits. After moving from Virginia to Bennet, Ne. to be closer to family, Carol and Bob got involved with Bennett builders. Carol was the Treasurer for a time. They also enjoyed time with the Bennett senior group and made several dear friends. Carol loved helping people. Always wanting to make sure people were happy and well cared for. She would take people shopping and to appointments and was a good listening ear. Carol cared for her Mother-in-law Gladys, her dear friend Julia Ann who had cancer and she also helped in caring for her sister Judy and brother in law Sam during their illnesses. Carol continued blessing many at the Legacy independent and later the assisted living community after Bob's death in 2022. One of her closest friends was Soni who recently passed as well. We are grateful for her friendship with Mom! Carol and Bob always came up with the most unique gifts for the grandchildren through the years and loved them dearly. Having 9 great grandchildren was the icing on the cake to her! And. , one on the way, she was told two days before her passing, that it was due July 4th, one day after Mamaw's birthday. Jenae said "Mamaw's face just lit up!" She enjoyed giving the babies rides in her motor chair all over the Legacy and down to feed the fish in the pond. They will miss her! Carol is survived by her son Michael and (daughter in Love as she called her) Diane Teale Grandchildren: Tanaya (Jeremy) Locke Torry (Christina) Bridger Dale (Emily) Bridger Jenae (Carl) Brugger John Edward (Jamie) Teale II Great grandchildren: Bailey & El