Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.
James Robert Willis, 73, passed away Friday, November 4th surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born March 7, 1943 in Central City, NE to Claude and Gladys (Culbertson) Willis. He graduated from Central City High School in 1961. In 1963 Jim moved to Lincoln with his then wife Jacqulyn Herman. He worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co for 35 years. Jim received numerous awards on behalf of his work with Labor Unions and the Democratic Party. He was President of the Rubber Workers Union Local 286 and went on to become the president of the Lincoln Central Labor Union until he retired. He received the Albert W. Bauer award for achievement on behalf of organized labor and The Patriots Award from the Lancaster County Democratic Party. In 2003 he was inducted into the Nebraska State AFL-CIO Labor Leaders Hall of Fame.
Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, photography, and being with his family. He was a great father and friend.
Winfield “Scott” Sheffield, 82, of Lincoln, passed away November 1, 2016 in Lincoln. He was born May 2, 1934 in Omaha, NE to John and Veva (Gould) Sheffield. Scott was a member of D.A.V. and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie # 147, Lincoln. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.
Survived by wife, Diane; sons, Jeff (Michael Ann) Sheffield, Vine Grove, KY; Rod (Cheryl) Sheffield, Murdock, NE; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Joan (Peder) Olson, Omaha, NE.
Preceded in death by parents, 2 brothers, 1 sister and grandson, Jeremy Michael.
Michael Earl McTee, 70, of Republican City Ne died Monday Oct.31st 2016 at Tabitha in Lincoln, Ne.
Michael, also known as Shredder, was born April 20th, 1946 in Hastings, Ne to Earl and LaNore (Wahrer) McTee.
Survivors include four daughters, Jill and Rick Cockle of Lincoln Ne, Mendie McTee of Alma Ne, Abby McTee of Council Bluffs IA, Amy McTee of Shelton, Ne, two step sons, Curt and Katie Kniss of Greely Ne, Corey and Andrea Hartman of Wilber, Ne, six grandsons, Levi Cockle and (fiancé) Josie Boden, Tanner Cockle and (wife) Amanda Cockle, Colby Cockle, all from Lincoln, Ne, Myles McTee of Alma, Ne, Grayson and Nolan Meyer of Shelton, Ne.
Shannon E. (Van Ackeren) al-Hagari, 72, of Lincoln, passed away August 18, 2016 in Lincoln. Registered nurse. Graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing.
Survived by daughter, Erin O’Connor, Wilson, WY; son, Sean O’Connor, Lincoln; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Gloria Van Ackeren, Lincoln; John and Nadira Ramdial, Brooklyn Park, MN; Gerry and Nancy Van Ackeren, Lincoln; sister and brother-in-law, Jone and Glen Boland, Ellisville, MO; nieces and nephews.
Donald B. Wait, 64, of Gresham, NE, passed away August 10, 2016 in Lincoln. He was born March 20, 1952 in Seward, NE to Donald and Alice (Varner) Wait.
Survived by wife, Karla; daughters, Ashley (Skip) Henkel, Lindsey (Brandon) Tonniges; grandchildren, Charlei and Asher Henkel, Dillon and Gradyn Tonniges; siblings, Steven (Wendy) Wait, Patricia (Joel) Hayse; nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones.
Preceded in death by parents and infant brother.
Beatrice "Ann" Bures, beloved mother and grandmother, 64, of Waverly, passed away August 3, 2016. Ann loved her family, reading, running and the 4th of July.
She is survived by her children Heidi (Bud) Bowlin, Amanda (Steve) Termaat; five wonderful grandchildren Zach Bowlin, Reagan Bowlin, Jaden Termaat, Avery Termaat, Gavin Termaat; two sisters, one brother, many nieces and nephews.
Donald R. Clair, 91, of Lincoln, passed away July 26, 2016 in Lincoln. Born February 20, 1925 in Barberton, OH to Ira and Myrtle (Lipscomb) Clair.
On July 17th the world lost a most uniquely beautiful, social person, Colleen Burden. Colli, as most people knew her, was born Marjorie Colleen Kelly on October 1951. She, her sister Joan and brother, who died at age twelve, had M.D. a rare genetic problem that weakens the skeletal muscles. This left Colli’s and Joanie’s brains compensating in mentally active lives, making up for their lack of physical mobility. Colli grew up around ideas presented to her by her intellectually active parents, magazines, informational TV programs and newspapers. Colli’s dad often put her and her sister in the back seat of their car and took them for outing drives around Lincoln and regularly to drive-inns to eat at. She took two early vacations with her parents that expanded her horizons. Colli had public home school teachers take her through high school, offering flexibility to take advanced and alternative studies. An almost daily interaction occurred with many close interesting family friends that made frequent pilgrimages to their parent’s home. She grew up communication nearly all with adults. Colli started without help making photographic oil paintings as an expression of her sense of beauty, to the time she could no longer support the brushes. Colli grew up literally daily sitting and working from her bed until the age of twenty-six when she got her first wheel chair and moved out with more independent mobility into the larger world. Colli then traveled everywhere with her husband Jim, coast to coast in her wheel chair on Amtrak, airplane, commercial truck and van trips, seeing most of the US in great detail. Colli met and conversed with tens of thousands of people selling everything to them doing interview and cold call work and being a receptionist with three companies and the Nebraska Game and Parks where she worked for 23 years. Colli worked hard, often holding down two jobs to make ends meet. Her life was full of thousands of adventures, struggles and activities of all kinds. Colli loved art and beautiful things, starting the Bed and Breakfast to “offer beauty to other people”, in her words. Colli loved people and this love and this love and interest she took in the details of their lives will be remembered by thousands who had the joy of meeting her joyful life. Colli is the last surviving member of her father’s family. Colli is survived by the members of the Jim Burden family and all the hundreds of friends who’s lives she personally touched and added to. Colli we will greatly miss the irreplaceable unique you.
Thomas Andrew “Tom” Rogers, 65, of Lincoln, died Feb. 29, 2016.
Geraldine L. Bennett, 86, of Lincoln, died June 8, 2016 in Lincoln. She was born June 3, 1930 at Chester, NE to Gerald and Iva Marcelle (Walton) Snook. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge.
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