Robert H. Beck

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4/23/1925 – 2/16/2017

Preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years and 16 days, Mary Lou (Nelson) Beck; Grandparents: Alexander U. and Mary A. Beck; Parents: Henry L. and Lillian M. Beck; Sister: Shirley Ann Beck; Grandson: Robert N. Azer. Survived by Sons: Henry D. Beck, Robert A. Beck, and David L. Beck; Daughters: Catherine S. Azer, Mary A. Safarik, and Margaret L. Slater; 11 Grandchildren and 14 Great-grandchildren. Born and raised in Omaha into the Beck family of a prominent Omaha Building Contractor. Attended Omaha Central High School, was active in all Classroom Studies, in ROTC, the Commander of the 1943 Flag Company, and on the Stage Crew as the Head Electrician for 4 years, graduating as a member of the National Honors Society and received the World Herald Scholarship in 1943. He enlisted, prior to graduation and his 18th birthday, in the US Naval Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet V5. At the close of the war and his service flying in the Naval Air Corps, he enrolled at Iowa State College, graduating in 1948. While in college, he married his Omaha sweetheart, Mary Lou Nelson, who at that time, was also a student at Iowa State. He was under contract, prior to graduation, with the School District of Omaha, to return to Omaha to teach at Central High School and to become Director of School House Construction for the District. During his 20 years of service with the school district, he created the Educational Design Requirements and the Construction Documents for the Architect for each new facility, and also inspected in detail the construction of 23 new Elementary, 10 Junior, and 1 Senior High School buildings, and the additions to 3 existing High Schools and 26 Elementary School facilities. After his 20 year service to the School District, he went into private enterprise work, retiring as a Vice President of a local architecture firm. He was active with their family in their home, school, and church activities, and their travel and camping vacations. He enjoyed working in his wood shop at home, was active in amateur radio activities and in antique car restoration and their operation. He was also active in the Dundee Presbyterian Church, serving as a Deacon and Trustee. It was at this church, when both were in high school, that he first met Mary Lou, who one day would become his wife, his life, and the ‘main stay’ of their family for 63 years and 16 days.

Visitation Monday 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Roeder Mortuary – 108th Street Chapel; Service 11:00 AM Tuesday (2/21/2017) at Dundee Presbyterian Church 5312 Underwood Avenue Omaha, Nebraska, Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery Omaha, Nebraska

Memorials to the Robb Azer UNO Scholarship Fund or Dundee Presbyterian Church

Steve Turner

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7/15/1951 – 2/16/2017

Omaha – Preceded in death by Son: Michael Turner; Survived by Wife of 45 years: Kathy Turner; Children: Christopher (Brandi) Turner, Alisha (Kevin) Mitchell; Grandchildren: Caleb, Violet, Janie; Mother: Judy Turner; Brothers: David (Becky) Turner, Robert (Tanya) Turner; Many nieces, nephews, other loving family, and friends.

Memorial Service 11:00 AM Monday (2/20/2017) at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N. 108th Street Omaha, Nebraska

Memorials may be directed to the family

Audrey E. Kienast

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Audrey Elizabeth Kienast, age 88 of Omaha passed away on February 16, 2017. Audrey was born in Carroll, Iowa to Frank and Bertha (Strunk) Massman.  Audrey graduated from Westside High School. She married Elmer Kienast on September 17, 1949 in Manning, Iowa. She is preceded in death by her son-in-law: Dennis Irwin and brother: Donald. Audrey is survived by her husband: Elmer, children: James D. Hulsebus (Judy), Daniel J. Kienast (Patricia), and Janeen M. Irwin (Bill Segebart); 9-grandchildren; 9-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and family.

Visitation: Monday, Feb. 20th from 2-3pm with Funeral Service at 3:00p.m. at Roeder Mortuary – Gretna Chapel, 11710 Standing Stone Dr. Interment: Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 185th and Q Street, Omaha, NE. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Daniel G. Manning

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10/7/1932 – 2/15/2017

Of Omaha, survived by wife Ruth, children David (Lisa), Jody Manning (Brian Stutheit),  grandchildren Lauren, Catherine, Sean, Colin, Aliya, Zachary,  many family and friends. Preceded in death by parents and siblings.  Retired from the Corp of Engineers after 32 years and loved working at Canfields in his retirement.
Visitation Sunday 3-5 PM with Prayer Service 5:00 PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Celebration of Life Service Monday (2/20/17) 11:00 AM at Lord of Love Lutheran Church 10405 Fort Street Omaha, NE. In Lieu of Flowers Memorials to Lord of Love Lutheran Church.

Gary F. Byrne

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10/21/1940 – 2/8/2017

76, of Omaha – Survived by wife Karen, sons Erin (Patti), Brendan (Debbie Hupp), grandchildren Kelly & Shannon, sister Carolyn Byrne, half-sisters Barbara Spoden and Pamela Dykeman, and family & friends. Gary was a red-blooded, hard-working Vietnam veteran with a mirrored pride in his Irish heritage who was preceded in death by his loyal canine companion, Angus.

Celebration of Life is being held at Tiger Tom’s Pub, 7103 Military Avenue, Omaha, NE on February 19th, 2017 from 3 to 5 p.m. Memorials suggested to Nebraska Humane Society of Omaha and Creighton Preparatory High School. Private graveside services being held at a later date.

Paula D. Shields

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5/6/1959 – 2/7/2017

Omaha – Preceded in death by Father: Dave Shields; Survived by Mother: Beulah Shields; Life Partner: John Harding; Son: Phillip Schwandt; Daughter: Deborah Schwandt; Grandchildren: David J. Roland, Angelina V. Schwandt; Siblings: Curtis Shields, Pam (Alex) Mueller, Caryn (Randy) Baumer, Lee (Sue) Shields, Mari (Robert) Hangman, Dave Shields; And many loving Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and other loving family and Friends.

  Memorial Service 1:00 PM Saturday (2/18/2017) at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N. 108th St Omaha, NE

Thomas L. Perrigo

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7/9/1944 – 2/13/2017

Of Omaha, survived by wife Mary Perrigo, children Brian (Ann) Perrigo, Kris (Ron) Steiner,  Diane Leonard, grandchildren Kyleigh, McKenna, Ashton,  Teaghan, Gracyn, Heather, Logan, Duncan, Haley, Peyton, Delaney, Laura (Brad), Elizabeth, David, great granddaughter Amelia, brother Marion (Dee), brother in law John (Deb) Stanton, many family and friends.
Visitation Thursday 5-7 PM Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE., Funeral Service Friday (2/17/17) 11:00 AM Covenant Presbyterian Church 15002 Blondo Street Omaha, NE. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Harold “Hal” McMinn

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9/22/1923 – 2/13/2017

Omaha – Harold Kyle McMinn passed away of natural causes on February 13, 2017 at age 93.  Hal was born in Buffalo, Oklahoma on September 22, 1923.  His early life was forged in the hard times of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl years of the 1930’s.  Hal was only ten years old when his father died.  At age 11, he was already working at the town bakery to help support his large family.  It was at Buffalo High School that he met his beloved wife of 73 years, Ruby Moore, and married her in 1942.  A year later, Hal was drafted into the U.S. Army.

Hal became a 32nd degree Mason while in Salt Lake City.  He later took great joy as a Shrine clown in Omaha.  He was known as The Joker and he went out of his way to help people and expected nothing in return.  He was awarded the Bronze Jordan Medal of Honor as the oldest member of Shiloh Lodge.  Hal was an accomplished woodworker and lifelong learner who loved to travel.  He was a man of integrity and loved to tell jokes.  He will always be remembered with laughter. He was also an active resident of the Immanuel Village Community.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby.  He is survived by his 4 children and their spouses: Chuck (Sally), Doug (Jan), Brad (Gail), and Kay Glidden (Rob); 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  Hal and Ruby always dedicated themselves to their family.

 Memorial Service 2:00 PM Thursday (2/16/2017) at Immanuel Village Community Room 6803 N. 68th Plaza Omaha, Nebraska 

 In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to The Omaha Home for Boys.

Christine “Chris” Nimps

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6/2/1962 – 2/10/2017

Age 54 of Omaha – Preceded in death by Parents: Phil & Diane Gibilisco; Sister: Karen Gibilisco; Survived by Husband of 33 years: Gary Nimps; Children: Jared Nimps (Katie Fester), Kathy Hubbard (DJ), Erin Franks (DeAngelo), Ashlee Crain (Martez); Grandchildren: Kaden, Sean, Jaxson, Haleigh, & Jensen; Siblings: Mike Gibilisco (Pat), Cheri Ramirez (Manny), Cindy Gibilisco, Sue Davis (Jeff); And numerous Nieces, Nephews, & in-Laws.

Visitation with Family Tuesday 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N. 108th Street; Memorial Service 10:30 AM Wednesday (2/15/2017) at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church 3601 N. 65th Street Omaha, NE

Memorials to ALS Association, Mid-America Chapter 10730 Pacific St. Ste 103 Omaha, NE 68114

Eleanor M. (Koke) Pratt

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7/9/1934 – 2/14/2017

Retired Teacher from Gretna Public Schools. Eleanor M. Pratt was born July 9, 1934 in Omaha, Nebraska to Joseph and Frances Koke. She attended District 26 Country School, Gretna High School, St Mary’s College and continued her education to receive a Masters Degree in Education. She had a life long career as a teacher with 35 years at Gretna Elementary School. She married Harlow E. Pratt on June 29, 1957 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Gretna. She was also a faithful member there, being a Eucharistic Minister and serving many funeral dinners (famous for her deviled eggs). She was an active volunteer with Gretna Optimist, Gretna Neighbors, many Christmas Giving Trees, Member of 55+ Club, Red Hat Ladies, American Legion Auxilary and Retired Teachers. She received many awards: Citizen of the Year 2006, Optimist of the Year 1999-2000 & 2002-2003, Irish Person of the Year 2013, Worthy Woman of the Year 2011, Achievement in Education Award 1992, and a 35 Year Congratulatory Award from Gov. Ben Nelson, to name a few. She passed away at Silver Ridge Assisted Living February 14, 2017. She truly enjoyed her family and friends and she will be greatly missed by all. Eleanor was Preceded in Death by Husband: Harlow E. Pratt Parents: Joseph & Frances Koke. Survived by Sisters: Doris Royal – Springfield, Ne. Darlene Kreifels – Lincoln, Ne. JoAnn Aschoff – West Point, Ne. Brother: Jack & Gloria Koke – Gretna, Ne. Many Nieces, Nephews & Host of Other Relatives & Friends. Visitation: Thursday(2/16/2017) 5:00PM – 7:00 PM with a Rosary: at 7:00 PM all at at St. Patrick Catholic Church  – 508 Angus Street. Funeral Service Friday (2/17/2017) 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church – 508 Angus Street, Gretna Nebraska. Interment Lincoln Memorial Park,6800 S. 14th St. Lincoln Nebraska at 2:00 PM. In Lieu of Flowers Memorials to Gretna School Foundation,Volunteer Firefighters Scholarship Fund, or Family Choice.

Roeder Mortuary, Inc. – Gretna Chapel

11710 Standing Stone – Gretna, NE – 402-332-0090