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Ted E. Dillow

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Ted E. Dillow; Bar Executive, 62 Published: July 17, 1992


Ted E. Dillow, executive director of the Nebraska State Bar Association since 1976, was killed early Tuesday when his car ran off the road near Wisner, Neb., the local authorities reported. He was 62 years old and lived in Wahoo.

Mr. Dillow was president of John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo from 1967 until it closed in 1975. At the bar association he started programs to provide legal aid to the poor.

Mr. Dillow, a native of Tennessee and a graduate of the University of Dubuque and Dubuque Theological Seminary, was also an ordained Presbyterian minister.

Mr. Dillow is survived by his wife, Connie Dillow; a son, Eric Dillow of Minot, N.D., and three daughters, Tanya McArtor of Grant, Neb., Tamra Spykstra of Portland, Ore., and Tori Dillow of Lincoln.

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John L. Landen, Jr

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John L. Landen, Jr. ( Oct 5, 1944 - Mar 4, 2011)
passed away at his home Friday, March 4, 2011.

Preceded in death by his mother Patricia Ann Landen. Survived by his wife Mary Jo Landen; children, Meghan Corrine Landen, D.V.M., and Matthew Charles Landen; father John "Jack" Landen, Sr.; sisters, Mary Brendis, Leslie Militti; uncles, C.L. "Micky" (Mary) Landen, Jr., Michael "Mick" Guilfoyle; aunt Jean Guilfoyle; nieces, nephews and many cousins.
CELEBRATION of LIFE SERVICE Wednesday, March 9, 11am at the 72nd Street Chapel. Inurnment, Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Nebraska Game and Parks; University of Nebraska Rodeo Association; or your favorite charity. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIES
1010 North 72nd St., 402-391-1664

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John L. Landen, Jr.

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John L. Landen Jr.

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Landen, John L., Jr.
Oct 5, 1944 - Mar 4, 2011
Preceded in death by his mother Patricia Ann Landen. Survived by his wife Mary Jo Landen; children, Meghan Corrine Landen, D.V.M., and Matthew Charles Landen; father John "Jack" Landen, Sr.; sisters, Mary Brendis, Leslie Militti; uncles, C.L. "Micky" (Mary) Landen, Jr., Michael "Mick" Guilfoyle; aunt Jean Guilfoyle; nieces, nephews and many cousins.

CELEBRATION of LIFE SERVICE Wednesday 11am at the 72nd Street Chapel. Inurnment, Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Nebraska Game and Parks; University of Nebraska Rodeo Association; or your favorite charity.

1010 North 72nd St., 402-391-1664

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Lloyd Herbener

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Lloyd W. Herbener


HERBENER, Lloyd W., Feb 26, 1929 - Mar 2, 2011.  Preceded in death by parents, Adam and Alice Herbener; brothers, Merrill and Richard; sister, Marilyn Meyers.  Survived by wife, Bonnie Herbener; sons: Jeffery (Debbie), Steven and David (Ann); daughters: Catherine Herbener (William McMullen), Wendy Mehne, Corinne Mittag and Sara Deitering (Keith); 14 grandchildren.


The family will receive friends Friday, 5 pm - 7 pm at the West Center Chapel.  

MEMORIAL SERVICES Saturday, 12:30 pm, West Center Chapel. 

Private interment, Hillcrest.


Memorial may be directed to the family.



Mortuaries and Crematories

7805 West Center Road

Omaha, Nebraska 68124

(402) 391-3900



Longtime Children's Square employee, 'quiet hero' will be missed
By Tim Johnson, Staff Writer, tjohnson@nonpareilonline.com
Published: Friday, March 4, 201111:01 AM CST
A longtime Children’s Square USA employee has died.

Lloyd Herbener, 82, director of planned giving, died unexpectedly early Wednesday at his home in LaVista, Neb.

“It’s a big loss for Children’s Square and for Lloyd’s friends and family,” said Bill Ramsey, who worked with Herbener as a board member and board chairman. He called Herbener a “good friend and quiet hero.”

“He’s kind of a quiet hero, I would call him – never seeking any praise for himself, ever,” he said. “It always was in the name of and for the good of Children’s Square. We will all miss him.”

Carol Wood, CEO of Children’s Square, said Herbener was “a gentle man in the true sense.”

“Family was extremely important to him,” she said. “I always enjoyed hearing the stories of his family and his grandkids.”

Herbener joined the staff as director of planned giving on
Aug. 11, 1997, she said.

“In this capacity, he has cultivated many relationships and assisted individuals and couples in their thinking about charitable gifts both today and as a part of estate planning,” she said in an e-mail message. “Gift planning such as this takes years and years to mature. The seeds Lloyd has planted in his 13-plus years of service in this organization are ones that will be realized in future years. We will miss Lloyd, as will the many friends and donors with whom he worked.”

Said Ramsey, “He has done an excellent job of keeping track of our good friends who have been supporting Children’s Square all through the years. I’ve always admired his tenacious abilities on this kind of work. He’s helped in many other ways, as well – a real trooper, in that sense, and very faithful to the mission of Children’s Square.”

Herbener is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sons Jeffrey (wife, Debbie), Steven and David (wife, Ann); daughters Catherine Herbener (husband, William McMullen), Wendy Mehne, Corinne Mittag and Sara Deitering (husband, Keith); and 14 grandchildren.

The family will receive guests tonight from 5 to 7 at West Center Chapel,
78th Street and West Center Road in Omaha. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at West Center Chapel, with private interment at Hillcrest. Memorials may be offered to the family.

Copyright © 2011 - Southwest Iowa News
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Lloyd Herbener, Dean of Students

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Lloyd Herbener, Dean of Students, passed away at his home in LaVista this morning March 2, 2011 around 2:30 A.M.
There will be visitation Friday, March 4 from  5 PM- 7 PM at Heafy Heafy Hoffman Dworak & Cutler, 7805 W. Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68124. Interment will be at 9:30 am Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery, 57th and Center, in Omaha, and funeral at 12:30 at the chapel at HHHD&C. There will be a lunch at Our Beautiful Saviour Lutheran Church 96th and Melissa in LaVista following the service. Please keep Dean Herbner and his family  in your prayers and know how very much they appreciate them.
If you would like the Herbener Family’s address please email Lynette@kennedycollege.com
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“Jim” Bronson

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James Oscar “Jim” Bronson, 62, of Plattsmouth, NE. died Sunday, May 23, 2010 at home in Plattsmouth, NE.

Jim was born on February 3, 1948 in Omaha, NE. to Leland Burdette and Beulah Lillian (Olson) Bronson.

He was raised and schooled at Wahoo, NE. and was a 1966 Wahoo High School Graduate.

Jim attended and graduated from John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo in 1970 with a Bachelors of Art Degree in Business.

He met and married Cynthia S. Ferrara on December 28, 1972 at the Presbyterian Church in Wahoo, NE. They lived in Reno, Nevada, where Jim was working in the banking industry. Jim and his family moved to Plattsmouth in 1977, after he accepted a position at Plattsmouth State Bank, for the past 33 years.

Jim was a member of the Plattsmouth Masonic Lodge #6 A.F. & A.M. and it’s affiliate bodies, Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Plattsmouth Industrial Development Corporation, Plattsmouth Civil Service Commission, and a Former Member of Plattsmouth JayCee’s.

Jim is survived by his wife Cynthia S. Bronson of Plattsmouth, son, Drew Bronson & wife Katie of Plattsmouth, one grandson, Bodie James Bronson, daughter Britney Fanelli & husband Nick of Danville, CA, two brothers, Bill Bronson and his wife Nancy of Avon, MN. and Bob Bronson and his wife Mary of Indianapolis, IN. and two sisters, Sandi Ediger and husband Jaye of Prairie Village, KS and Patti Thaheld and husband Eric of Reno, NV., thirteen nieces & nephews and numerous cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Beulah Bronson.

There will be a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church, Plattsmouth, NE at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 27, 2010 with Pastor Ronald Van Heukelom officiating.

Visitation 1-9 p.m. with family 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at Roby Funeral Home.

Family suggest memorials be sent to First Presbyterian Church, Plattsmouth, NE. or charity of choice.

Roby Funeral Home, 346 Ave. A, Plattsmouth, NE. 68048. 402-296-3123.

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Steven Witt

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Steven Witt, 60, a resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, October 17, 2008.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Lori; three sons, Andrew Witt and girlfriend, Alexandria Black, David Witt and wife, Marissa and Joshua Witt; sister, Sharon Horodner and husband, Barry; nephew Andrew Horodner and wife, Sharon and their son, Benjamin; nephew, Matthew Horodner; and many, many friends. Steven was born on May 7, 1948 in the Bronx to Andrew and Ethel Witt, who both preceded him in death. He worked the last 11 years for Hub International Southwest. Steven was a loving husband, father, brother and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Services will be held at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Friday, October 24, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400


Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday October 22, 2008

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Charles E "Chuck" Miller

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Charles E. "Chuck" Miller, born 7/23/1946 in Lincoln, Neb., to Charles E. & Crystol (Anderson) Miller, entered into eternal rest 6/13/2009 in Haines, Fla. Graduate of Lincoln High School and John F. Kennedy College, NE Real Estate License and co-owner of South Gate Construction, Lincoln, Neb. for 10 years. Employed by the NE Dept. of Energy until he moved to Florida in 2001. Chuck was CFO of the Orlando Housing Authority at the time of his death. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Lincoln, the American Legion, former Nebraska Army National Guard and Army Reserves, several car clubs and National Street Rod Assoc.

Survived by wife of 40 1/2 years, Carol Miller; daughters and sons-in-law: Christin & Jason Miller-Ulrich, Clermont, Fla.; Gretchen & Ryan Batt, Lincoln; grandchildren: Jakob, Aidyn, & Bayleigh Miller-Ulrich; and Mackenzie & Tyler Batt; sister & brother-in-law, Marcia and Ed Arthur; three nieces, aunts, uncles, many friends and his beloved long haired dachshund, Kirby. Preceded in death by parents.

Services 11 a.m. Friday (6/26/09) at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1345 South 16th Street, Rev James Crelin officiating. Pallbearers: Pete Davis, Bob Gering, Jim Ihrie, Charlie Johnson, Harold Scheidt, Denny Zimmerman. Memorials to: Capital Humane Society, 2320 Park Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68502. Arrangements made by Roper & Sons, 4300 O St., Lincoln

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Audry D. Copperstone

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Audry D. Copperstone, 94, of Wahoo, died Friday, January 15, 2010, at Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo. He was born October 29, 1915 at Valparaiso, Neb., to John William and Mary (Koester) Copperstone. Audry married Lucille Thomsen in Lincoln on April 18, 1939.

He served in the U.S. Army, then worked at Mead Ordnance Plant as Assistant Fire Chief. He remained at the Ordnance Plant until it closed in July, 1963. In 1973, he joined the County Assessor's Office as an Appraiser and worked there until he retired in 1988 at the age of 73. Following retirement, Audry and Lucille traveled extensively throughout the world, enjoyed touring the New England States, and celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Honolulu. On April 18, 2009, they celebrated 70 years of marriage.

Preceded in death by parents, 3 sisters, 4 brothers. Survived by wife, Lucille, Wahoo; sons, Gary (Sandy) Copperstone, Branson, Mo., Richard Copperstone, Waverly; brothers-in-law Lloyd (Shirley) Thomsen, Lincoln, Don (Marsha) Thomsen, San Diego, Calif.; sister-in-law, Dorothy Schneider, Lincoln; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson.

Memorial service Tuesday, 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Wahoo. Interment Sunrise Cemetery. Military Funeral Honors by Wahoo American Legion Post #82 and Wahoo VFW Post #4502. Memorials to the church. Please visit www.prussnabity.com. Pruss-Nabity Funeral Home, Wahoo.

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Mike Messier

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Exeter/West Greenwich coach Mike Messier dies in crash
01:00 AM EST on Saturday, February 27, 2010

Journal Sports Writer
Mike Messier, head football and softball coach at Exeter-West Greenwich High School, died in a one-car accident on Mishnock Road in West Greenwich late Thursday evening. His truck crossed the center lane and struck a tree during heavy rain as he was headed home.
The Providence Journal / Bob Breidenbach
Mike Messier may not have been the most vocal high school football coach in Rhode Island, and he may not have had a four-star coaching resumé when he first became the Exeter-West Greenwich head football coach five years ago. But as I watched him coach the Scarlet Knights over the past few years it seemed he was the type of man you would want your son to be associated with.

In the grand scheme of life, that’s the ultimate tribute I could pay a high school coach.

“If you wanted your kid to learn about heart and determination, Mike was the guy,” said Jim Alves, Exeter-West Greenwich assistant principal and assistant football coach.
All of which makes Messier’s death in an auto accident Thursday night so tragic. The 55-year-old coach died instantly when his westbound car crossed the center lane on an unlit portion of Mishnock Hill Road in West Greenwich in heavy rain, left the road and struck some trees. It did not appear he was wearing a seat belt.
Messier was an electrician for the West Warwick school system, where, on Thursday, he had been working late. But he loved living and working with the people in the community of the Exeter-West Greenwich school district.
In addition to being the Scarlet Knights head football coach for the past five years, he also had been an assistant coach for several years before that. That means he had been associated with the Exeter-West Greenwich football program for about three-quarters of its 15-year existence in Rhode Island Interscholastic League competition.
He also had been the Scarlet Knights girls softball coach for well over a decade.
“I don’t think Mike had an article of clothing that didn’t have some type of Exeter-West Greenwich logo on it,” Alves continued. “He loved the school, and he loved working for and with the people in this community, especially the students.”
Exeter-West Greenwich is one of the newest public high schools in the state. It’s also a comparatively small high school from a school district that is a somewhat strange blend of an old-time farming community and modern, up-scale residential development.
All of which can make building a sports tradition a challenge, but that never bothered Messier. He did all the things necessary, whether it was leading a fundraising project to manually working on the condition of a playing field. It was all so Exeter-West Greenwich student/athletes would know their community cared about them.
“Mike would do whatever was necessary so the kids could play,” said Alves. “He never told a kid he or she couldn’t play. When we ran out of helmets one time, he went to another school and got a helmet so a kid could play. If we needed more uniforms, somehow he raised the money for them.”
And while he might not have had an extensive coaching pedigree when he first became head football coach, he knew how to put together a good coaching staff. He added Alves and his brother Steve Alves, both who had head coaching experience at other schools. In 2007, Exeter-West Greenwich earned the school’s first football Super Bowl berth, and the following year, the Scarlet Knights won their first football state championship with a victory in the Division IV Super Bowl.
Several members of that 2008 state championship team graduated the following spring, so nobody was really surprised when the Scarlet Knights only posted a 5-3 record during the regular season last fall.
I remember talking to Messier early in the season and he told how he was a little disappointed that after the championship season in 2008, they didn’t have more new players come out for the team. The 2009 roster actually had fewer players than the 2008 team.
“But we have a great group of great kids. We will be OK,” Messier said that day.
Indeed they were. After finishing fourth during the regular season, the Scarlet Knights came back and won another Division IV state title with two straight victories in the playoffs. They won the championship with a 14-point victory in the Super Bowl over a team that had defeated them by 27 points during the regular season.
“Last year was nice because that was our first one, but we were in first place most of the year, so we kind of expected to win. This one here, we came out of the ashes like the phoenix,” said a delighted Messier that night back in early December when the Scarlet Knights won the title.
It’s probably not surprising Messier’s work for his players didn’t stop with the final buzzer at the Super Bowl.
“He has been putting together the fundraisers so the players can have rings and other things to remember the championship,” said Alves. “He was always working for the kids. He was here the other day already working on the softball field. He was really looking forward to this year’s softball season.”
A school and a community have lost a special person.


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