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Rest In Peace!

To all of the friends of Recovery who have gone up to the meetings in the sky... you will be missed!  Save a seat for us! 

If any family members disapprove of having their loved ones posted on this site, please contact and we will remove their obituary from this site.  This is meant to be an honor to our friends, in recovery, who have left the Meetings in this world for the Meetings next one.  Thank you.


18 February 2007:

Death of an AA heroine!


12 Jan 07:

Jeffrey Harrison Bower:

Jeffrey Harrison Bower

Jeffrey Harrison Bower, MA, LMHP, CCFC, age 42, Mental Health Practitioner, died at The Monarch on Friday (1/12/07) following a brave and courageous battle with lung cancer from smoking name brand ultra light cigarettes.

Jeff was born
Feb. 13, 1964, in Lincoln, to Roger Harrison and Rose A. (Grady)Bower. Jeff attended California State University, San Bernardino and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1992. He went on to graduate from Doane College in Crete in 2001, with a master's in counseling.

Jeff started his career in counseling at
Shandon Hills Behavioral Center and Pegasus, both in San Bernardino, Calif., Cedar Youth Services, Department of Corrections, and Lincoln Lancaster County Mental Health Center, all in Lincoln

Jeff was united in marriage to Brenda Mae (Quarry) Bower in Children's
Forest, Running Springs, Calif.
, in 1987. He was a member of Capital City Christian Church. During this time, Jeff had conquered every evil seed within and became fully In Christ. His spiritual growth and faith was an inspiration to many.

When Jeff was diagnosed with lung cancer on
Feb. 23, 2006
, it was a huge blow to the doctors and the family. The cause was smoking. Jeff knew he could not let it be unsaid or unheard, so he asked God for the courage to tell his story, in hopes to help many become aware of the dangers of smoking, no matter how young you are, how many cigarettes you have smoked or how long it has been.

Jeff spoke out to the community with the help of Tobacco Free Nebraska to let people know how selfish smoking is. It does not just affect the person smoking, but everyone around that person, including family, friends and co-workers. Jeff would ask people to take the pictures out of their wallets, the ones of their children, wives and friends, and then rip them up and throw them away. Most people had a stunned reaction, and were shocked that he would ask them to do such a thing. "Why do you want me to do that?" Jeff would say, "Because every time you light up a cigarette that is what you are doing."

Jeff loved his wife and children. They meant the world to him. He would always wake the kids up in the morning by singing silly songs and jingles to them. He had a thing about making up nicknames for people.

He loved his best friends dearly, Scott, Travis,
and Marty. He thanks you for your true friendships. He always spoke so highly of all of you. You all are his brothers In Christ.

Jeff's last written words: "Don't say I am in a better place. Simply say I am on a different mission. I say this because until I have begun that mission, I don't know anything better than being with my family, so know that this is what has given me the greatest number of tears over the past year."

Jeffrey is survived by: his wife of 19 years, Brenda Mae; son, Dustin, 19, Austin, 18, Justin, 16, Pierce, 9; daughter, Drue, 6; father, Dr. Roger H. Bower; mother, Rose Ann Bower; sister, Susan Elizabeth Cellini; daughter-in-law, Valerie Nicole (Noble) Bower; grandson, Jude Harrison Bower.

11 a.m. Wednesday, Capital City Christian Church. Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O St. Visitation: 1-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Wyuka Funeral Home. Memorials have been suggested to Jeff's Fund, in care of First Choice Credit Union. Condolences may be left for the family at

Published in the
Lincoln Journal Star from 1/14/2007 - 1/15/2007


1 Jan 07:
W. Craig Bradley

Click here to Read about our friend Craig Bradley. RIP, Craig!!!


Steve McElravey:

Click here to read about a Lincoln Drug and Alcohol abuse Counselor that died in a Plane Crash.


8 Oct 06:

Patricia "Pat" Margaret Hipwell

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Donald L. Wallman, 74, Lincoln, died Monday (5/8/06):

Thank you for defending this Flag, Don!!!

Donald L. Wallman, 74, Lincoln, died Monday (5/8/06). Retired chief master sergeant, U.S. Air Force; received Bronze Star, five good conduct medals; served in Vietnam. Member of First Evangelical Free Church; 38-year member of AA; enjoyed building and flying remote-controlled airplanes.

Survivors: former wife, Norma Jean Wallman, Lincoln; daughter, son-in-law, Janet Wallman and William Sylvester, Lincoln; sons, daughter-in-law, Ronald Wallman, Norman, Okla., Alan Wallman, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Gary and Beth Wallman, Papillion, Steven Wallman, Atlanta; grandchildren, Matt Wallman, Sarah Martin and husband Matthew, Nathan Wallman and wife Katie, Adam Wallman, Rachel Wallman, Joshua Wallman; great-grandchildren, Kennedy Wallman, Brady Wallman; sister-in-law, Carol Wallman, Firth; nieces; nephews. Preceded in death by: parents, Louie and Sophina; brother, Loren; granddaughter, Dana Faye Wallman.

- Information from the Lincoln Journal-Star. 


25 Feb 06:



3 Jan 06:

Thank you for defending this Flag, Pat!!!


Patrich "Pat" Hamlin  
Patrich "Pat" Hamlin, 56, Lincoln, died Tuesday (1/3/06) in Lincoln. Born, Hayes, Kan. (9/14/49), to Raymond and Elizabeth (Hagel) Hamlin. Served, U.S. Army, Vietnam. Married, Duluth, Minn. (1/18/86), to Bonnie Sue King. Employed as a biomedical technician repairing X-ray equipment. Lifetime member: ABATE; AA. Also belonged to: VFW Post 305, American Legion; Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors: wife, Bonnie; son, Sean and wife Miyuki Hamlin, Osaka, Japan; daughters, Shelia and husband Ronald Burdock, Jamie and husband Ryan Treat, all Lincoln; father, Raymond and wife Jean Hamlin, Wetmore, Kan.; sister, Colleen Hamlin and special friend Suzanne Walters, Richardson, Texas; brothers, Mark and wife Margaret Hamlin, Duluth, Terry and wife Julie Hamlin, Minnesota ; stepbrothers, Bruce and wife Bonnie Peterson, Raymond Peterson, all Minnesota; grandchildren, Troy and Emilee Burdock, Kayla Treat, all Lincoln, Lisa Hamlin, Osaka. Preceded in death by: mother; brother, Mike.

Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O St. Reception with family, 5-8 p.m. today, with 7 p.m. rosary, funeral home. Memorials to family.

Published in the Lincoln Journal Star on 1/5/2006.


28 November 2005:



28 November 2005:



3 Nov 05:

Sober since 1978, big in the AA program, primarily his home group at A Street & Folsom Ave. - Wild West A. Wayne sponsored many, many individuals. He'd been battling lung cancer since July 2003. He passed away at night on 3 November 2005 at age 70. He was a funny, funny guy and we will miss him.

Thank you for defending this Flag, Wayne!!!


OBITUARY: Loving Husband, Loving Father & Good Friend, 70, of Lincoln. Died Thursday - 11/3 in Lincoln. Born; June 21, 1935 in Litchfield, Ne. to Harry F. and Lorena (Robey) Haller. Married Rose Marie Branch on June 20, 1959 in Mexico, Missouri.
Naval Aviator Honorably discharged in 1963. Graduate of Litchfield High School, attended Kearney State College and Wesleyan University. Graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Worked as an Architect for the NE. Dept. of Roads and the State of NE. Longtime member of the Christain Motorcycle Fellowship.
His passions were, motorcycles, football, reading and design.
VISITATION: Visitation will be Monday from 2-8PM with a 7:00 PM Rosary with family receiving friends from 6-8 PM at WYUKA Funeral Home.
SERVICE: Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday November 8, 2005 at WYUKA Funeral Home Chapel with Fr. Joel Panzer officiating.
FAMILY: Survived by his wife: Rose Marie of Lincoln. Daughter & Son in Law: Diann and Harry Kroos of Lincoln. Sons: Bruce F. Haller of Omaha; Brad F. Haller of Lincoln; and Michael D. Haller of Phoenix, AZ. Grandchildren; Harrison, Anna & Brandon. Preceded by his parents.
CEMETERY: Private Family Interment
MEMORIALS: In Care of Matt Talbot Kitchen or North American Martyrs Catholic Church.


11 October 2005:



28 Feb 05:

Carl B. Oestmann

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Carl B. Oestmann, 61, Lincoln, died Monday (2/28/05). Born, Auburn. Operations manager, Service Master.

Survivors: wife, Jeanne; daughter, GiGi Oestmann, Lincoln; sons, Carl D., John, both Lincoln; brother, Ross, Bloomfield; several grandchildren.

Memorial services: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, AA meeting room, 2748 S St. Memorials to the family through Tier One Bank. No visitation. Roper & Sons Funeral Home, 4300 O St.

Published in the Lincoln Journal Star on 3/2/2005.


31 Jan 05:

In Loving Memory of our Friend, Jim May:

Thank you for defending this Flag, Jim !!!




19 Dec 04:

Thank you for defending this Flag, Jean !!!

Jean Ray Lowe


The Ken Cauble Story


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12 April 2004:



Marion B. Hall


Marion with James:


Friends gather in honor of Motorcyclist: Scot Rieckman

Curt B.

30 October 2002
Dick McCann:



24 December 2001:


5 November 2001
Dr. Bob York:



Click here for: A Tribute to Ralph C. Fox


Karen Ann - You added a lot of laughter to our meetings with your great sense of humor. We miss you!

Alabama, Dr. Bob, Ralph Fox, Mickey Stewart, Cecelia Robinson, Larry Stratmeier, and Amy Wedstedd - the spellings may be off. We miss all of you! If the spellings are different...please let us know. If you have an obituary or more information on any of these friends of Bill, please send it to us.


Not a subject we like to give a lot of thought to but this is presented beautifully...




A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."


Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."


"You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"


The doctor was holding the handle of the door… On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.


Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing... I know my Master is there and that is enough."