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Delmar F. Gilkeson, Lt. Col, USAF, (Ret.), Age 93

Gilkeson Delmar website

Date of Birth: 03/10/1923

Date of Death: 03/02/2017

Services: Private Services Tuesday (3-7-17)

Visitation: Public Visitation Monday (3-6-17) 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the John A. Gentleman 72nd St. Chapel, Omaha, Nebraska.

Interment: Omaha National Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska.

Preceded in death by parents, Walter and Estelle Gilkeson; sister, Evelyn Murphy.

Survived by wife of 34 yrs Mila Gilkeson; daughters by his late wife, Patricia; Kathy Lockman, Suzy (Ray) Downs, Patty Sramek; grandsons, Grant (Jenny) Tesnohlidek, Jason (Kristin) Kremer; granddaughter, Jessica Kremer; great grandchildren, Parker Ward, Jordan Cherry, Cole Kremer, Owen Kremer, Grayson Tesnohlidek; nephews, Moe (Margie) Murphy, Bert (Colleen) Murphy; numerous great nieces and nephews.

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Leopard, William H., age 97


Leopard William

Date of Birth: August 14, 1919

Date of Death: February 26, 2017

Graveside Service: Will be held in Sioux Falls on a date yet to be determined when Bill will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery next to his wife, Mary.

Memorials: May be sent to The Nebraska Children's Home, Omaha, NE or First United Methodist Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

William (Bill) Leopard was truly a one-of-a-kind gentleman of the world. He was born August 14, 1919 in Melrose, MN the first child to Howard and Bertha Leopard, sister Mary Louise later joined the family. He grew up in that state, graduating from the St. Cloud Technical High School in 1937. Not letting any grass grow under his feet, Bill got a job as office boy at the St. Cloud Daily Times the very next week, unaware that this would be the beginning of a long and notable career in the field of journalism.

The years 1942-1945 were consumed by Bill's service specializing in communications and coding for the Army Air Corps during World War II. During that time he was able to carve out three important days to fly back to Minnesota (with borrowed money) and get a five day waiver in getting a marriage license (it's all about who you know) in order to marry the love-of-his life, Mary Uhan in June, 1943. Bill always had an incredible memory for detail and, even in his 90's, could not only name his tent mates and buddies during his time in the service, but recall their personalities and home states as well as every room and restaurant he and his new wife frequented in those very early years of their marriage.

Bill ended his military career as an Air Force Sergeant and returned to the Midwest where he began working as Classified Manager for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader newspaper. He continued to grow his career through multiple owners, the last being Gannett Newspapers. During this career he was named General Manager in 1958 and became President/Publisher in 1963, a position he held until retirement in 1977. Ironically, before his retirement, he was instrumental in helping Gannett purchase the St. Clouds Times.

Bill Leopard was known for his gregarious nature and generosity – of spirit, his time and his good fortune. He served as President of the Association of Classified Advertising Managers (ACAM), and on the boards of Speidel Newspapers, Inc., Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, Sioux Empire Fair, and Leopard, Inc. Bill was also patron of The Great Plains Zoo (securing their first giraffe), Nebraska Children's Home, Munroe Meyer Institute, Fontenelle Forest and Omaha Children's Hospital.

Family, travel, sports and pheasant hunting filled his 97 plus years. He became a doting father to his daughter Susan in June, 1955 and the family, as well as Bill and Mary after Susan was grown, had many opportunities to travel together before he was widowed in 1984. Later he continued to see the world with his sister Mary and her husband Bob and also with his daughter and son-in-law Sue and Tom Weidner and their children. His insatiable thirst for knowledge and new experiences eventually took him to every continent – multiple times – and he could recall all of the wonderful memories well into his later years.

Retirement afforded Bill the time to continue to pursue his love of sports, particularly to hone his tennis and golf games: Bill actually made a hole-in-one TWICE on the same course, SAME HOLE.

In 2007, Bill moved to Omaha to be close to family and he became a “regular” at his grandchildren's many sports and other activities.

Bill Leopard will be fondly remembered for so many things: his wit and dry humor, his intelligence and incredible memory, his generosity and philanthropy, his devotion to family.

He is survived by his daughter Susan Weidner, son-in-law Tom and grandchildren Sarah and Matthew of Omaha, NE; brother-in-law Robert Foley and numerous nieces and nephews in Minnesota.







Glenda E. Ferguson Age 89

Ferguson Glenda website

Date of Birth: July 18, 1927

Date of Death: March 1, 2017

Services: A funeral service will be held on Saturday March 4th, 2017 at 10:30am at the John A. Gentleman Mortuary, 14151 Pacific St., Omaha. Pastor Scott Ross will officiate.

Visitation:  The family will receive friends from 9:30am until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Omaha. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

FERGUSON, Glenda Ethel, Age 89, of Russellville, Ohio passed away Wednesday March 1st, 2017 in Omaha. She was born July 18th, 1927 in Relief, Kentucky, the daughter of Willie and Flozie (Conley) Fyffe. Glenda was the wife of a serviceman and she made homes in Kansas, Alabama, Alaska, and Virginia before finally settling on her beloved acreage in Russellville. She was baptized in Christ on October 28th, 1951 and remained a lifelong Christian. Prior to her move to Omaha she was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Georgetown, Ohio. Glenda loved music, singing, gardening, and passing the time in conversation with her friends and family.

In addition to her parents Glenda was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Parnell, daughter-in-law Patricia Anne, grandson Mark Andrew; and 11 siblings: Martha Mae Williams, Claude Earl, William Herald, Willis Burl, Pilate Marion, Ruby Susan Salyer, Charlie, Proctor Steve, Clarence Edward, Donna Lynn, Francis Louise Stegall, and Dorsey Lee.

Glenda is survived by her son Samuel (Michelle), grandsons Lowell (Nicole), John (Kalene), Alan (Kaila), & Paul Michael, granddaughter-in-law Amanda Jo Ferguson, 9 great grandchildren, and her siblings: Carl Elmer, and Sandra Gayle Blakley. Additionally, Glenda is survived by countless nieces, nephews, and extended family.


Barton, Jean M., Age 91 years

Date of Birth: December 12, 1925

Date of Death: February 28, 2017

Services: Graveside Service following the visitation at Evergreen Cemetery

Visitation: Friday, March 3, 2017 from 1:00-2:00pm at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries 72nd Street Chapel

Jean M. Barton

Age 91

Jean was born December 12, 1925 in David City, NE. She was a relative of the Hall family of Hallmark cards. Jean did community work during WWII welding foot lockers and artillery shells. Most important, she was a loving wife and mother. Preceded in death by first husband, Charles Wright; son, Michael Wright; brother, Fred Stafford. Survived by husband, William Barton; sons, Gary and Dennis Wright (fiancé, Julie McBride); 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.

Visitation Friday, March 3, 2017 from 1-2PM at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries 72nd Street Chapel, followed by a Graveside Service at Evergreen Cemetery.  Memorials to the Nebraska Humane Society.

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Muller, Scott A, age 57


Date of Birth: 02/23/1959

Date of Death: 02/22/2017

Services: Thursday, 7:30 pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church

Visitation: Thursday, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at St. Pius

Memorials suggested to the family.

Passed away in Luthersville, Georgia. Preceded in death by mother, Lavonne Muller. Survived by his wife, Jodie Muller; son, Andrew (Nicole Roccaforte) Muller; step-son, Matthew O'Brien; daughters, Coreen (Travis) Blum, Sarah (Josh) Crawford, Amanda (Mike) Williams, Kaitlin Muller; grandchildren, McKinley, Noah, Emersyn, and Sophia; father, Henry Muller; brothers, Joe (Betsy) Muller, Tom (Diane) Muller, John (Marie) Muller; sisters, Lisa (Steve) Neubauer, Julie (Brian) Marta, Laura (Kirk) Hansen; numerous nieces, nephews; and wonderful friends.