In Memoriam

In Memoriam

We honor the amazing lives of our Midland alumni, faculty and staff. To notify us of a death of a classmate or family member, please email alumni@midlandu.edu or call 402-941-6055.

Memorial Gifts

Gifts made in memory of a family member, teacher, student or friend are generous and thoughtful ways to remember a person's life and his or her accomplishments. When making a gift in memory of someone, please send your gift with a note specifying the honoree's name and address and/or contact information so we can send a notification that a gift has been made. 

Please send memorial gifts to: Midland University, ATTN: Development, 900 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025, or make a gift online.

Stephen “Steve” R. Westphal, 72 years, of Fremont, Nebraska passed away at his home on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Stephen was born October 13, 1946 in Fremont to James and Pearl (Bang) Westphal. He grew up in Fremont and graduated from Fremont High School in 1964, after a successful theatrical career...
Martin passed away peacefully with family by his side on Palm Sunday. Long-time Denver physician – retired Chief of Pathology at Saint Luke’s/Presbyterian Hospital, Staff Aid to Colorado Senator Dave Wattenburg, teacher, rancher, father and friend. Son of Reverend Henry and Elsie Dumler (Midland...
Ida Ehlers, of Omaha, died on April 29, 2019 at the of age 94. She was born to parents Emil and Esther Erickson, June 25, 1924, in Mead, Nebraska. Ida graduated from Mead High School and received B.A. in Nursing from Midland Lutheran College. Ida married the late John Killough Sr. in 1948. In 1982...
Larry Allen Casper, 80, of Beverly Hills died Sunday, April 14, 2019, at his home. Larry was born on Nov. 16, 1938, in Minden, Neb., son of the late Harry and Alvina Casper. He was an administrator for Mosaic Care and Rehabilitation Center. Larry graduated from high school in Hildreth in 1956 and...
Gary “Randy” R. Sutton, 61, of Fremont, passed away April 14, 2019. Born December 29, 1957, in Sunnyside, Washington, to Gary and Frankie Sutton. Randy was a graduate of Hammond Baptist High School, Class of 1976, and received a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and Education from Midland...
Lloyd “Verlin” Francis, 94, formerly of Wayne, NE, died Sunday, April 14, 2019 at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island. Service and celebration of Verlin’s life will be Saturday, April 20that 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island, with Pastor Gary Smith officiating. Burial...
Donald J. Nunnally, son of Charles and Kathryn (Ditter) Nunnally, passed away April 2, 2019. Don was born in Genoa on August 1, 1929. Don grew up in Monroe and graduated from Monroe in 1946 and Midland College (Fremont) in 1950. 1950-51 he taught at Arlington High School. Don graduated from...
Kurt L. Blazek, 63, formerly of Schuyler, died Dec. 20, 2018, in Denver, from injuries sustained in a car-pedestrian accident in Scottsbluff on Dec. 18, 2018. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, with a Service of Remembrance at 7 p.m., all at Kracl Funeral Chapel in Schuyler...
Ronald Lee Johnson, 84, of Lincoln, died on March 13, 2019, in Burlingame, Calif., surrounded by his loving family. Born December 9, 1934, to Martin and Elfie Johnson, Ron grew up in Stromsburg, where he was a football QB and basketball center standout. He attended Luther Junior College and Midland...
Winniefred Eliason Keleher, 101, widow of Daniel E. Keleher, died on February 14, 2019, after stating that she was going to heaven to spend Valentines Day with her dearly departed husband, Dan. Winnie was born April 3, 1917, to Emin and Ester Swanson Eliason at Swedeburg. She spent her early years...

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