Thomas F. Funke

Born: Sun., Oct. 1, 1939
Died: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019


Visitation

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Feb. 18, 2019
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Mon., Feb. 18, 2019
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church


Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM Tue., Feb. 19, 2019
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church


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Thomas F. “Tom” Funke, age 79 of Nebraska City passed away on Thursday; February 14, 2019 in Lincoln, NE.

Tom was born on October 1, 1939 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City; the son of Robert F. Funke, Sr. and Mina B. (Kastner) Funke.  He attended school in Nebr. City and graduated from the Nebraska City High School with the Class of 1957.  He then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.

At a young age, he began working at Thygeson’s Drug Store in Nebr. City and later at Hesteds Department Store in Nebr. City.  Tom and Dorothy moved to Greeley, CO to manage the Hesteds Store there and later returned to Nebr. City in 1966 when he began his career as Manager of Youngtown at Southroads Mall in Bellevue, NE.  In 1978,  Tom purchased the Sears Catalog Store in Nebraska City and owned and operated the store until 1991 when it became Funke’s Appliance.  He retired in 2003.

He was united in marriage to Dorothy M. Heng on November 23, 1963 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City and they were blessed with four children:  Deb, Tom, Jeff and Ryan.  Tom was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Elks.  He served on the Nebr. City Dock Board and was an honorary alumni of Lourdes Central Catholic School.

He is survived by his children:  Deb Rettig and husband Kevin of Nebr. City, Jeff Funke and wife Hettie of Nebr. City, Ryan Funke and wife Lisa of Lincoln, NE; daughter-in-law Tammie Funke of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren:  Alyssa, Darren and Meghan Rettig; Lauren, Margaret, John, William, Lucy, Oliver, Mia, Hudson, Reese and Penelope Funke; a brother Steve Funke and wife Dottie of Omaha, NE; sister in law Liz Funke of Camdenton, CO; nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (12/23/18), son Thomas Funke III (8/4/14), sister Joyce Blumel (1/8/18) and brother Robert Funke, Jr. (6/13/13) as well as his parents Bob and Mina.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday (2/19) at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nebr. City.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  

The family will greet friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday (2/18) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be directed to Lourdes Library.

Condolences may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.

Gude Mortuary in Nebr. City is in charge of arrangements.

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Gary Schaffer
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
So sorry to hear of the family and Nebraska City's loss. Tom was a long time acquaintance and valued member of the local community. Our sympathies are extended to Deb, Jeff and the balance of the family...

Gary and Martha Schaffer


Sr. Mary McDermott
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Dear Deb, Jeff, and Ryan,
Our deepest sympathy to each of you. Know we are praying for you and your Dad. We prayed for your dad today in the petitions at the Motherhouse of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph.
You are in our hearts and prayers.
Sr. Pat Rhoten, Sr. Mary McDermott, and Sr. Melissa Tipmore

Kirk and Sherry Shearer
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Jeff, Ryan and family,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Always enjoyed visiting with him at the golf course. He was a great ambassador for both your business and the golf course. I know how proud he was of all his family and he will be missed by all who him. Our prayers our with his family.

Bobbi Nannen
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
My sincere sympathy to Jeff and Hettie and all the family! You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I hope in time that wonderful memories will give you some restful peace.

Hugs to you!
Bobbi Nannen

Cindy Meyer and family
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Unbelievably sad news. Our family would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to all of you.

Tom Smith
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Debbie, Jeff, and Ryan,

Your Father was such a gentle soul. I am truly a better person for having been his friend and will miss him dearly. Want to thank you guys for sharing his presence with us. A bright light, he will always be. Gods Blessings....

Tom, Paula, Kate, and McKenna Smith

Vicki Volkmer
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
So very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Michael and Christine Koslosky
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to everyone in the family we are praying for you all .
We wish you comfort in your days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
The Koslosky’s

Doc Warner
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
So sorry to hear about your dad and I just found out about your mom. Very tough time for you and your family. Try to take some solace that they are together again, along with Tom, free of pain and worries and can watch over all of you from above! Take care brother my thoughts and prayers are with you! Peace and love, Doc

Ashley & Shane Connor
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss! Sending love and prayers to you during this difficult time.

carol barrett
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
Hettie and family we are sorry for your loss. psalm 121 1-2 I lift my eyes up to he hills-where does my strength come from? my help comes from the lord; the maker of heaven and earth. god holds you in the palm of his hands. god bless. love the barrett's.

Chris and Cindy Schneider
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
To Debbie, Jeff and Ryan . . . We are extremely saddened to hear of Tom’s death. Our thoughts are with you and your entire family during this time of sorrow. We only have the fondest memories of Tom when we lived in Nebraska City as your neighbor for many years. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Chris and Cindy Schneider


Cynthia Schneider
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Chris and Cindy Schneider.

We are extremely saddened to hear of Tom’s death. Please know we are thinking of you and our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time. Sincerely , Chris and Cindy Schneider


Joel Bergman
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
So Sorry For Your Loss.

Wayne Harroun
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of a friend and NCHS classmate.

My sincere condolences to friends and family.

Wayne Harroun

Fr. J
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Funke Family -

Lourdes family commends one of her own to the Lourdes Family already ahead of us in heaven. I loved your dad...and we loved Lourdes together.

Fr. J

Dr. Stuart Souders
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Deepest sympathies to the family. My first job was a clerk at Thygeson's Drug Store. Tom was my mentor. Lots of good memories. Very sad to hear of his passing.

Tim & Donnaa Minderman
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Our heart felt condolences are with all the Funk family. We will pray that God's rich grace will comfort all of you.

Tracy Kersten Herndon
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Jeff and Hettie,

I am so very sorry. Sending you all my deepest condolences, prayers, and heartfelt hugs.

Tracy.

Jerry & Patti Gress
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
You did many good things during your time on planet Earth Tom.
While we’re all sad down here, we know Dorothy & Tommy Jr are very
happy you’re all together now in each other’s arms.

You’ll definitely be missed, but your legacy lives on through your beautiful
kids and grandkids. Take care Tom. God Bless.

Mike and Deb Nelson
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
Dear Funke Family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. May he rest in peace.

david l schmitz
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
Funke Family: So Sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great man, father and grandfather. He was one of the first people to welcome me and my wife back to Nebraska City 25 years ago. David and Jacki Schmitz

Rosemary (Schreiner) Hicks
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
Deb, Jeff, Ryan & families-

I was so sad when I heard of you fathers death, and so soon after the death of you beautiful mother. All I could do was pray the “Hail Mary” over & over for you. I will continue to pray for you all, as prayers will give you strength to endure.

Rosemary (Schreiner) Hicks

Lynn Gray
   Posted Thu February 21, 2019
Condolences to all of you. Loved visiting with your folks, they were both genuinely kind, happy to everyone. God Bless May they RIP
Lynn Gray and family

Steve,Sue, Carrie, Kelly and Whitney Bridger
   Posted Fri February 22, 2019
Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. Tom was such an inspiration to all who knew him as was Dorothy. Our family wishes you all healing graces as you work through this difficult time.


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