You are the owner of this page.
A5 A5
Lucile Lukassen

Lucile Lukassen, 96, of David City, Nebraska died Tuesday, December 19. 2017 at St. Joseph's Villa in David City.

Funeral Mass was held Friday, Dec. 22 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Fr. Bernard Kimminau officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials to family wishes.

Lucile was born on September 6, 1921 at David City to David and Jeanette (Neal) Gillespie. She attended David City Public Schools, graduating from David City High School in 1936. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and PCCW and the VFW Auxiliary.

Lucile married Francis Lukassen on October 19, 1943 in Lincoln, Nebraska. 8 children were born to this union. Lucile worked as a bookkeeper for several different businesses in David City during her lifetime, she even worked for three different establishments at one time. She also worked as at JC Penny, as a Grill Cook and as a foreign sales secretary at Dale Electronics. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing hymns, rocking and cuddling babies, and crossword puzzles. Her family was very important to her and she loved to cook for everyone when they got together.

Lucile is survived by her children: Doris(Allen) Shambrook of Lincoln, Tom (Judy) Lukassen of Kenosha, Wis., Jane (Bernard) Buresh, Linda (Dick) Ronkar, Ted (Jeanie)Lukassen all of David City, Kathy (Jeff) Martens of Rising City and Lori (Rick) Bock of David City; 24 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Sisters-in-law; Sally McLaughlin and Dorothy Gillespie both of David City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Francis in 2009, Son and Daughter-in-law: John and Donna Lukassen in 1990, two brothers: Bob and Roy Gillespie; six sisters: Agnes Gores, Dalyes O'Neil, Mildred Bauer, Rose Gillespie, Jane Rech and Doris Glatter


Arrangements by Chermok Funeral Home, David City.

Valerian Eugene (“Val Gene”) Lavicky

Valerian Eugene “Val Gene” Lavicky, 76, of Dwight, died Friday, December 22, 2017 at Bryan East Hospital in Lincoln.

Mass of Christian burial was Wednesday, Dec. 27 at Assumption Catholic Church in Dwight with Fr. Ray Jansen as celebrant. Viewing one hour prior to Mass.  Interment will follow at Assumption Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the family in his name; Dwight Vol. Fire Department, Dwight American Legion Post 110, or family choice.

Val was born September 4, 1941, to Ludvik (“Dudley”) and Agnes (Cech) Lavicky. He was a graduate of Assumption High School in 1958. Val served in the Navy from June 29, 1959 to August, 29, 1962 as a Fire Control Technician on the U.S. John W. Thomason ship and transferred to the reserves. He received an honorable discharge on June 28, 1965. Val was united in marriage to Melissa Rea on October 21, 1977, in Schuyler.

Val was a member of the Assumption Catholic Church, Dwight Vol. Fire Department, Dwight Rural Fire Board, Plum Creek Township, and the Dwight American Legion Post 110. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, family, and friends. Val’s passion was farming and enjoyed spending time outside. His hobbies included playing cards, spending time with friends, and causing trouble.

Survivors include his son Jason (Tori) Lavicky of David City; daughter Megan (Greg) Kozisek of Brainard; sisters Maxine (Willis) Svoboda of Brainard, Pat (Tim) Brock of Silver Creek; brothers Dan (Ann) Lavicky of Lincoln, and Chuck (Cathy) of Dwight; as well as five grandchildren: Keegan, Krae, and Kasen Lavicky and Reese and Grant Kozisek; sisters- and brothers-in-law Sue (Dick) Messersmith of Columbus, Margaret (Lloyd) Stevenson of Richland, Beth (Roger) Tooker of Alamosa, Colo., and Michael (Pattie) Rea of Schuyler.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and infant daughter Danielle.

Chermok Funeral Home in David City is handling the arrangements for the family

Nellie M. Brockeveldt

Nellie M. Brockeveldt, 95, of David City died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at David Place in David City.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Wednesday, St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City.  Burial at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to Family Wishes.

Nellie was born on July 29, 1922 at David City to Piet and Minnie (Jacobs) Peters.

She attended local schools and graduated from David City High School in 1938. Nellie married Morris Brockeveldt on May 5, 1942 at St.Mary's Church in David City.

The couple had no children. She was a homemaker and farm wife and also worked at Dales Electronics and the Fiesta Motel. She was a member of St. Mary's Church and St. Mary's PCCW and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid bowler and loved her animals, especially her cats, dogs, ducks and geese.

She is survived by her brothers: John (Norma Jean) Peters of David City and Paul Peters of Seward, and sisters: Marie Kozisek, Virginia Brockevelt both of David City.

Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Morris, brother Bill Peters, sisters Christine Kozisek and Dorothy Zegers.

Arrangements by Chermok Funeral Home, David City.

Steve Topil

Steve Topil, 65, of Rising City died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at the Butler County Health Care Center.

Funeral Mass is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City. Visitation is Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. Rosary. Visitation resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday. Burial is at Circle Mound Cemetery, Rising City.

In lieu of flowers, Steve’s family asks that a memorial contribution be made to Family Wishes for later designation.

Steve was born December 2, 1952 in David City to Joseph and Lillian (Zavodny) Topil. He met his future wife, Susan Petersen, at the Butler County Fair. Four years later, on August 13, 1977, the weekend of the Butler County Fair, they were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in David City. Steve worked for the Summit Township in road maintenance until the department was adopted by Butler County. Steve worked in the Butler County Road Department ever since.

Steve loved tinkering on cars and tractors, and this love was especially handy while he helped his boys with various projects including their race cars. In his free time Steve could be found working in his garden, hunting, cheering on the Topil Racing team, or spending time with his granddaughter, Atley. He joined the Rising City/Surprise Fire Department in 1978 and proudly served as Fire Chief for 27 years, from 1981 to 2008.

Steve enjoyed driving bus for the Rising City Schools for many years. Friendships held a special place in Steve’s heart and he cherished each one of his friends that he met during his journey through life.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years Sue, sons: Nicholas (Mandi) and daughter Atley Topil of Rising City, Adam (Mandy) Topil of Rising City; brothers: Tom Topil and Joe G.(Carol) Topil both of Rising City; brothers-in-law: Bill (Shirley) Petersen of Central City and Bob Petersen of Fremont; sister-in-law: Mary Lou (Tom) Vossler of Exeter and many nieces and nephews. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Richard, Harry, and Gary Topil and sisters-in-law: Jolene Topil and Laura Topil and his parents-in-law