Nemaha Herald


Diana Lynn (Furnas) Oldfield, one of three children of Lowell and Phyllis (Snyder) Furnas, was born December 5, 1946, in Auburn, Nebraska. Diana grew up in Brownville and attended school there as a young girl. Diana attended high school in Nemaha, after the closing of the school in Brownville. Diana was united in marriage to Gary Oldfield on June 23, 1963, at the Brownville Christian Church by Rev. Ward Merritt. Two sons were born to this union: Gary, Jr., and Tony. Diana dedicated her life to being a wife, mom, and grandma; she was a darn good one. With Gary being gone for work often, Diana was left home to raise the boys, of whom she was very proud. Diana enjoyed gardening and being able to can anything they brought home to enjoy themselves or share with others. She especially enjoyed growing and tending to her geraniums. Diana was turning into quite the football fan the last couple years, watching both college and professional football games. She was a very selfless person, always putting the needs and wants of others before her own. One of Diana’s proudest moments was when she and Gary received their G.E.D.’s together about 10 years ago. With failing health, Diana was admitted to CHI St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City. It was there that she passed away on February 27, 2015, having reached the age of 68 years, two months and 22 days. Her father preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband Gary of Auburn; sons and daughter-in-law Gary, Jr. of Omaha, Tony and Becky of Auburn; grandchildren Scott, Cameron, Tesla, and Blake Oldfield; mother Phyllis Furnas of Auburn; sister and brother-in-law Angela and Shelby Bennett of Auburn; brother Joe Furnas of Nebraska City; many other relatives and friends. A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Bob Chitwood, was Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Special music was played. Honorary bearers were Jeff Hull, Don Sigmund, Max Peeler, and Dave Meyerkorth. Diana’s body was cremated following the service. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.

Richard E. Shaw, age 69 of Wilsonville, Nebraska, passed away at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on February 28, 2015. He was born in Lodi, Ohio on November 13, 1945 to Everett and Florence (Yergin) Shaw. Richard attended school in Medina, Ohio. On July 18, 1964 he was united in marriage to Dora Gasser. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last July. Richard had worked a a police officer in Lodi in the late 1960s. For the bulk of his working life, adhe was employed in the transportation industry as a driver and dispatcher. He and Dora lived in Colorado, Texas, southeastern Nebraska, before retiring in Wilsonville. While in Wilsonville, he joined the volunteer fire department serving for a number of years and receiving recognition for his service. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and all activities outdoors. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and a sister: Harriett. He is survived by his wife Dora of Wilsonville: daughter Tina Wintz of Auburn, Neb.; two sons Richard Shaw Jr. and wife Leslie of Gainesville, Georgia, and Chad and wife Lisa of Greeley, Colo.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother Herald Shaw, and sister Janet and husband Bob Phillips all of Ohio. A celebration of life is being planned in Wilsonville on June 10. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association in Richard’s name. On-line condolences may be left at lockenour.com.