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, MO; 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.