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William Earl Abernathy Jr.

December 15, 1926 January 6, 2021
William Earl Abernathy Jr.
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William “Bill” Earl Abernathy, Jr., age 94 of Papillion, formerly of Nebraska City entered into his heavenly home January 6, 2021 at Hillcrest Country Estates in Papillion. Bill was born December 15, 1926 in Nebraska City, the son of William E. and Lola G. (Dukes) Abernathy, Sr. He married LaVonda Aufenkamp June 5, 1949 at Coryell Park near Brock. Bill formerly lived in Peru, NE, Glenwood, IA, and Nebraska City before moving to Papillion four years ago. He graduated from Peru State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and later with a Master’s Degree in Business Education from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Bill was an educator and assistant principal at Nebraska City High School for many years prior to his retirement. For six years, while teaching, Bill and LaVonda also owned and operated the Dairy Queen in Nebraska City. They enjoyed regular camping trips together with a special group of friends. He served in the U.S. Army Military Police and was stationed in Rome, Italy during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 8, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and had served on the Housing Authority Board and Nebraska City Public School Board. Bill served as a past president of the NCHS Alumni Foundation Board. Bill was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church in Nebraska City. He loved spending time with his family and loved all of his students. Bill was an avid Husker fan and was always working in his garden. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, LaVonda of Papillion; children, Linda (Paul) Perez of LaVista, Scott (Jamie) Abernathy of Covington, WA and Terri (Dick) Clyde of Papillion; grandchildren, Pilar (John) Kinney, Julia (Eric) Mulligan, Ethan (Ruth) Perez, Macon (Catherine) Abernathy, Talon Abernathy, Tanner (Amelia) Abernathy, Madison Torgerson and Haley Torgerson; great grandchildren, Lincoln and Lola Kinney, Palmer, Beckett and Ellis Mulligan, Theo Perez; brother, Gilbert (Darlene) Abernathy of Thornton, CO; loving nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Doris Abernathy; daughter in law, Kerry Abernathy.

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1:00 PM 1/12/2021 1:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/12/2021 8:00:00 PM
Marshall Funeral Chapel Nebraska City

1109 First Corso
Nebraska City, NE 68410

The family will not be present for the visitations. A private graveside service for the immediate family will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Wyuka Cemetery. A celebration of life is being planned for the future and will be announced at that time.

Marshall Funeral Chapel Nebraska City
1109 First Corso Nebraska City 68410 NE
United States

Cemetery Details


Wyuka Cemetery Final Resting Place

710 South 19th Street
Nebraska City, NE 68410

710 South 19th Street Nebraska City 68410 NE
United States

Memorial Contribution

Nebraska Fellowship of Christian Athletes

5801 S. 58th Street, Suite C
Lincoln, Nebraska 68516

Nebraska City Food Pantry

1023 First Avenue
Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410

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