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Dennis McFarland

Dennis McFarland

NORFOLK — A celebration of life for Dennis L. McFarland, 74, will be at a later date. No services are planned.

He died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Norfolk.

Stonacek Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


Dennis Lee McFarland was born March 18, 1946, in Bloomfield to Ray and Eileen (Wakeley) McFarland. He grew up and went to school in Kellerton, Iowa, then joined the Navy.

While in the service, he met and married Becky Murray in 1965. After he got out of the Navy, they returned to Nebraska, where he farmed for nearly 30 years in the Wausa area and also on Brooky Bottom near Wynot. After retiring from farming, they moved to rural Randolph, where he was a substitute mail carrier for several years, then moved to Norfolk.

Besides his family, some of his favorite things were homegrown tomatoes, homemade ice cream and his dog, Holly.

Dennis is survived by his spouse, Becky; their family, Troy (Rachelle) McFarland and their children, Nicole, Melissa and Christopher; Lenaya (James) Callies and their children. Ashton (Kourtney and Baby Boy Callies in December), Jaidyn, Jenna and Bryson; and Andrea (Tim) Cross of Yankton and their children, Justin Poppe and son Lyric, and Tim and Renee Cross; siblings: brother Gary (Barbara) McFarland of Sandy, Ore.; sister-in-law Marietta (Eldon) McFarland of Crofton; sister Joy (Jerry) Winkelbauer and brother-in-law Dave Junck of Randolph; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eldon McFarland; a sister-in-law, Susan (Gary) McFarland; and a sister, Raeleen Junck.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

In other news

RANDOLPH — Services for Kearney Lackas, 88, Belden, are pending at Johnson Funeral Home in Randolph. He died Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.

WAYNE — Services for Claire J. Kohn, 88, Wayne, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne.

JOHNSTOWN — Graveside memorial services for Jamie R. Spanel, 41, Omaha, will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in the East Woodlawn Cemetery at Johnstown.

O’NEILL — Memorial services for Nick Hammerlun, 77, O’Neill, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the First United Methodist Church in O’Neill. The Rev. Brian Loy will officiate.

NORFOLK — Services for Miranda M. Caniglia, 47, Norfolk, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Home for Funerals Chapel, 708 Georgia Ave., in Norfolk. Tim DeFor will officiate. Private burial will be at a later date.

OMAHA — Military services for Norman “Pat” Haugen, 61, of Norfolk and Lincoln will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Omaha National Cemetery, 14250 Schram Road, in Omaha.

BATTLE CREEK — Services for Susan K. Klein, 70, Norfolk, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Battle Creek. The Rev. B.J. Fouts will officiate. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk.

NORFOLK — Services for Susan Klein, 70, Norfolk, are pending at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. She died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

WAYNE — Private graveside services for Phyllis M. Nolte, 95, Wayne, will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne under the direction of Hasemann Funeral Home.

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