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John Schiffbauer Jr.

John Schiffbauer Jr.

NORFOLK — Services for John R. Schiffbauer Jr., 92, Norfolk, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk. The Rev. Scott Schilmoeller will officiate with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Nebraska Army National Guard Honor Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1644 and American Legion Post 16.

Visitation will be an hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

John Schiffbauer Jr. died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.


The Mass will be livestreamed on the funeral home’s website. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

John was born in Chambers on Dec. 4, 1928, to John R. Sr. and Velva T. (McCoy) Schiffbauer. He grew up in Ewing and attended Ewing Public School. He played basketball for the Ewing Tigers.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 17, 1948, and served in the 8th Army Division until 1954. During the Korean Conflict, he was stationed in Japan and served as Master Sergeant and conductor on a U.S. Army train. He returned to the United States in 1952 to complete his service at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. He was discharged in 1954 and returned to Nebraska.

John married Michiko “Jean” Negishi Hinohara on Nov. 3, 1951, in Yokohama, Japan, at the U.S. Army Chapel Center. He graduated from Southeast Community College at Milford in 1958, and moved to Sidney, where he worked as a welder for two years. In 1960, he returned to Norfolk and started J&R Construction Co., in the business of remodeling and cabinet making until his retirement in 1992.

He enjoyed deer, pheasant and turkey hunting. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Norfolk VFW Chapter.

John is survived by his four children, William “Bill” of Washington, D.C., Marlene (Brad) Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, Tim (Susan) of Omaha and Connie of Norfolk; grandchildren John William Schiffbauer of Potomac, Md., Elisabeth Schiffbauer of New York, N.Y., Zachary (Jenna) Schiffbauer of Omaha, Kailey (Ian) Barry of Omaha, Tara Smith of Des Moines, Robert Smith of Des Moines and Connor Smith of Des Moines; and four great-grandchildren, Mason and Olivia Schiffbauer and Elijah and Adalena Jean Barry.

He was preceded in death by his spouse of 67 years, Jean A. Schiffbauer, who died on Sept. 3, 2018; his brother, William of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his sister, Arlene of Ewing; and his sister, Ruth of Santa Maria, Calif.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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NORFOLK — Services for Daniel Muehlbauer, 71, Norfolk, are pending at Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home in Norfolk. Daniel Muehlbauer died Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

NORFOLK — Services for Willis R. Schlote, 98, Norfolk, are pending with Home for Funerals in Norfolk. Willis Schlote died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Care Center.

HARTINGTON — Services for Donald A. Bergman, 93, of Hartington are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

BLOOMFIELD — Services for Martha Beckmann, 93, of Bloomfield will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. The Rev. Jacob Bobby will officiate with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.

PIERCE — Memorial services for Gabriel J. Polt, 38, Singapore, formerly of Pierce, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Harvest Church in rural Norfolk. The Rev. Mike Gardner will officiate. Inurnment will be in Prospect View Cemetery in rural Pierce.

NORFOLK — Services for Margaret Ruth “Ruthie” (Heim) Brown, 98, Norfolk, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Norfolk. The Rev. Jacqueline Perry will officiate. Burial will be in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk.

AINSWORTH — Private graveside services for Shirley A. Burger, 93, Ainsworth, will be Monday, Dec. 6, at the Ainsworth Cemetery.

NORFOLK — Services for Margaret Ruth “Ruthie” (Heim) Brown, 98, Norfolk, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Norfolk. The Rev. Jacqueline Perry will officiate. Burial will be at the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk.

Memorial services for Joe Mittelsdorf, 74, will be at later date under the direction of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

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