July 9, 2021

Norman D. Penkava

Norman D. Penkava

May 27, 1931 ~ July 7, 2021

      Norman Dean Penkava, 90, of Lincoln, passed away on July 7, 2021. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, July 13 at 11:00 A.M. with visitation from 9:30-10:45 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lincoln, pastor Mark Ebert officiating. Interment will follow at Wyuka Cemetery, concluding with a reception at the church. Online Condolences may be left for the family at

      Norman was born on May 27, 1931, to Joseph and Velta (Oviatt) Penkava at Virginia, Nebraska. He attended and graduated from Virginia consolidated school. Norman was married to Phyllis Schuerman in 1950. Norman later would join the Marine corps and proudly serve his country from 1952-1954 during the Korean conflict. Following his honorable discharge from the USMC, Norman returned to Lincoln to resume work at Green Furnace & Plumbing from 1949-2002. Following Phyllis’ passing, he was united in marriage to Leora Borgmann in 2004. From 2005-2014, Norman and Leora enjoyed their winters in Texas, thus becoming the “Winter Texans”. He was also an active member of the Pleasantdale American Legion Post #354.

     He was preceded in death by his late wife Phyllis; sons Steven and Galen Penkava and a sister, Joan Pardee.

     Left to cherish Norman’s memory are his wife Leora (Kulla) Penkava; son Jere (Cheryl) Penkava; brother Bob (Kathy) Penkava; stepdaughter Michelle (Dennis) Haakenson; stepsons Mark (Denise) and John (Kris) Borgmann; twelve grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren and daughter-in-law Nella Alcalde.

     Memorials may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church. 510 South 33rd Street Lincoln, Ne 68510.



  1. So sorry to hear about Norm’s passing. He was a wonderful man and so very kind to our family. We enjoyed our conversations and interactions with him through the years. We will be praying for your family ! 💕🙏🏼💕

  2. What a great man and father. I have so many memories of times spent with Norm, Phyllis and my three best friends, Jere, Steve and Galen. They were my second family and always treated me like a member. I can’t imagine my early years without this family and Norms’s leadership. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


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