April 27, 2024

Richard “Dick” Varilek

Dick Varilek, 83, of Lincoln, NE, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2024, in Lincoln, NE, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on September 27, 1940, in Rushville, SD, and spent his formative years in Oshkosh, NE, where he developed a deep appreciation for community and sports.

After graduating from Garden County High School, Dick moved to Lincoln, NE, where he married Marlene Luebcke in 1964, beginning a loving partnership that endured over six decades.

Dick dedicated over 30 years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service, serving with integrity and commitment as a letter carrier and later as a Postmaster. His hard work and reliability earned him the respect of colleagues and the gratitude of the community.

Outside of work, Dick cherished moments with his family, finding joy in simple pleasures like fishing, golf, and billiards. His warm heart and genuine laughter brought light to those around him, leaving a lasting impression on all who knew him.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Marlene Varilek; his daughters, Terri Pereira (Candido) and Sherri Varilek; his sister, Laura Lubeley; grandchildren Laurel Pereira, Amanda Pereira, and Hunter Smith; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ruth Varilek, and siblings Ronald Varilek, Dorothy Barrow Tate, Robert Varilek, and Joseph Varilek, Jr.

A service to honor Dick’s life will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Lincoln, NE, with a Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, preceded by a Rosary at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the PGA REACH Nebraska or the Autism Society of Nebraska, organizations close to Dick’s heart.

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Dick Varilek will be remembered for his kindness, dedication, and unwavering love for his family. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those he touched, leaving behind a profound impact on his community and beyond.

1 Comment

  1. My sincere sympathy to Marlene and family on your loss. We always enjoyed our Tuesday night get togethers….and the guys with all their sports talk. Dick will be missed.


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