July 25, 2013

Richard Shonerd

Richard Shonerd was born on June 21, 1929 to Harvey and Helen (Knapp) Shonerd.  He left us on his life’s journey on July 24, 2013.  He was born in Lincoln. NE and made Lincoln his home for those 84 years. During the Korean War he was a member of the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He was a combat veteran and received a purple heart. Following his military service, Dick was a Phillips 66 oil jobber in southeast Lincoln.  After that business was sold, he took great pleasure as a coach driver for Goodlife Coaches and toured the USA and Canada.  When he retired he worked part-time for the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and volunteered at the VA Hospital.

Dick is survived by two daughters:  Nancy Mellott (Brad) of Papillion and  Karee Shonerd of Lincoln; former wife and lifelong friend, Mary Waltz Shonerd;  four grandchildren:  Kara Ficke (Kurt Hesser), Collin Mellott (Mandy), Paige Mellott, Leah Sveen (Jared); four great-grandchildren: Alex and Christopher Hesser, Brady Mellott, Emery Sveen; a sister, Patricia Henry of Ely. Iowa, and brother William Shonerd (Judy) of Lincoln.  Dick was preceded in death  by his parents and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marjorie Shonerd. Memorials may be made to Church of Christ or Nebraska Commission for the Blind.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Church of Christ, 57th and Vine Street.

Burial with military honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.



  1. Mary, so sorry to hear about your husband passing away. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Mary, so sorry to hear about Dick. I haven’t been able to get back to Lincoln for a while, but sure hope you’re doing o.k. You and your family have been a part of my life since I can remember!

  3. So sorry for your loss.

    • Hi Karen,
      I so appreciate your kind words and thoughts. I have such fond memories of our friendship and time together growing up. I loved your mom and enjoyed being with you and her at your home in Lincoln. Thanks again for your text, it means alot to me.

  4. Dear Nancy & Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your dad was such a nice man and we will always remember seeing him drive up in the bus on Michael Drive and having a huge smile as all the neighborhood kids greeted him.

    All our love,
    Ken & Jan

    • Dear Jan and Ken,
      Thank you for your kind thoughts and remembrances of my dad. Collin, Paige, Brad and I were just talking about how FUN it was for all the kids on Michael Drive when he would drive the Good Life Tour Bus into the neighborhood! The kids loved it and he would love it too!
      Much love,

  5. Dear Mary and Shonerd Family,

    My name is Mary Catharine Colacurci, I am Rita Jo (Trumble) Bender’s daughter and I just wanted to tell you that my mom thought the world of her childhood buddy “Richie”, as she always referred to him, and strangely, Mom passed away just 4 weeks ago herself. I’m sure I speak for my dad and my sisters when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

    Mary Catharine (Bender) Colacurci

  6. Nancy and family;

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Take comfort in knowing he’s in a much better place!

    Our sympathies again to you and your family.

    Chris & Diane Rathe

  7. Nancy and Family;

    Very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take comfort in knowing that he is in a much better place than from which he passed.

    Chris & Diane Rathe


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