Linkugel, Charles H.


Charles (Charlie) Herman Linkugel, 67, of Lincoln, Nebraska was born on January 7, 1951, in Beatrice, Nebraska to Herman and Wilma (Saathoff) Linkugel. He was the third of six children. He was raised on the family farm by Bremen, Kansas then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska when he was 10 years old. He attended Calvary Lutheran Grade School, Lincoln Lutheran Middle School, and then Lincoln High School and graduated in 1969. Charlie then attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and graduated in 1973 with his B.A. Degree in accounting. After graduating, he remained in Lincoln where he worked and met his wife Susan Kay (Smith) Linkugel.

On Saturday, March 9, 1974, Charlie was united in marriage to Susan at Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh, Nebraska. To this union two children, Tara Sue and Nathan Charles were born. They raised their family in Lincoln. Charlie was an active member of Holy Savior Lutheran Church, (previously known as, Holy Cross Lutheran Church). He loved his church family and was highly involved. He taught Sunday school, ushered, read the gospel, and sang in the choir with his wife and daughter and much more.

He enjoyed playing golf and watching golf on TV, planting a garden every year, especially his rose beds. He definitely had a green thumb just like his dad. He loved taking his family on vacations, especially to Minnesota during the summer to fish. He also made lots of weekend trips to Neligh to see Sue’s parents. He always made time for his kids, going to every concert and school event, taking them sledding in the winter and building snowmen. He loved his Husker football, really any Husker sports. He had season tickets to the football games! Loved the Kansas City Royals. He loved his extended family and family get-togethers with good company and lots of food! Above all, Charlie was a loving husband and father, he was also a beloved friend; his friendships were lifelong.

Tragically on September 11, 1997, after 23 years of marriage, his wife, Susan died in Fargo, North Dakota, after a month long battle with complications from Crohn’s disease. Some of the memorials given in her name were donated for the stain glass window that is currently in the sanctuary of Holy Savior Lutheran Church.

Charlie found love again and married Mary Hossaini in Hawaii in June of 2003. From that union he gained two lovely step daughters Sara and Roya and a whole other extended family. They enjoyed traveling, gardening, good wine, and going to the Zoo Bar and listening to the blues especially the band Earl and Them. He was always up for an adventure. The union however, did not last and they divorced amicably.

Then from 2013 through 2014, his son Nathan went through a long battle with heart failure and had a successful heart transplant on December 14, 2014.

Even with the hard things that life threw at him he handled it all with the patience of a saint. He was always calm, cool, and collected, kind, hardworking, loyal, strong, gracious, humble, curious, active, fun loving, always a smile on his face, and always there for his family no matter what. He was the rock of the family.

He worked at Lincoln Public Schools for many years and made many lifelong friends there and then worked at Fiserv for 10 years until he retired in April of 2016.

Charlie passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer Monday, February 12, 2018 in Lincoln. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Susan, parents-in-law, Chester and Vivian Smith, brothers-in-law, Murray Pappas and Jeff Smith.

Charlie is survived by his daughter Tara (Scott) Embury; son, Nathan Linkugel both of Lincoln; step daughters Sara Hossaini (Ryan Ikeda) of Oakland, CA and Roya (Sam) Oakley of Arroyo Grande, CA; grandchildren Ashley Embury of West Des Moines, IA, Jackie and Chelsea Embury of Lincoln; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Ann) Linkugel of Weimar, CA, Louie (Dorla) Linkugel of Lincoln; sisters and brothers- in-law, Loretta (Bill) Wilder of Clarksville, TN, Norma Pappas of Lincoln, Ruth (Ken) Kloke of Seward; brothers-in-law and sisters-in law; Steve (Diane) Smith of Scottsbluff, NE, Bonnie Smith of Seward, NE, Dan (Janet) Smith of Johnson Lake, NE and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 12-8. Family will greet friends and loved ones from 4-7 p.m. at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street, Lincoln. A celebration of life will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner St, Lincoln on Monday, February 19th at 11 a.m. We will provide a luncheon immediately following the funeral. In place of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for a donation to Meals on Wheels or Christ Lutheran Church education fund.


Guestbook for Linkugel, Charles H.

5:46AM Feb 16th, 2018
Sympathies to the family - my family lived next door to Charlie, Sue, Tara and Nathan for many years as our children were growing up. Wonderful, Christian family. Life goes on and love and memories live on forever.
Deanna Bahr (Lincoln, NE)
3:21PM Feb 14th, 2018
"Another Lincoln High Job Well Done."
Bob Mersed (Lincoln, NE)

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