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
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
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
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
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
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.