Willemsen, Henry "Hank"


Henry “Hank” Willemsen, age 92, passed away April 2, 2018.  Hank was born November 20, 1925,  in David City Nebraska, to John and Anna Willemsen.  He graduated from David City High School and earned Bachelor, Masters, and a six-year degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  A veteran of the United States Marine Corp, he served in WWII in the Pacific Theater in Saipan, Okinawa, and the occupation of Japan.  He spent his career as a teacher and coach, first at McCook and then at Lincoln Northeast High School for 43 years.  Hank was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, a member of American Legion Post #3, a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln chain gang for 40 years, a life member of the Nebraska Coaches Association, a member of the Lincoln Northeast High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and was a volunteer at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for 25 years.   


Hank is survived by his wife Grace Larson Willemsen; his son Larry and wife Susan; his daughter Nancy her partner Steve Little ; his granddaughter Ashley Shull and her husband Rob and great grandchildren Kaylee, Hunter and Megan Shull; step sons Matt Larson and wife Tammy; Chris Larson, and grandchildren Lauren Allison, Jack and Charlie Larson.


He is preceded in death by his parents John and Anna Willemsen.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 6111 Morrill Ave in Lincoln with Fr. Troy Schweiger officiating.  Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.


Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9 to 9       at Butherus Maser and Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St.


Rosary will be on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home.


Memorials are suggested to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Guestbook for Willemsen, Henry "Hank"

2:27PM Apr 8th, 2018
Best teacher, wonderful coach and truly an inspiration to youth. What a terrificl person to LNE. He walked by our house every school day on his way to and from school. He will be missed.
Curt & Jody Kiner (Lincoln, NE)
2:25PM Apr 5th, 2018
Grace, you have my sympathy at this sad time.
Marlene Langley Kaeding (Tekamah, NE)
4:06PM Apr 4th, 2018
Our family extends our sympathies to you on the loss of Hank. We have fond memories of him as a teacher and a co-worker. May God give you comfort and strength.
Fran Colon (Lincoln, NE)
3:02PM Apr 4th, 2018
Such wonderful memories of Hank as a teacher, coach and friend. Grace, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Peggy Loos (Lincoln, NE)
2:42PM Apr 4th, 2018
Condolences to the family of Coach Hank. The family of George Bruner, fellow teacher send their prayers to you all. Wonderful memories of Coach will live forever.
John Bruner (Lincoln, NE)
1:21PM Apr 4th, 2018
My sympathies to the family. May the special memories you all have, help you through this “earthly loss.” Thinking of and praying for your family.
Gwen Bell (Lincoln, NE)
8:07AM Apr 4th, 2018
Sending caring thoughts and prayers for all of the family. Cherish those special memories. Hank was a special man! Thinking of all of you, Cindi Dahl, Karen Elliott, Tracy Weatherly and families.
Tracy Weatherly (Omaha, NE)
6:55PM Apr 3rd, 2018
Another LNE coaching legend has passed. Great teacher,coach, and life long friend. His community service at St. E's for 25 years show how committed Hank was to helping others. Our condolences to Grace and the rest of Hank's family. Terry & Jan Monk
Terry Monk (Lincoln, NE)
6:53PM Apr 3rd, 2018
He was a terrific teacher! And many of us probably had no idea of the extent of his contributions to so many people's lives. His family can be very proud.
Cindy Williams when I was at LNE (Christiansburg, VA)
5:50PM Apr 3rd, 2018
Absolutely one of my favorite teachers! I am so sorry for your loss.
Judi Prieb Bonham (Algonquin, IL)
5:42PM Apr 3rd, 2018
Hank and my Dad Max Hester were dear friends for years. Our family has many wonderful memories of Hank. There is a great celebration today with Hank, Bun, Art, Ed, and Max reliving great times. A blessed man who gave much and expected little...
Cindy (Hester) Squier (Ord, NE)
2:43PM Apr 3rd, 2018
Grace and family. My sincerest sympathies and prayers to you and your family. Grace I had the privilege to work with you as and AGD sister and alum on the board but also had the privilege or knowing Mr. Willlemsen as an LNE alum and a member of St. Patrick's church. Mr. Willemsen taught many of us at LNE.
Wendy Morrissey (Lincoln, NE)
1:29PM Apr 3rd, 2018
Hank was a very dear coach of mine back in the late 50's. He was a freshmen coach under the late Ed Johnson. He gave us excellent instructions on playing basketball & being a gentleman. Thank you Hank
Jan Wall (Loveland, CO)
1:18PM Apr 3rd, 2018
Sending heartfelt sympathies to the Willemsen family. He was my absolute favorite teacher at LNE. He had a wonderful way of teaching with his dry humor and passion. He really cared about his students. Glad I was lucky to have had him as a teacher.
Tammy Doak (District of Columbia, DC)
12:20PM Apr 3rd, 2018
My sympathies to Hanks family. He taught my children at Northeast. Very kind man. I enjoyed working with him at St. E’s. RIP Hank.
Sharon Crosier (Lincoln , NE)
10:17AM Apr 3rd, 2018
Remembering many great memories of Mr. Willemsen and sharing in your sorrow. He was one of my favorite teachers when I was a student in the 70's I loved his dry, sarcastic humor that made learning fun. Sending much sympathy and prayers to your family as you share memories and love.
Jan Blecha (Scheer) (Gothenburg , NE)
10:11AM Apr 3rd, 2018
Seeing that Mr. Willemsen passed away brought back many great memories from the 70's. I always loved his dry, sarcastic humor in his classes which made learning fun. Sending sympathy and prayers to his family at this time.
Jan Blecha (Scheer) (Gothenburg, NE)
9:11AM Apr 3rd, 2018
Such fond memories of Mr. Willemsen. He was a wonderful teacher at Lincoln Northeast High School. I graduated from LNE in 1976. My condolences to the family. He will be missed.
Diane Davis Jelkin (Lincoln, NE)
9:08AM Apr 3rd, 2018
I'm very sorry of hear of your loss and send wishes for strength and peace to Grace and all family members. Carol Meyer (AGD sister and LNE teacher)
Carol Meyer (Lincoln, NE)
7:49AM Apr 3rd, 2018
All my sympathies to the family in the loss of their husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. I had the privilege of teaching with Hank from 1966-72 and then the joy of meeting him again during a stay at St. E's. What a nice man he was.........and a wonderful teacher!
Jean Holmquist Vincent (York, NE)
2:17AM Apr 3rd, 2018
Mr. Willemsen was a great teacher at Lincoln Northeast High School. He had a passion for teaching and cared about his students. I attended LNE 1987-1990. Much sympathy for the family and friends of Mr. Willemsen at this time of loss.
Kelly Callahan (Lincoln , NE)

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