OUR FAMILY

Once you request the services of Roper and Sons Funeral Home, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated Funeral Director will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, and take care of all the details, ensuring that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.

our staff

3rd Generation Owner

Charles “Pooch” Roper

Joined Roper & Sons in 1954

Family: Sons, Scott, Craig, Mark, and Tom.

Organizations/Memberships: First Plymouth UCC; Masons; Scottish Rite; Royal Order of Jesters; Executive Club; American Legion Post #3; Hillcrest Country Club. Interests include hunting, fishing, and golf.


3rd Generation Owner

William “Bill” Roper

Joined Roper & Sons in 1966.

Family: Wife, Judy; Children, Kent, Kerri, Kris, and Jenny.

Organizations / Memberships: Westminster Presbyterian Church; Gateway Sertoma; Lions Club; Northeast Rotary; Hickman Lodge #256 AF & AM; Scottish Rite; Sesostris Temple of the Shrine; Royal Order of Jesters.

President / Funeral Director

Tom Roper

4th Generation owner and son of Charles & Glenna.
Joined Roper & Sons in 1982.

Family: Wife, Brandi; Daughters, Elizabeth and Alexa; grandson, Hunter, granddaughter, Charlie.

Organizations/Memberships: First Plymouth UCC; Hickman Masonic Lodge #256 AF & AM; Sesostris Temple of the Shrine; Scottish Rite; Royal Order of Jesters #118; BPOE Lodge #80; Hillcrest Country Club; The East Lincoln Rotary.

Funeral Director

Mark Roper

4th Generation owner and son of Charles & Glenna. Joined Roper & Sons in 1988.

Mark has been involved in funeral service since 1986. He strongly believes in the value of open casket viewing.

Family: Wife, Cheryl; Children, Allison and Joseph

Background: Degree in Performing Arts

Organizations / Memberships: Grace Chapel PCA; Lincoln Lodge #19 AF & AM; Scottish Rite; Sesostris Temple of the Shrine; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; D-Mort 7 Federal Disaster Mortuary Team, Boy Scouts of America. Mark received specialized training in post-mortem reconstructive surgery at the Fountain National Academy in 2007-08.

Vice-President / Funeral Director

Dean R. Schneider

Joined Roper & Sons in 1996.

Family: Wife, Jill; Children, Sydney and Austin.

Organizations/Memberships: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; Sons of American Legion;; Member of Rotary International Club #14; Knights of Columbus; Sierra Club.

Funeral Director

D. Dwight Wright

Joined Roper & Sons in 1969.

Family: Children, Tim and Heidi Wright, and Mary and Robb Linafelter; Grandchildren, Andrew, Emily, and Turner.

Background: Dwight has over 60 years’ experience as a funeral director, licensed in both Nebraska and Iowa.

Organizations / Memberships: Member, Christ’s Place Church, volunteering in Guest Services and Prayer Team; past member of Lincoln Downtown Rotary Club #14 with twenty-two years perfect attendance and Paul Harris Fellow; National Societies of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Funeral Director

Steve Olson

Joined Roper & Sons in 2000 and Metcalf Funeral Home in 1976.

Family: Wife, Cheryl; Children: Leif, Erik, and Krystal; Grandchildren, Jackson, Jacob, Chloe, and Makenna, Tristan.

Background: Steve is originally from Ceresco, NE. He began his professional career in 1976 at Metcalf Funeral Home and joined Roper & Sons Funeral Home in 2000. Steve is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service Education.

Organizations / Memberships: Lincoln Berean Church; Kiwanis Club of Lincoln; Comet Lodge #229 and Sons of American Legion in Ceresco, Downtown Lincoln Kiwanis Club and Lincoln IDPA Club.

Funeral Director

Justin Wozny

Joined Roper & Sons in 2008.

Family: parents: Tim and Sheryl Wozny, Lexington, NE; brother, Jeremy Wozny, DPT, Lexington, NE.

Background: Justin grew up in Lexington, NE and began working at the local funeral home as a junior in high school. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Justin is a graduate of the KCKCC Mortuary Science Program. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 2007.

Organizations/Memberships: St. John’s Catholic Church; Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Alumni-University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Funeral Director

Abbey McFarland

Joined Roper & Sons in 2014.

Family: Nathan.

Background: Abbey grew up in Lexington, NE and attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney where she received a degree in Exercise Science/Sports Nutrition. Abbey is a graduate of Des Moines Area Community College Mortuary Science Program, where she obtained her Iowa Funeral Directing license and practiced in Des Moines, IA.

Email:abbey@roperandsons.com

Funeral Director

Marshall Buch

Joined Roper & Sons in 2015.

Family: Children, Madilyn and Chandler.

Background: Marshall grew up in Ponca, NE and was introduced to the funeral business in 2008 after twenty years in the construction industry and seven years as a City of Topeka Firefighter in Topeka, KS. He attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in Pittsburgh, PA, earning his Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science in 2013.

Email: :marshall@roperandsons.com

Funeral Director

Todd Schrag

Family: Spouse Mike and son Nate

Background: Todd grew up in Kansas, and graduated from McPherson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and German. Todd spent many years as an organist at a number of churches. He attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, and graduated with an Associate of Applied Sciences degree. He has been a licensed funeral director for over 25 in both Kansas and Oklahoma. 

Todd returned to full-time funeral service and moved to Lincoln in 2016 after he and Mike sold their flower shop and event rental company in Oklahoma City.

Organizations / Memberships: Sons of the American Legion and the United Methodist Church

Funeral Director

Kimberly Thompson

Joined Roper & Sons in 2017


Family: parents, Dan and Terri Thompson; sisters, Monica and Jessica

Kimberly was born and raised in Lincoln. She graduated from Lincoln Pius X High School. She then attended college at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Kansas City Kansas Community College earning her degree in Mortuary Science. She also works part time at the locally owned, National Pharmacy.

Funeral Associate

Scott Edstrom

Joined Roper & Sons in 2004 and Metcalf Funeral Home in 1983.

Family: Wife, Mary Ann; daughter Justine and son-in-law Ben; daughters Holly, Bethany, Kelcy, son Austin; Granddaughter Bailey.

Background: Scott was raised on a farm near Ceresco, NE, graduating from Raymond Central High School.

Organizations / Memberships: Member of Capital City Christian Church; Sons of the American Legion – Ceresco, NE.

Creative Director

Carrie Fangman

Joined Roper & Sons in 2012.

Family: Husband, Steve; Daughters, Kayleigh and Taelynn.

Background: Carrie is a lifelong Lincoln resident with an extensive background in Business Administration. Carrie has a long history working in the medical/healthcare administrative field with experience in Customer service and leadership.

Organizations / Memberships: Faith Lutheran Church.

Email:carrie@roperandsons.com

Outreach Coordinator

Jodi Freeman

Joined Roper & Sons in 2013.

Family: Husband, Shane; Children, Travis, Kylah, and Madison.

Background: Jodi has over ten years of experience in marketing and outreach in human services organizations. She is a graduate of Bellevue University with a BS in Human Service Administration and a Masters of Public Administration.

Organizations / Memberships: BNI-Business Boosters (Chapter President 2015-2016), Rotary 14, Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA)

Financial Services

Liz Howerter

Joined Roper & Sons in 1994.

Family: Husband, Scott; Children, Taylor, Joseph, Hannah, and Eric.

Background: Liz is a Lincoln native. She holds a BA from the UNL College of Business, and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School.

Organizations / Memberships: St. Michael’s Catholic Church; Kappa Alpha Theta House Corporation Board; Lincoln Country Club.

Facility Manager

Tony Naranjo

Joined Roper & Sons in 2012

Family: Wife, Sharon; Children Anthony, Brandi, Jason, Lukas, and Nikki; Grandchildren Dawn Marie, Nathaniel, Kaden, Vanessa, Anthony Jr. and Isaac; Great-grandchildren Sophia and Zaden.

Organizations / Memberships: Cathedral of the Risen Christ.

Office Manager

Cindy Wilson

Joined Roper & Sons in 1994.

Family: Daughters & sons-in-law, Kelly & Gabe Robertson, Angie & Brad Marshall; Grandchildren, Alyssa, Kara, Hayley, and Landon.

Background: Cindy is originally from Hastings, Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Hastings Central Community College.

Organizations / Memberships: Lifetime member of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Grief Counselor

Jennifer Clark, LIMHP

Joined Roper & Sons in 2006.

Background: Jennifer grew up in the Air Force and lived in the US and Europe. Jenn has extensive experience in human services grief therapy. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Doane College in Nebraska. Jennifer works full time as a therapist with adolescents and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Family: Parents, Jerry and Bev, and dog Joey.

Organizations / Memberships: Member of Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene, member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

Grief Counselor

Tiffany Eisenbraun, LMHP

Joined Roper & Sons in 2016 

Family: Husband, Luke

Background: Tiffany is from Rapid City, SD and moved to Lincoln December 2014. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 2013 with a BS in Psychology and in 2015 with a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Grief counseling sparked Tiffany’s interest in counseling and she has a special passion for the field.

Grief Counselor

Melissa Thorne, PLMHP

Joined Roper & Sons in 2016.
 
Family: Parents, Fred Thorne and Laura Schram.

Background: Melissa was born and raised in Lincoln Nebraska. She acquired her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska, majoring in Psychology with a Sociology and Communication minor. Melissa completed her graduate degree at Doane University with a Master’s of Arts in Counseling.

Organizations / Membership: Member of Lincoln Berean and Elevate Church. Board Member of Oyate Tokeya, Certified Administer of MBTI.

Family Service Counselor

Theresa Scherer

Joined Roper & Sons in 2012; professional pre-planning agent since 1994.

Email:theresa@roperandsons.com

Our Staff Associates

  • John Andrews – Funeral Associate
  • Al Berndt – Funeral Associate
  • DeLoyd Larsen – Funeral Associate
  • Lloyd Orth – Funeral Associate
  • Richard Wenske – Funeral Associate
  • Mary Borin – Reception / Catering Coordinator
  • Linda Orth – Reception Associate
  • Wilma Sundeen – Staff Musician
  • Gayla Nelson – Visitation Hostess
  • Dee Weyeneth – Visitation Hostess