April 20, 1934 – October 27, 2018
Born in Paducah, KY
Resided in Lincoln, NE
David S. Wysong
David S. Wysong, 84, of Lincoln, passed away October 27, 2018. David was born on April 20, 1934 to Noel B. and Dorothy E. (Michener) Wysong in Kentucky and raised in Park Ridge, IL. David had a good childhood, teaming up with his older sister Martha to relentlessly tease his younger siblings Miriam and Bryan. Between 1953-1956, David served in the Army Signal Corps (as a cryptographer) in Korea. After a three year courtship, David married Sally Goodfriend in 1958. David earned his bachelors and master’s degrees at Colorado State University and his doctorate in Plant Pathology at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. David and Sally had five children, Wendy Wysong (Tracy Rickett), Michael Wysong (Marcela), Jody Donovan (Nate), Elizabeth Wysong Hoffart (Matt), and Megan Wysong (Michael Holmes). Sally died in 2000, after a 5 year battle with ovarian cancer.
David enjoyed a fulfilling career as a Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, serving the state of Nebraska through Extension research on plant diseases. Taking up flying, David discovered the beauty of Nebraska from the air. He enjoyed his work with farmers, foresters, extension agents, aerial applicators and many others. David was also a panelist for 31 years on Backyard Farmer, the longest running, local educational television show in the United States. David retired in 1995 as Professor Emeritus. He might have been the friendly volunteer who gave you a cookie when you donated blood at the Blood Bank or brought supplies to a family member in Hospice or showed you to your seat at St. Mark’s UMC, or at the Lied Center.
David met Marilyn Allen during a medical mission trip to Mexico in 2002 and they’ve been together ever since. David and Marilyn have enjoyed dancing, traveling, and spending time together. He has frequently commented that he is so fortunate to have loved two women who have loved him back just as deeply.
David is survived by his brother – Bryan Wysong (Terry), sister- Miriam Meyer (Jerry), his five children, 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved Marilyn Allen.
A Celebration of David’s life will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln, NE.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Sally G. And David S. Wysong Memorial Scholarship fund through Lincoln Public Schools Foundation, 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510 or a charity of your choice.
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