August 6, 1974 – October 10, 2020
Born in rural McCook, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE

Michael “Shane” Rooney

Michael “Shane” Rooney, 46, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 10, 2020 at his residence in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Born August 6, 1974, in McCook, Nebraska, he was the son of H. Michael and Ruth Ann (O’Dea) Rooney.

Shane grew up on the family farm south of Stratton, Nebraska.  He attended Stratton Public Schools where he graduated in 1993.  After high school he lived in the Kearney, Nebraska area for several years before moving to Lincoln, Nebraska in 2002 where he worked for Allstate Insurance (Lincoln Benefit Life) until the date of his untimely death.

Shane loved the science behind things which explains his love for brewing beer. His friends and family looked forward to the Oktoberfest celebrations he would co-host over the years.  Friends came for the authentic German food, the polka band, and the selection of home brewed beers but mostly for the good old-fashioned fun that comes with the Oktoberfest celebration.  His love for the science of brewing led him to travel to Belgium and Germany.  He was also lucky enough to travel to India on two separate occasions for work. He was a storyteller and always had something interesting to say.  He made friends wherever he went and always knew how to put a smile on your face. He had a special way of making everyone feel welcome.

Shane is survived by his parents, Mike and Ruth Rooney of Bird City, Kansas, sisters Lisa (Troy) Rien of Lincoln, Nebraska and Michelle (Tim) Heinemann of Elwood, Nebraska, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A service will be held at a later date.

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