Marlyn E. Washburn
Date of Birth
December 7, 1950
Valley City, North Dakota
Entered into Rest
May 26, 2017
Bellevue, Nebraska
Celebration of Life Directions

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Riverview Community Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Everyone is asked to wear their “Team Marlyn” shirts to both occasions.

Visitation Directions

Gathering of Family and Friends
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Gathering ~ 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sharing of Memories ~ 7:00 p.m.
Marcy Chapel ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Memorials – in lieu of flowers

American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association

Marlyn E. Washburn, 66, of Omaha, NE.

December 7, 1950 – May 26, 2017

Marlyn was born December 7, 1950 in Valley City, North Dakota to Ruel and Ferne (Gleason).  He died May 26, 2017 in Bellevue, Nebraska. The family moved to Mead NE in 1952 where he attended elementary and high school.  He graduated from Wayne State College in 1973 with a BAE in Mathematics.

He taught the next 17 years in Bushnell, O’Neill, and Seward NE.  He earned his MEd from The University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1989 and began his administrative career the following year in Osmond, NE.  He was also the Secondary Principal at Neligh, NE before moving to the same positions in Exira and Lawton IA.  He finished his career as a teacher and Secondary Principal at Red Cloud, NE.  He retired in 2014 as did his wife, Patricia, and moved to Omaha.

He was an avid golfer and played nearly every day until he was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago.  He also enjoyed trout fishing in the Verdigre Creek near Royal, NE.  He and Pat traveled the country after they retired.  They loved hitting the road in her red Mustang.  Together they visited all but two of the lower 48 states–most of them after retiring.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one brother, Dennis (Donna) of Lincoln; daughters Barbara (Darin) Lovercheck, Humphrey, Jill (Steve) Peterson, Omaha; sons Christopher (Jenny), Plymouth, Charles (Suzanne), Omaha, Steven (Grace), Bruce Crossing MI; and step-daughter Tonja (Aaron) Taylor, Plattsmouth.

He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, the 7 great-grandchildren and his special friends in the “B” Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Sharon Kay, and an infant daughter.

Everyone is asked to wear their “Team Marlyn” shirts to both occasions.

Condolences for Marlyn E. Washburn
  1. Nancy Flammang
    • May 27, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Pat, Steven, and family:
    We are so sorry to hear of Maryln’s passing. It is so hard to watch a love one suffer from this horrid disease, but also so difficult to let them go. He is now free from pain. We hope that your memories of happier times provide comfort. Our prayers and wishes,
    Kirk, Nancy Flammang and family

  2. Sharon MacConnell
    • May 27, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Prayers and a hug from Sharon MacConnell.

  3. Ray Westerhoff
    • May 27, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Barb, I’m sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was one of my favorites. I hope you are doing well. Ray W.

  4. Sandi Hocamp
    • May 27, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Very sorry for loss. I enjoyed being a teacher and working with Marlyn.

  5. Sue Hoegh
    • May 27, 2017 - 1 year ago

    So sorry, Pat, Charlie and family. I will never forget when you were in Exira. My sympathies to all of you

  6. Jane jessen
    • May 28, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Our thoughts and prayers to Marlyns family. I worked for Marlyn while he was principal at Exira.

  7. • May 28, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Pat, you are in our prayers, as are all of your kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. I know you are in tremendous pain, but Marlyn is at peace. No more pain. What a comfort to know he is in the arms of Jesus, never to hurt again. I know none of this was in your life plan, but God is good, and He still has much for you to do. We all love you dearly, and will see you on Wednesday. God bless you dear friend.

  8. Mark Rogers
    • May 28, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Marlyn was an excellent principal. During a transition in my life he also was an outstanding friend. He will be missed.

  9. Greg & Char Bintner
    • May 28, 2017 - 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead.

  10. Tina Jones
    • May 28, 2017 - 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great person and superintendent. He will be missed.

  11. Anonymous
    • May 29, 2017 - 1 year ago

    We are very saddened to hear about Marlyn’s passing. You and you family are in our thoughts and prayers!
    Paul and Beth Roberts and family

  12. June Moline
    • May 29, 2017 - 1 year ago

    My sympathy to Marlyn’s family and friends. We go way back to Pre-kindergarten. The Washburn’s lived a block from us and my sisters, neighborhood friends and me spent many, many days and nights playing as youngsters and hanging out as teens. We’d play ditch, hide and seek, Annie-Annie I Over, tag, and Christmas Carol as a group, followed by hot chocolate at our house. Oh so many good memories. My twin and I graduated with Marlyn from Mead. May all of Marlyn’s family and friends find the same kind of memories that I have.

  13. Jim Young
    • May 29, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Dear Pat and Marlyn’s Family
    I want to wish you my deepest sympathies at this time. I hope you all will be able to celebrate Marlyn’s life, his gifts of memories to you all, and most important, his legacy to all of you and the lives of the students he touched in his career!


  14. Mitch Egeberg
    • May 30, 2017 - 1 year ago

    My thoughts and prayers to Marlyn’s family. I have many fun memories of Marlyn when we taught in Seward and coached 7th Grade Volleyball together. I know everyone will miss that twinkle in his eyes.

  15. Paula Chostner
    • May 30, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Marlyn was a classmate K through 12, a friend in adulthood and a brother through life. What a joy to share those years, and a special additional joy to know you, Pat. Jeff and I are holding you close in our hearts.

  16. Carol Meyer
    • May 30, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Pat and families:

    Our deepest sympathies to all of you at this time. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Carol and Glen Meyer

  17. Melanie Roder
    • May 30, 2017 - 1 year ago

    So sorry for your loss. Marilyn was my graduating class’ principal in Neligh he was a good man. All my condolences to his family and friends.

  18. Jeanie Juracek
    • May 31, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Pat and family, I only had the pleasure of working with/for Marlyn that one year while he was at Neligh-Oakdale Schools, but he was a good man to work with. May your memories of the better times with Marlyn overcome the bad ones and comfort you in this time of sorrow.

  19. Bev and Bill Baker
    • May 31, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Pat, I don’t know if you will remember us or not but just wanted to let you know we were sorry to hear about Marlyn. Our sympathy to you.

  20. Bill and Pam Kuester
    • May 31, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Pat… sorry to hear the sad news of Marlyn’s death. I really enjoyed working as an administrator with him at Neligh-Oakdale Schools. Our fond memories and prayers are with your family. Bill & Pam Kuester

  21. Judy Bradley
    • June 1, 2017 - 1 year ago

    Pat it hurts my heart to know you have lost a loved one so young. Remember all the good times and travels together and fill your heart with love. I told Mom about your lose and she was so sad to hear about you losing your loved on. God be with you on this journey.

  22. Connie (Larson) and Jim Janececk
    • June 1, 2017 - 1 year ago

    My sympathies to the Washburn family for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Bob & Becky Reisdorff
    • June 27, 2017 - 12 months ago

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with You all! Marlyn was a Very Special Person and left us way too soon! Hugs!

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