Melvin R. Cerny
Date of Birth
August 31, 1944
Belleville, Kansas
Entered into Rest
April 9, 2019
Omaha, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Saturday, April 13, 2019 ~ 2:30 p.m.
First Christian Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment with Military Honors at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Friday, April 12, 2019 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
First Christian Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska


A.L. #129, VFW #9776 or First Christian Church

Melvin R. Cerny, 74 of Ashland, NE passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Lakeside Hospital in Omaha.  He was born August 31, 1944 in Belleville, KS to Victor and Elsie (Polak) Cerny.  He attended grade school in Narka, KS, graduated from Omaha South High School in 1962 and received a degree in Civil Engineering from UNO.  He was an Army Veteran during the Vietnam War who entered on February 17, 1966 and was honorably discharged on October 4, 1968.  Melvin was united in marriage to Linda Bielenberg on November 23, 1974 in Carter Lake, IA.

In 1973 Melvin co-founded Geotechnical Services Inc. and had offices in five states.  He was the past President of the Ashland Youth Ball Association (AYBA) and helped organize fund raisers for the AYBA.  He was a former board member of the Ashland Public School and an active member of the American Society of Foundation Engineers (ASFE).  He was an avid Husker fan who followed the athletic programs, especially football, basketball and baseball.  Melvin was always eager to help with computer problems and was often seen with a camera around his neck taking endless pictures at all family gatherings.  He enjoyed his yearly trips to Missouri to buy fireworks for the 4th of July.

Melvin is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Linda Cerny; son, Martin Cerny of Ashland; brothers, Larry (Marian) Cerny of Geneva, NE, Dennis (Karen) Cerny of Marietta, GA; brothers-in-law, Richard (Retha) Bielenberg of Morrison, IL, Virgil (Kathy) Bielenberg of Storm Lake, IA, Ron (Sue) Bielenberg of Kearny, NE, Dale (Kate) Bielenberg of Norwalk, IA; sisters-in-law, Shirley Raszler of Papillion, NE, Lois Weiss of Omaha, NE, Pat Bielenberg of Ida Grove, IA; aunt, Wilma Cerny of Fairbury, NE

He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Elsie Cerny; parents-in-law, Irwin (Eva) Bielenberg,; brothers-in-law, Merle and Lyle Bielenberg, Aaron Rasler, Mike Marsh; sister-in-law Barb (Ronnie) Fritz.

Condolences for Melvin R. Cerny
  1. Pat Proctor
    • April 10, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Martin and Linda, I am so sorry. I forgot to post my name on the last one.

  2. Vana Rogers
    • April 11, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Linda and Martin: Sending hugs and hugs. Melvin will be missed my many. Hold onto the great memories and know you have lots of friends and family here for you.

  3. Doug Hanson
    • April 11, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Linda and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mel. I used to work for Mel at Geotechnical over 40 years ago. I learned so much from Mel, and he was wonderful to work for. My wife Jackie also worked part time for him, and enjoyed Mel as well. A truly wonderful man, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Melvin Clark
    • April 11, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Mel was a special friend that I had in some classes at South High. Wil miss him.

  5. Pat & Jean Stewart
    • April 11, 2019 - 1 year ago

    We have lots of memories from the first days of the VFW and Mel bringing Martin to show him off and the enjoyable times playing cards our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  6. Pat Crisler
    • April 11, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Bob and I were so saddened to learn of Mel’s passing. We admired him greatly and appreciate all he did to make Ashland a great place to live. Peace to your family.

  7. Frank & Kellie Ford
    • April 11, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Linda, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  8. Mike & Patti Mundt
    • April 12, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Linda and Martin. Our hearts go out to you two at these trying times. As you know mel was a life long friend. We will miss him deeply as well. It is very hard to even write this with out shedding tears.

  9. Mike and Patti mundt
    • April 12, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Linda and Martin, we are so sorry to hear of Mel’s passing. We will of course remember all the great times like cruising the Alaska coastline. Going to movies together and playing Mexican train. Our prayers are with you two.

  10. Diana Wood
    • April 22, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Linda, so sorry to hear of Mel’s passing. You were blessed to be married to a wonderful man and he was surely blessed to have you by his side all these years.

  11. Roger Helgoth
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear of Mel’s passing . I knew of Mel through the years in Professional Engineering practice and several projects . Mel was an exemplary leader and mentor to many people in the Geotechical and Foundation Engineering ares. His service in Vietnam is honored . My thoughts and prayers are for his wife, Linda , and the family .

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