Joel Robert Styskal
Date of Birth
February 5, 1989
Fairfield, Texas
Entered into Rest
December 13, 2014
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at St. John Cemetery ~ Weston, Nebraska

Visitation & Rosary

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


Nebraska Special Olympics

Joel Robert Styskal, 25 of Lincoln, NE, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at his home in Lincoln. He was born February 5, 1989 in Fairfield, TX to Jeff and Mary (Lanik) Styskal. He graduated from Utica Centennial High School in 2008.

Joel competed for several years in the Special Olympics. He was an avid Husker football fan and he loved Lil Red. Joel knew all the sports team’s mascots and he took interest in knowing the commentator’s names of big games. Spending time with his nephews Blake and Haven, his buddy Paxton, and his grandma always made him happy. He enjoyed talking with his family on the phone every night and his favorite saying usually came out; “are you kidding me”. He was a happy person that loved life.

He is survived by parents, Mary and Bill Phillips of Seward and Jeff Styskal and special friend Kathy Smith of Lincoln; brother, Seth (Hannah) Styskal; grandparents, Godfrey and Joyce Lanik of Ceresco, Robert and Joan Machacek of Weston, and Betty Phillips of David City; nephews, Blake Styskal and Haven Canby; step-brother, Joseph Phillips; step-sisters, Anna Phillips and Angela Phillips; extended family, Josh, Krystal, and Paxton Holmes of Lincoln; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by brother, Matthew Styskal and grandfather, Robert Styskal.

Rev. Joseph Bernardo will be the celebrant.

Condolences for Joel Robert Styskal
  1. Anonymous
    • December 14, 2014 - 9 years ago

    So sorry to hear of Joel’s untimely death. I won’t be able to attend the funeral as I am in Kansas City thus week yet, but I will be thinking of you and him and pray for all. My condolences.

  2. Leah Bjerrum
    • December 15, 2014 - 9 years ago

    Mary and family – I am so shocked and sad to learn this news of Joel. He was very special to me and so many others at school. I have so many happy memories of Joel.

  3. • December 15, 2014 - 9 years ago

    So very sorry to hear this sad news, the loss of Joel is felt by so many. Prayers for him and Mary and Bill and families.

  4. Kathy Jackson
    • December 16, 2014 - 9 years ago

    I was so sorry to hear this news. I remember Joel coming to visit at school once in awhile, he seemed like a fun person. Know that my thoughts are with you Seth as well as your whole family.

  5. Doug and Donna Eiting
    • December 16, 2014 - 9 years ago

    May God’s love and the fond memories you have of Joel help to ease your sorrow. As a former Seward County Special Olympic athlete Joel always represented the team well. Now he has won the ultimate “gold medal”. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families.
    Doug, Donna and John Eiting

  6. Nancy McAndrew
    • December 16, 2014 - 9 years ago

    We were so shocked and saddened to hear about Joel & our hearts are breaking for his family & friends. Joel was such a unique, fun, & sweet young man and he touched so many of our hearts in so many different ways. He will be sorely missed….
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you,
    TJ & Nancy McAndrew & family

  7. Peggy Rohren
    • December 16, 2014 - 9 years ago

    My sympathy to Joel’s family. He always had a hello for everyone he met. Peg Rohren

  8. Keith, Karen & Katie Shonka
    • December 17, 2014 - 9 years ago

    We send you our deepest sympathy for the lost of your son. He truly did seem to enjoy life. What wonderful memories he left for all.

  9. Marilyn Crawford
    • December 17, 2014 - 9 years ago

    My deepest sympathy to all of Joel’s family. My prays are with you at this difficult time. Will always remember Joel from Centennial school, worked around him for many years. He always remembered me when he saw me and asked about my family. Lots of memories.

  10. Wade, Christine & Taylor Neth
    • December 17, 2014 - 9 years ago

    Sending our deepest sympathies. Hoping it helps to know that many heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  11. Brian, Tanya, Jacee & Bristol Woolsey
    • December 17, 2014 - 9 years ago

    So Sorry for your loss, Many thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult times.
    Brian & Tanya (Luebbe) Woolsey Family

  12. Ed Martin
    • December 17, 2014 - 9 years ago

    I had the pleasure of working with Joel thru Centennial schools work program. It was probably better for me than it was for Joel. What a wonderful person. We used to talk about football, maybe even betting a pop or donut on the game, he did love donuts!!! The world is gonna miss him, and if God isn’t a Husker fan……..he soon will be!

  13. Sharilyn Steube
    • December 17, 2014 - 9 years ago

    Mary, I am so sorry to hear about Joel. You have my deepest sympathies and your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Tory and Jacy Ford
    • December 18, 2014 - 9 years ago

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. Joel and my daughter Jacy spent many days at the ILC voc working together, they were a great team. She misses him VERY much. He is a special young man. We will continue to keep Joel and your family in our prayers.

  15. Kyle Hinkel
    • December 18, 2014 - 9 years ago

    Mary and family-I was shocked to hear about Joel. I loved that to Joel I was always “Jasen’s mom.” I always liked visiting with you when your shared how proud he was to be an uncle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Lynette Lanik
    • December 19, 2014 - 9 years ago

    Mary Pat and family, my deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to you and your family. My heart aches for you, and I so wish I could say something to ease even just a little of your pain. All of our Love and prayers from Wisconsin. Lynette Lanik and family

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