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Dietrich "Dick" Torbeck

Born - Monday, January 21, 1895

Nemaha County, Nebraska

Baptized - Sunday, May 12, 1895

Saint John's Lutheran Church

Nemaha County, Nebraska

Confirmed  - Sunday, April 12, 1908

Saint John's Lutheran Church

Nemaha County, Nebraska

Married -  Thursday, February 7, 1918

Zion Lutheran Church

Thayer County, Nebraska

Died - Friday, June 21, 1974

Saint Elizabeth's Hospital

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska

Buried - Monday, June 24, 1974

Lincoln Memorial Park

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska



Dick Torbeck


Dietrich Torbeck, son of Reiner H. and Christena Dirks Torbeck,

was born January 21, 1895 in the Stone church community near

Auburn, one of 11 children.

He was baptized May 12, 1895 by Reverend Unland and

confirmed April 12, 1908 at Saint John's Lutheran church

by Reverend J. H. Dirks.

He attended school district 42 and grew up in that area.

In March 1916, he moved to a farm northwest of Byron.

On February 7, 1918 he was united in marriage to

Martha Young by Reverend L. C. Lentz at Zion Lutheran

church near Deshler. Two daughters, LaVerna and Florence

were born.

They farmed in that community, where Dick served on the

school board as treasurer for 15 years in district 64. In 1948

they moved to Fairbury, and in 1950 moved to Lincoln.

Mr. Torbeck passed away June 21, 1974 at Saint Elizabeth's

Hospital in Lincoln. He was preceded in death by his parents,

four sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Martha of Lincoln; two daughters,

Mrs. Edward Ruprecht of Omaha and Mrs. Elmer Prusia of

Lincoln; three sisters, Mrs. Herman Oestmann and Mrs. Fred

Kienker, both of Johnson and Mrs. Otto Harms of Deshler;

five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, many relatives

and friends.

Funeral services were held June 24 at Roper and Son

mortuary in Lincoln conducted by Dr. Leland Lesher of

Grace Lutheran church.

Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Nemaha County Herald


July 12, 1974




Dick & Martha (Young) Torbeck





Wife - Martha Meta Anna (Young) Torbeck

Born - Friday, December 1, 1899 - Nebraska

Died - Wednesday, December 27,  2000

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska

Parents - Heinrich Henry & Dora C. (Fintel) Young




Daughter - Laverna A. (Torbeck) Rupprecht

Born - February 14, 1919

Married - Sunday,  June 11, 1939

Died - July 11, 2012 - Virginia

Buried - Saturday, July 21, 2012

Graceland Park Cemetery

Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

Husband - Edward Rudolph Rupprecht

Born - October 15, 1908  ۩ Kiowa, Thayer County, Nebraska

Died - June 27, 2006  ۩ Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska

Father - John Paul Rupprecht

Mother - Lydia Emma (Drohman) Rupprecht


Daughter - Florence Martha (Torbeck) Prusia

Born - Saturday, April 12, 1924

Married - Saturday, June 14, 1947

 Veteran - World War IIHusband - Elmer  LeRoy Prusia

Born -  December 30, 1923

Franklin, Franklin County, Nebraska

Died - November 25, 2013
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska

Served in the US Army During World War II

8th Armored Division

Parents - Clarence A. & Lizzie D.  Prusia



Elmer LeRoy Prusia

Elmer LeRoy Prusia, 89, longtime Lincoln resident, died peacefully at home late in the morning on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 while in the presence of family.  Born December 30, 1923, in Franklin, Nebraska, to Clarence and Elizabeth (Garrett) Prusia.  Elmer grew up in Franklin, spending some of his time helping his father run the family hardware store.  He eventually was called to serve in the U.S. Army, and was sent to the European Theater of Operations where he was a member of the 8th Armored Division.  The tank he commanded found its way to many a different corner of Europe, including Bastonge, Belgium, and Czechoslovakia .  Following the war, he returned to Lincoln where he studied music at the University of Nebraska.  Music was then – and remained – one of the great loves of his life.  In 1946, he met Florence Torbeck at the old King’s Ballroom which was located at Capitol Beach.  She was the true love of his life.  They were married on June 14th, 1947, a marriage that lasted for 66 years.  To this union were born three children:  Christine Denice; Lynn Mari; and Kevin Roy.  Elmer worked at Western Electric, the Sidles Company, and was employed for many years as an auto upholsterer at McVicker’s Auto Trim in Lincoln.
Along with the equal help of his wife, Elmer spent the entire summer of 1983 painstakingly working at the task of the beautification of the pet cemetery at the Capitol Humane Society in Lincoln.  They moved, straightened, lifted, repaired and replaced every single memorial stone which marked the resting place of someone’s beloved pet, most of which had sunken badly into the ground.  It was a huge task which they took up with much care and love for pets that they would never personally know.  Elmer also had the great and deserved privilege of participating in the WWII Honor Flight Program which used planes to shuttle veterans back to Washington, D.C. in order that they might visit the WWII Memorial on the National Mall.  It was certainly a major highlight of his life, and he was extremely proud to have been able to have had that experience with his fellow soldiers in arms.  During this experience, Elmer had the honor of meeting former Senator Robert Dole (KS), who was there that day to help welcome the veterans to the memorial.

     Elmer is survived by his wife, Florence; daughter Christine and son-in-law Kim Woodward of Richmond, California, son Kevin and daughter-in-law O’Linda of Eagle, Nebraska; sisters Urva Lou Frerichs of Minden, Nebraska; Estelle Sorenson of Sacramento, California; Carolyn Barber of Fullerton, Nebraska; many nieces, nephews, and friends; and his beloved pet, Cassie.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Donald, Charles, and Richard; sister Dorothy; and his daughter Lynn, who he loved greatly, missed dearly, and with whom he is once again reunited. 

He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, citizen, and soldier, and we were all immensely lucky to have had our lives touched by his.

His family would like to thank the many medical personnel who cared for Elmer over the years including the members and staff of Horisun Hospice and Care Consultants For The Aging.  A special thank you goes to Dr. David Policky for his unfailing kindness which will never be forgotten.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 29th, with family receiving friends from 3-4 p.m. the same day at the Wyuka Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 30th at the same location.  Burial with Military Honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.  Memorials to the Honor Flight organization or the Capitol Humane Society.




Sister - Theta (Torbeck) Marquart

Born - March 19, 1878


Sister - Hilka Johanna (Torbeck) Malpert

Born - March 3, 1880


Sister -Christena (Torbeck) Schleufer

Born - January 16, 1882


Brother - John W. Torbeck

Born - March 28, 1884

Brother - Fred W. Torbeck

Born - March 14, 1886


Sister - Augusta (Torbeck) Schleufer

Born - December 6, 1887


Brother - Herman Heinrich Torbeck

Born - November 25, 1889


Sister - Emma (Torbeck) Oestmann

Born - April 11, 1892

Sister - Dora (Torbeck) Harms

Born - December 17, 1896

Sister - Anna (Torbeck) Kienker

Born - September 14, 1900



Father - Reiner Hillerichs Torbeck

Mother - Christena (Dirks) Torbeck



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