Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Tri-State Golf Tournament:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Whispering Creek – Sioux City, IA
View more information here

District Meetings:

Tuesday, November 4: District 5, Scottsbluff Country Club, Scottsbluff
Wednesday, November 5: District 7, The Canteen Grill, North Platte
Thursday, November 6: Districts 4 & 8, Riverside Country Club, Grand Island
Tuesday, November 11: District 3, Prenger’s Restaurant, Norfolk
Wednesday, November 12: District 1, Fremont Golf Club
Thursday, November 13: District 2, York Country Club, York


Fall Workshop:

The date for the Fall Workshop is set for September 30. The main session will take place in Lincoln and will be broadcast to other locations across the state. Watch for more details soon!

President’s Welcome

Welcome to the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association website. This updated site is your source for any information you need concerning your association. You can learn more about the classified ads, scholarship information, legislative news and updates and products and services available to you. Membership in your association gives you many continuing education opportunities allowing you to network with your colleagues and hear nationally known speakers, all at an affordable price. Our profession is changing rapidly and your membership assures you that you will not be left behind. Our committees are working hard to make sure the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association members continue to be leaders in our profession. Please check the website often to keep up-to-date with the latest information so you can better serve your community.

Gary Straatmann, President

Recent News

July 11, 2014

Click on the document below for directions on how to find information on the National Archives website.

Info for FD on National Archives Website

The link to the National Archives website is: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/funeral-home-director/index.html

July 1, 2014

What started out as a quiet Mother’s Day quickly turned into devastation for many people in Seward County and the surrounding counties of Butler, Polk, York, Fillmore, Saline and Lancaster. Numerous tornadoes and high winds severely damaged properties and completely destroyed numerous homes and businesses. Fortunately, no one was killed or severely injured in the storm, but the damage was overwhelming to those in the communities that were hit.

Bill Lauber owns the Lauber Funeral Home in Beaver Crossing and was shocked to see the damage to his building. Once he checked his funeral home, he proceeded to drive to the cemetery and was shocked to see the damage. About a third of the headstones were toppled, numerous trees were downed, and debris had flown in from neighboring homes. Volunteers poured in to help those in the community clean up their town. With their help, progress was made to help clean up the cemetery.

Staff from various memorial companies assisted in resetting and repairing the headstones that were toppled. Thank you to the following companies for their generosity: Desch-Paine Monuments/Sunburst Memorials out of Grand Island and St. Cloud, Minnesota; Monument Advisors out of Grand Island; Wegner Monuments out of Central City and York; Speidell Monuments out of Lincoln; and Trump Memorials out of Lincoln.

Desch Paine Beaver Crossing - Trump Memorials Beaver Crossing - Wegner

June 20, 2014

On April 19, a fundraiser was held for the Nebraska Organ Recovery System in memory of Thomas Tiffany Varney V (Moose) at the Kuck Motorsport Collection located just off of the Lincoln 27th Street exit. Gary and Susan Kuck, along with their son, Scott, have over 35 years of collecting antique classic muscle cars and race cars, dating from 1906 to the present which they display in their beautiful building. This collection includes approximately 100 cars – many extremely rare. The Kucks host between 12-15 fundraisers a year for various charities.

Kuck Motorsport Collection (more…)

June 19, 2014



If the veteran/retiree will be buried in a Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery (Federal Cemetery), make contact with the above first, they will obtain missing documentation from NPRC, if needed.  Do NOT submit a request to both the national Cemetery Scheduling Office and NPRC – that will slow things down since the record(s) cannot be in two places at once. (more…)

June 6, 2014

I am the administrator for the NE Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Unit and I work with Kris Chiles, Program Administrator in the Licensing Unit. I would like to inform you about the upcoming free webinars about Nebraska’s Mass Fatality Plan and the laws that govern mass fatality operations in Nebraska. Public Health is responsible for mass fatality planning under state and federal emergency management schemes, however, many responsibilities for fatality management are assigned to other entities under Nebraska Statutes. Funeral Directors will be critical partners, working with public officials in a mass fatality event.

Funeral directors can earn continuing education by participating in the live webinar. Certificates of participation will be issued at the end of the two hours. Local health departments and other community partners will also be participating in these educational opportunities. We encourage you to contact your local health department to discuss what roles you will play in a mass fatality event.

Nebraska’s long term goal is to ensure that all agencies at the state, regional and local levels and funeral directors understand their roles and how they work together with the other response partners to ensure that state, regional and local emergency response plans appropriately lay out responsibilities and collaborations.

Please call me if you have any questions.

NE Fatality Management Plan Webinar (more…)

May 13, 2014

This is to notify funeral directors that fees for death certificates; amendments of death certificates and disinterment permits will increase to $16 as of July 1, 2014. Requests for certificates, amendments and permits prior to or post-marked prior to July 1, will be fulfilled at the current $11 fee. Any requests after July 1, 2014, or post-marked July 1 or after will require the new fee of $16 for certificates, amendments on death certificates and disinterment permits.

Vital Records Subscription Page:

April 30, 2014

For the past seven years, the mission of this office has been to receive requests for Navy Funeral Honors and task the duty to the nearest Navy Command to render those Honors in your state.  On June 1, 2014, the functions of this office will be transferred to Navy Region Northwest, and the Funeral Honors office in Bremerton, WA.  All requests for Navy Funeral Honors in Nebraska will go to the Bremerton office beginning June 1, 2014. (more…)

April 22, 2014

Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in pre-need funeral funding, recently released Un regalo para sus seres queridos™, a Spanish-language version of its popular community presentation program Think of Me When®. This comprehensive resource is designed to help funeral service professionals share the benefits of advance funeral planning.

Please see the attached press release or click here for additional details.

March 6, 2014

Congratulations to Laura Zabel, CMSP, a funeral director at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, who was recently presented with the President’s Distinguished Service Award at the 110th Annual Meeting of The International Conference of Funeral Service Boards in Orlando, Florida.

Laura is a Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner and has served as a representative on the Colorado Funeral Service Board since 1994. She is licensed in Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa. She served as President of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association in 1998. Laura has been a member of the NeFDA for many years.

January 30, 2014

We recently learned about a change in policy by the United States Postal Service (USPS) for shipping cremated remains. Effective December 26, 2013, the United States Postal Service (USPS) revised its policy pertaining to the shipment of cremated remains. Cremated remains may no longer be sent domestically or internationally via Registered Mail Service. Priority Mail Express is the only option for sending cremated remains via the USPS. (more…)

Welcome to the NeFDA Website

The Nebraska Funeral Directors Association represents the funeral service industry across the state of Nebraska. Current membership represents approximately 95% of the funeral homes in the state. The organization has been in existence since 1886.

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