Published On: Wed, Jun 7th, 2017

Celebration of life held for former Osmond principal

ASHLAND — A gathering of family and friends of Marlyn E. Washburn, 66, of Omaha was held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, with a time for sharing and prayer held at 7 p.m., all at Marcy Chapel in Ashland. The celebration of life continued at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Riverview Community Church, 324 North 32nd St., Ashland.  Everyone was asked to wear their “Team Marlyn” shirts to both occasions.
Marlyn died Friday, May 26, 2017, in Bellevue.
Marlyn was born Dec. 7, 1950, in Valley City, ND, to Ruel and Ferne (Gleason) Washburn. In 1952, the family moved to Mead, where he attended elementary and high school.  He graduated from Wayne State College in 1973 with a bachelor of arts in education degree in mathematics. He taught the next 17 years in Bushnell, O’Neill and Seward. He earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1989 and began his administrative career the following year in Osmond. He was also the secondary principal at Neligh before moving to the same positions in Exira and Lawton, IA. He finished his career as a teacher and secondary principal at Red Cloud. 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 Verdigre Creek near Royal. 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 of Humphrey and Jill (Steve) Peterson of Omaha; sons Christopher (Jenny) of Plymouth, Charles (Suzanne) of Omaha and Steven (Grace) of Bruce Crossing, MI; stepdaughter Tonja (Aaron) Taylor of Plattsmouth; 21 grandchildren, seven 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.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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