Dennis D. Theye

Dennis D. Theye

Dennis Dean Theye, 67, of Lincoln passed away in his home after a courageous battle with ALS on Jan. 5, 2018.

Dennis was born to Clarence and Trientje “Tena” Theye in Odell on Sept. 7, 1950. He was a graduate of Odell High School, then attended the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture of Curtis, Neb.

After serving in the military, he worked at Campbell's Nurseries in Lincoln, Neb. as a landscape designer and manager since 1970. Through his years of work, he touched the lives of many people designing and planting their outdoor spaces.

Dennis was a wonderful and simple man. He was very devoted to his wife, his parents and all family members. He treasured time spent with them, especially his grandchildren.

He enjoyed spending time at his lakeside camper with family and friends, fishing and having fun times.

Dennis loved to play baseball and continued to play until he could no longer swing his bat. Dennis started playing little league baseball at Lone Elm in Kansas. He continued to play Legion baseball in Odell and Wymore. He played adult baseball and fast pitch ball in the Lincoln and Omaha areas for many years. He participated with the “Theye family” softball teams. Dennis was a recipient of the “Dennis Harvey Sportsmanship” award for his perfect balance of sportsmanship and competition. He played in All Star games through the Men's Adult Baseball league. Since 2004, he participated in the Adult Men Baseball National Championship tournaments held yearly in Phoenix, Ariz., where he played with a team out of San Diego, Calif.

Dennis was a man of strong faith. He is a member of the College View Seventh Day Adventist church, where he served as one of the church's deacons.

Survivors include wife, Jody Jameson-Theye of Lincoln; his daughters, Kristi Allen and fiance, Art Wright, of Lincoln, Trisha (John) Grimm of Portland, Texas, Erika Hull and fiance, Aaron Ridgley, of Lincoln and Eugena (Randy) Hasbrouck of Milford; as well as 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his mother, Trientje “Tena” Theye; his sisters, Joyce Craig, Norma Kissack and Donna (Gene) Saathoff; his brother, Daylon (Kay) Theye; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Theye; and his brothers-in-law, Art “Butch” Craig and Jack Kissack.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., then with family from 6-8 p.m. at funeral home, and on Friday for one hour preceding the services at the church. The funeral will take place on Friday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, located at 1144 M St. in Lincoln at 10:30 a.m.

Burial will be at Immanuel Stateline Lutheran Church Cemetery in Wymore, Neb. on Friday at 3 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Lincoln Parks and Recreational Foundation for memorial trees for the city parks and the University of Nebraska Foundation for student-athlete baseball support. Call 402-472-3111. The Rev. David Lux and Pastor Terry Brock will be officiating. Online condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com. Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.

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