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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

William J. Lauber

William J. Lauber


William is the owner, licensed funeral director and embalmer for Lauber Funeral and Cremation services.  He was a 1981 Graduate of Geneva, Nebraska High School, attended Kearney State College, 1986 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BS degree in Mortuary Science. In 2000, he completed the requirements to earn the national certification of Funeral Service Practitioners and became a Certified Crematory Operator in 2018.  

William purchased Moore's Funeral Home of Friend, Milford and Beaver Crossing in January 1992. The firm is a member of the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. William was elected as President of the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association for the years 2002-2003 and represented the State of Nebraska as Policy Board member for the National Funeral Directors Association. Bill served a five-year term on the Board of Examiners, Funeral Directors and Embalmers, for the Nebraska State Department of Health. 

Bill serves as chairman of the Legislative Committee for the NeFDA and was instrumental in various legislative bill passages. He drafted legislation which increases the irrevocable amounts for families purchasing pre-arranged funerals, spearheaded legislation introducing limited lines of pre-need insurance with the NE dept. of insurance, successfully introduced the Rights of Disposition bill that updated the Nebraska probate code and provisions regarding dispositions and was head draftsman for developing language in Nebraska's new cremation legislation that was passed in 2003.  He has testified in numerous hearings at the Unicameral for bills that effect funeral home establishments and the families they serve.  He and his wife, Christy, live in Milford, Nebraska and have four children, Whitney, twins Michael and Madison, and Regan. He is a member of the Milford United Methodist Church where he serves in various capacities. He is past president of the Milford Chamber of Commerce, member of the Kiwanis Club, Milford, the Friend, Milford and Beaver Crossing Chambers of Commerce, member of both the Friend and Milford Masonic Lodges, member of the Shrine, Scottish Rite and Order of the Eastern Star.  His hobbies include flying, boating, golfing and scuba diving.  

Dennis E Svoboda

Dennis E Svoboda

Crematory Manager/ CCO

Dennis is a Certified Crematory Operator and is the Crematory Manager for Lauber Funeral and Cremation Services/Blue Valley Crematory.

 Dennis was born and raised in Lincoln, NE, graduating from Lincoln Southeast High School 1975, attended Nebraska Wesleyan University. Dennis received his EMT certification in 1974, State of Nebraska #2351 and received his diploma as a paramedic from Creighton University, State of Nebraska #209. Graduate of the National Fire Academy Emergency Medical Services Management program and from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management programs.

 Dennis began his career in Emergency Services in 1973 and was an EMT/Dispatcher with Shurtleff Ambulance, EMT/Assistant Director of York County Ambulance and Paramedic with Eastern Ambulance. Dennis was an Emergency Medical Service Specialist and Chief Inspector with the Nebraska Department of Health (now HHSS) Emergency Medical Services Program in Kearney, NE. Dennis provided support to State and Local EMS providers on EMS systems status management, development and upgrading EMS systems basic and advanced life support services, communication systems. Provided compliance inspections of all licensed ambulance and first responder services throughout Nebraska. Provided input and advice (local & State level) on proposed legislation, establishment, and implementation, of regulations and statutes on EMS and hazardous materials issues. While living in Kearney, Dennis was the weekend weather anchor for KHGI TV.

      After transferring back to Lincoln Dennis was the coordinator for the State Emergency Response Commission with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.  Dennis provided direction to the commission to meet the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know act of hazardous materials planning, response, recovery, and legislation. Per the commission direction worked with local government agencies, volunteers, nonprofit entities, local businesses and media on reorganizing or development of Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) for dealing with hazardous materials and all hazard incidents.


    Dennis retired from active Emergency Services after 38 years.

    That did not last long. To quote Michael Corleone, The Godfather 3: "Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in."

    Dennis currently serves as the Administrative Director of Rescue 503, American EMS History, an organization to preserve and promote the history of EMS

    In 2021 Dennis marks 48 years of Emergency Service.


    Dennis has been married to Karen since 1981 and we have three daughters, Sarah, Megan, and Allison, sons-in-law Jared and Paul, and 4 grandchildren.

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