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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

Owner/CFSP/CCO

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.  


Douglas C. Wymore

Douglas C. Wymore

Funeral Director/Manager

Douglas (Doug) C. Wymore, Funeral Director/Certified Crematory Operator

 

A native of Nebraska City, NE, Doug worked for a funeral home in Nebraska City (part time) while going to school from 1970 until his high school graduation in 1974. While going to college at Peru State Doug continued to work part-time during this period. Doug also attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO.

At Peru State College Doug completed his State of Nebraska Funeral Director/Embalmer pre-requisites. Following college Doug worked for a funeral home in Nebraska City before enrolling in Mortuary College. In 1981 Doug received an honor along with is father, Lloyd H. Wymore as being the first and only “Father and Sons’ yearly award at the Optimist Banquet in Nebraska City. This was for outstanding work that was done in the community for that year by the two of them. Doug was also a member of the Nebraska City Rescue Squad from 1974 through 1981 where he was a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMTA).

In 1979 Doug enrolled at Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston, TX where he graduated with honors in August of 1980.

Upon graduation from Mortuary College Doug served his one-year apprenticeship with a Nebraska City funeral home before he took his State board exams and became a licensed Funeral Director in January of 1981 and then a licensed Embalmer in January of 1982.

Doug continued working for a funeral home in Nebraska City until the summer of 1985 when he moved to Lincoln, NE and then became Sales Manager for Speidell Monuments. Then in January 1988 Doug moved to Syracuse, NE and began working for Fusselman Funeral Homes in Syracuse, Palmyra and Louisville, NE.

In 1991 Doug purchased interest/shares in the funeral homes. Then in the same year Doug purchased the funeral homes in Weeping Water and Elmwood, NE. In 1994 Doug purchased the remaining interest of the Fusselman Funeral Homes and merged the funeral homes in Weeping Water and Elmwood with the Syracuse, Palmyra, and Louisville locations. At that time the name was changed to Fusselman-Wymore Funeral Homes.

In 1998 Doug purchased the Caldwell Funeral Home in Plattsmouth, NE and totally remodeled it inside and outside and made it handicap accessible. After the completion of the funeral home the name was changed to Fusselman Wymore Funeral Homes.

In June of 2010 Doug sold his funeral homes and moved to Milford, NE where he worked for Bill Lauber at the Lauber Moore Funeral Homes in Milford and Friend, NE until October of 2018.

After leaving the Lauber Funeral Homes Doug retired after some health issues but came back to work for Bill Lauber in the fall of 2021. Doug helped Bill part-time when Bill left on vacations and family functions.

 

Bill also appointed Doug to be in charge of monument sales for the funeral homes in Milford and Friend, NE, where he has a combined knowledge and experience in the monument business of 40 years, where he was a manager of one monument company and a sales manager of another company.

Doug has served on many organizations and boards in the past years, including the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association where he served several offices from 2000 to 2008. Doug served as President of the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association from 2003 to 2004. He also served as a Policy Board Officer of the National Funeral Directors Association representing Nebraska on a national level for a term of five years. The National Funeral Directors Association is an organization of over 20,000 members, funeral directors all over the world.

As President of the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association, Doug received many awards and recognitions, including a special recognition award from the Executive Board of the National Funeral Directors Association in 2004 at the State convention held in Kearney, NE. An officer from the NFDA presented this award to Doug at their convention banquet.

In March of 2018 Doug received his certificate to be a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO) through the National Funeral Directors Association. He is certified to operate a crematory in Nebraska.

In June 2021 Doug received his recognition plaque of being a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for 40 years at the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association convention in Lincoln, NE.

Doug has two children and three grandchildren. A daughter Brianna Wymore and Bentley and Jace Wymore of Syracuse and a son Matthew Wymore and his fiancé Tasha Ryan and their daughter Amira’ Lynn Rose Wymore of Lincoln.

 

On March 19th following the accident of the Lauber’s, Whitney Lauber, President and owner of Lauber Funeral and Cremation Services asked if I would be the new manager and run the everyday operations of the funeral homes in Milford and Friend, NE and Blue Valley Crematory. I was honored to accept this and responsibility and told them “Yes.”

 

 

 


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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