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Merna Schleeman

August 2, 1930 ~ June 7, 2020 (age 89)


Merna G. Schleeman age 89, of Ogallala, NE, passed away, Sunday, June 7, 2020 at her home in Ogallala. 

Merna was born August 2, 1930 at Stockville, NE to Clarence and Grace (Wilson) Woodring. 

She grew up along the Medicine Creek where she attended country school, then graduated from Stockville High School in 1946. On August 2, 1957, Merna was united in marriage to Darwin Schleeman and welcomed their daughter, Tammy on August 1, 1959.

They lived in several different communities, until settling in Ogallala. Merna worked for the rest home in Ogallala for several years. She loved the outdoors, especially when she was able to go camping with family. Merna thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her siblings and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play. She had a soft spoken sweetness about her that will be missed by many.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Darwin; and parents, Clarence and Grace.

Merna is survived by her daughter; Tammy (Kevin) Cole, of Brule; two grandsons; Korey Cole, of Brule; Cody (Michelle) Cole, of Kearney, NE; one granddaughter; Kallan (Tim) Hill, of Brule; one brother; Marvin Woodring; one sister; Marilyn Gugelman, both of Stockville; five great-grandchildren; Bryson, Braelyn, and Braden Cole, all of Kearney; Kylar and Raine Hill, both of Brule; along with several nieces and nephews.  

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (M.T.), Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the GracePoint Church in Ogallala.

A Funeral Service will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Curtis Tschetter officiating. 

A private family interment will be held, Friday, June 12, 2020 at the Fort McPherson Cemetery, near Maxwell, NE. 

Anyone wanting to watch the service, we will be live streamed at 10:00 a.m (M.T.) by going to The service will also be posted on the web site for later viewing.

A memorial has been established in her name for a later designation. 

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Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala has been entrusted with arrangements. 

To send flowers to Merna's family, please visit our floral store.


June 11, 2020

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Grace Point (formerly First Baptist Church of Ogallala)
2612 West A Street
Ogallala, NE 69153

Funeral Service
June 11, 2020

10:00 AM
Grace Point (formerly First Baptist Church of Ogallala)
2612 West A Street
Ogallala, NE 69153

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