Roper & Sons opened its
doors in December 1901, when Charles H. Roper began offering
funeral services with Charles Beecher. The two eager partners
opened their first facility at 124 South 13th Street – at
the point from which streetcars chartered for funerals began
their journey down “O” Street’s muddy paths
to Wyuka Cemetery.
Today Roper & Sons continues to uphold Charles H. Roper’s
commitment to serving the community as well as keeping the
business in the hands of family. The business is now managed
by Bill Roper, president; Charles
Roper, chairman of the board;
Mark Roper and Dean Schneider, vice presidents; and Tom
Now, in our second century of service, Roper & Sons is
comprised of three primary service divisions:
- Funeral services
- Resource & outreach services
- Pre-planning services
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The Roper Family
William “Bill” Roper
President / Funeral Director
3rd Generation owner
43 years of experience at Roper & Sons
Family: Wife – Judy; Children – Kent, Kerri, Kris, and Jenny
Presbyterian Church; Gateway Sertoma; Lions Club; Northeast
Hickman Lodge #256 AF & AM; Scottish Rite;
Sesostris Temple of the Shrine; Royal Order of Jesters
Charles “Pooch” Roper
Chairman of the Board / Funeral Director
3rd Generation owner
55 Years of experience at Roper & Sons
Family: Sons – Scott, Craig, Mark, and Tom
Organizations/Memberships: First Plymouth UCC; Masons;
Scottish Rite; Royal Order of Jesters; Executive
Club; American Legion Post #3; Hillcrest Country
Interests include hunting, fishing and golf.
General Manager / Funeral Director
4th Generation owner and son of Charles & Glenna
21 years of experience at Roper & Sons
Family: Daughters – Elizabeth and Alexa
Plymouth UCC; Hickman Masonic Lodge #256 AF & AM;
Sesostris Temple of the Shrine; Scottish Rite; Royal Order of Jesters #118;
BPOE Lodge #80
Mark W. Roper
Vice-President / Funeral Director
4th Generation owner and son of Charles & Glenna.
21 years experience at Roper & Sons
Mark has been involved in funeral service since 1986. He strongly believes in the value of open casket viewing.
In 2007 and 2008, Mark received his specialized training in post mortem reconstructive surgery at the Fountain National Academy,
in Springfield, Missouri. Seeing the need to give families the opportunity to view loved ones, Mark performs reconstructive
surgery for individuals of severe trauma thereby giving families the option of an open casket.
Family: Wife – Cheryl; Children – Allison and Joseph
Background: Music degree in Performing Arts
Organizations/Memberships: Grace Chapel PCA; Lincoln Lodge #19 AF & AM; Scottish Rite; Sesostris Temple of the Shrine; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; D-Mort 7 Federal Disaster Mortuary Team, Boy Scouts of America.
My goal in the funeral business is to provide families with the very best funeral service that they deserve. Interests include being with the kids, exhausting workouts, classical music enthusiast, Geocaching, (a global positioning system game), and Rubik's Cubing.
Dean R. Schneider
Vice-President / Funeral Director
13 Years of experience as a Funeral Director at Roper & Sons
Family: Wife – Jill; Children – Sydney and Austin
Organizations/Memberships: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church;
Sons of American Legion; Editor
and Publisher of the "Schneider Gazette";
Member of Rotary International Club #14; Knights of Columbus; Sierra Club.
D. Dwight Wright
53 years total career experience with 39 years of service at Roper & Sons
Family: Children – Tim and Mary; Grandchildren – Andrew
Organizations/Memberships: Sheridan Lutheran Church; Lancaster Lodge #54 AF & AM; Cotner Lodge #297 AF & AM; Lincoln Scottish Rite Bodies; Sesostris
Temple of the Shrine; Sesostris Chanters & Sesostris Greeters; Lincoln
Downtown Rotary Club #14 - Paul Harris Fellow; Lincoln, Nebraska, and National
Societies of the Sons of the American Revolution; American Legion Post #3;
Iowa, Nebraska and National Funeral Directors Association
33 years total career experience with 8 years at Roper & Sons and 19 years at Metcalf’s
Family: Wife – Cheryl; Children: son – Leif, son & daughter-in-law – Erik & Jerica, daughter – Krystal, and first grandson, Jackson
Background: Native of Ceresco, Nebraska; Graduate
of Raymond Central High School and the University
of Central Oklahoma
Berean Church; Kiwanis Club of Lincoln; TeamMates; mentor;
and Past Master – Comet Lodge #229 and member
and Commander – Sons of American Legion, both of Ceresco. Steve is
past president of District 2 of the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association.
Clockmaker and retired Funeral Director with 47 years of experience
Family: Wife – Jacqueline; Children – Barb, Marty, and Jack; Granddaughter – Molly
Organizations/Memberships: Good Shepherd Presbyterian
Church; Sunrise Optimist Club; Lincoln Civic Chorus; "Honorary Latvian"
30 years total career experience; Funeral home owner/manager for 16 years prior
to coming to Roper & Sons.
Family: Wife - Peggy; children: daughter – Sara, sons – Sean and Joe
Background: Native of Ord, Nebraska; granduate of Ord High School. Attended
University of Nebraska-Lincoln; graduate Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.
Organizations/Memberships: St. Leo's Church; enjoys time with family,
traveling, camping and fishing.
Involved in Funeral Service for 10 years. Has been a licensed Funeral Director at Roper and Sons since 2008.
Family: parents: Tim and Sheryl Wozny, Lexington, NE; brother, Jeremy Wozny, DPT, Lexington, NE.
Background: Grew up in Lexington, NE and began working at the local funeral home as a junior in high school. Graduate from Lexington Senior High School, class of 2003. Attended University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Graduate of Kansas City Kansas Mortuary Program, in 2006; Completed Bachelors Degree in Business in 2007.
Organizations/Memberships: St. Ann’s Catholic Church-Lexington. Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Alumni-University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Junior Golf Volunteer. Enjoys all sports, especially golf, doing everything outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
4th Generation Funeral Director
Family: parents: Leo and Vickie Seger of Seger Funeral Home, Atkinson; sisters, Cara Seger and Jamie Seger, brother, Joseph Seger
Background: Originally from Atkinson, Nebraska. 4th Generation Licensed Funeral Director. Graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with BS in Business Administration, graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College with Assoicate Degree in Mortuary Science
Organizations/Memberships: Knights of Columbus, attend St. John's Catholic Church
Advance Planning Staff
Family Service Manager
6 years experience at Roper & Sons
Family: Son – Landon
Background: Associates Degree, Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC). Dale has been helping families with their funeral needs since 1994.
Organizations/Memberships: Syracuse Baptist Church. Enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering with church activities, traveling, hiking, and gardening.
Director of Community Outreach
Certified Life Celebrant
6 years experience at Roper & Sons
Family: Daughters & Son-in-law –
Erin and Janis, Sara; Son & Daughter-in-law – Jeff and Kim; Grandsons – Caleb, Ethan, Jaxon, and Blake; Granddaughters – Eva, Ella, and Zoe
Background: Debbie is a lifelong Lincoln resident with an extensive background
in program development; including marketing and public relations. Former positions
include retirement community manager, advertising and marketing account executive,
website development coordinator, and customer service manager.
Organizations/Memberships: Lincoln End-of-Life Coalition Executive Committee; Women Business Owners Network; trained hospice volunteer; trained grief and loss program facilitator and trainer
15 years experience at Roper & Sons
Family: Daughters & son-in-law – Kelly & Gabe Robertson, Angie & Brad Marshall; Granddaughter – Alyssa Jo
Background: Originally from Hastings, Nebraska, Cindy
attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Hastings
Central Community College.
Organizations/Memberships: Lifetime member of First St. Paul’s Lutheran
7 years experience at Roper & Sons
Family: Wife – Kay; Children – Lori and Joe; Grandchildren – Megan,
Bryant, Sam, Ben, Lucas, and Logan
Peter’s Catholic Church.
Interests include fishing and spending time with his grandchildren
15 years experience at Roper & Sons
Family: Husband – Scott; Sons – Taylor, Joseph and Eric; Daughter – Hannah.
Background: BA from the UNL College of Business; Lincoln Southeast High School.
Organizations/Memberships: St. Michael's Catholic Church; Kappa Alpha Theta House Corporation Board; Lincoln Country Club.
Family: Parents, Dan and Korinna Naranjo of All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand
Island. Brother, Dylan Naranjo.
Background: Originally from Grand Island, Nebraska. Attended Southeast Community
Organizations/Memberships: Big Brothers Big Sisters, attend Grace Chapel Church.
Our Staff Associates
- John Andrews – Funeral Associate
- Bob Butcher – Funeral Associate
- Scott Edstrom – Funeral Associate
- DeLoyd Larsen – Funeral Associate
- Lloyd Orth – Funeral Associate
- Jennifer Clark – Funeral Associate
- Donna Saylor – Reception / Catering Coordinator
- Mary Borin – Reception / Catering Coordinator
- Wilma Sundeen – Staff Musician
Awards and Recognition
2002 Outstanding Small Business of the Year Award –
Presented by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
The Small Business Of The Year Award honors a business which
best exemplifies the spirit of free enterprise in Lincoln.
Roper & Sons
was recognized for their risk taking, innovation and for strengthening
2002 Integrity Award –
Presented by the Better Business Bureau of Lincoln
The Better Business Bureau Integrity Award honors businesses
that demonstrate exceedingly high standards of behavior
toward customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders
adherence to truthful and honorable advertising and
sales practices; and an earned reputation for noteworthy
industries and the communities in which they do business.
The Award is intended to promote not only the importance
business practices, but also the willingness and efforts
made by outstanding businesses to ensure that our country's
remains fair and honorable for all consumers.
As recipient of the BBB Integrity
Award, Roper & Sons
- Recognized for their commitment to maintaining a culture
that consistently sets exceptionally high standards of behavior
in buyer and seller relationships.
- Spotlighted for their commitment
to the importance of corporate
conscience and responsibility in fulfilling
a company's obligation to the marketplace to do what is
right and fair.
- Honored among the business community that
adhering to Better Business Bureau ethical standards is
of successful, competitive companies.
2002 Community Service Award –
Presented by Lincoln Aging Services RSVP Program
Roper & Sons was honored to receive the Community Service
Award in recognition of their efforts to support Aging Services
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program
and community service in Lincoln/Lancaster
Associations and Affiliations
Roper & Sons is proud to be an active member of:
Selected Independent Funeral
Homes – Is
a worldwide professional association of more than 1,500
owned funeral homes. Members operate under the strictest
standards and best practices to offer you confidence
and preserve your
trust during times of need. As a professional association,
we actively police our members to ensure you and
your loved ones receive the best care available when choosing
Independent Funeral Home.
Funeral Directors Association – Represents
funeral service across the state of Nebraska.
Member involvement is a forum for professional improvement
and public service
through continuing education, conventions, district
meetings, legislative affairs, bulletins and publications.
Funeral Directors Association – The National
Association (NFDA) provides advocacy,
information, products, programs and services
to help members enhance the quality of service to families.
Business Bureau of Lincoln – Members of the BBB
helps to promote and foster
the highest ethical
between businesses and the public through voluntary self-regulation,
consumer and business education, and service excellence.
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce – Is a business
community engaged in the promotion of the economic health
area and committed to enhancing the quality of life for all citizens.