Once you request the services of Roper and Sons Funeral Home, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated Funeral Director will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, and take care of all the details, ensuring that you and your family's personal touch is always present.

We are here to serve you. Contact a staff member by clicking on their email link below and write them an email, or use our contact form.

The Roper Family

Charles "Pooch" Roper
3rd Generation owner
Joined Roper & Sons in 1954

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 Club. Interests include hunting, fishing and golf.

William "Bill" Roper
3rd Generation owner
Joined Roper & Sons in 1966

Family: Wife, Judy; Children, Kent, Kerri, Kris, and Jenny

Organizations/Memberships: Westminster Presbyterian Church; Gateway Sertoma; Lions Club; Northeast Rotary; Hickman Lodge #256 AF & AM; Scottish Rite; Sesostris Temple of the Shrine; Royal Order of Jesters

Tom Roper

Tom Roper
President / Funeral Director
4th Generation owner and son of Charles & Glenna
Joined Roper & Sons in 1982

Family: Wife, Brandi; Daughters, Elizabeth and Alexa; grandson, Hunter, granddaughter, Charlie

Organizations/Memberships: First Plymouth UCC; Hickman Masonic Lodge #256 AF & AM; Sesostris Temple of the Shrine; Scottish Rite; Royal Order of Jesters #118; BPOE Lodge #80; Hillcrest Country Club; The East Lincoln Rotary

Mark W. Roper

Mark W. Roper
Funeral Director
Son of Charles & Glenna
Joined Roper & Sons in 1988

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 specialized training in post mortem reconstructive surgery at the Fountain National Academy.

Family: Wife, Cheryl; Children, Allison and Joseph

Background: 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.

Dean R. Schneider

Dean R. Schneider
Vice-President / Funeral Director
Joined Roper & Sons in 1996

Family: Wife, Jill; Children, Sydney and Austin

Organizations/Memberships: St. Joseph's Catholic Church; Sons of American Legion;; Member of Rotary International Club #14; Knights of Columbus; Sierra Club.

Our Funeral Directors

D. Dwight Wright
Funeral Director
Joined Roper & Sons in 1969

Family: Children, Tim and Heidi Wright, and Mary and Robb Linafelter; Grandchildren, Andrew and Emily and Turner Linafelter

Background: Dwight has over 60 years' experience as a funeral director, licensed in both Nebraska and Iowa.

Organizations/Memberships: Organizations/Memberships: Member, Christ's Place Church, volunteering in Guest Services and Prayer Team; past member of Lincoln Downtown Rotary Club #14 with twenty-two years perfect attendance and Paul Harris Fellow; National Societies of the Sons of the American Revolution

Steve Olson

Steve Olson
Funeral Director
Joined Roper & Sons in 2000 and Metcalf Funeral Home in 1976.

Family: Wife, Cheryl; Children: Leif, Erik and Krystal; Grandchildren, Jackson, Jacob, Chloe, and Makenna.

Background: Steve is originally from Ceresco, NE. He began his professional career in 1976 at Metcalf Funeral Home and joined Roper & Sons Funeral Home in 2000. Steve is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service Education.

Organizations/Memberships: Lincoln Berean Church; Kiwanis Club of Lincoln; Comet Lodge #229 and Sons of American Legion in Ceresco, Downtown Lincoln Kiwanis Club and Lincoln IDPA Club.

Justin Wozny

Justin Wozny
Funeral Director
Joined Roper & Sons in 2008

Family: parents: Tim and Sheryl Wozny, Lexington, NE; brother, Jeremy Wozny, DPT, Lexington, NE.

Background:  Justin grew up in Lexington, NE and began working at the local funeral home as a junior in high school. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Justin is a graduate of the KCKCC Mortuary Science Program. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 2007.

Organizations/Memberships: St. John's Catholic Church; Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Alumni-University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Abbey McFarland

Abbey McFarland
Funeral Director
Joined Roper & Sons in 2014

Family: Nathan Thies

Background:  Abbey grew up in Lexington, NE and attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney where she received a degree in Exercise Science/Sports Nutrition. Abbey is a graduate of Des Moines Area Community College Mortuary Science Program, where she obtained her Iowa Funeral Directing license and practiced in Des Moines, IA.


Marshall Buch
Funeral Director
Joined Roper & Sons in 2015

Family: Children, Madilyn and Chandler

Background: Marshall grew up in Ponca, NE and was introduced to the funeral business in 2008 after twenty years in the construction industry and seven years as a City of Topeka Firefighter in Topeka, KS. He attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in Pittsburgh, PA, earning his Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science in 2013.


Todd Schrag
Funeral Director
Joined Roper & Sons in 2016

Family: Mike and son Nate

Background: Todd grew up in Kansas, and graduated from McPherson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and German. Todd spent many years as an organist at a number of churches, and most recently owned a floral shop in Oklahoma City. He attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, and graduated with an Associate of Applied Sciences degree. He has been a licensed funeral director for over 25 years in both Kansas and Oklahoma.

Organizations/Memberships: Sons of the American Legion and the United Methodist Church

Our Professional Staff

Scott Edstrom

Scott Edstrom
Funeral Associate
Joined Roper & Sons in 2004 and Metcalf Funeral Home in 1983

Family: Wife, Mary Ann; daughter Justine and son-in-law Ben; daughters Holly, Bethany, Kelcy, son Austin; granddaughter Bailey

Background: Scott was raised on a farm near Ceresco, NE, graduating from Raymond Central High School.

Organizations/Memberships: Member of Capital City Christian Church; Sons of the American Legion – Ceresco, NE.

Carrie Fangman
Creative Director
Joined Roper & Sons in 2012

Family: Husband , Steve; Daughters, Kayleigh and Taelynn

Background: Carrie is a lifelong Lincoln resident with extensive background in Business Administration. Carrie has a long history working in the medical/healthcare administrative field with experience in Customer service and leadership.

Organizations/Memberships: Faith Lutheran Church

Jodi Finch

Jodi Freeman
Outreach Coordinator
Joined Roper & Sons in 2013

Family: Husband, Shane; Children, Travis, Kylah, and Madi

Background:  Jodi has over ten years of experience in marketing and outreach in human services organizations. She is a graduate of Bellevue University with a BS in Human Service Administration and a Master of Public Administration.

Organizations/Memberships: BNI-Business Boosters (Chapter President 2015-2016), Rotary 14, Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA); Board of Directors - Epona Horse Rescue.

Liz Howerter

Liz Howerter
Financial Services
Joined Roper & Sons in 1994

Family: Husband, Scott; Children, Taylor, Joseph, Hannah, and Eric

Background:  Liz is a Lincoln native. She holds a BA from the UNL College of Business, and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School.

Organizations/Memberships: St. Michael's Catholic Church; Kappa Alpha Theta House Corporation Board; Lincoln Country Club.

Tony Naranjo

Tony Naranjo
Facility Manager
Joined Roper & Sons in 2012

Family: Wife, Sharon; Children Anthony, Brandi, Jason, Lukas and Nikki; Grandchildren Dawn Marie, Nathaniel, Kaden, Vanessa, Anthony Jr. and Isaac; Great-grandchildren Sophia and Zaden.

Organizations/Memberships: Cathedral of the Risen Christ.

Cindy Wilson

Cindy Wilson
Office Manager
Joined Roper & Sons in 1994

Family: Daughters & sons-in-law, Kelly & Gabe Robertson, Angie & Brad Marshall; Grandchildren, Alyssa and Kara Robertson, Hayley and Landon Marshall.

Background: Cindy is originally from Hastings, Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Hastings Central Community College.

Organizations/Memberships: Lifetime member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Our Grief Counselors

Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark, LMHP
Grief Counselor
Joined Roper & Sons in 2006

Family: Parents, Jerry and Bev

Background: Jennifer grew up in the Air Force and lived in the US and Europe. Jenn has extensive experience in human services grief therapy. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts and her Master's degree in Counseling from Doane College in Nebraska. Jennifer works full time as a therapist with adolescents and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Organizations/Memberships: Member of Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene, member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

TIffany Eisenbraun

Tiffany Eisenbraun, PLMHP
Grief Counselor
Joined Roper & Sons in 2016 

 Family: Husband, Luke Eisenbraun

Background: Tiffany is from Rapid City, SD and has lived in Lincoln since December 2014 with her husband Luke. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 2013 with a BS in Psychology and in 2015 with a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Grief counseling is what sparked Tiffany’s interest in counseling and has a special passion for the field.

Melissa Thorne

Melissa Thorne, PLMHP
Grief Counselor
Joined Roper & Sons in 2016  

Family: Parents, Fred Thorne and Laura Schram

Background: Melissa was born and raised in Lincoln Nebraska.  She acquired her Bachlor's degree from the University of Nebraska, majoring in Psychology with a Sociology and Communication minor. Melissa completed her graduate degree at Doane University with a Master's of Arts in Counseling.

Organizations/Membership: Member of Lincoln Berean and Elevate Church. Board Member of Oyate Tokeya, Certified Administer of MBTI.

Our Advance Planning Staff

Theresa Scherer

Theresa Scherer
Family Service Counselor
Joined Roper & Sons in 2012; professional pre-planning agent since 1994

Our Staff Associates

  • Kimberly Thompson - Funeral Apprentice
  • Joshua Vossler - Funeral Apprentice
  • John Andrews – Funeral Associate
  • Al Berndt - Funeral Associate
  • DeLoyd Larsen – Funeral Associate
  • Lloyd Orth – Funeral Associate
  • Richard Wenske - Funeral Associate
  • Mary Borin – Reception / Catering Coordinator
  • Linda Orth – Reception Associate
  • Wilma Sundeen – Staff Musician
  • Gayla Nelson – Visitation Hostess
  • Dee Weyeneth – Visitation Hostess

Associations and Affiliations

Roper & Sons Funeral Home is a major donor to multiple causes in our community. In addition, we are proud to be an active member of several high quality professional associations:


Selected Independent Funeral Homes – a worldwide professional association of more than 1,500 independently owned funeral homes.

Nebraska Funeral Directors Association


 Nebraska Funeral Directors Association – Represents funeral service across the state of Nebraska.

National Funeral Directors Association – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) provides advocacy, education, information, products, programs and services to help members enhance the quality of service to families.

Better Business Bureau of Lincoln – Members of the BBB helps to promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between businesses and the public through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education, and service excellence.


Lincoln Chamber of Commerce – A business community engaged in the promotion of the economic health of the Lincoln area and committed to enhancing the quality of life for all citizens.

Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) – An organization of small businesses that provides leadership and educational opportunities to the business community. 

Awards and Recognition

2016 - Better Business Bureau Ambassador Award Certificate
Recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an Ambassadors of Integrity certificate for significant commitment to ethical business practices.  

2009 – 2016 KFOR's Best of Lincoln
Presented by KFOR Radio and voted by the people of Lincoln
KFOR's Best of Lincoln is an annual contest among businesses in Lincoln, NE. Customers and clients are invited vote by write-in, for the best of a variety of business categories.

2013 Better Business Bureau Membership Award
Presented by the Better Business Bureau of Lincoln
Received a Platinum Membership award for forty continuous years of membership in good standing with the Better Business Bureau

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 Funeral Home was recognized for their, innovation and for strengthening community spirit.

2002 Better Business Bureau 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 and communities; adherence to truthful and honorable advertising and sales practices; and an earned reputation for noteworthy contributions to their industries and the communities in which they do business.

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 County.