Dorothy Ann Pillard

December 7, 1934 - May 22, 2023

Dorothy Ann Pillard, 88, of Lincoln passed away May 22, 2023. Born December 7, 1934, in Denton, NE, to Fred and Agnes (Kraus) Prochaska.

Family members include her sons Doug (JoAnn) and Brian (Diane) Pillard; daughter Linda (Allen) Steiner, all of Lincoln; 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth, and sister Evelyn Matthews.

Dorothy grew up near Pleasant Dale, Nebraska, and graduated from Hallam High School in 1952.

Dorothy had a strong faith. She attended church almost every Sunday, talked about her beliefs, read the bible daily, and had a nightly “Talk with God”.

Her favorite roles were being an Air Force wife, Mom, and Grandma. She lived in Florida, Lincoln, England, Texas, Taiwan, Louisiana, and finally back to Lincoln. She visited Paris, London, Holland, and Japan while stationed overseas. She always said “did I really do all this?” as she retells the story of how terrified she was getting on the first plane ride to England but couldn’t let her kids know.

She loved to bake and when the kids were in school, she’d bake every day so they could have treats in their lunch. Specialties included fudge pie, marbled brownies, and chocolate chip bars. Her kolaches and loaded rolls were always a hit at dinners and family events.

She loved to fish with Ken and the many friends and family that they would host. She was an expert at backing the boat & trailer. A favorite time was fishing at Harlan County reservoir when the seagulls were dipping to chase the shad that were being chased by the fish.

She had many valuable activities, most were volunteering her time. She taught at a country school before getting married and worked at Russell Stovers and Elgins before leaving Lincoln to go overseas. She worked part time at the Wesleyan bookstore when returning to Lincoln. Her volunteer work included being room mother for all the kids, UMW church circles, Mothers’ Day Out babysitting for church, recording church services and delivering tapes to and visiting those unable to attend church, Retired Senior volunteer program, Foodnet, live reading and recording for vision impaired. She and Ken sponsored children from various countries and Dorothy continued to do so for her remaining years. She would write letters to them too.

She has nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. As a grandma, she did not hesitate to make it fun and enjoyable. She had a ‘toy room’ and lots of games for all ages. The many grandkids’ events she attended are way too many to count! She genuinely felt like it was an honor to babysit anytime or even dog sit for her “grand dog”. She could connect with all children and they could sense that Dorothy was always a kid at heart.

Funeral service: 11:00 am Wednesday, May 31, 2023, Roper and Sons Midtown Chapel, 4300 ‘O’ Street.

Visitation with family present from 5-7 pm Tuesday, May 30, 2023, Roper and Sons Midtown Chapel.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the family for donations to be made to Hallam United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity and Trinity United Methodist Church.



Funeral Service


Roper & Sons Midtown Chapel

4300 O St.
Lincoln, NE 68510

(402) 476-1225



Roper & Sons Midtown Chapel

4300 O St.
Lincoln, NE 68510

(402) 476-1225

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June 1, 2023

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Dorothy. Habitat was honored to have her support and prayers for the families that we serve. Blessings to her family.

– Deanna Walz – Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln
May 30, 2023

Dorothy and Kenny were dear neighbors of ours growing up. My brothers and I always enjoyed playing with Doug and Brian. Our father was also an Air Force soldier who after returning from WWII had a difficult time. But Kenny and Dorothy were always there to help us out. We always loved Dorothy’s baked goods— especially her kolaches! Dorothy had a heart of gold and was a dear friend to my mother. My brothers and I will always be indebted for the kindness and love Dorothy showed our mother- especially in her later years. My brother Jerry and I are consoled by the fact that we know Dorothy is at peace and comfort in her new home in heaven! Jim Campbell

– Jim Campbell
May 30, 2023

I have many happy memories of Aunt Dorothy, and I hope she rests in peace with Uncle Ken.

– Norma Taylor

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