Linda R. Beermann

October 13, 1946 - November 25, 2022

Linda R. Beermann, of Lincoln, a pathbreaking television weather reporter and newscaster and community volunteer, died at home of natural causes on Nov. 25, 2022, after enjoying a Thanksgiving holiday with friends, family, a new kitten, and FaceTiming with grandchildren. She was 76 years old. Linda was born in Nebraska City to Walter and Rosalin Dierking on Oct. 13, 1946.

After graduating from Nebraska City High School, she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she majored in broadcast journalism and graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Linda worked as a reporter for KMTV in Omaha before joining Lincoln’s KOLN/KGIN-TV in 1968 as a reporter and photographer. She became the weekend weather newscaster in 1970 in addition to continuing to work as a reporter and news assignment editor.

She married Allen J. Beermann, who was then serving his first term as Nebraska’s Secretary of State, on May 23, 1971, at an Edwardian-themed wedding at Arbor Lodge State Historic Park in Nebraska City, complete with horse-drawn carriages. The couple rode in a historic carriage that was last used by President Grover Cleveland on a visit to Arbor Lodge.

Linda continued her broadcasting career and in 1979 became the station’s full-time evening weather newscaster, the first woman in the country to hold such a position at a local television station. She was featured in ads promoting the station and also was in demand to emcee civic and cultural events during her years there.

Linda resigned from her television news career in 1986 to have more time to be with her two pre-school sons, Matthew and Jay, and to join Allen in his political and civic activities.
The couple traveled to more than 50 countries and hosted numerous international visitors during Allen’s years as Secretary of State and his subsequent service as executive director of the Nebraska Press Association.
In addition to her political involvement with Allen, Linda also co-chaired the centennial celebration of Arbor Day, co-emceed two governors’ inaugural balls and was involved with the Nebraska Mothers Association’s Mother of the Year program, among other activities.

Linda is survived by: Allen J. Beermann, her husband of 51 years; sons Matthew Allen Beermann and his partner Adam Yarbrough of Kansas City, Missouri, and John (Jay) William Beermann, wife Julie Whorton, and grandsons Isaac and Luke of Oakland, California; brother William (Bill) Dierking and wife Patti of Golden, Colorado; nephews Chad Dierking of Arvada, Colorado, and Todd Dierking of Superior, Colorado.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, Dec. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at Roper & Sons South Chapel, 40th and Yankee Hill Road.

The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D St., with a reception to follow at the church. A private burial will be held later in the day at Lincoln’s Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to the Beermann Scholarship Fund through the Nebraska Press Association Foundation and Lincoln’s Rotary Club #14 Foundation.

Livestream will be available.





Roper & Sons South Chapel

3950 Hohensee Drive (40th & Yankee Hill)
Lincoln, NE 68516

(402) 261-5907

Funeral Service


First-Plymouth Church

2000 ‘D’ Street, Lincoln, NE

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December 18, 2022

Remembering Linda on channel 10 was always a highlight from childhood in the early 70’s. Was always comforting to hear doing the weather before bedtime! Rest in peace Linda!

– Amy
December 8, 2022

Thoughts and prayers with the Beermann Family at this trying time.

– Harland Fogle
December 8, 2022

Linda was a wonderful person–articulate, witty, always with a smile on her face. I look back fondly on the times I spent with her and Allen. The photo was taken in the late 1970s, when I worked for Allen in the Secretary of State’s Office. Requiescat in pace Linda. I’m praying for Allen and family. “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21.

– Scott Diekmann
December 6, 2022

Allen and family, So, so sorry to hear about Linda’s passing…. I have so many fond memories of our times together and especially doing the music for your wedding 50 some years ago at Nebraska City… My deepest condolences to you and your family and prayers for each of you. She was an inspiration and lives on in your memories… A life well lived.

– Lynn Dvorak
December 5, 2022

Allen, so enjoyed our meeting at Billy’s with Barry, and hearing about many of your fascinating life experiences; so many made special with Linda by your side. Was stunned to hear of her passing. Please know you and your family are certainly in my thoughts and prayers.

– Jack Guggenmos
December 5, 2022

I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She was a lifelong friend of my sister Karen and I remember her well. Her brother Bill was a classmate of mine and I am sending my love to all of her family.

– Kathleen Hoemann Rattell
December 5, 2022

Allen We were so very sorry to learn of your loss. Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel God’s presence, comfort and love surrounding you and your family in a thousand precious ways. We care.

– Tom and Margo Carlson
December 5, 2022

With Heartfelt Thoughts of Sympathy to Allen and the Beermann Families: Expressing deepest sympathy, and hoping you will find comfort in knowing others care and are near in thought today. Cherish her Memories

– Brett R Baker – Seward
December 5, 2022

Allen, You have my deepest sympathies in the loss of your dear Linda. She was your soulmate, to be sure. May the many wonderful memories you have of her and your time together sustain you in this difficult time.

– Senator Kate Sullivan
December 3, 2022

One of my favorite memories of Linda was during a bus trip organized by Allen and the Press Association; We were headed to the Nebraska vs Missouri football game. We stopped by Nebraska City and Linda boarded the bus with a gallon of ice cold apple cider from Kimmel Orchard; she poured us each a cup and it continued to be a wonderful trip, til Nebraska lost!

– oh Benson
December 3, 2022

Allen and family: Linda exemplified in life through caring and serving. My sympathies.

– Dayle Williamson
December 2, 2022

I have many memories of Linda and Allen together, and I remember the announcement of their wedding and all the frills that went with it. Good thoughts and prayers for the family now and always.

– Barb Bangert Tyler

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