Ruby Faye Minert


Ruby Faye Minert passed away on March 25, 2023 in Lincoln, NE. Ruby was born on to Lawrence and Clara Nixon in McCool Junction, NE.

She graduated from McCool Junction High School as valedictorian, class of 1952; then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Ruby married James L. Junge, who was a pilot and captain in the U.S Air Force, in 1954 and joined him on assignment in England for 3 years. Jim died in a plane crash in 1959 while on active duty. Ruby moved her family back to York, NE. She remarried and the family lived and worked on a farm north of York until 1980.

In 1987, Ruby moved from York to Lincoln, where she worked many clerical positions, including at the University of Nebraska. She married widower, John Minert, in 1989, helping in his ministry, enjoying each other’s companionship, and sharing their families.

Over the years, Ruby was an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Womans Wesleyan Educational Council, Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses, Gold Star Wives, Unit 3 American Legion Auxiliary, Eight and Forty Salon 832, and was a member of Willard Sorority. She enjoyed her family, travel, teaching Sunday School, and being a 4-H leader.

Ruby was strong and confident, overcoming many challenges in her life. She had rheumatoid arthritis for 57 years. She amazed family and friends with how much she accomplished with very limited use of her hands.

Legacy Estates was her home for 19 years. She considered the staff to be friends and welcomed many new “neighbors” through the years. She started fitness classes at the age of 70, volunteered for numerous committees and activities, and was the self-appointed, greatly appreciated, Puzzle Room “manager”.

The family is forever grateful for the extra special care that mom was given in the last week of her life by Hillcrest Firethorn.

She is survived by daughters Jolanda J. Junge, Jennifer J. (Russ) Meradith Obermier, sons J. James Junge (Patty Hand), Jeffrey J. Meradith (Kim Hirschfeld), stepdaughter Gina (Robert) Minert Egenberger, stepsons Rex (Gayle) Minert, Michael (Lori) Minert, 21 grandchildren and spouses, 17 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends. She enjoyed the continued relationships with the Junge and Minert families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Captain James L. Junge, Richard L. Meradith, and Reverend John L. Minert, and sister Evalda Galloway.
Services will be at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 8320 South Street, Lincoln on Thursday, March 30. 2023 at 10:00 A.M. The service will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/@aldersgateunitedmethodistc8463

Area friends and family are welcomed to attend graveside services on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 3:00 P.M. at Greenwood Cemetery, York Nebraska. Refreshments will be served at the Cornerstone Ag Center on the Fairgrounds in York after the inurnment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Aldersgate Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, or as designated by the family.



Memorial Service


Aldersgate United Methodist Church

8320 South Street, Lincoln, NE




Greenwood Cemetery

York, NE

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April 3, 2023

We always enjoyed being in the sunday school class with Ruby at Aldersgate.

– Doug and Reba Wysocki
March 30, 2023

With heartfelt sympathy to your family at the loss of your mom. Ruby was such a special lady and a life so very well-lived. She will be missed by all who knew her. God’s peace be with you.

– Chet and Jeanne (Harlow) Palumbo
March 29, 2023

Dear Family of Ruby, Our sympathy goes out to all of you. Ruby was a valuable member of our organization, and we all enjoyed her so much. She will be missed! Sincerely, The Woman’s Wesleyan Educational Council (WWEC)

– Shirley Wilcox
March 28, 2023

Dear Jolanda & Jim, I’m sorry for your loss of your dear Mom Ruby. My deepest sympathies go out to everyone in your Family. May you find comfort and peace during this difficult time. Lots of Love.

– Gary Junge
March 28, 2023

Jolanda, Jim, Jeff, and Jennifer, We are so sorry to hear about dear aunt Ruby. We have fond memories of her continued involvement through the years with the Junge family reunions. She was the role model of graciousness and class for us all. She will be missed dearly. Thanks for sharing her life story with us. Warm Regards.

– Keith & Sally Cotner , Virginia
March 28, 2023

To Jim, Jolanda, Jeff, Jenny and families. So sorry for your loss. The obituary was very interesting. She accomplished so much. I’m sure she will be missed by you all and those around her at her living quarters. I’m so sorry I can not make it Thursday. Many prayers for you all.

– Jody Johnston

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