Thursday, December 4, 2008

Funeral Information

I just got word that Rob will be flown to Nebraska on Saturday. We will have a wake for the public on Sunday Dec 7th from 1-3pm in the Osceola Downtown City Auditorium. The funeral will be at 10am on Monday December 8th also at the Osceola Downtown City Auditorium. The address for this will be below. Also, I've got myself a PO Box while I'm at my parents for mail to be sent to me so you don't have to email me for the address. It is posted on the side of the blog. Again, thank you so much for all the support and prayers you've shown for Rob and our family.

Osceola Downtown City Auditorium
361 Central St
Osceola, NE


Andrea E isA said...

Thanks Dena for the update information!! all the family still in my thoughts and prayers.

God Bless all of you!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank You Dena, We have been getting calls all day At The Flower Cottage wondering what plans for Rob's Service were, Our love to you all. We are filled with pride to honor Rob. Sincerely, Pat, Donna and Kathy

Lisa said...

Thank you for the update Dena. I will continue to pray for God to be with you and keep you strong. Love,

The Bender's said...

With all you have been going through and all you have to get done, we so appreciate you taking the time to get the information out to everyone. We love you and are praying for continued warmth and loving support. We will be there to honor Rob and your families and pray this time will be a beautiful representation of Rob's courage and love of his family. And for your families' as well.

We love you,
Karen and Craig

Stephanie Cutter said...

Dena, This is Stephanie from the Fisher House. I just got out of the hospital today after my chemo and heard the news that Rob is now with God and is at peace. You and your family are in my prayers and will be always and forever and you know I am here if you need me.

MAJ Person said...

Rob was a great cadet and a great LT when we were at UNL. I am terribly sad to hear of his passing.

Anonymous said...

May you feel God's love as you are surrounded by family and friends who care. I know Karen will be there for you and years from now. I always enjoyed asking about little Julia when she was over at Jason and Karen's. I hope you know your strength and courage is an inspiration. Stay strong.
Mike and Beth Breslin

Alayna Sullivan said...

Dena, I am so so sorry I will not be able to make it for the funeral. Please know that I am thinking about you constantly and I am so sorry that you and the girls are having to go through this. I hope you all are hanging in there. I love you. I will be home in January, so hopefully you will be there. I would love to spend some time. I wish I could make it and give you a hug. We are keeping y'all in our prayers. Love, Alayna

Anonymous said...


My prayers will be with you and your girls as you go through the next week, and far beyond. As another military wife my heart breaks with sorrow from the loss of your soldier, and swells with pride with how you continued to represent Rob and your country with Grace and Courage during this painfully difficult time.

Thank you for your example and may God Bless you and your girls as you carry on together.

In Love and Peace,

brittneyjackson said...

Thank you so much for the information Dena, I'll be there. I have my flights and will be in Nebraska from Saturday to Tuesday. Thinking of you and praying for your family. See you soon.

Tasha O said...

Im really sorry Dena for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family. Be strong he is with our Lord and Savior. Just think he is in a better place now watching down on you and your family. God Bless You and your family. Keep strong.

Kevin said...

I was deely saddened to hear of rob's ordeal and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Peterson family in Osceola go out to Dena, as well as the Gissler, Schott, and Yllescas families. I will always remember Rob (we called him Bert back then) coming to Nebraska during the winter, when we were in grade school, to visit family and attending school with us for a few weeks while he was here. It always seemed like he fit in well and was everyone's friend even though he was so far from home. As I have monitored Dena's posts over the last few weeks it was obvious how strong he was. He was a true fighter, and I am proud to say that I knew him.

God Bless,
Kevin Peterson

Anonymous said...

I typed several messages only to erase and leave this simple thought ... imagine Rob being held firmly in Jesus' loving arms and they're both smiling. He's home. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

From a Mom and Dad with a Soldier in Iraq

Mitch and Vicki Coffin said...

In the midst of your sorrow, you think of others. Thank you for providing us information on Rob's services as well as your mailing address.
God's peace to you, those precious little girls, and all of Rob's family.
Hugs and prayers,
Mitch and Vicki

Anonymous said...

Dena and family,
My utmost prayers and thoughts goes out to you and your family.
Remember when you just do not know where to turn or look too. Always remember God is watching over you every second.

Anonymous said...

Dena, There really isn't anything that can be said to heal your pain. Please know that there will be many other military wives at the funeral who will kindly open their arms to you. Our husband's job is a unique one and probably not one the average person can understand. These men (and women) choose everday to go into harm's way to defend the freedom of our Country and they ask for nothing in return. Rob's heroism is truly unbelievable. He sacrificed so much and he did it without ever asking for anything. We military wives know that none of our husbands will ever die in vain. What they do for you and me is provide a safe haven for our beautiful children to grow up in.
Thank you Rob, we are all so proud of you. You fought the hardest battle of your life and you did it with grace and dignity and now, we will all come to honor you.

You have no idea how grateful our family was to know you and to have served with you.
Please rest peacfully, knowing that we will all be here to take care of Dena and the adorable girls.
We love you

Anonymous said...

Dena, girls & family, we just want you to know that our family in Rushville, NE sends our sympathies to you. I thank you for allowing us to keep updated with the ups and downs you have all been through over the past several weeks. I'd like to recommend you listen to this song "WELCOME HOME" BY DOLLY PARTON(STARS AND STRIPES). My dad was a veteran & he selected that song for his own funeral, before he passed of cancer 3 yrs ago. There is so much truth & I have found so much comfort in the lyrics. On those especially difficult days ahead, may you remember all of the great times you shared together as a family. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. Gone but never forgotten.

A grieving cyber friend.

jaywalker said...

i think it's appropriate that the funeral happens on a day when the whole nation will be memorializing our fallen heroes from pearl harbor.

KP in Australia said...

You don't know me, and I don't know you. I came upon here by coincidence, but just wanted to say I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't know what you and your children are going through, I can't say I know how you feel - in fact I feel like I can say a whole lot. But I will be praying for you as you go through this time. Something that has always comforted me is the knowledge that 'God knows'.

Bad things do happen, but God doesn't turn his eyes away from you for a moment. He knows it all. He knows you're hurting. We don't always understand what happens in our lives, but we have someone stronger to lean on than ourselves. Someone who can hold us in the palm of his hand. Someone who is not a cold and distant figure, but one who is interested in the day-to-day aspects of our lives, and our feelings.

Whilst you may not see it now, I think there are many who will be looking forward to seeing the beauty of grace worked in your lives.

With love, respect, and prayers from the other side of the world.

Long-time RN said...

Thank you, Dena, for posting the information and mailing address. Our thoughts and prayer continue to be with you, the girls, and all Rob's family. Your strength and grace have touched so many.
Bless you.

Anonymous said...

Dena, you are a shining example of what a true military wife is!! You are a true inspiration to us military wives. If your husband was anything like mine, he absolutley loved what he did and truly believed in it!! Thank you so much for your bravery and sharing this journey with all of us! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I wish I would have read this blog sooner as I too am from Nebraska but we are stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland. We don't live too far from Bethesda, I would have loved to meet you! Take care and stay strong!

A fellow army wife!!

Theresa said...


I am a friend of Ryan and Nancy Kules and have been following your journey. I am so, so very sorry for your loss and pray God is with you and your family.


Theresa Sullivan

Amy Frelly said...

Thank you for the information, Dena. Still amazed at your strength and faith through this journey.
Praying without ceasing for all of you....
Amy (Eric W. sis)

Trish said...

You are all still in our thoughts and prayers - God bless you, Dena - please keep us updated on you and your girls!! with Love and Prayers,
Rome, Georgia
The Silver Star Families of America

Katie Siemek Schelling said...

Dena, I am so very sorry to hear about Rob and everything you and your family has been through. Today I went and read on your blog...very powerful, very emotional. I can't even imagine...I hope you can find some peace and some comfort that Rob is now with Our Father.
Please know that you and your family and all soldiers will be in my prayers.
God Bless,
Katie Siemek Schelling

fpatlan said...

I, unfortunately will not be able to make it to the funeral but I will be there in spirit...prayers will be lifted up for you and your family and friends on this day, not only by me but by everyone else who can't make it.

God Bless you all and Take Care of yourself...

Anonymous said...


Thanks to a very kind and generous person both Beau and I are able to attend the wake and funeral. We arrive in Omaha Saturday night and depart Tuesday morning. We'll meet up with Christian in Omaha and drive over together. If you need anything from us before we leave or once we get there please don't hesitate to ask. See you soon...we just wish the circumstances were different.

Beth and Beau

Philip Davis said...

I am afraid that I was not able get off work on Monday so will not be there to see you and everyone else in Osceola. Know thought that I am cooking Monday my thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone else. God Bless and know that there are lots of people praying for you and the entire family.

Philip Davis

Anonymous said...

Just hold on to God´s hand and don´t be afraid to cry out for His help. Rob will always be there looking after you and your girls. Like you said, Rob is with God and He took him because it was the best for him.
All our love and prayers are with you.

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 12/05/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

Liz said...

Thank you Dena. You all are in our prayers. God bless.

American Heroes Memorial said...

Dear Dena,

Someone posted this site to an online memorial I have to our fallen service members. I am so sorry for everything your husband went through and for everything you and your family are going through now. I pray that your faith helps you through the tough times ahead.

God bless,
Kelly Jefferson
American Heroes Memorial

Anonymous said...

Dena~ I just logged onto Armytimes and the first thing I saw was a picture of Rob...All I could do was bawl my eyes out! I am so sorry for your pain! A little different scenerio, but my brother lost his 11 year old daughter to their house fire! It has been almost 6 years and he is healing. Hang in there and remember how many people are pulling for you!
Mandy Winkelman

Michael J. Landkamer said...


I'm so very sorry for your loss. your entire family is in our prayers. I will be attending the funeral. May God be with you and your family.

Michael J. Landkamer
National Vice Commander
The American Legion

Anonymous said...

thank you for your service! i pray for strength for your family to help you through this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

We are so sorry for your loss. Your faith and courage in this difficult time are inspiring. Our hearts ache for you and your children. You have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Know that God's love and the love you share with Rob, your children, and your family will carry you through this and bring you peace.
Jay & Michelle Merry (Girard)& family

Anonymous said...

The military transport will arrive at the Lincoln Guard Base on Saturday Dec 6 at approximately 1:20 pm - there will be a state patrol escort to the Seward county line on the interstate where the York Sheriff department will pick up the escort and proceed through York County. They will go through downtown York (approximately 2 pm) - we are posting the word for people to line the streets and honor our fallen hero. The escort will continue to Polk county line on highway 81 where the Sheriff Dept from Polk county will continue the escort to Osceola (approximately 3 pm) - the communities of Stromsburg and Osceola will also continue to line the way to pay tribute.

Gods blessings to the family as they bring Rob home to rest

Ginny Lee said...

we are there in spirit. hang in there.

Household6 said...

Wish we could be there. Know that we try our hardest to come and just couldn't get it to work out. Rob will always have a special place in our hearts.

Love you guys,


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss, you are a truly amazing person. Your strength & courge is an insperation for many. Your family is in my prayers along with all the soliders over seas. My son is in the 6/4 and was stationed with Rob.
you are a truly amazing person

D.Fletcher (mom to one of Rob's PFC's) said...

To all those who would like to show their love, respect and sorrow for this fallen soldier, please make a monetary contribution either directly to the family and/or to one of the 3 listed charities. Flowers are beautiful & are short-term. I can only imagine the expenses Dena has incurred over the last few months. One less worry will allow Dena to concentrate on her and the girls healing.
Dena, we've all grown to love you and we share in your sorrow.

Anonymous said...

Dena, Just wanted to say thank you. I'm overseas in Iraq away from my two little girls and I am touched on how strong your family is. My prayers are with you.

Jan Long-Kearney