Debra Kay Flaugh

Debra Kay Flaugh, age 60, of Hartington, Nebraska died on March 8, 2021 at Abrazo Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona due to post-COVID pulmonary complications.

Funeral Services will be on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Hartington Public School Gymnasium in Hartington, NE. Burial will be in the Hartington City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Hartington Public School Gymnasium. Facemasks and social distancing will be required at the funeral and visitation. To watch a live stream of the service, please visit Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington, NE.

Pallbearers will be Duane Grotz, Rod Snow, Donnie Klinetobe, Darwin Kirschenman, Jim Kleeb, and Paul Veldkamp.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary Hauck, Mike Hauck, Earl Johnson, Scott Kinkaid, Kevin Kirschenman, Matt Johnson, Emmett Johnson, Keith Stubbe.

Deb was born on November 18th, 1960 in Sacramento, California to her adoptive mother Adeline Rhodes of Lincoln, Nebraska. Deb grew up with her sister Trudy and enjoyed mischievous activities with their various family dogs, a monkey, and their prized ‘Radio Flyer’ red wagon. At the age of 12, Deb made the choice to be faithful to God and kept this lifelong vow to her last day. Deb attended Lincoln High School and continued her education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Deb began her career at Lincoln General Hospital laboratory and soon became Director of the lab. She loved travelling with many of her church friends and planning get-togethers while attending college. On July 20th, 1991, Deb married Rodney Flaugh and had two daughters – Rachel (1995) and Hannah (1996) of whom she was very proud. They hosted Sunday morning church services and Wednesday bible studies in their home for several years. Deb also attended annual church conventions where she loved to sing hymns, listen to the gospel, and make breakfast pastries to feed the masses.

Deb was graced with many talents including baking and cooking delicious foods, growing luscious plants in her yard and home, crafting, scrapbooking, playing musical instruments, planning vacations, and cleaning every speck of dust from the farm house. Deb worked in Hartington at the Avera Health Clinic laboratory and also enjoyed substitute teaching at several schools in northeast Nebraska. The lesson plans were always completed when Deb subbed and she had creative methods for keeping law and order in the classroom that students found entertaining.

During the last five and a half years of her life, Deb battled a rare form of sinus cancer and received treatment in Arizona. She gained encouragement from her daughters, husband, and many of her wonderful friends. During this time she maintained her love of teaching, traveling, and crafting as well as continued her hard work of keeping the Flaugh Family Farm up and running smoothly. She also found peace in reading books, gardening, searching for rare antiques, snuggling with her dachshund Katie, and chatting on the phone with her daughters and friends.

Deb is survived by her husband Rodney (married for 30 years in July) of rural Hartington; two daughters Rachel of Boston, Massachusetts and Hannah of Lincoln, Nebraska; sister Trudy Zepf of Lincoln, Nebraska; niece Sara Zepf and nephews Justin (Shawnie) Zepf and John Zepf of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Deb was preceded in death by her mother, Adeline Rhoads (January 2009), mother-in-law Ruth Flaugh (November 2020), and father-in-law Virgil Flaugh (January 2021) of Hartington, Nebraska.

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17 response to "Debra Kay Flaugh"

  1. By: Roanne Kooy Posted: March 9, 2021

    Sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. She was a special person and a great joy to her mother Addie. Special sympathy by to Rod, Rachel snd Hannah❤️

  2. By: Brenda Schilling Posted: March 9, 2021

    Caring thoughts and sympathy to your family. Our hearts hurt for you, and with you. Deb was a special lady, and we’ll miss her. Glad for good memories of times together. Grateful for her faithful influence. Love from us.

  3. By: Kenneth and Phyllis Meier Posted: March 10, 2021

    our deepest sympathy on the loss of Deb Rod Hannah and Rachel you are in our prayers and in our hearts during this very sad time My God be with you

  4. By: Dennis Kinkaid Posted: March 10, 2021

    So sorry for your loss of such a wonderful wife and mother! Denny will never forget the feasts she brought out to the fields during harvest!! Our prayers go out to you and yours. Denny and Dee Kinkaid

  5. By: Darlene Stubbe Posted: March 10, 2021

    We are so much going to miss our sweet friend! Our little get togethers won’t be the same! Rod, Hannah , and Rachel, once again our thoughts are prayers are with you. Keith & Darlene

  6. By: Carol Wallingford Posted: March 10, 2021

    We are so sorry for the loss of Debbie. Her time here was short. Thinking of all that loved her. May God give you and the girls strength you need to get through the days ahead. With love and caring thoughts. Carol Wallingford and family.

  7. By: Paul and Diane Wemhoff Posted: March 11, 2021

    We are including you and the girls in our daily prayers Rod.

  8. By: Carol Clark Posted: March 12, 2021

    My heart hurts for all of you. Special hugs for Rachel, and prayers for all.

  9. By: John and Sandy Linder Posted: March 13, 2021

    Our deepest sympathy and care is with you. We know your loss is great and our heart hurt for you.

  10. By: Barb Sudbeck Posted: March 13, 2021

    Rod and family you have our sympathy.

  11. By: Del & Lola Beyer Posted: March 15, 2021

    Our hearts hurt for you, Rod, Hannah, & Rachel ~ May your source of strength hold you close during these days, and bring you comfort & peace.♥

  12. By: Rod & Betty Banks Posted: March 16, 2021

    Rod, Rachel and Hannah,
    We are so very sorry for your loss! Deb was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed by so many!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Praying for God’s comfort and strength during this difficult time
    and in the days ahead!
    In Love and Sympathy, Rod and Betty Banks

  13. By: Orin & Gwen Yung Posted: March 16, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Debs passing. Thinking of your family with loving thoughts and prayers.. With Sympathy

  14. By: Cris Schnacker Posted: March 18, 2021

    Deb was a kind and considerate friend during my college years in Lincoln back in the 80s. Her passing has left a hole in many hearts. She has touched many lives in her brief span on the earth and left a beautiful family that will continue her legacy. We look forward to all being together again in eternity once again. Take care my friend.

  15. By: Elaine Tipton Posted: March 19, 2021

    Rod, Rachel, & Hannah, So sorry for your great loss. Deb was a very special person, so gracious & kind. She will be greatly missed & you all are in thoughts & prayers.

  16. By: Keith & Angie Kuehn Posted: March 20, 2021

    Dear Rod and Rachel and Hannah, We have very fond memories of our time in your home. We also enjoyed our visit with Virgil and Ruth. We are so thankful to be part of this wonderful family. We returned home feeling very content to know that Andy was well loved in Nebraska.

  17. By: Ben Pinney Posted: March 21, 2021

    Rod and Patty our thoughts are surely with you during these extra tuff days .So sorry to hear of all your loss can’t even imagine.. so glad we do have confidence in the lord..Glad we can stand together and feel God’s comfort and plan for us.

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