In Memoriam

LARHS members who are no longer with us, yet in our hearts forever.

Trevor Morgan was a member and past president of our club. In our club he was known for his kitbashed and scratch built models, and his willingness to help others learn to do the same.
His favorite railroads were the Rock Island and Missouri Pacific.

His Obituary is as follows:

March 15, 1949 – December 13, 2016
Trevor F. Morgan, 67, of Lincoln, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

Born to William and Ruth (Ruetz) Morgan on March 15, 1949 in Santa Barbara, California.

Trevor worked at Bryan hospitals for 36 years, where he worked in the Cath lab and later as EKG Technician.

Trevor was one of the first FM DJs for KFMQ and later KZUM where he was known as Mr. Natural to all his listeners.

Trevor was a craftsman who enjoyed model trains. He was a 3 time president of the Lincoln Area Railway Historical Society.

He is survived by his son; Tristan Morgan who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; William and Ruth Morgan.

Earl E. Ford was a member and past president. He was our first museum curator and took good care of our collections. He would select certain parts to be displayed during our shows.

Earl’s Obituary is as follows:

May 22, 1935 – June 30, 2017

Earl E. Ford, 82, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully at home June 30, 2017.

He was born May 22, 1935, in Omaha to George and Martha (Carpenter) Ford.

Preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Patricia and Yvonne.

Survived by brothers, Jerry and Dennis Ford; sons, Jory and Mark Ford; daughters, Lea Ann Smith and Wendy Blake; wife of 30 years, Merry Ford and blended family members, Christopher Holt, Alysha Holt (preceded in death) and Amber Ott; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Charles “Buzz” Buswell was a member and past president of our club. He was also a long time chair of our Annual Train Show, seeing through multiple locations from Pershing Arena to the current Lancaster Event Center.

In our club he was also known for his kit-bashed and scratch built models. A club favorite was his outhouse on wheels for the maintenance crews to use.
His smile and willingness to help others get into the hobby was his gift. “Have I got a deal for you!” was his trademark. His favorite railroads were the “Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range”, and the Candian National.

His Obituary is as follows:

Charles McKinley Buswell, 75, died Wednesday January 19, 2022, at home in Lincoln, NE.

Charles always wanted to be “burned-urned and spurned”.

Charles was born in Hastings, NE, October 14, 1946 to Charles M. Buswell and Helen (Dahlke) Buswell.

Charles worked for 30 years as a boiler operator at K Street Plant, meter reader and the last few years as a credit representative with Lincoln Electric System.

Charles was married to Jeanne Ann Clampitt, June 17, 1967. They had eloped and was married in Colorado. They loved traveling, and had been to nearly all of the states in the USA. Canoeing, camping with friends and family was a passion. Many canoe trips in the Quetico in Canada with Jeanne and family and friends.

Charles had many hobbies over the years. He raised Show Pigeons. He loved Trumpeters and Tumbler Pigeons and took them to shows and fairs. He loved to go hunting with his son Robert and best friend Larry Hettler.

His other passion was Model Railroading. He was a member of the Lincoln Area Railway Historical Society and was show chairman, along with Jeanne for many years. He had HO trains to begin with and switched to Lionel 0 Gauge. He always loved helping kids get involved in Model RR and helping widows by appraising their husbands trains so no one would take advantage of the widows.

He was also a lifetime member of NRA and member of Nebraska-IA RR Association, and Duluth and Missabe Association.

Those left to cherish his memory, are his wife Jeanne Ann (Clampitt) Buswell of Lincoln, son Robert of Lincoln, daughters Christine (Buswell) Cook of Lincoln and Shari (Buswell) Pring of Lincoln; 3 grandchildren Brittany, Brandon & Sully, along with 4 Great-Grandchildren; Nevaeh, Avery, Ariah and Rudy Jr. Also, brother Allen Buswell of Colorado, 2-sisters Sue (Kenny) Hostettler, Deb Hopkins and brothers Rick (Jenny) White and Pat White all of Grand Island.

Larry Angle was a member and our longest serving president.

During his presidency, he kept our club going during loss of our home when the state fair moved to Grand Island.

He helped to keep spirits high when we had to pack our museum and layouts into storage, as well as in the search for a new home. He loved helping new members get into the hobby and would dedicate time to helping kids learn.

His smile, and his abilty to calm upset people was a gift.

Larry’s Obituary is as follows:

Laurence “Larry” Angle

June 19, 1950 – July 9, 2022

Laurence “Larry” Angle, age 72, of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022


Dave Harnly was a member and past president of our club.

Dave modeled in O scale but owned multiple scales like most of our members. He was always willing to help kids get involoved and let them run his trains at our events.

His Obituary is as follows:

David Eugene Harnly, 77, of Lincoln, passed away October 24, 2022. Born August 29, 1945, in Lincoln, NE to David and Betty (Hudson) Harnly, Sr. David was a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Sergeant for the Lincoln Police Department and an Instructor at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center. David was a member of the Lincoln Area Model Railroad Club.

Family members include his wife, Patricia; sons David J., Matthew W., and Patrick M., all of Lincoln; brothers James (Rosemary) Harnly, Seward and John (Marti) Harnly, Denton, TX; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Les King was a loved long time member who modelled O, HO, and N Scales.

His Obituary is as follows:

Lester Leon King, 78, Lincoln, NE, was born on February 11th, 1945, in Denver, Colorado, to Ethel King (Adkisson) and Herman L King, and passed away on August 9th, 2023, at Bryan West Hospice Unit.
Lester, affectionately known to his friends and family as Les, graduated from Northeast High School. Les was on the Northeast Wrestling Team his Junior and Senior year. He served in the US Navy from September of 1966 until his honorable discharge in 1971. Les served on the USS Hugh Purvis and he received a National Defense Service Medal. Throughout his career life, Les worked for SmithKline Beecham, Norton Labs, as well as the Department of Revenue in the Special Supply section.
When not metal detecting, Les could probably be found enjoying his love of trains with fellow members of the Lincoln Area Railway Historical Society. Les relished life and took pleasure in coaching his son’s football team. One could find no bigger fan of John Wayne or NASCAR than we found in Les.
Les will be remembered most for his adoration of two of his grandchildren, Aubrey and Alex, taking an active “babysitting” role from the time of their infancy. Also, alongside Bonnie, the love of his life, Les and she taught a line-dancing class and passed on their enjoyment of dance to others. Les enjoyed life to its fullest all the way up to the time of his passing.
He is survived by his spouse Bonnie King (Coleman); two sons, Mike King (Lincoln), and Ryan King (Lincoln), four stepchildren, Thomas Crane (Lincoln), Wayne Crane (Des Moines, IA), Margaret Stinson (Lincoln); sister Betty Robertson, Sue Smith (sister-in-law); 9 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: parents Herman & Ethel King, Jesse Smith (brother), Gene Smith (brother), Perry Crow (stepson), Bob Robertson (brother-in-law), Esther Way (mother-in-law), Robert Coleman (brother-in-law), and Martha Smith (sister-in-law).