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Diane Trullinger, 81 - June 08, 2016

Diane McDowell Trullinger, 81, of Gothenburg passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at her home south of Gothenburg.
A private family service will take place at a later date.
Trullinger was born in Kearney on Oct. 27, 1934, to FC “Jack” McDowell and Clara R. (Bacon) McDowell.
Her early years were spent in Gothenburg, a place that was always special to her, according to family members. She graduated from high school in Curtis, and later graduated with a masters degree in counseling from Wayne State University.
On Nov. 27, 1953, she married Lyle Trullinger. To this union, two children were born.
She pursued a career in the education field serving in various schools, and over the years she lived in a number of locations including Cozad, Curtis, Lincoln, Taylor, Thedford and Wakefield.
Trullinger’s association with Wakefield was particularly poignant to her, for she devoted a great deal of her skill and passion for music to the community through the band program, and was always pleased to recall the band moments. Her students held her in great esteem and retained that affection long after her retirement, family noted.
?Wherever she lived, whether it was in Laramie, Wyoming or at Ft. Benning in Georgia, she, along with her family, were active in the community, a hallmark of her personality.
After 20 years in Wakefield, she and her husband returned to Gothenburg in 1988 to manage the McDowell farm south of town.
Trullinger was a perfect ambassador for Gothenburg, being a people-friendly person. She would enthusiastically greet people passing through and tell them as much as she could about the community and its features.
?She served on the Gothenburg Chamber Tourism committee for the best part of two decades, and was always ready to work on projects and present ideas. One such idea led to two metal banners being placed in front of the Pony Express Station in Gothenburg, where she was recognized for her commitment as a “Friend of Tourism.”
As a responsible citizen. Diane took her privileges as a U.S. citizen very seriously and worked to promote the ideals held by the Dawson County Democrat Party. She never forced her opinions on others, but would defend her values with fervor, being proud to hold her views on issues, the family stated.
As a keen gardener, she was proud of her work out at the farm, said family members. She loved photography, music and arts and was never short on stories when visiting with friends.
Trullinger was preceded in death by: her husband, Lyle; her parents, FC “Jack” and Clara.
Survivors include: her daughter, Ann Trullinger of Gothenburg; her son, Ryan Trullinger and daughter-in-law, Leslie (Outz) Trullinger of Gothenburg; an aunt and uncle, Harriet and Dean Buller of Cozad; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.