Norbert F. “Knobby” Meysenburg

Norbert F. “Knobby” Meysenburg

May 3, 1936 – Jan 6, 2018

Preceded in death by parents, Paul and Eva; brother, John.  Survived by wife, Betty; stepchildren: Stephen Frantz, Diane Ussery (Scott), and Mark Frantz (Staci); eight grandchildren; brother, Gerald (Rita).

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Jan. 9th from 5pm to 7pm at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Drive, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Wednesday, Jan. 10th at 11am, St. John Vianney Church.  Interment, Omaha National Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed by the family.




  • Dan Slavik Posted January 6, 2018 4:15 pm

    I am saddened to hear of his passing. His legacy of caring for youth will not be forgotten

  • Stan & Val Struble Posted January 7, 2018 1:17 pm

    We love you, will miss you greatly, and feel confident that your reward was well earned. You were a great friend and mentor, Knobby.

    • Robert Burks Posted January 9, 2018 3:27 pm

      First let me extend my prayers and deepest condolences to Betty and family. Not only was he my counselor, confidant and friend but the role model that so many young man aspired to be like in life. I had the honor and privilege to work with Knobby the first year that he worked at Okoboji. His present in my life and that of many others can not be over stated. In fact just his presence in the life of so many has had an unmeasurable impact on the the lives of many. How can I or anyone adequately express just how to much he has contributed to life of so many. Thank you my friend, mentor and father figure for being there for me and so many others. Thank god for you just being you. It has truly been an honor to have had the opportunity to know and love you. Find solace in knowing that the world is a better place because of Knobby’s presence and it and that his spirit lives on though those he has influenced.

  • Dwite Pedersen Posted January 7, 2018 1:26 pm

    Introduced me to the best of my life, my wife “POE” and close friend for over 50 years. Thanks “Knobby Love You

  • James Flanagan Posted January 7, 2018 3:57 pm

    I was blessed to know and work with you and you will be sorely missed Knobby…

  • Robert E Larsen Posted January 7, 2018 4:00 pm

    It has been an honour and a blessing to have known you Nobby.

  • Eric White Posted January 7, 2018 4:03 pm

    Knobby was as much of a Father figure as a friend, and I was blessed to work for him at Okoboji. There is no way a man of his talent, generosity and leadership dies wondering if he was loved. Times with Knobby are among most treasured. Condolences Betty…

  • Marty Critchley Posted January 7, 2018 5:19 pm

    Soo Many Memories of Knobby. He was that Father i never had. The Wonderful Times we had at Camp Lady of the Lake Okoboji Iowa Where Knobby taught me how to Water Ski and Even upright a Small Sailboat!! The Rib Eyes from the Milford Meat Locker and those awesome Weekend Visits!! Thank You Knobby & “Betty” for being that Special Bond We Started Sooo Many Years Ago!! Rest Well my Best Friend Rest Well.
    May Eternal Rest Be Granted to My BEST Friend

  • John Mollison Posted January 7, 2018 6:23 pm

    Knobby gave the greatest measure of his adult life to helping Boys Town youth become productive citizens of our great country. He was a role model, a caring man who knew precisely the type of care needed for each child and a friend to thousands of Boys Town youth who were fortunate to be in his care. Knobby’s leadership of the Alumni Office at Boys Town set the standard for those who followed him. He is a very highly respected member of the Boys Town family and will be missed by all. We send our heartfelt love and prayers to Betty and the Meysenburg family during this time of sorrow.

  • Dan Love Posted January 7, 2018 6:25 pm

    Love you,Fairwell.

    • Dan Love Posted January 7, 2018 6:29 pm

      Farewell. RIP

    • Dan Love Posted January 7, 2018 6:31 pm

      Farewell RIP

  • Javier Geronimo Posted January 7, 2018 7:30 pm

    I didn’t know Knobby like some of you, but I understand he was a stand-up counselor, friend, and father-like figure who made a difference in your lives. I can’t think of a greater tribute to our counselors who made such an impact. God bless Knobby for being an instrument of Fr. Flanagan’s work. You stand as a shining example doing God’s work for His children.

  • Barnaby Spring Posted January 7, 2018 8:22 pm

    Love and prayers for Knobby, for Betty, their family and the lasting relationship they had together.

    So passes one of the few remaining BT mentors and lead counselors from my years at BT.

    Knobby stood with the likes of Frank Szynskie, Dusty Johnson, Scott Clark as proof positive that lay workers at BT could carry the message of Father Flanagan to struggling, disengaged youth through relationships of trust and confidence. How fortunate were all of us who interacted with Knobby (and certainly Betty) for any length of time.

  • lawrence adams Posted January 8, 2018 4:56 am

    You were a role model to many over the years. Your contributions to the youth of Boys Town will not be forgotten. You have earned your eternal rest. RIP! Condolences to Betty and all the family.

  • Aquinas Alumni Posted January 8, 2018 8:07 am

    Dear Meysenburg Family,
    As a graduate of Marietta High School, Knobby was a part of the Aquinas Family. We were saddened to hear about Knobby. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    In Christ,
    The Aquinas Alumni Association

  • Claude Brinson Posted January 8, 2018 8:35 am

    Helped so many boys become men !

  • Chuck Hudson Posted January 8, 2018 1:21 pm

    Knobby you are a very important mentor in my life. I often think how would Knobby handle this? Your legacy will live on in the ones you have touched. I love you and I thank you for all you have done for myself and others. Rest in peace my friend, your job here is done and you are headed for bigger and better things in heaven.

  • Rita Lopez Posted January 8, 2018 5:55 pm

    Knobby was a great cousin and friend as we grew up in Nebraska! My mom and his dad were brother and sister so our family’s were close!! He will be greatly missed by so many! I will have a mass said for him here at my parish in Denver so I’ll be here to attend! My sympathies go to Betty and all Meysenburg family!! God Bless you all!

  • Brett and Marnie Wall Posted January 9, 2018 1:28 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to you Betty and family. Knobby was a great person who was so impactful to so many people. He really set the example of helping others and providing opportunities for others. The world is a little less without him.

    Please know that we are thinking of you all during this time.

  • Bob & Pola Godsey Posted January 9, 2018 9:13 pm

    Betty, Bob and I are so glad we could be at your gathering a few years ago and could also visit with you here in Florida. I wish I could have known you over the years, Betty. Knobby obviously was a wonderful man who was an example to so many young people at Boys Town. Our condolences to you & your family at this time. May God hold you close to His heart during this very difficult time. Come visit us in Florida when you can. We love you. Pola & Bob

  • Tony Huerta Posted January 10, 2018 12:15 pm

    Knobby was introduced to me by some of my BT friends. He was one of he most genuine person that I have ever met. He took me in and gave me guidance when I was a teenager on the streets. We kept in touch throughout the years which lasted 50 + years. I know he was loved by many, many people and will truly be missed as a friend to all and a mentor to all.

  • Pattie Money Posted January 10, 2018 1:45 pm


    I was saddened to hear of Knobby’s passing. He was a wonderful man and you both have been such wonderful examples for our Parish. Lots of love, hugs and prayers to you and your family.


  • Laura Allen Posted January 10, 2018 5:18 pm

    Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Richard Meysenburg Posted January 13, 2018 5:20 pm

    Betty,As being from a somewhat older generation, I knew Norbert (as we called him then) as one of the “little kids.” How could he be anything but a role model with the example set by his father, my Uncle Paul. May God comfort you in your loss.
    Cousin Richard

  • Michael Gude Posted January 17, 2018 3:00 pm


    Sorry to hear about Knobby”s death. He helped me out a great deal when I had any questions. He was a great asset to Boys Town. You will be in our prayers.

    Mike and Shirley Gude

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