Joint service for husband, wife who died just weeks apart is set for Saturday -
Published Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 2:13 am
Joint service for husband, wife who died just weeks apart is set for Saturday

A joint memorial service will be held Saturday for longtime Omahans William “Bill” Oliver Mains and Peggy Ann Cochran Mains. They died just weeks apart — he on Sept. 25 and she on Oct. 13.

Their memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. at Lifegate Church, 156th Street and West Dodge Road.

Bill Mains, 99, died at the Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, Neb., after a short illness, said their daughter, Alice Luciano of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Peggy Mains, 77, died at Lakeside Hospital from pneumonia, their daughter said.

Peggy Mains grew up in Omaha and graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1954. She attended the former University of Omaha and worked as a secretary for Omaha Public Schools.

Bill Mains was born in Galveston, Texas, and grew up in Arkansas. He graduated from Helena (Ark.) High School and served as a captain in the Army in Alaska during World War II.

Mains retired from Union Pacific Railroad and was a member of Masonic Lodge 288. A lifelong tennis player, he was still on the courts into his 90s.

Bill and Peggy Mains were married for 47 years.

“They were in the founding group of Trinity Church,” now called Lifegate Church, their daughter said.

Bill Mains was preceded in death by daughter Anita Huelle; a granddaughter, Ronda Sloat; and a great-granddaughter, Aleah.

Besides Luciano, his survivors include his children Harold Mains of Sacramento, Calif., Alfred Mains of Phoenix, Richard Mains of Texas, and Laurel Mains of Omaha; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Besides Luciano, Peggy Mains is survived by daughter Leeann Atkins of Costa Mesa, Calif., and three grandchildren.

Contact the writer: Sue Story Truax    |   402-444-1165

Sue writes obituaries and covers community news and schools for's Living section, primarily Community Connection.

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