In Memory of



Obituary for Billy Sternberg

Bill Sternberg, 64, of Lyman, NE, passed away at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff on January 24, 2022. Please join us for a Celebration of Life service to be held at the Lyman Christian Church, 108 West N St., Lyman, NE on February 9, 2022 at 11:00AM. Online condolences may be made by viewing Bill’s memorial page at Bridgman Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Scottsbluff is entrusted with arrangements.
Bill was born on May 26, 1957 to Darrell and Vivian (Francis) Sternberg in David City, NE. He always reminded his sisters that he was special because he was the “only boy” and we thought we would share a few fond memories of how he showed that…..
Growing up he enjoyed playing all sports. In high school he practiced his football skills with his little sister Val prompting his mother to stop practicing because she got the wind knocked out of her. He loved his younger sisters and taught them to ride bikes and played softball with them.
He was known in his younger years as “Wild Bill”. He was quick with a smile and liked to have a good time, and with that somehow acquired the nickname “Wild Bill”. He tricked his oldest sister to play the game of “who can hit the softest”. She punched him softly on the arm; he then punched her arm really hard and said, “I lose!”
In high school Bill went to a football game. When he returned from his evening of fun he went into his parents’ bedroom and yelled “We won! We won!” and told them all about the game. The next day his father made him paint the barn with a hangover. Maybe this is where Wild Bill got his start.
He graduated from Centura Jr.-Sr. High School in Cairo, NE in 1975. He showed a talent for woodworking and made some very fine pieces which he gave to his family.
He started his adult life in St. Paul, NE. Over the years he gradually worked his way west through the state and finally stopped in Lyman. Through those years Bill worked on dairy farms and worked for pork producers. He enjoyed his work because he loved animals.
He met the love of his life Deb Waugh in North Platte in 1990. They were married March 28, 1992. They lived the first part of their marriage in North Platte.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents William and Edna Sternberg, and several uncles and aunts.
He is survived by his wife Deb of Lyman, NE and stepdaughter Rosie Waugh of North Platte; sister Valerie Bragg and brother-in-law and friend Chris Bragg, Sr. of St. Paul, NE, and their sons Tyler Bragg of Anaheim, CA, William Bragg and his significant other, Kassidy Kucera of Grand Island, NE and Christopher Bragg, Jr. of Kearney, NE; sister Kimberly White and her son Drake of Sterling, CO and her son Wade Sternberg of Aurora, CO; sisters Ronda Sternberg and Judy Sternberg of St. Paul, NE; former brother-in-law Mohamed Ramadan of Burke, VA; his aunt and uncle Bev and Ken Nelson of Lincoln, NE; two children from a previous marriage, several cousins, and his dog Velma.