The Final Pass: Celebrating the Lives of N-Club Members

By NU Athletic Communications
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William Comstock
Nebraska Football
End (1960-61-62)

William W. Comstock 67, Phoenix, Ariz., passed away Friday (4/4/08).
William Wayne (Cotto) Comstock earned three letters at Nebraska in 1960, 1961 and 1962. An all-stater from Scottsbluff, Comstock was known for his toughness and determination as a Husker. He returned to play left end for NU as a senior, after switching to fullback in 1961.

As a senior during Coach Bob Devaney's first season at Nebraska in 1962, Comstock hauled in four catches for 59 yards with one touchdown, which came on an 11-yard pass from Dennis Claridge in NU's 31-6 win at Colorado on Oct. 27. Comstock helped the Huskers to a 9-2 record, including a win over Miami in the Gotham Bowl. It was during that season, on Nov. 3 in the Homecoming game against Missouri, that Nebraska's NCAA record sellout streak began.

In his lone season as a fullback, Comstock scored the first touchdown of Nebraska's 1961 season against North Dakota. For the season, Comstock rushed 15 times for 59 yards as a junior in Coach Bill Jennings' final campaign. The Huskers finished with a 3-6-1 record in 1961, after posting a 4-6-0 mark in 1960. As a right end in 1960, Comstock pulled in two catches for 21 yards while spending more than 260 minutes on the field for the Huskers on the year.

Bill Comstock's older brother, Don, also lettered for the Huskers as a halfback in 1954.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 1 p.m. at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, Ariz. A private interment will be in Nebraska. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Richard Goeglein
Nebraska Football
Tackle (1948-49-50)

Richard Goeglein 84, Lincoln, passed away Monday (9/17/07). Born Lincoln, Neb. (2/1/1923) to Harry A. and Elsie (Koch) Goeglein. In 1954, married Theidate 'Dot' Coufal. Richard entered the U. S. Army Air Force and spent three years in Galapagos Island as a radar technician during World War II. He then attended the University of Nebraska where he received his master's degree and earned three varsity letters in football.

Goeglein helped the 1950 Cornhuskers coached by Bill Glassford to a 6-2-1 overall record and a No. 17 final national ranking. It marked Nebraska's first winning season in a decade.

Following graduation he taught and coached in the Fremont Public Schools for five years then returned to Lincoln to coach wrestling at Southeast High School. One of his proudest accomplishments was to spread the wrestling program throughout the State of Nebraska. He was inducted into the Nebraska Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1993. He taught science at Pound Junior High and retired from teaching in 1985.
Survived by his wife: Theidate 'Dot' Goeglein; sister: Elizabeth Andersen, Lincoln; brother, sister-in-law: Harry & Ruth Goeglein, Lincoln; many nieces, nephews. Preceded in death by son, Vern; parents; sister, Harriet Goeglein.
Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Thursday (9/20/07), Faith Lutheran Church, 8701 Adams St. (07). Pastor Brad Beckman officiating. Memorials to Alzheimers Association Lincoln/Greater Nebraska Chapter, 5601 S. 27th St., Suite 201, (12) or the Church. Visitation: 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday with family greeting friends from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Roper & Sons, 4300 'O' Street and one hour prior to service time at the Church. Condolences or personal reflections may be sent online at


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