Graydon “Grady” Robinson, 86, passed away March 8, 2014, at the Perkins County Community Hospital.
He was born on October 1, 1927 at Brandon, Neb., the oldest of three children born to Elmer and Leona Harshman Robinson.
Graydon grew up in Brandon and attended Brandon School through the 6th grade. Graydon then attended school in Ogallala and graduated from Ogallala High School in 1945. After graduation, Grady joined the United States Navy and served on a combat aircraft carrier off the coast of Saipan at the end of World War II.
After his discharge he returned to Brandon. Graydon was married to Marjorie Southard on January 13, 1947 at St. Francis Kansas. Three children were born to this union. They lived in Brandon and Grady worked at the Julesburg Sales Barn from 1949 until 1951 and later at the Ogallala Sales Barn. He worked construction in Texas for a year and was part of the Iron Workers Union. They returned to Nebraska in 1953 and Graydon was busy farming, ranching, and working as a livestock auctioneer. In the mid 1960s Grady and Marjorie purchased the Grant skating rink and ballroom. It was renamed the Crescent Ball Room and the family hosted many dances and skating parties. With the addition of a restaurant, family entertainment became more of a focus.
In the mid 1970s the Crescent was sold and Grady switched his focus to antique auctioneering and estate sales at the same time of maintaining the family farm in Brandon. Marjorie died in 1992 and Grady continued to maintain his home until his death. In later years he helped load unit trains with grain at the elevator in Venango.
Grady was a member of the Grant American Legion. He had previously served on the Venango School Board.
He enjoyed dancing, music, arrow head hunting, collecting and selling antiques, and refinishing antique furniture. He avidly followed his son Jerome in his professional bull riding career and loved to watch the PBR. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.
Grady had come to Grant on Saturday night to eat supper and had finished his meal when he returned to his vehicle where he suffered an apparent heart attack.
He is survived by his son, Jerome and his wife Dorya of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Ginger Robinson and her partner Kayla Olson of Salem, Ore.; one grandaughter, Amy and her husband Steve Russ of Erie, Colo., one grandson- Riley Robinson-Moyer of San Francisco; two great grandchildren, Saylor and Bohdy Russ; his sister- Patty and her husband Vern Couch of Sidney; three nephews from the Couch family-Steve, Scott, and Gary and one niece- Shari Mintle; also a large and beloved extended family and many friends.
In addition to his wife, Graydon was preceded in death by a daughter, Marsha Robinson and his brother, Myron Robinson.
Cremation was chosen. Service were held March 13, 2014, at the Grant United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Grant Cemetery. ❖
Eugene V. Greeley
Eugene V. Greeley, 81, of North Platte, Neb., passed away April 20, 2014.
He was born Dec. 22, 1932 in North Platte, Neb., to Clifton and Velma Sukraw Greeley.
After graduating high school Eugene was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he was in charge of sled dogs.
On September 27, 1959, he married Glennis Knotts in North Platte, Neb.
Eugene was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad for 38.6 years, retiring in 1994. He liked his cattle and enjoyed having his children and grandchildren help raise the cattle. He also enjoyed putting up hay and working on the ranch. Eugene moved to his present home in March 1933 and lived there his entire life.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Railroad Union.
Survivors include his wife, Glennis Greeley of North Platte, Neb.; daughters, Casandra (Burton) Anthony of Hyannis, Neb., and Susan Greeley of Grand Island, Neb.; son, Daniel Greeley of North Platte, Neb.; grandchildren, Alexus Anthony, Austin Anthony, Zeb Greeley and Danielle Greeley; sister-in-law, Jo Coffman; brothers-in-law, Rod Pueppka, Dick Fogel, Lyle Johnson, and Rex Coffman; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lois Fogel and Carol Pueppka; and an infant brother, Myron.
Services were held April 24, 2014, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. ❖