Edwin Arthur Schmeeckle
Edwin Arthur Schmeeckle, 70, of Gothenburg, Neb., passed away October 27, 2013 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, Neb.
He was born September 7, 1943 in Lexington, Neb., son of Clarence and Marcia (Fleharty) Schmeeckle.
Ed Joined the U.S. Air Force on April 2, 1964, and was honorable discharged with the rank of Sergeant on April 1, 1968.
On September 15, 1969, Ed married Connie Jensen in Reno, Nevada. This union was blessed with two sons, John D. and Alan P.
In 1970 Ed opened the Conoco station which he ran until 1973. In 1973 he opened his own truck and trailer sales business, Schmeeckle’s Repair. In the 1980s Gothenburg Truck and Equipment was created and is currently under T.E.S. for Truck and Equipment Sales.
Ed was an active member of the NHRA for many years, and was known to all his racing friends as Fast Ed. He was able to make his last run on September 7, 2013.
Surviving are wife, Connie Schmeeckle of Gothenburg, Neb.; sons, John D. (Jill) Schmeeckle, and Alan P. (Lynette) Schmeeckle, both of Gothenburg, Neb.; brothers, Gary Schmeeckle of Powell, Wyo.; Carl (June) Schmeeckle of Gothenburg, Neb.; six grandchildren, and a host of extended family and friends.
Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Marcia Schmeeckle; and brother, Dale Schmeeckle.
Services were held November 2, 2013, at American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg, Neb. Interment will take place at a later date, in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Neb.
Memorials may be given to the Racers for Christ or Donor’s Choice. ❖
George E. Hartman Jr.
George E. Hartman Jr., 79, of Paxton, Neb., passed away November 3, 2013, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb.
He was born October 5, 1934 in Sutherland, Neb., the son of George and Helen Hartman.
George grew up on the farm near Paxton and graduated from Paxton High School in 1952 where he lettered in all sports. He then attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture.
In 1957 George married H. Emily Hemphill. The couple moved to the family farm in 1959 after a year and a half in O’Neill, Neb., where George served as Assistant County Agent. They lived on the family farm near Paxton ever since.
George was very proud of his cattle operation and registered Hereford cows. He was also a licensed real estate broker, appraiser and auctioneer. George worked part time for the University of Nebraska demonstrating Agent software to farmers. This was one of the first software packages designed for agriculture finance and was so pioneering that George was featured in National Geographic magazine. At the auctions, he enjoyed entertaining the crowds with his auctioneer song prior to starting the sale.
He was a lifelong confirmed member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and served on the church council and taught Sunday school and confirmation classes.
He was also very community minded and helped with events and fund raisers. George loved attending Paxton High School sporting events and was an avid Husker fan. Golfing became a passion and he loved to play with his family and friends at the Sutherland Course. After retirement George was a substitute teacher for Paxton and Sutherland high schools. He especially enjoyed working with young people and teaching the subjects as well as providing valuable life lessons to his students.
Survivors include his wife Emily Hartman of 56 years, two sons: John (Kathy) Hartman of Phillips, Neb., and Kirk (Linda) Hartman of Lincoln, Neb., Also four grandchildren: Ryan Hartman of Parker, Colo., Nathan (Bobbi) Hartman of Columbus, Neb., and Megan Hartman and Cole Hartman, both of Lincoln, Neb., and one great-grandson Brooks George Hartman of Columbus, Neb.
Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters Marge Hatheway and Jerry Price.
Services were held November 7, 2013, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paxton, Neb. Interment took place in the Paxton Cemetery. ❖