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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 8-24-09

Eldon “Red” Wickham, age 82, of Arapahoe, Neb., passed away July 20, 2009 at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege, Neb.

He was born July 2, 1927 on the family farm Southeast of Arapahoe, Neb., to his parents, Earl and Berdina (Cowles) Wickham. He was a lifelong resident of Furnas County, Neb., and attended a country school through eighth grade then attended Arapahoe High School where he graduated in 1944. Red worked on the family farm and drove a truck hauling livestock, machinery and equipment. In August 1946 he was drafted into the Army where he completed Basic Training at Fort Bliss, Texas and served in the Military Police and also the William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas. He received his discharge from the Army in September 1947 and returned to Arapahoe, Neb., where he drove a truck hauling gravel.

Red loved horses and was involved in various horse-related events and activities in the area, even serving as the President of the Republican Valley Saddle Club in the late ’40’s and early ’50’s. On February 16, 1968 he married Irene Sousley in Tipton, Missouri and they made their home in Arapahoe, Neb. Red continued to drive trucks and he and Fred Hoffman started the F-Red Truck Line hauling livestock for local farmers and cattle feeders. When this partnership was dissolved, Red continued to drive trucks hauling heavy equipment for Adams Construction of Arapahoe. On December 1, 1979 his wife Irene, passed away. When his father became ill, he took over his parents’ farm where he and his brother, Sanford worked together farming and raising cattle and hogs. In the fall of 1982 he had a surgery in Holdrege, Neb., and while there met his best friend’s sister, Norma Paxton Jones. On August 24, 1983 they were married and continued to live in Arapahoe. In 1997 Red was forced to have a major surgery due to Melanoma Cancer, which was the beginning of an on going battle that resulted in many hospital stays.

After his brother Sanford passed away unexpectedly, Red sold his farm equipment and the farm and retired. This allowed him the time to do “day work” on an “as needed” basis for various local farmers and businesses, which he enjoyed immensely.

Red was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his wife Irene, brother Sanford, sister-in-law Mildred and brother-in-law Jack Kimble.

He is survived by his wife Norma of Arapahoe, Neb., sister Patsy Kimble of Westminster, Colo., nephew Kerry Lee Kimble and wife Lynn and their two children, a step-daughter DeAnn (Tom) Nickel and a step-son Richard (Lynette) Verbeck and their families plus a host of other relatives and friends.

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Services were held July 23, 2009 at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Arapahoe, Neb.

Interment was at the Arapahoe Cemetery with military rights by the American Legion Post 96.

Eldon “Red” Wickham, age 82, of Arapahoe, Neb., passed away July 20, 2009 at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege, Neb.

He was born July 2, 1927 on the family farm Southeast of Arapahoe, Neb., to his parents, Earl and Berdina (Cowles) Wickham. He was a lifelong resident of Furnas County, Neb., and attended a country school through eighth grade then attended Arapahoe High School where he graduated in 1944. Red worked on the family farm and drove a truck hauling livestock, machinery and equipment. In August 1946 he was drafted into the Army where he completed Basic Training at Fort Bliss, Texas and served in the Military Police and also the William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas. He received his discharge from the Army in September 1947 and returned to Arapahoe, Neb., where he drove a truck hauling gravel.

Red loved horses and was involved in various horse-related events and activities in the area, even serving as the President of the Republican Valley Saddle Club in the late ’40’s and early ’50’s. On February 16, 1968 he married Irene Sousley in Tipton, Missouri and they made their home in Arapahoe, Neb. Red continued to drive trucks and he and Fred Hoffman started the F-Red Truck Line hauling livestock for local farmers and cattle feeders. When this partnership was dissolved, Red continued to drive trucks hauling heavy equipment for Adams Construction of Arapahoe. On December 1, 1979 his wife Irene, passed away. When his father became ill, he took over his parents’ farm where he and his brother, Sanford worked together farming and raising cattle and hogs. In the fall of 1982 he had a surgery in Holdrege, Neb., and while there met his best friend’s sister, Norma Paxton Jones. On August 24, 1983 they were married and continued to live in Arapahoe. In 1997 Red was forced to have a major surgery due to Melanoma Cancer, which was the beginning of an on going battle that resulted in many hospital stays.

After his brother Sanford passed away unexpectedly, Red sold his farm equipment and the farm and retired. This allowed him the time to do “day work” on an “as needed” basis for various local farmers and businesses, which he enjoyed immensely.

Red was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his wife Irene, brother Sanford, sister-in-law Mildred and brother-in-law Jack Kimble.

He is survived by his wife Norma of Arapahoe, Neb., sister Patsy Kimble of Westminster, Colo., nephew Kerry Lee Kimble and wife Lynn and their two children, a step-daughter DeAnn (Tom) Nickel and a step-son Richard (Lynette) Verbeck and their families plus a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held July 23, 2009 at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Arapahoe, Neb.

Interment was at the Arapahoe Cemetery with military rights by the American Legion Post 96.

Eldon “Red” Wickham, age 82, of Arapahoe, Neb., passed away July 20, 2009 at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege, Neb.

He was born July 2, 1927 on the family farm Southeast of Arapahoe, Neb., to his parents, Earl and Berdina (Cowles) Wickham. He was a lifelong resident of Furnas County, Neb., and attended a country school through eighth grade then attended Arapahoe High School where he graduated in 1944. Red worked on the family farm and drove a truck hauling livestock, machinery and equipment. In August 1946 he was drafted into the Army where he completed Basic Training at Fort Bliss, Texas and served in the Military Police and also the William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas. He received his discharge from the Army in September 1947 and returned to Arapahoe, Neb., where he drove a truck hauling gravel.

Red loved horses and was involved in various horse-related events and activities in the area, even serving as the President of the Republican Valley Saddle Club in the late ’40’s and early ’50’s. On February 16, 1968 he married Irene Sousley in Tipton, Missouri and they made their home in Arapahoe, Neb. Red continued to drive trucks and he and Fred Hoffman started the F-Red Truck Line hauling livestock for local farmers and cattle feeders. When this partnership was dissolved, Red continued to drive trucks hauling heavy equipment for Adams Construction of Arapahoe. On December 1, 1979 his wife Irene, passed away. When his father became ill, he took over his parents’ farm where he and his brother, Sanford worked together farming and raising cattle and hogs. In the fall of 1982 he had a surgery in Holdrege, Neb., and while there met his best friend’s sister, Norma Paxton Jones. On August 24, 1983 they were married and continued to live in Arapahoe. In 1997 Red was forced to have a major surgery due to Melanoma Cancer, which was the beginning of an on going battle that resulted in many hospital stays.

After his brother Sanford passed away unexpectedly, Red sold his farm equipment and the farm and retired. This allowed him the time to do “day work” on an “as needed” basis for various local farmers and businesses, which he enjoyed immensely.

Red was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his wife Irene, brother Sanford, sister-in-law Mildred and brother-in-law Jack Kimble.

He is survived by his wife Norma of Arapahoe, Neb., sister Patsy Kimble of Westminster, Colo., nephew Kerry Lee Kimble and wife Lynn and their two children, a step-daughter DeAnn (Tom) Nickel and a step-son Richard (Lynette) Verbeck and their families plus a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held July 23, 2009 at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Arapahoe, Neb.

Interment was at the Arapahoe Cemetery with military rights by the American Legion Post 96.

Eldon “Red” Wickham, age 82, of Arapahoe, Neb., passed away July 20, 2009 at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege, Neb.

He was born July 2, 1927 on the family farm Southeast of Arapahoe, Neb., to his parents, Earl and Berdina (Cowles) Wickham. He was a lifelong resident of Furnas County, Neb., and attended a country school through eighth grade then attended Arapahoe High School where he graduated in 1944. Red worked on the family farm and drove a truck hauling livestock, machinery and equipment. In August 1946 he was drafted into the Army where he completed Basic Training at Fort Bliss, Texas and served in the Military Police and also the William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas. He received his discharge from the Army in September 1947 and returned to Arapahoe, Neb., where he drove a truck hauling gravel.

Red loved horses and was involved in various horse-related events and activities in the area, even serving as the President of the Republican Valley Saddle Club in the late ’40’s and early ’50’s. On February 16, 1968 he married Irene Sousley in Tipton, Missouri and they made their home in Arapahoe, Neb. Red continued to drive trucks and he and Fred Hoffman started the F-Red Truck Line hauling livestock for local farmers and cattle feeders. When this partnership was dissolved, Red continued to drive trucks hauling heavy equipment for Adams Construction of Arapahoe. On December 1, 1979 his wife Irene, passed away. When his father became ill, he took over his parents’ farm where he and his brother, Sanford worked together farming and raising cattle and hogs. In the fall of 1982 he had a surgery in Holdrege, Neb., and while there met his best friend’s sister, Norma Paxton Jones. On August 24, 1983 they were married and continued to live in Arapahoe. In 1997 Red was forced to have a major surgery due to Melanoma Cancer, which was the beginning of an on going battle that resulted in many hospital stays.

After his brother Sanford passed away unexpectedly, Red sold his farm equipment and the farm and retired. This allowed him the time to do “day work” on an “as needed” basis for various local farmers and businesses, which he enjoyed immensely.

Red was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his wife Irene, brother Sanford, sister-in-law Mildred and brother-in-law Jack Kimble.

He is survived by his wife Norma of Arapahoe, Neb., sister Patsy Kimble of Westminster, Colo., nephew Kerry Lee Kimble and wife Lynn and their two children, a step-daughter DeAnn (Tom) Nickel and a step-son Richard (Lynette) Verbeck and their families plus a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held July 23, 2009 at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Arapahoe, Neb.

Interment was at the Arapahoe Cemetery with military rights by the American Legion Post 96.

Eldon “Red” Wickham, age 82, of Arapahoe, Neb., passed away July 20, 2009 at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege, Neb.

He was born July 2, 1927 on the family farm Southeast of Arapahoe, Neb., to his parents, Earl and Berdina (Cowles) Wickham. He was a lifelong resident of Furnas County, Neb., and attended a country school through eighth grade then attended Arapahoe High School where he graduated in 1944. Red worked on the family farm and drove a truck hauling livestock, machinery and equipment. In August 1946 he was drafted into the Army where he completed Basic Training at Fort Bliss, Texas and served in the Military Police and also the William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas. He received his discharge from the Army in September 1947 and returned to Arapahoe, Neb., where he drove a truck hauling gravel.

Red loved horses and was involved in various horse-related events and activities in the area, even serving as the President of the Republican Valley Saddle Club in the late ’40’s and early ’50’s. On February 16, 1968 he married Irene Sousley in Tipton, Missouri and they made their home in Arapahoe, Neb. Red continued to drive trucks and he and Fred Hoffman started the F-Red Truck Line hauling livestock for local farmers and cattle feeders. When this partnership was dissolved, Red continued to drive trucks hauling heavy equipment for Adams Construction of Arapahoe. On December 1, 1979 his wife Irene, passed away. When his father became ill, he took over his parents’ farm where he and his brother, Sanford worked together farming and raising cattle and hogs. In the fall of 1982 he had a surgery in Holdrege, Neb., and while there met his best friend’s sister, Norma Paxton Jones. On August 24, 1983 they were married and continued to live in Arapahoe. In 1997 Red was forced to have a major surgery due to Melanoma Cancer, which was the beginning of an on going battle that resulted in many hospital stays.

After his brother Sanford passed away unexpectedly, Red sold his farm equipment and the farm and retired. This allowed him the time to do “day work” on an “as needed” basis for various local farmers and businesses, which he enjoyed immensely.

Red was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his wife Irene, brother Sanford, sister-in-law Mildred and brother-in-law Jack Kimble.

He is survived by his wife Norma of Arapahoe, Neb., sister Patsy Kimble of Westminster, Colo., nephew Kerry Lee Kimble and wife Lynn and their two children, a step-daughter DeAnn (Tom) Nickel and a step-son Richard (Lynette) Verbeck and their families plus a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held July 23, 2009 at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Arapahoe, Neb.

Interment was at the Arapahoe Cemetery with military rights by the American Legion Post 96.