KEARNEY — LaVern W. Scheidies, 94, of Minden died Sunday, June 14, 2020, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden with the Rev. Christopher Hazzard officiating. Services will include a special remembrance for his son, Mark. Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery with military honors presented by the Minden American Legion and Heartwell Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Visitation is 2-6 p.m. Wednesday at Craig Funeral Home in Minden. Current CDC recommendations for faith-based services will be followed. Services will be streamed to the church and funeral home’s social media platforms.
LaVern was born Nov. 24, 1925, on their farm in Kearney County, the son of Albert and Fern (Woodward) Scheidies. His family later moved to Juniata where he graduated from high school in 1943. While still in high school, LaVern enlisted in the Air Force Cadet program, and he eventually served in World War II as a tail gunner on a B-17 with the 326th Army Air Force unit, flying eight combat missions over occupied territory in Europe. After being discharged in January 1946, he attended Hastings College for two years before going to work on the family farm.
LaVern met his beloved wife Roberta “Bert” Meyer at a dance in Grand Island. They married Oct. 12, 1951, and had five children: Keith, Mark, Randy, Rhonda and Tim. In 1963 they moved to the Scheidies family farm near Lowell, living there until moving to Minden at retirement in February 1996. LaVern moved to Bethany Home in Minden in October 2018, where he lived until his passing.
LaVern was a farmer and agricultural entrepreneur, with side businesses selling seed corn, sweet corn and popcorn, custom hay baling, and clerking farm and household auctions for many years. He was active in the St. Paul Lutheran churches, both in Lowell while on the farm, and after moving into Minden. He was known to many by his longtime nickname “Jiggs.”
Survivors include many who loved him, including his children, Keith (Carolyn), daughter-in-law Jennifer, Randy (Nancy), Rhonda McCarthy and Tim (Lisa); grandchildren, Chris, Cassie, Tiffany, Crystal, Nick, Whitney, Anne and Sara; great-grandchildren, Devon, Dane, Tori, Colton, Mason, Paxton, Josh, Aniah, Ellery and Zeke; and other relatives, friends and neighbors over the years.
LaVern was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; wife, Roberta; son, Mark; and granddaughter, Nichole.
Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Bethany Home in Minden; alternately any donation to a charity or a random act of kindness of your choice is a great way to honor LaVern’s memory, as he was very charitably inclined.
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