Lloyd Joseph Votruba, 90, of Hemingford, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at the Hemingford Care Center.
Lloyd was born May 21, 1928, on a small farm in Hay Springs, to William and Elnora (Wenske) Votruba, where he went to school and graduated eighth grade in 1942.
Shortly after school he went to work for Lloyd Amsberry east of Hemingford until his time in the service.
He was drafted Dec 12, 1950, and served in the Army Armor Tank Division in the Korean conflict until Sept 29, 1951, when he was medically discharged and transferred to the Army Reserves where he served five more years.
After returning from service he worked for the phone company installing new lines with good friend Bob Duncan. In 1954 he seized the opportunity to start farming on his own west of Hemingford where he built his family.
He married Florine Mae on Nov 27, 1955, and they were coming up on their 63rd anniversary. His one son and grandson continue on the farm.
He served 20 years on the Hemingford Rural Fire Board as well and time on the PREMA and Farmers Coop boards. He was a lifetime member of the VFW as well as member of the American Legion Post 9.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Florine; sons Kevin, Keri and Trevor; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sisters Shirley, Bernice, Lela and Delphine; and brother Julius.
His parents, brothers Willard, Delbert and Clifford, and sisters Norabelle and Anabelle preceded him in death.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m., on Friday, Nov 16, at the Hemingford Methodist Church, with Pastor Esther Achi officiating. Interment will follow at the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery in Alliance. Military honors will be rendered by the United States Army Funeral Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of the Hemingford Care Center, the Hemingford Volunteer Rural Fire Department, or the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.bridgmanfuneralhome.com.