Dennis Messersmith, 65 - February 22, 2014Dennis “Denny” Larry Messersmith, 65, of Cambridge passed away Saturday Feb. 22, 2014, at the St. John’s Nursing Home in Kearney.
Services will take place at the Cambridge Community Building on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Jeff Wulf officiating. Interment will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell at 1 p.m.
Messersmith was born at Eustis on July 23, 1948, to Lynn and Valeria (Crampton) Messersmith. He attended school for 12 years at Farnam Public School.
After graduation, he attended the Denver Auto Mechanic School in Denver, CO, until he was drafted by the U.S. Army.
He attended basic training and AIT at Ft. Lewis, WA, and upon completion, served with the 3rd of 7th 199th light infantry brigade from 1968 through 1970. His tour ended with two Purple Hearts from wounds, a Bronze Star for heroism and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry for his gallant service in Vietnam.
Being honorably discharged, he returned to the family farm north of Farnam, and in 1976, sold the farm and attended Missouri Auction School at Kansas City, MO. In 1982, he received his Nebraska Real Estate Salesman’s License.
From two previous marriages, five children were born to him. On June 11, 2003, he married Margaret Doyle Dickson and became a father of two step-children.
?Messersmith was an auctioneer for over 35 years and sold real estate for 27 years. He loved auctions and of course John Deere tractors as well as the farm where he had his critters including dogs, cattle and horses, said family members.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Lynn and Valeria; grandparents; a brother: Delvin.
Survivors include: his wife, Margaret of Cambridge; sons—Dan (Tiff) of North Platte, Darin of Lexington and Levi (Bobbie Jo) of Cozad; daughters—Denise (Bob) Rayburn of Brady and Jamie Messersmith of Cozad; step-son, Chase Dickson of Bartley; step-daughter, Maria Dickson of Lincoln; seven grandchildren; a sister, Nila Reitz of Cambridge; special extended family, Darin and Connie Norby and children of Farnam; numerous other family members.
Memorials may be sent in his name to Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge, P.O. Box 247, Cambridge, NE 69022.