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Robert Lydic, 95 - January 21, 2009


Robert “Wray” Lydic, 95, of Gothenburg, formerly of Farnam, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at Gothenburg.
A rosary was held on Friday, Jan. 16, at Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church of Gothenburg, and Mass of Christian Burial took place on Saturday, Jan. 17. Internment was held at the Farnam Cemetery.
Lydic was born Jan. 15, 1913, at a home place south of Farnam to Robert “Bob” and Lula (Aylsworth) Lydic.
He attended Frontier County School District 60, Highland School and graduated from Farnam High School. He also attended Kearney State College.
Lydic was united in marriage to Theresa Derra on Jan. 15, 1942, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farnam. To this union, four children were born.
Soon after the couple’s marriage, Lydic was drafted into the Army where he served his country during World War II in the 126th Infantry of the 32nd Division in the Southwest Pacific.
He and his wife had farmed and ranched northwest of Farnam on East Deer Creek. The land, horses and cattle were deeply embedded into his being, according to family members. He passed this deep appreciation onto his children and grandchildren.
Lydic enjoyed people especially children, and loved the south hills. In fact, after he returned from the military, he never wanted to leave again, said family members.
He and his wife retired and moved to Gothenburg in 1990, where they were active participants in Marriage Encounter.
Lydic was also an active member of Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church and Farnam American Legion Post No. 288, and a former member of the Lincoln County Extension Board, the 4-H Council and the Farnam School Board.
?He was preceded in death by: his parents, Robert and Lula; his wife, Theresa in 2004; a brother, Frank; sisters—Sarah A. and Anna.
Survivors include: his four children—Donald “Don,” James “Jim” (Joyce), and Thomas “Tom” (Dawn), all of Brady, and Mary Ann (Brad) Porter of Fremont; eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren—Jennifer (Abby, Hallee, Devin) Bonta of North Platte, Nathan and Ashley (Emery, Breck, Ella) Lydic, Robert Lydic, Sarah and Mike (James and Jackson) Roberts, all of Brady, Adam and Stephanie Porter of Olathe, KS, and Megan Porter of Fremont, Rachel Lydic and Joshua Lydic of Brady; brother-in-law, Donald (Vonnie) Derra; sister-in-law, Elsie Mae Derra; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Farnam Fire and Rescue Department.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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