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Evald Abramson, 83 - June 05, 2012


Evald E. Abramson, 83, of Holdrege passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his home in Holdrege after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be conducted from the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June, 9, with the Rev. Dale Lambert officiating. Interment will be in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 8, with the family greeting friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.
Evald Eugene Abramson was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Holdrege to Gustav Malcolm and Julia M. (Johnson) Abramson. He was the youngest of six sons. He graduated from Holdrege High School in 1947.
At a young age he began working in his father’s business, Abramson Radio Shop, where he learned all aspects of the appliance business. In 1965, he purchased the business from his father and the name was changed to Abramson Appliance & TV.
He and his wife, Mary Lou, owned and operated the business together for 26 years until they sold it to their oldest son, Mark, in 1991. Evald continued to be an active presence in the store because he enjoyed his customers. He was proud of the fact that the family business is considered the third oldest business in Holdrege in terms of continuous operation.
He married Mary Lou Bocock on Sept. 26, 1948 at the Methodist Church in Holdrege. They were married 63 years and were the parents of three children: Mark Ronald, Mary Katherine (Kay) and Thomas Joel.
Abramson was a devoted husband and father, family members said. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in their many school and sporting activities, band and piano concerts and dance recitals. Every summer weekend was spent at the family cabin at Johnson Lake.
His greatest passion was hunting from his goose blind at the Platte River with his faithful labrador dog.
Abramson was a member of the Holdrege Volunteer Fire Department for 37 years, serving several years as assistant fire chief, a 15-year member of the Holdrege Emergency Unit and a member of the Holdrege Gun Club. He was a member of the Methodist Church for 57 years and served on the administrative board and various committees.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers—Lowell (Doris) Abramson, Maurice (Elaine) Abramson, Ronald (Frances) Abramson, James (Alice) Abramson and Julius Abramson in infancy; daughter-in-law Paula Abramson; mother-in-law Irene Bocock; and father-in-law Bruce Bocock.
Abramson is survived by: wife Mary Lou; two sons—Mark Abramson of Holdrege, Tom Abramson of Gothenburg; daughter—Kay (Bryce) Exstrom of Fremont; grandchildren—Beth Abramson of Elkhorn; Rebeka Abramson of Holdrege; Katelyn Exstrom of Lincoln; Ashley Abramson, Aaron Abramson and Alexandra Abramson, all of Lincoln; great-granddaughter Mia Abramson of Elkhorn; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A memorial has been established in his memory and will be designated at a later date.

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