Vern Walter Bartruff, 92 - November 26, 2012Vern Walter Bartruff, 92, of Eustis passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Cozad Community Hospital.
Services will be conducted on Friday, Nov. 30, at 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Eustis with the Rev. Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be at the East Cemetery at Eustis.
Bartruff was born Feb. 7, 1920, north of Eustis to Otto and Sofia (Yeutter) Bartruff. He attended District 70 rural school before graduating Eustis High School in 1937.
He entered the United States Army, serving during World War II until he received a medical discharge. Following his discharge, he returned to the Eustis area where he worked in farming and other businesses in the community.
On May 30, 1944, he married Lorraine Backer at Alexandria. The couple made their home in the Eustis area before eventually buying a farm north of town in the late 1940s, where they resided for the rest of their married lives.
Farming was his passion. He enjoyed farm life, the outdoors, spring planting, fall harvest and raising and caring for the livestock, according to family members. His interest in farming extended to service on the Dawson County ASCS Committee for several years.
Bartruff was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church of Eustis and a charter member of the Eustis Lion’s Club.
He and his wife enjoyed attending Nebraska football games for more than 30 years, said family. In addition, they traveled across the United States enjoying the sites.
Bartruff and his wife celebrated their 50th anniversary with family in 1994. They were proud grandparents attending activities and events that each grandchild was involved with. He took particular pride sharing time with his grandchildren on the farm, walking through the pastures and corn fields, giving driving lessons and playing card games, family said.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Otto and Sofia; his wife, Lorraine; a sister, Lucille Anderson; brother, Junior; an infant brother, Lloyd.
Survivors include: his son, Dr. Craig Bartruff of Gothenburg; his daughter, Dr. Shirley (Robert) Wiggins of Lincoln; four sisters—Betty Rieker of Farnam, Doris Welle of Minnesota, Marge (Kenneth) Kugler of Elwood and Diane (Danny) Easterday of Eustis; a brother, Robert (Evelyn) Bartruff of Eustis; six grandchildren—Heidi (Lee)Thurber, Chad (Andrea) Bartruff and Kimberly Bartruff, Jason (Amanda) Wiggins, Jordon Wiggins and Allison Hardy and Jenna (Barrett) Ruud; six great-grandchildren—Logan and Carson Thurber, Sydney and Blake Bartruff, Kathryn Bartruff and Jack Wiggins; numerous other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.