Stanley “Ervin” Voborny
1927 — 2016
Stanley “Ervin” E. Voborny, 88 of Elgin, NE passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 28, 2016 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church at Raeville, NE with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Stanley Ervin Voborny was born August 15, 1927 in rural Madison County, NE to Stanley Joseph and Mary C. (Karella) Voborny.
He was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church (Schoolcraft). His elementary education was in rural country schools and he graduated from Newman Grove High School in 1946.
Ervin celebrated his 18th birthday on V.J. Day in 1945. After the passing of his father in 1943, Ervin remained at home for the remainder of the 1940’s and through the 1950’s, assisting his mother with the raising of his six younger siblings.
In 1957 he spent the year on the construction of the Oahe Dam near Pierre, SD. On June 7, 1960, Ervin was united in marriage with Emma Marie Starman at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE.
Following their marriage they lived for nine months on the Voborny farm northwest of Newman Grove before settling on their own farm located six miles southeast of Elgin in 1961, where they resided until 1983.
For several years in the 1970’s Ervin was employed by Lindsay Manufacturing, while also engaging in farming. After moving to Elgin he drove semis for local farmers as well as operating “Ole Mabel” for the Elgin mills.
In his later years he was known around the town for clearing aluminum cans from the roadsides, many days traveling two or three miles using a walker to do so.
He was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2411 St Boniface, Elgin, NE and the Rae Valley Heritage Association.
Ervin was an avid reader who enjoyed learning new things throughout his life. He enjoyed singing and dancing, Polka music, and poppy seed cake. He was quick with a quip, and twice as sly, and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Ervin is survived by his wife Emma of Elgin, NE; four children: Joe (Shirley) Voborny of Raeville, NE; Karen (Richard) Strong of Milton, FL; Paul (Rebecca) Voborny of Dunnellon, FL; David Voborny of Elgin, NE; five grandchildren: Jennifer (Kevin) Patras of Tilden, NE; Anthony Kittelson of Petersburg, NE; Teri (Dr. Anthony) Garcia of Navarre, FL; Alyssa (Eric) Duray of Coconut Creek, FL; Aaron (Alicia) Voborny of Joshua Tree, CA; four great-grandchildren; two sisters: Eleanor Julsen of Lindsay, NE and Marilyn (Ray) Schroeter of Newman Grove, NE; brother: Dewayne (Germaine) Voborny of Neligh, NE; sister-in-law: Rosella Jensen of Neligh, NE; brother-in-law: Tom Lees of Palmer, AK; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Bernard Voborny; two sisters: Sister Marie (Blanche) Voborny and Jeanette Lees; a brother in law: Olaf Julsen; an infant child: John; and an infant grandchild: Christopher.
Funeral Services for Joseph Moser, age 74 of Clearwater, NE will be at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Clearwater, with Father James Kramper officiating. Visitation was from from 4:00 to 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 with a prayer service at 7:30 P.M. at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater.
Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin, NE with Military Rites by Clearwater American Legion Post #267.
Joe passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, NE, surrounded by his siblings and their spouses, nieces and nephews.
Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and condolences may be directed to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Clearwater Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
Joseph John Moser, son of Alvin (“Smokey”) and Irene (Pelster) Moser, was born on February 22, 1942 on a farm located one mile south and two miles east of Elgin, NE. His parents purchased the family farm, four miles north of Elgin, in 1948.
Joe attended St. Boniface School and graduated from there in 1960. He helped out on various ranches in the Elgin and Bartlett areas.
In fall of 1963, he took an ag short course at the University of Nebraska East Campus in Lincoln. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in March of 1964. His basic training was at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He took AIT courses at Fort Meade, MD to work as an Army Medic. He then served a tour of duty in Vietnam.
After being released from the Army in 1966, Joe worked in Grand Island in the welding business and at Ravenna in an A.I. program with George Boucher. On October 7, 1967, Joe married Barbara Van Pelt in Grand Island. They lived in Palmer, where he was employed by Gary Bader. He later operated a repair shop in Worms.
After his father Alvin’s death, Joe and Barb moved to Elgin in 1972. He started a new business, J & B Manufacturing, where he produced horse and stock trailers and cattle handling equipment. In 1976, he became a Moorman’s Feed Sales Representative and continued in this line of work for seven years. The Mosers bought a house from Max Wylie that was located northwest of Elgin and moved it to a location five miles west of Elgin. They started a new place known to nieces and nephews as “Little House on the Prairie”. They also built a USDA-approved kennel there and raised miniature schnauzers.
In 1984, a new job as Shop Manager at Dean Christensen’s feedlot saw them move to Central City. Joe and Barb took a short stint and traveled around much of the United States as semi drivers, hauling various loads. In May of 1988, Joe was hired by the Green Valley Ranch southwest of Clearwater. He worked there for 16 years until his retirement. It was during this period that Joe and Barb divorced.
After living in Ericson, Joe moved to Clearwater in fall of 2007, keeping busy as a farm and ranch hand. He enjoyed visits with family and friends. His hobbies included horses, fishing with former classmates, and rodeos.
Joe is survived by his siblings: Marilyn (Nicholas) Austin of Fremont, NE; Gerald (Karlene) Moser of Elgin, NE; Rita (Robert) Kester of Clearwater, NE and Merle Moser of Elgin, NE; six nieces; five nephews; eleven great-nieces; twenty-two great-nephews; former wife, Barbara Moser; and special friend, Joyce Beedle.
Stanley “Ervin” Voborny