SCOTTSBLUFF -- Philip "Jiggs" Pate, 84, died Thursday (Sept. 4, 2003) at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Scottsbluff.
He was born April 7, 1919, to Delbert and Drusilla (Traphagen) Pate in McCook. He was raised on a farm northeast of McCook and attended school in Red Willow Consolidated School. He then lived in McCook. In 1940, he joined the Navy and served in the military during World War II. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to McCook.
On Nov. 27, 1954, he married Celestine Payne in McCook. He was a bartender in the Platte Bar for 10 years. He spent the rest of his life in the McCook and North Platte areas.
He was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Eagles Club.
He was preceded by his wife, Celestine in 1992; his parents; and ten brothers and sisters, Arvilla Anderson, Vera Kennedy, Florence Henry, Clara Dillon, Ruth (Lepper) Roach, Todd Pate, Raymond Pate, Drucilla Haagensen, Esther Stone and Fred Pate. Survivors include his stepdaughter, Ann Dobrovolny of Alliance; two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
Services are Monday, 1 p.m., at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte with the Rev. R.L. Piontkowski officiating. Interment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military honors.
Memorials may be sent to Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell.
Carpenter Memorial Chapel of North Platte is in charge of the arrangements.