Charles Edward Emmett Pilcher, 90, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 2002) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.
He was born Dec. 1, 1911, to Lloyd Raymond and Elizabeth (Bolt) Pilcher at Blair. He grew up at Blair and graduated from Albion High School in 1930. He graduated from the University of Nebraska college of agriculture where he received a bachelor's degree in agriculture in 1938 and a master's degree in 1940, majoring in Conservation and Agronomy and a minor in agriculture engineering. He was employed at the University of Nebraska for two years before entering the U.S. Army in 1942, where he served as a marine engineer in the European Theater.
On June 23, 1946, he married Rachel M. Shaffer at Beatrice. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service at Walthill and was transferred to Butte in 1947. In January of 1956, he transferred to the Bureau of Reclamation in McCook where he was conservationist and land manager until his retirement in 1981.
He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and was elected a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, The Society of Sigma Xi. He was a member of The First Congregational Church, The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, American Association of Retired Persons, The University of Nebraska Alumni Association and served on the Heritage Senior Center Board. He was the Father of The Year in 1967 and received the Silver Beaver Award in scouting in 1985.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard Pilcher; three brothers, Jean, Keith and Raymond Pilcher; two sisters, Marjorie Donaldson and Shirley Pilcher; and three grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Rachel of McCook; one daughter, Coralee Pilcher of Boston, Mass.; four sons, Edward Pilcher and wife, Louise of Fort Morgan, Colo., Lloyd Pilcher and wife, Cindy and Carroll Pilcher all of Seattle, Wash., and Ronald Pilcher and wife, Roxanne of West Chester, Ohio; one brother, Curtis Pilcher of Sun City, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church in McCook with the Rev. Rod Church officiating. Interment will be in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell.
Memorials may be given in his name to the First Congregational Church, YMCA, Boy Scouts or Heritage Senior Center.
Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.