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Robert Merrill Lockenour

Friday, March 9, 2007

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Sept. 22, 1923 - Feb. 25, 2007

CAMBRIDGE?-- Robert was born in Cambridge on Sept. 22, 1923. His parents were Monte Clifford Lockenour and Jeanie Marie (Rankin) Lockenour. He attended school in Cambridge and graduated from High School in 1941.

He attended Hastings College for one semester and then entered the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving until October of 1945. Much of his Navy time was spent in the South Pacific, especially New Zealand.

On Jan. 7, 1945, he married Betty R. Brown at Geneva. He was stationed at Boston, Mass., and then later Norfolk, Va. After his discharge, Bob returned to Hastings College. Upon completion of two years he went to the College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, Mo.

He returned to Cambridge and worked at Lockenour Furniture and the Lockenour Mortuary. He also was the proprietor of a TV shop.

In 1959, after his father died, he became the director of Lockenour Mortuary and built a new Mortuary Building at its present location.

His interests were in promoting Cambridge. He belonged to the First Congregational Church, Tower Club, and Men's Club at the Church, Nebraska Funeral Directors Association, Cambridge Hospital Board of Directors, Chairman of the Cambridge Cemetery Board, Cambridge Saddle Club, Ducks Unlimited, American Legion Post 199 and McCook Elks Club.

He was the proud father of Patti Jones of Washington D.C., and Paul Lockenour of Lexington.

He is survived by his wife and children; grandchildren: Tobiann Springer and husband, Jeff, Ryon Jones and wife, Samantha of Cambridge, Zachary Jones of Tulsa, Okla., Whitney Jones of Riverside, Calif., Monte Lockenour of Lexington and Brooke Lockenour of Lincoln; four great-grandchildren: Addison, Braden and Macy Jones and Brylyn Springer, all of Cambridge; and two sisters, Dorothy Jones and Margie Petersen, all of Cambridge.

He died on Feb. 25, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Bill and sister, Caroline.

Funeral services were Thursday, March 1, 2007, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ Burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery.

Lockenour-Jones Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

His life was devoted to helping people. He helped his grandchildren learn to hunt and fish and to appreciate nature. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and traveling.

We say goodbye to a great man who loved his family, his friends and his home town.