KEARNEY --?Roger L. Newcomb, 76, of Kearney died Saturday (March 31, 2007) at his residence.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kearney, the Revs. Charles Peek, Albie Hazen and Mike McDonald will officiate. The Nebraska National Guard Honors Team in conjunction with the VFW Post 759 and American Legion Post 52 of Kearney will conduct military rites at the Kearney Cemetery.
The family will establish memorials.
O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home of Kearney is in charge of arrangements.
He was born July 21, 1930, in Frontier County to W.D. "Dow" and Pearl (Cotton) Newcomb. He grew up at a farm near Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1947. He entered the U.S. Army on May 17, 1951, and served during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on May 16, 1953.
On Jan. 15, 1967, he married Marilyn Trail in McCook. He farmed until moving to Kearney in 1967. In Kearney he was employed by Abbott's Dairy and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He also worked as a crop insurance adjuster. He was baptized in the Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of Kearney; son, Rollin of Boulder, Colo.; daughters, Tamara Ring of Bullhead City, Ariz., Amy Eberle and husband, Charles of Minden and Beth Fiest and special friend, Jim Thornburg of Minden; brother, Warren of Cambridge; 10 grandchildren, Benjamin and Robert Newcomb of Boulder, Colo., Mathew Newcomb of Atlanta, Ga., Kelsi Ring of Bullhead City, Ariz., Alexander Madison of Beatrice, Dakota Madison, Makenzi Boehler, Ryan Eberle and Samuel Fiest, all of Minden, and Katala Kimball of Omaha; and one great-grandchild.
He is also survived by brother-in-law, Charles Trail and wife, Dian of McCook, John Trail and wife, Norma of Aniak, Alaska and James Trail and wife, Virginia of McCook; sister-in-law, Judith Johnson and husband, Dan of LaCombe, La.; and several nephews, nieces, cousins and family friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and several close lifetime friends.