NORTH PLATTE -- Dennis G. Awtry, 61, of North Platte, died Monday (Jan. 14, 2008), at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
He was born to Gerald and Doris Nelsen Awtry on June 30, 1946, near Curtis in his grandparents sod house. He grew up in McCook and graduated from McCook High School in 1964.
He married Donna Schmidt on June 18, 1977, at the Messiah Lutheran Church.
He was part owner and operator of San-Dens Arts and Crafts with his sister. He was a commodities broker with his cousin, Jim. He returned to college, graduated from Kearney State College with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in art education. He taught at St. Pat's High School for the last 12 years.
He belonged to the Messiah Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Donna of North Platte; one son, Joe Awtry of Lincoln; sister, Sandy and husband, Dick Foran of North Platte; and brother, Wayne Awtry of McCook.
Memorial services will be Friday, 10 a.m., at Messiah Lutheran Church in North Platte with the Rev. Lynn Parsons officiating.
Cremation was chosen and register book signing is today until 9 p.m., with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte.
Online condolences may be left at www.adamsswanson.com.
A memorial has been established in his name to the North Platte Catholic School Endowment Trust, the Messiah Lutheran Church or the Callihan Cancer Center.
Adams & Swanson Funeral Home of North Platte is in charge of arrangements.