KEARNEY -- James F. Cerny, 74, died Saturday (June 28, 2008) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
He entered the U.S. Army on Sept. 25, 1953, during the Korean War Conflict. After his discharge in 1955, he was married to Darlene Kliment on June 10, 1962, in Crete. They made their home in Lincoln.
He was employed by Lancaster County while attending Milford College. After his graduation, he taught at the University of Nebraska in Curtis later becoming the department head in diesel mechanics. Also during this time he farmed part time. After 33 years at the school he retired and moved to Kearney.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, American Legion and the Eagles Club in North Platte.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene of Kearney; daughter, Debra Maddox and husband, Terrance of Kearney; brother, Warren and wife, JoAnn of Pleasant Hill; sisters, Irene Eurich of Friend and Lousie Anderson of Lincoln; sisters-in-law, Mary Louise Dean and Wilma Cerny; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney with the Rev. Roger Wolfe officiating. Interment will be 3 p.m., at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. The North Platte Honors Team, National Guard Honors Team in conjunction with the VFW Post 759 and American Legion No. 52 of Kearney will be in charge of military honors.
Visitation is today until 8 p.m., at the Funeral Home in Kearney. On-line condolences may be submitted to osafh.com.
Memorials will be established by the family.
O'Brien -Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney is in charge of arrangements.