SUN CITY, Ariz. -- Robert (Bob) C. Hidy, 81, died Sunday, June 22, 2008, at Hospice of the Valley in Sun City, Ariz., after a short battle with cancer.
He was born on May 16, 1927, in Trenton, Neb., to Connie and Leah (Rodgers) Hidy. He attended country school north of Trenton.
On May 25, 1947, he married Vonda Marie Poliman in Trenton. They lived on their farm north of Trenton until 1974, when they moved into Trenton. In 1999, they moved to Sun City, Ariz.
Bob was a farmer and rancher until 1991. This was a job that was never a job, but instead a love for the land and a way of life. Then he worked for Southwest Fertilizer until 1999.
Bob was a member of the Methodist Church in Culbertson, Neb., and then the Willowbrook Methodist Church in Sun City, Ariz., where he was an usher.
Bob thoroughly enjoyed his retirement days in Sun City. He volunteered his services each week at the Boswell Hospital in Sun City. He especially enjoyed playing pool at the recreation centers with his many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roy.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Vonda of Sun City, Ariz.; daughter, Barbara and husband, Wayne Johnson of Sun City West; sons, William "Bill" and wife, Kathleen Hidy of Danbury, Ne., and Curtis and wife, Deborah Hidy of Glendale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Kyle and Christina Hidy and their mother, Barbara Hidy; step-grandchildren, Brian Johnson and Karen and husband, Steve Rumple; sister, Lois and husband, Dr. Clyde Penner of Littleton, Colo.; brother, Wayne and wife, Rachel Hidy of McCook; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Bob touched the lives of many while he was with us. He was known for his honesty, reliability and dedication. His respect for others was shown through his encouragement and his willingness to share his expertise.
He was a devoted family man. He loved to tell stories about his past experiences and did so up until the end of his life on earth. He tried to live life to its fullest. He believed if you can't change things, accept them, because life must go on.
Visitation was at Menke Funeral Home Wednesday evening, June 25,
Funeral services were at Willowbrook Methodist Church Thursday, June 26, 2008, at 1 p.m., with burial following at the Sunland Memorial Cemetery, all in Sun City, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial gifts be sent to his home in Sun City, which will be divided between the Willowbrook Church and Hospice of the Valley in Bob's name.