May 4, 1963 - Nov. 24, 2008
IMPERIAL -- Mark Alan Cahow, 45, died Monday (Nov. 24, 2008) after a short and sudden illness at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
He was born in Superior on May 4, 1963, to Robert and Mary (Greenlee) Cahow. When he was 3-years-old the family moved from Hardy to the family ranch in Chase County where he grew up. He attended Lamar Grade School and Chase County High School where he graduated in 1981. He attended college at Chadron State College for two years and then chose to complete his degree in technical drafting and engineering at the Goodland VoTech Campus.
After graduation he took a job with Eby Construction in San Antonio, Texas, where he worked on the company's street and sewer projects. After moving back to Nebraska, he spent the next eight years working for the Nebraska Department of Roads in McCook as a junior engineer designing and building roads, bridges and culverts.
In 1994, he moved back to the family ranch to assist with the operation. He married Brenda (Ohrmund) on May 20, 1995. He worked as a tire salesman for the Imperial Frenchman Valley Coop and then as station manager for the Grant Coop station for the next 10 years. At the time of his death he was working as the maintenance man for the Imperial ALCO store and overseeing projects at his ranch.
He was as a star athlete in high school football, basketball and track. He joined the Catholic Church in 2008, and was baptized and confirmed into the faith,
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary and father-in-law, Lyle Ohrmund.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda and son, Sam of Imperial; father, Robert "Bob" Cahow of Haigler; mother-in-law, Norma Ohrmund of Imperial; sister-in-law and husband, Lisa and Rory Kerchal of Wauneta; two nephews; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were at St. Patrick's Church on Saturday, followed by a Christian burial at the Crete Cemetery in rural Chase County.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.