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Charles Peter Teply

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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July 24, 1942 - Dec. 15, 2008

PALISADE -- Charles Peter Teply, 66, of Palisade, died Dec. 15, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook.

On July 4, 1942, he was born to Charlie and Myrtle (Plunkett) Teply on the family farm and ranch north of Wauneta. Charles spent his youth on the family farm and ranch and attended grade school in a one-room school house until the eighth grade, when he transferred to Wauneta Public School. Charles graduated from Wauneta High School in 1960.

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He went to McCook College, where he graduated in 1962, with a degree in pre-engineering. He then studied Civil Engineering at Colorado State University for one semester.

In February of 1964, he joined the U.S. Navy, signing up for the Nuclear Submarine Service. After training in Groton, Conn., and Newport News, Va., he became a Machinist Mate and was assigned to the SSBN-616-USS Lafayette, a nuclear powered submarine carrying nuclear missiles and torpedoes. After four years, most of it spent undersea, Charles mustered out of the Navy in 1970 and came back to Western Nebraska, to the wide open spaces, sunny weather and friendly people and started farming and ranching 15 miles west of Hayes Center.

On May 31, 1974, he was united in marriage to LaVonne (Bonnie) Marquette. They lived on the farm and ranch for the next 26 years. Charles and Bonnie retired to Palisade in 2000, where they made many friends and enjoyed small town peace and quiet.

Charles was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bonnie, his mother and father.

He is survived by his sister, Adele Warren of Craig, Colo.; his brother, James Teply and sister-in-law, Judith Martin Teply of Grand Junction, Colo.; and many other family members.

Charles enjoyed farming and ranching, working with the Nebraska soil and with their herd of Herefords. He also read mystery novels and listened to country music and really enjoyed the invigorating and satisfying life that is unique to Southwest Nebraska.

Funeral services will be 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2009, at United Methodist Church in Palisade with the Rev. Judy Dye officiating. Military Honors will be presented in Palisade by the American Legion Post 318, VFW Post 7028 and Am Vets Post 14. Inurnment will follow in the Sutherland Cemetery at Sutherland.

Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.