BARTLEY -- Dwight Marion Ginther was born Jan. 2, 1929, to John and Velma Ullom Ginther on their family farm six miles north of Bartley.
Dwight went to meet the Lord on Feb. 25, 2009, at the age of 80 years, 1 month and 23 days, while receiving care at the Veterans Hospital in Portland, Ore.
Dwight has lived all his life in Red Willow County with the exception of his service in the Army (Korea) and the last 10 months of his life in Portland.
Dwight graduated from Bartley High School in 1948 and married Ruth Johnston in Cambridge on July 29, 1951. To this union they were blessed with four children, Robert, Vivian, Geralyn, and Muriel.
Dwight's two passions in life were music and flying. He played drums in a country-western band called the Midnight Marauders' for many years around the McCook area and loved playing his piano at home. Dwight also flew his planes any time he could, logging more than 4,500 hours behind the controls.
He was preceded in death by his late wife, Beverly Hester and two grandsons. Dwight is survived by his four children and their families, Robert and Mary Ginther Hardy, Neb.,Vivian and Marlin Coles Marquette, Neb., Geralyn and Duke Dailey Oregon City, Ore., and Muriel Wagner Idaho Falls, Idaho. He also leaves eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a very special lady and friend, Helen Hotze, McCook.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be planned by the family in May at the Bartley Cemetery.
Dwight was the epitome of a gentleman - a gentle man, a simple and honorable man.
Lockenour Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.