Earl Fredrick Binkey

Monday, October 29, 2018

Earl Fredrick Binkey

Aug. 11, 1935 - Oct. 18, 2018

STRATTON, Neb. — Earl Fredrick Binkey, son of Grover and Anna (Hanes) Binkey, was born on Aug. 11, 1935, at Parks, Neb. He passed away on Oct. 18, 2018, at the age of 83.

Earl enjoyed his time outdoors, engaging in hunting, fishing, and raising champion Redtick coonhounds. Earl also served his country in the Army from 1958 to 1964. During his service, he was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, where he met his first wife, Helga Dicenta. Earl and Helga were married in February 1961. To this union, they welcomed two boys and three girls. In July of 1986, Earl married Carol (Ellis) Hafer.

Earl enjoyed putting puzzles together, when visiting him there was sure to be a puzzle on the table. He also was pretty good at making goose decoys, it was really hard to tell a store bought one from his homemade one. He received a Big Game Trophy award in 1973 for Archery on a Mule Deer. Earl delivered propane throughout Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas for years. He enjoyed telling stories to everyone he met. In 2000, Earl suffered a stroke which made his outdoor activities limited. Up until his last days, Earl enjoyed cooking and making his own recipes. One such drink recipe was shared by many in Southwest Nebraska.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bernice Stoddard; brother-in-law, Dale Warning; and two infant brothers.

He is survived by wife, Carol of 32 years, of Denver, Colo.; sister, Shirley Piccola of Las Vegas, Nev.; children, Gerhard “Gary” (Marie) Dicenta, Fort Collins, Colo., Linda (Kyle) Drain, Trenton, Debra “Susie” (Mike) Finnesy and Elizabeth “Betty” (Mark) Wilcox, both of McCook, and Russell Binkey, Indianola; three step-children; 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Neb., on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at 2 p.m. with full military honors. Tyler Thiessen will be sharing a few words.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, the family invites you to the Trenton Ambulance barn at 1 p.m. for a time of sharing.

Memorials can be given to: Trenton Recreational Fund.

Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel of McCook entrusted with arrangements.