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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Richard Yelkin

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73, School Superintendent

LOUP CITY — Richard T. Yelkin, 73, of Loup City died Wednesday June 22, 2005, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Auburn. The Rev. Robert Novak will officiate.

Burial will be in the Sheridan Cemetery in Auburn, with graveside military honors by the Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard.

A prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loup City. The Rev. Dean Hanson will officiate.

Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Yelkin was born Nov. 12, 1931, in Auburn to John Henry and Irene Jetta (Kehr) Yelkin.

Survivors of his immediate family include his wife, Marlene Yelkin of Loup City; two daughters and a son-in-law, Judy and Damon Roach of Louisville and Cathy Yelkin of San Antonio; a son, Steve Yelkin of Grand Island; a brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Viv Yelkin of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.; and a sister, Janet Knipplemeier of Johnson.

He is also survived by five grandchildren, Whitney Yelkin, Kaylee Roach, Tanner Yelkin, Logan Yelkin and Hanna Yelkin; four stepgrandchildren, Gave, Adam, Elliot and Shelby Roach; and two brothers-in-law and their wives, Jiggs and Janet Roe of Humboldt, and Wayne and Kathy Roe of Olathe, Kan.

Richard grew up in Auburn and attend Auburn Public Schools. He graduate from Au-burn High School in 1949.

He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from July 1951 to July 1955.

He was united in marriage to Ruth Marlene Roe on Aug. 19, 1956, in Auburn. He then attended Peru State College, graduating in 1959, and then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to receive his master's degree.

He began his teaching career in Sterling, where he started as principal and also taught for two years. He then became the superintendent. He later served in this capacity at Friend Public Schools, Alma Public Schools and Madison Public Schools.

In 1978, he became superintendent of Loup City Public Schools, where he worked until his retirement in 1992. He also worked as a crop adjuster during the summer months and weekends for 39 years, retired in 2003.

Richard loved to work, build things and spend time with his family.

He was a member of the Nebraska Education Association and National Education Association. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 48 and V.F.W. Post 7027. He served as commander of the Legion and adjutant of the V.F.W.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers-in-law, Stan Knipplemeier and Don Roe.

Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

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