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Boyd Stuhr

    Boyd Stuhr, 89, of Bradshaw, Nebraska went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 12, 2024 at home surrounded by family. Boyd was born November 10, 1934, in York to Gustav and Estella (Bulgrin) Stuhr.  He was baptized on December 16, 1934, and confirmed on March 31, 1948 at Zion Lutheran Church Hampton. Boyd graduated from York High School in 1952.  He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a charter member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity. He graduated from the College of Agriculture in 1956. Boyd proudly served his country as a Naval Aviator from 1956-1960 and served in the Naval Air Reserves for 11 years.

    On January 20, 1956, he married Elaine Sackschewsky at Zion Lutheran Church Thayer, Nebraska. Their military tour of duty took them across the USA from Rhode Island to California, instilling in them a love of travel. Boyd and Elaine were blessed with three children: Cynthia; Teresa; and Boyd Jr. They returned to the family farm near Bradshaw in 1960. In addition to farming, they also owned and operated Stuhrville Fertilizer Service from 1969 to 1975. Boyd retired from farming in 2000, but continued to oversee his beloved sweet corn patch and garden, which he enjoyed sharing with family and friends.

    Family meant everything to Boyd. He loved attending his children and grandchildren’s activities.  During sporting events, he could often be heard assessing the referees’ performances from the stands. He was an avid Husker fan and football season ticket holder for over 50 years.

    Boyd had a passion for agriculture and education. He was an active leader in our community and state, serving on the Bradshaw School Board and the ESU-6 Board for a combined 40 years.  Boyd served as President of the Nebraska Association of School Boards. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards and served as Chair of NACEB. As a member of the York County Corn Growers Board, he worked diligently to bring the ethanol industry to the area while also serving on the Nebraska Corn Growers Association Board. Boyd was active in local NRD, County ASCS committee (FSA); and the Feeders Association (Cattlemen). He was inducted into the York County Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Nebraska Hall of Agriculture Achievement in 2022.

    Boyd was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church Hampton.  He served in many offices, sang in the choir and was a member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League. His faith in God was a guiding principle throughout his lifetime.

    Boyd was preceded in death by his parents; brother Gaylord Stuhr; in-laws Alfred & Edna Sackschewsky; brothers-in-law Wilmer Sackschewsky, Duane (Pat) Newton & Clifford Trump; and great-granddaughter Lydia Metcalf.

    Those left to cherish Boyd’s memory are his wife of 68 years Elaine; children Cindy (Ron) Zluticky, Lincoln; Teresa (Charlie) Robbins, Faucett, MO; and Boyd (Laurie) Stuhr, Bradshaw.  Six grandchildren Cally (Jeff) O’Brien, Lincoln; Chaz (Chelsea) Robbins, Platte City, MO; Dana (Brandon) Metcalf, East Alton, IL; Christian (Sarah) Robbins, Faucett, MO; Lauren (Matt) Brooks, Stilwell, KS; and Austin Stuhr, Bradshaw.  Eight great-grandchildren Jackson & William O’Brien; Olivia & Carter Robbins; Benjamin & Eliza Metcalf; Lucy Brooks; and Elle Robbins.  Other family members include sisters LaMarr Newton, Bradshaw, & Karen Trump, Avondale, AZ; brothers & sisters-in-law Cenie Sackschewsky, York; Ralph & Janet Sackschewsky, Houston, TX; Carolyn & Robert Weiss, Fremont, NE; and Roy & Carol Sackschewsky, Antioch, IL. Many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.

    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at Zion Lutheran Church, Hampton, Nebraska with the Reverends David Feddern and Brandon Metcalf officiating. Services will be livestreamed at Interment will follow in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Hampton, with Military Rites. Visitation will be held from 1-8 pm on Sunday, March 17th and from 9am-3pm on Monday March 18th, all at Metz Mortuary in York, NE. Additionally, visitation will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, in Hampton on Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., where family will be present to greet friends. In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church for later designation by the family.

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