Larry Hugh Wilson, 77, of Paxton, Nebraska passed away Friday, December 30, 2022 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, NE, with his daughters by his side.
Larry was born December 30, 1945 to Manny and Irene (Krug) Wilson. Larry grew up in Benkelman, Nebraska and Bird City, Kansas. Larry graduated from Bird City High School with the class of 1964. He proudly joined the U.S. Navy on October 10th, 1966.
He married Penny Louise on May 26, 1972. They welcomed Taunya (Joel) Woodward and Tammy (Jory) Higgins into this world. Sadly on July 2, 1979 they lost Penny.
On March 26, 1988, Larry married Judy Kay and the family grew to include Doug (Lyn) Morrow, Henry (Val) Morrow, Richard (Alta) Lowe and Teresa (Walt Crofutt) Hehnke. Larry lost Judy in 2006.
Larry proudly worked for Union Pacific Railroad, retiring after over 30 years of service. He started out on a track gang and ended his career driving his beloved semi for them. Larry was able to travel all over the United States hauling equipment for the Union Pacific Railroad and providing for his family. Larry loved driving his semi in the Cheyenne Frontier Day’s parade, hauling the Union Pacific Band every year. Retirement didn’t slow him down, he continued to drive semi for several local farmers hauling grain. His favorite pastime was helping Brent at the Windy Gap recycle his cardboard. Personally, us girls think it was just an excuse to go visit with the people at the Gap. Larry loved going for long car rides listening to Willies Roadhouse, going to Kansas every year with Brian Nielsen to get a bull, and moving and branding cows at Brian and Jans. He also loved going and staying at Taunya and Tammy’s in Gothenburg and Kearney, and hanging out at the Windy Gap with his friends. Larry moved to Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg as his dementia became too much to live on his own in Paxton. While at Stone Hearth, he continued going for his rides with his daughters and especially loved it when the twins, Abbi and Andrea, would break him out to go get ice cream and drive around with their friends.
Larry is survived by his much loved daughters, the 3 T’s, Taunya (Joel) Woodward, Tammy (Jory) Higgins, and Teresa (Walt Crofutt) Hehnke, as well as sons Doug (Lyn) Morrow, Henry (Val) Morrow and Rick (Alta) Lowe. Larry had 19 grand children and 19 great grandchildren, as well as his sister Shela (Richard) Seals.
Larry was proceeded in death by his parents Irene and Manny Wilson, wife Penny (1979) and wife Judy (2006), several favorite Aunts and Uncles, as well as his favorite sister-in-law Nancy Chada.
He will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 3rd, 2022 at the Draucker Funeral Home Chapel in Ogallala, NE from 1-6 p.m. Family will greet friends from 4-6 p.m.
Funeral Services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 at the Draucker Funeral Home Chapel with Ron Jay officiating. Interment will follow services at Ogallala Cemetery.
Military Honors by Paxton American Legion Post 303 and the United States Navy Funeral Honors Team.
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