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Wayne Prottsman - December 05, 2011

Wayne Prottsman was born Aug. 10, 1926 in Holyoke. He was the second of five boys born to Irl and Vada Parker Prottsman. Wayne died peacefully at his apartment in Grant, Neb. early Monday morning, Dec. 5, 2011. He had reached the age of 85.

Wayne grew up in the Venango, Neb. community where he attended school, graduating in 1943. He was inducted into the United States Army in 1944 and served in the Philippines during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Venango.

Wayne was married to Eunice Behrens in Holyoke May 8, 1947. They operated a grocery store in Venango for a short time before they moved to Albert Behrens’ farm west of Venango to help Eunice’s father farm.

In 1954 the family moved to a farm south of Venango where they raised their family and made their home for the next 55 years. All the children graduated from Venango Public School, the same as Wayne and all his brothers. Fire destroyed the farm home in 2010 and they moved into Westview Retirement in Grant, Neb.

In addition to the farming, Wayne was an excellent wood craftsman. He was involved in some large construction projects, but his love was producing wooden furnishings for homes.

He was very community-minded. He previously served on the Venango School Board and the Perkins County Health Services Foundation and was active in the Grant Evangelical Free Church. He had a great appreciation for the Venango American Legion, holding different offices, most notably that of chaplain.

In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by two brothers, Loran and Glen Prottsman.

He is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Eunice; three sons, Ron and wife Mary Fran of Panama City Beach, Fla., Marlon and wife Barb of Venango and Rory of Idaho Springs; one daughter, Linda and husband Dan Winchell of North Platte, Neb.; four grandchildren, Wes Prottsman and wife Chrissi, Whit Prottsman and wife Laura, Tonya Warneke and husband Chris and Jeremy Reimer; two great-grandchildren, Ally and Sammy Warneke; two brothers, Byron and wife Nancy of Holyoke and Gayle and wife Barb of Haxtun; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at the Grant Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Russ Gaar officiating.

Burial was in the Venango Cemetery with a military tribute and flag presentation by the Venango American Legion.

A memorial has been established to Camp Machasay (Youth Challenge, P.O. Box 11, Holyoke, CO 80734) southwest of Venango.

Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant was in charge of arrangements.