Bernard Wickizer

Born: Fri., Mar. 16, 1934
Died: Fri., May 5, 2017


10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Tue., May 09, 2017
10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Wed., May 10, 2017
Location: Lockenour-Jones Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary

10:00 AM Thu., May 11, 2017
Location: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., May 11, 2017
Location: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

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Bernard Wickizer, age 83, of Cambridge passed away at the Cambridge Manor on Friday, May 5, 2017.  He was born in Max, Nebraska on March 16, 1934 to Clarence and Ruth (Clements) Wickizer.  Bernard attended School in Max.

Bernard went to work for the Burlington Northern Railroad in his early teens, working up from a track crew to a conductor/brakeman. His job took him and his family from McCook, Denver, Brush, CO and finally back to Cambridge, NE.   Bernard retired from Burlington Northern Railroad after 45 years of employment in 1996.

On October 26, 1955, he was united in marriage to Shirley Lamb.  The couple was married 62 years. Bernard enjoyed many things.  He collected coins, rebuilt old tractors, tried water skiing even though he could not swim, and tried snow skiing for the first time at age 50. He was part setting the world record for the most tractors in the World’s Largest Parade of Classic Tractors at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island in 2012. Most of all Bernard loved his family and his grandkids. The family would take yearly vacations; one of their favorites to Ft. Robinson.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lloyd; sister, Sally Jenkins; grandson, Chet Wickizer; daughter-in-law, Donna Wickizer; 2 brothers-in-laws, Ellis Wilkinson and Willie Gardner; and a sister-in-law, Janet Wickizer.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Cambridge; 1 daughter, Jeanette Jamison of Parker, CO; 3 sons, Clinton of Cambridge, Clay “Tater” and wife, Cynthia, of Wallace; and Thomas of Lincoln; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 3 sisters: Leta Gardner of Lake Balboa, CA; Dorothy and husband, Earl Gummere, of Stratton, NE; Nedra Wilkinson of Ravenna, NE; 2 brothers: Archie and wife, Arlene Wickizer, of Lincoln, NE; Rod and wife, Delores Wickizer, of Colfax, WA; Glen “Budji” Wickizer of Newark, CA; and sister-in-law, Marjorie Wickizer, of Lewiston, ID.

Rosary will be recited at 10:00 AM at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cambridge with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM, Thursday, May 11, 2017 with Father Greg Powloski officiating.  Interment will be in the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cambridge.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 10, from 10:00 AM till 7:00 PM.  Friends may leave on-line condolences at  Memorials may be left in Bernard's name at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary.

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Rene Kimball
   Posted Tue May 09, 2017
Bernard was such a neat guy usually smiling it was such a pleasure to see him each day. And I looked forward to Shirley's visits, she always had a kind word to say.

Brittany Wickizer
   Posted Tue May 09, 2017
I love and miss you so much Grandpa! You are one of the most amazing men I know! Rest in Paradise. I can't wait for the day I see you again with that big smile and laugh! I'll always cherish the memories 😢💙🚜🚂😊😇

Patrick Burns
   Posted Wed May 10, 2017
Please accept my deepest condolences for Bernard. I worked on the Railroad for many years and always found Wicker a pleasure to work with. He had a fantastic memory and never lacked remembering stories about his early childhood and the good times had by all. May he rest in peace.

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