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Harry E. Newkirk - February 17, 2011


Harry E. Newkirk, 71, of Hershey, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born March 4, 1939 in Lewellen to Howard and Effie Weidman Newkirk.
At an early age he farmed with his dad and brothers, Harvey and Jerry.
At the age of 23, on May 8, 1962, he entered the United States Army at Omaha, Neb. as PVT E-1. He attended school in Ft. Sill, Okla. and competed training as a FA Msl Crewman. He also successfully completed service training for ATP 21-114 Crse A NonJudPun. He also received a medal as a Sharpshooter for Rifle M-14. He was stationed as Dicenza, Italy where on March 27, 1964 he received a Certificate of Achievement from the 1st Missile Battalion for “outstanding service to the United States Army.” On April 30, 1968 Harry was honorably discharged as PFC.
After returning home he worked for various ranchers north of Lewellen. In 1970 he moved to North Platte and went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. He worked as a Carman, then as a Fireman/Hostler.
He was a member of the Eagles and the American Legion in North Platte. While working for the railroad Harry bought farm ground south of Hershey, Neb. He used to drive there in the evenings and on weekends to do his farming.
Harry retired from the railroad in 2002.
In 2005 he purchased a home not far from his farmland where he lived until his death.
Harry was quite the hunter and fisherman. He went every chance that he could, summer and winter. He always grew a huge vegetable garden and canned and froze what he grew plus gave lots of it to friends and relatives. He planted trees and outdoor flowers everywhere outside of his home.
He loved to go to sales and was always bringing home his buys, be it small or large. He had quite a collection of things he collected both inside and outside his home.
Harry is survived by his youngest brother, Jerry (Cheri) Newkirk of Imperial; sister-in-law, Sue Newkirk of Idaho; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Harry was preceded in death by his mother, Effie; father, Howard; step-mother, Elizabeth; brother, Harvey; and nephews, Kasey Josjor and Tony Newkirk.
A memorial has been established in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Harry was cremated and there will be a small memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.
Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Those wishing to sign the register book may do so 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.