Richard Wade Greeley

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Richard Wade Greeley was born to Wade Raymond and Lydia Bertha (Kerchal) Greeley on June 8, 1936 at the family farm house in Hayes County, Nebraska
He attended elementary and high school in Hayes Center and graduated with the Class of 1953. After graduating, Richard farmed in the Hayes Center area and worked for Hayes Center Coop Oil.
He was inducted into the United Sates Army on Aug. 6, 1957. He was stationed in Germany for just over a year and upon returning home was honorably discharged on May 5, 1959.
Richard married Lois Ann Denker on April 2, 1961 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Wauneta. The couple made their home in Wauneta until Rich was activated from his Army Reserve status on Oct. 16, 1961 and the couple made their home at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Having served his country, Rich was honorably discharged on Aug. 10, 1962 and he and Lois returned to Wauneta where they would share the rest of their lives together.
Richard returned to Wauneta Coop Oil where he would work for a total of 39 years, serving as general manager for 12 of those years from 1988-2000. During this time he also kept busy selling Rain and Hail insurance.
Rich was active in the local community: the Low Housing board, Redeemer Lutheran Church board and the Legion and VFW were just a few of the local organizations that he willingly dedicated his time towards. In addition to his work and service to the community, Rich enjoyed golfing, playing cards and watching Husker football.
Richard passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 at the Wauneta Care and Therapy Center. He was 83 years of age.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lois, and sister Judy Greeley.
Survivors include his daughters, Rochelle (Gary) Wieman of Lincoln and Rhona (Brian) O’Neil of Wauneta; grandchildren: Brittany (Scott) Johnson of Craig, Colorado, Brandon (Dawnica Adams) O’Neil of Wauneta, Morgan Wieman of Lincoln and Keaton Wieman of Lincoln; great-grandchildren: Kylee O’Neil, Tara O’Neil, Evan Johnson and Brogan Johnson; sister, LaVerda (Donald) Loomis of Arvada, Colorado and sister-in-law, Elinor Denker of Wauneta.
Funeral services for Rich Greeley were 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 14 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta with Pastor Keith Wellman officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta with full Military Honors.
Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 13 from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home in Wauneta.
A memorial has been established to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be left at
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is entrusted with arrangements.


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