Russell Dale Schilke
Russell Dale Schilke was born Feb. 22, 1961, in Imperial, Nebraska, to Dorman R. and Marla F. (Jaeger) Schilke. Russ (as he was known), grew up and attended school in Imperial, graduating from Chase County High School in 1979.
Russ was the consummate farmer and rancher. He assisted his parents on the family farm as a young man, and joined the family operation as he grew older. He loved the ranching side of the business, riding, roping and caring for the livestock was a passion.
Russ married LaRae D. Wilson on April 15, 2017, at the Schilke Branding, near Imperial and they made their home on the family farm.
Russ was a team roper, and won several belt buckles and saddles in different contests. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial, and enjoyed hunting and golfing.
Russ passed away Sunday evening, Dec. 23, 2018 at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. He was 57 years of age.
Survivors include parents, Darty and Marla Schilke, of Imperial; wife, LaRae of Imperial; son, Michael Schilke of Lincoln; daughter, Joannah Schilke and fiancé, Jeff Andrews, of Bennington; step-son, Damon (Renee) Behee of Lorena, Texas; step-daughter, Shela Alsip, of Lorena, Texas; granddaughter, Cheyenne Lemcke; step-grandchildren: Gabriel and Dylan Behee and Tristan and Harlie Alsip; brother, Mark (Cathy) Schilke of Imperial; sister, Deb (Dave) Harmon of Imperial.
Russ was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Robert and Anna Schilke; maternal grandparents Pat and Delma Jaeger; uncles Bill Jaeger, Marvin Schilke, Kermit Schilke and Wayne Schilke; aunt, Sharon Jaeger; and niece Haisley Schilke.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial, with Pastor David Kahle officiating. Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
Visitation was held Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home in Imperial.
A memorial has been established to the Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.