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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • John Owen Lant, 65, of Nebraska City

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  • John Owen Lant (known by many and loved by all) passed away peacefully on Friday, July 25, 2014 at his home in Nebraska City, NE surrounded by his loved ones. He completed his earthly mission and now rests with our Father in Heaven.  
    While growing up in his childhood home, John developed a keen sense of compassion for others when individuals were allowed to stay in the family home.  
    He helped take care of his Dad Clifford, and spoke fondly of memories walking him downtown after diabetes had taken his sight.  John was only a young boy at the age of nine when his dad passed on. His mother (Valda) later remarried Etmer George Kane.   
    After John’s father passed away, he enjoyed hanging out at Mel’s Texaco across the street from their home which was located where Burger King now sits.   
    Mel Niebruegge took John under his wing and allowed him to help out at the gas station.  It was during this time that John learned he had the ability and passion for making things work.  
    John took these lessons learned as a young boy and developed them into attributes he possessed throughout his life.
    John grew up in Nebraska City and graduated from the Nebraska City High School in 1967.  
    He attended Milford Technical College but dropped out to join the Army during the Vietnam War only to find out that he was medically deferred from the service.   
    Shortly thereafter, he and his friend Neil Hayhurst hopped in a 1967 Mustang convertible and drove to Florida where they planned on living.  
    It didn’t take long however to realize that he was in Love and  needed to get back to Nebraska City to be with (Charlene Roddy) the Love of his Life, who he met while she was working at the A&W Root Beer Stand.  John and Charlene married June 1, 1969.   
    The Newlyweds moved to Lincoln for a short time where John worked for a grain service taking samples of grain from train cars.  After a short time they moved back to Nebraska City where John began his plumbing, heating and air conditioning career with Bohl Plumbing and Heating.  He worked as a journeyman plumber and later received his plumbing license.  
    He also worked as a service technician for Sears prior to starting his business, “Lant Plumbing and Appliance Repair.”   John was a skilled technician and enjoyed helping others.  He was often asked for advice on how to fix a furnace, air conditioner or appliance.  He graciously tried to help others as he was able.  He also worked as a certified law enforcement officer during his working years.  He retired early in 1989 due to his health.
    Page 2 of 3 - John was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.  He was a former member of the Nebraska City Rescue Service where he devoted many hours serving as a volunteer emergency medical technician, helping countless individuals in their time of need.  He also served as chief of the rescue service in the 1980s.
    While living on the corner of 21st and 5th Avenue during the 80’s, John became friends with a man named Ernie Woods who lived across the street.  It was at that time when Ernie shared with John his simple faith in Jesus Christ. John carried this faith with him through the remainder of his life and shared it with his sons and others.  
    It is because of this faith that we can be assured of John’s presence in Heaven today.  Because for those who believe and trust in Gods written word  in John 3:16  “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.”   
    Some of his greatest joys were the love of his family and friends, and helping with whatever projects he could.  He was a handy-man and could fix almost anything in his working years.   He enjoyed family trips to Disney World and to the mountains in Colorado. He also enjoyed his toy poodles that he took with him wherever he could.  He enjoyed music (except country!) and played lead-rhythm guitar in the “Road Runner Band” in his early years.  He was an avid Husker fan and enjoyed watching them from home.   
    He enjoyed classic vehicles and proudly restored a 1948 Chevy pick-up.  His friendly smile will always be remembered!
    John was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Delmar Lant, Valda Muriel Lant Kane and Etmer George Kane; brothers Clifford D Lant and Rodger Guy Lant and father-in-law Edward Roddy.
    John is survived by his spouse Charlene Lant of Nebraska City; his sons Jeffrey and wife Angela , Mark Lant and Troy Watkins of Nebraska City; his brother Tom and wife Diane Lant; Grandchildren Kristin Lant, Wynter Hernandez, Rebecca Lant, Tymber Lant, and Alyssa Lant; Mother-in Law Carol Roddy; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends…. all of whom he loved very much. He and his family will be forever grateful to his brother Tom who donated a kidney, giving John another 18 years  to enjoy time with his family and friends.
    A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 6 at 10:30 am at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nebraska City.  Burial will follow at Wyuka Cemetery.
    Page 3 of 3 - The family will be greeting friends and relatives on Tuesday, August 5th at Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City from 6-8 pm.
    In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to:
    - First Evangelical Lutheran Church
    315 South 16th Street
    Nebraska City, NE
    - Nebraska City Fire and Rescue
    1409 Central Ave
    Nebraska City, NE  68410
    - St. Mary’s Community Hospital Foundation
    1314 3rd Avenue
    Nebraska City, NE  68410
    Condolences may be left on the online guestbook at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.

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