John William Barkhurst, 93, of Nehawka died at The Ambassador - Nebraska City on Feb. 6, 2012. He was born Jan. 21, 1919 at Nebraska City to Harvey Austin and Norma (Trotter) Barkhurst. He married Edith Bertha Schomaker on Aug. 14, 1945 (V.J. Day) at Weeping Water.


John William Barkhurst, 93, of Nehawka died at The Ambassador - Nebraska City on Feb. 6, 2012. He was born Jan. 21, 1919 at Nebraska City to Harvey Austin and Norma (Trotter) Barkhurst. He married Edith Bertha Schomaker on Aug. 14, 1945 (V.J. Day) at Weeping Water.

 

    He is survived by daughters Beverly Lea Thomas and husband Tim of Avoca and Joyce Mills and husband Daniel of Nehawka; grandchildren  Jason Post, Emily Goering, Tara Anderson, Jeffrey Lindsey and John Lindsey; 10 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

 

    He was preceded by his wife on Dec. 14, 2007, and sisters  Esther Barkhurst and Anne Fullerton.

 

    He lived in the Nebraska City and Nehawka areas his entire life.?He was a farmer and member of the First United Methodist Church in Nehawka (of which he was the longest member), Nehawka American Legion Post No. 157, Western Star Lodge No. 2, and A.F. & A.M. in Nebraska City.  He also taught Sunday School and was a Boy Scout leader. He was an airplane pilot and bee keeper and enjoyed gardening and woodworking.

 

    John served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was wounded in the Battle of Normandy on July 27, 1944.

 

    Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the First United Methodist Church in Nehawka with Rev. Sandy Webster officiating.

 

    Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery – Nehawka.

 

    Memorials are suggested to the Nehawka Methodist Church or the Nehawka Rescue Squad.

 

    Visitation is 1-9 p.m. Friday at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.

 

    Graveside rites will be performed by the Nehawka American Legion Post No. 157.

 

    Online condolences may be expressed at www.marshallfuneral.com.Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.