PIERCE — Services for Randy L. Latimer, 67, Pierce, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierce. The Rev. Marc Lim will officiate with burial in the parish cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Tomek-Otto Post 72 of Pierce and the U.S. Army Honors Guard.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church in Pierce with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Stonacek Memorial Chapel in Pierce is in charge of the arrangements.
He died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
The son of Ivor Lynn and Blanch Elsie (Smith) Latimer was born March 7, 1949, in North Platte. He graduated from Cozad in 1967 and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He also took classes at Wayne and Chadron state colleges. He served in the ROTC program while in college and the U.S. Army and Army reserves as a tank commander at Fort Knox from December of 1972 to December of 1982.
He married Linda Lepert on Jan. 2, 1972, at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Plattsmouth. Randy was a school teacher at Pierce High School from 1974 to 2005. He taught social studies and American history. He continued to substitute teach at various local schools after retirement.
He coached almost every sport and served as the junior class sponsor, a SADD sponsor, drivers ed instructor, youth mentor, Close-Up sponsor and with the National Archery in the Schools program. He was a 4-H volunteer and shooting sports instructor since 1989. He was on the Pierce County 4-H Council, was a State Archery committee member from 1997 to present and was state 4-H instructor for archery and shotgun. He helped at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational and various Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships. He was a Nebraska Game and Parks hunter and bowhunter education instructor and volunteered for all 12 years at the Missouri Valley Outdoor Expo’s in Ponca. He was an archery team coach at Northeast Community College since 2012, a 3-D director and judge for U.S. Collegiate Archery since 2012.
He began bowling at Cozad Lanes with his dad, continued bowling through college and, most recently, was a member of Thursday night men’s bowling league at Pierce Lanes from 1974 until it closed.
He was a member of Pierce American Legion, Norfolk Archery Club, National Field Archery Association, Nebraska Bowhunters Association, the Nebraska State Archery Association and USA Archery certified instructor. He worked with Boy Scouts, Aftershock program at Norfolk Middle School, Pheasants Forever and National Wild Turkey Foundation.
He found it very hard to say no to kids in the outdoors, especially when grandkids asked to go fishing, shooting, camping or cooking. He treated everyone as a family member and in return, everyone was family. He touched the lives of hundreds throughout his teaching both in the classroom and throughout the shooting community. In return, he had several “adopted” daughters, sons and grandchildren. A stranger was only a family member he hadn’t met yet.
Randy requested that there are no suits or ties. The family asks our shooting family’s to wear their shooters shirts or club shirts.
Survivors are his spouse, Linda D. Latimer of Pierce; a daughter, Jennifer (David) Thomsen of Pierce; a son, William Latimer of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a daughter, Becky (Matt) Carmin of Doniphan; four grandchildren, Sara, Brandon, MaKenzie and Addie; a sister, Nancy Meyer of Cozad; a sister, Linda Sue (Kent) Jensen of Eloy, Ariz.; and a brother, Hank Latimer of Valentine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivor and Blanch Latimer, and an infant son, Mark.
Organist will be Celine Fehringer and soloist will be Robin Eberhardt. Casketbearers will be Steve Schwartz, Mark Eggers, Dale Lorenz, Darin Greunke, Chuck Micek, Ron Soenksen, Ken Schneider, Don Wood and Monte Zierke.
Online condolences may be expressed at stonacekfuneralchapel.com.