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Jack Marcum

SPENCER — Graveside services for Dr. Jack C. Marcum, 93, Spencer, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Union Cemetery in Spencer. The Rev. Ray Weinerman will officiate.

Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Masks are suggested.

He died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at Butte Healthcare Center in Butte.

Brockhaus Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.


Dr. J. C. “Doc” Marcum was born on July 17, 1927, in Sioux City, the son of Clifford and Anna Marcum. He graduated from Sioux City Central High School in Sioux City in 1945.

Shortly after graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving for a year in the Pacific. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1953 with a doctorate of veterinarian medicine.

On June 17, 1951, he married Mildred Hoar in Sioux City. Doc and Milly moved to Spencer in 1953 to take over the veterinary practice. He practiced veterinary medicine in Spencer for 40 years.

Doc served on several committees at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA). He was the NVMA Veterinarian of the Year in 1975.

He served as the Boyd County Republican Party chairman, was a member of the Nebraska Republican Central Committee and was a delegate to the Nebraska State Republican Convention. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner.

Those left to cherish his memory are his spouse of 69 years, Mildred; his daughter, Dr. Lynne Kirk of Dallas, Texas; and a son, Steven of Spencer. He also is survived by his grandchildren, Dr. Anne Kirk of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kory Kirk (Helen) of Fort Collins, Colo. He is survived by several nieces and nephews in Sioux City, Omaha and Denver.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Yaneff of Sioux City; and two sons-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Spencer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 305, Spencer, NE 68777.

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WINSIDE — Memorial service for Joan S. Jensen, 85, Norfolk, formerly of Winside, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the United Methodist Church in Winside. The Rev. Gately will officiate the service. Private inurnment will be at a later date.

CROFTON — Services for Galen K. Merchen, 93, Bloomfield, formerly of Crofton, are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton. Galen Merchen died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society in Bloomfield.

NORFOLK — Services for Nita M. Meyer, 60, Randolph, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Christ The Servant Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk.

NORFOLK — Private memorial services for Cory K. Petersen, 52, Irving, Texas, formerly of Pilger, will be Monday, Nov. 29. Private inurnment will be at the Pilger City Cemetery in rural Pilger.

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WAYNE — Services for Lois J. Jech, 89, Wayne, will be at a later date under the direction of Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne. Lois Jech died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at the Wakefield Health Care Center.

COLERIDGE — Services for Roberta K. Hoesing, 82, Hartington, will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Coleridge Community Building in Coleridge. Shannon Arduser will officiate. Inurnment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Hartington.

NORFOLK — Services for Nita M. Meyer, 60, Randolph, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Christ The Servant Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk.

NORFOLK — Services for Paul W. Claussen, 84, Norfolk, are pending at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. Paul Claussen died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at Heritage of Bel Air Nursing Home in Norfolk.

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