Lawrence M. Dybdal, age 87 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Saturday May 7, 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.
Funeral Services will be on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Maskell, Nebraska with Rev. Chad Beckius officiating. Burial will be at the Hartington City Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. with military rites by the Hartington VFW Post #5283 and the Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Friday at the Wintz Funeral Home from 5-8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume on Saturday at church, one hour prior to services.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren; Taylor, Dylan, Ty, Wyatt, Darby, Levi, Lance, Trisha, Jessica, Erich, Racheal and David.
Lawrence Martin Dybdal was born on June 18, 1928 in Hartington, NE to Martin and Albena Lydia (Christensen) Dybdal. He lived one mile east of Hartington until the age of four. Then his family moved south of Obert. Lawrence was baptized into Christ at Trinity Lutheran in Hartington. Lawrence graduated from Hartington High School in 1945, attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD for one year before returning home to farm with Martin and Henry. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1951 to 1952. Lawrence married Marjorie Ann Brown on June 27, 1965 at the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Obert, NE. After their marriage they moved to their present farm south of Obert.
Lawrence loved agriculture and the farming way of life. He was a true steward of the land from crop rotation, contour farming and use of sustainable farming techniques. In addition to the crops, Lawrence loved his livestock. He raised cattle, hogs, and loved his horses. He enjoyed riding in several celebratory Pony Express Rides, particularly the Hartington 125th Anniversary where three generations of Dybdal men led the final leg into Hartington. In 1975 he purchased his first Charolais cattle without a clear vision of the legacy that would follow. The Dybdal Charolais brand can now be seen in herds across the nation.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and served on the church council, member of the Coleridge Saddle Club, was a 4-H leader, former board member for Farm Bureau and a lifetime member of the Hartington VFW Post #5283. Lawrence enjoyed his family, especially attending activities for the grandchildren including concerts, sporting events, animal shows, and any activity in which they were involved. One of Lawrence's favorite pastimes was attending farm auctions. He had a knack for finding treasures where others saw no value.
Lawrence is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marjorie of Hartington; three sons and spouses Larry and Krista Dybdal - their children Taylor, Ty and Trisha of Newcastle, NE, Steve and Julie Dybdal - their children Racheal, David, Dylan and Darby - their grandchildren Jared, Casey, Ian and Natalie of Missoula, Montana, and Jon and Tausha Dybdal - their children Wyatt, Levi, Lance, Jessica and Erich of Pleasant Dale, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Albena Dybdal, one brother Henry Dybdal, and mother-in-law Anna Lambert.
In Lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be directed to the Faith Lutheran Bible Camp or the Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ashland, NE.
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Steve and family, I'm so sorry to learn of the loss of your father. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers as you walk the days ahead. May God grant you comfort and peace.
Marge and family: We were sorry to hear about your loss. You all have our sincere sympathy, and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Daryle and Linda Milbrath
Our hearts go out to all of you. May you experience the peace that only Jesus can give.
Roberta Hoesing and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Travis Kraemer & family
Larry and family, I am sorry for your loss but let it ease your mind he is with Jesus now. I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet and work with Lawrence he is a great man and role model. Peace be with you all.
Marge & family, My heart is with you in your lose of Lawrence. Gerald & Lorraine called me to tell me & we realized we now have lost our last cousin on the Dybdal side of the family. God give you strength & kids check, (call) your mom daily for yours & your mom's peace. Trust me, my son has been every eveniing for 10+ years & it means sooo much. Thoughts & prayers. .
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with the lose of such a wonderful man. We have such great memories that we will cherish, especially the auctions with Linda and the Friday Fish Fry's with Rick. So many great memories with a true caring and loving man - a true friend to all.
Rick and Linda Martinez
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