Robert Franklin Strivens, age 93 of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 at Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge, NE.
Funeral Services will be on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge with Rev. Russ Lambert officiating. Burial will be in the Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Coleridge with military honors provided by the Coleridge American Legion Post 114 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 4:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Monday at the church.
Pallbearers will be John Arens, Steve Arens, Joel Suhr, Don Jorgensen, Scott Kinkaid and Chad Frerichs. Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Bob was born on a farm north of Randolph, NE to Carl Sylvester and Millie Mae (Coulter) Strivens on April 8, 1923. He grew up and attended rural school in Cedar County. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp from April 19, 1945 to August 14, 1946. On June 1, 1947 he married Verna Frerichs at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, NE. To this union four children were born. Bob and Verna were able to celebrate their 65th anniversary the month prior to Verna's death, June 23, 2012 at the age of 89.
They lived on a farm east of Wausa where he farmed and raised livestock (cattle & hogs). During this time he served on the country school board and was on the church council at Thabor Lutheran Church for 10 years. He helped start the Wausa Pig Coop and was a lifetime member of the Wausa VFW Post 5824 and served as commander for two years. He served on the Cedar County ASCS committee for nine years and Farmers Home Administration for six years. After he retired he helped his sons when needed on their farms.
In 2004 they moved to Norfolk where he volunteered at Faith Regional Hospital almost every week for an average of seven hours for seven years except for a three month period that Verna was not well. He entered Park View Haven Nursing Home on September 26, 2014. Bob loved to play cards and visit with people. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge.
Survivors are his four children and spouses: Bill & Rhonda Strivens of Hartington; Gary & Barb Strivens of Wausa, NE; June & Dave Fox of Wisner, NE; Dave & Susan Strivens of Wausa; seven grandchildren, three step grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren, one brother, Don Strivens of Redfield, SD; and a sister-in-law, LaVern Strivens of Dixon, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Verna, two sisters, Mildred and Luella and a brother, Clifford, one grandchild, Carrie Strivens and two step grandchildren, Andrew Deyo and Derrick Deyo.
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Bob was one of the most kind people I ever met -- a true gentleman. He has gone to be with his Verna and is at peace.
Midge Hedrick, St. John's, Norfolk
Our sincerest sympathy and prayers to the entire family. Special thoughts to our dear friend, June Fox, and her family. Your Dad and Mom are together and at peace.
Nadine and Robert Hagedorn
Uncle Bob and Aunt Verna were very dear to my siblings and I. We lived on a farm when we were quite young that wasn't far from Bob and Verna. Then we moved to Omaha, but came back summers to spend at least a week on the farm. I will never forget those times - picking cherries, apples, gathering vegetables from the garden, and just enjoying being with our Aunt and Uncle and cousins! May God rest your soul Uncle Bob.
Louise (Tom) Auchampach
I enjoyed visiting with Bob here at Faith Regional. My office was located where he volunteered. He would stop in the foundation office or I would go see him. He will be missed. Sympathy to the family.
Sending my thoughts and prayers your way. I enjoyed visiting with Bob at Parkview Haven.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family. Bob was a close friend and neighbor all my life. I will be out of state and unable to attend the funeral.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Bob was a good man. I stopped to visit with him at PVH last summer when we were back in Coleridge. Had a nice visit. I know you will all miss him a lot.
Linda & Daryle Milbrath
Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Vicki Nelson Cromwell
Bob and Verna were members of Chosen Christcare at St. John's, Norfolk. I can't say enough as to how we treasured their friendship and knowing them. I hadn't personally visited with Bob since he called me after Christmas, 2015. Even with declining health he was unbelievably caring, gracious, accepting, and thoughtful. He will always remain in my thoughts. There was a grace about both of them that few of us have.
Comfort and joy to you all as you celebrate his life.
Thoughts and Prayers to all of you at this difficult time - I have such fond memories of your family and time spent with them when I was growing up.
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