Dwight Trautman, 89, of Johnson Lake, passed away Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 at CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Dwight Trautman was born on July 11th, 1929 in Sutton, Nebraska to Leon and Beaulah (Ransdell) Trautman. Dwight graduated from Lexington High School in 1947. He then went on to attend Hastings College where he was a record holder on the swim team. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Endicott as a radio man during the Korean War.
He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Shirley Ransdell on August 22nd, 1952 in Lexington. Three children were born to this union: Kerry, Joni and Cathy. Shirley passed away on May 7th, 1994. Dwight later married Darlene Hennek on March 8th, 1996.
Dwight owned Sixth Street Locker and Grocery with his father-in-law, Clayton Ransdell which later became Trautman’s Meat Center.
He was a 50 year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington where he served as Elder, Past Master of the Masonic Thistle Lodge #61 in Lexington, and Past President of the Tri-County Shrine Club. He was very active with the Lexington Jaycees. When a group of friends aged out of Jaycees, they organized a social club called the B&S Club (Bent & Spent).
He was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing Cribbage and woodworking. Many family and friends cherish the beautiful wooden creations he made.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Lexington, Nebraska; three children, Kerry Trautman and Cathy (Scott) Sarnes of Lexington, Nebraska and Joni (Ed) Bennett of Lincoln, Nebraska; six step-children, Rod (Lynne) Hennek of Atlanta, Georgia, Tom Hennek of Providence, Rhode Island, Kris (Randy) Strohmyer of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Jayne (Mark) Meyer of Kearney, Nebraska, Patty (Mike) Mandelko of Lexington, Nebraska, and Mary (Scott) Hofferber of Tucson, Arizona; seven grandchildren, sixteen step-grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; niece, Susan (Wes) Hartman of Montrose, Colorado; nephew, Don McKean of Lewellen, Nebraska.
Dwight was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; parents, in-laws, Clayton and Melrose (Young) Ransdell; brother, Darrell Trautman and brother-in-law, Robert Ransdell.
Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Pastor Eddie Mariel, officiating. The casket was closed at the church.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral home in Lexington.
Burial with Military Honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Memorials are suggested Johnson Lake Hike & Bike Trail, Johnson Lake EMS, Paws For Cause Or The Shrine Transportation Fund.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was honored to assist the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com