Chet "Boomer" Michael Whaley, 28, Alliance
Chet "Boomer" Michael Whaley, 28, died Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Box Butte General Hospital surrounded by his family after a long courageous battle to cancer.
He was born in Alliance on August 1, 1984, the son of Chuck Whaley. He graduated from Alliance High School in 2003. During his high school years and thereafter; Chet worked as a ranch/farm hand in the area for many years and has been working for BNSF as a conductor since 2004. He was a member of the Eagles Club and the Alliance Motor Cross.
Chet had many loves in his life such as hunting, camping, riding his motorcycle and 4-wheelers, horseback riding, roping, spending time with his friends and family, and taking trips to Las Vegas. He was a very proud uncle to his nephews Trevor and Roper and loved spending time with them and teaching them new things; even if they weren't appropriate. He was obsessed with MOPAR engines, Dodge trucks, and most importantly he lived to Demolition Derby every summer. Chet would start building his cars after the first of the each year and if you wanted to find him you had to go to the shop. All summer long Chet, his family, and close friends would travel throughout the panhandle and even to other states to go do a thing he called "A little Dirt Floor Dancing". After Chet was diagnosed with cancer the doctors told him he could never Derby again because it could kill him on impact, but Chet didn't care and it was his mission to prove them all wrong and that is exactly what he did. He faced fear in the eyes and was going to do what he loved and that was going onto that Dirt Dance Floor, reeve up his engine, smash up cars, and put on a show for all to enjoy.
Among many nick names he acquired over the years; he was mostly known as KOBD which stood for "Kind of a Big Deal". Chet made everything he did into a big deal. His motto was "Go Big or Go Home" and he walked his talk each day. He lived every moment to the fullest; especially for the last year and half of his life. Chet was very courageous, strong willed, determined, and never gave up on himself or his family no matter what they endured together. Chet was a dear friend, an inspiration, and a hero to so many of us and that is how he will be forever remembered.
Survivors are his father, Chuck Whaley of Alliance, his sister and her husband, Mandy and Tucker Greve of Lakeside, NE, his brother, Chad Whaley of Cheyenne, WY, his nephews, Trevor Whaley and Roper Greve of Lakeside, his grandfather, Gerry Wicks of Lexington, NE, his step-brothers, Justin and Amy Shrewsbury, Rhett and Erin Shrewsbury, Klete and Meagan Shrewsbury, Brice Shrewsbury all of Alliance, his step-sister, LaTava and Chris Sanders of Lincoln, NE, his aunts and uncle, John and Shauna Pursley of Aurora, NE, Sonya Jones of Sandy Point, UT and Edie Waslaski of Bismark, ND, step-grandpa Bill Shrewsbury of Alliance as well as several cousins and step-nieces and step-newphews. He is also survived by his puppy "Remmy" who help keep him company and put a big smile on his face for the past month.
Chet is preceded in death by his grandparents Lynn and Lou Whaley, Betty Jo Wicks, Edward Waslaski and Uncle Mitch Whaley.
Memorial services will be Friday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the grandstands of the Box Butte County Fairgrounds in Hemingford. Inurnment will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home in Alliance.
A memorial will be established and they may be sent in care of the family at, 416 Snyder Place, Alliance, NE 69301.
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