Jack Lee Sterkel, 78, Alliance

Jack Lee Sterkel, 78, of Alliance, NE died Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, NE with his family by his side. A Celebration of Life service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2013 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff with Pastor Jeannie Sedivy officiating. Casual dress is requested by the family. Inurnment will be held at Sunset Memorial Park in Scottsbluff. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the Jack Sterkel Memorial Fund has been established at Valley Bank, 1701 1st Avenue, Scottsbluff, NE 69361 to be distributed to Highland Park Care Center in Alliance.

Jack was born October 25, 1934 in Scottsbluff, NE to John and Nettie (Semon) Sterkel. He grew up in Scottsbluff and received his education in Scottsbluff Schools. He was employed at Swift & CO for 25 years and 10 years for Burlington Northern Railroad. He retired in 1990. On December 27, 1952 he married Betty Hodgson, and to this union five children were born.

After his retirement, Jack, Betty and their family enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, playing cards, gardening, landscaping and gambling ( he won three jackpots at Prairie Winds Casino), love music and four point Pitch. He enjoyed being around friends and when they would say "Hi Jack" his reply was "Don't say that on an airplane". He had a great sense of humor. He didn't want his children or grandchildren to go without anything they wanted and was known and "Pa" and "Great Pa".

The past ten months he resided at the Highland Park Care Center in Alliance where he was loved by all the residents and care givers. The family heard many times how people loved him. He was crowned Sweetheart King at the annual Sweetheart Ball.

The family would like to express gratitude and appreciation to the excellent and high quality of care Jack received by all the staff at Highland Park Care Center, Box Butte County General Hospital, Staff and Drs on 2nd and 3rd floor at Regional West Medical Center, Western Surgical at Regional West, Regional West Physicians Group and Jerre Mount, PAC, at Great Nebraska Medical and Surgical Services in Alliance.

Jack is survived by his sons: Robert (Susan) Sterkel, Arvada, CO, Rodney (Sandra) Sterkel, Gering, NE, Russell Sterkel, Minatare, NE and daughter Shelly Sterkel of Scottsbluff; grandchildren: Ryan (Crystal) Sterkel, Gering, Jessica (Levi) Anders, Alliance, NE, Shane and Logan Sterkel, Scottsbluff, Alyssa Howell, Loveland, CO and Austin Propp, Scottsbluff, great-grandchildren Serenity, Preslee and Remmi Anders of Alliance; Sisters: Loretta Gitchel, Round Lake Beach, ILL, Patty (Rollie) Friend, Gering, NE; brother-in-law: Reiny Rahmig, Gering, NE and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, parents, son Richard, sisters: Janice Rahmig and Betty Salway and brother : Robert.

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