HARVARD - Wesley George Mach, 79, of Harvard, formerly of Center, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Harvard Rest Haven in Harvard.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at United Methodist Church in Creighton. The Rev. Beverly Lanzendorf will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the Bloomfield City Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 1151, American Legion Post 74, and the American Legion Riders.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Wesley George Mach, son of Joseph and Mary (Jaros) Mach, was born May 30, 1933, on a farm near Winnetoon, Neb. Wes spent his early years in the Reidsville Community, north of Winnetoon, where he attended rural school, and after the family moved to a farm east of Center, Neb., in 1947, Wes attended and graduated from Center High School in 1950. Following graduation, Wes served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, from 1953 to 1955. Upon returning from the Army, Wes wanted to farm, but due to a shortage of land at the time, he accepted a position on March 1, 1956, with Elmer Crosley, who was the Knox County Treasurer. Wes then transferred to the Knox County Assessor's Office in 1958, where he was promoted to Deputy Assessor in 1959, and in 1961, was appointed County Assessor, a position he would hold for the next 37 years. On Nov. 11, 1956, Wes was married to Caryl D. Ziegler at the United Church of Christ in Center. The couple was blessed with five children: Gale, Bryan, Art, Kevin, and Jerome (J.D.). Wes and Caryl began their married lives in Creighton, Neb., then returned to Center in the spring of 1957, where they raised their family. In addition to being Knox County Assessor, Wes and Caryl purchased Freddie Lafrenz's general merchandise store in 1971, renaming it "Mach's Thriftway Market", and built a new building. In 1978, the Machs sold the store to Paul Stark, and Wes and Caryl continued to work in the Assessor's Office until retiring in 1998. Wes then began working for M.G. Waldbaum Company near Bloomfield until moving to Harvard, Nebraska, in 2004, to be closer to family.
Throughout his life, Wes was always a worker. He loved to be busy, and serve others. Wes was an active member of the Center United Church of Christ, where he served in various capacities. He also served on the Center Village Board, and was an integral part of the Center community. Wes was honored to be selected as the Nebraska County Official of the Year on Dec. 5, 1996, and along with wife Caryl, was co-Grand Marshal for Center Centennial Parade in 2001. In his spare time, Wes loved to play cards with Caryl, spend time with family and friends, raise a large garden and can produce, and hang out at Luckert and Rohrer's, welding and playing cards. Wes was also a longtime member of Luckert's bowling team. He was a self-trained mechanic, electrician, and handyman. One of his greatest loves was working with his collection of John Deere 2-cylinder tractors and equipment.
Wes is survived by his sons, their wives, and grandchildren, Gale (Jeanette) Mach of Fairfield, Neb. (children, Angie (Tim) Coufal of Aurora, Neb., Clay (Stein) Mach of Lincoln, Julie (Kody) Steinhauer of Sutton, Wyatt Mach of Fairfield; Bryan (Rita) Mach of Harvard, (children, Travis Mach of Omaha, and Anthony Mach of Lincoln); Art (Mary) Mach of Fullerton, (children, Seth (Hana) Mach of Holdrege, and Jordan Mach of Lincoln), Kevin (Kendra) Mach of Scotia, (children, Dakota Scheffler of Fullerton, Josie Mach of Palmer, Skyenne Mach of Palmer, and Carrigan, Tanner, and Taylor Sliva of Scotia); and Jerome "J.D" (Krista) Mach of Big Sky, Montana (children, Brent Mach of Big Sky, Montana, and Ashley Modlin of Omaha); great-grandchildren, Logan Modlin, Kamryn Steinhauer, Sunny Mach, Elin Coufal, and Ford Mach; sisters, Evelyn (Edward Sr.) Sucha of Verdigre, and Helene (Lawrence) Ziegler of Outlook, Wash., brothers-in-law, Vernon (Dorothy) Ziegler of Bloomfield, and Jerry (Sandy) Ziegler of Bloomfield; sisters-in-law, Sherry Mach of Bloomfield, Dory Mach of Center, Sharon Hendrix of Hutchinson, Kan., Elizabeth "Ebby" Ziegler of Bloomfield; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Caryl D. Mach (on July 4, 2012); parents, Joseph and Mary Mach; parents-in-law, Arthur and Cassie Ziegler; brothers, Leonard Mach, Sr., Jerry Mach, and Joe Mach; sister, Albina Vickney; sisters-in-law (and their spouses), Tina (Mrs. Leonard, Sr.) Mach, Patty (Gene) Erbst, Lois Jean (Garron) Schmeckpeper, and Marilyn (Bob) Hazelwood; brothers-in-law, Larry Hendrix; and nephews, John Sucha, David Ziegler, and Terry Schmeckpeper.
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