Nerud, 91, passed away at 12:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Friend. Born April 2, 1916 to John and Anna Nerud, survivors include nieces, nephews and friends -- including special friends and neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sehnert.
Nerud brought organized little league baseball to Dorchester in the 1950's. He served as one of the founding fathers of the Seward-Fillmore-Saline (SFS) League in 1957. Despite some changes from the original town teams, the SFS League remains strong today, half a century later.
Prior to Nerud's work with Little League ball, he organized the first Dorchester Legion baseball team in the late 1940s.
According to the Dorchester Centennial history book, Dorchester was known as a baseball town as early as 1905. Miles Nerud played a vital role in securing that reputation. He helped to grow the town's love for the game and produced some of the finest ball players in the region. From an early age, Nerud recognized that baseball was more than a game for our area community, but a social network that brought families together regardless of age, ethniciy or social standing. Around these parts, he will always be remembered as Mr. Baseball -- by players past and present. And we will be reminded of his contributions whenever we see a game played on Dorchester's Nerud Field, named in his honor.
Nerud was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Viola, as well as one brother and two sisters. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at the Dorchester United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at church. Interment is at Dorchester Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Dorchester Methodist Church.