Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dorchester Loses Two WWII Vets In Past Week

Dorchester, with a population of around 600, has lost two of its decorated World War II veterans and outstanding community members in less than a week.

Harold E. Krivohlavek, 93, passed away last Wednesday, July 29.

Harold attended rural school district 104, walking 1¼ miles for the first 8 years (except when he could hook up the pony to the two wheel sulky). Then he attended and graduated in 1939 from Dorchester High School. He enjoyed 4-H, attending the county fair and the state fair with his livestock. Later he became a 4-H leader. He farmed all his life in Dorchester except for 3 ½ years during World War II. From 1942-1946 he served as a staff sergeant in the South Pacific, in the Northern Solomons and on the island of Luzon in the Philippines in the 112th Radio Intelligence Company. Following the war, he returned home to farm and raise livestock.

He married the love of his life, Virginia McCormick Spanyers, on June 8, 1968. He loved farming with his son Keith and enjoyed raising cattle and going to cattle sales. He liked taking his grandsons to the sales with him to teach them about how to pick out good calves. He loved to play with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they all were rocked to Czech songs as babies. He was a member of and attended the Dorchester United Methodist Church. He served on the Saline County Soil conservation board, the Rural Fire Dept. board, and the Pleasant Hill cemetery board. He was very active in the Dorchester American Legion Post #264 and was a member of the VFW, ZCBJ Lodge Tabor #74, and was a Master Mason in Blue Valley Lodge #64 in Wilber. He knew the meaning of loving your country, and he never missed honoring veterans during the Memorial Day services. He also enjoyed teaching young people about patriotism at the school's Veteran's Day programs.  He was proud of the fact that he was the oldest man in Dorchester and the oldest Krivohlavek in Nebraska.

He is survived by his beloved wife Virginia of 47 years, daughter and son-in-law Sue and Tom Shaw of Bartlett, son Keith Spanyers and Pam Carlin of Dorchester, daughter and son-in-law Karen and Scott Wiles of Lincoln; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Harold's visitation will be tonight (Tuesday) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dorchester United Methodist Church.  Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) at the church. Graveside service and interment with full military honors by Dorchester American Legion Post #264 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorials: to the family for future designations. Condolences may be left by clicking here.

Edwin M. “Ed” Sanburn, 89, passed away Sunday, August 2. He was born March 8, 1926 in Dorchester to William E. and Edna M. (Britton) Sanburn. He attended and graduated from Dorchester High School in 1943. Ed was drafted into the U.S. Navy on July 24, 1944, and served in the South Pacific Theater until honorably discharged in July of 1946. 

He worked for the Western Electric Company in Lincoln from 1946-60. Ed then went to work for the United States Postal Service, first as a clerk and then a Rural Letter Carrier in Dorchester. When the Dorchester routes were consolidated he worked out of the Lincoln Post Office as a City Carrier. He returned to Dorchester in 1976 to serve as the Rural Letter Carrier out of the Dorchester office. 

Ed retired from the USPS in April of 1993. He also farmed 200 acres starting in 1949 and retired from farming in the late 1980’s. Ed married E. Elaine Crick in Dorchester on July 19, 1949. To this union they had one son, Robert Edwin. Ed enjoyed spending time with family, gardening and “Intarsia”, which is a form of wood inlaying.

Survivors include: wife, Elaine; son, Bob (Lori) Sanburn, Denton; and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. this Friday, August 7, at Dorchester United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Paixao Baptista officiating, military honors to follow. Cremation/no viewing. Private family inurnment at Lincoln Memorial Park, Lincoln. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Condolences may be left by clicking here.

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