John W. Aufrecht, 93, of North Platte, Nebraska, died May 25th, 2012, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
He was born on November 1st, 1918, in Big Springs, Nebraska, to William T. and Margaret A. (Grannell) Aufrecht.
John graduated from Big Springs Rural High School. He entered the Army Air Force in 1942 and served during WWII. After his return, John married Nina Slabaugh on December 10th, 1946, in Phillipsburg, Kansas. The couple later moved to Cozad where they stayed for 10 years. The family then moved to North Platte where he hired out with the Union Pacific Railroad as a clerk. He continued his work there until his retirement on November 1st, 1979.
John enjoyed carpentry work and gardening. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years and in his younger years, enjoyed riding horses. John was a soldier in the Salvation Army and a member of the TCU and the American Legion. John also enjoyed being a member of the Barbershop chorus, SPEBSQSA, Inc.
Survivors include his children, Jim (Cheri) Aufrecht of North Platte, Karen Ward of Cozad, Nebraska and David (Carmen) Aufrecht of Kearney, Nebraska; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Nina and a sister Edna Kluting.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. (today) Thursday May 31st, 2012, at the Salvation Army Church with Captain Jason Poff officiating. Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with full military honors.
A memorial has been established to the North Platte Salvation Army and online condolences can be made at www.adamsswanson.com.
Adams & Swanson Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.