Charles Richard Sheets, 87 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2016, at the Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, Nebraska. He was born November 4, 1929, in rural Herman, Nebraska, to Floyd and Grace (King) Sheets.
Dick graduated from Herman High in 1947. Following high school, for the next year, he faithfully climbed aboard his Harley, riding into Omaha, Nebraska to attend Barber School. Dick began barbering in 1948 and apprenticed under Fred Kjeldgaard; in 1949 he opened his own shop, “Dicks Barber Shop”.
On January 27, 1949, Dick married the love of his life, Marjorie M. Bowland; they made their home in Tekamah. To this union, four children were born: Richard (Dick), Gregory, Jolene and Floyd.
In the 1960’s Dick owned and operated a cob business, and in 1968 he built and relocated Dick’s Barber Shop to its current location on Main Street in Tekamah. That same year Dick’s Western Store began; in 1975 Dick’s Western Wear was opened up in Omaha and in 1980 a Norfolk, Nebraska store was opened.
Dick was a cowboy at heart and his passion for horses was a huge part of his life. Through the years, many Appaloosas and Quarter-horses found their home in Dick’s and Marge’s pastures. Dick was an outstanding horseman; he owned and showed horses throughout his lifetime and taught his children and grandchildren to respect the beauty and share in the love of a horse.
Dick was a member of the National Appaloosa Horse Club, a member and president of the Nebraska Appaloosa Horse Club and judged for over 25 years at shows throughout the United States. In 2008, he was inducted into the Nebraska Appaloosa Club Hall of Fame for his outstanding dedication and support.
Dick was a member of the Tekamah School Board, Tekamah Chamber of Commerce, Burt County Supervisors, a founding member of the Tekamah Jaycees and Charter member of the Northridge Country Golf Club. Memberships have also included the Tangier Temple Shrine of Omaha, Shrine Jesters of Omaha, Masonic Lodge No. 31 of Tekamah, Tekamah Lions Club and the First Presbyterian Church of Tekamah.
Of all of the many accomplishments Dick may have had during his life, his greatest and truest legacy is his family. He was a wonderful and devoted husband and knew that it was a true gift from God to have Marge by his side. To see how he loved his children of each generation you only had to watch his face to see how happy he was whenever they were around. He always worked to instill in them the same faith and wisdom that God had given him. Work hard, Love and Care for each other and Life will be Good!
Dick was a loving family man, a dedicated working man and a man who will be truly missed by the many who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Floyd Sheets; sister, Ellen Epperson; brothers-in-law, Dale Epperson, Rich Thompson, Bill Bowland, Dan Bowland; mother and father-in law, Vard and Stella Bowland.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Marge Sheets of Tekamah; sons, Dick (Pat) Sheets of Norfolk, Greg (Diane) Sheets and Floyd (Anne) Sheets all of Tekamah; daughter, Jolene (Roland) Jack of Gardner, KS; grandchildren, Kathy (Mark) Vrbka, Debi (Dave) Wolff, Maggie (Dave) Lubben, Clay (Becky) Sheets, Cori (Sam) Breckenridge, Connie (Jason) Jarzynka, Jason (Jamie) Neal, Jenny Carlon, Trina (Kyle) Sidwell, Jesse (Abby) Sheets, Amber (Ryan) Walpole, Casey (Trisha) Sheets; great grandchildren, Mason Vrbka, Myles Vrbka, Cassidy Wolff, Sydney Wolff, Alissa (Michael) Wagner, Noah Lubben, Selah Lubben, Lydia Lubben, Taylor Mclaughlin, Maleah Sheets, Aubrynn Sheets, Taryn Sheets, Spencer Breckenridge, Hannah Breckenridge, Grace Breckenridge, Cooper Jarzynka, Lucy Jarzynka, Ava Neal, Avery Neal, Ali Neal, Nico Carlon, Peyton Sidwell, Easton Sidwell, Mylee Sheets, Maggie Sheets, Oakley Sheets, Brenna Sheets, Neelei Walpole, Aisley Walpole, Salem Sheets, Shelton Sheets; sisters, Donna (Roy) Schafer and Grace (Walt) Mitchell all of Fremont, Lela Thompson of Herman, NE; sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Bud) Megrue of Lincoln, Mary (Don) Thomas of Waterloo, Becky Sheets of CA, and Lee Bowland of Tekamah; brother-in-law, Leo (Joy) Bowland of Tekamah; a host of many more Family and Friends.
Thank you all for sharing in his life.
Visitation will be Thursday, 5-7 p.m., with family receiving friends at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah. Memorial service will be Friday, December 30, 2016, 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah with Rev. Duncan Nichol officiating; a special reading by Kevin Thomas; organist Leanne Dorathy; special music by Diane Sheets and Dick’s great-grandchildren.
Honorary bearers are all of Dick’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Burial will be at Tekamah Cemetery. Memorials to the family for later designation.
Charles R. “Dick” Sheets, 87 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2016, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair. Memorial service will be Friday, Dec. 30, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah. Visitation will be Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m., with family receiving friends, at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be at Tekamah Cemetery, Tekamah. Memorials to the family for later designation. Services provided by Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah.