Raymond E. “Rusty” Dugan, 87, of Greeley, Nebraska, died Sunday, October 6, 2019, at Merrick Medical Center, in Central City, NE, with his family at his side. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 11, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Greeley, NE. The Fr. Thomas A. Ryan will celebrate the funeral mass. Burial will be in O’Connor Cemetery, O’Connor, NE. Visitation will be Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the church with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Curran Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.
Rusty was born August 28, 1932, on the family farm in Greeley County. He was the son of Edward and Frances (Dolan) Dugan.
Survivors of his immediate family include his wife of 68 years, DeLoris of Greeley, NE
Children, Tom of Greeley, NE
Joy Dugan of Laird, CO
Doloris Ann Dugan of Greeley, NE
Tim of Greeley, NE
Pat of Lincoln, NE
Don of Greeley, NE
Terry of Omaha, NE
Brother, Bill of Greeley, NE
Others left to cherish his memory include his 18 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Rusty grew up in O’Connor, attending Dist. 17 and later St. Joseph Academy before graduating in 1949 from Sacred Heart High School in Greeley. Rusty married DeLoris Nelson on March 26, 1951, at the Church of Visitation, in O’Connor. They made their home in the O’Connor and Greeley area. Rusty was a diversified farmer raising cattle, hogs, horses and grain.
Rusty loved his family. He treasured watching his children, grandchildren and community youth school and sporting events. For everyone that was blessed to share in his friendship, personality, orneriness, jokes and tricks, there was always a half stick of gum, or hot fireball jaw breaker in his overalls to offer them at ball games. Those memories and impressions will last a lifetime.
Rusty’s passion was baseball. He played on the town team for many years and continued to support the team as a regular spectator as often as he could. He was an avid hunter.
He was a role model, instilling a work ethic that is unparalleled, in his children, and his nieces and nephews as well. He was a gifted dancer and enjoyed twirling DeLoris around the dance floor.
Rusty was an active member of the community. He coached basketball at O’Connor for many years. He was on the school board at O’Connor, a member of the Greeley Saddle Club and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Rusty was preceded in death by his parents, a son Roy, a grandson, and ten siblings.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Your thoughts and prayers may be given at www.curranfuneralchapel.com under Rusty’s obituary.
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