Grant LaVern Remus, a World War II veteran and resident of North Platte, died at the age of 89 on Sunday, September 6, 2015, at the North Platte Care Center. He was a well-known Lincoln County farmer-rancher.
Grant was born in his grandparents’ home on the family ranch near Wellfleet, NE on May 6, 1926, the son of Walter Fred and Dortha A. Robinson Remus. Grant attended the nearby Community Center School for eight years then attended high school at the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, NE, graduating in 1944.
Following graduation, Grant was inducted into the U.S. Army in August and served in Europe during W.W.II. He became a Prisoner of War on March 19, 1945, when he was captured by the Germans. Grant was later repatriated by the Americans and returned stateside to be discharged in June 1946. During his service Grant was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and P.O.W. Medal as well as other medals and commendations.
In July of 1946, Grant met the love of his life, Lela Elizabeth Dale, and they were united in marriage on July 18, 1947, at North Platte. They moved to a newly purchased ranch at Wellfleet and later their two children, Sheri and Jerry, were born. In 1956 the Remus family moved to his parents’ ranch at Wellfleet and lived there until they retired and moved to North Platte in 1989.
Grant was active in southern Lincoln County. When his children were younger he was a 4-H leader, and later served as a Community School Board Member. He was also on the Telephone Board at Wellfleet and a member of the Curtis American Legion. In 1989 Grant and Lela moved to North Platte where he was a member of P.R. Halligan Post #163 American Legion.
To Grant, his family and his work in the fields and with his animals was his life. He was a devoted husband for over 68 years and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His strength, loyalty and integrity made Grant a man to admire.
He leaves behind his wife, Lela, and children, Sheri (Ron) Bourne and Jerry (Peggy) Remus, all of North Platte; five grandchildren, Michelle Bourne Faulkner, Pamela Bourne, Carrie Bourne, Stacee (Randy) Baker and Garod Remus (fiancée, Danielle Nichols); nine great-grandchildren, Meranda, Kayla, Savanah, Randall, Wyat, Gage, Parker and twins, Harrison and Hudson; a brother, Kurt Remus, of Wellfleet; sister, Muriel (Carl) Yonkers, of Maywood; cherished family friend, Dr. Gary Conell, of North Platte; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family.
Grant was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Dortha; brother, Loran; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Wellfleet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. In lieu of flower, memorials are to the 21st Century Veterans’ Memorial.