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Herb Deaver

November 3, 1928 — June 22, 2020

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Broken Bow – Herbert (Herb) Deaver, 91, formerly of Broken Bow went to be with the Lord Monday, June 22, 2020 at the Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island surrounded by loved ones.

A Funeral Service with family and close friends will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with Rev. Mel Shepherd officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 24th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow. Burial will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery at Weissert, NE.  Memorials are suggested to the Weissert Church of Christ. An online guest book may be signed at Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. Govier Brothers Mortuary will comply with the CDC and State of Nebraska, with 75% capacity allowed in the funeral home at one time. We sincerely encourage each person to make your decision whether to attend based on the best interest of your health and that of your community.

Herb Deaver was born on November 3, 1928, the only child of Elizabeth (Garniss) and Clyde Deaver. Herb grew up and lived his whole life in the Weissert and Central Nebraska area, except for the two years he spent in Korea. He attended the Round Valley School through the tenth grade and was known to run around with the Peterson twins and the Govier brothers. Lifelong friendships that endured along with many others.

On August 18, 1957 he was united in marriage to Leona Louise Seevers at the United Methodist Church in Merna. The couple had two children, both born in Grand Island, and raised on the family dairy farm east of Broken Bow.

Herb enjoyed farm life and working alongside his wife for the 35 years that they milked cows together. Even after selling the farm and moving to Broken Bow in 1992, they both worked at Custer Care together. Herb drove people around to various appointments while Leona worked in the office.

In his early years, Herb loved playing ball, bowling, and roller skating – he could dance on those roller skates! He also enjoyed playing cards at the community card parties and with his buddies and was hard to beat in a game of pool or snooker. Even after long days in the hay field and milking he would play catch with his kids. Robb had to learn to count very early in life so they could have four to play pitch during those long winter nights on the farm. Herb was a life-long Husker football fan and enjoyed watching most sporting events on T.V. especially baseball, football, and ladies’ Husker volleyball!

The Deaver family didn’t go on summer vacations with all of those cows to milk, but they always enjoyed a day at the Burwell Rodeo each summer. Herb and Leona also got to enjoy a trip to Memorial Stadium a few years ago with Robb and Denise for old time sake!!

As much as Herb was a loving husband and father, he was also a much-loved and ornery grandfather. He would always take the time to make pancakes, tell stories, or share a bowl of sherbert with those grandkids. You just didn’t want to turn your back on him or you might get pinched. You always knew he was up to something when you saw that twinkle in his eyes!!

Herb was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 62 years, Leona.  He is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Mark Lucht of St. Paul, and son, Robb Deaver of Grand Island. He is preceded in death by four infant grandchildren: Jacob Lucht, Jonathan, Elizabeth, and Nathan Deaver. Other survivors include grandchildren: Daniel, Madison, Megan, Delaney Lucht, and Alex Deaver.

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