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John W. Corman
Nov 30, 1927 – Aug 23, 2012 (Age 84)
John Wesley Corman was born on a farm south of Oak, Nebraska on November 30, 1927, to Farmer Allen and Grace (Virchow) Corman. He passed away on August 23, 2012, at the Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior at the age of 84. John attended grade school at the Blue Valley School and completed eight grades of education before going on to attend Nelson High School. After graduating in 1945, John and Johnny Horst went to California to work at an aircraft plant. Later John left the plant to work in his cousin's grocery store. After deciding his fortune was not to be made in California, and coupled with being homesick, John moved back near Oak to farm with his dad. On September 19, 1947, John married Shirley Carman in Ruskin and to this union five children were born. Following their marriage, John and Shirley moved to Endicott, Nebraska where John farmed with his brother-in-law, Albert Ahrens. In 1948, John purchased his brother Bob's farming operation and John and Shirley began farming on the Little Blue River near the Scout Cabin east of Angus. It was tough at first after the river flooded out the first two years of crops. But they persisted and eventually moved to a farm on the Little Blue River 2 ½ miles northwest of Oak. John and Shirley's marriage would later end in divorce. On February 22, 1973, John married Cloma (King) Jensen in a ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada and then returned to continue John's farming operation. In 1986, John and Cloma purchased the J.L. Scroggin residence in Oak and continued to call it home at the time of John's death. John had many interests and served on several boards during his life. He had a passion for aviation and took flying lessons in the early 1960's. He became an accomplished pilot and owned his own plane. He enjoyed giving friends and family rides while using the plane to scout crops and assess irrigation usage above his farm on the Little Blue. He was completing his 13th year as the Mayor of Oak at the time of his death and was a past Master of the Masonic Lodge. He volunteered as a fireman, served on the Nuckolls County Feeders Association, was a past chairman of the Oak Celebration Committee, was member of the Oak Community Church and served on its board. He also was a past member of the boards of the Irrigation Association, Clay County Mutual Insurance Company, Carlen School Board and Oak School Board. John had many pastimes including hunting, fishing, traveling, playing cards, watching his grandchildren compete in their sporting events, visiting with friends and occasionally enjoying a game of chance. For many years, John owned thoroughbred racehorses and enjoyed watching them run and win several races. John loved his life and the people who enriched it. But it's the many, many lives he himself touched that will remain his greatest legacy. John was preceded in death by his parents and all three of his brothers, Robert, Keith and Clayton. John was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Denny Lipker, as well as an infant great-grandchild, Corbin Nathanial Andreasen. John is survived by Cloma, his wife of nearly 40 years; his sister Helen Ahrens and husband Albert of Sedan, Kansas; four daughters, Peggy Lipker of Superior, Cheryl Yarber of Superior, Carol Andreasen and her husband Rick of Superior, and Dixie Carr and fiancé, Jonathan Finey of Kearney; one son, Scott Corman and wife Janie of Oak; grandsons Derek Lipker and friend Kendra Elledge, Don Lipker, Cass Corman and friend Teresa Martin, Brock Corman and wife Kristen, Rory Andreasen and wife Autumn, Megan Carr and fiancé Kevin Beres, Ashley Carr, Jesse Reed and wife Lisa, Lesley (Reed) Parry and her husband Rob, John Reed and his fiancé Laura, T.C. Jensen, Kaela (Jensen) Baumbach and husband Adam, Abby Jensen, Vince Jensen and Amanda Jensen. In addition John is survived by step-sons, Tom Jensen and wife Jackie, Terry Jensen and Todd Jensen—all of Nelson. John also leaves behind 11 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews and an enormous amount of friends. Funeral services will be held this Monday 10:00 AM, August 27, 2012 at the First Community Church in Oak, NE. Pastor Steve Matthews will be officiating. Burial will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak, NE. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm at the Williams Funeral Home in Edgar. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at wmsfh.com. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar, NE is in charge of the arrangements. Williams Funeral Home Edgar Chapel Ph 402 224 5315 [email protected]