Roy Burress, 94, was born September 23, 1919, to Philip and Nellie (Billiter) Burress at Carroll, Nebraska. He died in Ogallala, Nebraska, July 10, 2014.
When Roy was five years old, he came with his family, by train, to #73 Soudan Stockyard, a short distance from their new home, northeast of Gordon in Cherry County. It was Christmas Eve, 1924. Their new neighbors came by team and wagon to take the Burress family to the school Christmas Program, and Soudan School, District 65. Roy and his siblings later attended this school.
In 1942, Roy joined the United States Army, serving his stint at Ft. Robinson in the Calvary Unit. He spent all four years just 40 miles from home, while a war was going on overseas. There he trained horses and dogs, and even got to take his own horse, Playmate, to Ft. Rob!
Roy married Lee Rice in 1947. They moved to Marble Falls, Ark., and later to Springfield, Mo. In 1957 he moved to Gordon.
Roy married Mildred Tausan in 1963. They farmed north of Gordon. She passed away in 1993.
The past several years Roy spent with long-time friend, Blanche Reece, living in Broadwater, North Platte, and Scottsbluff.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers George, Earl, Howard and Walter; sisters Alice Yardley, Elva Zick, Mable Burress and Adeline Samples.
He is survived by his sister Edith Jelinek of Kearney, stepson Don (Dorene) Rice of Scottsbluff, stepdaughter Glenda (Bill) Gann of Billings, Mont., his friend, Blanche of Lewellyn, and many nieces and nephews and friends.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, Neb., with Jana Jelinek and Brett Burress officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be held in the Gordon Cemetery. Lunch will be provided by the American Legion Auxiliary following the service at the cemetery. All are welcome to attend.