March 29, 1926 – Oct. 14, 2016
William Delmer Hindman, age 90, of Hay Springs, Neb., passed away peacefully and without fanfare on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home, with his family surrounding him with love.
Delmer was born on March 29, 1926, at Hay Springs, the first son to William Clyde and Ardena Janet (Peters) Hindman. He grew up with his younger brother Dean on the family farm that was homesteaded by his grandfather. He attended grade school at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Rushville, Neb., Rushville Elementary, Green Valley District #14, and Harmony School District #19, graduating from Rushville High School in 1943. Following high school, Delmer briefly attended trade school at Milford, Neb., studying Mechanical Drafting. He then returned to the family farm to work with his family.
In 1945, Delmer was drafted into the United States Army and received training as a cartographer. His World War II service ended in 1946, after a total of 11 months and 11 days and the rank of Private First Class. After returning home to the farm, Delmer was drafted a second time in 1950 to serve in the Army in the Korean War. He served for 21 months, with nearly 10 months of that time in the 24th Infantry Division fighting in Korea, where he was promoted to Master Sargent. His only injury in the war came from an exploding booby trap, resulting in shrapnel in his nose. After his honorable discharge from the Army, Delmer again returned home to the diversified family farm northeast of Hay Springs, raising livestock and crops.
On Sept. 5, 1959, Delmer married the love of his life, Florence Marie Nadobny at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rushville. They made their home on the family farm after Delmer’s parents moved to Rushville. Here they raised two sons, Timothy William, born June 4, 1963, and Anthony John, born Feb. 3, 1969.
Delmer’s life of service did not end with his discharge from the Army. Over the years, he worked for the Farm Service Agency in Sheridan County, Green Valley District #14 School Board for many years, Hay Springs Farmers Co-op Grain board of directors, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Parish Council, Rushville American Legion Commander and part time rural mail carrier on the route north of Rushville, in addition to helping many neighbors and relatives with farm and ranch work.
Delmer and Florence were blessed to be able to live on the farm for 56 years before moving to Parkview Lodge Assisted Living in Rushville in fall, 2015. They shared a room there and were very active in daily activities until Oct. 12, 2016, when health and safety concerns required a move to Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs for increased care.
Delmer was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother-in-law Val and Mary (Bos) Nadobny, brother Dean and sister-in-law Lorraine, brother-in-law Bill and Verna Nadobny, sister-in-law Margaret and Richard Dreyer, son Tim and Toni Hindman, granddaughters Jessica Eileen and Ardena Pauline Hindman, niece Eileen and Butch Riggs, nephew Jim Hindman, great nephew Mike Dreyer, and many cousins and neighbors.
Those remaining to mourn his loss, but celebrate his life are his loving wife of 57 years, Florence, son Tony and daughter-in-law Amy, and grandson Sam Michael, all of Hay Springs, brother-in-law John and Loreen Nadobny, many nieces and nephews, and good friends and neighbors.
A rosary will be held Friday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Rushville, with burial in Fairview Cemetery.
In lieu of plants or flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Delmer’s memory to support an upcoming Veterans Honor Flight, sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343