Marlo M. Custer
Funeral services for Marlo M. Custer, age 90 of Verdigre, Nebraska, will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Verdigre. Pastor Trudy Hanke will officiate, with burial in the Riverside Cemetery at Verdigre.
Visitation will be Friday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Verdigre, under the direction of Brockhaus Funeral Home of Verdigre.
Marlo died Monday, December 16, 2013, at the Norfolk Veteran's Home in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Marlo Max Custer, son of William and Adeline (Wiley) Custer, was born February 18, 1923 at Dallas, South Dakota. Marlo was raised in the Niobrara, Nebraska area, where he graduated from Niobrara High School with the Class of 1940. Following high school, Marlo helped on the family farm south of Niobrara until joining the United States Navy on May 12, 1943. He served in the Naval Aviation division and received his wings as an Aviation Radioman and crew member on a dive bomber, and also served on an aircraft carrier. Marlo was a World War II Veteran, which he was very proud of, and was fortunate enough to be included in an Honor Flight in recent years to Washington, DC, and was a memory Marlo never forgot.
While in the service, Marlo met Lucille Ross in Waleetka, Oklahoma. On April 14, 1946, Marlo and Lucille were married, and to this union, six children were born: Marlo Max, David, Janet, Patrick, Sherri, and Debra Kay.
Marlo spent his years working hard in a variety of careers, however, the most lengthy and meaningful was his career as a Moorman Feed Salesman based in Verdigre, Nebraska, travelling the country daily, going from farm to farm to visit with farmers about their animal nutrition needs. Marlo packed a lunch to take each day, and always knew which days he was unlikely to need it because there were some farm wives that were darn good cooks, and often invited him to join them for lunch. In years to follow, Marlo and Lucille moved to Norfolk, Nebraska, where he was involved in the development and ownership of several mobile home parks. In their retirement years, Marlo and Lucille returned to Verdigre, where he became involved in many real estate investments, which proved to be interesting and fulfilling to him. On December 4, 2005, Lucille passed away on the coldest day of the year, and we are sure she is now happy to be reunited with Marlo, who eight years and 12 days later, went to be with his wife of 59 years, passing away on Monday, December 16, 2013, at the age of 90.
Marlo is survived by his children, David (Hitoshi) Custer of Hickory, North Carolina, Janet Custer of Coleridge, Nebraska, Patrick Custer of Battle Creek, Nebraska, and Sherri (Gary) Ermels of Crofton, Nebraska; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; brother, Gary Custer of Niobrara, Nebraska; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; son, Marlo Max Custer; daughter, Debra Kay Custer; grandson, Lee Marlo Bauer; parents; brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Erlene (Magdefrau) Custer; brother, Bill Custer; and sister, Gladys Monroe.