Atkinson — Gordon Edward Dvorak, 69, of Atkinson died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Atkinson with a 7 p.m. rosary.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at the church. Fr. James Weeder will officiate. Music will be provided by soloist Bonnie Krysl, organist Terri Vrooman and guitarist Boyd Doyle.
Pallbearers are Kolby Cone, Dan Kramer, Dan Malmberg, Mark Chohon, Everett Vogel and Cary Blue.
Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson.
Memorials may be made to Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, MN or St. Joseph's Catholic School in Atkinson.
Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of the arrangements.
Gordon was born on June 22, 1949 to Edward and Kay (Straka) Dvorak in Atkinson. He attended rural grade school District 69 through seventh grade. He then attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic School as a member of the Class of 1967. Gordon attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln studying animal science.
In 1970, he returned to the family ranch to take over management, and he finished his life in this same role.
In 1974 Gordon married Charlene Tharp and they had two sons Dawson and Tannon.
In 2008 he married Shannon (Kramer) Ragan.
Gordon had many passions in life. Above all he had a love for Jesus and his Catholic faith. His favorite place to experience God’s wonder was in the marsh at sunrise with his boys and grandkids. Gordon was a selfless dad and grandpa who always made time to share a lesson on faith, teach about the natural world, play catch, bait a hook, pitch a tent, tell a story and listen.
He had an intense respect for natural resources. He managed and advocated for managing ranch land to improve water and soil. Gordon was a true outdoorsman. Long before “leave no trace” was a thing, he was teaching young scouts and young hunters to be good stewards and to never waste.
Three of Gordon’s favorite companions were his impressive Chesapeake Bay retrievers Duke, Bo and Gunner. He enjoyed Monday nights at the O’Neill Gun Club shooting trap and the many, many trips to the field and stream with family and friends.
He was an aviator. In 1978 Gordon got his “wings” and enjoyed getting a God’s eye view of the Sandhills in his Cessna.
Gordon was a healer and an evangelist. Throughout his life he quietly led countless prayer groups, taught religious education, facilitated youth and adult retreats and participated in healing masses. One of his greatest accomplishments has been bringing others to Christ.
Finally he was a cattleman. Early in his career he enjoyed calf roping and cowboying. Later Gordon became a respected member of the Nebraska Cattlemen, an awarded commercial Hereford cattleman and a pioneer in bringing Red Angus cattle to the Sandhills.
For his entire adult life Gordon dealt with serious illness. Throughout it all he managed to put others’ concerns ahead of his own, and he never used his conditions as an excuse. Rather Gordon allowed his life to evolve to best accommodate his situation. His grace and perseverance has left an immeasurable mark on the lives of people across his many stages and interests.
Gordon is survived by wife Shannon; two sons Dawson and Tannon (Jenna), all of Atkinson; one sister Bev (Todd) Cone of Atkinson; two stepdaughters Sarah (Josh) Martin of Montesano,WA and Morgan (Brian) Bentzinger of Caldwell, Idaho; six grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved aunts and uncles.