Crawford — John Bernard Hynes, 66, of Crawford, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 at the Chadron Community Hospital in Chadron.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill with a parish rosary.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill

Burial was in the O'Neill Cemetery in O'Neill with military rites by O'Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

John was born Feb. 2, 1953 to Jeane (Vickland) and John B Hynes Sr. in O’Neill.  He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Schools in O’Neill from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 1971.  

After high school, he received degrees and diplomas from several schools including Central Nebraska Technical College, Southeast Community College and the University of Nebraska.

John was a generous and loving husband, father, brother and son. 

He was a lifelong hunting and fishing enthusiast, an outdoorsman and an expert craftsman. 

John's various jobs led him on travels near and far, but he always returned to revel at the prairies, hills, bluffs and lakes of his home, Nebraska.  He had a meticulous ability to engineer and create solutions through design and logistics that lives on with his daughter.

While living in southeastern Nebraska, he was a committed leader and an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, taking his son’s troop on many variations of camping endeavors and adventures in nature.  

An advocate for education, John sat on the board for the East Butler Public School System.  An exemplary patriot, he dutifully fulfilled an enlistment in the U.S. Army followed by a full-time career in the Nebraska Air National Guard. 

After his time in the military, he transferred his unmitigated work ethic into a decade long stint as a conductor for the Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad. His hardworking tendency to complete any task he undertook was admired by all who served alongside him.

John's irreplaceable, warm laugh and chipper sense of humor will be severely missed by his family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances.  

He used his many skills and trades to improve any community he found himself residing in. Most recently, he lent his carpentry and renovation skills to actualizing his wife’s dream of opening an art gallery in western Nebraska. He cared greatly for those he loved and he loved many.

He is survived by his wife Clarice Hynes of Crawford; one son Chris Hynes of Austin, Texas; one daughter Michaela Hynes of Scottsbluff; his mother Jeane Hynes of O’Neill;  four siblings Deborah (Jerry) Miller of Norfolk, Barbara (Alvin) Heiss of Page, David Hynes of Gregory, SD and Angela (Mike) Davis of Ainsworth; and one brother-in-law Gary Suhr of Bayard.

He was preceded in death by his father John B. Hynes Sr. and one sister Mary Tikalsky.

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