John E. Soukup, 87, of Fremont died Monday, July 4, 2011, at Nye Legacy Health & Rehab Center in Fremont.

John was born July 25, 1924, in Fremont to Ernest and Mary (Dobrovolny) Soukup. He attended grade school at Bellview District 42, a one room (1-8 grade) country school, and graduated from Fremont High School in 1942. He attended Midland College for two years.

He farmed north of Fremont (third generation on same section) for his whole life, and also worked for Consolidated Blenders for 31 years. It has just been announced that John is a recipient of the 2011 Pioneer Farm Family Award that is sponsored by Knights of Aksarben, the Nebraska Fair Managers Association, and the Nebraska Farm Bureau (members of same family must own the land for at least 100 consecutive years). John was a charter member and past president of the Fremont Antique Car Club and founder of the Fremont Antique Swap Meet which he and his wife Jane and son, Carl, ran for 20 years. He started the Fremont Toy Show in 1986, and it is still being held at this present time. He collected antique cars and toys his whole life. John was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fremont.

He was married on Aug. 27, 1944, to his high school sweetheart, Jane E. Byorth. She passed away Oct. 8, 1995. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Mary; brother, Francis Soukup of North Bend; sister, Marie Nelson of Fremont; and nephew, Harold Soukup of North Bend.

Survivors include: a son, Carl Soukup of Fremont; a daughter, Barbara (and husband, Glenn) Baker of Waco, Texas; grandson, Chris (and wife, Dee) Soukup of Lee's Summit, Mo.; granddaughter, Cara (and husband, Nick Morris) of Fremont; and great-grandson, Jaxson Hunter Morris of Fremont.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont with the Rev. Michael McGregor officiating. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church.

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