60 YEARS TOGETHER!
M. ‘Jack’ Jr. and Velma (Val) Prall met in 1955 at a quaint little cafe call “The Cave” where they quickly fell in love. They were married August 17th, 1957 at the city hall in Norwich England by the court register. The evening of their wedding, they boarded a train that took them through France and on to Jack’s Duty Station in Sembach, Germany. When they met, Jack was a US Air Force service man who was dedicated to his new love as he was to his country. He once travelled to see Val when her mother was very sick, just so he could comfort her.
Jack was always a kind and considerate Beau. Oftentimes he would ride his motorcycle into the village so he could spend time with his future bride. Sometimes those visits would go until well after dark. Not wanting to disturb anyone, Jack would quietly push the motorbike to the outskirts of town before he would start the motor. However, Jack had one rule, he would never allow Val to ride along with him, he thought the bike was just too dangerous for his girl. Jack & Val spend some of their dating days in the local pubs where he enjoyed playing darts. He was very good and won many (champion) awards for steel-tip dart throwing.
Val was (and still is) full of surprises and quite talented. When she was in her teens, she entered and won the Ms. Silk and Ms. Norwich pageants. Val earned her way by working for a shop in Norwich that wove materials and fabrics, some of which later became her wedding dress. After they were married and for most of her life, Val waited tables. Her family often refers to her as the world’s best waitress, you can often find her sharing helpful hints with a new employee at one of her favorite restaurants. Val was so good at what she did that she would help out at the NCO Clubs during shows by the likes of BB King and Tammy Wynette. You may have seen Val around at The Shed in Murray (9 years) or the Eagles Club (10+ years) in Plattsmouth.
In 1958, Jack and Val made their way back to the US. They were stationed in South Carolina, Michigan, and California. While stationed in South Carolina they had 3 of their 4 children; Gina in 1959, M. ‘Jack’ III in 1963, Brad in 1965 and Mike was born while they were in California in 1969. They all returned to England for one last overseas duty in 1969. Soon after arriving, Jack received his orders for Danang Vietnam, serving not far from the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Jack finished out his career stateside and retired in 1977 after nearly 23 years. He relocated back to Nebraska and went on to work several years for Ted Trump and later retired from Kaffenberger’s Manufacturing.
Jack and Val, along with their children built their home in Murray in 1978; they agree that it seems like it was only yesterday! Both enjoy gardening vegetables and flowers of many kinds. The stones adorning their beautiful flower gardens were carried one by one from the creek beds right on their property. Many of these flowers earned best of show at the Cass County Fair and many other awards. Val was a member of several local homemakers groups, and together they bowled numerous leagues in Plattsmouth.
They love sharing their life with their children, six grandchildren Meagan, M. ‘Jack’ IV, Rebecca, Elijah, Zachary and Payton and their one great grandson ‘Minton’ J. (the) V.
If you would like to send a card, please mail to: PO Box 5, Plattsmouth, NE 68048