RANDY L. LATIMER
Randy L. Latimer age 67 passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk, NE.
He was born March 7, 1949 in North Platte, NE to Ivor Lynn and Blanch Elsie (Smith) Latimer.
He graduated from Cozad in 1967 and from UNL in December of 1971, graduated with a Bachelors in Education as well as classes he took at Wayne and Chadron State College.
He married Linda Lepert on January 2, 1972 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Plattsmouth, NE.
Randy was a school teacher at Pierce High School from 1974-2005. He taught Social Studies and American History. He continued to substitute teach at various local schools after retirement. Coached almost every sport, Jr. Class Sponsor, SADD sponsor, Drivers Ed Instructor, Youth mentor, Close-Up sponsor, National Archery in the Schools Program. 4-H volunteer and shooting sports instructor since 1989. Pierce County 4-H Council, State Archery committee member (1997-present) and State 4-H Instructor for Archery and Shotgun. Helped at the National 4-H Shooting sports invitational and various Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships. NE Game and Parks Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructor. Volunteered for all 12 years at the Missouri Valley Outdoor Expo’s in Ponca. Archery Team coach at Northeast Community College since 2012. 3-D Director and judge for US Collegiate Archery since 2012. Began bowling at Cozad Lanes with his dad, continued bowling through college and most recently was a member of Thursday Night men’s bowling league at Pierce Lanes from 1974 until it closed. Member of Pierce American Legion, Norfolk Archery Club, National Field Archery Association, Nebraska Bowhunters Association, the Nebraska State Archery Association, and USA Archery certified instructor. Worked with the Boy Scouts, Aftershock Program at Norfolk Middle School, Pheasants Forever, and National Wild Turkey Foundation. He found it very hard to say no to kids in the outdoors, especially when grandkids asked to go fishing, shooting, camping or cooking. He treated everyone as a family member and in return everyone was family. He touched the lives of hundreds throughout his teaching both in the classroom and throughout the shooting community.
In return, he had several “adopted” daughters, sons and grandchildren. A stranger was only a family member he hadn’t met yet.
Randy requested that there are no suits or ties. The familys asks our shooting family’s to wear their shooters shirts or club shirts.
He is survived by his wife: Linda D. Latimer of Pierce, daughter: Jennifer (David) Thomsen of Pierce, son: William Latimer of Sioux Falls,; daughter: Becky (Matt) Carmin of Doniphan, four grandchildren: Sara, Brandon, MaKenzie, Addie, sister: Nancy Meyer of Cozad, sister: Linda Sue (Kent) Jensen of Eloy, Arizona; brother: Hank Latimer of Valentine.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ivor and Blanch Latimer and infant son Mark.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:30 A.M., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pierce, NE
Military Rites by Tomek-Otto Post #72 American Legion of Pierce with the United States Army Honors Guard.
Pallbearers were Steve Schwartz, Mark Eggers, Dale Lorenz, Darin Greunke, Chuck Micek, Ron Soenksen, Ken Schneider, Don Wood and Monte Zierke.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.stonacekfuneralchapel.com
Stonacek Memorial Chapel of Pierce, NE is in charge of arrangements.