Humphrey, Marion James


Marion James Humphrey, 91, was born on 6 November 1926 in Midwest, Wyoming to Arthur and Helen (Knight) Humphrey.  He passed away on 21 January 2018 in Lincoln, NE.  He was raised in Union Star, MO where his family farmed.  In 1945, following graduation from high school, he served in the Army with the Occupation Forces near Dachau, Germany until his Honorable Discharge in November, 1946.  On May 14, 1949 he married his high school sweetheart, Caroline Taube.  Their romance continued more than 69 years.  Marion was employed by the Burlington Northern Railroad and served in various capacities but most prominently as Area Sales Representative in Scottsbluff, NE, where they moved in 1961 and remained until relocating to Lincoln’s Clarke Jeary Retirement home in October 2016.  Marion was a member of the Scottsbluff First Presbyterian Church where he served in various capacities to include Elder and Deacon.  He was an active member of the Elks and Kiwanis to which he generously gave countless hours in devoted service.  After retirement from Burlington, Marion was a much sought after craftsman for his ability to refurbish and create fine furniture pieces from wood.  Having grown up on a farm he was also an avid gardener.  Love of farming also led him to volunteer at the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering, NE., where he enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and showing them all the many pieces of equipment/machinery farmers have used through the years.  In 1995 he began working on his greatest and most beloved project.  From a rusted out chassis in the middle of a field to an award winning vehicle, Marion lovingly restored a 1949 Willys Overland Jeep Station Wagon.  Marion loved his grandchildren and combined his love of travel with celebrations of their high school graduations; Erin’s in Israel, Emily and Ian’s in Belgium.  But most of all he loved his family and took great pride in all they accomplished.
Marion is survived by Caroline and their two children.  Son, Albert Philip Humphrey and his wife Elva, Blue Springs, MO, and their children, Ronda and husband Dave Rosenberg, daughters Sierrsha and Brenna of Wichita, KS, Carrie and husband T.J. Cecil and their children, Leilani, Aidan, Georgia, Charlie and Joshua of Buckner, MO.  Daughter Laura and husband Jerry Cummings, Lincoln, NE and their children, Erin and husband Jeremy Wilhelm, and their children Makenna, Tessa and Jasper also of Lincoln, NE., Dr. (Major) Emily and husband Tony Bingham and daughter Brynn, Sneads Ferry, NC, and son, Ian Cummings, Minneapolis, MN.  Brothers Robert (Betty) Humphrey of Springhill, FL, Basil (Judi) Humphrey of Moore, OK, Jack (Janice) Humphrey of Easton, MO, Kenneth (Ruth) Humphrey of Helena, MO, Vernon Humphrey of Versailles, MO, and sister, Joyce Arnott of Sandy, UT, sister-in-law Joanne Taube of Warrensburg, MO and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Helen Humphrey, sister-in-law Viola Taube Elkins, and brothers-in-law, Ignatius Elkins, JR Goerke, Rick Arnott and Albert Taube. 
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Butherus Maser and Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St, Lincoln.  The burial will be prior to the service at 12 noon in the Veteran’s Section at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, Scottsbluff, NE, Legacy of the Plains Museum, Gering, NE, or donation of your choice.

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