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Barton L. Kreider - October 04, 2010

Barton L. Kreider was born July 19, 1940 in Sidney, Neb. to Irma (Whitefoot) and Wilfred Kreider and received his final clearance for “take off” on Oct. 4, 2010. 
The family moved to Grant, Neb. in 1942 where his father purchased the Pontiac and Case Implement dealerships.  Barton graduated from Perkins County High School in 1958.
He married Jacque Makinster in 1959.  To this union two children were born, Shelley and Tim. 
He purchased a commercial chicken operation with 10,000 chickens and trucked and sold eggs to Safeway in Denver. He also distributed groceries and hospital supplies to the Grant area for about eight years. Following a fire that destroyed the chicken operation in 1967, he became a licensed insurance agent for Harrach Insurance Agency in Grant.
In 1970, he moved his family to Crawford, Neb. where Barton was the manager of Crawford Bank Agency providing insurance services to the Crawford area.  In 1984 he purchased the agency and renamed it the Kreider Insurance Agency. He enjoyed caring for the area and his customers.
He served several years on the board of directors for the Independent Insurance Agents of NE (Big I). He operated the insurance agency until February 2008, when he sold the agency to his son and semi-retired.
Through out his life, Barton was active in many organizations and boards.  He was a past president of the Grant and Crawford Jaycees and the Chamber of Commerce. He was a Rotarian, a member of the Crawford United Methodist Church, Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Comanche Society, Crawford Hospital board, and a current board member of the Ponderosa Settlement. 
Barton enjoyed his yard and small acreage, golfing, and most of all, flying his Comanche airplane.  Flying was a hobby his father suggested to Barton at age 14, which became his passion as a private pilot for 56 years. He provided several people their first airplane ride and had soft touch landings. He enjoyed saying he was going to “turn gas into noise and fly into the sunset”.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jacque, of 51 years, his daughter Shelley and husband Ed McCoy of Scottsbluff, Neb., son Tim and wife Melanie Kreider of Gering, Neb.; his grandsons Johnathan McCoy and wife Katie of Lincoln, Max McCoy of Gering, Spencer McCoy of Lincoln and Kelly McCoy of Scottsbluff; his granddaughters Mikayla Kreider and Baily Kreider both of Gering;  brother-in-law Terryl and wife Suzanne Makinster of Scottsdale Ariz.; sister-in-law Rita Horine of Omaha and one niece, numerous nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents Irma and Wilfred Kreider, his sister Carol (Kreider) Upright, brother-in-law Ray Horine, father and mother-in-law Ray and Maxine Makinster. 
Funeral services were Oct. 8, 2010 at the United Methodist Church in Crawford with Reverend George Kilmer officiating.
Burial was in the Crawford City Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Crawford Rescue Unit, The United Methodist Church, or the Nebraska Civil Air Patrol. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Nebraska 69337.
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Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford was in charge of arrangements.