Willie Mizner - August 03, 2011
Willie Mizner was born on May 14, 1918 in Harvard, Neb. He was the fourth of six children born to Roy and Ethel Jacobs Mizner.
The family moved to Perkins County in 1921 and settled on a farm on the edge of Brandon, Neb. He attended elementary school in Brandon and during high school he boarded in Grant, Neb. He graduated from Perkins County High School in 1935.
On weekends he returned to help his dad and neighboring farmers. After graduating, he worked in Scottsbluff, Neb. picking potatoes and eventually for Grant Keller at the Grant Conoco Oil Station in Grant.
Willie was married to Maxine Kurkowski in Grant on Jan. 3, 1941. Willie painted with his father-in-law, Max Kurkowski, and later with his own crew. He also became involved in farming south of Grant.
Maxine died in 1990 and Willie continued to maintain his home in Grant until 2002 when he moved to the Life Care Center in Greeley, Colo. to be closer to family. Willie had begun to fail in health and was moved to the Northern Colorado Medical Center Hospice Unit in Greeley the last week of July where he died Wednesday night, Aug.3, 2011. He had reached the age of 93.
Willie had been an active member of the Grant Congregational Church. He was also very civic minded and had been a past member of the Grant Lions Club, the Grant Volunteer Fire Department, served on the Grant City Council, was active with Scouting and Perkins County 4-H. He always enjoyed following his children and grandchildren in their activities.
In addition to his parents and wife, Willie was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and Lawrence and his sister, Ardis.
He is survived by his daughter Dixie and her husband Gayle McDonald of Hastings, Neb.; his son Mickey and his wife Connie Mizner of Gill, Colo.; three grandsons, Damon and wife Deb McDonald of Aurora, Neb., Dade and wife Hilary McDonald of Elkorn Neb., and C.J. and wife Kari Mizner of Kersey, Colo.; two granddaughters, Darcie and husband Ben Brink of Lincoln and Nikki and husband Chad McCutchen of Jenks, Okla.; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold and Arnie Mizner; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Aug. 8, 2011 at the Grant First Congregational Church with Pastor Larry Booth officiating.
Burial was in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Grant Volunteer Fire Department, the Lions Club or the Congregational Church.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.