Warren Softley - February 25, 2009Warren Softley was born on April 17, 1921 at Elsie, Neb. He was the youngest of six children born to Charles and Mertie McCullough Softley. His given name was Richard Ray but his mother liked the name of the president, Warren G. Harding, so he became known as Warren at an early age. He grew up in the Elsie community and graduated from Elsie High School in 1938.
Warren was married to Minnie Sronce on Aug. 6, 1941 in North Platte, Neb. They moved to Sweet Home, Ore. where he worked as a sawmill machine operator. He was inducted into the United States Army in January 1945. He served in the Philippines during World War II and in occupied Japan after the signing of the treaty. He was honorably discharged in November 1946.
Warren and Minnie returned to the Elsie community in 1952 where Warren farmed and raised cattle. He also served as a bus driver for District 1 for many years.
Warren was elected as a Perkins County Commissioner for District 1 in 1976 where he served for 16 years. After his retirement he was given the honor of an Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska by then governor, Ben Nelson.
Warren had been in failing health and had moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in January 2008. He always appreciated the care he received from the doctors and nurses in Perkins County. He had been transferred to the Perkins County Community Hospital where he died Wednesday night, Feb. 25, 2009. He had reached the age of 87.
Warren had served on the Board of West Central Area on Aging and was instrumental in organizing the Perkins County Senior Center. He had been an active member of the Elsie American Legion Post #206 and had served as a past commander. He was a past president of the Hi-Line Coop board, served on the Elsie Volunteer Fire Department, serviced on the cemetery board, and was a 50-year member of the Elsie United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and George Softley; and two sisters, Elaine Schweer and Rosemary Murray.
Warren is survived by his wife of 67 years, Minnie of Elsie and one sister, Dorothy Sharp of Midland, Ore.; nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Elsie United Methodist Church with Pastor Linda Battello officiating.
Music was furnished by Lynn Flaming and Carol Robertson.
Casket bearers were Glen Murray, Dennis Steinwart, David Steinwart, Justin Hutcheson, Jake Owen and Kory Benz.
Flag presentation by the Elsie Legion Post and interment of cremains was in the Elsie cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.