Donald E. Sides - June 13, 2012
Donald E. Sides was born on June 2, 1930 at Hugo, Colo. He was one of four children born to Orville and Mamie Murphy Sides.
He grew up and attended elementary school in Hugo before moving to Grant, Neb. in 1945. Don attended Perkins County High School and graduated in 1948. After graduation, he attended McCook junior college in McCook, Neb. where he studied photography for a year. Don returned to Grant and worked with his father for two years. Orville was one of the original developers of Midwest Electric.
Don joined the United States Marine Corps in 1951 and was deployed to Korea with the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division. Don later spent time in Japan and was honorably discharged in February of 1955.
Don returned to Grant and resumed his work at Midwest Electric. He served as an electrical lineman until his retirement in 1985. After his formal retirement he still continued to read meters for Midwest for several years and also served as the Perkins County Veterans Service Officer.
Don was married to Bonnie Lee Mangnall on Aug. 24, 1962. Bonnie died in 1971 and Don continued to make his home in Grant, surrounded by his family. Don’s health began to fail the past few years and he died peacefully at his home on Thursday night, June 6, 2013. He had just turned 83.
Don was an active Boy Scout leader and took his troop to the Air Force Academy for the national Boy Scout Jamboree in 1965. There were 53,378 scouts gathered together for this event. Don was also active with the V.F.W.
Don was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors and was a big advocate for nature conservation. He worked with the Nebraska Game Commission for several years raising pheasants on a farm northwest of Grant.
In addition to his parents and wife, Don was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Lea; one grandson, Justin Cockerill, and one brother, Wayne Sides.
He is survived by his daughter, Melonie Sides; four grandchildren, Casey and Seth Cockerill and Jeremiah and Jessie Shireman; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Orville (Dick) and his wife Mary Sides of Ashkum, Ill.and one sister, Elaine Pankonin of Aurora, Colo.; other relatives and friends.
Don was a kind and loving man who adored his grandchildren and their families. He will be surely missed.
Cremation was chosen. Committal of cremains will occur on Friday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grant Fairview Cemetery with John Long officiating.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.