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Harold Luce

January 3, 1941 — April 25, 2020

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Harold Lynn Luce, 79, of Lewellen, Nebraska passed away at Scottsbluff Regional Medical center surrounded by his children Adam Hill, of Oshkosh Nebraska and Frankie “April” Hill of Hudson Colorado Saturday evening April 25, 2020.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 pm. Friday, May 22, 2020 at the Lewellen United Methodist Church with Pastor Janie Freeman officiating.  Military Honors will be provided by the United States Navy.   Services will conclude at the church.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home and Cremations in Oshkosh is serving the Luce family.

Memorials in Harold's name can be made to the Western Nebraska VOA designated to the Food For Families and Christmas giving programs (c/o Volunteers of America Nebraska, PO Box 128, Lewellen, NE 69147).

Harold was born in Alliance, Nebraska to Gerald and Dessie Luce. Harold had three brothers and one sister: Lawrence Luce, Russel Luce, Kenny Luce, and Yvonne (Luce) Conklin. They grew up on the family farm in Hemingford, Nebraska.  Harold graduated from Hemingford high school in 1958.  As soon as he graduated, he joined the United States Navy in 1958.  While in the military Harold met his wife Barbara (Root) Hart and began a family raising the two children Randy Hart and Christine Hart. 

Harold has been to many different places in the world while in the military during which time he had been to Hawaii.  In 1983, daughter Christine gave birth to Adam Hill and then in 1986 she gave birth to Frankie “April” Hill.  In July of 1988 Harold and wife Barbara took permanent custody of Adam and Frankie “April”.  Harold had raised Randy and Christine and then took Adam and Frankie “April” as his own during which time Harold was still in the US Navy. 

Harold served in Vietnam on the carriers and destroyers.  He was a Chief of Electrical engineering E7. 

Harold left the service in 1989 and moved from Virginia to Nebraska.  While living in Welfleet, Nebraska he worked at the bull farm then moved again to Brady, Nebraska where he worked for Hawthorne ranch.  In summer of 1994 he and his family moved to Lewellen Nebraska and stayed with friends until they moved to the house in the country on Tipton road, just down the road from the old schoolhouse.  Then they moved to the house on Liberty Street in 1995.  At this time Harold worked for SA Foster lumber in Oshkosh then later left to work at the Lewellen Lumber yard.  In 2001, wife, Barbara, passed away leaving Harold as the sole parent to Adam and Frankie “April”. 

Harold spent time building benches and helping people with odd jobs.  He had a service called Handy Harold’s.  He enjoyed building and drawing things to build. It was his true passion.  He attended college classes at Mid-Plains Community College where he gained many certifications and even started a business called Luce’s Refrigeration Service.  He was a very proud man of his life accomplishments spoke only a little about parts of his military service.  Harold spent almost every Sunday having dinner with Adam, Jill, and the kids.  He attended as many of the grandkids school and sport activities as possible.  He loved the visits from Frankie and wife Kristin from Colorado.  Going to dinner in Ogallala at the Urban Farmer was his favorite. 

He had been a member of the Lions’ Club and Lewellen Volunteer Fire Department for which he was certified as an EMT.  He was involved in the 4-H and fairgrounds. He helped with the Ash Hollow Indian Summer Rendezvous and Eagle Scouts in Wyoming both with Jack and Bonnie Armour.

Harold loved the spring and summer as he would have a summer garden where hewould grow so much he would load up the van and take it around letting people take what they wanted. He had plans to have a large garden this year with a neighbor down the street.  He was a simple man that didn’t need or want much but cared more for his family more than any words can express. He was loved so deeply by so many as he was a kind and gentle man sometimes not with many words.  He was a hero to his children and passed along so much to them.

Harold is preceded in death by parents Gerald and Dessie Luce, brothers, Lawrence and Kenny Luce, nephew, Henry Kampbell, brother-in-law, Bill Conklin, wife, Barbara, and grandson, Frankie J. Hill JR.

Harold is survived by: son Adam Hill and wife Jill; daughter, Frankie “April” Hill and wife Kristin;  grandchildren, Bubba, Keona, Aliyah, and Allison (belonging to Adam and Jill); grandchildren, Elizabeth Alexander, MaKayla Dolph-Hill (belonging to Frankie”April”); grandson Jeremy Hart of Scottsbluff; brother, Russell Luce of Gering, Nebraska; sister, Yvonne Conklin of Arvada, Colorado, daughter, Christine Hart of Indiana; son, Randy Hart; Adam’s father-in-law, Doug Leopold; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many other family and friends.  Harold’s family would like to recognize a few special friends and helping hands: Linda and Charles Cheney, Dot and Jean, Tish and Dan Reimer.











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Friday, May 22, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Lewellen United Methodist Church

, Lewellen, NE 69147

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