Virgil “Dean” Juranek, 88 of Campbell, Ne died Friday, March 26, 2021, surrounded by his family, at Good Samaritan Society-St. John’s, Kearney, Ne. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 10:30 a.m. at Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Campbell, Ne with Pastor Mark Diehl officiating. Burial with Military Rites by Willie Fierstein American Legion Post #169 and the Army National Guard Honor’s Team will be in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Campbell, Ne. There will be no viewing or visitation as his wishes were to be cremated. Memorials can be directed to Westminster United Presbyterian Church or Willie Fierstein American Legion Post #169. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.mertenbutlermortuary.com. Campbell Funeral Home, Campbell, Ne is in charge of arrangements.
Dean was born on July 26, 1932 in Roseland, Ne to Alfred and Anna (Mazel) Juranek. He graduated from Campbell High School in 1950. He built wood elevators for two years. He was drafted into the US Army in 1952, basic training at Camp Chaffee, AK. Was sent to the Korean War serving 14 months with the 25th infantry division 64th Field Artillery B.T.N, on the front lines. Serving until 1953. Transferred to Army Reserves to complete 8 years of service, then honorably discharged as a sergeant. Service medals he earned were Bronze Star, United Nations, National Defense, Good Conduct, Korean War, Letter of Appreciation from Battery Commander. He came home and farmed, met and married his wife, Lora Ann Yant on August 5, 1956. To this union two daughters were born. Stephanie Jo and Judy Ann.
Throughout his lifetime he served on many boards. Village town board as mayor, Volunteer Fire Department as chief, Campbell Chamber of Commerce, Presbyterian Cemetery Board, Boy Scout Leader for 12 years, Franklin County Supervisor for 20 years. He was a lifetime member of Willie Fierstein American Legion Post #169, Campbell, Ne., VFW Post #05757, Franklin, Ne. and the DAV Post #9 in Hastings, Ne. He owned Juranek Construction Company for 45 years and dug graves for 14 Cemeteries for 35 years. Dean loved hunting, fishing, camping and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Lora Juranek of Campbell, Ne, his daughters Stephanie (Steve) L’Heureux of Upland, Ne, Judy (Kim) Smith of Kearney, Ne, special son, Brent (Andrea) Loschen, Denver, Co. Grandchildren, Karisa (Stan) Halpine of Grand Island, Ne, Marcus L’Heureux of Upland, Ne, Chase (Kate) L’Heureux of Gretna, Ne, Kip (Taylor) L’Heureux of Holdrege, Ne, Taylor (Jake) Mekelburg of St. Louis, Mo, Kris (Haven) Smith of North Platte, Ne, Kort (Alison) Smith of North Platte, Ne. Twelve great grandchildren and two sisters, Shirley Nielsen of Minden, Ne, Lela (Clyde) Frerichs of Franklin, Ne and a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and LaVern Juranek, sisters, Maxine Morgan and Phylis Sorenson.
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Westminster United Presbyterian Church
460 North Broad Street, Campbell NE 68932
Willie Fierstein Post #169
Campbell NE 68932