Vera Q Dulaney
September 24, 1934 – July 5, 2019
Vera Quam Dulaney passed away July 5, 2019 at Heritage Estates in Gering, Nebraska. A Celebration of Life funeral service will be held at the Gering Civic Center on July 19, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Husker red attire is welcome and encouraged! Closed casket visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Gering Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Oregon Trail Days Art Show, Regional West Hospice, Longs Peak Boy Scout Council and the Panhandle Humane Society. Online condolence may be left by viewing her obituary at www.geringchapel.com
Vera was born on September 24, 1934 and raised in Lodi, Wisconsin. She grew up on the family farm with her mother, Josephine Lucius, and father Alvin Quam, as well as her younger sister, Ruth. Vera attended Lodi High School and Kendall College near Chicago, Illinois where she studied music and art. She was an accomplished soprano soloist and pianist throughout her high school and college years.
She met and married Edward James Dulaney in the late 1950's. The couple lived in Danville, Illinois before moving to Western Nebraska so Ed could pursue, among other interests, crop dusting. Not long after they arrived in Nebraska, Vera and Ed started Bluff's Radio which later became D & A Manufacturing in Scottsbluff that specialized in amplifiers and two-way radio communications equipment designed by Ed. They achieved international acclaim and clientele. For many years they sponsored the D & A fast pitch softball team that won several state tournaments.
After Ed’s passing in 1979, Vera set her sights on public service. She was elected Scotts Bluff County Clerk in 1982 and remained in office until her retirement in December of 2018. During her years as a public servant she mentored many other clerks and received the County Official of the Year Award and numerous other honors. She was affectionately known by the County Commissioners as the “Sixth Commissioner”.
Vera was a devoted community service volunteer with United Way, Boy Scouts, West Nebraska Arts Center and many others. She served on the Oregon Trail Days Board of Directors for more than three decades and helped found the Oregon Trail Days Art Show which will celebrate its 37th anniversary this year.
She loved her Husker football team from the day she arrived in Nebraska, and she cherished her Chicago Cubs since her first of many childhood train rides to Chicago with her father for a day of baseball at Wrigley Field.
Vera will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She was known for putting the interests of others ahead of her own. Her kind and selfless acts will long be remembered by the community she loved and the people who knew her.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents Alvin and Josephine, husband Edward and sister, Ruth Helen Neis.
Vera is survived by son Daniel and his wife Beckie Lana-Dulaney of Odgen, UT, son Michael Dulaney of Lincoln, NE, daughter Kathleen of Gering, NE, grandson Bryan Dulaney of Lincoln, granddaughter Treva Dulaney of Ogden, UT, grandson Payton Welfl of Gering, as well as her brother-in-law Ken Neis and four nephews, Doug, Dave, Kevin and Jeff Neis and their wives and children.
- Treva Dulaney, Honorary Pallbearer
- Ken Neis, Honorary Pallbearer
- Richard Averna, Honorary Pallbearer
- Phillip Kortum, Honorary Pallbearer
- Vera's Co-Workers and County Commissioners for the last 36 years, Honorary Pallbearer
- Bryan Dulaney, Casket Bearer
- Payton Welfl, Casket Bearer
- Jon Jurrens, Honorary Pallbearer
- Scott Amthor, Casket Bearer
- Doug Neis, Casket Bearer
- Dave Neis, Casket Bearer
- Kevin Neis, Casket Bearer
- Jeff Neis, Casket Bearer
- Oregon Trail Days Art Show
- Regional West Hospice
- Longs Peak Boy Scout Council
- Panhandle Humane Society
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gering Memorial Chapel
1755 11th Street
Celebration of Life
Gering Civic Center
1050 M Street
Vera Q Dulaney
July 17, 2019
Vera touched the lives of many over the years. I had the privilege of being among 50 of her high school classmates in Lodi, Wisconsin and will long remember her wisdom, artistry, kindness, diplomacy, and intellect. To family and friends comes my deepest condolences.
July 16, 2019
Mike: we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Our thoughts are with you. Brenda and Dennis Pool
Wanda Vrbka hotsenpillar
July 13, 2019
Dan, so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family for comfort and peace.
Donna and Bruce Bennett
July 12, 2019
To the family of Vera,
I have so many wonderful wonderful memories of Vera. She was a strong, yet compassionate person who made people feel good about themselves. My mom Bonnie Acker worked for Vera for 19 years. Vera allowed me to type up voter registrations during college and up until the computer system took that job away. Thank you for making me feel my contributions to the Panhandle made a little bit of difference.
Now, may you find a gentle peace in Heaven, comforted in the loving arms of our precious savior Jesus Christ. Heaven is for real and we will all be reunited at Father Gods calling.
Friends in Jesus Christ,
Bruce and Donna (Acker) Bennett
July 10, 2019
I appreciated Vera’s energy, intelligence, good character, and kind heart. She was a huge asset to the panhandle of NE and somehow the constitution of the community weakens at her passing. I pray all your children come to know the Lord as Savior if they don’t already.
She was a fine person!
July 9, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Vera was truly one of the best friends we've had over the many years since we first met her. She helped me immeasurably during my time as a District Scout Executive in Wyo-Braska. I remember Scoutmaster Ray Steyer pushing for her to be admitted into the Order of the Arrow at Camp Laramie Peak back in the day when that wasn't allowed (of course, in Vera's case we made exceptions). We shared cups of coffee at many Dulaney Canoe Derbies. Nancy and I shared many dinners with Vera, she was truly a friend.--Duncan Mackie
Jerry and Mona Stauffer
July 9, 2019
Thoughts and prayers are sent your way. Jerry and I have many fond memories of Vera. We'll always remember her as a very caring person. Jerry will miss the shared birthday day date as they have exchanged birthday cards since the early 70s.
Jerry will be forever grateful for the job opportunity Ed and Vera gave him in 1970 after his discharge from the Navy.
We'll always remember her delicious Leek Soup as she would invite us over whenever she would make it.
July 9, 2019
Vera was always a mentor to all the new clerks or at least I felt that way when I started in 1987. Always there to help us out in whatever we needed. May God Bless her memory.
July 9, 2019
Vera was a wonderful friend and mentor to me during my 23 years as Dixon County Clerk. We served together on the Election Task Force for the State of Nebraska, as well as being officers at the same time for the State County Clerk's Association. We shared a lot of wonderful memories and I always looked forward to spending time with her at the meetings we attended. She was so proud of her family! It was a real honor to be a part of Vera's life. Peace to you and your family. Diane Mohr, former Dixon County Clerk
July 9, 2019
Dear Kathy...I am so sorry to read of Vera’s death and your loss of a beloved Mother. What a life she led and what a fantastic caring and giving woman. How lucky I was to know and admire her (and you).
Take care and remember all the happy times. Hugs, sandy
July 8, 2019
We had the wonderful experience of knowing Vera Dulaney for many years, beginning in the 1970’s. My special memory of Vera, in addition to her heartwarming smile, dates back to the time when ScottsBluff County had the option of using combination alpha/numerical license plates, rather than the County designation of 21. At that time, counties in Nebraska with greater population numbers did not have a choice option. My deceased father, John O’Shea, was so proud of the 21 designation. I wrote my concerns to Vera Dulaney. She relayed my letter to the Board, and the 21 designation was retained! Afterward she wrote me a warm letter, that I still have! I now live in another state, and I am uncertain of the eventual fate of 21 designating ScottsBluff County, but the memory is one I forever will cherish.