Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home & Crematory

3201 Ave. B, Scottsbluff, NE


Clark "Jack" W Hartshorn Sr.

April 19, 1940June 17, 2020
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Clark (Jack) W. Hartshorn, Sr. was born April 19, 1940 in Hot Springs, SD to Jess and Marguerite (Clarke) Hartshorn. As a young child he lived in Buffalo Gap South Dakota, Harrison Flatt, and Valentine, Nebraska, before moving to the Scottsbluff/Gering area with his family. He graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1958. Jack started working part time for Star Herald Publishing at the age of 14. He left for a year taking a job with a food inspection service, this took him all around the east coast and southern states. He returned to Scottsbluff and to his job at the Star Herald working as a Graphic Arts Specialist. He retired from there in December 2017 at the age of 77. Jack excelled and took pride in his work. Jack was extremely dedicated to his family being the “Godfather” who was always at the head of the table, both literally and figuratively speaking. Jack enjoyed watching football and was an avid Husker fan. His love for us was unconditional. Jack had what he referred to as having the “Hartshorn sense of humor” always quick witted with his one liners. He made friends everywhere he went never knowing a stranger. Jack was married to Lawanda Plueger and to this union three children were born Chad, Clark, and Lisa. They divorced in 1976. Jack married Bobbi Schmidt on July 2, 1981. Bobbi was the love of Jack’s life and together they had a very loving marriage. From this union their daughter Heidi was born. Jack is survived by his wife Bobbi and his children Chad, Lisa and Heidi; Grandchildren Alesia Miller, Trey (Alexa) Miller, Bryli Miller (Ben Simmons), Shaylean Hartshorn (Jake Blaha), Trent Hartshorn and Elija Pieper; great grandchildren Jaxon Miller, Leah Gibson, Jude and Luke Blaha and their soon to be born sister Violet, Isaiah and Landry Miller. He was preceded in death by his parent Jess Hartshorn and Marguerite Vondracek, infant sister Macel Marlene, Mary Kautz, brother Tad Hartshorn, and son Clark Hartshorn Jr. Jack left us on Wednesday, June 17th 2020. His funeral will be Monday, June 22nd at 10:30am at the WestWay Church. Casual attire is suggested. Visitation will be Friday, June 19 from 5-7 pm at Dugan Kramer Funeral Chapel. At his request, cremation will take place following the visitation. Memorials may be given to the Festival of Hope. Online condolences and stories may be left on Jack’s Tribute Wall at www.dugankramer.com. A mask is encouraged if you are able to wear one. Social distancing will be practiced.


  • Alesia Miller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Trey Miller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bryli Miller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Shaylean Hartshorn, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Trent Hartshorn, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Elija Pieper, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, June 22, 2020


Clark "Jack" W Hartshorn Sr.

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Jeri Lynn Brammer

July 1, 2020

What a beautiful tribute movie! May your beautiful family surround you, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Cheryl Leinweber Smith

June 24, 2020

Bobbi, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Jeremy Parks

June 21, 2020

Thank you for everything I learned from you and the memorable conversations about life and printing.

Jo Anne Sample

June 19, 2020

Bobby, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Kendra Feather

June 19, 2020

Jack was not only a co-worker but my neighbor for several years, I loved his humor, and stories he would tell. My heart was sad to hear he had passed, my condolences go out to Bobbi and his family.

Toni Shankland

June 19, 2020

It is with great sadness to have to say goodbye to this beautiful man! Jack was such a good man who lived what he believed! He was such a funny guy that knew how to make you laugh and lift our spirits. My heart goes out to my dear friend Bobbi and all the family today and hope your knowledge that we will all be together again brings you some comfort during these very sad days♥️

Karen Hartshorn Didier-Herring

June 18, 2020

Jack & I are cousins with our fathers being brothers. We both lived in Valentine, Ne as kids along with our brothers & sister. It was a great life playing on the streets of sand barefoot. Jack & his family moved to Scottsbluff so it was difficult to keep up with the family but there has always been the connection & the memories.
See you in heaven Cousin Jack.

Pam Zakarian (Koziol)

June 18, 2020

I was a young 18 year old wanting to get back to my roots in Gering after living in Germany, Texas and Utah. I started working at the Star Herald in 1977 and Jack became an immediate friend. We use to go out for a drink after work and laugh about the day and where life wasn’t taking us. He taught me a lot about the newspaper industry but more importantly, he taught me about real friendship. I left Nebraska in 1979, and it was just 2 years ago that Jack and I reconnected through Facebook. It was fun catching up, hearing about the love he had for his family and the good ole days at the Herald. This brings great sadness that he is gone, but Jack you will never be forgotten! Prayers for your family and may you Rest In Peace 🙏🏻 Pam (Koziol) Zakarian

Luke Wilson

June 18, 2020

This truly hurts my heart. Though we never met in person, we chatted only since the late 1990s on the Johnny Cash website, as we were both avid fans of the Man in Black. I didn't know what his real name was for the longest, as he used the handle "Slow Elk," and I think that was given to him by his grandfather, if I remember right. Slow Elk had a great sense of humor and we chatted about a great many things over the years. Sadly, the chat room we used went away and we lost touch since then. He was so proud of his family, speaking lovingly of them always. And he took great pride in his work, and had to have been the last of his breed, considering how many decades his career spanned, and the many changes in the business. I live in Southwest Florida and many years ago he was visiting Orlando (about three hours from me) and he called me. We had the greatest conversation, being able to hear each other's voices. And if it had been earlier in the day, I'd have driven that distance to shake his hand and hug his neck. Now I'm wishing I'd have done it, no matter how late. It was easy to tell what a lovable guy he was, and it saddens me greatly that he's gone. I will always remember him and the fun conversations we had. He lives on, in the lives of his family and friends, especially if they pass along the goodness that he imparted to each of them. Farewell for now, Slow Elk, but I'll be shaking your hand and hugging your neck someday, in that land that is fairer than day. ~Your ol' buddy, Swamp Rat.