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Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home & Crematory

3201 Ave. B, Scottsbluff, NE

OBITUARY

Robert E Nation

November 20, 1936August 11, 2019
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Robert (“Bob”) E. Nation, 82, of Scottsbluff died Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff following a brief illness.

Bob was born November 20, 1936, in Crawford, Nebraska to William and Elva (Wilson) Nation. He graduated from Sioux County High School in 1954, and went to work for Ray Townsend building houses. He got into the masonry business when Carr Trumbull hired him to do the brick work on a house. He was self taught and did the masonry work on all kinds of buildings, from the Pink School House in Sioux County, Nebraska to the Casper Event Center and Guaranty Federal in Casper, Wyoming, including hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada and Santa Fe, New Mexico and several schools in between. He retired in 2007 and his company, Robert Nation Inc., is now owned and operated by his son Thomas.

Bob married Marilyn Beth Flynn on April 23, 1956, and was married for 53 years before Beth’s death in 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother Raymond, infant sister, and several in-laws.

Bob is survived by his sons, Randy Nation of Gering, Rick (Kim Wanegar-Nation) Nation of Manchester, Connecticut and Thomas (Gerry) Nation of Scottsbluff; daughter, Judy (Eric) Prahl of Rockport, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Travis, Matthew, Derek, Adam, Brieonna, Haley, Brittany, and Tyler; five great-grandchildren; brother Lloyd (Arlene) Nation of Texas; sister Sue (Vern) Gullickson of Crawford; and a host of loving in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, and long-time friends from all over the country.

Bob lived life to the fullest and thought nothing of driving to the west or east coasts to surprise his grandkids. He travelled the world and never met a stranger. Bob had a deep faith and served God faithfully to the end. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

His funeral service will be held at the Gering Civic Center, Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm with Jon MacDonald, Julie Harthorn, Darla Fisher, and Lara Wilhoit officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 4-7 pm at Dugan Kramer Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Festival of Hope (www.festivalofhope.net) in care of Thomas Nation, P.O. Box 653, Scottsbluff, NE 69363. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.dugankramer.com.

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  • Craig Carlson, Pallbearer
  • Arvey Carlson, Pallbearer
  • Curtis Carlson, Pallbearer
  • Steve Rasmussen, Pallbearer
  • Terry Rasmussen, Pallbearer
  • Bill Rasmussen, Pallbearer
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Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Garold W. And Theresa L Newton

August 16, 2019

I knew Robert "Bob" Nation and some of his family for years. When my parents were living he would always ask about them. We send our prayers to his friends and family members. He will be missed very much. Garold W. Newton And Theresa L. Newton Of Gering, Nebraska 69341.

Bonita Kleeb

August 14, 2019

Bob was a man amongst men, truly a gentleman. I first became acquainted with him when I came to Scottsbluff to begin in the work in 1978. He was very encouraging to me as a young worker. He kept in touch after I left Nebraska, and I treasure some memorable conversations. I can hardly imagine Scottsbluff without Bob, but his influence will live on. Now being on the east coast, I meet people who knew him when he was working out here.

Rick Saunders

August 14, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was one of the nicest people and so much fun to be around. He and my Dad worked together on a lot of jobs over the years. The biggest one was up in Cherry county back in 1970. When I saw your Dad last summer he again mentioned how much he enjoyed working on that job. One day several years ago I got a call from him, he had been in Boston and was headed back home. He spent 2 nights here because some hoodlums broke into his car while we were eating and stole his camera and laptop. He wanted to see some cotton fields so while his window was being replaced, we spent part of a day touring the cotton fields in Burke county GA. This world is a better place because of Bob Nation.

Terry Hess

August 14, 2019

I've known Bob since my early years of construction in the 70s. Always had a smile and a hardy welcome for you to brighten your day. Good memories. You,ll be missed by all that knew you.

Stan Yung

August 13, 2019

Sincere sympathy to Bob's family. Remembering Bob's smile and sparkle in his eyes knowing he cared for others and had peace in his heart.
Stan & Thelma Yung

Peggy Robinson

August 13, 2019

Rest in Peace dear man. You will be missed by many, but just as many will be rejoicing at your home coming . You were always a gentleman, always smiling, and always had a story or a memory to share. Those who knew you have been blessed to know a truly good man. till we meet again Bob, safe and speedy journey old friend.

Kenny Swayne

August 12, 2019

We became well acquainted with Bob when he worked on several of the cluster housing projects on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the 1970s. He has been a dear friend to us ever since! Kenny and Polly Swayne

Bob Eisele

August 12, 2019

Sharon and I went to Sunday morning meeting with Bob and his children from 1971 to 2000. We have many precious memories of time with Bob, and he used to call me and come out to the farm for coffee many mornings when he wasn't too busy. I am glad that he had a prominent place in my life, and I can't thank him enough for his faithfulness to the Truth, and his care for his brothers and sisters in Christ. Bob and Sharon Eisele

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