Homer D. “Ike” Empfield, 77, of Stapleton, passed away March 30, 2017, at Great Plains Health with his wife and two children at his side.
Ike was born on Dec. 16, 1939, in Stapleton to Homer G. and Aletha (Yost) Empfield. He graduated from Stapleton High School in 1958, then attended Kearney State College for one year.
He married Karen Allen on June 4, 1961.
He worked with his dad doing earth moving and later ran his own land excavation business, along with owning a small farm, which he really enjoyed. Ike was a good neighbor and went out of his way to help people in need. He never met a stranger and had a smile for everyone.
He had a deep and protective love for his wife and children and a special love for little kids.
He served six years in the National Guard and was a member of the Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church and the Stapleton American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Arlene Nielsen; infant sister, Arleta; infant brothers, Terry Lee and Jerome; sister-in-law, Wanda Daly; and brothers-in-law, Vic Allen and Bud Allen.
Ike is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen; son, Devin (Barb) Empfield of Scottsbluff; daughter, Darcy (Tom) King of North Platte; grandchildren, Kelsey (special friend, Ethan), Dakota, Hunter (Ashley) and Autumn (special friend, Taylor); brothers-in-law Darold (Bron) Nielsen, Bruce (Sharon) Allen and Byron Daly; sisters-in-law, Zola (Bill) Karn and Genie (Jim) Warner; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Cornerstone EPC Church (Presbyterian) in Stapleton or the Stapleton Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Service. Online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 3, at the Presbyterian Church in Stapleton with the Rev. Eric Mockaitis officiating. Burial will follow at McCain Cemetery. Visitation with the family receiving friends will be from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, at the Presbyterian Church. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.