February 27, 2020
Barbara June “Bobbie” (Mileger) Shuck was born March 19, 1926, in Edgar, Neb. She died Feb. 18, at the Valley Regional Hospital in Browns ville, Texas, with her five children by her side. Bobbie lived a long and fulfilling life of 93 years and was ready to “go home” to be with her beloved husband. Bill. and her dear sisters, Billie and Pat.
Bobbie was the middle daughter of Ralph and Fannie (Jeffs) Mileger. She lived her entire life in the Edgar community, supplemented by the last 10 years as a Winter Texan in the South Padre Island-Long Island Village area. She enjoyed both locations and had many cherished friends in both places.
Bobbie had a delightful childhood, though her family endured the struggles of the 1930s and 40s. Enjoying simple pleasures was the normal way of life for her and her many friends and her family members.
She was an Edgar High School cheerleader, graduating in 1944. Bobbie worked at the Air Force Training Base in Harvard, until her marriage to Bill Shuck on Nov. 11, 1945, which was the beginning of a 64-year family farming endeavor. This farming legacy is carried on today by their five children, Pam, Tom, Sam, Brad and Greg.
Bobbie loved life on the farm near her small rural agricultural community and did her part to make it a great place to live and raise her family. She was a Cub Scout leader, on the Girl Scout Council, Sunday school teacher, in the Ladies Aide of the Edgar Christian Church, serving as president for 25 years and on the church board for more than 20 years, and a 43 year member of the local PEO Chapter AA, serving in various positions, including president for four years.
You could count on Bobbie to be supportive of any project, event or organization in the Edgar community or surrounding area including the Edgar Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, the Edgar American Legion and Auxiliary, the Edgar Community Club, the Edgar Lions Club, the Edgar Christian Church, the Sandy Creek Public Schools, the Edgar Alumni Association, the summer EdgarFest celebration and the Superior Elks, to name a few. Plus Bobbie and Bill were regular attendees at the Old Trusty Days at the Clay County Fairgrounds and the Husker Harvest Days Farm Show west of Grand Island.
Bobbie was an excellent bowler, a member of a local bowling team as well as a traveling team; she went to state bowling tournaments many times, plus her trips with her bowling team to the national tournament in Kansas City and Las Vegas were legendary. Bobbie played bridge in many settings and her children liked for her to have bridge club at their house so that they could partake the next day of the left-over snacks she had prepared. During the winter months, Bill and Bobbie played many competitive card and domino games with their sons and wives and later the grandchildren too. Bobbie enjoyed sports and was an avid Husker football fan. She liked to watch the college world series baseball games. You could depend on finding her at any sporting event in which her children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren were participating. In fact, the night before she made her final trip as a Winter Texan, she was at a basketball game (in her wheelchair) to watch her twin grandsons, Hayden and Parker, play. She was everyone’s biggest cheerleader and fan.
Bobbie and Bill enjoyed camping, starting out tent camping at the Scout Cabin on the Little Blue River and at their farm they called Wavy, which had Sandy Creek running through it. They upgraded to a pop-up and then a motor home and enjoyed many week-ends with family members and friends at Lovewell Lake. In the 80s, Bill and Bobbie started their love affair with South Padre Island, first with their motor home on the beach and then by renting houses on the Island. After Bill died, Bobbie continued to be a Winter Texan and spent many winters in Texas at the La Copa Inn on South Padre Island and Long Island Village in Port Isabel, Texas with her daughter, Pam. and niece, Kay, and Ray Griffiths. Bobbie also looked forward to the August vacations they would take with son, Sam, and Sonja, and enjoyed the visits to Missoula, Mont., Shebogan, Wis., and Marshall, Minn., where they visited extended family and saw the sights. Bobbie was just as dedicated as Pam was to getting as many National Park stamps possible on these driving vacations.
But most of all Bobbie enjoyed time with all of her family and her many friends. She cared for her children, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always looked forward to their visits. Grandma Bobbie was a great listener and care-giver. Everyone was always welcome to her home and to her table. She was an integral part of the lives of her grandchildren, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and delighted in watching them grow to adulthood. Bobbie will be remembered for her Christian faith, her smile, her generosity, graciousness, kindness and caring, her good cooking (especially her rhubarb pie, potato salad and fried chicken), her laughter and the blessing she was to all that knew her. She was a superb role model and she will be missed.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Fannie Mileger; her in-laws, Robert “Bob” and Minnie (Kirkhoff) Shuck; her husband, Bill in 2009; her sisters, Billie Larson and Pat Swanson; her niece, Connie (Swanson) Stych; her nephews, David and Larry Swanson; her brothers-in-law, Chet Larson and Bob Swanson; and brothers and sisters-in laws, Byrle and Elizabeth Shuck and John and Lois (Shuck) McLaughlin.
Survivors include her children; daughter, Pam Shuck Maynard of Edgar and her son, Andy, and his sons, Jackson and Jake Mace-Maynard; son, Tom Shuck of Toronto, Canada and Clearwater, Fla., his wife,, Dianne, their son and daughter-in-law Jason and Britta Shuck, and their daughter Justine Shuck; son, Sam Shuck of Wood River, Neb., his wife, Sonja, their daughters, Serina Shuck and Megan Shaw, her husband, Darren and their children, Madison, Landon and Grant; son, Brad Shuck of Edgar, his wife, Pam, their children, Norrisa Flores and her husband, James and their children, Cora and Ruby; Riley Shuck and boyfriend, Brandon Benes; Kalen Shuck and his wife, Kym and their children, Ashton and Adalyn; and Breanna Elting and her husband, Carl, and their child, Gabriel; son, Greg Shuck of Edgar and his children, Connor, Colton, Hayden and Parker. She will also be remembered by special nieces and nephews, Kay (McLaughlin) and Ray Griffiths and their family; Robin (Swanson) and Ed Skinner and family; John and Mary Larson and family; Jill Larson and family; Pam Swanson and family; Celia Swanson and family; Doug and Vicki McLaughlin and family; Cathy (Shuck) Chowenhill and family; and Billy Shuck and family; and other relatives and friends.
An informal Celebration of Life was held Feb. 20, at the La Copa Hotel dining room on South Padre Island, Texas. Her funeral, arranged by Williams Funeral Home, was at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the Williams Funeral Chapel in Edgar. Pastor David King officiated. A lunch followed her committal in the Edgar Cemetery at the Edgar American Legion Hall. Words of sympathy for the family may be extended to Pam Maynard, P.O. Box 97, Edgar, Neb. 68935. Memorials may be directed to the Edgar Christian Church, the Edgar Fire and Rescue Department or to the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at wmsfh.com