Cozad Resident: Herman B. Hart, age 97 (1916-2013)

Herman B. Hart, 97 of Cozad, Nebraska, died May 2nd, 2013, at Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad.

Herman was born March 25th, 1916, at Cozad to Walter E. and Carrie (Ware) Hart. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1934.

Herman was united in marriage to Gladys Uhlig on January 1st, 1936, at Overton. The couple made their home in Cozad, where they farmed with the Hart brothers, which Herman had been doing for several years prior. Herman and Gladys rented a farm northwest of Cozad where they boarded teachers, using the extra money to help with their living expenses. Herman became the proud owner of his rental ground after signing his name to a contract with Bob VanNortwick, which had been drawn up on the back of a check blank. Herman and Gladys worked hard together farming the land and raising cattle. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Gail and Shelley. In 1951, starting with a snowman display, the Hart family home transformed into what would be a perennial Christmas spectacular.

Christmas was always a special time for the Hart family, as they worked diligently for months in advance preparing their home with the trappings of the season. Eventually the couple moved to Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad, where they received wonderful care and made great friends with the other residents and staff. Gladys preceded Herman in death in February of 2008.

Herman was a long-time member of the Cozad United Methodist Church. He was proud to have been a charter member of the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250 and was the last living member of the Cozad High School Class of 1934.

Like any good husband, father and grandpa, Herman cherished spending time with his family. He had a way of bringing out the good in people and seemed to brighten the lives of those he made contact with. Despite outliving many of his classmates and original friends, Herman had a way of engaging people that always left him with new ones.

In addition to his wife; Herman was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers; Elmer, James, Jesse, Walter, Miles, Lane; and a sister, Helen Wilkens.

Survivors include his two daughters, Gail (Bob) Starr of Lincoln, Nebraska; Shelley (Steve) Morris of Aurora, Colorado; five grandchildren, Kim (Monte) Huggett of Overland Park, Kansas; Bart (Monica) Starr of Kansas City, Missouri; Jennifer (Darin) Mackender of Westminster, Colorado; Chad (Ramona) Morris of Aurora, Colorado; Brandon (Marie) Morris of Aurora; eight great-grandchildren, Connor and Emma Huggett, Allyson and Ethan Mackender, Brooke and Brandee Morris, Iris Starr and Graham Starr; along with many other relatives and friends.

Services will be held on Monday, 6th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

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Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.


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