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August 18, 1927—March 31, 2020

Harry Stokely Has Died

Jul 07, 2020
Harry Stokely

Longtime American Field subscriber and bird dog owner Harry Collins Stokely passed away peacefully March 31 at his home in Valentine, Neb., at age 92.

The news of Mr. Stokely’s death came when his widow Mrs. Helen Stokely called about his American Field subscription.

Harry was born in Columbus to Charles and Marie (Punch) Stokely on August 18, 1927. His father, being a railroad man, Harry went to grade school in Genoa, Platte Center, Scotia, and Tarnov, Neb.

His family then moved to Lincoln and Harry graduated from Lincoln High in 1945. Harry was in the U. S. Navy when WWII ended and was honorably discharged in 1946.

His next eight years were busy with training bird dogs from Georgia to Canada, being a ranch hand in Wyoming and Nebraska, and then graduating from college at the University of Nebraska in 1954.

His first extension job was as assistant county agent in O’Neill from June, 1954 to July, 1955. Harry met Helen Engler while both were working at the courthouse. They were married on August 3, 1955 and soon moved to Mullen, where he was county agent until they moved to Valentine in March, 1958.

While in Valentine, Harry and Helen welcomed eight children, Tom, Mary Helen, Joe, Theresa, Bill, Jim, John and Matt.

Harry was a Cherry County extension agent for 28 years and retired December 31, 1986.

After his retirement, Harry was a range management consultant. He continued to enjoy watching horse races, hunting, fishing, training his bird dogs and following baseball with his grandchildren.

Harry was an active member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church for over 60 years. He served as a minister of the word and was a Fourth degree Knight of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 65 years, Helen; children, Tom (Susan), Joe (Nevada), Theresa (Dennis May), Bill (Stasia), Jim, John and Matt (Rick McFayden); numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and sister, Renee Spurlock.

May he rest in peace.

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