John H. Lonsdale


John H. "Catfish" Lonsdale, age 89 of Kimball, NE passed away at Kimball County Manor, Friday morning January 24, 2014.

Graveside Military Honors will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 29th in the Greenwood Cemetery. No formal funeral services are planned. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Tuesday, January 28th from 1-7:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in care of the family to be designated to a cancer research fund.

You may view John's Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at

Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of John's care and funeral arrangements.

John Howard Lonsdale, the son of Charles R. and Edna Evelyn (Flint) Lonsdale, was born on January 31, 1924 at Lewiston, NY. John served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 to 1950. On September 19, 1945 he married his wife of fifty-seven years, Mary Anne Bell in Sidney, NE. She preceded John in death in 2002. John worked for Union Freightway and Baker's Tire Service in Sidney before he started his career in the Oil Field. Roger's Truck Line in Sidney was his first job, followed by Gettle Trucking and Rocky Mountain Trucking to name a few. John became a legend of sorts in the Oil Field Community with his ability to drive backwards as they moved an oil derrick using two trucks. He always said he drove more mile backward than most people did forward. His favorite pastime other than his family was sitting on the lawn digging dandelions.

Survivors include his (4) children: Robert (Geraldine-deceased) of Kimball, Elizabeth (Keith) of Pine Bluffs, WY, Fredrick (Deb) of Pine Bluffs and Donald of Kimball; (13) grandchildren, (21) great-grandchildren and (2) great-great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, (1) daughter-in-law, (2) brothers and (3) sisters.


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