Obituary Record

Norman Barr
Died on 1/3/1951


8 Nov., 1951 - The Enterprise - Norman Barr


Norman Barr, 23, Dies In Flaming Cab Early Saturday

A 23 year old Herman man lost his life Saturday in a truck crash just north of Tekamah on highway 73. He was Norman Barr, veteran of World War II and a long time resident of Herman and Tekamah vicinities.

Dying with Barr in the crash was his companion, George Modlin, 47, of Tekamah. Maudlin was the father of nine children.

A car driven by Mrs. Clinton Miller of Tekamah is reported to have attempted to squeeze between the truck in which the men lost their lives and another oncoming truck. The Miller car is believed to have struck the truck driven by Barr throwing it out of control and causing it to careen across the highway directly into the path of the coming truck.

The resulting crash pinned the men in the cab and broke the gasoline tank which was carried at the side of Barr’s truck. This resulted in the flames which quickly consumed the truck before the men could be extricated.

Mr. Barr was born March 22, 1928 at Tekamah and grew to manhood there. He was a graduate of the Tekamah schools.

During World War II he enlisted in the armed forces from Herman and served three years. He was a member of the Tekamah V.F.W. at the time of his death.

He was married to Miss Norma Jean McGill of Herman July 24th, 1949.

The deceased man is survived by his wife and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Barr of Tekamah; a brother, Merle Barr of Lebanon, Missouri and a grandmother, Mrs. Leslie Winkler of the Herman vicinity.

Services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Schafer and Peck Mortuary in Tekamah and interment was made in the Tekamah cemetery. The V.F.W of Tekamah had charge of the services at the grave.

Four Herman men served as pallbearers. They were Roland Hovendick, Robert Hovendick, Gene Husk and Ray McGill, Jr. Others were Charles Huff and Theodore Griffin of Tekamah.

~~~Obituaries courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair, Nebraska Public Library~~~

Printed in the Washington County Enterprise on 1/8/1951