Obituary Record

John Robert (Bob) Macholan
Died on 8/30/2006
Buried in Holy Cross (Catholic Church) Cemetery

Enterprise 1 Sept 2006



John R. Macholan, 84

John R. Macholan, 84, of Blair died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Blair. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 with a wake service at 7:00 p.m. at Campbell-Aman Funeral Home.

John Robert (Bob) Macholan was born June 7, 1922 in Linwood to John and Frances (Horkey) Mahcolan. He graduated from Crete High School in 1930 and attended Doane College. He joined the Navy in 1942 and served aboard the USS Iowa during World War II.

After his discharge from the Navy he purchased a grocery store in Blair and named it Mac’s Food Center. He was proud of his store, his customers and his children who worked with him to support the family business for 39 years.

Mr. Macholan committed his life to servant leadership and his dedication to faith, family and community exemplified this commitment. He served as lay minister for St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church and was instrumental in getting the state of St. Francis Borgia from Italy for the new addition to the church.

He received the Dana College Community Service Award in May 1992; was a member of the Memorial Community Hospital Board of Trustees for 10 years; served as treasurer of the Lions Club from 1988 to 2006; received the 1995 Melvin James Fellow award, the highest award given by the Lions Club; and was a member of the Rotary Club and the Blair Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Macholan is survived by his wife, Helen; a daughter, Catherine Kilstrom of Denver, Colo.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Patricia Macholan of Grand Rapids, Mich., Daniel and Cindy Macholan of Houston, Texas and Michael and Jayne Macholan of Omaha; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother and eight sisters.

A memorial fund in his name has been established at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church.

World Herald 30 Aug 2006

Macholan – Bob, age 84, Blair. Survived by wife Helen; daughter, Catherine Kilstrom, Denver, Colorado; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Patricia Macholan, grand Rapids, Michigan, Daniel and Cynthia Macholan, Houston, Texas, Michael and Jayne Macholan, Omaha, Nebraska; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.

Services 10 am Saturday, St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. Burial Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation will begin 12 pm Friday with Rosary at 7 pm. Memorials may be directed to the Church.

Campbell-Aman Funeral Home, Blair, NE 402-426-2191

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

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Printed in the Washington County Enterprise on 9/1/2006