Albert F Sherbeck was born Aug. 29, l94l, to Melvin H and Eileen (Hickenbottom) Sher-beck of rural Ansley. He went home to his Heavenly Father June 1, 2012, after a tragic motor vehicle accident.
Albert attended Ansley Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1959. While in high school, he participated in many sporting events and was an honor student. He would eventually give back to his Alma Mater by serving on the Ansley School Board of Education.
After graduation, he attended and received a degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1963. Upon his completion of college, he moved back to the family farm to begin his career in agriculture.
While in college, and after he had moved home, he also served our country in the National Guard. Albert spent all 70 years of his life on this same farm, where he enjoyed the quiet rural family lifestyle.
Albert and his parents were very active in Custer County 4-H. In addition to being honored as Custer County 4-H King, he won many honors and trips through 4-H. He spent his summers preparing his livestock for and participating in both the Custer County Fair and the Nebraska State Fair, where he also won championships for his sheep wool fleeces.
He raised a large herd of Corriedale sheep, helped his family with the Hereford cattle, but loved farming the land most of all.
Albert married Beverly Armour May 22, 1965, and just celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. To this union were born two children: Alvin in 1968, and Arlene in 1972. The family's life revolved around agriculture.
The cattle operation moved from raising Registered horned Hereford cattle to Registered Polled Hereford's. He was a member of the American Polled Hereford Association, and an annual bull sale at the Sherbeck Hereford Ranch was well attended each year. Many herd bulls were sold by private treaty throughout the United States.
He spent numerous hours researching pedigrees of prospective sires for his registered herd. The family also participated in Polled Hereford shows across the state, including 4-H and the Nebraska State Fair.
Albert and Bev were also members of the Nebraska Young Farmers and Ranchers Education Association, and attended many conventions across the United States. The couple enjoyed these trips, as well as summer vacations with the children in the family's RV. After Albert retired from farming, he and Bev achieved the goal of visiting all 50 of the United States. In January, after receiving their first passports, the Sherbeck's traveled abroad to Costa Rica.
Albert also had a love of music. He was active in both band and vocal music through his high school years. He and Bev sang for numerous friends and families funeral services, as well as being a member of the First Baptist Church choir. He was presently a member of the United Methodist Church choir and thoroughly enjoyed both the singing and the fellowship of this group.
Albert's deep love for his land was only surpassed by the love for his family. His five grandchildren were a highlight of his life, as he attended many concerts, programs and athletic events. He especially enjoyed watching his grandsons play football and basketball, and anything involving his granddaughters.
In 2005, after the loss of his daughter-in-law Amy Sher-beck, he and Bev had the privilege of welcoming their 5-day-old youngest grand-daughter into their home for the first year of her life. She and he had a very special bond, and Grandpa will be dearly missed by all his grandchildren.
Albert accepted Christ as a child, and was secure in his faith. He was a life-long member of the Ansley First Baptist Church, and was currently serving on the Board of Deacons. He could be found in church every Sunday morning, and leaves a Godly legacy to his children and grandchildren. Those who knew him will always remember his quick wit and teasing ways, gentle soul, loving and kind spirit, and generosity to all.
Although he is now enjoying his eternal home, he will be sorely missed by those who are left behind.
Albert is survived by his wife, Beverly; son Alvin, wife Inger and their three daughters Delaney, Gillian and Ashlynn, of Perry, Kan.; daughter, Arlene, husband Curtis Sheets and their two sons Tyler and Logan of Gothenburg; sisters-in-law, Ronda Armour of Arcadia, and Bethene Wellman of Panama, many well-loved nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Eileen Sherbeck; an infant brother, Irvin; father and mother-in-law, Thad and Emma Armour; daughter-in-law Amy Sherbeck; brother-in-law Benny Armour; nephews Mark and Matthew Armour.
Funeral services were Wednesday, June 6, the First Baptist Church in Ansley, with Rev. Bill Ragan officiating. Burial was in the Ansley Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ansley Baptist Church or the Ansley United Methodist Church Choir.
Published in Custer County Chief, June 7, 2012