Floyd Laverne Wahlgren, age 68 of Gothenburg, passed away Nov. 6, 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Floyd was born Oct. 9, 1942, to Kenneth and Nola (McPheeters) Wahlgren.
He attended country school and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1961. Immediately following graduation, Floyd enlisted in the National Guard. He returned to the farm in 1962 to work for his father.
December 1, 1963, Floyd married his high school sweetheart, Marcy Uhlig. December 1, 2010, they would have been married for 47 years.
Floyd was an innovator, designer and builder. He refined most all of his minimum till/strip till equipment. His planters were featured in numerous national, state and local publications. In the 70s he developed several quarters of range land into corn production and in the early 90s converted his gravity irrigation land into center pivots to conserve water and improve effectiveness. Floyd was an early adopter of farming technology, including being one of the first to adopt GPS. He had an eye for detail and a mind for precision and efficiency.
In ongoing efforts to promote the advancement of agriculture, Floyd served on many county, state and national boards. He served eight years on the Nebraska Corn Check-off Board where he was a representative on several national committees. He traveled to Central and South America, China, Japan and Hong Kong in an effort to promote agriculture and trade. Floyd has been a committed KAAPA Ethanol board member for the past eight years. He thoroughly enjoyed working with his fellow board members and was proud of the advancements they have achieved.
Floyd had strong faith in Jesus Christ. Through the years he served his church in many ways. Most recently he has enjoyed the fellowship of Men's
Bible studies, his Sunday School class, and sharing his faith with others.
His interests and hobbies included: travel, aerial photography and crop observation, promoting agriculture and ethanol, machinery innovation, and relaxing at their cabin on Jeffery Lake. Floyd thoroughly loved flying powered parachutes. To share his passion with others he became a dealer,
selling over 100 chutes in over five states, with two bound to an African Safari outfitter.
Floyd is survived by his loving wife, Marcy of Gothenburg; his children, Ross Wahlgren and his wife Suzie of Gothenburg, Lisa (Wahlgren) Pospisil and her husband Mark of Omaha, Ark., and Jeffery Ristine and his wife Sonya of Warrenville, Ill.; six delightful grandchildren, Casey, Grant and Reid Wahlgren, and Megan, Meredith and Margaret Ristine; two brothers and one sister, Dale Wahlgren and his wife Cherlyn of North Platte, Connie Spence and her husband Carl of Papillion, Roger Wahlgren and his wife Carol of Gothenburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Floyd was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy Ristine; and parents, Kenneth and Nola Wahlgren.
Services will be at the Evangelical Free Church, today, Nov. 11, 2010, at 2 p.m. with Pastors Tom Rempel and Rick Rehmert officiating.
Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Contributions may be made to the Cross Roads Counseling Ministry, 2658 Old, Bergman RD, Harrison, AR 72601 www.crossroadsharrison.org; Restoration Ministries 1510 Ave O, Cozad, NE 69130; Gideons International Box 133 Gothenburg, NE 69138.
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Blase Strauser Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.