William Russell Zutavern, age 70 of Dunning, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Sandhills High School Gymnasium in Dunning, with the Rev. Ralph McKay officiating. Burial will be in the Dunning Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 5 - 7 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary. Memorials have been suggested to the Sandhills Heritage Museum, Open Bible Church in Dunning, or the Asera Care Hospice in Kearney.
Bill was born Aug. 24, 1941, to Russell Conrad and Mabelle (Anderson) Zutavern at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island. Bill graduated from Dunning Public High School in 1958.
Bill married Meredith Datus of Broken Bow Sept. 12, 1959 They made their home on the family ranch near Dunning.
In addition to his love for ranching, Bill was an avid sportsman. He also took great pride in his stewardship of the land. Bill was very active in his community and state, serving on many boards including the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Board both appointed by the Governor.
He was a Sandhills High School Board Member. Bill was a Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt Board Member and Foundation Board Member. In 1996, he was a host for the Cattle Baron's Ball. He was on the Volunteer Rural Fire District Board.
Bill is survived by his wife, Meredith Zutavern of Dunning; son, Shawn and daughter-in-law Lori of Dunning; daughter, Kelly and son-in-law Frank Leonard of Gainesville, Va.; son, Shayne and daughter-in-law Paige of Lincoln, and daughter Maria of Lincoln; nine grandchildren. Drew and husband JosÃˆ Dimas of Omaha, Anna of Kearney, Russell of Lincoln, Elle and husband Andrew Worley of Watertown, Wisc., Emily, Shayne, and Elise Leonard of Gainesville, Va., Schyler and Zane of Lincoln; and four sisters, Aileen (Don) Davenport of Missoula, Mont, Irene Owens of Traverse City, Mich., Delilah VanVleet of Kearney, and Georgia (Carl) Plumb of Yakima, Wash..
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, LaRae Allen and brother Richard Zutavern.
Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 1, 2011