Wilbur “Webb” McNally
Webb McNally was born Wilbur LeRoy McNally on March 25, 1930 in Long Pine, Nebraska. He was the fifth son of Charley and Edna. He passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Norfolk Care and Rehabilitation Center in Norfolk.
Webb loved growing up in Long Pine where his favorite thing to do was swim at the Mill Dam (lake) and he learned to fish for trout and he also trapped beaver and muskrats. He loved to pheasant hunt with his favorite dog “Sandy”.
He attended elementary and junior high school in Long Pine but much to his protest his mom moved him to Norfolk where he at-tended Norfolk Senior High, graduating in 1947.
After high school, Webb hitch-hiked from California to Oregon. He returned to Long Pine to run the McNally Photography Studios when his older brother was killed in a car accident. He met his beautiful wife Hazel Burkinshaw when he was in grade school. They began dating and married on August 27, 1950 and were married 66 years. She was the love of his life!
Webb moved his family to Norfolk and became a traveling salesman for his dad’s company, Western Typewriter and Office Supply. When his dad retired he took over the ownership and managed a successful business for 40 years until his retirement.
Long Pine remained in his heart and he built a cabin on Long Pine Creek in 1976. He loved to trout fish and taught his son and grandsons how to fish as well. He spent many peaceful hours fishing by himself on Pine Creek. He also loved to innertube down the creek and was still tubing at age 80!
Besides family and business, giving back to his community was a priority for him. He was a long standing member of the Long Pine and Norfolk Masonic Lodges where he was a Grand Master for three years. He was the Master of Ceremonies for the Norfolk Centennial Celebration in 1966. He was an active member of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.
Webb was active in Boy Scouts, leading a troop to Philmont Scout Ranch and earning the highest award given in Scouting, the Silver Beaver Award. He was Chairman of the Madison County Republican Party and ran for a Norfolk Council Seat. He was also an active member of the Toastmasters International and won many regional speech competitions.
He was voted Sertoma Man of the Year in recognition of his outstanding community service and won the Norfolk Oscar in 2002. He was the President of the Downtown Merchants Association where he had much influence in the success of Norfolk’s downtown. He was an active member of Kiwanis and served as President.
Faith in God was a number one priority and he attended the First United Methodist Church and Westridge Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School, served as a Trustee, sang in the Choir and attended the Men’s Prayer Breakfast every week until his health failed him.
One of his greatest joys was singing and he loved to sing for whoever would listen to him. He had a beautiful voice and had a large repertoire of sacred music. He sang solos up into his eighties and was a part of the Norfolk Men’s chorus.
Webb loved to walk, ride his bike, and swim at the YMCA where he swam two times a week!
Webb was a true leader, successful business man and person with a positive attitude. He always believed that a problem could be solved if you just worked hard enough. He loved his family and his family adored him! He will be missed by the many people that worked with him. He served as a role model for his family, friends and acquaintances.
Webb is survived by: his wife, Hazel L. McNally of Norfolk, NE; brother, Wayne (Diane) McNally of Sacramento, CA; children, Cindy (Jim) Booth of Norfolk, NE, Kay (Michael) Francavilla of Norfolk, NE, Stacey (Gene) Kruger of Dickinson, ND, and Steve (Heidi) McNally of Norfolk, NE; twelve grandchildren, Toby (Cheryl) Anderson of Lincoln, NE, Tyler Anderson of Fremont, NE, Tim (Holly) Anderson of Papillion, NE, Tad (Lindsey) Anderson of Norfolk, NE, Tony (Susan) Johnson of Des Moines, IA, Shawn (Mindy) Johnson, Calen (Jessica) Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD, Ramsey (Sean) Fitzsimmons of South Sioux City, NE, Baxter Kavan of Tacoma, WA, Matt McNally of Omaha, NE, Brittany McNally of Lincoln, NE and Molly McNally of Lincoln, NE; great-grandchildren are Trevor, Avery, Olivia, Charlie, Sophie, Miles, Cooper, Tucker, Rory, Callum, and Leeland.
Funeral services for Wilbur “Webb” McNally, 86, of Norfolk, NE, were held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Norfolk. Reverend Shelly Petz officiated. Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery in Long Pine, NE.