William Thomas Sierks, 82

William Thomas Sierks, 82, of Dunning, NE, passed away at his home on June 2, 2017. Tom was born to Charley and Ivy (Shannon) Sierks on August 15, 1934 as the youngest child of five. His siblings were Charles, L. Eugene, Frederick and Eileen. Tom lived his entire life in the Sandhills of Nebraska. He graduated from Dunning High School in 1952 as the salutatorian of his class. On July 18, 1954, he was united in mar-riage to Doris Aline Saner. To their union, they raised four children: Timothy, Monte, LaTonne and Kent, as well as Doug Rideout and Scott Backlund.Tom loved ranching and raising cattle his entire life. He loved his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved building and refinishing woodwork for friends and family. In his younger years, he loved traveling throughout the United States and abroad. One of his most memorable trips was visiting his brother Fred-erick’s grave in Holland. Tom volunteered his labor to whomever asked. He was a school board member and also a volunteer fireman. While ranching, Tom was an excellent record keeper. He was at war with the cedar trees and spent every winter cutting and counting how many he cut. He also kept track of the 100+ raccoons his dog treed within the last few years. He always had a dog as a companion at his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charley and Ivy; brothers, Charles, L. Eugene and Frederick and sister, Eileen (Wescott). He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Doris Sierks; four children, Timothy (Annette) of Brewster, NE, Monte (Cris) of Dunning, NE, La-Tonne (Jim) Davis of Ainsworth, and Kent (Sandra) of Dunning, NE; grandchildren, Stephanie, Cody, Mardee, Ty, Sophia, Danielle, Brady, Justin, Jamie, Koby, Crystal, Misty, NaTasha, Daile, Tate and Frankie; great-grandchildren and best friend George Hartley. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Open Bible Church in Dunning, NE with Pastors Mark Sievering and Pastor Ralph McKay officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Brewster Cemetery. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Sandhills Community Church.

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