William "Bill" Richard Schenck, age 92, of McCook, NE passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at Hillcrest Caring Center in McCook.
Bill was born November 3, 1930 in Grand Island, NE to parents Manley Noble and Elsie Harriet (Reed) Schenck. He was one of four siblings. The family moved from Grand Island to North Platte, NE in 1940 and Bill graduated from North Platte Senior High School with the Class of 1948.
Bill married the love of his life, Mary Angela (Hoatson) Schenck on August 4, 1954, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland, NE. To this union five children were born.
Bill proudly served his country during the Korean War with the 82nd Airborne Division. He enlisted in 1951 and was honorably discharged from Fort Bragg, NC in 1953.
For forty-four years, Bill worked for the Nebraska Brand Commissioner as a brand inspector then promoted to a brand investigator. He was a mentor to many. He was stationed at several locations including Omaha, NE and Chicago, IL. He was the past president of the SW Nebraska Peace Officers Association and belonged to several other law enforcement groups within the state as well as nationally and internationally. Bill enjoyed public speaking, speaking to various groups such as the NSP Academy, the Nebraska Law Enforcement Academy and two different Universities in Missouri.
In 1987, Bill was elected the Nebraska Delegate to the International Brand and Theft Conference in Calgary, Canada. He also led the Bit and Spur 4-H Horse Club for several years. Bill enjoyed collecting beer cans and bottles, traveling, watching country music shows, attending country music concerts, and reading.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Schenck; daughter, Karen Hiatt; granddaughter, Amber (Hiatt) Husted; great granddaughter, Lucia Wacker; sisters Mary Ann Benaka and Marjorie Roy; and brother, Dr. John Schenck.
Those left to celebrate his life include his children, Joe (Leah) Schenck of Omaha, NE, Monica (Mark) Wacker of McCook, Barbara Schenck of North Platte and Elaine (Jeff) Polly of McCook; son in law, Dennis Hiatt of McCook; nine grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren; and a host of extended family members and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11AM on Monday, January 23, 2023 at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home, McCook, with Pastor Terry McCorkle officiating.
A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
McCook Humane Society
PO Box 13, McCook NE 69001
St Patrick's Catholic Church
612 East 4th Street PO Box 1040, McCook NE 69001