Farm life suited Albert Sherbeck.
The Ansley, Neb., man spent his entire 70 years on his family's farm, with the exception of the four years when he attended the University of Nebraska. He earned a bachelor's degree in agronomy in 1963.
As a young man, Sherbeck raised a large herd of Corriedale sheep and helped with his family's Hereford cattle, “but loved farming the land most of all,” according to a statement released by his family.
Sherbeck died Friday in a two-vehicle accident on Nebraska Highway 2 just west of Ansley. Investigators for the Nebraska State Patrol said Sherbeck's eastbound pickup truck crossed the center line and hit a westbound van, killing Zane Harvey, 38, and his front-seat passenger, Anthony Blum, 24. Harvey and Blum were both coaches at Broken Bow High School.
Funeral services for Sherbeck will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Ansley. Sherbeck is survived by his wife of 47 years, Beverly; a son, Alvin of Perry, Kan.; and a daughter, Arlene Sheets of Gothenburg, Neb.
Deb Collins, a spokeswoman for the State Patrol, said Monday that the crash remains under investigation. The Custer County Attorney ordered autopsies of both drivers, she said.
The van also was carrying eight Broken Bow High School students, three of whom remain hospitalized. Chad Christensen, 17, remained in critical condition Monday. Austin Reynolds, 15, and Scott Gates were both in fair condition, according to a spokeswoman for Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Sherbeck, who served in the Nebraska National Guard, enjoyed the “quiet, rural lifestyle,” according to his family.
He served on the Ansley school board and was a member of the choirs at the First Baptist Church and United Methodist Church.
Sherbeck and his wife were members of Nebraska's Young Farmers and Ranchers Education Committee. He also belonged to the American Hereford Association, and an annual bull sale on his farm was always well attended, his family's statement said.
Sherbeck spent hours researching the pedigrees of prospective sires for his cattle herd and especially enjoyed participating in 4-H shows and the Nebraska State Fair.
The grandfather of five children also loved attending the youngsters' concerts, school programs and athletic events.
His survivors said Sherbeck will be remembered for his quick wit and teasing ways.
He was “a gentle soul with a loving and kind spirit” who was generous to all, they said.
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