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Carroll Falk - September 30, 2012


Carroll LeRoi Falk was born the first son of five sons to Manly Axel Falk and Sigrid Adeline (Mattson) Falk on Dec. 21, 1917, in Phelps County near Loomis. He departed this life late Sunday evening, Sept. 30, 2012, at Christian Homes in Holdrege. His age was 94 years, nine months and nine days.
Carroll was baptized at the Moses Hill Covenant Church near Loomis.
He attended school at the Hillside School District No. 49, north of Loomis, through the fifth grade and attended the sixth through the eighth grades at Rural School District No. 39 north of Axtell. He attended high school at Wilcox where he graduated with the Class of 1935. He later attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and Kearney State Teachers College in Kearney.
On Sept. 29, 1940, Carroll LeRoi Falk was united in marriage to Leona Beth Musil at the home of the brides parents, Ed and Helen Musil at Holdrege. To this union two sons were born, Ronald LeRoi and Melvin Edward.
They had observed their 72nd wedding anniversary Sept. 29, 2012, at Holdrege.
Carroll served in the U.S. Army from Aug. 6, 1945, until Oct. 22, 1946. He served state side as well as in Japan.
They resided in Wilcox where Carroll and Leona operated Falk’s Produce and later Falk’s Texaco Service Station. Carroll was a substitute mail carrier and later became postmaster where he served from 1960 until 1987.
Carroll was a member of the Wilcox Community Church, where he had served as church secretary and Sunday School superintendent. He served as chairman of the Salvation Army, he was a member of the Wilcox Lions Club, where he served as secretary for many years. He was a member of the Wilcox Chamber of Commerce, the South Platte United Chamber of Commerce, he served as mayor of Wilcox, was a member of the Wilcox American Legion Post No. 377, the Wilcox VFW Post, he served as Red Cross Chairman, he was a member of the Hudson Car Club, as well as several other car clubs.
He was a member of the Gideon’s International, Holdrege Camp, and he was a 50-year member of the Wilcox Fire Department where he had served on the first EMT squad.
He drove a school bus and was founder of the Wilcox baseball program, and helped with the peewee’s and girl’s softball. He was active in the League of Postmasters and the National Association of Postmasters. He was instrumental in bringing natural gas to the village of Wilcox.
He leaves to mourn his passing his loving and devoted wife, Leona, of Christian Homes in Holdrege; sons, Ron Falk and his wife, Carroll Jean of Albion, and Melvin Falk and his wife, Susan, of rural Wilcox; brothers, Rev. Maynard Falk of Chrisoma West at Holdrege, Rev. Dale Falk and his wife, Glaura, of Beatrice; and Rev. Robert Falk and his wife, Doris, of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Mrs. Orville (Ruth) Falk also of Lincoln; six grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Carroll was preceded in death by his father on Feb. 7, 1964; his mother on Aug. 4, 1990; his brother, Rev. Orville Falk on Sept. 1, 2009; and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Maynard (Beulah) Falk on June 12, 2004.
Funeral services were Oct. 5 at the Community Church in Wilcox with the Rev. Craig Cedar, officiating.
Grace Adam, Melinda Ferree and Vicki Swanson provided the singing accompanied by Kayleen Potter.
Hymn selections included “It Is No Secret,”
“The Love Of God,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”
Casketbearers were grandsons, Andrew Falk, Douglas Falk, Jose’ Gonzalez, Grant Lebsack, Daniel Steinbach and Trent Steele.
Interment was in the Salem (Methodist Episcopal) Cemetery near Axtell with military honors provided by U.S. Army and Veterans Organizations of Wilcox and Hildreth.
Memorials may be directed to the Gideon’s International.
Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Wilcox was in charge of arrangements.