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Homer Macklin - March 23, 2012


Homer Macklin, 80, of Minden, died on Friday, March 23, 2012, at Kearney County Health Services-Hospital shortly after being admitted.
Homer was born in Riverton on May 6, 1931, to Charles and Anna (Berlie) Macklin.
They moved to the Minden area and Homer graduated from Minden High School in 1949 where he was on the football and basketball teams.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 until 1953. He returned to the Minden area and was the manager of Friends Motor in Minden for 35 years.
In 1953 he married Peggy Bos. He later married Marilyn Anderson on Dec. 15, 1960. On March 17, 2005, he married Marlene Onwiler Shearer.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Minden. Homer had a passion for racing. In his early years he drove racecars and then he became the “Head Wrench” on the crew of “Mighty Mouse.” He was proud to have had two of his cars displayed at the Knoxville Sprint Car Racing Hall of Fame.
He was notified last week that he will be inducted into the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame. He was a fix-it man and would tinker in his shop for many hours. He was a collector of parking meters and a huge Nebraska football fan.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene, of Minden; children, Tracy Johnson of Denver, Colo., Scott Peterson and wife, Deb, of Elkhorn, and Shane Macklin of Sioux Falls, S.D.; stepchildren, Penny Talbert and husband, Matt, of Minden and Rob Shearer of Minden; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, March 27 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nancy Lambert officiating.
Burial of his ashes will be in the Minden Cemetery with military rites provided by the Minden American Legion, Heartwell VFW and the Nebraska Military Detail Team.
Memorials are suggested in his memory to the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden is in charge of arrangements.