Francis William Nutsch, 91, of Fairbury, Nebraska died January 1, 2018 at the Gardenside Long Term Care Facility in Fairbury. Francis was born July 23, 1926, to Paul J. and Anna (Zabokrtsky) Nutsch at the farm near Mahaska Kansas. He attended Lowe Center School and received his sacraments at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Morrowville. Francis was inducted into the United States Army in October of 1944 and served in the G Company, 27th Infantry Regiment (Wolfhounds) and the 25th Infantry division (Tropical Lightning). During his time in the army, he saw action in the Philippines, and was in Luzon when bombs were dropped there. He was also stationed at the air base in Nagoya, Japan where they guarded planes and destroyed ammunitions. He received an honorable discharge in July 1946.
After his time in the service, Francis worked at lumber companies and saw mills in California for a couple of years before returning home to farm in 1949. Francis began raising quarter horses in the late 1960’s and was known throughout the Quarter World for his Poco Arrow line of breeding and his Diamond N brand, having as many as 70 quarter horses in his prime. He also held registered shows in Washington and Belleville, KS and Fairbury NE for many years.
Francis was also instrumental in helping to start the Nebraska and Kansas Foundation Quarter Horse registry. Francis lived on his birth place until he sold the farm and moved to Fairbury in November, 2009.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sister-in-law: Louis, and George and wife Catharine, sisters and brothers in law: Eleanora and husband John Hermans, Clara and husband Morris Rose, and Pauline and husband Alvin (Jesse) James, and 3 nephews. Surviving him are 12 nieces and nephews including: Peggy (Randall)Nolte of Western, Janet (Richard) Schneider of Hutchinson, KS, James (Julie) Nutsch of Wilber, NE, Gregory (Lori) Nutsch of Beatrice, and Paul (Jan) Nutsch of Knoxville, TN, sister-in-law June Nutsch of Fairbury, many great nieces and nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. Funeral services will be at 10:30 Monday, January 8, 2018 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fairbury, NE with a Vigil Service to be held on Sunday, January 7th at 6 p.m. at Gerdes Meyer Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery.
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