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John 'Jack'  James  Thalken
     John “Jack” James Thalken, 91, of North Platte passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at Great Plains Health. Jack was born on Dec. 27, 1925 in Laramie, Wyo. to George and Catherine (Welsh) Thalken.
     At an early age, the family moved to North Platte. Jack attended McDaid Elementary and St. Patrick''s High School, graduating with the class of 1945.
     He entered the United States Army after graduation and was discharged as Cpl. in 1946. In November 1946 he began working at the First National Bank, retiring in 1991 after 44 years.
     In April 1947, Jack married Betty Hoefer, his high school sweetheart. They celebrated almost 70 years of married life.
     He belonged to St. Patrick''s Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council 1211 as a 3rd and 4th Degree and also the American Legion. He volunteered with the Lincoln County Historical Museum, RSVP, and AARP. He was instrumental in obtaining the steam locomotive 3977 and Centennial locomotive 6922 in Cody Park.
     Survivors include his wife, Betty; sons, Stephen (Debra) Thalken of Peoria, Ariz. and David (Bette) Thalken of Granbury, Texas; daughters, Cindy (Bill) Mills and Diana (Terry) McCarty, both of North Platte, Patricia (Phil) Bahl of Omaha, and Mary (Blake) Gigax of Hayes Center; 19 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Hastings; and other family.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Eileen and Ceclia; and brother, George.
     Christian Wake Services were March 7 with Mass of Christian Burial following at St. Patrick''s Catholic Church with Rev. Josh Brown as celebrant. Inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 8 at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with military honors. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
     Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Catholic Schools and online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 3/8/2017
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