Wednesday, March 26, 2014


We attended the funeral service for long-time friend, Dave Langemeier in Lincoln this morning.  Dave was an Economist with USDA ERS and transferred to SCS soon after we came back to Nebraska and I was working with the Natural Resources Commission. We worked together on several projects as well as with the Lincoln Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. This even included golf in various locations. Dave was stricken with Pancreatic Cancer and died the day before his 72nd birthday. The number of people participating in his Memorial Service at the Good Sheperd Lutheran Church was testimony to Dave's life. On our way home we drove through the old Nebraska State Fair grounds. This picture still shows the race track and grandstand but that isn't even there anymore. A new building has gone up immediately north of the old 4-H building which is still standing. Only the outer walls are left of the Mercantile Arts Building. The only other landmark still in existence is the "Ice Box" which was the "Show Arena" at one time. We have even seen the Circus in that building. Devany Arena still remains and will continue to be used by the University for Volleyball, etc. It's interesting to see the transition taking place that we call progress, but there are many happy memories that can never be replicated. I won't attempt to relate the loss of a landmark to the loss of a dear friend but the Innovative Campus can take us to a more brighter future, while Pastor Poppe assured us that  Dave was celebrating his birthday in a more glorious place.

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