Wayne A. Burge, 84, of Grant, NE, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2023, at Imperial Manor in Imperial.
Wayne was born on December 11, 1938, in rural Bladen, NE, to Glen and LaVene (Jones) Burge. Wayne graduated from Madrid High School with the Class of 1957.
On October 10, 1964, Wayne married the love of his life, Nancy Nordhausen, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial. They first settled two miles south of Madrid, then moved northeast of Grant, where they farmed and raised their two children, Stephanie and Daniel. The couple moved into Grant in 1999.
Throughout his life, Wayne was devoted to his family and farming, displaying wisdom, patience, and resilience. Wayne had a natural ability to connect with others; he made people feel included, welcome, and appreciated. Wayne had a gift for connecting with kids, and his genuine interest in others touched the lives of many. His passion for farming and the land were deeply ingrained in the man he was. Wayne was a man of quiet faith, with a sense of purpose rooted in a life spent caring for livestock, planting, cultivating, and irrigating while always observing the cycles of growth and harvest. Wayne's ability to problem solve, apply his understanding by doing, and his patience were built through the risk-taking that decades of farming required. He gracefully and without reservations entrusted the next generation to continue the legacy he built. Wayne endured the trials of life with a trust that the Lord was ever by his side.
Wayne was a longtime member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Grant.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Steph (Charles) McGraw of Kearney and Dan (Julie) Burge of Grant; five grandchildren, Leslie, Seth, Tanner & Danielle Burge, and Elizabeth McGraw; brothers, Dale (Sharon) Burge, Butch (Donna) Burge, both of Madrid; sister, JoAnn Bunting of Pleasant Hill, CA; sister-in-law, Rachel Burge of Madrid; brothers and sister-in-law, Errol (Patty) Nordhausen, Clinton Nordhausen, and Lana Vlasin; and daughter of the heart, Gena Fillingham of Japan. Wayne's memory will also be cherished by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, neighbors, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gerald and Darrell Burge; brothers-in-law, Ivor Bunting and Paul Vlasin; and sister-in-law, Nettie Nordhausen.
A memorial has been established in Wayne's memory for later designation. Condolences may be shared at bullocklongfuneralhome.com. Services will be streamed live at ziongrant.org.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 10:30 am, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Grant, with Pastor Michael Heckmann officiating. Inurnment will take place in the Madrid Cemetery at a later date.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements.