Exeter Man Is Killed In Accident
John F. Menke Jr., 30, of Exeter was killed instantly when his semitrailer left U.S. 6 about two and one-half miles east of Friend early Tuesday morning, struck a tree and turned over.
Menke, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Menke Sr. of Exeter, was returning home from Omaha, driving an empty truck, when the accident occurred. It was believed he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
The deceased, a lifetime resident of Exeter, operated a service station in Exeter and also was employed by the Adamson Trucking Company. Survivors are his parents and seven sisters. Funeral arrangements were not learned in time for this week's Signal.
John Frederick Menke, son of John and Elizabeth Menke, was born August 2, 1927 at Exeter, Nebraska, and passed away October 29, 1957, at the age of 30 years, 2 months and 29 days.
He attended St. Stephen's elementary school and graduated from Exeter High School with the class of 1946.
He ran the projectors at the Exeter Theater for Clyde Anderson for several years and also worked at the Glen Farmer Electric Shop. In July 1947 he took over the Service Station formerly run by the Hall brothers. He still operated the station with the help of his father and was driving stock trucks, part time, the last couple of years for Johnny Adamson.
The community, along with his parents and sisters, were shocked to hear of his tragic accident and instantaneous death early Tuesday a.m., October 29. Returning from Omaha after delivering a load of stock, the truck left the highway and crashed into a tree just east of Friend.
He was buried from St. Stephen's Catholic Church at Exeter on Saturday, November 2, 1957, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Ingenhorst celebrating the Requiem High Mass.
He is survived by his mother and father and seven sisters, Mrs. Arliene Regan, Lincoln, Mrs. Alma Devaney, Fullerton, California, Mrs. Mary Vavrina, Mrs. Ann Catherine Mooberry, Mrs. Joanne Schuller, all of Lincoln, Mrs. Geraldine Tieso, Exeter, and Mrs. Elizabeth Hansen of Portsmouth, Iowa, all of whom were able to attend with their husbands and families with the exception of Jack Devaney, and the children of Mary and Lu Vavrina, who were confined to their home with the flu, and the Hansen and Devaney children.
Six cousins acted as pallbearers: Alfred Crick, Paul Becker, Jr., Harold Matthews, Lou Barkmeier, Jerome Leininger and Gene Cody.
He was a loving son and brother and always so kind and never too tired to do anything he could for others. His pleasant disposition and happy smile will be missed by all who knew him.
The many cards, spiritual bouquets and beautiful flowers testify to the respect and high esteem held for him in his home and throughout the community.
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