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Harvard resident Ricki L. Sanford, 59, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, Aurora, Nebraska. Services were Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, 3 p.m., at Harvard United Church of Christ with Pastor Dave Johnson officiating. The family requests casual wear for those attending the service. Private family burial will be held at a later date in Blue Valley Cemetery, Ayr. Memorials may be given to the family. Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 6–8 p.m., at the funeral home, Hastings, and one hour prior to service at the church. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family. Ricki was born July 29, 1955, in Hastings, NE, to Merlin and Kathleen (Hardy) Sanford. He graduated from Hastings High  School in 1974. Ricki married Sherry Owens on Sept. 15, 1979. He worked as a machinist at Flo-Serve. Ricki was a member of Harvard United Church of Christ, Harvard Gun Club and NRA. He enjoyed guns, hunting, and motorcycles, with the first being his favorite. He was an avid Husker fan, and loved spending time with his grandchildren and chocolate. Ricki was preceded in death byhis parents; granddaughter, Hailey Sanford; brotherin- law, Larry Red Owens; and halfsister, Marjo Eng. Survivors: wife, Sherry Sanford of Harvard, NE. Son and daughter- in-Law, Clayton and Sandy Sanford of Hastings, NE. Grandchildren, Bailey Sanford and Blake Sanford. Special great-nephew, Tristen Owens of Harvard, NE. Sister and brother-in-law, Penny and Dale Rose of Hastings, NE. Brothers-in-law, Jerry (Mary) Owens of Harvard, NE; and Terry (Kelley) Owens of Harvard, NE. Nieces and nephews, Sarah and Jesus Rodriguez of Hastings, NE; Brandy Rose of Columbus, NE; Jessica Rose of Blue Hill, NE; Kaylyn Rose of Hastings, NE; Clint Owens of Harvard, NE; Lil’ Kelly Owens of Fredericksburg, VA; Jarod and Katie Owens of Tekamah, NE; Amanda and Felipe Cecilio of Hutchinson, KS; and Brandi Owens of Harvard, NE. Uncle: Robert “Dale” Sanford of Hastings, NE.
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