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Ronald Gene Juranek, left this life peacefully on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at his home in Fairfield, NE, surrounded by his family. He had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and was undergoing treatment at the time of his death. Ronald , the first-born child of John and Florence (Artrup) Juranek, was born Oct. 9, 1934, in Fairfield. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1952. On Oct. 9, 1953, Ron's 19th birthday, he married the love of his life, Betty Ann McCullar. They were married for over 61 years. To this union, three children were born, Randy, Joni and Dale. Their children all lived within 20 miles of Fairfield and would come visit their parents' home every Sunday afternoon, where they would sit around the dining table laughing and reminiscing. Ron said his children's visit were the highlight of his week. His family will tell you, "We never heard Dad say an unkind word about anybody." Ron's favorite hobby was golfing and he leaves behind many good friends at Crooked Creek Golf Club in Clay Center, in addition to other friends and buddies, who were an important part of his life. For many years, Ron co-owned and operated T-Bone Feedlot Inc., along with partners Dana Schliep and Warren Mitchell. Ron loved horses and cattle, which earned him the nickname,"Cowboy." He also had a special place in his heart for his dog, Buddy. Ron is survived by his wife Betty; son, Randy Juranek and fiance, Elaine Vankirk of Clay Center; daughter, Joni Skalka of Fairfield; son, L. Dale Juranek and wife, Jan of Blue Hill; 12 grandchildren, 15 greatgrandchildren, and two on the way; brother, Paul Juranek and wife, Virginia of Concord, California; sister, Candace Briggs and husband, Jack of Hastings; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 18, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., at Fairfield Community Presbyterian Church in Fairfield. He requested his body to be donated to The Anatomical Board of Nebraska. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation.

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