Johnny Vincent Hyde, 81 of Burwell formerly of Ord died Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Rose Lane Home in Loup City, NE.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Reverend Stephanie Hayes will officiate. Graveside Burial Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Taylor Cemetery in Taylor, NE. with a gathering following at the Taylor Community Center. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Johnny Vincent Hyde was born August 18, 1936 on a farm 12 miles west & 3 miles north of Taylor, NE to parents Charles Vincent Hyde & Mary Ellen (Ferguson) Hyde, joining his older brother Melvin Hyde. He attended Sunnyside rural school for two years and finished grades 2 through 12 at Taylor High School where he graduated as valedictorian. Johnny married Delores Virginia Dunbar on January 9, 1954 in Ord, NE. He furthered his education at Kearney State College, completing his bachelor’s degree and subsequently his master’s degree in education. Johnny started his teaching career at West End School in Loup County for two years, Almeria School (K-8th grade) for three years, then sixth grade at Ord Elementary School for 36 years. Johnny enjoyed coaching 5th & 6th grade basketball, junior Olympic track, refereeing high school basketball and was committee chairman for the annual Optimist Elementary Track meet for Valley County rural & public schools. He received awards for Outstanding Committee Chairman from the Optimist Club and Outstanding Young Educator from the Ord Jaycees. He also enjoyed playing town team basketball league, and travelling to multiple towns to compete.
In addition to teaching, Johnny had a painting business, Kremke-Hyde Paint. He also enjoyed working on the ranch, raising cattle northwest of Taylor. Johnny was a good steward of the land on their family farm, the Ferguson Homestead, with his brother Melvin. He could often be found hunting, fishing, and watching & betting on sporting events. Johnny spent many deer seasons entertaining hunters, especially the Kremke family & friends. He and Delores also went on many adventures with lifelong friends David & Donna Hyde.
Johnny was devoted to his wife Delores of 52 years, raising three daughters, and loved attending his nine grandchildren’s activities. Many memories were created at grandpa & grandma’s house, from holidays to birthdays to graduations. He always made sure his family knew how much he loved each of them. When Delores passed in 2006, she took a part of Johnny with her, and there is no doubt he is happy to be reunited with her now.
After 42 years of teaching, Johnny retired in 1996 and moved to Burwell in 2001. Known for his relentless teasing and quick wit, Johnny always kept the room laughing. Honest to a fault, you never had to wonder what Johnny was thinking as he wouldn’t hesitate to let you know. Johnny was always quick with a joke and kept everyone on their toes. Sometimes irreverent but definitively unique, Johnny left an impression and will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Survivors include brother Melvin Lucian Hyde of Burwell, NE; three daughters and sons-in-law, Terry (Hyde) & Mike McCoy of West Sacramento, CA; Jeanne (Hyde) & Dale Peterson of Ord, NE; Cathy (Hyde) & Stan Foster of Taylor, NE; nine grandchildren, Shannon (Peterson) & Scott Bruha of Kearney, NE; Jessica Peterson of Vail, CO; Heidi Peterson of Ord, NE; Jamie (Foster) & Dustin Copsey of Burwell, NE; Jennifer Foster of Maui, HI; Kellie (Peterson) & Nick Reed of Kearney, NE; Alisha (Peterson) & Bradley Welniak of Omaha, NE; John McCoy of West Sacramento, CA and Megan McCoy of West Sacramento, CA. Five great-grandchildren Payton, Jordyn, & Reeslyn Bruha of Kearney, NE; Dugan & Leah Copsey of Burwell, NE; brother-in-law Hank & Jeanie Dunbar of Lincoln, NE; and nephews: Jeffrey Dunbar & Mathilde Hungerford of Denver, CO; Zach & Desiree Dunbar of Beaverton, OR.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Delores Virginia (Dunbar) Hyde, and his parents Charles Vincent & Mary Ellen (Ferguson) Hyde.