Earl McNare Estate / Personal Papers

Mr. Earl Henry McNare was adopted at a very young age, joined the military during WW2 and eventually retired and became a resident of the Norfolk Veteran Home in Norfolk, Nebraska.  When Earl passed away in 2013 there were no known family members to inherit his belongings so the Norfolk Veteran Home contacted us because of our work with the Veteran History Project and our known commitment to preserving family history information and materials.  When this collection is cataloged and scanned the images will be posted on this page. In the mean time we offer his obituary below.

Earl McNare’s obituary as published in the Norfolk Daily News, Tuesday, February 19, 2013.


Funeral Services for Earl H. McNare age 84 of Norfolk, NE will be 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Norfolk Veterans Home in Norfolk with John Petersen, Officiating. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. in the Oakdale Cemetery in Oakdale with Military Rites conducted by Neligh American Legion. Earl passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2013 Norfolk Veterans Home in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Earl H. McNare was born on May 18, 1928 in Omaha, NE he was adopted by Earl and Mary (Dunaham) McNare. He grew up in Oakdale and graduated with the Class of 1945 from Oakdale High School, on his 17th birthday.  After graduation he enlisted in the US Army Reserve on July 13, 1945 and was discharged on August 2, 1946. He then decided to enlist in the United States Army August 3, 1946 at Fort Knox, KT. He was stationed in Japan during WWII in the infantry. Earl was discharged at the rank of Private First Class on December 2, 1947 from Ft. Lawton, WA. Earl received the WWII Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. After his military service he used the GI bill to gain a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 1950. Earl worked as a salesman in various businesses, curator in a museum and organ demonstrator in a music store all in Lincoln, NE. He played the organ in the Methodist Church in Oakdale. Earl enjoyed traveling around the world and enjoyed genealogy research. He has resided at the Norfolk Veterans Home since November 13, 2002. Earl is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Inez Woeppel.

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