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William Carr

William James Carr

Wednesday, December 5th, 1934 - Thursday, February 27th, 2020
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William “Bill” James Carr, 85, of Scottsbluff, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at his home. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Monday, March 2, 2020 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Scottsbluff with Fr. Vince Parsons as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. His Rosary Service will be held at 6pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s honor may be made in care of St. Agnes Catholic Church or St. Agnes Catholic School. Online condolences may be made by viewing Bill’s memorial page at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff is entrusted with arrangements.

Bill was born December 5, 1934, in Lewistown, Montana, to Ray and Ruth (Stephens) Carr. He was the 5th of six children and attended schools in Christina and Broadus before graduating from Winifred, Montana, in 1953. He worked as a rancher in Montana, and security guard for Boeing in Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, and Nebraska. After settling in Nebraska, he was a milkman, plumber and owner of the Rancho Tavern in Minatare, Nebraska. Then he farmed, owned the Westward Ho Motel, and worked at Platte Valley Livestock for 18 years.

Bill married Lucille Dorothy Simac in 1955 in Hilzer, MT, and they celebrated their 65th anniversary on Saturday, February 22. Together, they raised four boys and two girls. Bill and Lucy attend St. Agnes Parish, where Bill served as an usher. Bill also served as the Mayor of Minatare in the 1970’s.

Bill was known as the “Music Man” and loved to play music for everyone on the piano, accordion, or organ. While they owned the Rancho, he had a band called “Bill Carr and the Merrymen” and held dances on the weekends. Bill loved to make people happy, and he never, ever met a stranger. He was always ready for a card game, his smile and sense of humor will never be forgotten.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lucille; sons Ray Carr of Raymond, Nebraska, Brett (Pam) Carr of Gibbon, Nebraska, and Calvin Carr of Omaha, Nebraska; daughters Cindy (Mark) Hald of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Cheryl (Bryon) Mowry of Sheridan, Wyoming; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren; brother John Carr, Belmopan, Belize, and numerous sister and brother in laws, as well as nieces and nephews.

His son Rex, his parents, three sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
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    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 10:00am
    St. Agnes Catholic Church
    2314 3rd Avenue
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    Rosary Service will be held at 6pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff.
    Father Vince Parsons


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Junior Alvarez

Posted at 08:56am
Condolences to the family!!! I still can remember your dads' playing at the Rancho Tavern. They are playing beautiful music in heaven. RIP from the Alvarez's

Camelia Arcoren Posted at 11:23pm

Our deepest condolences to our dear friends. Cherish the beautiful memories that you have gathered throughout your years as a wonderful family. God Bless Camelia Arcoren & family

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Posted at 04:55pm
So sorry! Bill was a wonderful man! Love you all and hope you all get thru it together! Love from Debbie Farrell
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Dianne Helmer

Posted at 02:31pm
We love you Uncle Bill. Love from Dianne, Peg and Nevada
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Paul & Kathy Casper

Posted at 09:41am
We wish we had been able to meet Bill, Julie's beloved Grandfather. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
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Mark and Brandon Romer

Posted at 07:52am
So sorry for your loss. My love and prayers are with you.
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