Donald Guido Schlichting , age 89, of Lyons, Nebraska passed away at his home in Lyons on April 2, 2021. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Lyons with burial in the St. John’s Cemetery, rural Lyons. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services Lyons and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials to the Lyons Fire and Rescue, St. John’s Lutheran Church. Pelan Funeral Service in Lyons in charge of arrangements.
Donald Guido Schlichting was born to Guido and Edna (Nelson) Schlichting December 16, 1931 in Oakland, Nebraska. He passed away April 2, 2021 at his home in Lyons, Nebraska. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed on April 2, 1944 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Lyons, where he was a lifelong member.
He attended school at rural District 52 and Oakland High school. He attained his ham radio operator’s license in High School and enjoyed communicating across the world. Don served in the US Army from 1952-1954 in the 67th Engineering Corps as a cartographer, spending his last year in Stuttgart, Germany.
He married Carol Jean Palme on November 27, 1959 in Omaha. To this union, three children were born: Susan Schlichting, Ellis, KS; Steve (Ann) Schlichting, Lyons, NE; and Jean (Loren) Swanson, Gretna, NE.
He farmed his entire adult life. He operated a Grade A dairy business and raised stock cows and hogs.
When his children were in school, he served on the District 52 school board. Don started the Spark and Flash 4-H club to teach young boys about electricity. He led this club for 17 years.
Don had a passion for learning that never ended. His studies focused on implementing alternative energy sources for the farm. In retirement, he continued his love of farming through raising large gardens and shared that love with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife Carol of 61 years and 4 months, his children and grandchildren; Nicole Swanson Genrich (Chris), Jessica Swanson of Gretna; Amelia, Caleb, Andrew and Elijah Schlichting of Lyons; his sisters Gayle Cropp of St. Peters, MO and Gloria (Phil) DiMaggio of Westwood, KS and brother Dennis Schlichting of Bancroft; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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