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Jon E. Barger

November 10, 1954 — May 30, 2017

JON E. "J.B." BARGER, 62 of Paxton, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Tru Hospice of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO.

Jon was born November 10, 1954 in Sutherland, NE to Harold and Darleen (Dalgran) Barger.

On August 6, 1983, Jon married Juliann "Julie" Kamery at Paxton. The couple made their home in Hastings before moving to Brule, where Jon took a job at the Union Pacific Railroad as a Machine Operator. A couple years later, the family moved to Paxton where Jon owned and operated JB's Sport Spot until 1997.

Jon had a gentleness of spirit that made him very lovable and approachable. As a father, Jon showed remarkable patience, even through the most "teachable" moments that can arise when raising children. He had a somewhat unorthodox sense of humor, that never failed to keep his family and friends entertained. JB, as he was often called, loved to joke, laugh, hunt, fish and tinker. For several years while he owned the bait and tackle shop, Jon organized a massive trout fishing tournament that began at the stroke of 5 a.m., commencing with the resonant sound of canon fire from his homemade black powder canon. This type of moment epitomized the type of man Jon was, and evoked the kind of smirk that he was known for.

For the last 15 years, Jon had suffered perpetually bad health. However, for the last 2 months of his life, Jon felt a sense of rejuvenation that allowed him to spend some very meaningful time with his children and grandchildren at their homes.

Jon is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Julie in 2014; and sister, Sithay Zeleski.

Survivors include his son, Zachary (Jennifer) Barger of Greeley, CO; daughter, Alexanne (Daniel) Wilkerson of North Platte; 4 grandchildren, Brylee, Kylie, Charlee, and Zachary; 2 sisters, Paulette (Steve) Worley and family and Linda Sizer and family; along with many other relatives and friends.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences can be shared at, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend. The service can also be viewed live at

Services will be Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:30am at First United Methodist Church of Ogallala with Rev. Chuck Rager officiating. Burial will be in the Paxton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 1pm to 7pm at Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala.

Prairie Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Friday, June 2, 2017

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Prairie Hills Funeral Home

602 N Spruce St, Ogallala, NE 69153

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