John Papa

John Papa

John Papa, 93, of Octavia, died Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at david place in David City.


Funeral Service Saturday, June 13, 2020  10:30 A.M.

Redeemer Lutheran Church, David City   Rev. David Palomaki, Officiating

Visitation Friday 4-7 P.M. at Kracl Funeral Chapel, David City

Committal with Military Honors in the Edholm Valley Cemetery

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Edholm Cemetery

or Redeemer Lutheran Church

Covid restrictions apply

John (Bud) Morris Papa was born September 19, 1926 on the family farm west of Octavia, Nebraska.  He attended elementary and high school in Octavia, graduating in 1944.  After graduating high school, John entered the Navy and served our Country from 1945-1946.

On May 20, 1951 he was united in marriage to Mavis Lemke at the Lutheran church in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska and they were proud parents of two daughters.  They lived on the farm near Octavia that had been in the family since 1883.  In addition to farming, John and his brother Gilbert, raised and sold cattle.

John served on the Octavia School Board for many years, was a member of the Butler County Feeders Association, member of the Edholm Valley Cemetery Association and a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in David City.

Upon retirement, he and Mavis started an antique business and enjoyed attending shows, auctions  and flea markets.  They loved meeting many great people.  However, his greatest joy was his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

John is survived by his wife, Mavis, of 69 years.  Daughters; Jean Smith, David City and Joan (Randy) Wemhoff, Octavia.  Grandchildren; Willis Smith, Bellwood, Cassie (Branden) Rech, Ashland, Sam Smith, Lee (Cassie) Burnett, and Tanner Wemhoff all of Octavia.  Great Grandchildren; Halle, Kenna and Lennyn Rech, Gabe and Callan Burnett.  Sister, Ruth (Bud) Gallant, Colorado and two sisters-in-law, Verna Papa of David City and Libby Papa, Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter Beverly Ann, sisters; Phyllis Stout, Margaret Papa and Dorothy Papa.  Brothers; Kenneth Papa and Gilbert Papa.  Brother-in-law Elmer Stout and son-in-law Joe Smith