May 9, 1928 - March 7, 2019
Felix Alfred Bedlan was born May 9, 1928 to Felix and Mamie Krupicka Bedlan in rural Friend, and passed away on March 7, 2019 at the age of 90 years, 9 months and 7 days.
He was baptized at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Milligan on June 7, 1928, and was confirmed at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ohiowa. in April, 1948. He received his first 8 years of education at country school District 57 near his farm home and graduated from Milligan High School in 1945.
His draft number never came up before World War II ended. At the age of 18 he had his own business operating a Texaco gas station in Milligan. He was united in marriage to Betty Jean Meyer of Ohiowa. on September 9, 1947 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ohiowa.
In March, 1948, they moved to Fairbury where he operated a Mobil Gas Station and Sporting Goods. In l960, he started Bedlan's Sporting Goods. He had a special interest in antique firearms. This became a hobby and business where he and Jean travelled to almost every state buying, selling, collecting and displaying.
He was past president of the Winchester Arms Collectors Association, Winchester Club of America and the local Fairbury Optimist Club. He taught NRA Rated and Nebraska Hunter Safety classes every fall for 40 years, for 11 years old and older, sponsored by the Fairbury Optimist Club.
He was a charter member of the American Lutheran and Faith Lutheran Churches in Fairbury and served on several committees and Sunday School. He loved to hunt with his dogs and enjoyed the outdoors. He would take his sons and grandsons hunting whenever possible. A quote from Ernest Hemingway describes him perfectly, “Best of all he loved the fall.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, a niece, Jackie Hromadka, and brother-in-law Milo Hromadka. He is survived by his wife, Jean; 3 sons: Larry (Barb), Dan (Mary Kay), Bruce (Patty) all of Fairbury. Six grandchildren: David (Laura) Bedlan of Fairbury, Barry (Patty) Bedlan, of Frisco, Texas, Neal (Cari) Bedlan of Yutan, Sarah (Doug) Harper of Las Vegas, Nev., Beth Bedlan of Arcadia, Fla., Briana Bedlan of Fairbury. Thirteen great-grandchildren: Rayanne, Samantha and Alecia Bedlan of Fairbury; Clara and Lydia Heislen of Las Vegas, Nev.; Parker, Miles, Logan, Nicholas Bedlan of Frisco, Texas, Hayden, Haley, Hudson Bedlan of Yutan; Marcus Martinez of Fairbury. Sister, Lorene Hromadka of Milligan.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church in Fairbury with Pastor Ken Hart officiating. Memorials will go to Faith Lutheran Church & Cedars Home for Children in Lincoln. Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.