Larry Richard Petska of Hershey, NE, age 67, passed away after a short battle with cancer on Monday June 4, 2018 at Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, NE.

Larry was born November 4, 1950 in Ord, NE to Richard Stanley and Lois Katherine (Crane) Petska. He graduated from Hershey High School in 1969 and joined the Navy in June that same year, serving until June of 1989. In addition to his other duty stations he served on 3 submarines: the Sam Rayburn, the Francis Scott Key, and the Von Stueben. He married Ruth JoAnn Dishman on May 15, 1970 in Virginia Beach, VA. He was a member of the Hershey American Legion, Paul R. Martin post #279.

He was a lifelong learner, had many hobbies, and was an avid sportsman.  He played several musical instruments, enjoyed motorcycle riding, fishing, skeet and trap shooting, pistol and cowboy action shooting (as Lyin’ Jack), and archery.  He enjoyed chess and Ham radio.

Larry is survived by his wife, JoAnn; sons Michael and Richard of Sutherland, NE; grandsons John and Michael Jr. of North Platte, NE; siblings Jane (John) Haines of La Feria, TX; Jean (Butch) Brecks of Cozad, NE; Frances Petska of El Cerrito, CA; Gary (Cindy) Petska of Hershey, NE; Linda Petska of Hershey, NE; Virginia (Paul) Michalski of Elyria, NE; Charles (Lisa) Petska of Cozad, NE; sister-in-law Mary (Terry) Collins of North Platte, NE; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Lois Petska; and his grandparents, Stanley and Mary Petska and Tyra and Celina Belle Crane.

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Christian Wake Services will be held on Sunday June 10, 2018 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with visitation from noon until 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday June 11, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland with the Reverend James Janovec as Celebrant. Burial will be at 2:00 pm. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with military honors.