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John B. Hynes

February 2, 1953-October 29, 2019

John B. Hynes, 66, of Crawford, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the Chadron Community Hospital in Chadron, Nebraska.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill. Burial will be in the O'Neill Cemetery with Military Rites provided by O'Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, with a 7 p.m. Parish Rosary at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill. Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill is in charge of arrangements.

John Bernard Hynes was born Feb. 2, 1953, in O'Neill, Nebraska, to Jeane (Vickland) and John B Hynes Sr. He attended St. Mary's Catholic Schools in O'Neill from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 1971. After high school, he received degrees and diplomas from several schools, including Central Nebraska Technical College, Southeast Community College and the University of Nebraska.

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John was a generous and loving husband, father, brother and son. John was a lifelong hunting and fishing enthusiast, an outdoorsman and an expert craftsman. His various jobs led him on travels near and far, but he always returned to revel at the prairies, hills, bluffs and lakes of his home, Nebraska. He had a meticulous ability to engineer and create solutions through design and logistics that lives on with his daughter.

While living in Southeastern Nebraska, He was a committed leader and an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, taking his son's troop on many variations of camping endeavors and adventures in nature. An advocate for education, he sat on the board for the East Butler Public School System. An exemplary patriot, he dutifully fulfilled an enlistment in the United States Army followed by a full-time career in the Nebraska Air National Guard. After his time in the military, he transferred his unmitigated work ethic into a decade long stint as a conductor for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad. His hardworking tendency to complete any task he undertook was admired by all who served alongside him.

His irreplaceable, warm laugh and chipper sense of humor will be severely missed by his family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances. He used his many skills and trades to improve any community he found himself residing in. Mostly recently, he lent his carpentry and renovation skills to actualizing his wife's dream of opening an art gallery in western Nebraska. He cared greatly for those he loved and he loved many.

He is survived by his wife, Clarice Hynes of Crawford, Nebraska; son, Chris Hynes of Austin, Texas; daughter, Michaela Hynes of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; mother, Jeane Hynes of O'Neill, Nebraska; sister, Deborah (Jerry)Miller of Norfolk, Nebraska; sister, Barbara (Alvin) Heiss of Page, Nebraska; brother, David Hynes of Gregory, South Dakota; sister, Angela (Mike) Davis of Ainsworth, Nebraska; and brother-in-law, Gary Suhr of Bayard, Nebraska.

He is preceded in death by his father, John B. Hynes, Sr.; and sister, Mary Tikalsky.

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