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Wanda Alice Draucker
September 6, 1919 ~ October 24, 2018 (age 99)
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Wanda A. Draucker, age 99, of Ogallala, died Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Porter Hospice in Centennial, Colorado.
Wanda Alice Draucker was born September 6, 1919 in Daykin, Nebraska, the daughter of Isaac and Sarah Miller Draucker.
As a young child, she moved to Paxton with her family. Wanda’s father had a dray line business, meeting the train and transporting goods to the store. When she was seven years old, the family moved to Sarben. Wanda attended school in Paxton and graduated from Paxton High School in 1937.
After attending Kearney State Teachers College for a year, Wanda returned to Sarben to help her parents at their grocery store. She also worked as the Postmistress for five years. After her time in Sarben, Wanda moved to Denver and was employed in the offices of Sterling Lumber. She passed her Civil Service Exam and was called to Washington, D.C. where she worked in the Adjutant General’s Office. She returned to Sarben four months later when her father passed away. After assisting her family to sell the store, which also housed the local Post Office, Wanda moved to Omaha to work for United Petroleum, which later became McCollister Oil Company. She retired in 1985 after forty-one years with McCollister Oil. In 2011, she moved to Ogallala.
Wanda joined the Omaha First Presbyterian Church in 1950. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, which she joined in 1982. Wanda enjoyed volunteering for her church, at the Surprise Thrift Shop, and in the Tip Top Shop in Benson. In 2012, after moving to Ogallala, she joined the United Methodist Church.
Preceding her in death was her parents, Isaac and Sarah, her brother Arnold Draucker and his wife Gwen, her sister Carolyn (Anderson), her nephew Jerry, her niece, Joan (Davis) and husband Neil.
Survivors include her brother-in-law Leonard Anderson of Polk; nephews Alan Anderson of Chandler, Arizona, and Bradley (Jesica) Anderson of Lincoln; great nephew Odin Anderson and niece Kerri (Jack) Garrison of Kearney and great nephew Taylor (Ann) of Lincoln and Connor of Kearney; and niece Barbara Draucker of Ogallala; great nephew Brad (Linda) Davis of North Canton, Ohio; great nephew Ken O. Davis of Laclede, Idaho; great niece Lesa (Walter) Gerlach of Parker, Colorado and their children Rachel (Michael) Palmer, Hannah and Hayden; and great nephew Craig (Traci) Draucker of Ogallala and their children Katherine, Caroline and Rebekkah.
Visitation will be on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Draucker Funeral Home. Rev. Chuck Rager of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Benedict with Rev. Dan Spearow of the United Methodist Church of Polk presiding.
A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church of Ogallala.
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is entrusted with arrangements.