Boyd Stuhr, champion of agriculture and community, remembered

BRADSHAW – Boyd Stuhr, 89, of Bradshaw is being remembered as a champion of agriculture in York County, Nebraska and the nation, as well as being an avid supporter of his community.

Stuhr passed away Tuesday, March 12, after a lifetime of service and dedication to the agricultural industry.

Stuhr was a four-generation agricultural producer who lived and worked on his farm near Bradshaw. He and his wife, Elaine, were strong advocates for the ag industry and education in Nebraska.

Stuhr graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture in 1956 and was inducted into the agricultural honoraries of Alpha Zeta and Gamma Sigma Delta. He was a charter member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity and was elected as AGS National Executive Secretary for four years. He served on active duty as a Navy aviator from 1956-1960 and for a total of 11 years in the Naval Air Reserves.

While serving on the York County Extension Board, he was instrumental in the formation of the Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards. He was elected to the first board of directors and later served as chairman of the NACEB.

He served on the Bradshaw School Board for 25 years and the Educational Service Unit 6 board for an additional 15 years.

Stuhr served on the National Association of School Boards for 13 years and was the only 2-term president of the NASB.

He was extremely active in the 4-H program, serving on the Nebraska Foundation for 4-H Development for eight years and as president of that council.

For 10 years, he served on the Nebraska Corn Growers Board of Directors and as a member of the local association he helped in bringing the ethanol industry to York County.

He was elected to the Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District, was a member of the York County Feeders Association and worked as a committee member of the ASCS for 22 years.

The Stuhrs were also owners/operators of the Stuhrville Fertilizer Service from 1969 to 1975.

One of Stuhr’s self-proclaimed favorite roles in life was during the 12 years his wife, Elaine, represented the 24th District in the Nebraska Legislature (from 1995-2007), as he often introduced himself as “the state senator’s very happy driver” as he accompanied her to many meetings, events and functions. And in turn, she was known to smile at his introductions, acknowledging he was her “number one advisor.”

The two of them have been the recipients of many honors and awards for their volunteer efforts and leadership activities. They both received the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Meritorious Public Service Award and in 1978 they were selected as the Nebraska Honor Farm Family. They were inducted into the York County Ag Hall of Fame and in 2022, their family was recognized with the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award at the York County as the Stuhr family maintained continuous ownership of 240 acres acquired by Henry Stuhr in 1922.

Mr. Stuhr’s funeral services are pending with Metz Mortuary.

 

 

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