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07/22/2017 - David J. Augustine

Funeral services for David J. Augustine of Edgemont, SD, formerly of Chadron, NE, will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, NE with his nephew, Pastor Bruce Scherbarth, officiating. 

Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery

A memorial has been established to help support Friends Against Breast Cancer. Contributions may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337

David passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Hot Springs Hospital following a bout with cancer.

He was born on December 27, 1944 in Chadron to John and Prudence Augustine and grew up on the family ranch east of Chadron. He attended rural schools in Dawes and Sheridan counties and graduated from Chadron High School in 1963. 

Shortly afterward, he enrolled at the Spartan School of Aviation in Tulsa, OK, where he studied airplane mechanics. After graduating in 1965, he was nearly always in the transportation field.

He initially worked for United Airlines about seven years in Chicago and Omaha before purchasing a dump truck to haul sand and gravel in the Fort Calhoun area near Omaha for two years.

In the mid-1970s when the railroads were expanding, he was employed as a carman by the Union Pacific. He initially worked at Council Bluffs, IA, and later at Laramie, WY, until retiring in 2000 following an injury. 

His life changed on June 6, 1992, when he married his high school sweetheart, Bobbie Marshall Dolberg, at Camp Norwesca. They spent 25 happy years together, supporting one another in their hobbies and caring for one another in sickness and in health.  

They lived in Laramie until 2004 when they moved to Edgemont, SD, to be closer to family and the Black Hills.

Flying was among his passions and through the years, he owned at least a dozen planes of various models and vintage. He also was a self-taught amateur archaeologist. After spending countless hours by himself searching for native artifacts when he was single, his collection grew faster after Bobbie joined him on ventures to various remote locations.

Besides Bobbie, survivors include stepchildren Randy Dolberg (Heidi Short) of Casper, WY and Kerry Lantgen of Chandler, AR; step-grandchildren Owen, Hayden, Emily and Ava, who called him Grandpa; sister Phyllis (Emory) Scherbarth of Hay Springs, NE; brother Tom (Mary Jane) Augustine of Cleveland, TN; 11 nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother George, who died shortly after birth.

Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements for David J. Augustine.

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