Wilbur Darrell Egert, 95, of rural Prophetstown, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2017, at Boulder Community Hospital surrounded by his family. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s of the Field Cemetery, outside Hooppole. A visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 at Vandemore Funeral Home, in Atkinson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wilbur Egert Memorial Fund, with all donations given to local charities.

Wilbur Darrell Egert, 95, of rural Prophetstown, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2017, at Boulder Community Hospital surrounded by his family. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s of the Field Cemetery, outside Hooppole. A visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 at Vandemore Funeral Home, in Atkinson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wilbur Egert Memorial Fund, with all donations given to local charities.

Wilbur was born on the family farm south of Prophetstown on May 16, 1922, the son of Perry and Lila (Pritchard) Egert. He was the oldest of four children. He married the love of his life, Mary Jean VanDeVelde, on Aug. 27, 1946, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, in Prophetstown.

Wilbur farmed north of Atkinson for more than 70 years. He loved the land and his cattle. He played saxophone for many years in several local bands, including the Prophetstown City Band and the Geneseo Maple Leaf Band. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed flying his 1949 Luscombe Silvaire airplane into his 80s.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean; two children and their spouses, Sandra (Bob) Searls, of Longmont, Colo.; and Terry (Rochelle) Egert, of Littleton, Colo. His five grandchildren are: Stephanie Cusack, Michael Searls, George Pavlantos, Brittni Levering and Lindsay Phelan. He has eight great-grandchildren. Wilbur also is survived by two sisters, Lavona Oncken and Phyllis Taber. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lois Oetzel; and three brothers-in-law, Dwight Oetzel, Ronald Oncken and Nelson Taber.