Jay Dee Druecker

Jay Dee Druecker
Jay Dee Druecker, 69, of Chadron, NE, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008 at his home in Chadron. A memorial service was held on Jan. 12 at the Chadron United Methodist Church with the Rev. Seth Leypoldt and Dr. Russ Seger officiating. At his request, he was cremated.

He was born June 20, 1938 in Omaha, NE to Fred and Clara Druecker. He married Jane Hall of Scottsbluff, NE on Aug. 26, 1962.Two sons were born to this union, Scott and Craig.

Jay graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1956. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1962 with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. He earned his master's and doctorate from the Univerity of New Mexico. In 1968, he joined the faculty of Chadron State College and taught there 36 years.


Initially, Jay's teaching focused on environmental biology subjects. In the mid-70s and in response to students' needs, he began to transition his teaching focus to human biology.

During the 1977-78 school year, Jay took a sabbatical from Chadron State College and completed his first-year medical school curriculum at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was instrumental in the development of the Rural Health Opportunities curriculum and activities at Chadron State College.

In May 2004, Jay received the J.G. Elliott Award from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, given annually to a Nebraska resident who made significant contributions to health and medicine programs for the state of Nebraska.

Jay has continually been recognized by his former students for his role in their thorough preparation for success in health profesion schools.

When his boys were growing up, he was active in outdoor activities including Boy Scouts and nature-based family vacations. Jay and his family established the Druecker Lawn Service in the early 80s.

He and his wife were members of the Chadron United Methodist Church where, since retirement, he devoted several years to the landscaping projects. Jay enjoyed the outdoors and had property at Lake McConaughy.

He loved sharing his enjoyment with his six grandchildren. Jay was never without a project such as construction and remodeling at home and with his sons. Jay had a diverse interest base from troll figurine collecting to fine art and folk and blue-grass music appreciation to wine tasting.

Survivors include his wife, Jane; two sons, Scott and his wife, Kim, of Vermillion and Craig and his wife, Brenda, of Inman, KS; six grandchildren, Casey, Makenna, Blake, and Logan Druecker, Nathan and Danea Mann; nephews, Jim and Janet Gruber of Plattsmouth, NE and George and Billie Jo Gruber of Paola, KS; niece Marcia and Steve Paul of Carrollton, TX; several great-nephews and nieces; a sister-in-law, Barb Peck and husband, Gene of Hastings, NE; and two nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.

Memorials may be given in his name to School of Allied Health, UNMC in Omaha or the Chadron United Methodist Church in care of Chamberlain Chapel, Box 970, Chadron, NE.

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