Darleen C. Pike, 87 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska (formerly of Arvada, Colorado)

Courtesy/Nelson Bauer Funeral Home

Memorial Services for Darleen C. Pike will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the Moses Hill Covenant Church in rural Holdrege, Nebraska with Pastor Craig Roberts officiating. Private family inurnment for Darleen and her departed beloved husband, Melvin will be held in the Moses Hill Cemetery in Phelps County, Nebraska prior to the services at the church.

Darleen C. Pike, 87 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska (formerly of Arvada, Colorado), passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. Darleen was born June 2, 1927 at Aberdeen, South Dakota, the youngest of three children born to Harry and Thelma (Rapp) Veatch. She received her education from Conde Public School in Conde, South Dakota, graduating with the class of 1945. After graduating from high school Darleen assisted with the WW II effort at the Defense Plant in Hastings, Nebraska. She then pursued higher education studying Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Following her education, Darleen settled in Denver, Colorado, where she met Melvin G. Pike. They met while they were both employed at the Bowman Biscuit Company. On July 24, 1948, Melvin and Darleen were united in marriage in Denver and to this union four children were born: Randi, Theron, Janet, and Kevin. Melvin then began a long employment opportunity with Coors in Golden, Colorado and Darleen at this time focused her efforts raising their children and being a homemaker.

The couple loved serving their Lord as missionaries with the Overseas Christian Servicemen Centers (now known as Cadence), refurbishing centers within the United States, Panama and Japan. Throughout their married life they both enjoyed teaching Sunday school and were very involved within their churches where they resided. Following their time with Cadence, Melvin enjoyed volunteering with ACRA, Inc. helping the less fortunate.

Darleen was a talented artist, who especially enjoyed oil painting and Melvin loved his carpentry work which included cabinet making. Darleen was preceded in death by Melvin on April 25, 2007. She continued to reside in Arvada until 2010, when Darleen decided to relocate to Holdrege to be near her daughter.

Besides her husband, Melvin; Darleen was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. Darleen leaves to mourn her passing; her four children: Randi Shanley and her husband, Robert of Wichita, Kansas, Theron Pike and his wife, Kathy of Santa Rosa California, Janet Roberts and her husband, Craig of rural Loomis, Nebraska and Kevin Pike and his wife, Lynn of Ft. Collins, Colorado; seven grandchildren: Brian Roberts and his wife, Buket, Karen Kirby, Denise Roberts, David Kirby, Kelli Pike, Melanie Pike and Thomas Pike; six great-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Richard Pike of Stevens Point, Wisconsin; and a host of other relatives and friends.

There will be no visitation, the family is honoring Darleen's wish for cremation.

A memorial has been established in Darleen's honor and kindly suggested to "Feed My Starving Children" or the Moses Hill Covenant Church. Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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