Edward Henry Backes, 90 years of age, of Alma, Nebraska

Mass of Christian Burial for Edward H. Backes will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Orleans, Nebraska with Father Jamie Hottovy officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery at Orleans with military honors provided by the Harold Morin American Legion Post #184 of Orleans in conjunction with United States Army Military Honors Team.

Edward Henry Backes, 90 years of age, of Alma, Nebraska (formerly of Orleans) passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the Colonial Villa Good Samaritan Center in Alma. Ed was born July 7, 1922 on the family farm north of Orleans in Harlan County, Nebraska, the eighth of nine children born to Frederich Nicholas and Anna Augusta (White) Backes. He was baptized and confirmed at the St. Mary's Catholic Church. Ed received his primary education from the St. Mary's Catholic School and then graduated from Orleans High School with the class of 1939.

Following his education, he engaged in farming with his parents on the family farm north of Orleans. In December of 1942, Ed was inducted into the United States Army and served his country during WW II until his honorable discharge in November of 1945. After his service, Ed then returned to Harlan County, where he continued to farm until his retirement. In December of 2005, Ed suffered a stroke during a heart valve surgery. Then in February of 2006, he began to make his home at the Colonial Villa, where he was cared for like family.

Ed loved the outdoors; was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved to play cards. For many years after church on Sundays, Ed enjoyed his hobby of documenting with photography; old churches and schools throughout the rural areas of Nebraska and Kansas. He enjoyed sharing stories about these photos with family and friends while he was visited in the Villa.

Ed was a lifetime member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Harold Morin American Legion Post #184 of Orleans, the V.F.W. and the Orleans Lions Club. Ed was also involved with the ASCS Office in Alma for seventeen years, both as an employee and board member, he also served as a Harlan County Supervisor for four terms, and prior to his stroke assisted with funerals for the Mitchell Funeral Home since 1976. Ed enjoyed giving many tours of the St. Mary's Church throughout the years; being one of the founding families of the parish he would describe the historical value of the church with great knowledge.

Besides his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Backes; seven sisters: Marea Dehut, Elizabeth Bolton, Louise Backes, Veronica "Jean" Stoelting, Eleanor Backes, Rita Specht, and Catherine Noland, two nephews: Chad Dehut and Vincent Specht.

Ed leaves to mourn his passing; a host of special nieces and nephews that meant a lot to his life: Leonard Dehut, Michael Noland, Daniel Noland, James Stoelting, Gary Stoelting, John Stoelting, Anita Weiser, Judith Wright, Jeanette Lucero, Carolyn Stoeling-Lyon, Kathryn Skiles, Mary Davis, and Kellyn Christensen; many great nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews; and many close friends.

Visitation will be held at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Orleans on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with a Rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. at church as well.

A memorial has been established in Ed's honor and kindly suggested to the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Orleans.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Mitchell Funeral Home in Orleans is in charge of the arrangements.

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