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Tommie Chryst

Tommie A. Chryst Sr.

Tuesday, April 18th, 1950 - Friday, May 15th, 2020
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Tommie A. Chryst Sr.

Tommie Alan Chryst Sr., age 70, of Burwell, NE, peacefully passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 at Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Inurnment with Military Honors will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. You may view Tommie’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Tommie’s care and funeral arrangements.
Tom was born April 18, 1950 to Lyle and Bonnie (Smith) Chryst in Sidney, NE. He attended school through Senior year at Sidney Public School. After graduation he joined the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1971. He married Ruby Ann (Jenks) Chryst and together they welcomed two children, Tommie Alan and Sarah Kathleen. He worked as a lineman for Wheatbelt Public Power for over 25 years. This job took the family to Oshkosh, NE.
He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, shooting pool and watching sports, live and on T.V. He also enjoyed woodworking, building special projects for friends and family. Tom was always willing to help others, mowing lawns and fixing whatever needed fixed. He would toss the ball and work on baseball skills or play a board game, anytime. Most warm spring and summer nights you would find him hunting nightcrawlers for his fishing bait. Tom could have driven the roads to Island and Crescent Lakes blindfolded. He’d bait your hook, spit on the worm for “good luck” and off you’d go, guaranteed to catch a big one. He loved his family unconditionally and would do anything for them.
Tom will be missed by: his children, Tommie Chryst Jr., of Genoa, NE (Catherine Chryst, Trigger and Rogen of Cheyenne, WY, Clayton Chryst of Callaway, NE, and step-daughter Shay Kanter of Palmer, NE) and Sarah (Justin) Sybrant ( Morgan and Kayla) of Bassett, NE; his sisters, Deb Dolan of Sidney, NE and Sandy (Jack) Applegate of Broomfield, CO; step-sisters Linda Shaffer of Birch Tree, MO, June (Ron) Draper, Gurley, NE, Kathy (Myron) Woody of Sidney, NE; and many extended family members and dear friends.
He will be having a reunion with: his father, Lyle Chryst; mother, Bonnie (Smith-Chryst) Applegate; step-mother Norma Chryst who passed before him and several relatives and acquaintances who passed before him.
Memorial money donated will be divided among Community Memorial Health Center, Asera Care Hospice and Madonna Rehabilitation in Omaha, NE.
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Kenneth Holbrook

Posted at 10:45pm
Thanks for a lot of childhood memory's I think of them often....Wiffle ball home run derby, Basketball in your driveway, Marbles (pots) in the backyard etc. You were a little older but put up with My brothers and I. You took the time to teach me how to play baseball and basketball and just horse around. Sounds like you lived a full and wonderful life.
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Jacque Worster-Borges

Posted at 06:27pm
My sincere condolences to the family . . . . I guess I have been misspelling Tommie's name all these years, learn something new every day. The Chryst family was/is a part of my life thru junior/senior high school and after. Tom used to do the driving to school in that wild Plymouth, he, Mr. Chryst (Lyle) and I all worked up at Thomas Lumber at the same time, don't think that wasn't interesting!!! Tommie never failed to raz me to no end no matter when or where we ran into one another over the years. Heart big as Dallas . . . rest in peace.
 
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Sarah Sybrant Posted at 08:38pm

Thank you for sharing that memory!!! He gave people a hard time till the end! ;)
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