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Larry D. Bratton, Age 74

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Larry D. Bratton, Age 74

Larry D. Bratton

Larry Duane Bratton of Cozad passed away Sunday, June 20th, 2021 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at the age of 74. Larry was born June 12th, 1947 at Eureka,

Larry was born June 12th, 1947 at Eureka, Kansas to Robert and Edna Mae (Wheeler) Bratton. He graduated from Manhattan High School, Manhattan, Kansas in 1966. Larry married Constance 'Coni' Allen on April 28th, 1967 in Manhattan, Kansas. To this union two children were born, James and Michelle. He attended Kansas State University majoring in accounting. He and Coni resided in Kansas, Illinois and the Omaha area, finally settling in Cozad in 1979. Larry went to work for Nebraska Farm Products until his retirement in 2013. In November of 2000, Larry and Coni purchased a business in Cozad which became B's Bottles & Videos. They sold the business in October of 2016. His wife Coni passed away in December of 2016. On December 7th, 2018 Larry married Phyllis Loecker Burkhart of Yankton, SD. The couple continued to reside in Cozad.

Larry followed all of his grandkids activities either in person or on-line. He enjoyed attending Ducks Unlimited Banquets and had an extensive Ducks Unlimited Decoy Collection. Growing up, Larry's parents owned a family restaurant which is where he perfected his cooking skills and love of different and exotic foods. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. His desire in life was to travel. He planned every summer family vacation and made a "mixtape" of songs ranging from Credence Clearwater Revival, the Doobie Brothers to the Bee Gees. He and Coni enjoyed many trips around the country to attend Dehy Conventions. His favorite destination was Mexico, making many trips over the years. He loved the sandy beaches, trying exotic foods and tropical drinks. He will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jean 'Babe' Wheeler; his brothers, Robert 'Bobby' Bratton and Ernest 'Wayne' Bratton; and his wife, Coni. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Cozad; son, James (Tammy) Bratton, grandchildren Jake (Amanda) Bratton, Bayley and Dawson Bratton, great granddaughters, Brynnlee and Annika, all of Douglas, WY; his daughter Michelle (Jamie) Liewer, grandchildren Walker, Wyatt and Wreece, all of O'Neill, NE; Phyllis' family, Jeff (Lisa) Loecker of Yankton, SD, Dawn (Shawn) Rithmiller of Webster, SD, Shanna (Jeff) Warden of Lawton, IA, Jeremy (Amanda) Wells of Sturgis, SD and Chris (Loni) Wells of Rapid City, SD, 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; his sister, Sue (Tom) Ortiz of Topeka, KS; sisters-in-law, Dixie Bratton of Augusta, KS and DeAnn Bratton of Manhatton, KS; and numerous nieces, nephews.

Memorials are suggested to Ducks Unlimited Cozad Chapter or Cozad Elks Lodge 2250. Online condolences may be shared at Larry's wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service was held Friday, June 25th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel.