Kody Alan Sherman, 70, of Morrill, Nebraska, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2023, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Cremation has taken place as per Kody's wishes. A memorial service to celebrate Kody’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, September 15, 2023, at the First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska with Pastor Craig Collins officiating. Inurnment will follow at Mitchell City Cemetery in Mitchell, Nebraska. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, September 14, at Reverence Funeral Parlor in Scottsbluff. Contributions in Kody’s memory may be made to the United Church of Christ in Seneca, Nebraska, Festival of Hope or Regional West Hospice. The service will be live-streamed and recorded to Kody’s obituary page viewable at www.reverencefuneralparlor.com.
Kody was born on April 3, 1953, in Julesburg, Colorado, to Glen and Jean (Lane) Sherman. The family lived in several states due to Glen's construction or teaching jobs, but always returned to their Seneca, Nebraska home.
Kody was a hardworking and caring individual who dedicated himself to his family and friends. He married Sonia Barnett on November 10, 1979, and together they raised two daughters, Kresta and Alyssa. Kody was a great husband, father, and friend, always willing to support his loved ones. He enjoyed attending country music concerts and rodeos with his daughter. He participated in high school rodeo, engaging in bareback riding, saddle bronc, and bull riding in his younger years.
Kody had a fulfilling career that spanned over four decades. He started as a ranch hand before joining the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in 1973 in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Kody dedicated himself to his job and formed strong bonds with his coworkers. He retired in 2014 after 42 years of service, leaving behind a legacy of hard work and dedication. His many railroad brothers and sisters knew him as "Coyote" or "Sparky".
He was an active member of the United Church of Christ in Seneca, Nebraska where he was baptized on December 8, 1991. Kody developed a closer relationship with God when he was faced with his daughter Alyssa’s tragic drowning and death. His faith was an important aspect of his life, providing him with strength and guidance.
Outside of work Kody had various hobbies that brought him joy. He enjoyed leatherwork, making keychains, welding, gardening, and yard work. These activities allowed him to express his creativity and enjoy the outdoors.
Kody is survived by his loving wife, Sonia; daughter, Kresta Sherman; sister, Barnie Sherman; brother, Bill (Cindy) Sherman; brother-in-law, Lloyd (Dixie) Barnett; sisters-in-law, Beverly (David) Dennis and Evelyn (Glenn) Camerer; uncles; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and railroad brothers/sisters.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Alyssa; parents, Glen and Jean Sherman; sister, Kelle McIntosh; and in-laws, Leo and Helen Barnett, Michael Hensley, and Clyde Younkin.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Tara Longoria, Regional West Oncology and Regional West Hospice for the amazing care they all provided to Kody. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. May his memory live on in our hearts and may he rest in eternal peace.