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Herbert "Shorty" Magana

July 16, 1931 — April 12, 2020

Herbert "Shorty" T. Magana, 88, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 12, 2020 at Gothenburg Health in Gothenburg, NE.

He was born July 16, 1931 in Maple Park, IL, son of Emigdio Tututi-Cruz and Hermina Nieves.

He was united in marriage to Molly Martinez on April 25, 1956 in Lexington, to this union four children were born: Juanita, Rick, Sylvia, Herbert Jr. and then later adopted sons Frank and Jesse Magana. Special granddaughter Jessica Rodriguez that he and Molly raised since the age of 2 months old, she was the primary care taker. A special thank you to his daughter in law that helped him by being a provider for transport for dialysis Laurae Magana.

Shorty worked at Mann Hay Company and Island Dehy.

He enjoyed fishing, dancing, and spending time with all of his family and friends.

Survivors include wife, Molly Magana of Gothenburg, NE;  three daughters, Juanita (Marco) Valenzuela of Columbus, Sylvia (Gary) Risman of Cimarron, KS, Carmen(Felix)Tututi Vitela of Mexico, four sons, Rick (Hedi) Magana .of Grand Island, NE, Herbert (Janice) Magana Jr. of Gothenburg, NE, Frank (Laurae) Magana of Lexington, NE, Jesse (Annette) Magana of Gothenburg, NE; Granddaughter Jessica Rodríguez (Jay), 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, a sister and two grandsons.

Private family services were held.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1915 Ave J, Gothenburg, NE, Saturday, August 8, 2020, 11:00 AM.

Memorials may be given to the National Kidney Foundation 30 East 33rd street, New York, NY 10016.

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Mass

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Our Lady of Good Counsel

, Gothenburg, NE 69138

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