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Wayne "Tuffy" Barent


April 13, 2016

Wayne “Tuffy” Barent, 84, longtime Ogallala resident, died Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Perkins County Health Services in Grant, Ne.

Wayne was born April 4, 1932 in Seneca, Nebr., the son of John and Inez ( Smith) Barent. After graduating from high school in Mullen he attended Chadron State College.

He attended Chadron Nebr. College and later Sol Ross College in Alpine, Texas. In 1953 Tuffy entered the National Collegiate Rodeo finals where he won one go-around in bareback riding. Tuffy was the Nebraska State Bareback Champion from 1956 to 1958.

Over the years Tuffy worked for ranches, highway construction, the Gerald Gentleman Power Plant, and sold crop insurance for 25 years.

On April 4, 1980, Tuffy was united in marriage to Barbara A. Fries. The couple resided in rural Ogallala.

Tuffy was a member of the Ogallala Elks Lodge and the Ogallala Roundup Rodeo Committee. His favorite hobby was playing cribbage.

Survivors include his wife Barbara Barent of Ogallala; his sons: Dwayne Barent of Sidney, Dean (Kerri) Barent of Worland, Wyo., Dan Barent of Buffalo, Wyo., and Randy (Roberta) Barnes of Halsey; sister Lavina Sevier of Seneca; brother Boyd Barent of Lakewood, Colo.. and also nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Service will be Wednesday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the Ogallala First United Methodist Church with Rev. Chuck Rager officiating. The Service will be live streamed from and from, for those unable to attend. Interment is in the Ogallala Cemetery. Online Condolences may be sent to A memorial has been established in his memory.

Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.


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