WAHOO -- Saunders County native and Major League ball player Bob Cerv, 91, died April 6 at Carter Place in Blair.
A native of Weston, Cerv was a well-know Major League Baseball player throughout the 1950’s and into the early 1960’s. He began his professional career with the KC Blues minor league team, before being recruited by the New York Yankees.
Cerv played for the Yankees alongside Rodger Maris and Mickey Mantel.
He retired from baseball in 1962. He returned to Saunders County and coached baseball and men’s basketball at John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo.
He coached throughout the college’s existence from 1965 to 1975.
Cerv grew up on a farm west of Weston and graduated from Weston in 1943.
Cerv was a four-year letterman in basketball and baseball at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Last fall, a group of local men that knew Cerv began organizing a tribute at the park in Weston.
The five-foot tall monument will include a detailed list of Cerv’s life accomplishments.
Organizers have yet to identify a completion date.
Friend and John F Kennedy alum Don Clark said Cerv always put faith and family first in his life.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. John Nepomucene Church in Weston.
Visitation is Sunday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary at the church.