Troy Dale Jay Serbousek was born on Nov 5 1968 at Pine Ridge SD. He passed away Dec 10 2020 at Chadron Community Hospital. Troy grew up in NW Nebraska and always considered the area home. He later spent his teenage and later years in Stuart NE after attending high school there and working various jobs including security and ranch work. One of his favorite memories though was traveling across Nebraska and South Dakota with his step brother Stan Fernau working as his one and only roadie, helping set up and take down Stan’s karaoke equipment wherever Stan played. After Stan’s death in 2004, Troy returned to the Chadron area where he lived until the time of his death. Troy never knew a stranger and he had a great memory remembering people he met years ago. He made many friends while in Chadron. He would hang out in the local taverns almost every evening in downtown Chadron, but never drank a drop of alcohol. Instead you would find him drinking a Pepsi talking to anyone that wanted to visit. Sometimes he’d challenge others to a game of pool and would even let them win sometimes. And at bar close, Troy would be a dependent sober driver willing to give about any college student, rancher/farmer or other local a ride home that needed one, never charging a cent but always willing to accept a late night hamburger from McDonald’s as payment. Troy loved to travel and enjoyed going on the occasional trip. He owned several vehicles over his life and whenever he had a pick up truck, he was always willing to lend a hand to anyone that needed help moving. He loved to stay up on the local news always stopping by the local convenience stores after bar close visiting with the clerks and picking up the most recent newspapers to read later at home. Troy’s kindness and friendship will be missed by so many.
Due to Covid restrictions and to help prevent further infections, there will be no funeral service at this time. A memorial service celebrating Troy’s life will be held later next year. Memorials made be made either directly to the family in lieu of burial costs or to the Shop With A Cop program at the Chadron Police Department or any charity of the donor’s choice. Troy had a long time relationship with Chadron PD, serving as an Explorer when he was younger and friendships with many officers both past and present, often doing ride-alongs, or just stopping by and visiting especially since his brother was the one time 911 dispatch supervisor.
Troy leaves to mourn his mother, Marlene Russell of Butte NE, siblings, Shaeleen (Darrin) Liewer of Butte, NE, Russell Jo (Kari) Serbousek of rural Hay Springs, NE, Nicolette (Lyle) Horn of Hay Springs, NE, Tony Serbousek of St Francis KS, Natalie Fernau of Plainview NE, Joseph (Geraldine Fast Horse) Valandra, Jr. of Pine Ridge, SD; Carmelita (Keith) Doke of Des Moines, IA, Donald Hardeman of Lampasas, TX, Sara Dilley and Beka Dilley both of Fort Dodge, IA; step brothers Scott Fernau (Rebecca) of Chadron NE and Steve Fernau of Atkinson, NE as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Ed A Serbousek, step-father Lyle Fernau, sister Roseann Scherbarth, brother Wayne Valandra, nephews Cody Ruegge and Michael Fernau as well as paternal and maternal grandparents.