Marlin Trucano


Funeral services for 57-year old Marlin Trucano of Kearney, formerly of Hay Springs, are Thursday, Sept 9, 2021 at 11:00 at the Kearney  Evangelical Free Church with the Rev. Todd Marcy officiating.

Graveside inurnment will be Saturday September 11 at 2:00 at the Fairview Cemetery in Rushville with the Rev. Paul Smith officiating.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Horner Lieske McBride and Kuhl Funeral Home.

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 Horner Lieske McBride and Kuhl Funeral Home in Kearney is in charge of arrangements. 

Marlin Gene Trucano was born May 11, 1964 to the Rev. Alvin and Sharon Trucano at Humboldt, NE. He died Saturday, Sep. 4, 2021 at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney from COVID complications.

Marlin grew up in different areas in Nebraska, as his dad moved from parish to parish, but he always felt the Kearney area was “home.” 

When he was a senior in high school, he and his family moved to Hay Springs, where his dad was the pastor of the Hay Springs and Rushville United Methodist Churches. 

Marlin worked for Rabeler Chevrolet in Rushville and graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1982. 

He moved back to Kearney to attend Kearney State College as a music major. He played trumpet and worked as a DJ, but realized school wasn’t really his thing. 

Marlin worked at several jobs including Broadfoot Sand and Gravel, Lederman’s, and Yellow Freight until he got a job on Feb. 7, 1997, at Brown Transfer in Kearney. 

He stayed with Brown Transfer until his death, rising to senior line-haul driver, going from Kearney to Omaha twice a day delivering freight. 

Marlin received the “Top Senior Driver of the Year Award” in 2015 and competed in Truck Driving Championships for several years, winning multiple trophies.

Marlin married Stephanie Storovich in Jamaica in 1998 and bought acreage and a home outside of Kearney, where he lived until the time of his death.

Marlin was passionate about his many hobbies. Throughout his life he loved photography, playing trumpet, fishing, hunting, archery, mountain biking, writing poetry, Harley Davidsons, collecting movies, loving his cats and supporting Eileen’s Cookies. 

He became a member of the Evangelical Free Church of Kearney in 2020 and attended church there regularly.

Marlin is survived by his mother, Sharon Trucano; his stepmother, Jean Trucano; his sister, Bonnie (Denver) Hartwell; and his ex-wife but best friend, Stephanie Trucano.

He is also survived by nephews Toby (Gretchen) Johnson, Garrick Antillon, Danny (Aide) Harms, and David (Christina) Giacalone; niece Sheena (Jeremy) Morris; stepbrother Jim (Tiffany) Forster; several great-nieces and great-nephews, and many cherished friends.

Marlin was preceded in death by his father Alvin and his stepfather Tony Sabala.