Longtime Superintendent Dies

Platte River State Park superintendent passes away. Roger Sykes, the first and only superintendent at Platte River State Park, passed away suddenly Tuesday morning in an Omaha hospital following a brief illness. He was 66.

Sykes, a 43-year employee of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, became superintendent at the then-new Platte River State Park, located near Louisville, in January 1982. Game and Parks officials say he was instrumental in development of the park and has been its steadfast steward.

"Roger was a wonderful ambassador of Nebraska parks," said Game and Parks Director Rex Amack. "His commitment to excellence and hospitality resonated throughout the agency. Our heart-felt sympathies go out to Roger's family."

Sykes began his Game and Parks career in June 1968 as assistant superintendent at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park at North Platte. He became superintendent at Fort Kearny SHP near Kearney in October 1970 before moving to Platte River SP in 1982.

Funeral services are pending at Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home in Louisville.

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