Nate Metschke

The Neligh and Oakdale communities are mourning the loss of the school’s band director this Christmas Eve.

Nate Metschke, a native of Chambers, has been teaching band at N-O since 2002.

Metschke, age 40, died of surgical complications at the University of Nebraska Medical Center late Monday, Dec. 24. He was undergoing treatment for cancer.

He leaves to mourn his wife, Darcy; three children and a host of family, friends and former and current students.

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