BEATRICE – A man who helped thousands learn more about the weather, and how to serve as spotters to keep people safe, has passed away.
Bruce “B.J.” Fictum of Wilber, died at the age 54, on Saturday.
Fictum worked in radio, emergency management, weather services, as a photographer for local school sports, writing stories, working on electronics and enjoying music. He was an accomplished pianist, a member of the Saline County Agriculture Society and the Rural Saline County Fire District. Former Gage County Emergency Manager, Mark Meints described Fictum as “a very positive person”.
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Fictum served for several years as Saline County Emergency Management Coordinator. Meints said he often relied on B.J.’s writing skills to help in communications or grant writing.
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Fictum was a frequent guest on KWBE, talking about weather preparedness and severe weather information.
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Fictum’s annual spring severe weather seminars, which ran for nearly 25 years, provided up-to-date weather information and training for certified weather spotters, working with the National Weather Service, storm chasers and other experts in the field of meteorology.
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Fictum also helped with the Wilber National Czech U.S.A. Pageants.
He received the Coaches Association Media Person of the Year, The High School Press Association Friend of Media, The Nebraska High School Wrestling Coaches Association Person of the Year, and several Nebraska Press Association Awards.
He is survived by his mother, Carol Fictum of Wilber, and several relatives.
Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber says a memorial and celebration of life service will be on Saturday, December 15th at 11 a.m. at the Wilber Sokol Hall.