Emerson Schwenk - March 18, 2010
Emerson Duane Schwenk was born on the south divide of Wauneta, Neb. to George and Leona (Buffington) Schwenk Paustian on June 13, 1928. He passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at his home just across the road from where he was born.
Emerson attended District #17 school through the 8th grade and then attended high school in Wauneta graduating with the class of 1945.
He farmed with his dad on the family farm, did some painting, and was a mail carrier.
On June 12, 1949 he married Joyce Kitt at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, south of Wauneta. They were married 60 years. To this union four children were born: Rhonda, Janet, Matt and Nick.
He was a farmer and rancher and co-owner/operator of the Imperial Auction Market for numerous years.
He loved being around people and often wished he had written a book about his memories of the different people he met.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows where he sang in a quartet that performed for various community functions. Lydia Sinner accompanied them. Emerson also sang in the “Kitt Quartet” with Paul Kitt and brothers-in-law, Dean and Neil. They were accompanied by the lovely and talented Joyce Schwenk.
He played softball on the south divide team and enjoyed fishing, but the sport of his life was golf.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, George Peter and Louisa Schwenk and Frank and Carrie Buffington; father, George; and brother-in-law, Donald Denker.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; mother, Leona Paustian; daughters, Rhonda (Lynn) Brunkhorst, Janet (Rich) Keiser, and sons, Matt (Tammy) Schwenk, and Nick Schwenk; sister, Joan Denker; nephew, Kurt Denker; and niece, Michelle Sis; grandchildren, Kari (Brian) Sprenger, Neil (Sara) Brunkhorst, Raelyn (Kyle) Baker, Aaron and Brennan Keiser, Katie, Kasey and Kody Schwenk; great-grandchildren, Logan and Noah Brunkhorst, Peyton and Taylor Sprenger.
Funeral services for Emerson was held on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at the Wauneta Methodist Church at 2 p.m. with Pastor Judy Dye officiating.
Piano and organ music was provided by a CD recorded by Lucille McBride and Diana Ham. Hymn selections were from a 1949 recording of male singers that Emerson sang with.
Casketbearers were Kasey Schwenk, Neil Brunkhorst, Kyle Baker, Brian Sprenger, Aaron and Brennan Keiser.
Honorary casketbearers were George Pearson, Tom Kiplinger, John Metzger, Terry Nichols, Rolland Fortkamp, Terry Bilka, Carol Burge and Vaughn McBride.
Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, with Liewer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.