Kent Doetker - February 21, 2013
Kent Eugene Doetker departed this life Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at Sunrise Heights in Wauneta, Neb. He was born on Aug. 7, 1942 in Imperial, Neb. to Albert and Velma (Fortkamp) Doetker.
Kent grew up on the family farm southeast of Wauneta.
He attended Eden Grade School and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1960.
Kent was united in marriage to Loralie “Susie” Mathews on June 21, 1964 at the United Methodist Church in Imperial, Neb. They made their home on the South Divide southwest of Wauneta. Two sons were blessed to this union, Jed and Kelly.
On March 29, 1966 Kent was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a tank crewman in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged as a Corporal (E-4) Marine on March 28, 1972. Kent enjoyed staying in contact with other fellow Marines.
He was a member of the American Legion and served on the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Wauneta Jaycees and received the outstanding officer award in 1965. In 1977, Kent was presented with the Imperial Jaycees Outstanding Young farmer/rancher award.
Kent was a member of the Honor Guard and organized the names of people, who were in the military, for the Veteran’s Memorial that is in the Mount Hope Cemetery.
Kent enjoyed his life as a rancher and farmer. He loved the beauty of the ranch located south of Wauneta and took pride in his cattle, horses and the daily maintenance of the ranch.
His pride and joy was his grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.
Kent was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Velma (Fortkamp) Doetker; wife, Loralie “Susie” Doetker; father-in-law, William Mathews and mother-in-law, Edna (Bremer) Mathews; sister-in-law, Lavon (Mathews) Pilchuck; brother-in-law, Bill Pilchuck; and nephew, Matt Pilchuck.
Survivors include son, Jed and wife, DeAnn; son, Kelly and wife, Dawn; grandchildren: Jordyn, Caid, Coleton, McKenna and Kenton Doetker; brother, Loren and wife, Karen, all of Wauneta; brother-in-law, Boyd and wife, Joan Mathews of Imperial; brother-in-law, Byrell and wife, Gloria Mathews of Texas; brother-in-law, Gary and wife, Joy of Texas; and many special nieces, nephews and close friends.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. (MT), Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with Pastor Bonnie McCord officiating.
Inurnment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, Neb. with military honors provided by the American Legion Post #304, Wauneta.
There will be no visitation, Kent chose to be cremated.
The family asks that in leiu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the United Methodist Church of Wauneta, Neb. in Kent’s name.
Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.