Kenneth Henry Kunnemann

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Kenneth Henry Kunnemann was born northwest of Imperial, Nebraska, on Dec. 1, 1931, to George and Rosa (Haarberg) Kunnemann. Ken was baptized on Dec. 20, 1931, and confirmed on May 20, 1945, at the Lutheran Church in Imperial. Ken attended District #6 in northwest Chase County for eight years and then went to work on the family farm. In 1952, Ken enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. Ken spent one year at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California, and then went on to Korea during the war, where he served as military police.
After returning home from Korea, Ken married Kathryn Kunkee from rural McCook. The couple was married on Dec. 12, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ash Creek near McCook. Ken and Kathy settled on the farm where they raised their six children and farmed and ranched together. They resided on the farm for 61 years until 2015 when Kenneth moved to the Imperial Manor. Ken and Kathy celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in December.
Ken loved when irrigation came to Chase County. His dad had one of the first wells in the county, drilled in 1949. He also loved helping his kids with their 4-H and FFA projects. Ken was a seed corn salesman for over 35 years and he enjoyed planting test plots and trying new fertilizer products. Ken also enjoyed playing cards with the card club they belonged to for over 50 years, and dancing and supplying the music for their dances. He especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and going fishing after a rain when his kids were young.
Ken passed away Jan. 20, 2021, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney. He was 89 years of age.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents George and Rosa; son-in-law Norman Clark; and brother William Kunnemann.
Survivors include wife Kathy Kunnemann; daughters, Debra Clark of Imperial, Duanna Bradley and husband Bill of Holyoke, Colorado and Dana Real and husband Bernie of McCook; sons, Myron Kunnemann and wife Susan of Imperial, Marlon Kunnemann and wife Carol of Imperial, Morgan Kunnemann and wife Sidra of Waynesville, Missouri; grandchildren, Lael Biesecker, Lane Clark, Kristol Ginapp, Melissa Kennedy, Blair Jung, Amber Alvarado, Miles Kunnemann, Kayla Washa, Kody Bedore, Heath Bedore, Aaron Kunnemann, Kandra Kunnemann, Sydney Kunnemann, and Noah Kunnemann; step-grandchildren, Angie Worth, Andrea Louthan, Perry Vetter, Abbi Vetter, Sydney Vetter, Chris Real and Mike Real; nine great-grandchildren; 16 step great-grandchildren; two step great great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Mary Ann Kunnemann and Ruth Ann Hackenkamp; brothers-in-law: Roger (Betty) Kunkee and Delbert (Marilyn) Kunkee; special life-long friend from the Marines: Robert Mathis from Missouri.
Funeral Services for Ken will be held on Friday, Jan. 29, 10:30 a.m. (MT), at Zion Lutheran Church, Imperial, with Pastor David Kahle officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2-6 p.m. (MT), at the funeral home in Imperial.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be left at
Liewer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements


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