Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2011

Obituary – Elmer B. Konken

Elmer B. Konken

COLERIDGE — Elmer B. Konken, 83, Coleridge, died Feb. 28, 2011, at Park View Haven Nursing Home, Coleridge.
Visitation and a prayer service were March 3 at the Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge, and continued Friday at church one hour prior to services.
Funeral Services were March 4 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, with the Rev. Katherine Russell officiating.
Burial was at the Lawn Ridge Cemetery, Coleridge.


Pallbearers were Gail, Galen, Greg, Kelly, Barry, Lee, Bob, John, Kevin, Kurtis and Korey Konken; David Pedersen, Douglas Pedersen and Virgil Bayne.
Honorary Pallbearers were Tyson Konken, Jennifer Wibbels, Jessica Sagehorn, Amy Nass, Michael Nass, Carly Nass, Abby Keiss and Molly Keiss.
Elmer Ben Konken was born March 12, 1927, in Hartington, to John and Selma (Wittler) Konken. He attended Pleasant View District 47 country school. Elmer served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1947. He married Donna Jean Johnson Feb. 11, 1951, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, where he was also baptized and confirmed. Elmer and Jean farmed north of Coleridge and near Pleasant Valley before moving to their current farm south of Coleridge in 1956.
Elmer was one of the first custom hay haulers in the country and also did custom corn shelling. He had a passion for attending farm auctions and buying antique farm tractors and older farm equipment. He would haul these items home with his pickup and homemade trailer. He repaired, repainted, and put them in the many sheds he had built. Elmer and Jean had three large antique tractor and farm equipment auctions on their farm. Elmer also had a Model A and Model T car that he loved to have his children and grandchildren drive him around the farm in.
As his health began to fail, he physically was unable to carry out his refurbishing and rebuilding talents, so instead proudly shared his farm stories, tractors and his adventures with his family, friends, doctors and nurses or anyone who shared and loved the farm life.
Elmer is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean; a son, Howard James, and wife, Linda, Wellington, Colo.; two daughters, Marva Lee Nass, Fort Collins, Colo., and Connie and husband, Terry Keiss, Kearney; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Clarence Konken, Yankton, S.D.; Vernon Konken, Hartington; Gerald and Delores Konken, Hartington; and sister, Gladys and husband, Marvin Pedersen, Hartington.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Marvin, Norman, Wendell and an infant brother; and sister, Lorna Vedder.

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