LINCOLN — A memorial service for Kenneth Warneke, 82, of Lincoln is scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Savior Lutheran Church, 4710 N 10th St. in Lincoln. A private burial will be held at a later date. Being an avid Husker fan, the family is welcoming anyone to wear their Husker apparel. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to the family for future designation.
Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln is in charge of arrangements.
Ken entered the emergency room on March 17, extremely weak from a cold, was diagnosed with AML and fought hard to overcome the many complications arising from that diagnosis. He was called to his heavenly home surrounded by his wife and three children on April 4, 2019.
Kenneth Ray was born in Pierce on March 8, 1937, to Walter and Ella (Krehnke) Warneke. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith in Pierce and was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osmond. He graduated from Osmond High School with the Class of 1954. He married Barbara Ann Mask July 15, 1956. In 2016, the couple celebrated 60 years of marriage with family and friends. Four children were born to this marriage. Victoria (Mark) Krienert of Osmond, Pamela (Rick) Koepping of Fayetteville, AR, David (Sandy) Warneke of Lincoln and Cindy (Darwin) Eucker of Malcolm. Ken worked for JP Theisen & Sons for 45 years as a heavy construction machine operator, helping to build roads across the state of Nebraska. He retired as foreman in 2001. He loved sports of all kinds, especially Husker football and volleyball. In his early years, he was an avid bowler. During one of his league nights, everyone was excited watching him bowl
290. After retirement, he enjoyed attending his grandkids' and greatgrandkids' sporting events. His faith in the Lord was the most important priority in his life. He loved his church, Holy Savior Lutheran in Lincoln, and was a faithful servant in everything he did for his church and for others. It was evident he loved the Lord by the examples he set and the way he lived his life. He was devoted to his Bible study and praying for others. He was an avid reader, loved his crossword puzzles and enjoyed celebrating a shared birthday with his son David. He absolutely loved the dogs that were a part of his family throughout the years. During the short time he was hospitalized, his family was blessed to hear stories of something Ken had done for them, shared with them or supported them during their times of need. The words his daughterin-law Sandy spoke to him, “Ken, you are just the nicest man I have ever met,” describe him the most.
Proceeding him in death were his daughter, Vicky Krienert; parents, Walter and Ella Warneke; mother and father-in-law, Charlie and Wynell Mask; brother, Leonald Warneke; baby brother, LeRoy Warneke; brother-in-law, Hershel Kilgore; niece, Jody Schott, and nephew, Kevin Kilgore.
Ken is survived by his wife, three children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.