Sept. 17, 1953- June 6 2007
BENKELMAN -- Kathleen Diane Newtson passed away at the age of 53 on June 6, 2007, at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
She was born Sept. 17, 1953, in North Platte, to Orville L. and Phyllis (Gamble) Kern. She graduated from North Platte High School in 1971, and from McCook Community College with a Secretarial Science Degree in 1993.
Up to the time of her passing she was a night Dispatcher and Jailer for the Dundy County Sheriffs Department. Kathy was dedicated to serving the community with each call she answered.
She met her husband, Wes while they were in high school and corresponded via mail the duration of his years of service in the Army. They were united in marriage on Jan. 3 1977, in North Platte.
Proceeding her in death are, father Orville L. Kern and brother, Charles T. Kern.
Survivors include, husband, Wes; daughters, Krys L. Traver and husband, Eric of Dallas, Texas, Keta R. Rinne and husband, Kris of Benkelman, Miranda D. Newtson of Lincoln, and Kati J. Seybold and husband, Chris of McCook; mother, Phyllis Kern of North Platte; sisters, Karen Pierson of Denver Colo., and Keta Smith and husband, Matt of North Platte; special father, Edward Warren of Benkelman; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her wishes were to have her body donated to the Anatomical Board of Nebraska to assist in further research of medical science and to not have a funeral. There will be no viewing.
A private memorial service has been planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers condolences may be sent to the family at PO Box 566 Benkelman, NE 69021.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.