Herman Henry William Ficken passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 94.
He was born Nov. 1, 1912, to John and Johanna (Noltensmeier) Ficken in Frontier County. He was baptized Dec. 15, 1912, and confirmed May 23, 1926, all at the Salem Lutheran Church. He attended rural and parochial school for nine years.
He married Edna Buell on May 4, 1938, at rural Salem Lutheran Church. To this union three daughters were born, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. They were a great source of joy in his later years. He was a loving father and husband and will be greatly missed.
He was a lifetime farmer. In August of 1983, they moved to Elwood to retire. There he enjoyed his yard work, flowers, and friends. In February 2004, illness forced him to move to Willow Ridge in McCook until his death.
He was presently a member of Peace Lutheran Church in McCook and previously a longtime member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood. He was very active in church work and served on various church boards. He served on school boards and was also active in various community organizations.
He is survived by his wife, Edna of 69 years; three daughters, Janet Hein and husband, Robert of McCook, Joan Burke and husband, Larry of Elwood and Carole Dreher and husband, Robert of Kearney; two brothers, Raymond Ficken and wife, Betty of Cambridge and Harvey Ficken and wife, Corrine of Eustis; seven grandchildren, Laura Preston and husband, Tom of Omaha, Randall Hein and wife, Dana of Lincoln, Jeff Burke of Elwood, Jerrod Burke and wife, Doris of Curtis, Sharon Livingston and husband, Lath of Minden, Angela Kugler and husband, Michael of Lincoln, Jodi Shea and husband, Alec of Laramie, Wyo.; eight great-grandchildren, Katherine Preston, Evan Hein, Lauren and Logan Burke, Kaylee and Kelcie Burke, Leah Livingston, Olivia Kugler; and many relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Arthur Ficken; and sister, Alvena Wickenkamp.
Funeral services will be at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood on Friday, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Ernstmeier officiating. Burial will be in the Elwood Cemetery.
Visitation is today and Wednesday 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. -- noon at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home and Thursday 5 - 8 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood.
Friends may sign his book at the funeral home or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.