STRATTON -- Ivan C. Brunkhorst, 83, died Tuesday (April 1, 2008) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
He was born Feb. 10, 1925, to Ernest and Sophia (Haarberg) Brunkhorst in Sharon Springs, Kan. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He moved with his family at an early age to Imperial, where he attended school through the eighth grade. He then helped his parents on their farm, and moved with them to the Wauneta Frenchman Valley area.
On Aug.25, 1948, he married Lorene Duhm at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta. They moved to several locations in the Hamlet, Wauneta, Frenchman Valley, Eden and Stratton communities.
He was a lifelong member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and served as Sunday School Superintendent and an Elder. He served on the Frenchman Valley CO-OP board, the Hamlet School Board, a 4-H Leader, and was an active member in whatever community he lived.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Ernest and Sophia Brunkhorst; his wife, Lorene Brunkhorst; an infant son; brother, Ansel Brunkhorst; and sister, Eulene Busking.
Survivors include his daughter, Dianna Rowe and husband, Robert of Brighton, Colo.; son, Dennis Brunkhorst and wife, Cynthia of Palisade; sister, Clairene Weimer and husband, Lee Roy of Hamlet; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta, with the Rev. Greg Stuckwisch officiating. Interment will follow services at Riverside Cemetery near Wauneta.
Visitation will be Friday from 2-6 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.
Memorials may be given in his name to Grandview Retirement Center in Stratton, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta or Community United Methodist Church in Stratton.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.