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Ervin Willard Kitt

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sept. 26, 1917 - Jan. 25, 2009

WAUNETA -- Ervin Willard Kitt, 91, died Sunday (Jan. 25, 2009) at Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home

He was born at the family home south of Wauneta on Sept. 26, 1917, to John Jay and Mary (Donze) Kitt. He grew up on the family farm and attended Calvert Country School through the eighth grade. He attended and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1938, where he played football and was a charter member of the Wauneta Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.

He then attended a short course of agricultural studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He returned to the family farm and started farming until 1952.

On March 23, 1952, he married Joan Thompson at the Wauneta Methodist Church. They made their home in rural Wauneta area, first on the South Divide, then later the North Divide, where they lived for 20 years. He was a lifelong farmer and helped his father drill and dig numerous domestic and livestock wells in Southwest Nebraska.

He was a member Wauneta School Board from 1954-1977, serving in several officer positions. He was a director on the Wauneta Co-op Oil board for 29 years, including several terms as board president, before retiring in 1987. He was a member of the Mount Zion Methodist Church and later the Wauneta Methodist Church. He also served on the both church Board of Trustees.

He was a 4-H club leader for the Range Riders and was involved with Boy Scouts and Junior Rodeo.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Kitt of Wauneta; daughters, Candy and husband, Tom Henning of Lincoln and Denise and husband, Kevin Janicek of Wauneta; son, Keenan Kitt and wife, Tina of Wauneta; one brother, Paul Kitt of Wauneta; four sisters-in-law, Margie Shackelford and husband, Cliff of Wauneta, Pat Kitt of Schuyler; Lorraine Einspahr of Lincoln and Elaine Condrun of Marion, Iowa; three brothers-in-law, Ronald Thompson of Johnson Lake, William Pogge of Neola, Iowa and Rodney Harvey of Lincoln; six grandchildren; and numerous relatives and friends.

Funeral services were today at United Methodist Church in Wauneta with the Rev. Judy Dye officiating. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.

Memorials may be given to the church or Wauneta Medical Clinic.

Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta in charge of arrangements.