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Ivan C. Brunkhorst
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Birth: Feb. 10, 1925
Sharon Springs
Wallace County
Kansas, USA
Death: Apr. 1, 2008
Buffalo County
Nebraska, USA


Ivan C. Brunkhorst, 83, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

He was born Feb. 10, 1925, to Ernest and Sophia (Haarberg) Brunkhorst in Sharon Springs, Kan., and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Ivan moved with his family at an early age to Imperial, Neb., 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 was united in marriage to Lorene Duhm at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta. They celebrated 51 years of marriage and raised twins, Dianna and Dennis.

Ivan and his family 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, was a 4-H leader and was an active member in whichever community he lived. Ivan was one who never met a stranger and he enjoyed visiting with people. His passions in life were farming, dancing and playing golf.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Sophia Brunkhorst; his loving wife, Lorene Brunkhorst; an infant son; brother Ansel Brunkhorst and sister Eulene Busking.

Survivors include his daughter, Dianna, and husband Robert Rowe of Brighton, Colo., son Dennis Brunkhorst and wife Cynthia of Palisade, Neb.; sister Clairene and husband Lee Roy Weimer of Hamlet, Neb.; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, with Rev. Greg Stuckwisch officiating. Congregational hymns chosen were "A Mighty Fortress is Our God," "Just as I Am," and "Amazing Grace" accompanied by organist Berneta Steinert.

Casketbearers were Lonnie Weimer, Justin Rowe, Rodger Hamilton, Mark Hamilton, Lynn Hamilton, Mickey Brunkhorst, Brian Springer, Brian Thomas, Ryan Mead and Brian Williams.
Honorary casketbearers were Bob Hardy, Gene Kleinschmidt, George Yonkers, Raymond Stehno and Orville Kunnemann.

Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, Neb., with Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman and Stratton in charge of arrangements. (Courtesy of The Wauneta Breeze)

Family links: 
  Ernest John Brunkhorst (1894 - 1978)
  Sophia Minnie Haarberg Brunkhorst (1897 - 1973)
  Lorene Emma Elizabeth Duhm Brunkhorst (1925 - 1999)*
  Ansel Henry Brunkhorst (1923 - 1986)*
  Ivan C. Brunkhorst (1925 - 2008)
  Eulene Anita Brunkhorst Busking (1927 - 1999)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Chase County
Nebraska, USA
Created by: skirkc
Record added: Apr 28, 2008
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Ivan C. Brunkhorst
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 Added: Apr. 28, 2008

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