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Kermit Fosbinder - October 06, 2010


Kermit Fosbinder was born on the Fosbinder farmstead southwest of Elsie, Neb. on May 7, 1925. He was the sixth of seven children born to Fred and Hazel Peak Fosbinder.
Kermit grew up on the farm and attended rural school through the eighth grade. Kermit received his high school diploma several years later through the program made possible by the United States Veterans Administration.
Kermit was married to Maxine Todd on May 5, 1945 in Oberlin, Kan. In November of 1945 Kermit was inducted into the United States Army near the end of World War II. He served in France where he was involved with a canine unit where he cared for, trained, and patrolled with the dogs around the American base.
After his discharge in November of 1946, Kermit and Maxine returned to the Fosbinder farm southwest of Elsie. In 1964 the family moved into Wallace, Neb. where Kermit was involved in maintenance at the Wallace School. The family moved to Grant, Neb. in 1970 where Kermit worked for Grant Schools, the Grant Co-op, and Midwest Electric until his retirement.
Kermit had been facing health problems the past few years and had been moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant in January of this year. He died at Golden Ours on Wednesday morning, Oct. 6, 2010. He had reached the age of 85.
Kermit had been a member of the Madrid American Legion and the Ogallala Elk’s Club.
In addition to his parents, Kermit was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister, and his daughter, Colleen Benge who died in June of this year.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maxine; one daughter Barbara Trusty of Lincoln; two sons, Dan and his wife Jennifer of Dickens, Neb. and Scott and his wife Katie of Madrid, Neb.; son-in-law Don Benge of Grant; 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Yvonne Jackson in Kansas and Jackie and her husband Max Garska of Ogallala, Neb.; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 9, 2010 at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Rich Savage officiating.
Burial was in the Grant Fairview Cemetery with a flag presentation by the Perkins County Veterans and two of Kermit’s grandsons currently in the service.
A memorial has been established. Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.