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Bernard Earl Kuskie - May 23, 2013


Bernard Earl Kuskie was born Oct. 26, 1925 on a farm near Grant, Neb. He died at the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant on May 17, 2013 at the age of 87. He was the third of seven children, two sons and five daughters, born to Floyd and Anna Kuskie.
Bernard attended rural school District 43 through eighth grade and four years of high school in Grant, graduating with the class of 1943. He began farming right after graduation when his high school vocational ag teacher, Ralph Vose, asked him to farm his land.
On Sept. 30, 1951 Bernard was married to Darlene Mailand at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ogallala, Neb. They made their home in Grant where they raised two sons and one daughter.
As Bernard continued to farm he also became a part-time Farm Bureau insurance agent from 1957 to 1982 receiving trophies for writing fire and casualty insurance. On his retirement he received the Silver Spurs Award for 25 years of service.
While farming he sold certified seed wheat for 32 years and in 1982 received the Premier Certified Seed Grower Award. He showed the Grand Champion wheat sample at the Nebraska State Fair in 1986. He took great pride in farming and always kept up with the latest changes.
Bernard was community-minded, serving on the Grant City Council, City Board of Public Power Works and was a Lions Club member for over 50 years. He was a faithful member of the Grant United Methodist Church for over 50 years and served on many committees during that time. He also greatly enjoyed John Long’s Tuesday Bible study which he attended for years until his health began to fail.
He was an avid card player who loved to play cards with his children, grandchildren and friends. Bernard was involved in the Boy Scout program, going with his two sons on fishing trips to the Snowy Range on a number of occasions. He loved his children and grandchildren who will remember his kind manner and sense of humor. He enjoyed farming, golf, Cornhusker football and hunting.
However, first place in Bernard’s life was his love for the Lord and Savior. Next in line was his love for his wife and family.
Bernard is survived by his wife, Darlene; two sons and their wives, Michael and Beverly Kuskie of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Kendall and Mary Jo Kuskie of Hurst, Texas; and one daughter and her husband LuAnn and John Watson of Norfolk, Neb.; six grandchildren, Brett and Allison Kuskie, Kyle and Kristin Kuskie and Noah and Reba Watson; four sisters, Verla and Eugene Karsten of Greeley, Colo.; Joan Peterson of Haigler, Neb.; Francis Reed of Grant and Janice Lair of Juniata, Neb. and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Anna Kuskie, a sister, Florence, and a brother, Chester and his wife Ethel Kuskie.
Funeral services were held at the Grant Methodist Church on May 21, 2013 with Pastor Nora Mendyk officiating.
Interment was at the Fairview Cemetery near Grant.
Bullock Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.