Doris Kuenning - June 24, 2009Doris Kuenning, 85, of Imperial, Neb. died June 24, 2009 at Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant, Neb.
She was born Sept. 4, 1923, at the family homestead southeast of Grant, Neb. to Ernest and Zilla (Hart) Schroeder.
Doris attended grade school, District #15, in rural Perkins County and graduated from Perkins County High School in 1941 with a Normal Training degree.
She taught at a rural Perkins County school for three years.
Doris met Wilber Kuenning on a blind date in 1941; they attended the Christmas program at the Methodist Church in Palmyra, Neb. and were married Nov. 22, 1944 at her parents’ home in rural Grant. This supportive and loving relationship lasted nearly 65 years.
As a child, Doris enjoyed riding horses. She helped her father drive cattle from Brandon, Neb. to the home place and to pastures in Chase County. Doris and Wilber started farming together at Elsie, Neb. in 1945–Doris loved agriculture and the land. In 1952, they purchased the farm and ranch the family continues to operate. In her younger years, she had driven cattle through the same pasture with her father.
Doris loved her family and was so proud of them. She enjoyed her children’s and grandchildren’s talents, achievements and activities.
Doris was always a hard worker. She often worked along side her husband and children on the family’s farm and ranch helping with planting, irrigating, haying, driving trucks during harvest time and moving and branding cattle. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed working on her lawn, flower and vegetable gardens.
Doris was a member of the Unionette Extension Club, a longtime 4-H leader, member of the 4-H Extension Council, Order of Eastern Star and a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church. Throughout her life, Doris was a teacher in many different aspects. She volunteered a number of years in the Chase County Grade School as a teachers’ aid in the Kindergarten class and was proud to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Award.
Doris served on numerous church boards and committees and served many, many funeral dinners with her committee at the church.
Her hobbies included drawing, painting, refinishing furniture, restoring antiques, sewing, crafts, attending garage sales, genealogy, and scrapbooking.
Doris was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006. She and Wilber moved from their Imperial home to the Imperial Heights. Doris moved to the Imperial Manor and then in 2007, she moved to the Golden Ours facility in Grant, Neb.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, sister Roberta Stretch of Culbertson, Neb. and brother Gerald Schroeder of Grant, Neb.
Survivors include husband, Wilber of Imperial; daughter, Donna Hutchens and husband, Don, of Lincoln, Neb.; daughter, Connie Kuenning of Lincoln, Neb.; son, Ernest Kuenning of Imperial, Neb.; son, Jerry Kuenning and wife, Kathy, of Imperial, Neb.; 11 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Doris were held Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church of Imperial, Neb. with Pastor Kay Alnor officiating.
Casketbearers were grandsons CJ Kuenning, Britt Kuenning, Lance Kuenning, Kurt Kuenning, Jerad Hutchens and Brandon Kuenning.
Honorary casketbearers were granddaughters Amber Moscrip, Misti Hogan, Kate Boos, Kory Kuenning and Kelly Kuenning.
Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Neb.
A memorial has been established to the Rainbow Promise Preschool of Imperial and the Doris Kuenning Memorial Fund.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.