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Steven Nelson Jussel - January 16, 2011

Steven Nelson Jussel was born July 11, 1954, at St. Catherine’s Hospital in McCook, Neb., to Bernadene (Bunnie) and Leroy Jussel.
As a youngster, Steven grew up in Wauneta, Neb., where he attended grade school. He spent most of his weekends and summers on his grandparents’ farm north of Palisade, Neb. Steven and his Granddad Modrell and Grammie were close companions. He was so proud at the age of 13, when he did most of the farming for his ailing Granddad.
Steven continued his education, graduating from Wauneta High School in 1972.
Steven started working in well drilling and irrigation in the middle 1970s and traveled to Saudi Arabia in the late 1970s to work on a government sprinkler project. He continued his work in the irrigation industry by joining Grosch Irrigation. Steven was the branch manager in Imperial, Neb., for 17 years.
He loved children and many a joyful hour was spent having fun with his grandchildren. Love of family was Steven’s pride and joy, as well as Nebraska football.
Steven passed away early Sunday morning, Jan. 16, 2011, at The Denver Hospice and Patient Care Center in Denver, Colo. He was 56 years of age.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ben and Elizabeth Jussel and Bernard and Irene Modrell; and son, Danny Joe Jussel.
Survivors include his parents, Leroy and Bunnie (Bernadene) Jussel of Wauneta, Neb.; son, Chris Jussel and wife, Jamie, of Imperial, Neb.; daughter, Faith and husband, Dustin Franckie, of Paxton, Ill.; daughter, Hope Jussel of Washington, Ill.; six grandchildren: Kristen and Logan Jussell, Jacob Arenz, Tyson and Kayla Franckie and Ethen Jussel; brother, Dave Jussel and wife, Vickie, of Waddell, Ariz.; niece, Michelle and husband, Jeremy McCarthy, of Arizona; and nephew, Brent Jussel of Arizona.
Memorial services will be held Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2011, 1 p.m. (MT) at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta, with Pastor Bonnie McCord officiating.
No visitation, Steve chose cremation.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Wauneta Ambulance, EMTs and the Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department.
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Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.