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Ethel Louch - July 18, 2011


Ethel Darlene (Hayward) Louch, daughter of Rosa and Steven Hayward, was born on March 29, 1922, in Max, Neb. She passed away at the age of 89 on July 18, 2011, at Heritage of Wauneta in Wauneta, Neb.
In 1938 at the age of 16, Ethel moved to Wauneta to find work. On July 11, 1948, she was united in marriage to ‘Bill’ Louch. They bought a basement house and built their home on top of it where they reared their three children, George, Glen and Glenda.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, and was active in Evening Circle and the UMW.
Her life centered around her family. They enjoyed many family vacations in the camper that Bill built. Later in life, she and Bill enjoyed “RVing” and spending the winters in the warmer climate of Yuma, Ariz. After the death of her husband, she continued to enjoy traveling to Mexico and Alaska. In addition to traveling, her hobbies included playing cards, sewing, knitting and reading.
Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, on Dec. 23, 2000. She was also preceded by her parents; her sister, Madelyn and two of her brothers, Irvin and Darold.
She is survived by son George, and wife Gloria of Mitchell, Neb., their children Mark Louch and wife Crystal and son, Travis of Winston Salem, N.C., Tessa and her husband, Jared Zehring, and their son Grayson of Concordia, Kan., and Kalyn and her husband, Josh Kimminau, and their daughters, Jenessa and Clarissa of Omaha, Neb.; by son Glen and wife Verna of Martell, Neb., their children: Ross Louch and wife Jamie and their son Carson of Lincoln, Neb., and Angie Louch of Martell and by her daughter Glenda and partner, Diane of Denver, Colo. She is also survived by one brother, Dale Hayward and wife Shirley of Bethany, Okla., and a sister-in-law, Eileen Hayward of Aurora. Colo.
A memorial service was held on Friday, July 22, at the United Methodist Church in Wauneta with Pastor Bonnie McCord officiating.
The soloist, Jared Zehring, sang “When They Ring the Golden Bells” and “Be Still, My Soul.”
Pallbearers were Tessa Zehring, Ross Louch, Kalyn Kimminau and Angie Louch. Mark Louch was an honorary pallbearer.
Inurnment was at McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Neb.
A memorial has been established at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta.