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Dale Krausnick - April 18, 2012


Dale Arden Krausnick age 84, left his family unexpectedly on April 18, 2012, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb. He was born on Dec. 15, 1927, in Stratton, Neb., to Albert Earnest Krausnick and Anna Irene Jessee Krausnick.
He attended country school and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1945.
Dale met his wife Virginia at choir practice at the Mount Zion Methodist Church, southwest of Wauneta, Neb. They were later married in that church in 1947. To this union one son, Duane, and three daughters, Diana, Dwana and Karen, were born.
Dale and Virginia lived southwest of Wauneta on the Krausnick homestead of three generations until 2007 when they moved to Rainbow Fountain Park in Benkelman. Dale worked as a farmer/rancher on the family farm which was later incorporated as DAK Ranch Inc. Other endeavors included operating the family restaurant in Wauneta, a fertilizer business, and was a pioneer of central pivot irrigation on the south divide. They bought a semi and TD Trucking was established in the early 1990s, hauling livestock and grain.
He was a member of the Mount Zion Methodist Church, United Methodist Church in Wauneta and the NFO (Nebraska Farmers Organization). His hobbies included softball, and roller skating in his earlier years as well as hunting, fishing, and boating.
He was preceded in death by father Albert Krausnick, mother Irene Krausnick, infant son Duane A. Krausnick, nephew Jerry McCrumb, brother-in-law Al Darsa and sister-in-law Shirley Littrel.
Survivors include wife Virginia Krausnick; daughters Diana Krausnick and husband Tony Larkin of Greeley, Colo., Dwana and husband Keith Roschewski of Benkelman and Karen and husband John Metzger of Benkelman; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren and sister Marilyn and husband Al McCrumb of Wauneta; sister-in-law Rosemary Darsa of Rockville, Md.; brother-in-law Roy Littrel of Wauneta and brother-in-law Virgil Littrel and wife Connie of Wauneta.
A celebration of life was held at the United Methodist Church in Wauneta on April 20, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Bonnie McCord officiated. Soloist Richard Bartholomew sang “In the Garden” and “Amazing Grace,” accompanied by organist Diana Ham. Other music included “Go Rest High on That Mountain” by Vince Gill.
Interment followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.
A memorial has been established in his name for the Dundy County Hospital.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta was in charge of the arrangements.