William “Bill” Christner - December 21, 2012
William Robert Christner was born July 8, 1926, to Jason and Anna (Barnett) Christner on the family farm eight miles north of Hamlet, Neb.
Bill attended elementary school in a country school one and a half miles north of the family farm. He attended high school in Hamlet. Upon finishing high school Bill worked on the family farm and for area farmers.
On Oct. 8, 1960, Bill married Charlotte Bernice Swan in Keokuk, Iowa. The family was blessed with four children: Steven, Elizabeth, Donald and Charles.
The couple settled north of Hamlet where they lived on several farms before making their home on the Christner family farm where Bill lived most of his days.
Bill’s life was dedicated to working the farm, enjoying his family, and being a part of Hamlet Union Church. When farm work lightened up in the winter, he enjoyed reading books, especially anything having to do with history. He also enjoyed telling a good story.
Bill passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in the Kearney Hospital, Kearney, Neb. He was 86 years old.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, David, his parents and his wife, Charlotte Christner.
Survivors include his four children: Steve and wife, Vicki, of Hamlet; Elizabeth and husband, Earl Hofer, of Wichita, Kan., Donald and wife, Tonya, of Cheyenne, Wyo., Charlie and wife, Becki, of Tonganoxie, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; sisters: Patricia and husband Don Bornemeier of Murdock, Neb., Dorothy and husband, Gene McDonald, of Sterling, Colo.
Funeral services were held Friday morning, Dec. 28, 10:30 a.m. (CST) at Hamlet Union Church, Hamlet, with Pastor Kevin McGraw officiating.
Interment followed at the Meadow Lawn Cemetery, Hamlet.
Visitation was held Thursday afternoon, 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (MT) at the funeral home in Wauneta.
A memorial has been established for Hamlet Union Church in Bill’s memory.