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Kent Doetker - February 15, 2013


Kent Eugene Doetker departed this life Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Sunrise Heights in Wauneta, Neb. He was born on Aug. 7, 1942, in Imperial, Neb. to Albert and Velma (Fortkamp) Doetker.
Kent grew up on the family farm southeast of Wauneta.
He attended Eden Grade School and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1960.
Kent was united in marriage to Loralie ‘Susie’ Mathews on June 21, 1964, at the United Methodist Church in Imperial, Neb. They made their home on the South Divide, southwest of Wauneta. Two sons, Jed and Kelly, were blessed to this union.
On March 29, 1966, Kent was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a tank crewman in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged as a Corporal (E-4) Marine on March 28, 1972. Kent enjoyed staying in contact with other fellow Marines.
He was a member of the American Legion and served on the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Wauneta Jaycees and received the outstanding officer award in 1965. In 1977, Kent was presented with the Imperial Jaycees Outstanding Young farmer/rancher award.
Kent was a member of the Honor Guard and organized the names of people, who were in the military, for the Veterans’ Memorial that is in the Mount Hope Cemetery.
Kent enjoyed his life as a rancher and farmer. He loved the beauty of the ranch, located south of Wauneta, and took pride in his cattle, horses and the daily maintenance of the ranch.
His pride and joy were his grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.
Kent was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Velma Doetker; wife, Loralie ‘Susie’ Doetker; father-in-law, William Mathews and mother-in-law, Edna (Bremer) Mathews; sister-in-law, Lavon (Mathews) Pilchuck; brother-in-law, Bill Pilchuck; and nephew, Matt Pilchuck.
Survivors include son, Jed and wife, DeAnn; son, Kelly and wife, Dawn; grandchildren: Jordyn, Caid, Coleton, McKenna and Kenton Doetker; brother, Loren and wife, Karen, all of Wauneta; brother-in-law, Boyd Mathews and wife, Joan, of Imperial; brother-in-law, Byrell Mathews and wife, Gloria, of Texas; brother-in-law, Gary Mathews and wife, Joy, of Texas; and many special nieces, nephews and close friends.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. (MT), Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with Pastor Bonnie McCord officiating.
Inurnment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, Neb., with military honors provided by the American Legion Post #304, Wauneta.
There will be no visitation, Kent chose to be cremated.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the United Methodist Church of Wauneta, Neb., in Kent’s name.
Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.