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Kay Howard Kleinschmidt
Jul. 23, 1934 - Mar. 31, 2017
Grafton resident, Kay Howard Kleinschmidt, 82, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, in Surprise, AZ.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Federated Church in Sutton, NE with Pastor Mary Scott officiating. Burial will follow at the Grafton Cemetery in Grafton, NE. Visitation will be Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton, NE.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department in Grafton, NE, or the Federated Church in Sutton, NE.
Kay was born in Grafton on July 23, 1934, to Ernest and Phyllis (Mecham) Kleinschmidt. He was baptized and confirmed at the Congregational Church in Grafton. Kay completed the eighth grade at District No. 66 in Fillmore County and then graduated from Grafton High School in 1951. He was united in marriage to Donna Arp on October 4, 1953, in Sutton, NE. They were blessed with five children.
Kay was active in his community, serving on the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department for 46 years, President of the Grafton Rural Board for 35 years, the Grafton School Board, and was a founding member of Grafton Fertilizer.
Kay’s interest in livestock began as a 4-H member and continued as a leader of the School Creek Baby Beef 4-H Club for many years. He also served on the Fillmore County Fairboard and 4-H Council. He served on the Fillmore County FSA committee and was an active member and President of the Exeter Feeders and Breeders Association.
Kay’s special interests and hobbies included bowling, coyote hunting, and following his children and grandchildren as they carried on the family tradition of showing livestock.
Kay and Donna built a winter home in Sun City Grand, Surprise, AZ in 1999. They enjoyed the warm winters there and traveling the countryside expanding their wide array of western collectibles and antiques.
He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-three years, Donna; sons, Kurt (Abbi) Kleinschmidt of Sutton and Gary Kleinschmidt of Hastings; daughters, Kim (Stan) Peterson of Grafton and Deb (Lyle) Nunnenkamp of Sutton; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Norma Finnegan of Sutton, and Joanne (Verdell) Hornbacher of York; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Phyllis Kleinschmidt, and daughter, Diann Kleinschmidt.
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