Kenneth H. Gadeken

Kenneth H. Gadeken

Kenneth H. Gadeken

Feb. 18, 1931 – Sept. 19, 2019

Kenneth Herbert Gadeken, 88, of Sterling passed away surrounded by his family at Gold Crest Retirement Center in Adams Sept. 19, 2019. One of five children of Henry, Sr. and Lena (Kolsch) Gadeken, he was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Talmage. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church of Talmage. He attended school in Talmage until he began farming with his dad and later joining the Marines. On Nov. 27, 1955, Kenneth was united in marriage to Donna Beth Harms at St. John Lutheran Church in Sterling. They were blessed with five children, Joyce, Larry, Julie, Janet and Jeanne. They lived near Talmage until purchasing a Grade A dairy and moving to Sterling to raise their family.

He was a custodian for many years, working at Sterling Public and Wilber Public Schools and Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln. He was a long-time member of the St. John Lutheran Church of Sterling. Ken was known as a “Jack of all trades” from farmer and custodian to carpenter and bus driver. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, attending the kids’ activities, seeing new places and revisiting old ones and watching old westerns on TV.

He will be missed by his children and their spouses, Joyce (Dennis) Boslau of Sterling, Larry (Kathleen) Gadeken of Panama, Julie (Lonnie) Damme of Cook, Janet (Thomas) Nickles of Wilber and Jeanne (Terry) Meier of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren, Brian Boslau, Jason (Tami) Damme, Becky (Mike) Sena, Nathan (Britney) Damme, Brandon (Tara) Damme, Stephanie (Jeremy) Ray, Christopher (Danica) Gadeken, Andrew Nickles, Justin (Jacqueline) Damme, Tyler Nickles, Peyton Meier and Reagan Meier; 14 great-grandchildren, Adysen, Braxton, Gabrielle, Chase, Jocelyn, Hayden, Benjamin, Harlee, Gavin, Cadence, Keegan, Adilyn, Evelyn, Wesley and number 15 and 16 both due in January; brother, Henry, Jr. (Ardis) Gadeken of Lincoln; sister, Betty (Louis) Lobascio of Pembroke Pines, Florida; brother-in-law, Larry (Sally) Harms of Durango, Colorado; sisters-in-law, Harlene (Ervin) Hansen, Dolores (Paul – deceased) Grotrian and Carol (Larry) Hall; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, who died Oct. 27, 2000; parents, Henry, Sr. and Lena (Kolsch) Gadeken; parents-in-law, Harm and Evalene (Sargent) Harms; brother, Ervin; and sister, Esther.

A funeral service was held Sept. 24, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Church of Sterling, with the Rev. Kevin Arndt officiating. Burial was in the Sterling Cemetery of Sterling, with military graveside honors conducted by the Harm Sangen Post 140 of the American Legion of Sterling. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for future designation with Erma Hazen in charge. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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