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Kenneth Etherton, 88 - March 18, 2017

Kenneth R. Etherton, 88, of Gothenburg, formerly of Cozad, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Hilltop Estates.
Services took place at the Evangelical Free Church on Wednesday, March 22, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Scott Newman officiating. Interment was at the Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
Etherton was born Feb. 11, 1929, south of Cozad, son of Henry and Grace (Mills) Etherton.
He grew up south of Cozad where he attended District 29 school and later graduated from Cozad High School with the Class of 1946.
On Sept. 26, 1954, he married Betty Peterson at the Evangelical Free Church in Gothenburg.
Etherton served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his return from the Army, he raised hogs and cattle, farming south of Cozad with his brother, Lloyd.
He was a member of the Evangelical Free church, the Cozad VFW and the American Legion. He was a past District School 29 board member, secretary/treasurer at the Evangelical Free Church and seed corn dealer for Jacobson Seed Company.
Etherton enjoyed spending time with all of his family, and he had a love for anything that had to do with meat, from the butchering to the barbecue, according to family members.
?He was preceded in death by: his parents, Henry and Grace; a sister, Violet Brooks; brother, Lloyd Etherton; brother-in-law, Pete Brooks; sister-in-law, Lucille Peterson.
Survivors include: his wife, Betty Etherton of Gothenburg; his three daughters—Koya (Garnold) Kreft of Cozad, Ginger (Craig) Gies of Lincoln and Holly (Mark) Ballmer of Gothenburg; six grandchildren—Kaleb (Amanda) Kreft, Brooke (Josh) Kendle and Olivia Gies, all of Lincoln, Rachel (Gregory) Franklin of Murfreesboro, TN, Luke (Jenna) Ballmer of Kearney and Madison Gies of Minneapolis, MN; a great-grandchild, Greyson of Lincoln.
Memorials are suggested to The Commons Building at the Evangelical Free Church.