Vernon Duane Konken, age 89 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge, Nebraska.
Funeral services and burial are tentatively planned for his 90th birthday on June 10, 2021, pending improvement of the Covid pandemic to allow family and friends to gather safely. A graveside service and interment will be in Crofton beside his wife, Arlis. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton, NE.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren Kenneth Beltz, April Beltz, Johnathen Konken, Alex Konken, Zachery Konken, Carson Konken, Keagan Konken, Cayden Konken, and Cohen Konken.
Vernon was born on June 10, 1931 to John Carl & Selma (Wittler) Konken at home on the family farm northeast of Coleridge. He attended country school through the 8th grade and worked as a farmhand and mechanic throughout his life. Vernon married Arlis Mifflin of Bloomfield in Yankton SD, on April 29, 1966. From this union, four children were born. The family resided on a farm west of Coleridge until 1969 when they moved to Neligh for Vernon’s work. They remained in Neligh throughout the 70s until moving to Hartington in 1981.
Vernon is survived by his sister, Gladys Pedersen of Hartington, sisters-in-law Helen Mifflin of Bloomfield, Viola Weatherwax of Coleridge, Delores Konken of Hartington, Loretta Hahn of Coleridge, his sons (CW3-Ret.) Kevin (Dean) Konken of London, England, Curtis (Jeanette) Konken of Cedar Creek, Texas, and Korey (Chrissy) Konken of Atlantic, Iowa, his son-in-law Brian (Lisa) Beltz of Norfolk, and 9 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife Arlis, daughter Lisa, brothers Marvin, Norman, Elmer, Clarence, Wendell, and Gerald, and sister Lorna Vedder.