Cozad Resident: Kenneth L. Harding, age 79 (1934-2013)

Kenneth Leroy Harding, 79, of Cozad, Nebraska, died on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013, at Cozad Community Hospital.

He was born on January 18th, 1934, near Beaver City, Nebraska, to Leroy and Velma R. (Beeler) Harding.

Kenney was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Beaver City and was baptized in 1961. He grew up on a farm northwest of Beaver City with his parents and helped with the chores and numerous jobs around the farm. He moved to town with his parents in 1968. He enjoyed going downtown to get the mail, groceries and paying bills. He had a friendly hello and smile for everyone.

He moved to Lexington, Nebraska, in 1987, with this move came a job at South Central Developmental Services in Cozad. His job was very important to him because it gave him a chance to earn money, as well as dignity. This also gave him an opportunity to prove himself, as well as meeting and making new friends.

The things in life and everyday living whether small or large meant a lot to Kenney, as he appreciated kindness, a smile, handshake, or a hug. That was something that all of us take for granted. He was one of God’s “Special People”.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Shirley Oertle.

He is survived by his sister Marilyn and husband DeWayne Wolzen of Cambridge, Nebraska; brother in law: Maynard Oertle of Lexington and numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 28th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City with Pastors Ivan and Joyce Dean, officiating.

Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery at Beaver City.

Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City was in charge of the arrangements.

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