RAVENNA — Kenneth Leon Petermann, 82, of Ravenna, a loving father and devoted husband, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019, at his home.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ravenna. Rev. Micah Gaunt will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna is assisting the family.
Ken was born on May 19, 1937, to Frank and Margaret (Monter) Petermann in Gosper County. Ken was a faithful Christian man, who was baptized into the family of God on June 6, 1937. Ken came from a large farm family, where he grew up to be a dedicated hard worker and enjoyed staying busy, especially by helping others.
He met his wife, Colleen (Klamert), in Lincoln, where they were married on Sept. 25, 1971, and they began their life together by moving to Ravenna. Ken started a faithful career working at KN Energy, where he worked for 26 years as a technician. He loved his job and the many wonderful people he worked with.
During their 47 years in Ravenna, Ken and Colleen had four children and seven grandchildren, who were their pride and joy. Ken was the most kindhearted man who, aside from raising his children, would open his home to anyone in need. Ken had a true servant’s heart and truly lived out the command to love one another as God has loved you. He gave of himself always, as he was a generous man.
He spent his life helping his family, friends and serving at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ravenna where they worshiped. He was a joyful man, who had a smile that was infectious. He loved to laugh and make memories with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was often found taking his grandkids down to the trains, to watch them approach and feel them roll under their feet, as they stood on the bridge above. He taught his family to have a deep faith in God, knowing above all else that Jesus is our Savior.
Ken led an active life filled with golfing, travel and projects galore. He even retired from one job, to start up another as a contractor of sorts with a knack to fix everything twice and had a joy to just stay busy.
Ken was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and the slow and steady demise of his health began. The Ken we all knew was no more, as he fought with depression and pain. He was known for all the good he did. This is who he remains for all of us, as that is the man we know he truly was.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen; his four children, Kriste Mott (Duane Day) of Kearney, Ann Dohmen of Lincoln, Brian (Brooke) Petermann of Lincoln and Michelle (Justin) Schilowsky of Lincoln; grandchildren, Jessica Mott, Ava Dohmen, Jenna and Addison Schilowsky, Samuel, Elijah and Margaret Petermann; his brother, Martin (Norma) Petermann of Holdrege; sister, Gladys (Armin) Leising of Arapahoe; as well as many wonderful nieces, nephews and friends.
He was a magnificent husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be missed by many. He lives forever now, in peace.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Margaret Petermann; brothers, Oscar and Ervin (Beata); his sisters, Dorothy (Leon) Dickmeyer and Alice (Arthur) Ziebell.