Eugene Kander, age 69, of Stanton, Nebraska passed away Monday, September 19, 2022, at his home in rural Stanton County, Nebraska. Memorial service will be held on Friday, September 23rd, at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Stanton with Rev. Leon Rosenthal officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Friday, also at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Stanton VFW Post 3602, Stanton American Legion Post 88. Memorials can be directed to the Stanton VFW Post 3602, Stanton American Legion Post 88, Stanton Fire and Rescue, or Clarkson Fire and Rescue in memory of Eugene Kander. Condolences may be sent to www.millersfh.com. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home in Clarkson.
Eugene was born on September 29th, 1952, in Norfolk, Nebraska. He was raised outside of Clarkson by John and Erma (Hansen) Kander a mere few miles away from Stanton where he lived, farmed and where he died. His life is an amazing journey of perseverance and commitment that began and ended in Nebraska. Like many in Nebraska he was raised on a farm as a future farmer. He was a loving husband to his wife Patti. He was a proud father to his son Ryan and his wife Brandi of Stanton, NE his daughter Holly and husband Kyle of Dallas, TX, and his son Michael and his wife Cecilia of San Antonio, TX. He adored his Grandchildren Tabitha and husband Tanner, Gage and fiancé Kristen, Chloe, Tari and her husband Sathya, Tyler, James, Catherine, and Joseph. He is survived by aunts, uncles, a sister, brothers, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. He is proceeded in death by his parents.
He would work hard and play hard almost from the moment he could walk. His journey through school was in a small country school. He would graduate from High School in Clarkson in 1970. He learned, laughed, and played probably never knowing that in the next town over the love of his life was doing the same without a thought of him, for now.
He would go on to the serve his country in the United States Army. He served from Sept 1972 to Sept 1975. He trained as a refrigeration technician, which would serve him well in his future life as a farmer. He would leave the service as an E5 with an honorable discharge after one tour.
After returning from the service, he would resume Farming with his father and started milking cows. He would attend Northeast Community College to further his education. He probably didn’t know how important milking cows would become to him and his family.
In 1976 he would purchase his own farm. He ran a dairy farm for most of his life. He would operate the farm with just his family for the remainder of his life. The farm produced milk, corn, soybeans, and hay.
One spring morning in 1978 he would knock on the most important door of his life carrying a box of donuts from the local bakery. Patti would answer and let him in. They were married in 1979 and remained together almost every single day of their lives until he passed 42 years later.
He will be remembered for being a loyal son, loving husband, a caring father that raised three successful children, an accomplished businessman and farmer, an avid patriot, a teller and collector of jokes. Fair winds and following seas, Gene.