Russel F. Kind age 86 of Wisner

Russel F. Kind age 86 of Wisner
- June 4, 2023

Russel F. Kind age 86 of Wisner, NE passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at his home.

Funeral services for Russel will be held on Monday, June 12, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wisner City Auditorium. A luncheon will follow with private family interment in the Wisner Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner and will continue on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the Wisner City Auditorium.

Russel Frederick Kind was born on the family farm south of Wisner, NE to Fred A. and Esther (Krueger) Kind.  Attended 8 years of school at District 34 south of Wisner and graduated from Wisner High School in 1955. Later that year he went into the Army, stationed into Alaska for 2 years.

He married Margaret Heller March 12 1961. Russ and Margaret farmed 7 years before moving into Wisner. He then worked for Butch Thietje, Cengas, and then purchased Wisner Plumbing and Heating in 1977. After 21 years he retired. During his years he was in the Wisner Fire and Rescue for 24 and a half years. During this time, he earned the Cuming County Firefighter of the Year two times.  He was a member of the Lions Club for 10 years. Later was recognized as Citizen of the Year in 1991. Russ was a Boy Scout Leader for 7 years. In 1973 he had 7 Eagle Scouts and was recognized from the State of Nebraska for this accomplishment. His other hobbies in his life were hunting Indian artifacts with his dad. Russ liked going to shows to talk to other enthusiasts and go to schools and teach children.  He enjoyed hunting and shooting blue rock and taught his wife how to shoot while they dated and continued throughout their lives together. Fishing was a big part and taught his daughters and grandchildren and many other children when Russ and Margaret started the Kids Fishing Pond in the 1980’s. He took time to take residents of the Wisner Manor fishing. He was interested in history and dug in the “Old Wisner Dump”, recovering many bottles and jugs from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Flower and vegetable gardening was another of his joys along with sharing his harvest. He took time to show preschool children his garden and share watermelon with them.

Survivors include-

Wife-Margaret Kind of Wisner, NE

Daughters and their families-

Wendy Kyser of Lincoln, NE and son-Justin and wife Sydney Kyser

Deborah Keeney of Beatrice, NE and daughter-Halley and husband Walker Payton

Stephane and Scott James of Wisner, NE and daughters-Cali James and boyfriend Christian Good and daughter-Renesmee, and Cadence James

Nieces and nephews also survive Russel.

He was preceded in death by his parents-Fred and Esther Kind, step-mother-Mrytle Kind, sister-Lorraine Kind in infancy, and a brother-Harland Kind.