Kenneth Harold Hood, 86, of Rushville, Neb., died Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at his home.
Born July 18, 1931, in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Harold and Audrey Hood, Kenneth lived a majority of his life in Nebraska with the exception of his military service stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, during the Korean Conflict.
On June 19, 1955, Kenneth married Donna Myers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rushville. The couple lived in rural Alliance, Neb., for 15 years prior to moving to Rushville in November of 1969.
A lifetime farmer, Kenneth was a long-time member of the Highway 20 Tractor Club and held a position on the Farmer’s Co-op Board of Directors. Aside from his love of agriculture, Kenneth volunteered in a number of roles at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rushville and served on the church board. Many may remember his time serving as a school board member while his three children were attending school in Clinton District 26.
Later in life, Kenneth found joy in restoring antique tractors to give them new life and quickly became a lifelong passion around the Rushville farm.
Survivors include Kenneth’s wife, Donna of Rushville; two daughters, Alice (David) Otte, of Gordon, Neb., and Rhonda (Jim) Seybert of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; one son, Neal (Cathy) Hood of Gordon, Neb.; his six grandchildren, Aaron Otte of Georgetown, Colo., Noelle Seybert of Los Angeles, Calif., Kayla Otte of Denver, Colo., Taylor Hood of Lincoln, Neb., Samuel Hood of Gordon, Neb., and Matthew Hood of Gordon, Neb.; two sisters, Darleen Martin of Rapid City, S.D., and Karen (Bill) Keyser of Rapid City, S.D., and one brother, Bill Hood of Gordon, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his father Harold Hood, mother Audrey Hood, and brother Jerry Hood.
Visitation was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rushville on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Services were held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rushville on Friday, June 1, 2018, at 10 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Rushville following the service. The family invites you to join them for lunch at the American Legion in Rushville following the burial service.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth’s six grandchildren, Aaron, Noelle, Kayla, Taylor, Samuel, and Matthew.
The family suggests memorials be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rushville or the Rushville Rescue Unit and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366 Gordon, NE 69343.