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Kenneth L. Gill

March 27, 1925 November 17, 2019
Kenneth L. Gill
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Obituary for Kenneth L. Gill

Kenneth Leon Gill, 94 years, of Decatur, Nebraska, was called to eternal life, with family at his side, November 17, 2019, at his home in rural Decatur.

Kenneth was born March 27, 1925 to Frederick Frances and Grace Irene (Ecker) Gill in Bishop, California. Ken received an honorary high school diploma from Tekamah-Herman Public Schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1943. He trained for two years, becoming a mechanic and electrical and gunnery technician on a B-29. He was a left gunner in the 28th Bomb Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group 300, 2nd Bomb Wing and the 20th Air Force. Ken was on the last bombing mission of WWII in August 1945. He would share some of his war stories. He was a current member of Robert Klase-Rogers VFW Post No. 7998 and American Legion Rogers-Crum Post No. 215

Ken later moved to Tekamah, Nebraska. There he spent his life working hard on the farm south of Decatur, doing what he loved, row crops and raising cattle. Ken married Ardith (Deman) Tenney on January 18, 1968, in Decatur, raising five children from a previous marriage.

Ken loved traveling with his wife; going to Portugal and Branson, Missouri was their favorite. Also, he talked of the fun family camping trips they had taken. He later traveled with his children, which included Alaska, Montana, Nevada, California and Branson. He also took trips in the semi-truck for a cheaper means of travel. Ken always held holiday celebrations, which he insisted upon. He was always busy doing chores, fencing, cutting wood and gardening, which always included the grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ardith; parents, Frederick and Grace; brother, Don; daughters, Marsha Tenney, Sheila Beckstrom; son-in-law, Iver Beckstrom; daughter-in-law, Tana Tenney; grandson, William Tenney and great grandson, Jimmy Grasso.

He is survived by his children, Ron (Marilyn) Tenney, Marlys (Carl) Raue, Beth (Mark) Renshaw, Carol (Rich) Lutz; 13 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; nieces; nephews and many close friends.

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5:00 PM 11/20/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/20/2019 7:00:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah

1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will be receiving friends.

Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah
1103 J Street Tekamah 68061 NE
United States

Funeral Service




10:30 AM 11/21/2019 10:30:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church

603 4th Avenue
Decatur, NE 68020

Military Honors will be held at the cemetery.

Trinity Lutheran Church
603 4th Avenue Decatur 68020 NE
United States

Cemetery Details


Tekamah Cemetery Final Resting Place

Tekamah, NE 68061

Tekamah 68061 NE
United States

Memorial Contribution

To the family for future designation.


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