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Klane R. Leonard

Klane R. Leonard was born October 22, 1932, in Bassett, NE, to Louis G. and Alma (Patitz) Leonard. He passed to his eternal reward on August 20, 2019, at the Norfolk Veterans Home in Norfolk, NE.

Klane grew up in Bassett, where he attended grade school. He graduated from Rock County High School in 1952. He was the youngest of five boys. Klane was drafted into the Army, serving from 1953-55. He was stationed in Augsburg, Germany. He returned to Bassett after the Army, and then spent a semester studying at the University of New Mexico with Dr. Miles Zintz, a pioneer researcher in adult learning. Back in Bassett, he worked on the ranch with his father, and enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews who would often visit Uncle Klane and their grandparents.

Klane married Getha E. Wilkins in Bassett at the Assembly of God Church on August 13, 1962. They honeymooned at the Seattle World’s Fair. Klane and Getha made their home on his ranch in the Niobrara River Valley near Riverview. After selling his cattle herd, Klane worked at Bassett Livestock Auction for over 30 years. He moved to town in 2015, but drove out to the River almost every day. In December 2017, Klane became a resident of the Norfolk Veterans Home.

He was the proud father of his children, Kurt and Elaine. He was a member of the Bassett I.O.O.F. Lodge, Bassett Legion Post 123, and the Bassett Assembly of God Church.

Klane is survived by Kurt (Brandy) of Bassett and Elaine (Brian) Buescher of Omaha, NE; seven grandchildren, Alexander, Elizabeth, Catherine, Anna and Nicholas Buescher of Omaha, NE Grace Porter of Ainsworth and Sabree Porter of Chadron; sister-in-law, JoAnn Leonard of Rapid City, SD; nieces and nephews, Sharon Leonard of Rapid City, SD, Scott Leonard of Enola, PA, Jim Leonard of Portland, OR, Bruce Leonard of Houston, TX, Lisa Marshall and Kevin Spencer of Rapid City, Don White of Omaha; and Lloyd J. White of Dallas, TX.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Getha, his parents, brothers and sisters-in-law, Quentin, Vincent, Kermit and Francine, and Kenneth and Jeanette; in-laws, Keith Wilkins and Opal Jean and Lloyd White and niece Suzie Kerzman.

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