Kenneth L. Prochazka, 87, Hemingford

Kenneth L. Prochazka, 87, of Hemingford, died Monday, August 27, 2012 at Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard, NE.

He was born November 14, 1924 at his parent's farm home on 11 miles northeast of Hemingford on the old Lisca place to Joseph and Marie (Dufek) Prochazka He graduated from Hemingford High School in 1942.

Kenny entered the U.S. Army on April 16, 1944 and was honorably discharged on July 3, 1946. He saw action with the 5th Army in the Italian theatre of World War II. He belonged to the 34th Red Bull Division of the Infantry and received the Good Conduct Medal, Infantry Badge, and two battle stars for serving in the European Theatre.

On April 6, 1948 he married his wife of nearly 64 years, Marjorie Delsing at St. Bridget Catholic Church.

Kenny was a lifelong area resident and farmer. He was a member of St. Bridget Church where he had served on the parish council as well as serving on the District 10 school board, Hemingford Rural Fire Department board and Farmers Co-op board.

He is survived by his six children, Janet (Greg) Rosenberger of Council Grove, KS, Tom (Dianne) Prochazka of Hot Springs, SD, Kathy (Darrell) Roberts of Gering, , John (Robyn) Prochazka and Rod (Vy) Prochazka of Hemingford, and Tamra (Scott) Mills of Alliance; his grandchildren, Annette (Greg) Holladay, Jeff (Stacy) Rosenberger, Vanessa Miller, Melissa (Mike) Duncan, Matthew (Holly) Prochazka, Chad Hergenrader, Scott (Julie) Hergenrader, Tyler (Dorothy) Prochazka, Lacy Prochazka, Myles Mills, Gary Mills, Jacob Mills and Brettni Mills and fifteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his grandson, Todd Prochazka, his sister, Darlene (Wayne) Brewer, and his brother, Donald (Bonnie) Prochazka.

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 1 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church with Father Lou Nollette officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery with military honors. A wake service will be Friday at 7:00 p.m. at St. Bridget Church. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home in Hemingford and at the wake service.

Memorials may be given to the Hemingford Volunteer Firefighters Association or the American Legion in Hemingford.

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