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Bernard Oscar Betten

November 12, 1923 ~ November 28, 2020 (age 97)

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Obit Bernard Oscar Betten-97 of Hebron, NE

Kroll Funeral Home Hebron, NE 402-768-6165


Bernard Oscar Betten of Hebron, NE the son of William and Lydia (Guelker) Betten was born November 12, 1923 in Martell, NE. He departed this life Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Blue Valley Lutheran Home in Hebron, NE at the age of 97 years.

He was baptized in Martell and confirmed at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Ruskin, NE. His confirmation verse Rev. 2:10 Be thou faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life.

Bernard grew up in Ruskin, NE attending school and graduating from Ruskin High School with the class of 1941.

He was united in marriage to Anita Meyer in Ruskin, NE at St. Mark Lutheran Church on October 10, 1948. This union was blessed with the birth of four children.

Bernard farmed all his life and enjoyed raising cattle. While farming he also worked 18 years at the Ruskin Elevator. In 2004 Bernard and Anita moved to Hebron, NE and although semi-retired he went to work at Metal Quest, enjoying this time with family members and fellow workers.

He always said he wanted to start each day with a purpose. Gardening was a passion of his, sharing produce with the family and lucky neighbors. Making things out of wood was a favorite past time. He also enjoyed showing visitors his toy tractor collection.

Bernard was a 91-year member of St Mark Lutheran Church in Ruskin, NE. He was always willing to help at church wherever needed. He served as Sunday school Superintendent for over 30 years.

Family was everything to Bernard, spending time together and especially with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Leonard, brother-in-law Roger Meyer, son Mark Betten, and several brothers and sisters-in-law on Anita’s side.

He is survived by his wife Anita of 73 years of Hebron, sons; Don Betten and wife Brenda of Hebron, NE and Kent Betten and wife Rhonda of Lincoln, NE, daughter Beverly Harms and husband Steve of Davenport, NE and daughter-in-law Cathy Betten of Deshler, NE, sister Dorothy Meyer of Phoenix, AZ, sister-in-law Florene Betten of Denver, CO, grandchildren; Scott Harms and wife Lara of Hebron, NE, Jamie Calkins and husband Shaun of Deshler, NE, Kalen Betten and wife Kari of Chester, NE, Kylie Betten of Wymore, NE, Lindsey Biltoft and husband Lonnie of Deshler, NE, Amanda Ficken and husband Nate of Seward, NE, LeAnna Renz and husband Brody of Deshler, NE, Jerad Betten of Davenport, NE, Brandon Schnuelle of Las Vegas, NV, Bridget Schnuelle of Hebron, NE, Jessica Brown and husband Brett of Blair, NE, Brady Betten and wife Alison of Omaha, NE, great-grandchildren; Broderick, Ashley, and Brennan Harms, Mackinzi, Jadelyn, and Hayden Calkins, Kora and Koen Betten, Kayson, Ava, and Cohen Biltoft, Pierce, Kosner, and Navy Ficken, Beckham and Creed Renz, Quinn, Jonas, and Drake Brown, Madilyn, and Josie Betten, sisters-in-law Donna Meyer and JoAnne Meyer, nieces, nephews and friends.

Private funeral service will be Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Ruskin, NE at 2PM. Officiant will be Pastor Jose Flores, organist Kathy Kniep, congregational hymns “Peace Is Flowing Like A River” and “Amazing Grace”, recorded selection “I Can Only Imagine”, casket bearers; Scott Harms, Kalen Betten, Brady Betten, Jerad Betten, Broderick Harms and Brennan Harms, honorary casket bearers; Jamie Calkins, Lindsey Biltoft, Jessica Brown, Amanda Ficken, LeAnna Renz and Kylie Betten. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Kroll Funeral Home in Hebron 2-6 PM. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Condolences may be left at Cards may be mailed to Anita Betten Courtyard Terrace Hebron, NE 68370. Kroll Funeral Home of Hebron is in charge of arrangements. Memorials designated to St Mark Lutheran Church in Ruskin, NE and LCMS Mission Central ATTN: Gary W Thies – Brent D Smith, 40718 Hwy E. #16, Mapleton, IA 51034-7105.

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December 1, 2020

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Kroll Funeral Homes
330 N 5th St
Hebron, NE 68370

Funeral Service
December 2, 2020

2:00 PM
St. Mark Lutheran Church (Ruskin)
290 Main St.
Ruskin, NE 68974

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