Retired judge looked out for youth


Judge Robert Ide high fives Americas Kennedy, 2, after she
was legally adopted Saturday at the Adams County
Courthouse. Ide retired earlier this month.

For more than 40 years, Judge Robert Ide has brought his sense of humor and love for children to his work in the courtroom.

He had a joke or story for nearly every situation. Most related to his Norwegian heritage or Iowa upbringing.

Adams County Attorney Donna Fegler Daiss said Ide's humor and storytelling helped get his points across and put people at ease, especially children.

"One thing that always comes to mind with Judge Ide is his love of juvenile court and juveniles in general," she said. "He would always do what he could to improve the system."

Ide, 70, who lives Holdrege, stepped down from the bench Friday after serving 13 years as a county judge for the Tenth Judicial District, which includes Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Harlan, Kearney, Nuckolls, Phelps and Webster counties.


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