Lonnie Knehans, 71, of Red Cloud passed away on August 31, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer.
Lonnie was born on June 15, 1948, to Kurt C. and Myrtle A. (Degner) Knehans. He was baptized into the Lord’s family on August 22, 1948, and confirmed on June 3, 1962, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Red Cloud.
Lonnie married Brenda Lawson on February 28, 1976. They owned a plumbing business for several years, after which Lonnie worked on the Webster County bridge crew prior to beginning a career of 27 years as a public servant to Webster County with the position of county clerk. He retired in March 2013 and was elected to a term beginning in January 2019 as Webster County Commissioner for District 5.
He enjoyed his retirement years both working as a rural water district technician for the Lower Republican NRD until his health no longer allowed it, and for the Webster County taxpayers until very recently.
Lonnie was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Red Cloud his entire life. He especially enjoyed Thursday morning Men’s Bible Study. He was a member of the Red Cloud Lions Club, the Red Cloud Gun Club; Hunter Education Instructor for Nebraska Game & Parks Commission; and coached many youth trap shooting teams over the years.
He enjoyed camping, fishing and shooting sports. He has always treasured spending as much time as possible with family.
Preceding him in death were his father in 1974, mother in 2013, and cherished uncle Ray, Ray’s wife Marie and their children Michael and Barry in 1975.
Left to treasure his memories are wife Brenda; son Chris, wife Amanda and daughters Jillian and Kayleigh of Fredonia, WI, daughter Kati and children Madylien, Kohlton, and Harper of Overland Park, KS, and son Kelsey, fiancé Mariah and daughter Remington of Juniata. Also surviving are sister Connie Brumbaugh and parents-in-law Richard and Barbara Lawson of Noblesville, IN, and special cousin Steve Degner, wife Roxanne and children Landon and Riley of Olathe, KS, along with many other relatives and close friends.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Red Cloud with Pastor Jeffrey Kuddes officiating. A reception will follow. Private interment will be attended by immediate family members. Visitation is 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday at Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud. The family requests that no flowers be offered but rather donations be made to the Red Cloud Community Foundation Fund, or to the family for further disbursement to organizations of their choice in Lonnie’s honor.