Kenneth K. Thernes


Kenneth K. Thernes, age 80 of Hooper

Died Wednesday August 14, 2019 at home.


Ken was born February 9, 1939 on a farm near Uehling to Harold and Grace ‘Wagner’ Thernes.  He was raised on the family farm near Hooper, attended rural schools and graduated from Hooper High School in 1956.  After high school he worked in Fremont at a grocery store before going back to Hooper to open his own grocery store.  He married Berniece Kriete on April 9, 1961 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  They lived southwest of Hooper until moving into Hooper in the mid 1960’s.  The couple continued to operate the grocery store in Hooper for a short time.  Ken then worked various jobs, including clerk for the city of Hooper.  He also worked for the post office for nearly 40 years before retiring as Post Master.


Ken was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, serving on many of the church committees.  He had been a member of the commercial club, Hooper Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and the Elkhorn Valley Golf Club.  Ken loved to play cards at the VFW in Hooper and could be seen driving his golf cart all over Hooper.



Wife – Berniece of Hooper

Children – Becky (Steve) Hotovy of Fremont

Kevin (Sharla Kurz) Thernes of Omaha

Wendy Evertson of Sidney

Grandchildren – Carissa (John) Evans of Milwaukee, and their children Eleanor and Hudson

Connor Hotovy of Fremont

McKenna Hotovy of Lincoln

Aaron and Henry Thernes of Omaha

Jacob and Julia Evertson of Lincoln

Sisters – Marjorie (Arlen) Gnuse of Fremont

Julene (Larry) Karloff of Yutan

Janice Bopp of Hooper

Brothers-in-law – LeRoy (Gloria) Kriete of Hooper

John (Donna) Kriete of Hooper

Paul (Cory) Kriete of Hooper

Sister-in-law – Sharon Thernes of Hooper


Ken was preceded in death by his brothers LeRoy and Louis and a brother-in-law Willis Bopp.


The funeral will be 10am Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hooper.  Burial will follow in the Hooper Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Redeemer Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Friday from 3pm to 8pm with the family present from 6pm to 8pm also at the church.


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