Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben announce Pioneer Family awards

The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben and the Nebraska Fair Managers Association along with the Nebraska Farm Bureau announces the 109 honorees from 55 counties for the 2012 Pioneer Farm Family Awards. In order to qualify for this distinction, members of the same family must have owned a partial of land consecutively for at least 100 years. Since its inception, 59 years ago, more than 8,000 families have been granted this award from across the region. Each honoree receives an engraved plaque and gatepost marker as permanent recognition of this milestone. The awards are presented during the annual county fair in which the land is located.This program is just one of those supported by the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation which was founded in 1895 “to leverage collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland.”The following is a listing of the recipients by county:Adams: Tammy & Dennis Gentert and family, Juniata; Ken & Sue Parr, KenesawAntelope: Michael Henery and Heath Henery, Norfolk; James R. Kilpatrick, Neligh; Ray & Debra Schlecht, ClearwaterBanner: R. Douglas & Joy E. Bolin, HarrisburgBoone: John C. Tisthammer, AlbionBuffalo: Sharon DeNeui, Pleasanton; Greg & Angela Smyth, SheltonBurt: Hollis B. & Ann M. Anderson, Oakland; Dan & Lee Bowland, Tekamah; Henry E. Kriebel Farm: Elaine K. Chamberlain, Tekamah and Carolyn A. Nordberg, Stromsburg; Jason Penke and Kelly Abrahams, Craig; Bruce & Prudence Skinner, HermanButler: Novacek Family, BrunoCass: Roger M. Bornemeier and Laurel A. McReynolds, Elmwood Cedar: Kelly & Kelsey Konken, HartingtonCherry: Evahee & Andy Anderson, Gordon; Tanya & Eric Storer, WhitmanClay: LaVerne & Shirley Yost, HarvardColfax: Anita Klitz, Dodge; Rolland D. Svec & Magdaline M. Svec Trusts, Rogers; Arnold A. & Loretta A. Tuma, Schuyler; Armella Vlcek, Omaha; Clarence & Dorothy Vogel, Howells; Thomas W. & Renae J. Vogel, DodgeCuming: Gary Brandt, Lincoln; Melva Buchholz, Omaha; Ardyce Heinemann, Beemer; Michael & Rosemary McGuire, OmahaCuster: Calvin F. Dittmar, Oconto; Russell W. Mattox, Broken Bow; Daniel O. & Marlene Sasek, SurgentDawes: Judd Norman, LincolnDawson: John & Janet Wightman and Thomas Hyde, LexingtonDixon: Dennis W. & Retha R. Gould, Newcastle; Ervin F. & Frances L. Kramer Family Trust, LaurelDodge: Norman J. Heese, ScribnerDouglas: Mohrview Farm, Inc., OmahaDundy: Robert Paul & Norma May Thomas, Stratton; Frank Tracy, Ardith Tracy and Irene L. Gooder, MaxFillmore: Weldon J. Bornschlegl, Ohiowa; Marvin H. Peter, SuttonFranklin: Grady Koch, UplandFurnas: Jerry D. & Arvida L. Warner, Beaver CityGage: Doug & Cindy Parde, AdamsGrant: William E. & Twyla M. Thurston, HyannisHarlan: Paul & Sharon Stevens, OrleansHolt: Kenneth J. & Brittney Koenig, EwingHoward: Jim Sevcik, OmahaJefferson: Flatung Family Farm: Sharon Kettelhut and Sandy Moss, FairburyJohnson: Terry McAuliffe, SterlingKearney: Abrahamson Estate, Axtell; South Winds, LLC: Steve & Julie Roeder, Kendra Roeder, Mitch & Jodi Bendix, KearneyKeya Paha: 3B Ranch Co., OmahaKnox: Foner Farms, LLC – Kenneth Foner, Niobrara; Kevin & Janita Kube, Croften; Linda Lou Moles, Bloomfield; Virginia & Burnell Von Seggern, OrchardMadison: William J. & Chera Lee Avery, Norfolk; Regan & Dawn Kucera, MadisonMerrick: Joyce N. Kuhn, Central CityNance: Kush Farms: Louis P. Kish, Alphonse A. Kush, Rita M. Tate, Leonard J. Kush, Raymond J. Kush, Elizabeth A. Zakrzewski and spouses, GenoaNemaha: Gary & LuAnn Bray, JohnsonNuckolls: Janice Tordrup, SuperiorOtoe: Bose Family Farm: Henry R. Bose, Shirley Cappen, Mary Schechinger, Papillion; Boyne Hallowell, Palmyra; Bernard Kreifels and William Bebout, Nebraska City; Larry & Gayle Royal, Palmyra; Joy & Verle Schroder, Palmrya Perkins: Jane Faught Potts, ElsiePlatte: Lonne & Terri Groteluschen, Humphrey; Everett & Norma Hemmer, Columbus; Darrell & Patricia Janssen, Columbus; Peggy Schneider and Nancy Harders, ColumbusPolk: Jane Roberts, B.J. VanVelson and Terry Anderson, Osceola; Dale & Sharon Yungdahl, OsceolaRed Willow: Kenneth & Karen Kircher, Idianola; Jerry Kircher and Donna Kircher, Idianola; Lawrence Lester Morris, HastingsSaline: Dennis & Janet Bartels, Milligan; Rachel Niemeier, Fairbury; Gary Niemeier, DeWittSaunders: Joel & Terri Konecky, Ithaca; Michael J. & Barbara A. Vanek, Ann Arbor, Mich.Seward: Betty Plautz, SewardSioux: Marie K. Piper, HarrisonStanton: Donald E. Frank, Stanton; Terry & Gloria Spence, StantonThayer: Douglas Bruning, Bruning; Russell Hinds, Davenport; Max & Karen Hinrichs, Bruning; Rob & Natalie Marsh, Belvidere; Louis & Madalyn Vieselmeyer, Daryl & Lois (Vieselmeyer) Nelson, KearneyThurston: Larry W. Sunderman, PenderValley: Clark S. Scott and Patricia L. Grudzinski, Grand Island; M.L. Jablonski Unified Credit Trust, Omaha; Czech 4 Lucky Stars, LLC., BurwellWashington: Frank A. & Patricia A. (Laughlin) Weberg, Wausa; William & Joyce Wrich, KennardWayne: Myron & Luetta Deck, Hoskins; Marilyn Hausen, Wakefiled; Pauline Westerhold, PenderWebster: Jacob F. Petr, Jr. Family, Hastings; LaVon Rose Trust: Rose Marie & Rodney Willmes, Myron & Marlene Petr, Marilyn & Jose Requeira and Philip Petr, Blue Hill