Kenneth Arnold Ferguson, 92, passed away at the Grand Island Veterans Hospital Feb. 3, 2014. Kenneth was born April 27, 1921, at the Ferguson old home place 11 miles east of Brewster in Blaine County, to Robert and Viola Ferguson. Kenneth attended grade school in Pleasant Valley and graduated from Brewster High School in 1938.
Ken was a B-17 pilot in the 15th Air Force stationed in Italy during WWII. Ken flew 28 missions, but was only credited with 27 because the bombardier missed the target by 10 miles. Most of the targets bombed were in Austria, then Yugoslavia, Italy and Germany. Ken did get to bomb Hitler's last stronghold. After being honorably discharged, Ken returned home.
While in the Air Force in Lincoln, he married Bonnie Strattan July 7, 1944. They were blessed with three children; Dwaine, Cindy and Shelly.
At home Kenneth raised cattle and corn. Kenneth became a seed corn dealer and with Francis Cheek and John Sweater's help was able to go on many trips and cruises. Bonnie and he went to Mexico, Hawaii, and cruises to the islands of the Caribbean.
A hobby of Kenneth's was designing and welding all kinds of items from wrought iron. Many signs around the surrounding area were made by Ken. Another hobby of true enjoyment was betting on the horses, or as the family called it “feeding the ponies”. But seriously, Ken was a lucky guy.
Another true joy of Kens were the Ferguson Reunions, where the men would sit around the table and tell stories, one right after the other. Ken always had a smile on his face and a story to tell.
Ken was the treasurer of the Brewster United Church of Christ, a chaplain of the American Legion and a member of the Elks in Ord.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Florence and Lillian; and his brother Donald and their spouses.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Ferguson; son, Dwaine Ferguson of Omaha; daughters, Cindy (Steve) Forehead of Omaha, and Shelly ( Ronald) Albrecht of Brewster; grandchildren, Erik Forehead of Omaha, Danielle Morgan of Omaha, Ian and Keesha Albrecht of Brewster, and relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be March 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Brewster UCC in Brewster, with the Rev. David Hansen officiating. Burial will be at the Brewster Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Brewster UCC and the American Legion.
Published in Custer County Chief, March 6, 2014