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Cliff Christian

Passed away: June 8, 2011
Funeral Home: Deshler Memorial Funeral Home

April 10, 1932 - June 8, 2011

Cliff Christian of Hebron, NE the son of Louis and Elsie (Lueders) Christian was born April 10, 1932 at Utica, NE. He departed this life Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at Thayer County Health Services in Hebron, NE at the age of 79 years.

He was baptized August 1933 at the Methodist Church in Utica, NE and confirmed May 16, 1948 at Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler, NE. He was a lifetime member of Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler, NE.

Cliff was raised and attended school in the Deshler area graduating from Deshler High School. After graduation he started farming. He loved the farm and all the chores especially the cattle. He could see God's creation and was glad to be a part of it.

He married Wilma Kassebaum March 4, 1962 at Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron, NE. This union was blessed with the birth of three children.

He worked for Reinke Manufacturing in Deshler for a couple of years, and returned to the farm. After slowing down from the farming, he was custodian at Deshler Public School for 18 years, retiring in July of 2000.

Cliff's hobbies were checking the cattle on the four wheeler, wood crafts with his grandchildren, and just being out in nature. He loved his family and spending time with them, especially the grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother Roger, and one granddaughter Brett Christian.

He is survived by his wife Wilma of Hebron, NE, two sons Scott of Wellfleet, NE, and Kevin and wife Jessica of Hebron, NE, one daughter Kathy Nolan and husband David of Sedgwick, KS, 11 grandchildren; Amber Stout and husband Michael of Phoenix, AZ, Angela Christian of North Platte, NE, Ashleigh Mugrage and husband Justin of Ogallala, NE, Brandon Nolan and wife Becky of Landon, AK, Bethany Ingram and husband Caleb of Russellville, AK, Brittany and Ben Nolan of Sedgwick, KS, Chevez Chrisitan of Lincoln, NE, Colby Klaus of Grandview, MO, Tinmin Christian of Bennet, NE, and April Alexander and fiance Ryan Cochran of North Platt, NE, four great-grandchildren; Trystan Nolan, Blaine Schrotberger, Eithan Christian and J.P. Mugrage, mother-in-law Jaunita Kassebaum of Hebron, NE, brother-in-law Eldon Kassebaum and wife Judy of Hebron, NE, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler, NE at 10:30 am. Officiant pastor Phil Nielsen, organist Heidi Isernhagen congregational hymns; “Lift High The Cross”, “Rock Of Ages”, “Amazing Grace”, soloist Brandon Nolan “Because He Lives”, casket bearere; Wayne Lueders, Leroy Fangmeyer, Alex O'Brien, Dudley Dittmer, Steve Brettman and Bob Krakow, honorary casket bearers the grandchildren, visitation will be Friday June 10, 2011 from 9am to 7pm at Deshler Memorial Funeral Home in Deshler, NE, burial will be in the Belvidere Cemetery, Belvidere, NE, memorial in care of the family, Deshler Memorial Funeral Home of Deshler, NE is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left www.krollfh.com .