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Kenneth Van Every

Kenneth Gerald Van Every

Thursday, November 18th, 1926 - Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
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Funeral Services for Kenneth “Ike” Van Every, age 94, of O’Neill, NE will be 10:30 am Monday, March 22, 2021 at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill. Burial will be in the Page Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the O’Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93 and the Page American Legion Post 315. Rev. Mike Durre will officiate. Visitation will be from 3-5 pm, Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Biglin’s Mortuary. Ike passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Arbor Care Center in O’Neill. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Biglin’s Mortuary.

Kenneth Gerald Van Every was born November 18, 1926 at home in Opportunity, NE to James E and Barbara (Nitz) Van Every. Kenneth attended O’Neill Public Schools through his freshman year, then went to work. He worked for many neighbors around the O’Neill, Page, and Niobrara areas. He obtained his GED in 1981.

Ike joined the Army on June 21, 1945 and was stationed in Germany in a carpenter shop of a hospital. He was honorably discharged on November 18, 1946. He was a member of the American Legion Post 93 for years.

Ike met Frances Grubbs at a dance in Oakview Park. They were married on March 20, 1948 and to this union, 5 children were born. Frances later passed away on December 28, 1973.

Ike married Mary Ann (Winkler) Etherton on August 11, 1978. Kenneth gained a stepson, Tom, and a stepdaughter, Joan Long. Mary passed away in January of 2008.

Ike rode horses all of his life until his kids told him it was no longer safe. He loved to dance, watch Polka Joe, and Molly B on RFD TV. He liked to play cards and continued to play solitaire until shortly before his death.

Ike is survived by his children, Gerald (Sharma) Van Every of Raymond, NE, Dennis (Kathy) Van Every of Page, NE, Kathy Van Every of Page, NE, Mary Jo Leichleiter of Page, NE, and K. George (Karen) Van Every of Page, NE; stepchildren, Tom (Lorraine) Etherton of Atkinson, NE, and Joan (Randy) Long of O’Neill, NE; 8 grandchildren, Jeremey (Angie Moore) Van Every, Jenn (Chuck) Hildebrand, Jeff (Jenae) Van Every, Greg (Luisa) Van Every, Denise (Nathan) Andrews, Rachel Tulley, Troy Tulley, and Travis Leichleiter; 5 step-grandchildren, Ed (Shannon) Etherton, Pat (Kat) Etherton, Christy (Steve) Hostert, Julie (Noah) Maulsby, and Mike Long; many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Ella Van Every of O’Neill, NE, and Beth Grubbs of Creighton, NE; many nieces, nephews, friends, and other family.

Ike is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George, Leslie (Gretchen), Melvin, Clyde (Irene), and Jim [George and Mildred were infants]; sisters, Mary Jane (Sanford) Gamel, Mildred Van Every, and Evelyn (Bill) Derickson.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 21st, 2021 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Sunday, March 21st, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Biglin's Mortuary
    Address
    111 N. 3th Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
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  • Ike's Funeral Service

    Monday, March 22nd, 2021 | 10:30am
    When
    Monday, March 22nd, 2021 10:30am
    Location
    Biglin's Mortuary
    Address
    111 N. 3th Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
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    Officiant
    Pastor Mike Durre
  • Interment

    Monday, March 22nd, 2021 | 11:30am
    When
    Monday, March 22nd, 2021 11:30am
    Location
    Page Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Page, Nebraska
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Richard Harris

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Sorry for your loss. Ike(Kenneth) was a great guy and remember how great he treated my Aunt Frances and how great he was to his children. Loved the video of his life. Richard Harris
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With love and condolences, Christy, Julie and Michael
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