Claude “Dwayne” Kistner, 80, of Dawson, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. He was born in Sabetha, KS, on Oct. 21, 1935, the elder of two sons of Claude and Jessie (Comer) Kistner.
He attended Bratton Union School, graduating from high school in 1953. In the fall of that year, Dwayne enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at San Diego and Long Beach, CA, before being honorably discharged in October 1956.
Dwayne married Phyllis Wilcox as a young man. They were blessed with one son, David. They later divorced. In 1981 Dwayne was united in marriage to Betty Bucher, and he welcomed her children, Richard, Walt, Les and Susan, as his own.
Dwayne farmed most of his life near Auburn and then southwest of Dawson. He had a dairy herd and also raised hogs. After retiring from farming, he worked for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at Indian Cave State Park and from 1994 to 2008 Dwayne worked for the Richardson County Dept. of Roads.
He was a member of the Harvey-Mann American Legion Post in Humboldt. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working with his registered coyote hounds.
Dwayne is survived by his wife, Betty, of Dawson; children, David Kistner, of Beatrice, Richard (Diana) Boring, of Seward, Walt (Terrie) Boring, of Johnson, Les (Sandy) Boring, of Humboldt, and Susan (Steve) Etherington, of Albuquerque, NM; 12 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren (and one on the way); and three step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Eldon (Sonia) Kistner and Gary (Lauralee) Bucher, all of Auburn, Gerald (Shirley) Bucher, of Arizona, Marilyn DeJonge, of Humboldt; sister, Sherryn (Ron) Rist, of Humboldt; former wife, Phyllis Humphrey, of Pilot Rock, OR; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Sandra Windele, and brothers-and sisters-in-law Bob Bucher, Ommo DeJonge, and Jannette and Clayton Boring.
A graveside memorial service was held Jan. 6, 2016 at Prospect Cemetery near Humboldt, with Rev. Richard Boring officiating. Davy Kistner served as urn bearer. Graveside military honors were provided by American Legion Post #269 of Humboldt and U.S. Navy Honor Guard.