Lester Menke

Lester Menke, 89, of Wayne died Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.

Services will be held Monday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. The Rev. Jeanne Madsen and Chaplain Deb Hammer will officiate. Eulogist will be the Rev. John Sievers. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne with family present.

Memorials may be directed to Our Savior Lutheran Church or Greenwood Cemetery Association.

Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home Wayne   

Lester Arthur Menke was born June 10, 1929 on the family farm south of Wakefield. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. He farmed at several locations throughout Wayne County, until he retired and moved to Wayne in 1993. His passion was training and breaking horses. During his retirement, he and his wife, Elaine, worked for the Wayne Greenhouse delivering flowers for approximately 10 years. Lester dedicated his life to his family, his work, and being an active citizen in his community.  He served on the Wayne County District 75 School Board, the Wayne County Weed Board, the Winside St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Council, and was a volunteer for Rainbow Riders. He was a hard worker and always eager to help others in need. 

Survivors include his wife, Elaine (Test) Menke of Wayne; daughters, Pat Koehne of Omaha and Karen Von Busch (Tim) of Lincoln; sons, Charles Menke (Peg) of Norfolk and Byron Menke (Julie Eden) of Treynor, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; and one step-great-great granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adelia (Wroebel) and Julius Menke; sisters, Pauline Sievers and Ailene Sievers; a brother, Dean Menke; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Amy Bork, Wendy Pieper, Angela Boston, April King, Amanda Menke and Kathryn Mendes.

Active Pallbearers will be Tyler Menke, Aaron Menke, Andy Von Busch, Adam Van Busch, Chris Bork and Rob Pieper.


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