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Kiel Eugene Eltiste
Born - July 8, 1918
Married - June 21, 1942
Las Vegas, Nevada
Veteran World War 2
Tec 4 US Army
Died - July 10, 2000
Buried - Johnson Cemetery
Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska
In Loving Memory of
Kiel Eugene Eltiste
Kiel Eugene Eltiste was born on the family farm south of Johnson on
July 8, 1918 as the son of Herman A. and Ethyl H. (Kiel) Eltiste. He was
baptized August 25, 1918 at St. John's (Stone) Church by Reverend. Pett and
confirmed into the Lutheran faith March 30, 1947 by Reverend G. K. Wiencke
at the same church. He attended Roosevelt School District 26 and Johnson
High School, graduating with the class of 1936. He furthered his education by
attending Peru State Teacher's College in Peru for 2 years where he earned
a Teacher's Certificate. Kiel taught at Henry Creek School near Peru and at
St. Deroin School near Barada.
He was the first in the draft from Nemaha County to serve his county,
entering service with the U.S. Army from February 1941 to November 1945.
He was with the 34th Infantry in the Southern states. Kiel was discharged from
Camp McArthur at San Diego, California on November 15, 1945 as a
Staff Sergeant with the M. P. Battalion.
Kiel was married to Miss Ora Torbeck, June 21, 1942 by Reverend Dunn in
Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home in Hollywood, California for
4 years while he served in the army in various camps in California.
To this union four children were born: Kiel Ora, Pamela, Lonnie and Hal.
After being discharged from the service the couple moved to the farm where
Kiel was born. He took up farming, which was to be his life work for the
next 34 years. His favorite hobby was hunting both fowl and big game.
Kiel dearly loved his family, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren
and enjoyed their many visits.
For the past 20 years, he and his wife have lived in Johnson and they were
honored to celebrate many wedding anniversaries; the last one was last
June with 58 years.
Kiel had been in failing health many years, but the last couple years he
was housebound a lot of the time and spent different stays at hospitals.
He entered Nemaha County Hospital July 10, and it was there he passed
away on the afternoon of that same day, just two days following his
82nd birthday which had been celebrated by many family
members and friends.
He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Johnson and
American Legion Post #330 of Johnson.
Survivors include his wife Ora of Johnson; sons Kiel Ora and wife Judy
of Fremont; Lonnie and wife Jane of Lincoln; Hal and wife Frances of
Peru; daughter Pamela and husband Richard Harbour of Auburn;
18 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother Warren K. Eltiste
of Nebraska City; 2 sister-in-laws Alice Rippe of Auburn; Opal
and husband Dale Eltiste of Tecumseh; and brother-in-law
Wm C. Kaiser of Phillipsburg, Kansas.
Kiel was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Herman
who was killed in service for his county.
Wife - Ora Zerline (Torbeck) Eltiste
Born -October 25, 1918
Son - Kiel Ora Eltiste
Born - May 30,1943
Daughter - Pamela Joy (Eltiste) Nichols Harbour
Born - March 16, 1948
Son - Lonnie Lee Eltiste
Born - April 2, 1949
Son - Hal Clarke Eltiste
Born - August 15, 1951
Brother - Herman Alton Paul Eltiste
Brother - Warren Kenton Eltiste
Father - Conrad August Herman Eltiste
Mother - Ethyl Harriet Kiel
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