Lenard A. Pedersen
Lenard A. Pedersen, age 90, of Kearney, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at CHI Health-Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral services were held Monday, May 6, at the Kearney First United Methodist Church. The Reverend Melody Adams officiated. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery with military honors provided by the Gibbon American Legion Post #310 in conjunction with the Nebraska National Guard Honors Team. Memorials are suggested to Gibbon American Legion, First United Methodist Church or the Peterson Senior Center. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com. Services are entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services. Lenard Arthur Pedersen was born on June 22, 1928, in Omaha to Olaf and Clara (Tietz) Pedersen. Lenard received his education from Gibbon High School, graduating with the class of 1946. In 1950, Lenard enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Korean War, until being honorably discharged in 1952. After being honorably discharged, Lenard returned home where he tended to the family farm. On March 1, 1953, Lenard was united in marriage to Phyllis Ilene Olson and to this union three children were born: Penny, Lenard, Jr., and Dean. Lenard was a longtime member of Kearney First United Methodist Church. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball in Gibbon. Most recently, Lenard enjoyed participating in horseshoe tournaments, bowling, and playing cards. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Phyllis Pedersen, of Kearney; daughter, Penny John and her husband, Randy, of Miller; sons, Lenard Pedersen, Jr., and his wife, Connie, of Kearney, and Dean Pedersen and his wife, Katie, of Radcliff, Kentucky; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald Pedersen and his wife, Gerry, of Holdrege; sisters-in-law, Dee Pedersen, of Grand Island, and LaVonne Pedersen, of Newman, Georgia; along with many other relatives and friends. Lenard was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gloria Bartak; brothers, Dayton Pedersen, Orville Pedersen, and John Pedersen; sister-in-law, Marie Pedersen; and brother-in-law, Clyde Bartak.