Waldo Johannsen, age 74, of Kearney, passed away Friday, December 27, 2019, at his home. Graveside services and inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh. com. Services are entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services. Waldo E. Johannsen was born July 5, 1945, in Ogallala to Wilbur and Deloris (Helmer) Johannsen. He moved to Gibbon when he was one year old. He graduated from Gibbon High School with the class of 1963. On February 15, 1963, Waldo was united in marriage to Janice Carpenter and this union was blessed with three children, Tina, Beckie and Timothy. Waldo worked as a farmer the majority of his life. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Gibbon for several years. He was member of Elk’s, AQHA, NRHA and FQHA. He loved life on the farm; horses, cattle and growing things. He especially enjoyed working in his yard, building birdhouses and watching birds and puttering around in the shop. Waldo loved spending time with his grandchildren and family. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Janice Johannsen, of Kearney; children, Tina (Mike) Slater, of Gibbon, Beckie (Brett) Champine, of Evergreen, Colorado, and Timothy (Stephanie) Johannsen, of Gibbon; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Lowell (Pat) Johannsen, of Arapahoe, Bonnie (Don) Skeen, of Grand Island, and Connie (Dan) Wilcox, of Las Vegas, Nevada; as well as several other extended family and friends. Waldo was preceded in death by his parents; and brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Pat Johannsen.