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Kenneth (Kenny) Paul Cast was born to Herbert Grant Cast and Velma Elizabeth (Geis) Cast on November 29, 1944, in Seward, Nebraska, and passed away at home on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at the age of 78 years, 3 months, 16 days, after a courageous fight with a glioblastoma brain tumor.
Kenny attended school at Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, and graduated with the Class of 1963. He was a member of and attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. He was baptized, received his First Holy Communion and Confirmation there. He was very proud to have been a Mass server for many years. He also served as a Trustee and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was most recently a member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Seward. Kenny was a 4-H member and leader for several years.
He served in the Nebraska Air National Guard for six years and was honorably discharged in 1971. He was a member of the Beaver Crossing American Legion Post #178 and served in several offices.
Kenny married Dolores Zegers at St. Francis Catholic Church (Center) near David City, Nebraska, on November 30, 1968, and together they had 8 children.
Kenny was a crop and dairy farmer for 45 years. He loved the farm and the animals. He served on Mid America Dairymen and DFA (Dairy Farmers of America) Board, Dairy Council of Central States Board, State Veterinary Board, Blue Valley Coop Board, Midwest Dairy Board, State Dairy Board, and received the State Dairyman Award.
He is survived by his wife Dolores, their 8 children and spouses, 35 grandchildren and spouses, and 3 + two on-the-way great-grandchildren: Jeffrey (Kathy) of Beaver Crossing, NE and their children Elizabeth (Cole) Jones & Holden, Andrew (Sydney) & Baby Boy, Lilly, Caleb (Hannah) & Blakely, Erika; Jeanine (Spencer) Anderson of Virginia, NE and their children Dalton (Courtney) Anderson, Callum & Baby, Logan, Taylor, Jenna Anderson; Jason (Jodi) of Beaver Crossing, NE and their children Garrett, Grant, Olivia, Ben, Alex, Henry; James (Julie) of York, NE and their children Reegon, Tyler, Wyatt, Rylyn; Justin (Lisa) of Syracuse, NE and their children Brett, Devin, Delainey; Jeremy (Brooke) of Ansley, NE and their children Payton, Avery, Preston, Aspen; Jennifer (Roger) Benes of Weston, NE and their children Kendol, Bailey, Hunter Benes; Joel (Amanda) of Hebron, NE and their children Dahrran, MacKenzie, Kaitlynn, Addysen, Emmerson, Pennelope.
Also surviving Kenny are his sister, Lois Jean Zimmer, Sulphur, LA; sister-in-law, Becky Cast, Lincoln, NE; sisters-in-laws and brothers-in-law, Margaret (Leroy) Topil of Rising City, NE, Alice Policky of Seward, NE, Thomas (Judy) Zegers of David City, NE, Louise (Roger) Warnsholz of Seward, NE, William (Bev) Zegers of Schuyler, NE; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, brother and sister-in-law, Herbert Jerome & Frances; brother, Harold Thomas; and sister and brother-in-law Dolores & Robert Kunert, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Fran Cast, Darrell Zimmer, Vernon Policky, and Joseph & Virginia Zegers.
The family would like to thank Monsignor Tucker, Dr. Summa, Dr. Tomes & Staff, Cancer Partners of Nebraska – doctors & staff, Angels Care Home Health, the VA, Caring Friends Respite Care, CHI Health and Home Hospice, Volzke Mortuary and staff, and all the wonderful selfless neighbors, family, and friends that helped with numerous things that have made this journey with us so that our husband, dad, grandpa, and great grandpa could be at peace as he battled this awful disease.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS
MEMORIALS IN CARE OF CAST FAMILY.