KEARNEY — Betty J. Hand, 85, of Kearney died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Kearney Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton with the Rev. Dean Hanson officiating. Burial will be at Pleasanton Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney with the family present and one hour before services Wednesday at the church.


Betty was born Aug. 18, 1933, south of Litchfield to Elmer and Esther (Samuelson) Rolfsmeyer. She graduated from Litchfield High School and earned her teaching certificate from Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney. Betty taught at Scott Center School for two years.

Betty married Rex Hand on May 21, 1953, in Kearney. They lived in Pleasanton then moved south of Pleasanton where they owned and operated Hand Well Co. for 55 years. Betty stayed busy as a wife, mother and bookkeeper for the family business.

She was a member and secretary of the Good Samaritan Buffalo County Hospital Board for many years. Some of her interests were golfing, garage sales, Junk Jaunt, flowers, hunting, cooking, collecting butter molds and churns, and spending time with her grandchildren and attending their many activities.

Betty is survived by her husband, Rex Hand of Kearney; daughters, Connie Reiss and husband Lymon of Kearney, Darla Skeen and husband Leland of Gibbon and Gisel Theis and Dave Krueger of Kearney; son, Dave Hand and wife Terry of Kearney; sister, Joanne Rolfsmeyer of Kearney; sister-in-law, Rita Rolfsmeyer of Ravenna; grandchildren, Shayla Warnken, Mike Skeen and wife Lori, Steph Sydow and husband John, Jacob Morton, Adrian Morton, Kasey Powers and husband Chris, Jerrel Theis, Chris Reiss and wife Carli, and Eric Reiss and wife Jocelyn; great-grandchildren, Preston, Haidyn and Korbin Skeen, Harper Sydow, Wesley and Walter Powers, Ellah, Hartli and Bexli Reiss, and Amaroq and Hauke Reiss.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Donald and Allen Rolfsmeyer; and son-in-law, Monty Warnken.

Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated later.

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