KEARNEY — Earl L. “Shorty” Anderson, 84, of Pleasanton died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at Kearney Regional Medical Center.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pleasanton with the Rev. Richard Piontkowski officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic

Cemetery near Pleasanton with military honors by the Leo and Clinton Krotz Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9481, Roy Eaton American Legion Post 321 and the Nebraska National Guard Funeral Honors Team.

Visitation will be 5-6 p.m. Monday at the church with a wake service at 6 p.m.

Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney is in charge of arrangements.


Earl was born Feb. 10, 1935, on the family farm near Litchfield to Raymond and Margaret (O’Neill) Anderson. He graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1952. He joined the U.S. Army in October 1954 and served for two years during the Korean War.

Earl married Gwendolyn Kohlscheen on Aug. 23, 1958, in Pleasanton. They farmed southwest of Pleasanton most of their lives. He was a good neighbor to all, always willing to lend a hand or his equipment.

After retiring from farming, Earl worked in the HVAC Department at University of Nebraska at Kearney, Pleasanton Irrigation and Trotter Fertilizer in Pleasanton.

Earl was a social person in the community and enjoyed going places, especially Saturday night church in Ravenna and then stopping at the restaurant in Pleasanton for supper.

He enjoyed riding and raising Appaloosa horses, working cattle, trail rides, parades and bowling. He also was involved with the Pleasanton Community Theatre, Nebraska Cattleman’s Classic, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and community events.

Earl will be remembered by his love of sharing jokes, stories and having a good laugh. Earl and Gwen not only spent many hours on the farm working together, but liked taking bus tours and meeting people and making new friends.

Earl is survived by his sister, Carol and husband Robert Supanchick of Hazard; sisters-in-law, Luetta Anderson of Lincoln and Joan Anderson of Waterloo, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Earl was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers and six sisters.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Pleasanton Volunteer Fire Department.

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