Kenard Frank Kreycik
Kenard Frank Kreycik, 66, of Niobrara, Neb., passed away October 24, 2012 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D.
He was the son of Frank W. and Vlasta V. (Viterna) Kreycik, and was born February 8, 1946, at Lynch, Neb.
Kenard grew up on the family farm in the Riverview community, between Niobrara, Neb., and Verdel, Neb. He attended rural school District 87 (May School) near the family home, and later graduated from Niobrara High School in 1964.
Following graduation, Kenard enlisted in the Nebraska National Guard, serving for six years until his Honorable Discharge in 1970. During this time, he also farmed with his father, uncle Otto Kreycik, and brother, Rollo Kreycik in the Riverview Community.
On September 6, 1968, Kenard was married to Christine “Chris” Sholes at the First Presbyterian Church in O’Neill, Neb.The couple was blessed with two children: son Steven Neils Kreycik on May 15, 1971, and a daughter, Stacy Marie Kreycik on April 2, 1976. Kenard and Chris lived on the Kreycik Riverview Farm, a stately, picturesque farmstead along the Niobrara River, where they raised their family.
The Kreycik’s initially fed cattle, did grain and hay farming, and in the mid 1980s, added elk to their operation, and later added buffalo. This addition of novelty livestock became a major part of the farming operation, and by the mid 1990s, Kenard and Chris began hosting elk hunts, and a year later, offered covered wagon tours of their beautiful farm, giving thousands of people the opportunity to get up close and personal with their elk and buffalo. These popular tours and hunts continue to be a major annual tourist destination in the Niobrara, Neb., area.
Kenard was an outgoing, hard-working, caring person, who always had a friendly smile and loved to visit. Kenard’s jovial personality and signature bib overalls were his trademark.
During his lifetime, Kenard served his community through various organizations, including the Niobrara School Board, Lower Niobrara NRD Board, Knox County Block Grant Revolving Loan Program, Riverview Cemetery Board, North American Elk Breeding Association, and the Nebraska Elk Club. He was also a member of Faith, Hope, and Love Fellowship Church in Creighton. Kenard loved catfishing in the Niobrara River near his beloved farm, and also went on annual fishing trips to various places around the country, including his final fishing journey this summer with his friend, Willard Ruzicka. No one was ever a stranger around Kenard, and his warm and loving personality will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Chris Kreycik of Niobrara, Neb.; son, Steven (wife Allison) Kreycik of Niobrara, Neb.; daughter, Stacy (husband Clint) Miller of Verdigre, Neb.; four grandchildren, Jace Miller, Josilyn Miller, Jaeli Miller and Riley Screen; brother, Rollo (wife Lois) Kreycik of Niobrara, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Connie Wickersham of O’Neill, Neb., and Cindy (Bob) Orsborn of Stromsburg, Neb.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Vlasta Kreycik; parents-in-law, Robert and Marcella Sholes; and brother-in-law, Dennis Wickersham.
Memorial services were held October 29, 2012, at Faith, Hope, and Love Fellowship Church in Creighton, Neb.
Graveside services were at Riverview Cemetery, west of Niobrara, Neb., with military honors conducted by VFW Post No. 4834 of Niobrara, Neb. ❖
David Lance Hudson
David Lance Hudson, 70, of Brookville, Kan., passed away October 5, 2012.
He was the first born of Paul and Ila (Withroder) Hudson on November 21, 1941 in the farmhouse of his parents in rural Reno County. In 1944 the Hudson family moved to Wichita County near Leoti, Kan., where they established their farming and ranching operation.
At an early age, his desire for a horse became reality when his Uncle, George Withroder, upon returning home from WWII, gave him his first horse. Rex was his best friend and companion and for several years the two were almost inseparable. During this time Dave became an excellent rider.
He attended grade school at Beulah, Kan., North of Leoti, Kan., and High School at Wichita County Community High School in Leoti, Kan. While in high school he participated in football, basketball, and track.
Also while in high school he was a member of FFA, serving as an officer and was named a Star Farmer of Kansas in 1958. Although he participated and excelled in sports, his real love was for the rodeo life.
The opportunity to compete in high school rodeos was very limited, so he participated in area rodeos.
As his riding skills increased he began to enter rodeos all over the State of Kansas. While he was still in high school, he was able to compete at the Houston Stock show, but the highlight of the trip was the chance to go deep sea fishing. His Senior year he attended the National High School Finals in Sulphur, La., and came home with runner up All round Cowboy award.
After completing high school, Dave talked his parents into purchasing a set of rodeo bucking stock from the Harrisions at Wallace, Kan. He devoted his time, over the next 20+ years to the operation of Hudson Brothers Rodeo Company, which he owned with his two brothers, Deone and Dale.
Dave strived to maintain a good set of bucking bulls, the bucking horses were his pride and joy and he was always on the lookout for the next great bucking horse.
Even after being out of the business 40 years, he could tell you details about any horse, where they were purchased, who had made the good rides on them and also the spectacular buck offs they caused.
He enjoyed bucking the good cowboys off but was equally thrilled when the two would produce an excellent exhibition. He was extremely proud when some of their stock was allowed to perform at the National Finals Rodeo.
In 1964 Dave married Candyce Luther of North Platte, Neb. This union produced three sons. With the demands of producing rodeos and raising a family, time was not available to compete at as many rodeos as he would have liked, but when he did, he was always a threat in every event he entered.
Dave was a member of the Leoti Masonic Lodge No. 340 of Leoti, Kan., for 49 years.
In 1974 Hudson Brothers Rodeo Company was purchased by Deone and Dave began to pursue other interests. He spent a few years working for Loretta Lynn’s Longhorn Championship Rodeo Company. One of Dave’s other many passions was fishing. With fishing rather limited in Western Kansas he moved to Brookville, Kan. It did not take Dave long to find the good fishing holes and frequent them often.
Upon his retirement from employment with Saline County, he could devote more time to his fishing.
He was once heard to say he never intended to have anything so important to do that he could not stop and go fishing.
Dave will be remembered as a very caring and generous person and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is surived by three sons, Tom and (Kim) of Bennett, Colo., Tyler and (Deb) of Morrill, Neb., and True and (Christy) of Lompoc, Calif.; two brothers, Deone and (Connie) of Sharon Springs, Kan., Dale and (Janie) of Brewster, Kan.; grandchildren, Curtis Orth of Brookville, Kan., Chase (Kenda) Barker of Brookville, Kan., Richard Mahaffee of Richmond Va., Brittany Hudson of Bennett, Colo., Kory Hudson of Bennett, Colo., Ashlee (Greg) Gompert of Morrill, Neb., Tracer Hudson of Hays, Kan., Samantha Schneider of Tucson, Ariz., Sarah Hudson of Lompoc, Calif., Chelsie DeHaviland of Lompoc, Calif., and Kaity DeHaviland of Lompoc, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Richard Jr. of Richmond Va., Reggan of Richmond, Va., Haylee of Morrill, Neb., and Brinlee of Brookville, Kan.; one niece, Jill of Long Pine, Neb.; three nephews, Billy Joe of Hastings, Neb., Cauy of Brewster, Kan., Caleb of Hays, Kan.
He was proceeded in death by his parents Paul and Ila, and nephews Aaron and Cole.
Memorial services were held October 9, 2012 at Ryans Mortuary in Salina, Kan.
Burial will be at the Methodist Cemetary in Brookville, Kan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brookville Volunteer Fire Dept. or Leoti Rodeo Club. ❖