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Patrick Deuel

Patrick Deuel

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KEARNEY — Patrick D. Deuel, 54, of Kearney, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at his home.

A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Church of God with the Rev. Charlie Gable officiating. Burial will be later at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney.


Patrick Darren Deuel was born on March 28, 1962, in Grand Island, the child of James W. and Betty Jean (Otte) Deuel. He attended Trinity Lutheran School and Walnut Junior High. Patrick graduated in 1980 from Grand Island Senior High.

His interests included music, reading and genealogy. During his high school years, he won numerous awards for music, honors from the Musicians Union of Nebraska and several scholarships.

He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Central Community College, University of Wyoming-Laramie and Hastings College. His interest in genealogy prompted him to take correspondence classes from Brigham Young University for genealogy.

His greatest achievement was receiving the Eagle Scout Award with 3 Palms in 1976. Patrick spent many years in the food service field before he became disabled.

He married Edith Kay Runyan on Sept. 23, 1995, at Hargis Mansion in Grand Island. The couple lived in Kearney, Alda, Valentine and Alliance before they moved back to Kearney. They enjoyed visiting family, especially grandchildren, and attending the Harvest of Harmony Parade in Grand Island.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Lydia Deuel and Lawrence and Elva Otte; his mother, Betty Deuel; and his mother-in-law, Charlotte Runyan.

He leaves to celebrate his home going, his wife, Edith Deuel of Kearney; father, James Deuel of Grand Island; stepchildren, Charlotte Hrnchir of Trenton and LeRoy Clinger Jr. of Claremont, N.C.; five grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.

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