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Arnold Frederick Wilhelm Dunekacke, 93 years old of Johnson, Nebraska, passed away October 12, 2023 at his home. He was born to Dietrich and Sophia (Mahlstadt) Dunekacke on May 7, 1930 on the C. D. Hahn farm west of Johnson where his parents lived. He was the seventh child born to this union and the only one born in America after the family came from Germany and moved to the Johnson area in 1923.
He started his education at a country school ¾ mile from his first home. When he was 11 years old, Dick and Sophia bought a farm four miles southwest of Johnson where Arnold lived the rest of his life. After moving Arnold went to a country school a mile west of their farm. He walked to school most of the time. Arnold graduated from Johnson High School in May, 1947. After graduating, he helped his father farm until his marriage.
He was united in marriage to Imogene Christine Fossenbarger on May 4, 1958 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Talmage, Nebraska. This union was blessed with two children, Jane Marie and John Frederick.
Arnold and Imogene made their living on the family homestead raising cattle, hogs, chickens, corn, wheat, oats, soybeans and hay until retiring in 2011. They worked together in daily farm activities and also spent time planting flowers and trees, gardening and harvesting fruit from their orchard. Arnold enjoyed mowing the yard as long as his health allowed, playing with his cat, “Tiger” telling jokes and having visits from family and friends. He was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church, rural Johnson, Nebraska, where he was baptized June 8, 1930 by Rev. H. Dahlke and confirmed April 2, 1944 by Rev. F. K. Kumpf.
He passed away October 12, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family, at the earthly age of 93 years, after dealing with diabetes for 27 years.
Arnold is survived by his wife Imogene of Johnson, daughter Jane (Jim) McMillen of Blue Springs, MO and son John Dunekacke of Pascagoula, MS, granddaughter, Kristen McMillen (Omar) Abdelgewad of Indian Trail, N.C., grandson Corey McMillen (Bethany) of Lee’s Summit, MO, thirteen nieces, nephews, many great-nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, Katherine Swanson and Jane Fossenbarger, many friends and his friendly cat, Tiger.
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Anna (Dean) Philpott, Sophia (Ernest) Hitzeman, Marie (Otto) Rohrs and Dora (Gieko) Rieken and brothers Fred (Laura) Dunekacke and Henry (Hazel) Dunekacke.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at the Zion Lutheran Church, north of Johnson, Nebraska with Pastor Paul Lillenas officiating.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family greeting friends from 6-7 p.m., Monday, October 16, 2023 at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh, Nebraska.
Memorials may go to the family’s choice.
Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Johnson, Nebraska.
Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.