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Tillie Gertrude Lucas

November 21, 1931 — October 23, 2023

Tillie Lucas

Tillie G. Lucas was born November 21, 1931, in Brandon, Colorado, to Joseph and Helen (Kulchar) Sinka. As a young girl she grew up and attended school in the Brandon-Lamar, Colorado area.

On May 5, 1950, Tillie married Kenneth R. Lucas in Raton, New Mexico, with their Aunt Mary and Uncle Earl standing up for them. To this union five children were born: Dennis, Richard, Karen, Tena and Dena. The couple made their home North of Lamar, Colorado, where she was busy assisting with the farming, working at Duckwalls, and raising the family. In 1970, they moved to a farm west of Wauneta, Nebraska, and Tillie assisted with the farming and decorated cakes for sale. Tillie and Kenneth moved to Wauneta in 1975, where they owned and operated Kendeta’s Drive Inn. Tillie later cooked at the Wauneta Senior Center and served in custodial duties at the Wauneta U.S. Post Office. She then operated the T and L Catering Service and the R and L Variety Store in Wauneta until retirement.

Tillie was a 4-H Leader, and later a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Wauneta. Tillie enjoyed crocheting, quilting, sewing, painting cameo/tri-chem items, and gardening. She especially loved to watch baseball and spend time with her family and friends.

Tillie passed away Monday, October 23, 2023, at the Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial. Tillie was 91 years of age.

Tillie was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth in 1981, son and daughter-in-law; Dennis (Charlotte) Lucas, daughter and son-in-law; Karen (Loren) Doetker, granddaughter; Christina Doetker, sisters and their husbands; Mary (George) Dieterle Jr., Ida (Jack) Mayhew, Bertha (Henry) Beaman, brothers and their wives; Joe (Kathy) Sinka, Algert (Rosie) Sinka, Irene (Joe) Barker, brothers and sisters-in-law; Robert Lucas, Lloyd (Dorothy) Lucas, Clyde (Virgie) Lucas and Uncle Earl and Aunt Mary Cooter.

Survivors Include: Son: Rick (Dawn) Lucas of Council Grove, KS, Daughters; Tena (Earl) Craighead, of North Platte, NE., and Dena Lucas (Bob Jones) of Wauneta, NE
Grandchildren; Natasha, Abel, Caleb, Ruben, Brooke, Brittany, Lisa, Kay, Michelle, Chad and Diane. numerous great and great-great-grandchildren. Sister-In-Law: Aleta “Sis” Lucas of Trinidad, CO, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, October 27, 2023, 1:00 P.M. (MT) at Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta, with Pastor Gary Hunt officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta.

Visitation will be held Thursday afternoon, October 26, 2023, 2-6:00 P.M.(MT) with the family greeting the public from 4-6:00 P.M.(MT), at Liewer Funeral Home, Wauneta, NE.

Memorials, In Tillie’s Memory, has been suggested to the Wauneta Rural Volunteer Fire Department, and the Wauneta EMS.

Family wishes are for casual attire please.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation (With Family Present)

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Starts at 4:00 pm (Central time)

Liewer Funeral Home - Wauneta

75 East Wichita Street, Wauneta, NE 69045

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Funeral Service

Friday, October 27, 2023

Liewer Funeral Home - Wauneta

75 East Wichita Street, Wauneta, NE 69045

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