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Ralph S. Wardyn

Ralph S. Wardyn, 87, of Loup City, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Marty Egging will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City. Visitation will be Thursday at the church, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. vigil service and Knights of Columbus rosary. Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Wardyn was born on Nov. 21, 1925, on the family farm, near Loup City, the son of Peter and Josephine (Karty) Wardyn. He is survived by his wife, Renee of Loup City; six sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Dawn Wardyn of Grand Island, John and Denise Wardyn of Wichita, KS, Leonard and Marcia Wardyn of Farwell, Ron and Linda Wardyn of Loup City, Pete and Deb Wardyn of Cozad and Mike and Ann Wardyn of Grand Island; seven daughters and six sons-in-law, Kathy and Dick Kohel of Lincoln, Marcia and Jim Leonard of Kearney, Mary Jo and Jerry Tanner of Scottsdale, AZ, Linda Alexander of Columbus, Sharon and Doug Day of Loup City, Theresa and Kevin Jorgensen of St. Paul and Marge and Larry Kemling of Columbus; and one sister, Caroline Mazankowski of Loup City. He also leaves to cherish his memory, 37 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Ralph grew up on the family farm and attended Wiggle Creek School and graduated with honors from Hazard High School in 1943. Upon completing his education he farmed with his father and later on his own. He was united in marriage to Rita Renee Woitalewicz on Sept. 12, 1949, at Loup City. The couple farmed north of Loup City, later moving to Hazard and then Litchfield. They then moved to the family farm south of Loup City, where all their children were raised. In the 1960's, Ralph also worked as a supervisor at the Cornhusker Army Ammunitions Plant in Grand Island. In 1985, the couple retired and moved into Loup City, where they lived the rest of his life. He was a member of St. Josaphat's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 5455 of Loup City. Ralph loved farming, gardening, fishing, playing pitch, dancing and playing his accordion. In later years, he enjoyed taking drives in the country to look at everyone’s crops. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Janis Lynne Wardyn and an infant son, Lawrence Howard Wardyn; three brothers, Cash, Robert and Floyd Wardyn; and four sisters, Sabina Sokol, Dorothy Chelewski, Ella Obermiller and Regina Peterson. Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.


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Kathy and family, Thinking of you, it is never easy, just hold all the good memories in your heart.

Sandi (Kowalski) Buhrman Aug 31 2013 10:07 AM

Steve, John & The Wardyn Family,My condolences regarding the passing of Mr. Wardyn. He evidently had great qualities that are exhibited through his sons. Although sorrows may pass, the wonderful memories will always be with you.God Bless!Steve LeeGrand Island

Aug 30 2013 9:09 AM

Our deepest sympathy to the Wardyn family.

Pat & Ernie Augustine Aug 29 2013 5:12 PM

Renee and Family,Was so sorry to read of Ralph's death in the Kearney Hub. Want you to know you are in our thoughts. Delphie and Phyllis MazankowskiColfax, California

Aug 29 2013 3:27 PM

Renee & family, So sorry for your loss. I have so many childhood memories spent with your family. May God bless you and keep you in this time of sorrow. Malinda (Sands) MorrowHershey, NE

Aug 29 2013 12:13 PM

Leonard, Marcia, family and friends - so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dan and Lisa Olsufka Aug 29 2013 11:12 AM

Dear Grandma Renee, Mom and all my Aunts and Uncles,I was so saddened to hear of Grandpa's passing, he meant so much to so many people. However, in the last few days, I have had the chance to share many memories with our family and view pictures throughout our lives that highlighted his legacy so beautifully. In celebrating his life together, both near and afar, we have all become closer to him than we could ever have imagined. Please know I'm with you there in my heart, and wish you peace in this difficult time.Many hugs and kisses! -Jen, Tom and Pippa Brett

Jen Alexander-Brett Aug 29 2013 10:19 AM

Aunt Renee and cousins:Watching the memorial video brought back so many memories of all the good times we shared. I will always remember Uncle Ralph's smile and good nature. And how he was always loved to tease us. From the photos in the video it looks like he never outgrew being onery. My heart goes out to your family at this time and may God keep you and hold you during this time of sorrow. God Bless all of you. Sending my sympathy and love to all.

Sandi Mudloff Aug 28 2013 10:29 AM

Leonard and Family: Even though we spent a short amount of time in Loup City both Linda and I have very fond memories of your dad and your family. God Bless all of you in this time of sorrow.Linda and Steve Grabowski

Steve Grabowski Aug 28 2013 8:18 AM

Legacies like Ralph and his beautiful daughter Marcia are the stories I share with my grandchildren, so that life here on earth goes on while Heaven embraces our loved ones.

Shirley Schuller Aug 28 2013 7:39 AM