Ken Stauss passed away into the arms of angels on September 5 in Lincoln, NE at the age of 74, after a courageous battle with diabetes, dementia and cancer.
Ken was born in Fairbury, NE on January 16, 1943 to Corwin and Lorna (Huss) Stauss. He graduated from Fairbury High School in 1961. On February 14, 1964, he married Leslie Burkett in Fairbury and together they had three children, Tobe, Aaron and Jennifer.
Ken married Patricia Olson on August 11, 1984 in Minden, NE. Together they had one son, Jeffery Stauss.
After attending Fairbury Junior College, Ken continued his education at Kearney State College, earning two master’s degrees in English and History Education while also serving as a Graduate Assistant at Kearney State.
Ken’s entire teaching career was spent at Gothenburg High School, where he taught upper-level English. While in Gothenburg, Ken gained his endorsement in educational administration from Kearney State. In 1985, he was hired as the Secondary Principal at Lyons-Decatur High School. In 1992, Ken accepted the position of Principal and Activities Director at Meridian High School, near Daykin, NE. He remained at Meridian until his retirement in 2009, having served as an educator for 43 years. In Ken’s younger years, he held jobs at a creamery, with the railroad, various golf courses, and had his own painting business for many years.
Ken was a true believer in Nebraska education and dedicated his adult life to serving students and their teachers. He had a passion for both learning and teaching. He was an avid sports fan and participant, having played football, basketball, tennis and baseball, while transitioning to officiating football and basketball and playing men’s softball for many years. He had a special passion for baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Meridian Baseball, in particular. He also enjoyed hunting with family and friends and trapping with Jeff. In retirement, one of his favorite activities was being able to watch baseball every night, sometimes eight games at once.
In 2013, Ken and Patti moved to Lincoln, where he enjoyed attending various Husker ball games. He loved gardening and taking care of the lawn. While the last few years were difficult, Ken loved being a grandfather to Jace. His joy was visible in the sparkle in his eyes as he watched Jace grow and learn over this past year.
He is survived by his wife Patricia; four children: Jeffery and wife Joslynne of Lincoln, NE, Jennifer of Omaha, NE, Tobe of Lincoln, NE and Aaron and wife Terra of Mesa, AZ; five grandchildren: Jace, Cooper, Bennett, Hudson, and Campbell; brother Tony and wife Kathleen of Clovis, CA; two aunts: June Wendlandt of Fairbury, NE and Mae Ann Martin of Willow Creek, MT; several nephews, nieces, cousins and grand nephews and nieces. Ken was preceded in death by his father, Corwin, and mother, Lorna.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to:
–The Meridian Foundation (http://www.meridianmustangs.org/)
–The V Foundation for Cancer Research (https://www.jimmyv.org/)
–The Alzheimer’s Association – Great Plains Chapter (http://www.alz.org/nebraska/)
A Celebration of Life was at 11:00 a.m. Saturday September 9, 2017 at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Gail Cross officiating. Memorials to the Meridian Foundation & Alzheimer Foundation. Burial will be on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Minden Cemetery, Minden, Nebraska