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Kenard Kent Koetter 1955 - 2018
Kenard Kent Koetter 1955 - 2018

Kenard Kent Koetter, age 63, of Ellinwood, Kansas, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Kenard was born July 11, 1955, in McCook, Nebraska, to parents Woodrow R. and Emma W. (Springer) Koetter.  

Kenard grew up in McCook where he attended McCook High School. Following high school, in September 1974, Kenard enlisted in the United States Army. During the Vietnam War, he proudly served his country as a mechanic while stationed in Germany. Kenard was honorably discharged in 1977.

On February 11, 1984, Kenard married the love of his life, Lisa Lynn (Critchfield) Koetter in Gothenburg, Nebraska.  

The couple was blessed with three sons: Ryan, Aaron and Kody.  

Following in his father’s footsteps, Kenard’s professional career was in the grocery store business. Kenard and Lisa, along with Kenard’s brother Smitty and wife Diane Koetter, purchased their first grocery store in Downs, Kansas, in 1984 where Smitty and Diane still live today. Continuing to work alongside one other, Kenard and Lisa owned grocery stores in Hastings, Nebraska, where sons Ryan and Aaron were born, Julesburg, Colorado, and eventually Ellinwood where Kody was born. They have faithfully served the Ellinwood community through Ellinwood Family Foods since 1998. Kenard cut meat daily for the meat department and along with Lisa, managed the day to day operations of the business. 

Kenard enjoyed restoring antique cars. He was a family man who enjoyed spending time at the lake, boating and relaxing, as well as family vacations. His boys have many fond memories of special trips to Branson, Missouri. Kenard was an avid Husker football fan and enjoyed watching the games with his family.  He also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his Irish Setter dogs; Rosie, Jr. and Riley.  

Kenard was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Randy Koetter; and sister and brother in law, Joan (“Doc”) Schamel.

Those left to celebrate his life include his wife, Lisa Koetter of the home in Ellinwood; three sons, Ryan Koetter of Ellinwood, Aaron Koetter of McCook and Kody Koetter of Ellinwood; brothers, Martin “Smitty” (Diane) Koetter of Downs and Raymond (Sandi) Koetter of San Diego, California; sister Jan (Norm) O’Grady of McCook; nephew Robert (Diane) Harrison of McCook; father and mother in law, Mike (Jean) Critchfield of Cozad, Nebraska; sister in laws, Kelly (John) Peden of Cozad and Kristi (Tim) Daum of McCook; as well as other numerous nephews, nieces and extended family members.  

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018, at the Minnis Funeral Home Chapel in Ellinwood from 5-8 p.m. The family will be present to greet friends from 5-7 p.m. 

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018, beginning at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Ellinwood with Pastor David Wesner officiating.

Funeral Services will also be held in McCook, Nebraska, on Monday, December 31, 2018, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Clark Bates, officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook.

Memorial Contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 or the Great Bend Humane Society, 151 South 281 Hwy, Great Bend, KS, 67530.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook, along with Minnis Funeral Chapel of Ellinwood, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit or for more information or to sign the online guestbook for the Koetter Family.

Funeral arrangements provided by

Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home

P.O. Box 476

McCook, NE 69001

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 28, 2018