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Jerry Classen - March 20, 2012

Jerry J. Classen, 69, of Kearney, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at his home.
Jerry was born June 18, 1942, in Meade, Kan., to Curt and Lena (Wiens) Classen.
He grew up in Meade and graduated from Nickerson High School in 1960.
Following graduation, he moved to Omaha where he attended Grace University with the desire to serve the Lord as a Pastor. He also discovered a beautiful young woman named Dori Nachtigal whom he asked to be his wife while attending Grace. They married on June 16, 1963, in Henderson.
After graduation and his wedding to Dori, Jerry continued in his mission to serve the Lord and continued his studies at Grace Theological Seminary where he received his master of theology.
Jerry and Dori have served many communities and churches during their 45 years of ministry including Minden Evangelical Free Church for 15 years.
He was a member of the Kearney Evangelical Free Church. God has directed them throughout their journey, and they have been blessed, especially with their five children and 15 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Dori Classen, of Kearney; daughters, Michele Williamson of Denver, Colo., Jodi and Jarrod Ridge of Holdrege, Lesli and Jeff Thompson of Midlothian, Texas; sons, Jeff Classen of Tulsa, Okla., Chad and Angie Classen of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters, Charlene and Jared Burkholder of Heston, Kan., Yvonne and Terry Fenimore of Des Moines, Iowa; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services were March 23 at the Evangelical Free Church in Kearney with Pastor Mike Shields and Pastor Brian Klein officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the Gideons International Memorial Bible Program.
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Horner Lieske McBride and Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney were in charge of arrangements.