Henry K. Niedan

Henry K. Niedan, formerly of Midland, SD, died August 27, 2007 at Linden Court in North Platte, NE, at the age of 100.

Henry was the eldest son to German-Russian immigrant parents, Henry and Karoline (Rothenberger) Niedan, January 14, 1907, in the sod house on the Niedan homestead, 12 miles southeast of Midland, SD.

He was united in marriage on February 22, 1933, to Irene Mortensen at the parental Schultz home south of Philip, SD.

Henry and Irene began their 67 years of marriage by moving to the Niedan Farm, southeast of Midland where they made their home until retirement. In 1980, they retired to North Platte, NE, to be closer to family. In the fall of 1998, they moved to the Aspen Park/Linden Estates assisted living facility.

He is survived by his children, Kenneth (Connie) Niedan of Hershey, NE, Carolyn (Richard) Berg of Littleton, CO, E. Dean (Jean) Niedan of North Platte, NE, and Gordon (Judy) Niedan of Sioux Falls, SD; nine granddaughters, Karen (Owen) Palm and Karla (Darrel) Niedan-Streeks both of Gering, NE, Linda (Joe) Howard of Herndon, VA, Jeannine Porter of Brighton, CO, Terri (Gerry) Krolikowski, CO Lincoln, NE, Cindi Hill of North Platte, NE, Julie (Bill) Serritella of Bristol, WI, Tracey Sheahan of St. Louis, MO, and Shauna Niedan of Sioux Falls, SD; 13 great-grandchildren, Bryan Palm of Mitchell, NE, Corey Palm, of Rifle, CO, Carsen Howard of Herndon, VA, Christopher and Mychal Porter of Brighton, CO, Tiffany (Scott) Schendt of Omaha, NE, Melissa (Shane) Harrington of Lincoln, NE, Ashley and Brandon Hill of North Platte, NE, Shelby and Dean Serritella of Bristol, WI, Dillon and Kennedy Niedan of Sioux Falls, SD; and two great-great grandchildren, Alex and Avery Schendt of Omaha, NE.

Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Irene, on September 25, 2000; his parents; brothers, Christopher, Edward and Arthur; his sisters, Caroline Theodore, Frieda Goldhammer, Anna Thelen, and Emma Krause.

He was a natural musician and as a young man played his fiddle for many of the school and country dances held in the Midland community. He also spent many years playing trombone with the Belvidere polka band. He sold insurance for Farmers Union Insurance Company during his farming days in western South Dakota and was a charter director along with his sons, Kenneth and Dean, in the Hershey State Bank in Hershey.

Henry never knew a stranger and used his outgoing personality to make many friends and acquaintances in his adopted North Platte community.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in North Platte with the Reverend Robert Deardoff officiating. Burial will be at the North Platte Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church or to the Lutheran Hour. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com