Ken Carnes - October 29, 2009Kenneth Clyde Carnes, 64, of Aurora, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at the Memorial Hospital in Aurora.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 2 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora. Revs. Sheryl and Chris Kester Beyer officiated. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Kenneth Clyde Carnes, son of Clyde and Maxine (Fenster) Carnes, was born in Aurora on July 28, 1945.
He grew up in Hamilton County and attended School District 56. He graduated from Aurora High School in 1963. He helped his father farm and worked in the sale barn in Grand Island and Aurora.
On Aug. 21, 1965, he married Susan Ewoldt at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Grand Island. He attended Billings, Mont. School of Auctioneer, graduating in March of 1964. In 1981, he purchased the business of Third City Livestock in Grand Island where they held cattle, sheep and hog auctions until 2002.
He also was a real estate salesman and broker. He opened Carnes Realty and Auction in June 1998. He closed the business due to his health, while still managing rentals and sales of a few homes.
He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, the National State Auctioneers Association and the Lion’s Club in Marquette and then Aurora. He was a 4-H Leader for 10 years, where he was instrumental in getting livestock sales started for 4-H and FFA at the Hamilton County Fair. Ken was the greatest husband, father and loved being a grandpa. He liked to collect belt buckles, bullet pencils and books. He loved to read and watch his favorite TV shows and play cards of any kind.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Carnes of Aurora; two children, Kendra (Jeff) Ostermeier of Grand Island and K.C. (Kelle) Carnes of Fremont; mother, Maxine Carnes of Aurora; four grandchildren, Katelyn Ostermeier, Eric Ostermeier, Mya Carnes and Kye Carnes.
He was preceded in death by his father; infant son, Kris Carnes; and sister, Charlotte Imus.