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Ruby Kanter

August 3, 1916 — July 29, 2016

Ruby Kanter of Chappell, Nebraska passed away in her sleep at Miller Memorial Care Center in Chappell on July 29, 2016 at the age of 99. She missed her 100th birthday by 5 days.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 3, 2016 in the Berea Lutheran Church northeast of Chappell with Pastor Kathy Montira officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. to Noon Tuesday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell. Lunch will be served starting at Noon at the church prior to services.

Memorials have been established to the Berea Lutheran Church.

Ruby was born August 3, 1916 in a house that was located on the old airport road just north of Big Springs to Leslie Davison and Mable Caskey Davison. She was the second daughter as sister Francis was 4 years older. She grew up on her father’s farm which was south of Big Springs and went to a country school through the 8th grade and attended Big Springs High School graduating in 1934. She started teaching in country grade schools and attended college at Chadron State Teacher’s College in the summers. All of the schools were in Deuel County. There was the Cottonwood School, the Day School and District 10 School north of Chappell. While teaching at District 10, she stayed with Ed and Clara Kanter which later became her in-laws; however her future husband was in California at the time picking nuts and fruits.

She finally met Clifford Kanter in 1940 and was planning to marry however World War II interfered with those plans. During the war, Ruby worked in Ogallala at Goodall making bomb detonators. Clifford returned from Germany in November 1945. She met him at the Overland KS train station and were married in Overland. The couple moved to the Kanter Farm north of Chappell and remained there until 1968 when they moved to Chappell. Ruby enjoyed her garden, sewing and living on the farm. In later years, she and her husband spent winters in Scottsdale AZ and there she took up golf and painting. Ruby travelled to many areas of the globe visiting her son. She made it to Alaska numerous times, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, China, United Arab Emirates as well as many bus trip with in the US and Canada.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clifford and her sister Francis. She is survived by her son Gary and daughter-in-law Janet Kanter of Cumberland Foreside, Maine.

Holechek Funeral Home and Cremations in Chappell is serving the Kanter family.
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