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Kent Sierks

October 12, 1965 — February 17, 2021

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Kent William Sierks age 55 of Dunning, NE passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at his home in Dunning, NE.

Kent William Sierks, of Dunning, was born October 12, 1965 to Tom and Doris (Saner) Sierks in Broken Bow, NE. He attended grade school in Dunning and Halsey and graduated from Dunning High School in 1983. While in high school he excelled in football, wrestling, track, and FFA. Kent grew up on his family ranch east of Dunning, working in the hayfield, raising cattle (including milking Rosie the cow) and living by the moto “working smarter, not harder”.

He attended Milford Tech School in Milford, NE, earning an associate of applied science degree in Nondestructive Testing Technology. After college, he moved to Denver and went to work for Martin Marietta, testing cranes. He then moved to Topeka, KS to work for Independent Testing Labs as a Quality Inspector. While living in Topeka, KS in 1989, he met Sandra Dee.

On April 17, 1990, Kent married the love of his life at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, NV.

He then moved to Wichita, KS, working for Boeing Aircraft Company as a Quality Inspector. In 1992, Kent and Sandra moved back to Dunning, NE, where they owned and operated Duffs Bar.

On March 19, 1997, Kent and Sandra were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Frankie Aline. In 1997, they moved back to Wichita, where he went back to work for Boeing Aircraft Company. In 1999, they moved back to the family ranch where he continued ranching until the time of his death.

Kent was a member of the Dunning Volunteer Fire Department where he held many offices including president and PR man, organizing many fundraisers. He was briefly a member of the Sandhills Public Schoolboard. Kent was generous with his time, volunteering for many community activities and events.

He loved to travel with his friends and family, shoot trap, golf, fish, play pool, and he really loved gambling (craps and blackjack were a couple of his favorites). He also enjoyed playing Pinocle with his friends Dan Sheets, Timmy Christen, and John Seeley. Kent’s greatest joy was his wife, daughter, and a huge crowd of family and friends.

Kent was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. He continued to live life to the fullest and if you ever asked him if he had a good day, his response would be “every day is a good day”.

A special thank you to Chuck and his family for all they did to help Kent fulfil his dreams to the very end. Not only was he a great hired man, but he was also a great friend.

Kent is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sandra Dee, his daughter, Frankie Aline (Joey Johnson), mother, Doris, brother, Monte (Cris), sister, LaTonne (Jim Davis), brother, Tim (Annette), mother-in-law, Nadean Maiden, special relationship with cousins Mark and Judy Mulligan and family.

Kent is preceded in death by his father, Tom and father-in-law, Frank Maiden.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Sandhills High School Gymnasium in Dunning, NE. The funeral will be livestreamed at www.govierbrothers.com.  Burial will be in the Dunning Cemetery in Dunning. Memorials are suggested to Dunning Fire Department. A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 20th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow, NE. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. An online guest book may be signed for words of encouragement or remembrance at www.govierbrothers.com.

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