830 South Colfax Street
West Point, NE 68788
Phone: 402-372-2022
Fax: 402-372-2033
Bernie Hunke

Bernie Hunke

Monday, November 15th, 1965 - Saturday, February 9th, 2019
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Obituary

Mass of Christian Burial for Bernie Hunke age 53 of West Point, NE will be on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in West Point with Fr. Steve Emanuel as celebrant. Interment with Military Honors will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery-Monterey, rural West Point, NE. Visitation will be on Wednesday from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Minnick Funeral Home in West Point and will continue from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. There will be a Vigil Service with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Visitation will continue on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family for the Air Force Statue at American Veterans Park or the West Point Volunteer Fire Department's Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show.

Bernie passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at rural West Point, NE.

Bernard Chris Hunke was born on November 15, 1965 in West Point, NE to Hilbert John and Joan Marie (Logan) Hunke. Bernie attended Pebble Valley School and graduated from West Point Central Catholic in 1984. Following high school he was employed at IBP in West Point, NE and later enlisted in the United States Air Force on May 6, 1986.

Bernie was as a C130 Loadmaster and retired on May 31, 2008. Bernie completed his basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. He was stationed at Little Rock AFB in Little Rock, AR, Yokota AFB in Japan, Pope AFB in Fayetteville, NC, Ramstein AFB in Germany, and Offutt AFB in Omaha. Following his retirement he served as the Veterans Service Officer and Emergency Manager for Cuming County.

While stationed at Little Rock AFB, he met Lisa Turner and the two were married on July 28, 1990 in Little Rock, AR.

Bernie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #2272, American Legion Post #70 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4912 of West Point, Beemer American Legion Riders Post #159, served on the West Point Volunteer Fire Department and was active in other community activities and events in the area.

He enjoyed travelling, long walks, motorcycle rides, planting and tending to his rhubarb, choke cherry and berry bushes which he grew for making jelly, cooking, mowing the St. Boniface Cemetery, spending time on the family farm, and German beer. He loved spending time with his family and brother firemen.

Survivors include-
Wife- Lisa Hunke of West Point, NE
Daughters and families-
Krissie Brown and husband Aaron of Cox’s Creek, KY and their children Emmalee and Colten
Katie Schrad and husband Dustin of West Point, NE and their children Kinsley and Jackson
Sara Havlovec and husband Stephen of West Point, NE and their son Klayton
Jessica Hunke and fiancé Andrew Fulks of Bellevue, NE
Sisters- Maribeth Ulrich of Norco, CA
Ann Marie and Craig Recker of San Antonio, TX
Nephew and God son Steven Recker, Nephews Tyler Ulrich, Adam Ulrich
God parents- Karen Spenner and Fr. Norman Hunke

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents-Hilbert and Joan Hunke, brother-Gregg Hunke, a sister in infancy, and mother in law-Helen Turner.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Minnick Funeral Home-West Point
    Address
    830 S. Colfax St.
    WEST POINT, NE 68788
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    Address
    343 N. Monitor St.
    West Point, NE 68788
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    There will be a Vigil Service with Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the church on Wednesday.
  • Service

    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    Address
    343 N. Monitor St.
    West Point, NE 68788
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. Boniface Cemetery-Monterey
    Address
    Address Not Available
    rural West Point, NE
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CMSgt Chuck Lambert

Posted at 11:50am
I was shocked when I opened my local news paper this morning and saw Bernie's obituary. I had the pleasure of knowing him while he was stationed at LRAFB. In 1987 I was a new C-130 Loadmaster Instructor associated with the 189th Airlift Wing, 154th Training Squadron of the Arkansas Air National guard. Our unit had just transitioned from the KC-135 to the C-130. Our Unit was tasked with teaching a portion of all crew position students that came to LRAFB for C-130 training. Bernie Hunke was my first student. He probably knew as much or more about the airplane at that time than I did. I knew from the start that he was a fine young man and enjoyed the time we had together. After his training was completed I would still get to visit with him at our local (Conway, AR) Lowes store where he worked part time. Its amazing how our God puts people in our lives and I thank Him for that. He was a good soldier and did his part for our Nation. I know He will be missed by all family and friends. God Speed Bernie Hunke! CMSGT Chuck Lambert 154TRS Loadmaster Section Supervisor (retired)
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Jean Leffler

Posted at 10:31am
Dear Lisa and family, your family time in Conway was short but you made such an impact. Thank you for sharing your love with us at St. Joseph. I am so sorry for the loss of such a good man. Carry on in the manner that he taught us all! God bless you all as you celebrate his life and yet mourn his loss.
JM

Jean Meister-Westermann

Posted at 10:56pm
Lisa and the family, Ann & Craig and Marybeth, I am so sorry for your loss. Bernie was a class act - a kind, caring, and sharing person. My siblings and I grew up with the Hunke crew and have many fun memories of us playing at each others' farms as little kids and growing up together. I had the honor of reconnecting with Bernie after he and Lisa moved back to West Point to raise their family. Josie would always laugh and tell mom and I stories about Bernie and his daughters. She loved that Bernie and Lisa had wonderful daughters. Bernie will be greatly missed. Sending all my love to all of you. Sincerely, Jean Meister-Westermann (Melvin and Delores Meister's daughter)
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Beth Carlson

Posted at 04:03pm
Our deepest sympathy to Lisa and her family. Please be assured of our continued prayers.
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Bentleys David Gayla Buster Duwane Emma Lou David

Posted at 10:52am
Lisa and family: we are praying for you as you grieve the loss of your husband Bernie. May precious memories bring you joy for a life well lived.
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