Kenneth “Ken” Korte – UPDATED

Memorial services for 80-year old Kenneth “Ken” Korte of Chadron, NE, are Tuesday, Sept 6, 2022 at 2:00 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron.

A memorial has been established and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

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Kenneth Lyle Korte was born in Torrington, WY on February 6, 1942, and died August 29, 2022 at his home in Chadron.

After graduating from Torrington High School, Ken attended Chadron State College, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Education.

Ken worked as a teacher for a short time in Hyannis, NE and later moved to Helena, MT where he was the director of Montana State Historical Society for a number of years.

Later in life Ken moved back to Nebraska and worked for Chadron State College where his last position was Interim Director for the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center during its construction on campus.

After retirement, he worked part-time as a bailiff for the Dawes County Courthouse – part of the initial group of bailiffs hired.

Ken was a history buff and loved reading books about the Civil War. He also had a small collection of memorabilia from that era that he was very proud of.

If he wasn’t reading books, he enjoyed working on his classic cars. Ken was one of the organizers of the Classics in the Park car show held every year in Chadron.

Ken is survived by his son Jason Korte (wife Nicole) of Alliance, NE and daughter Hilory Martin (husband Joe) of Bayard, NE, grandchildren Hannah, Madison, Emmerae, Madelyn, Makayla and Wyatt and nephew Aaron Manning.

He was preceded in death by his father Clem Korte, his mother Laverne (Coons) Korte and his sister Rhonda Varner.  

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Ken Korte