School 17

Kelly J Heser

October 15, 1963 ~ September 12, 2022 (age 58) 58 Years Old


Memorial services Saturday October 22, 2022, 2pm at the Centennial Public School auditorium, Utica, NE.

Visitation to sign registration book only, Thursday October 20, 2022, from 8am to 5pm at Lauber Funeral Services, Milford.

Visitation to sign registration book only, Friday October 21, 2022, from 8am to 5pm at Lauber Funeral Services, Milford.

Visitation with family greeting relatives and friends, Friday October 21, 2022, from 6pm to 8pm at Milford Mennonite Church.

Kelly Jean Heser passed away Monday September 12, 2022, at her home in Milford, Nebraska at the age of 58. Kelly was born October 15, 1963, in Billings, Montana to Roger and Shirley (Mohrman) Kness.

Kelly as a young girl would spend time and work with the crops and livestock at her grandparents’ farm near Monroe NE. Kelly was an athlete at Milford high school (1982) playing softball and shot & discuss and further competed in track & field at Kearney State College (UNK). Kelly received her college degree in Education and Art in 1987 and started teaching at Malcolm and then back to her alma mater of Milford. Kelly had her son in 1992 and decided to take a break from teaching to take care of family life and also pursue an associate degree in Computer Graphic Design and Art at Milford SCC in 1999. She took a job with Swanson & Russell the same year to develop and create her art for advertisements until she realized missing her true passion of being a teacher. In 2001 she returned to Malcolm to teach but also took the time to get her Master of Physical Education at Doane College. Kelly then started teaching at Centennial in 2005 until finally retiring in 2022. The classes she taught over the years was many and any subjects spanning over kindergarten through the 12th grade majorly being P.E. and art. She did coaching for high school softball, also junior high volleyball and track. Dedicating her energy, time, and skills for the students that she taught was the greatest reward that could be given to her.

Kelly was a great artist making all things creatively. Her favorites are detailed pencil drawings, making colorful warm quilts, and making anything beautiful for her friends and family. She enjoyed spending time with her “YaYa” friends in the summer and also playing five-point pitch at Hill’s bar weekly. Anyone that she spent time with would say she loved to shoot the breeze and also have a hearty distinctive laugh that everyone would know. Kelly loved nature and plants, with the hard work and dedication she had her house and back yard look like you were in a completely different gorgeous world. She loved yellow butterflies especially as they reminded her of her father being with her. Kelly also enjoyed traveling, from long treks to the majestic sights of Alaska to short drives to rural areas to see the hidden treasures they held. Kelly found Rob as her missing half and has spent most of her free time going on adventures with him and living it up with the Williams family that she held dear to her heart.

Kelly is survived by her Son Ethan Heser, Beaver Crossing, NE, Mother Shirley Kness, Milford, NE, Brother and Sister-in-law Ross and Sharon Kness, St. Charles, MO, Sister and Brother-in-law Johanna and Scott Evers, Lake Mills, WI, Aunt Sharon and Uncle Leonard Henry, Ontario, CA, Uncle Larry and Aunt Elaine Kness, Ozark, MO, Uncle Larry and Aunt Lois Mohrman, Columbus, NE, also her Significant other and Love Robin Williams, and his Daughter Caitlyn Hebron, NE.

Kelly is preceded in death by her Father Roger Kness, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles.

Per Kelly’s wishes she was cremated and there will be no viewing.

Kelly’s wishes were in leu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Centennial School Foundation.


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October 20, 2022

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Lauber Funeral Home
101 C Street
Milford, NE 68405

October 21, 2022

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Lauber Funeral Home
101 C Street
Milford, NE 68405

Family Receiving Relatives and Friends
October 21, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Milford Mennonite Church
920 - 3rd Street
Milford, NE 68405

Memorial Service
October 22, 2022

2:00 PM
Centennial Public School
1301 Centennial Avenue
Utica, NE 68456


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