Kenneth Leroy Liebschwager

Kenneth Leroy Liebschwager

October 20, 1936 – May 16, 2021

 Omaha, NE- Kenneth Leroy Liebschwager, known to his friends and family as “Lepo”, passed away on May 16, 2021 at 84 years of age.  Ken was born on October 20, 1936 in Columbus, Nebraska, where he lived until moving to Omaha, Nebraska in 1984.  He was married to Dorothy Ruth Cockson for 42 years and is survived by two children, Nikki Kane (Kevin) of Castle Rock Colorado, and Mike Liebschwager (Kat) of Jensen Beach Florida; grandson Jack Kane of Castle Rock, CO; brother, Richard Liebschwager of Columbus, Nebraska.

Ken led a long full life.  After graduating high school, he left to join the U.S. Army and served two years of active duty before returning home to Columbus, NE.  He then landed a job as a brakeman with Union Pacific Railroad, kicking off what would turn out to be a 37-year career.  He was also proud to have served as a past President of the Columbus, NE Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Ken was a collector – often to the chagrin of his children.  His treasures included Nebraska Cornhusker memorabilia, model trains, railroad keepsakes, Jim Beam liquor decanters and hats of any kind…particularly if they were “expensive”.  He enjoyed playing cards with friends, betting at the horse track, watching NASCAR on Sundays, eating ice cream almost daily, and smoking cigarettes.  He admired freshly cut lawns and shiny new cars, both of which he enjoyed several of over the years.  He was stubborn to a fault and a bit rough around the edges, but had a very generous spirit.  He was a hard worker and proud father who loved to brag about his children, as well as his grandson Jack who “is going to be a doctor”.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ruth Liebschwager; his parents, Fred Herman Liebschwager and Anetta Viola Klaudt Liebschwager; four brothers, Leland Fred Liebschwager, James Leonard Liebschwager, Ronald Duane Liebschwager, and Loren Larry Liebschwager.

Burial will be held in private.  Ken will be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery in Omaha, NE.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hospice House (The Josie Harper Residence) in Ken’s name. To donate, please visit



  • Thomas J Kane Posted May 18, 2021 9:44 pm

    Very Sorry to hear about Ken Had no idea that he was sick. Will keep him in my prayers

  • Amy Jo Thalken Posted May 19, 2021 9:41 am

    So sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. Mike and Nikki, I have many fond memories of time spent with your folks- numerous road trips in Kenny’s latest vehicle for one. He was truly a nice guy who really loved his kids.

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