Lewis E. Kummer

Lewis E. Kummer

June 30, 1938 – January 23, 2021

Lewie was born on June 30, 1938 in Parkston, South Dakota and entered into Heavenly peace on January 23, 2021.

Lewie was preceded in death by his wife and soulmate of nearly 45 years, Joyce Kummer. They had two children, Debbie Kummer Otwell and Joe Kummer. Lewie has five grandchildren: Amanda, Audrey, Isaac, and Adam Otwell and Alexis (Lexi) Kummer. Lewie’s parents had twelve children. Those siblings who passed before him include Danny, Elizabeth (Boots), Norm, Florian, and Anthony (Sonny). His surviving siblings are Teresa, Joanne, Dorothy, Marlene, Duane, and Carol.

Lewie grew up on a farm in South Dakota where he stopped school in 8th grade to assist with chores on the farm when his father was ill. He then drove a milk truck for Parkston Creamery for many years. He served in the Army National Guard for nine (9) years. He moved to Yankton, South Dakota where he met the love of his life, Joyce. They moved to Omaha and were married in 1968.  Shortly thereafter, Lewie began working for Bergan Mercy Hospital where he and Joyce each worked for 35 years. Before he retired, he was Director of Biomedical Engineering. It was a well-known fact that there was very little that Lewie couldn’t fix. Joyce used to say that she never had to call a handyman because Lewie could fix about anything. Lewie and Joyce took some memorable trips together including to Spain, Nevada, Alaska, and Mexico.

Lewie lived a life of service to others. He was always looking for things he could do assist anyone who was struggling or experiencing difficulty; he was a truly kind and compassionate man. He led by example. He was an unassuming man with a beautiful heart and a love for God. He was a Sprit of Mercy recipient at Bergan Mercy, he volunteered countless hours in the hospital, in the community, and as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist (EME). He attended Mass nearly every day in his retirement, he attained his Community Emergency Response Team certification, his EMT Certification, and his Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (C.B.E.T.). He took on more responsibility throughout his work life to care for his family and give his children opportunities for education that he was not afforded. He loved feeding birds and animals. He loved Nebraska football. He loved to play penny slots at the casino. He loved spending time with family and friends. He loved getting a good deal at a garage sale. He loved going out to eat. If you have met Lewie, you know he was polite, giving, helpful, and spiritual. His children constantly heard from others, “Your dad is truly one of the nicest and kindest men on earth.” And his children know that by seeing him live by example every day of his 82 years, 6 months, and 24 days of life. Lewie made a permanent imprint in the hearts of those who knew him. His family takes comfort in knowing he is in eternal peace surrounded by the God he served throughout his life.

VISITATION: Monday, February 1st from 5pm to 7pm at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, February 2nd at 10:30am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church.


  • Robert Kummer Posted January 28, 2021 9:22 pm

    Lewie will surely be missed by many, he was such a good man in so many ways. You are all in our prayers.

  • John & Julie Hegg Posted January 28, 2021 9:39 pm

    We are so very truly saddened by your loss, the world was a better place with Lewie in it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Joanne and Denny hegg Posted January 28, 2021 9:48 pm

    Love Yale’s RIP

  • Joanne and Denny hegg Posted January 28, 2021 9:50 pm

    Love ya. See you again. Someday

  • George Ermeling Posted January 28, 2021 10:48 pm

    Mom seemed to always in someway bring up your dad. He will be sorely missed one of the nicest people I ever met even to this day. Prayers to your whole family

  • Jill Wachowiak Posted January 29, 2021 7:46 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Dad. He is now with the Lord and your beautiful Mom. With much love, my dear friend.

  • Jennifer Ebert Posted January 31, 2021 1:55 pm

    Lewie was always so nice to the nurses in the Operating Room at Bergan Mercy. He would always greet us with a kind word, a smile, and his cute giggle. He surely was one of the finest. Rest in peace Lewie.
    Jennifer Ebert and Chuck Nelson

  • Michael McFarland Posted January 31, 2021 9:54 pm

    My family and I are so sorry for your loss. The world has lost a great man but we can rejoice in his ascension into heaven. Our thoughts are with you all.

  • Steve Kros Posted February 1, 2021 4:00 pm

    He was a wonderful man who was father to two amazing children. His life is one well worth celebrating.

  • Scott Reising Posted February 2, 2021 1:02 pm

    sending my love to Joe and Debbie and your families.

  • Novotny Family Posted February 3, 2021 8:37 pm

    One of the finest people to know and work with

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