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Kent Rundback

October 14, 1938 — July 4, 2023

Kent Rundback, 84, of Ogallala, passed away on July 4, 2023, at the Perkins County Hospital in Grant.

Kent was born on October 14, 1938, in Paxton, Nebraska, to Carl and Mary (McClain) Rundback. Growing up and working on the family ranch and after attending a one-room grade school in southwest McPherson County, Valley Rang, he graduated from North Platte High School with the class of 1957.

On August 31, 1960, Kent married Orla Mae Melgaard in North Platte. Not long after their nuptials, Kent was drafted into the U.S. Army. Following his honorable discharge, Kent returned home, where he and Orla made a home on the family ranch north of Paxton. There they lived and raised their two children, Roy and Brenda.

Kent had called McPherson County his home for over 70 years and was deeply ingrained in the ranching life and community. He was a regular presence at the sale barn and rarely missed a sale.

Though Kent was deeply committed to his passion of ranching and love for nature, those who knew him understood that his family and faith always came first in his life. He had a wonderful sense of humor and relished the opportunity for a good joke or to pull a prank, qualities he passed down to his children and grandchildren. And as many knew, he had a heart for visiting.

A memorial has been established in Kent's memory for later designation. Condolences may be shared at

Kent was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Jason Rundback; and his brother, Morton Rundback.

Survivors include his wife, Orla, of Ogallala; his son, Roy Rundback, of Ogallala; his daughter, Brenda Rundback, of Loveland, CO; former daughter-in-law, Jana Kallsen currently of Ohio; his grandchildren, Brad Rundback, Stacy (Blake) Reynolds; his great-grandsons, Braxton and Brody; and his brother, Larry (Cathy) Rundback, of Coeur d'Alene, ID. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on July 20, 2023 at 1:30 pm at New Hope Church in Ogallala, with Pastor Don Larreau officiating. Family interment of cremains will take place earlier in the Arthur Cemetery at 9:30 am.

Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of the arrangements.

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Thursday, July 20, 2023

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