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“So sorry for your loss of our mother Ken ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Randy n Lila Gartner - Chambers, NE

“Lydia you always had love for all of us and I thank you, my thoughts and prayers to the Story family ”
2 of 2 | Posted by: Sherri Micek - Cushing, OK


Lydia Kay (Kahler) Story was born on November 24, 1925, to Paul and Katherina (Schamber) Kahler in Colome, SD. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church west of Colome. Lydia went to country school and helped with work at home.

Lydia met William J. Story and later while he was home on furlough they were married in Colome on November 30, 1944. When Bill completed his military service in the Army in December of 1945 they worked on several farms in the Witten area. In 1950, they were able to buy a farm in Tripp County northeast of Winner which became their home for 53 years.

She worked at the old General Hospital and with Mrs. Best at the store in Witten.

Lydia enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Colome.

Lydia passed away on May 7, 2018 at the age of 92 years at Countryside Home in Madison, NE.

Lydia is survived by her three sons, Kenneth (Cami) Story, Norfolk, NE, Wallace (Marcia) Story, Danville, IL, and Don (Jackie) Story, Dallas, SD; her seven grandchildren, Kiley, Jesse, Amber, Tara, Mariah, Tiffany, and Nicholas; and two sisters Martha Bender and Mabel Lehmann both of Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, six brothers, Harry, Fred, Rudy, Leonhart, John, and Paul, and six sisters, Rose Kotzebue, Adeline Bender, Erna Kinzer, Lucille, Dorothy, and Flora Mae.

The family would like to thank Julie Kahler for all she did for Lydia. Your friendship and care was greatly appreciated.

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Funeral services for Lydia Story, 92, of Colome, SD, were held Monday, May 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Colome with Pastor Don Windsperger officiating. A visitation was held Sunday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Music was provided by Janet Cerv, organist. Congregational hymns were "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Amazing Grace," "Jesus Lead Thou On," "Beautiful Savior," and "How Great Thou Art."

Delores Krizan and Krista Meyer were in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Nona Meyer and Betty Tideman.

Casket Bearers were Jim Meyer, Geoff Meyer, Ted Kahler, Brad Kahler, Monte Krizan, and Dennis Lehmann.

Burial was in the Colome City Cemetery, Colome, SD.