Karl R. Panwitz, 79, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Highland Park Care Center.
He was born in Alliance on Jan. 22, 1939, to Rudy and Leone (Scheer) Panwitz. He has one older sister, Lois Giesselman. Karl lived on a farm north of Alliance that his great-grandparents homesteaded. He is the fourth generation to farm that land, and has lived there his whole life. Karl attended Alliance high School. He was a member of the high school band and orchestra. He attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and was a part of the music department at UNL.
Karl was a lifetime member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. He served on the board of Elders and on the Parish board and was Secretary of the Church. He has also served as President of the local chapter of Lutheran brotherhood. Karl’s faith in Jesus Christ was evident in his family, his business, and service to others. Karl also served on the board of directors for nine years for the local Westco board.
Karl’s time was spent with his family, farming and his passion music. He was known around the community for his fiddle playing. He was in the Southern Comfort Band and he played with many musicians in the community, and was a participant of the monthly Jamboree in Alliance. Later Karl played with his good friend, Larry Holub at different community events and nursing homes. Karl also attended many fiddle competitions in the Panhandle.
Karl has been married to his first love Cleone for 59 years. They have three children Angie Leisy (Jim Beck) and Teresa Thies (Tod Thies) of Alliance, and Roy Panwitz of Hastings; grandchildren Daniel Leisy, Andrew Leisy, Kailee Kelly, Zachary Beck, Michael Thies, Dustin Thies, Joseph Panwitz, Amber Black, Ashley Mommens, Jacob Panwitz, Hannah Panwitz and Benjamin Panwitz; five great- grandchildren; step-grandchild Josh Beck and four step-great-grandchildren.
Karl was preceded in death by his parents and his older sister, Lois Giesselman
A Memorial Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Richard C. Mueller and Rev. Martin T. Schnare officiating. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium.
Memorials can be sent to Immanuel EV Lutheran School, P.O. Box 715, Alliance, NE 69301 or Cure for Alzheimer’s.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com with Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.