Bennie L Hugen of Gordon, Neb. left this world on May 26, 2017 at his ranch southeast of Gordon. Bennie was born on January 24th 1937 in Gordon, to Harry and Frances (Trueblood) Hugen.
In the early years of his life Bennie grew up on the ranch with his father and Grandmother Millie Hugen. He attended School District 167 never missing a day of school from the time he started Kindergarten until he graduated from Eighth grade. This was an accomplishment he was quite proud of. He graduated from Gordon High School in 1954. Throughout high school he was a member of the FFA club.
At this time, he returned to the ranch and began working with his father raising Black Angus Cattle and continued to do so right up to the time of his passing. Bennie had a great love for his ranch and animals in his care whether it be a herd cow, bucket calf, his dogs or cats they all had the best that he could provide them. This spring he was overjoyed as he said that he had the best calf crop that he had ever had.
He enjoyed reading and most of all visiting with anyone who cared to listen. He was a wealth of information of not only what he had seen and done in his lifetime but the history of the land and people who lived in the area. He was a wonderful story teller when he shared this stories with friends and family.
Bennie was a member of the Gordon Roping Club in his younger years. He was a member of the Nebraska Angus Association and the Tri-State Cowboy Association for a time. He enjoyed helping his children with their many 4-H Livestock projects and was a leader of the Niobrara 4-H club. He was proud when one of the calves or horses in the early years would earn a purple ribbon or champion placing.
He often said he was a “rich man” because he was blessed with his family and friends. He will be missed greatly by all.
He is survived by his children, Cindy Hugen, Fort Collins, Colo., Jerry (Sue) Hugen, Wellington, Colo., Marty Hugen, Sturgis, S.D., Connie (Danny) Rous, Martin, Bryan (Donell Houx) Hugen, Gordon. His grandchildren include Amanda (Joe) Jaksha, Johnstown Colo., Jeffery (Hillari) Hugen, Gordon, Patrick (Alyssa) Rous, Batesland, and Sawyer (Jayme) Rous, Gordon. Five great-grandchildren Ava Jaksha, Aliza Jaksha, Benjamin Hugen, Lexi Hugen and Adilynne Rous. Step-children, Steve (Marni) Harris, Glenwood, Iowa, Randy Harris, Cheyenne Wyo., Scott (Trudy) Harris, Minneola, Kan., Doug (Michele) Harris, Sioux City, Iowa and Jason Harris, Gordon. Step-grandchildren include Sydney Harris, Wayne Neb., Ethan Harris, Sioux City, Iowa.
Bennie is proceeded in death by his parents Harry Hugen, and Francis Trueblood Hugen Stidham. His second wife Donna Jackson Hugen, Third Wife Virginia Harris, daughter-in-law Deb Hugen, Step grandchild Tyrell Harris
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Chamberlin Pier Funeral Home, 101 North Main Street, Gordon, beginning at 6:00 in the evening. Funeral Services will be Thursday June 1, 2017 at 10:30 in the morning at the funeral home with Pastor Marsha Stauss officiating and burial to follow at the Gordon Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Tri-State Cowboys Museum and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.