How many men could get away with tossing a boxed up engagement ring to a fiancée and telling her to hold on to it till he got back? Rich did! Teresa was born in Grant, Nebraska, the third child of 4, 2 brothers and a sister. (Patrick, in Gurley, NE, Diana in Colorado Springs, CO and Tim in Ogallala, NE). From 4th grade on she lived with her grandparents. Upon graduation from Ogallala High School she attended Kearney State College. On her first day there she met Rich, who showed her how to load her backpack to go on a float trip with the ROTC program. Teresa later got her Bachelor of Social Work from KSC while living in Oklahoma, with a minor in Criminal Justice. Rich was born in the Manning Hospital. At the age of 10 days, he was baptized by his Grandpa, Rev. William D. Kanning at Trinity Lutheran Church in Audubon County, Iowa. His sister Becky lives in Des Moines and brother David in Olathe, Kansas. The family moved to Griswold in 1958 and to Atlantic in 1960, where Rich graduated in 1973. Wanting to be a wildlife biologist, he headed to Kearney State, where he met Teresa. They attended an ROTC Military Ball on their first date. They were married on December 20, 1980; theirs was the first wedding in the new Catholic Church in Kearney.
Rich was in the ROTC program in College and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on the day of graduation. He also received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He was sent to Ft. Sill Oklahoma for 5 years and then in 1985 on to Germany, until his discharge in 1991. He was in the Army Field Artillery. Teresa accompanied him on this journey. She attended Cameron University in Lawton. She also joined the Lutheran Church in Lawton. Teresa did some volunteer work until their family came along. Their children include Lisa, born in 1982, living in Madison, Wisconsin, with husband Chris and children Miles, 2 years and Ella, 5 months; and Rick married to Lora. They live in Anita with their boy, William, 6 Months. Interestingly enough, Rich delivered Rick at their home at Ft. Sill, OK, when he came too fast for the ambulance to get there.
Upon his honorable discharge in 1991, they settled in Atlantic. Teresa has worked at the local radio station, at Good Samaritan in Fontanelle as admissions and discharge Social Worker, at Cass County Iowa as the Mental Health and General Assistance Director for 18 years; and currently is with SW Iowa Family Services out of Clarinda, where she does home visits for children with behavioral issues. Rich worked at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club; was a Primerica representative; drove a SWITA bus and since 2011 has been employed by Orscheln Farm & Home where he is an Assistant Manager.
They have both been actively involved in the community and church. Teresa in PTO, American Association University Women, and Co-Director of the local Salvation Army for 20 years. At Zion she has taught Sunday School, was superintendent of Sunday school, belongs to the LWML, helped with meals at Weekday, sang in the choir, and is currently Stewardship Committee chairman. Rich has been a Bible Class leader, has been chairman of the Worship Committee, chairman of the Evangelism committee, an Elder, sang in the choir, and is President of the Men’s Club, where he has served pancakes since 1992. His special interest is being Commander of the local Operation Barnabas Chapter, which delivers spiritual and other care to the military. He is also on the District Operation Barnabas Taskforce.
In her spare time Teresa likes to read, crochet and garden. She also likes to visit her 97-year-old grandma Emma in Nebraska, who, for medicine, takes only an aspirin a day. Rich enjoys hunting, cooking, and barbequing. They both enjoy fishing and taking care of their grandchildren. Their 9-year- old yellow lab Matty Jo completes their family. In the future they would like to do some traveling, including Alaska, Washington DC, and Europe. They appreciate the influence their parents and grandparents have had on their lives. We wish them God’s Blessings into their future.