Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
In 1940, a major renovation was completed. After the death of Ira C. Anderson in 1946, Mr. Johnson became the sole owner of the Anderson-Johnson Mortuary. Jack M. Horner became an associate in 1951 and in 1968 became a co-owner with Mr. Johnson, and the business was renamed Anderson-Johnson-Horner Mortuary. Ron Lieske joined the firm, and in 1971 the name was later changed to Horner-Lieske Mortuary. Jack Horner II joined the firm in 1979 and the name was adjusted to the Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary. Mark McBride joined the firm in 1995, and Spencer Kuhl joined in 2006, and in 2009, the name was adjusted to reflect all four funeral directors. Dennis Harrahill was welcomed to the firm in 2018 as a funeral director.
Today, Horner, Lieske, McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services has over 115 years of combined experience in the funeral business.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Mark grew up in Minden, NE, and graduated from Minden High School. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Services. He married Jennifer Schneider of Heartwell, NE. They have three children; Anna, Max, and Ava. He began his career with Horner-Lieske-Horner in 1995. Mark is a member of the St. James Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus St. James Council #1728, Past President of the United Way of the Kearney Area, Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce (Colonels Club, and Sport and Recreation Committee), Kearney Noon Kiwanis (Past President), Kearney Ducks Unlimited, Kearney Catholic Foundation GOLD, a coach in the Kearney Youth Hockey Association, and Past District President of the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association. Jennifer McBride is a physical therapist with New West Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation in Kearney
Spencer was raised in Milligan, NE, and graduated from Milligan High School. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduated from Kansas City Mortuary College. He previously worked in Lincoln, NE, and Franklin, NE, as a funeral director before joining Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary in 2006. He is married to Sarah Kohler of Geneva, NE. They have three daughters, Elin, Elliette and Isla. Spencer is a member of First United Methodist Church, Past Board Member of the American Red Cross-Ft. Kearney Chapter, Kearney Elks Lodge #984 (Past Exalted Ruler), Kearney Area Shooting Sports Association, Kearney Noon Rotary, Past Board Member of the Kearney Area United Way and a Volunteer Bowhunter Education Instructor for Nebraska Game and Parks. Sarah Kuhl co-owns/operates The Spectrum Center for Autism and serves as a Consultant/ABA therapist, providing therapy for local children who have been diagnosed with autism.
Dennis was raised in Hemingford and graduated from Hemingford High School in 1995. After high school he entered the United States Navy and served as a sonar technician aboard a nuclear powered submarine, the USS Billfish. After the military, he attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney for two years and graduated from Mortuary School at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He has worked in the funeral business since 2000 and was previously employed by Adams & Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte, NE.
Denny is the youngest of five children of Carmen and the late Jack Harrahill. His siblings include Kerin and husband Steve Older, Sue and husband John Friedrichsen, the late Dr. Dan and wife Shelly Harrahill, Rick and wife Trish Harrahill. Dennis enjoys sports, history, enjoying the outdoors and church activities. He is a member of the Kearney American Legion Post #52, Kearney Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #759, Leadership Kearney Class #29, and New Life Church.
Jack M Horner 2nd
Funeral Director (Retired)
Jack grew up in Kearney and graduated from Kearney High School. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, then graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. Jack married Therese Clinch of North Platte, NE. He began his career with Horner-Lieske-Horner in 1980. Jack is a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Kearney, Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce (Chairman of the Board in 2006), Kearney Elks Lodge #984 (Past Exalted Ruler), Knights of Columbus, Tehama Shrine and Scottish Rite of Hastings and Rob Morris Masonic Lodge of Kearney. Therese Horner is active in the Buffalo County 4-H program.
Ron L. Lieske
Funeral Director (Retired)
Ron was raised in Upland, NE and graduated from Upland High School. He attended Kearney State College, then graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He began his career in 1965. He married Joyce Koch of Upland, NE. Ron is a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, has served on the Good Samaritan Hospital Board, Kearney Sertoma Club and the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce. Joyce Lieske recently retired as the Volunteer Coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Jack Horner Sr.
Jack grew up in the Riverdale, Amherst, and Miller areas, then graduated from Kearney High School. He served in the United States Navy during WWII. He attended Kearney State College and then graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and began his career in 1951. Jack was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kearney, American Legion Post #52, V.F.W. Post #759, Golden K Kiwanis Club, Kearney Elks Lodge #984 (Past Exalted Ruler), Tehama Shrine and Scottish Rite of Hastings, Rob Morris Masonic Lodge in Kearney. He also served on the Kearney Public Schools Foundation Board and the Kearney Humane Society Board. His wife, Kay Horner, is involved in many community organizations including the Museum of Nebraska Art.
G. Alan Baker
Pre-arrangements and Monument Sales
Al born and raised in Kearney and graduated from Kearney High School and Kearney State College. He is married to Jan Baker who is an Information Technology Officer for Platte Valley State Bank in Kearney. During his career, Al has been associated with Spelts Lumber Company, Overhead Door and is currently associated with Ward Laboratories. Al started with Horner-Lieske-Horner in 2008 and is responsible for pre-funeral planning, aftercare services, and monument sales. He is a member of First Lutheran Church in Kearney, Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Ft. Kearney Shooting Sports Association.
Norma Schlattmann of Kearney was born and raised in Nebraska. She is married to Henry "Hank" Schlattmann. Norma has a BA and MA Degree from Kearney State Teachers College. She was an Elementary School Teacher for 40 years. She has one Son and one Daughter (deceased), two Step Sons, 6 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren. She is an active member of St. James Catholic Church and her husband is a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Ruth was a dedicated and steadfast employee, colleague and friend. We will miss her dearly.
Ruth A. Kreutzer, age 70, of Kearney, passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the Kearney Regional Medical Center in Kearney. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. James Catholic Church in Kearney. Father Joe Hannappel officiated and burial was at Kearney Cemetery. Visitation and a Christian wake service were both held at St. James Catholic Church. Memorials are suggested to the family, for designation later.
Ruth was born on April 4, 1949 in Kearney, NE to Raymond H. and Marie E.M. (Vest) Loeffelholz. She attended Kearney High School and graduated in 1967. She married Roland “Sonny” E. Kreutzer on December 10, 1971 in Kearney. Ruth and Sonny were foster parents to 30 children throughout their lives and adopted 3 children of their own. A child in need was never turned away from her home. In additional to her roles as a devoted wife and mother, Ruth worked for a variety of companies around the area including Center for Psych., B & B Answering Service, Fidelke Heating and Air, as well as Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Kearney. Ruth loved spending time with her family and always ensured that they were well fed. Ruth, a renowned cook, never entered an event without an offering. Her greatest joys included attending events for her grandkids, nieces and nephews. She was always sure to let others know that she was cheering them on. Ruth excelled at sewing, quilting and knitting. Many family members and friends can attest to this with their collection of quilts, knitted hats and scarves. She was a protector and nurturer by nature, and her intent behind every craft, skill, or art was to help and bring joy to others.
Surviving relatives include her children, Brent and Amber Kreutzer of Kearney, Betty and Phillip Smith of Minden, NE and John Kreutzer of Kansas; sisters, Viola Hibberd of Kearney and Marilyn and Roger Danielson of Holdrege, NE; brother, Albert and Janice Loeffelholz of Riverdale, NE; grandchildren, Anais, Sonny, Kalista, Chase, Joplin, Haven, Arik, Jasper, Eleanor and Amelia; brothers and sisters in law, Twila and Loren Bosshamer of Amherst, NE, Marilyn Bailey of Lexington, NE, Lois Lee of Riverdale, NE and Alan Kreutzer of Kearney; numerous foster children, nieces, nephews, cousins, other extended family and friends.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sonny, grandson, Billy, brothers and sisters in law, Darrell Hibberd, Bill Bailey, Roger Lee, Melvin and Luella Wuehler, Larry Kreutzer, Bobby Kreutzer, and Charlene Kreutzer.