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Dennis Way - December 21, 2012

Dennis Jay Way, son of Elmer Dean and Dorene Kathryn (Gooseman) Way, was born Nov. 4, 1955 in David City, Neb. On Dec. 21, 2012, Dennis died in his sleep after being diagnosed a short time ago with renal (kidney) failure. He was 57 years of age.

Dennis attended school at Champion Grade School and Chase County High School.

On Dec. 14, 1974, Dennis was united in marriage to Julie Ann Frosh in Imperial, Neb. To this union, he was blessed with two children, Shawnna and Kevin.

Over the years, some of his employers were Imperial Ford New Holland, Schrotberger Trucking, Gary Sporhase Trucking, Midnight Express and Stromberger Farms. Other business adventures are Way/Nichols Feed Store and owner/operator of other trucks.

Dennis’ love for trucks led to his profession as an owner/operator of Way Trucking. He loved working on trucks, working on go-karts for his grandkids, camping, fishing and apparently a little bit of drawing the last few months.

In October 2011, Dennis and Kevin bought a 1990 Peterbilt cab-over. Due to his health, he didn’t get to drive the truck he always wanted for very long, but he gave it his best.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer; a sister, Patricia; and his brother, Mike.

He is survived by his mother, Dorene Way of LaPorte; daughter, Shawnna and Shawn Bigham of Imperial, Neb.; son, Kevin Way and Shanda of Lamar, Neb.; brothers, Ron Way and wife Rose of LaPorte, Steve Way and wife Terry of Brush, Dan Way and wife Pamela of Payson, Ariz., Bruce Way and wife Dianne of Imperial and Randy Way and Melissa of Elsie, Neb.; sister, Diane and husband Louie Herrick of North Platte, Neb.; five grandchildren, Shalee, Shelby and Shalissa Bigham and Shianne Willmon and Koby Way; numerous nieces and nephews; and more close friends than he realized.

Funeral services for Dennis were held Dec. 26, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial, with Rev. David Kahle officiating. Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial.

A memorial has been established in Dennis’ memory.

Online condolences can be left at

Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial was in charge of arrangements.