Hastings resident Allen F. “Al” Kuzelka, 71, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at his
Private Funeral and burial will be held for the family this week. Memorial Mass will be
held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Crane Trust or Hastings Catholic
Schools. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston
Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Allen was born August 17, 1948, to Frank & Marie (Soukup) Kuzelka in David City, NE.
He attended Holy Trinity School in Brainard, Nebraska, and high school at David City
Aquinas High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Creighton University
in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduation, he married Linda Kosch on June 5, 1970, at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shelby, Nebraska. They lived in Brainard until 1977
while he taught at Aquinas High School. They moved to Hastings where they resided for
the next 43 years.
The pride and joy of Al’s life was being a faithful husband and loving father. He loved
talking to his grandchildren and following all of their activities.
Al was a devout parishioner of St. Cecilia Catholic Church where he sang in the Adult
Choir, was a lector, Eucharistic Minister, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He
and Linda attended daily Mass and prayed the rosary.
A word that surely defined Al is nature. He especially enjoyed camping, identifying
wildflowers, bird watching, and searching for the next perfect stone or arrowhead. His
love for this has been passed on to his family. He took pride in caring for his 29-gallon
aquarium that he would observe for hours.
He held several jobs throughout his life, always giving an honest days work to them. Al
made numerous lasting friendships wherever he worked. He loved giving his time to
check-in on and pray with anyone who was in need.
NPR, PBS, and Nebraska Passporting were some of his favorite things, along with long
walks and anything food-related.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ron Kuzelka; brothers-in-law,
Ronald, Kevin, Greg, Franc, and Bruce Kosch. Also, he was preceded in death by his
parents-in-law, Harold & Janet Kosch.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; children, Billy Ray (Deanna) Stoddard of Terrytown,
Georgia, Cristina (Matthew) Behring of Hastings, and Michael (Shari) Kuzelka of
Hastings. Grandkids; Kody and Kaitlyn Stoddard of Carrollton, GA, Demi and Ben
Fletcher of Milton, Florida, Collin, Gavin, Brodin, Lily Kuzelka all of Hastings. Brother,
Loren (Eileen) of Lincoln; sisters, Joyce (Bruce) Rezac of Brainard, Nebraska, and
LaVonne (Larry) Behne of Brainard, Nebraska; sisters-in-law & brothers-in-law, Theresa
Kuzelka of Omaha, Chris (Dee) Kosch of Reno, Nevada, Brian (Audrey) Kosch of San
Francisco, California; Michelle (Mark) Gable of Colbert, Washington; Lisa (Joe)
Kostohryz of Medina, Ohio; and Deb Kosch of Columbus, Nebraska.