Doris “Laverne” (Martin) Crunk, age 91, of Nebraska City went to be with her Lord on Monday, August 5, 2019 in Lincoln surrounded by her family. Laverne was born on September 5, 1927 in Murray to George and Opal (Kaiser) Martin. She was raised on the family farm in Union. As the daughter of a school teacher, she understood the importance of education.

She graduated from Union School in 1945 and continued her education at Creighton University nursing school, graduating in 1948. Her nurses training came in quite handy later in life as she was raising a large family. She was united in marriage to Louis J. Crunk on April 23, 1948 in Union. She remained a dedicated, loving wife of 71 years to Louis until she uttered her final words. She was a longtime member of the Union United Methodist Church.

Together, she and Louis traveled the world and along the way had six sons and one daughter. Their children were raised to understand the importance of hard work and family. Laverne’s greatest joy was being surrounded by her large, loving family. She enjoyed a home filled with the laughter of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. All who stopped by knew there was a treat waiting for them on the cabinet in the dining room and a warm hug and kiss when they left. Throughout the years, she enjoyed working outside on her flowers and tending to her garden on the family farm in Union.

In retirement, she and Louis enjoyed traveling and being active Husker Volleyball Match Club members.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Louis J. Crunk, Don and Sharon Crunk of Nebraska City; Ron and Chris Crunk of Nebraska City; Cindy Dancosse of Ottawa, KS; Mike and Sharon Crunk of Nebraska City; Doug Crunk of Peoria, Arizona; Jeff and Leah Crunk of Nebraska City; George and Helen Crunk of Union; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Don Martin; son-in-law, Bob Dancosse and great grandchildren Gunner and Sierra Snyder.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2019 at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City with burial in the Omaha National Cemetery near Springfield.

Visitations will be 1 to 8 p.m.Thursday at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

A memorial fund has been established.

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