Richard Einspahr

Richard D. Einspahr, age 63, of Elwood, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 at Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska after a battle with cancer.

Viewing and visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 with a prayer service at 5 p.m. at Elwood Funeral Home in Elwood.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 at United Church of Kensington in Kensington, Kan., with Pastor Emily Blank, officiating. Viewing and visitation will be one hour before the service. Interment will follow the service at Germantown Cemetery in Kensington, Kan.

He was born on Dec. 11, 1956 in North Platte, to Eugene and Margaret (Amaya) Einspahr.

After moving to several different places, the family settled in Campbell.  Rich attended high school in Campbell and graduated in 1974.  He went on to get his teaching degree and taught in several schools in Nebraska and Kansas before becoming principal and then superintendent at Elwood Public School.  He retired in 2015 after 23 years in Elwood.

Rich married Robin Ratliff on June 21, 1986 and had two children, Allison and Carl. He enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, watching various sports, and driving a bus for the school in his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Robin of Elwood; daughter, Allison of Lexington;  son, Carl of Holdrege; father-in-law Ken Ratliff of Kensington, Kan.; brother-in-law , Roger (Lana) Ratliff of Garden City, Kan.; sister-in-law, Mindy Einspahr of Benkelman;  nieces , Baylee (Cade) Hewitt of Beloit, Kan., Emalee (Andrew) Taylor of Hays, Kan., great-niece, Neva Hewitt of Beloit, Kan., great-niece or nephew Baby Taylor of Hays, Kan., and many extended family members and friends.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Margaret, brothers, Bob and Larry, mother-in-law Janice Ratliff, and a stillborn nephew.

Memorials are suggested to the Elwood Foundation to be used for a scholarship or to the American Cancer Society.

Elwood Funeral Home, Elwood, NE, is in charge of arrangements.

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