Grand Island, Neb., formerly Ponca, Neb.

Patrick A "Pat" Kayl, 71, of Grand Island, formerly of Ponca, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at CHI Health St. Francis Medical Center, with family at his side.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Island. The Rev. Martin L. Egging will celebrate the funeral mass. Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the South Creek Cemetery, Ponca. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. today, with a vigil service at 6 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Curran Funeral Chapel in Grand Island. Your thoughts and prayers may be given at www.curranfuneralchapel.com under Pat’s obituary.

Pat was born on Feb. 6, 1946, in Sioux City. He was the son of Ray and Dorothy (Bennett) Kayl. Pat grew up on a farm near Ponca, and graduated in 1964 from Sacred Heart in Emerson, Neb. He continued his education at Kearney State College, where he graduated in 1970 with a major in physics.

He married Julie Katen at the Newman Center at Kearney State College his senior year. He taught at Grand Island Central Catholic from 1970 to 2011.

Pat was a farmer and teacher to his core. He spent his youth tilling the fields of eastern Nebraska on the family farm and the first 17 summers of his marriage roving the expansive prairie of the west on his in-laws ranch on Cottonwood Creek outside of Hemingford, Neb. Through his experience and wisdom, he touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed by everyone he knew. Pat strove to instill his love of science in his students. He taught them many life lessons including the most efficient way to clean chalkboard erasers was off the heads of inattentive students. With his plethora of impassioned maxims, he helped his students realize that blood really was the best utility knife lubricant and TANSTAAFL.

Pat was a member of Blessed Sacrament and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors of his immediate family include his wife of 47 years, Julie Kayl of Grand Island; son, John and his wife, Darcy of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and their three children, Balen, Ava, and Edwin; daughter, Andrea Kayl of Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters, Donna Lund of Ponca, and Carol (Jack) Rahn of Palmyra, Mo.; sister-in-law, Geri Kayl of Ponca; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Eric; brothers, Armand, Gary, and Paul and wife, Zona; sister, Mary Ann; nephew Darrel; and brother-in-law, Larry Lund.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church or Grand Island Central Catholic.

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