Rick L. Kuester
Date of Birth
October 20, 1966
Fremont, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
September 17, 2022
York, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Thursday, September 22, 2022 ~ 2:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at Sunrise Cemetery at a later date ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

*Casual attire recommended.

*The funeral will be live streamed on Svoboda Funeral Home Facebook page.

Visitation Directions

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 ~ 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 22, 2022 ~ 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


In care of the family for future designations.

Rick L. Kuester, 55 of York, NE passed away Saturday, September 17, 2022 at York General Hospital in York, NE.  He was born October 20, 1966 in Fremont, NE to Larry and Rita (Hoffman) Kuester.  He was a graduate of Wahoo High School.

In 1998 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and later joined the Army National Guard.  He attended Southeast Community College, where he studied diesel mechanics.  He worked for three years in Valley, NE before getting his CDL.  He enjoyed working for Behlen Manufacturing in Columbus, NE.  He took pride in his Western Star semi.  We were told not to say, “how is the truck running”, because it always seemed the next day it would break down.  Rick loved old cars, bowling, cooking, going to casinos, and joking with family and friends.   He made many trips to China.  On his first trip to China he met the love of his life, Yun Yin, and on his second trip the two were married on January 17, 2010.

Rick is survived by his wife of 12 years, Yun Kuester; daughter, Yang Yang; mother, Rita Dockweiler; father, Larry (JoAnn) Kuester; brother, Troy Kuester; step-siblings, Christie (Greg) Deuel, Shelley Reynolds, Laurie VanAmpting, Joel and Jon Garber; uncle, Bob Hoffman; aunt, Verdene (LeRoy) Ortmeier; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Tom Dockweiler; step-brother, Jeffrey Garber.


Condolences for Rick L. Kuester
  1. Rick & Cathy Grasmick
    • September 19, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    Deepest sympathy to his family. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  2. Dave (no) rollins
    • September 19, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    My brother Rick. We’ve had many fun times together plus I will miss our daily chats while driving. Love you bro

  3. Nancy J Friesen
    • September 20, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    I am a friend of Larry and JoAnne and want you to know that our bible study gals are praying with you all thru this sad departure.. Many of us know how hard unexpected death is but is God’s plan we know . may peace and comfort and our love for dad Larry and your family, keep your hearts at peace .. knowing others care.

  4. Nancy J.Friesen
    • September 20, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    Sincere sympathy from Larry and Joanne’s friends in York NE. I am in a bible study with Jo and we are all praying for your Peace and comfort at this time when grieving is shared by so many friends.

  5. Diane L. koranda
    • September 20, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    My condolences to the family. Prayers.

  6. Bobbi Janda
    • September 20, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    I am Rick and Yun’s neighbor. I miss Rick. You have my sympathy. Rick and I often visited in our backyards. I like to garden so we compared notes. He grew beautiful lilies by the white fence in his backyard. He built two huge raised garden beds in his backyard and he and Yun grew beautiful vegetables. He enjoyed keeping his home and yard immaculate. He liked to tell me about his truck. I have so many great memories of Rick.

  7. Norma J Cranston
    • September 20, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    Love and prayers to all from AZ.

  8. Nathan Kuester
    • September 22, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    I love you so sooo much uncle Rick! ❤
    You meant more than the world to me!
    I want you to please come back please! I never have honestly hated my life any worse. You honestly was my role model and I miss you Uncle. If God and uncle rick could forgive me for everything I should’ve done with my Uncle! You Meant Everything to me and I still have to say goodbye. I appreciate every moment God gave me with you and how you taught me to be so strong and have a sturdy muscle. A sturdy back! Uncle! You have God’s grace! God took a true MAN today in this world but uncle if you hear this prayer I know you would always tell me to keep my nose up and then you would give me a big old smile,laugh, and bear hug me. If you weren’t the best I don’t know who is. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! AMEN

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