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Seth Thomas Johnson

October 3, 1989 ~ June 17, 2022 (age 32)


Seth  Johnson, 32, of Kearney, Nebraska, died June 17, 2022 in Elm Creek, NE.  

Seth was born on October 3, 1989 in Kearney, NE, son of Jerri Burkhead and Curt Benjamin.  He grew up with his mother and two brothers in Overton, NE, and attended Overton Public Schools until 2nd grade. The family then moved to Wamego, KS, to be with Seth’s future step-father Dale Burkhead, where he attended school until 8th grade.  Then his family moved back to Nebraska to Gothenburg, and he attended Gothenburg High School from 8th grade to 12th grade.  During his high school years he was involved in FFA, Wrestling, Football and the Baptist Church Youth Group.  Seth met the love of his life, Kelsey, his senior year of high school, and the two soon became inseparable.   After graduation, he attended Wayne State College for two years and then attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney for two years, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice.  Seth married Kelsey Houchin on August 3, 2013 in Gothenburg, NE.  The couple were blessed with a baby boy, Oliver Johnson, on August 12, 2017.  He took great pride in his profession, and worked as an officer for the State of Nebraska Probation District #10.  Seth's hobbies included hunting, fishing, watching football, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.  He loved his son more than anything.

Survivors include wife, Kelsey Johnson of Kearney, NE; son, Oliver Johnson of Kearney, NE; father, Curt (Deb) Benjamin of Lexington, NE; mother and step-father; Jerri ( Dale) Burkhead of Gothenburg, NE; mother in law, Peggy Houchin of Lexington, NE; grandmother, Patty Benjamin of Lexington, NE; grandmother, Shirley Burkhead of Overton, NE; two brothers, Aaron (Mia) Johnson of Gothenburg, NE, and Jake (Jovina) Lanini of Lincoln, NE; one sister, Jacque Scroggin of Cozad, NE.  And many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

Seth was preceded in death by grandmother, Ina Wurster, grandfather, Robert Wurster, grandfather, Gene Burkhead, grandfather, Bill Benjamin, cousin, Jason Vance, and great aunt-in-law, Marlene Houchin aka, Gary.

Memorial Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 1002 Avenue C, Gothenburg, NE,  Saturday, June 25, 2022, 10:30 AM, with Pastor Dan Urman officiating.

Burial will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, NE

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Memorial Service
June 25, 2022

10:30 AM
First Baptist Church
1002 Avenue C
Gothenburg, NE 69138

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