John Dornhoff

John Ray Dornhoff, 64, of Heartwell, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 at Kearney Regional Medical Center.

John was born on June 20, 1955, in Hastings to Kenneth R. and Jacqueline A. (Haws) Dornhoff.

He grew up and attended school in the Minden area, where he graduated with the Minden High School Class of 1973.

John was blessed with two children: Felice and Stanley. The family made their home in the Minden, Heartwell, and Kenesaw area, where John owned and operated the Hat Kreek Ranch.

John was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

He enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He also took great interest in R/C cars, fishing, hunting elk in Wyoming, following NASCAR (where he was an avid Tony Stewart fan), horse riding, going mudding, woodworking, and working on anything with a motor. John could fix just about anything that was broken.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Felice Sikes and husband, Casey, of Alma, and Stanley Dornhoff of Heartwell; grandchildren, Alice Sikes, Arabella Dornhoff, and Avery Sikes; brother, Ron Dornhoff of Heartwell; sister, Julie Dornhoff of Johnson Lake; sister-in-law, Goldie Dornhoff of Heartwell; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard Dornhoff.

A memorial mass was held on Sept. 7 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Minden with the Rev. Julius Tvrdy officiating.

Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation as the family has honored John’s wish to be cremated. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s honor are suggested to the family for later designation.

Tributes of memory can be shared with the family at

Craig Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.