Kenneth J. Kotas was born and grew up in Milligan, NE, the son of Yvonne and
Adolph Kotas. His favorite memories were of his grandfather’s store in Milligan
and of summers spent with his cousins who visited each year from Colorado.
Ken made lifelong friends while in college at UNL. After receiving his
bachelor’s degree, he spent one year in St. Louis working with Legal Aid as a
VISTA volunteer. When he returned to Lincoln, Ken worked at the Regional Center
before being hired at the Lincoln-Lancaster Mental Health Center where he worked
for almost 33 years.
Ken loved blues and soul music and attended Jazzfest in New Orleans for many
years. He especially enjoyed listening to blues at the Zoo Bar and was a guest
DJ on KZUM several times, often introducing listeners to musicians they hadn’t
heard before. For years Ken played bridge regularly with a group of friends,
displaying a surprisingly competitive spirit. Ken was an avid collector of
antiques, especially items that related to his grandfather’s store. He was a
passionate believer in giving generously to charities and other worthy
Ken will be missed by his family and many, many friends. Survived by his
wife, Kate Mathias and her children & grandson, Jessica Reddick, Jason & Levi
Shestak; sisters and their families, Carla (Henry) Lewis, Trevor & Tyler Lewis,
Geri (Steve) Kotas Hogroian, Julia Hogroian; all of the Houtsma cousins and
A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be 2:00P-5:00P on Sunday, October 29, 2017
at the Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14th, Lincoln 68508.
Memorials are suggested to the Matt Talbot Kitchen.