Jean E. Athen passed away Dec. 2, 2017, at the George C. Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, at the age of 94.
Jean Ellen Laverty was born on March 10, 1923, in Omaha, the daughter of Jay and Ellen (Peterson) Laverty.  
The family later moved from Ashland, to a farm near Hamburg, and Jean graduated as the valedictorian of the Hamburg High School class of 1941.
On Nov. 3, 1943, she married Orville Athen in Rock Port, Mo.  
She worked side by side with Orville in the John Deere dealership, Athen Implement, that he had purchased from the J.E. Good Co. two years prior.
They often worked nights setting up machinery and she often delivered machinery along with Orville. She retired in 1988 after 45 years in the family business. She enjoyed working with generations of customers and employees.
Jean is survived by her son Don and daughter-in-law Jody of Hamburg; three grandchildren Valery, Nicholas(Samantha), and Jessica Gerlieb (Tim); seven great-grandchildren; Annabelle, Aiden, Aubrey, Ella, Amaya, Jordan and Jalen; sister-in-law Betty Athen, nieces Deloris Stenzel and Susan Curtis and nephews Richard Tyner and Craig Athen (MaryAnn); other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Orville;  and sister Frances Tyner.
Jean was a life-long member of the Methodist Church and active in many church groups.
Funeral Services were to be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday; Dec. 5, at the First United Methodist Church in Hamburg.  Pastors Jan Phillips and Humberto Gonzalez will officiate. Burial was to be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery northeast of Hamburg.
The family was to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday (12/4) at funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the George C. Grape  Community Hospital or the First United Church in Hamburg.
Condolences may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.
Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg is in charge of arrangements.