HOOPER — George Edward Berner, 76, Hooper, died, July 6, 2014, at his home.
Visitation was July 8 at Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont, and will continue Wednesday at the church, one hour prior to service.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m., July 9, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Scribner. The Rev. Bruce Schut will officiate.
Burial will be at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Winside, at 1:30 p.m. Military honors will be conducted by American Legion Roy Reed Post #252 at Winside.
George was born Oct. 26, 1937, in Knox County near Lindy, to Charles and Tacy(Barber)Berner. He was baptized July 23, 1944, in Osmond, and confirmed April 3, 1955 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lindy. He grew up mostly in and around Lindy, Bloomfield, Randolph and Chambers. He graduated from eighth grade May 28, 1951, in Holt County. George helped his dad farm but also had several other jobs including helping to build the Oahe Dam on the Missouri River at Pierre, S.D. He served in the U.S. Army from March 1958-March 3, 1961. He took basic training at Ft. Carson, Colo., and was a member of the 5th Infantry, 2nd Battle Group, Company D, where he qualified as sharpshooter(Rifle M-1) sharpshooter(Carbine) and also served as an instructor on the rifle range. He was later stationed at Ft. Story, Va., member of the 344th Transportation Company as head cook and pastry baker. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal for exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity while in the active federal military service. He was discharged with the rank of Corporal (SP4,E-4) at which time rank was frozen. At the time of reenlistment, he would have been given a rank of Sergeant 1st Class(E-7).
George married Marcella M. Lambrecht Feb. 16, 1960. After his discharge, he worked as a farm hand for a short time. The couple moved to Fremont in fall 1961, and lived in and around the area until buying their home in Hooper in 1974.
George was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Scribner, and a member of the former St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hooper. He worked at Magnus Metal, Burlington Truck Lines and Larsen International, from which he retired in 1999 after 28 years. He then worked part time for Nebraska Irrigated Seeds for several years.
George loved to hunt and fish with his wife, kids and grandchildren. He always looked forward to springtime and the yearly fishing trips to Missouri. Other memorable trips found him fishing in Wyoming, Michigan, Florida, Idaho, South Dakota and all over Nebraska. He went deep sea fishing off the coast of Massachusetts and paddle fishing in Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri and Oklahoma. In the fall he spent much of his time in a deer stand. He hunted deer, turkey, other birds and antelope in Nebraska, wild hogs in Oklahoma and Texas and moose in Maine. He also liked spending time working in his yard and garden. He enjoyed it all, but mostly he enjoyed time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Marcella; daughter, Ragena and husband, Kim Sommerer, Fremont; sons, George Berner Jr., Emerson; Jeffrey and wife, Renee Berner. Nickerson; and Gregory and wife, Jody Berner. Hooper; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters, Violet Roland, Laurel; Dian and husband, Gene Turnwall, Weston; and Bonnie and husband, Steve Sterup, Lincoln; brothers, Charlie and wife, Mary Berner, Fremont, and Jim and wife, Jane Berner, Staplehurst; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Keith Berner; and sisters, Adalia Wickmer and Betty Weiler.