Gilbert Gramberg

Gilbert Gerhart Gramberg

Monday, September 2nd, 1929 - Thursday, November 19th, 2020
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Funeral Services for Gilbert Gramberg, age 91, of Livermore, Colorado, formerly of O'Neill, will be at 11:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Christ Lutheran Church in O'Neill with burial to follow in the O'Neill Cemetery. Rev. John Nelson will officiate. Gil passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Biglin's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Gilbert (Gil) Gerhardt Gramberg was born near Wayne, Nebraska on September 2, 1929 to Ludwig Heinrich and Lucy Ann (Kester) Gramberg. Gil was raised on a farm outside of Wayne, Nebraska. He and his family worked hard doing every aspect of farming and ranching during a time when they farmed with teams of horses and raised, or grew, almost everything they needed. They had an outhouse and a hand pump well and a wood burning kitchen stove for heat. For years he went to a country school and graduated from Wayne High School in 1947.

Gil fell in love with, and married, his wife of 69 years, Bernice (Pingel) in Wayne, Nebraska. They made life-long friends every place they lived. Early in their marriage they were youth leaders and very involved with the Lutheran Church.

Gil served in the National Guard for eight years. Soon after high school, Gil began working for Safeway. He worked for Safeway in many different departments before becoming Manager. He successfully managed the Safeway store in O’Neill, Nebraska for many years before retiring after 35 years. After retiring from Safeway, he worked as a financial planner for two years then went to work for Country General and served in many capacities. Gil retired from Country General as manager of the O’Neill store. He was awarded Manager of the Year before retiring.

Gilbert and Bernice were members of Christ Lutheran Church in O’Neill, Nebraska. Gilbert volunteered for many church ministries and held various positions within the Church. Some of those being Church Council, usher, radio ministry, grounds maintenance, facility construction and maintenance, men’s ministry, fundraising, visitation, financial planning, vacation Bible school, and pre-school development. Gil also volunteered for many community projects and activities. He also worked on the development of a shooting range for the area.

Gil was close with his sons, Gary and Curt. He was a leader in Boy Scouts and helped them both become Eagle Scouts. He was involved with their sports and taught them many things, including hunting, fishing, woodwork, construction, gardening, business, faithfulness, mechanics, and so much more. He supported them and their families in everything throughout his life. He was a fun, loving grandparent and great-grandparent. He loved to laugh and was always ready with a good joke.

Gil’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, re-loading ammunition, trap shooting, marksmanship, rifle building, playing cards, woodworking, construction, and gardening. He loved to design and make things that solved problems or made processes more efficient. He enjoyed coming up with ideas to solve problems.

Gilbert is survived by his brother, Merlyn (Karleen) Gramberg of Chadron, NE, and sister Joy West of Brennan, TX; his two sons, Gary (Christine) Gramberg of Loveland, CO, and Curt Gramberg (Sherry) of Livermore, CO; five granddaughters, Jaime (Shawn) Yunker of Colorado Springs, CO, Lisa Gramberg of Grand Island, NE, Erin (Josh) Fousek of Central City, NE, Jessica (Cameron) Gramberg of Windsor, CO, and Stephanie (Eric) Gramberg of Greeley, CO; three grandsons, Jacob Gramberg of Severance, CO, Jack Gramberg of Loveland, CO, and Mark Gramberg of Loveland, CO; two step-granddaughters, Stephanie Cooke of Cuba City, WI, and Jessica (Harrison) Keatinge of Sydney, Australia; step-grandson Paul (Ashley) Cooke of Aurora, CO; twelve great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Regan, Ellianna, Kason, Jade, Myla, Oliver, Maverick, Nolan, Ava, Oriana, and Reginald; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents Ludwig and Lucy Gramberg; his wife, Bernice; two brothers Dale and Kenneth Gramberg; and sister Rodella Wacker.

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Service Details

  • Gil's Funeral Service

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 11:00am
    Christ Lutheran Church in O'Neill
    129 N 7th Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
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    Rev John Nelson
  • Interment

    O'Neill Cemetery
    Liberty Ave and North Jefferson Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
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Lynn Juracek

Posted at 08:46pm
Mr. Gramberg was always a fixture in our lives and at our Lutheran church in O'Neill. Both of my kids went to CSU in Fort Collins and I wish I had know they were settled there. He will be missed as will his wife, however, they left a great example to follow.
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Kelly, Theresa, Kory & Audrey

Posted at 09:23pm
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Shaun and Jaime

Posted at 03:06pm
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Dennis & Roxanne Ryan

Posted at 11:20am
Our sympathy and prayers to Gary, Curt and families. Great memories as Gil, the scout leader.
Dennis & Roxanne Ryan

Cindy Paulsen

Posted at 12:34pm
Deepest Sympathy to Gary, Curt, and families.
Many fond memories, favorite is playing pitch with him and Bernice at church adult fellowship.

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