Gilbert Brummels age 102 of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Nebraska.
Funeral Services will be on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge with the Rev. Russ Lambert officiating. Burial will be at the Lawn Ridge cemetery in Coleridge with military rites by the Hartington VFW Post 5283, the Coleridge American Legion Post 114, the Legion Riders, and the . Visitation will be on Wednesday, at church, from 5-8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge.
Honorary Pallbearers will be his granddaughters, Jackie Froendt, Brenda Tyndall, Patt Gall, Carol Stewart, Kara Wiedeman, Anne Schulte, Kendra Kemnitz, Evie Potts, Melissa Doerr and Laura Brummels.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Douglas Brummels, Mike Nelson, Lee Potts, Jeff Brummels, Jeremy Brummels, Peter Brummels, Daniel Brummels, Thomas Brummels, Chris Brummels and David Brummels.
Gilbert Ernest Brummels, son of Harry Ernest August & Ida Emilia (Fuhrman) Brummels was born on January 12, 1916 at the family farm home near Hoskins, NE and died on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Providence Medical Center, Wayne NE at the age of 102 years and four months.
Gilbert grew up on farms between Randolph and Hoskins and attended rural grade schools through the eighth grade. During the 1930's Depression years as a young man he traveled by freight trains to the west coast seeking employment at various jobs to send wages home to his parents and large family. Gilbert and his brother LeRoy had begun farming with their dad when World War II broke out in 1941. He enlisted in the US Navy from late 1941 and served until September 1945. Gilbert served two and a half years on the USS Reid, a Destroyer and the remainder of his service on the USS Heide as a Boatswain Mate 1st Class of an APA (Amphibious Attach Transport) landing craft in Okinawa and Iwo Jima. The ships he served on participated in 14 major battles and four campaigns earning 56 battle points for five bronze stars and several other medals of honor. He was placed in harm's way many times and by the grace of God returned home.
Gilbert married Lois Faye Coulter at the St. John Lutheran Church Parsonage in Randolph on September 12, 1944, while he was home on leave from the US Navy. After Gilbert was discharged from the Navy the couple farmed on several farms near Randolph, three years near Brunswick, then on a farm west of Coleridge for 47 years before moving into Coleridge in 2001.
Gilbert was a strong, hard-working, quiet, humble, giving and mild-mannered man. He had a strong faith and loved his family and farm. He was a good son, husband, father, grandfather and neighbor. He enjoyed reminiscing about farming, his horses, the threshing runs and the milk cows. Gilbert was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, VFW Post 5283 and the American Legion.
He is survived by Judy (Ron) Nelson, Robert (Kathy) Brummels all of Coleridge, Joan (Jim) Potts, Hartington, Dwight (Gloria) Brummels, Randolph, Kent (Debbie) Brummels of Hartington; 20 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; brother Robert (Darlene) Brummels, Elkhorn, sister Verlene Ryan, Norfolk, sisters-in-law Delma Ronspies, Norfolk, Francis Brummels, Ewing, Gloria (Omar) Smith, Norfolk, Joann Brummels of Prescott Valley, AZ and many nieces and nephews.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lois of 73 ½ years who died on February 21, 2018, son Gaylen and daughter-in-law Gloria Brummels, grandson John, great grandchild Aimee, brothers: LeRoy, Vernon, Kenneth, Merlin and Willard Brummels and sisters: Mildred Warneke, Pearl Warneke, Hilda Warneke, Edith Owens, Ellen Cunningham and Jeanette Wheeler.
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May each of you experience the comfort and peace that only Jesus can give. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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