Gary Reber, age 69 of Crofton, Nebraska, died on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at his residence.
Funeral Services will be on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Atkinson, Nebraska with Rev. David A. Feddern officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be at the Knoll Crest Cemetery in Naper, Nebraska. The Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington is in charge of arrangements.
Gary was born on November 17, 1944 in Stuart, Nebraska to Harlan and Alice (Stoltenberg) Reber. He grew up in the Stuart area and graduated from Naper High School in 1963. He married Carolyn Strong in November of 1964 at Tilden, Nebraska. He lived in Fremont where he worked for Valmont Industries until moving in 1966 to his family's ranch near Stuart. He then returned to Fremont where he operated an auto repair shop. He married Carole Engler on April 29, 1972 at Atkinson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Immanuel Luther Church in Atkinson in 1973. He worked for P & P Farms and then National Farms as a mechanic and later he owned and operated his own auto repair and body shop in Atkinson. He also operated a motor grader for the Atkinson Township and then moved to Denison, Iowa where he worked on road construction and then operated GG Reber Trucking. He moved to Crofton in 2007 and worked part time for Shane Fertilizer and then Atkinson Fertilizer. At the time of his death he was the custodian for the Cottonwood Villa in Crofton.
Gary was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Atkinson and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in South Sioux City, NE. He loved to dance and was always ready to help anyone in need. He had a great sense of humor and loved to visit with people. He never knew a stranger.
Gary is survived by his 4 children, Gary Allan Reber of Gregory, SD; Jory Reber of Wayne, NE; Johnel Reber of Omaha and Korina Koch, 2 granddaughters, Kelsey Reber of Gregory and Marissa Harris of Omaha and a brother, Jason Reber of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Elwayne Reber.
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JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW SORRY I AM TO HEAR ABOUT GARY.I HAD ALOT OF DANCES WITH HIM HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.
God Bless, Gary. He was a friend I met 6 months ago at the Eagle's Club in South Sioux City, Ne. He loved to dance and was always, happy, fun, funny, and had a smile to give you. He would even sing along with the songs and make up the words and shout our a "hey". They announced Gary's passing last night at the Eagle's and the band dedicated a dance to him. God Bless You, my thoughts and prayers are with you, and the Lord's Peace be with you. Now Gary is dancing on the biggest and best dance floor ever. "Hey!"
God Bless you Gary, and my Blessing to your Family.
To Garys Family
We are so sorry for your loss, of one so special, We know he will be greatly missed. May your special memories bring you comforts .
Sending prayers and hugs
Bob and Judy Knutson
I am so sorry to hear about Gary's sudden death. He was a great person--I grew up with Gary and we both graduated from Naper High in 1963. I just had a great time with him at our class reunion in Naper a year ago reminiscing about our good times at NHS, My sincere sympathy to the family.
Sandra and Lee Wade
To Gary's family,
You have all my sympathy for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
I am sorry for your loss Gary was a good guy he will be missed great maintenance man at Cottonwood Villa Crofton Nebraska
Sorry for your loss.Prayers to your family's
Kitty Carr Guthmiller
To Gary's family,
We would like you to know that Gary was pretty special to our youngest son, Braeden Guenther, who is now a first grader. When Braeden was in preschool a couple of years ago, he would stay at Grandma Roses house, and Gary was her neighbor. He would drive Braeden to preschool everyday. They were buddies and it sure helped us out a lot!! He will be missed!!
Angie and Neil Guenther and Braeden
Dear Gary's family~
I had met Gary at one of The Outback Band dance's, and Gary was so full of energy and fun!! I was one of the younger ladies he would dance with, and he always spiced things up with his fun-loving moves and big smile! ...and of course his "Hey!" :) The dances won't be the same.... but he is sure having a blast dancing in Heaven ! You are all in my thoughts
~Kelly (Kreycik) Naber
I am very sorry to hear of this transpiring. Gary was a very kind gentleman and he will be missed by many. I am a childhood friend of his son, Jory Reber, and my condolences go out to him and the entire Reber family....God speed Gary, Kelly Smith & Family
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