Wayne E. Gierhart, 92, of Beatrice, died Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice. He was born June 26, 1924, on a farm near rural Blue Springs, NE to Harry and Grace (Overlees) Gierhart. He attended Holmesville School and in later years, took night school to get his GED. Wayne and Frieda Louise Sander were married on April 30, 1943 in Marysville, KS. They moved to Santa Monica, CA where he worked in the Douglas Aircraft factory as a riveter until he joined the army. Wayne served his country in the United States Army from August 16, 1944 to March 14, 1946 and was stationed in 6 different states. He started farming in 1946 custom bailing with his brother, Dean. He farmed until 1991, retired, and moved to Beatrice. He served on the Farmers Coop Board and on the Holmesville Church of the Brethren Board. Wayne was a member of Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion. He enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, golfing, friends, and going south in the winter for 30 years. He currently attended the Christ Community Church.
Survivors: two daughters, Barbara Rypma (John) of Beatrice, and Charlene Amador (Jim) of Menifee, CA; 6 grandchildren, Teresa Rypma Gooding (Chad), Tammy Morse (Kevin), James Gierhart (Angie), Tanya Amador and Seth Amador (Lorraine), Jody Meyer and 14 great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Hansel (Herb), brother-in-law Ken; sister-in-law, Arlene Gierhart; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise of 61 years who died Sept 6, 2004; his parents, Harry and Grace (Overlees) Gierhart (Brubaker); his son, Russell Gierhart (Kathleen); brother, Dean Gierhart; sister Iva ‘Connie’ Porter and infant granddaughter.
Memorial service will be held Monday, March 6th at 2pm, at Christ Community Church, in Beatrice. There will be no viewing as cremation has taken place, but a register book will be available Sunday, from 12pm to 8pm, at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice, with the family greeting friends from 6 to 7pm. His ashes will be buried at the Brethren Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Christ Community Church, Veterans Memorial Park or Beatrice Humane Society with the funeral home in charge. Sign Wayne’s online guest book at www.ghchapel.com.
These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.