Dale Gentzler

December 18, 2018

BLAIR — Memorial services for Dale Gentzler, 91, Blair, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at First Lutheran Church in Blair. Burial will be at a later date in the family plot in western Knox County.

He died Friday, Dec.14, 2018.


Dale Dewaine Gentzler was born on March 11, 1927, at Emerson. He was the second of six children born to Gurney and Mable (Sorensen) Gentzler. Their youngest child, Clinton, died in infancy. Dale was baptized in March of 1930 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Homer. The family lived in Homer until 1939, when they moved to Creighton.

Dale graduated from Creighton High School in 1944, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, near the end of World War II. He spent a year and a half at several naval bases on the West Coast, where he helped with the decommissioning of war-time ships.

After his Navy tenure, he spent a year at Morningside College in Sioux City before returning home and joining the family’s restaurant business temporarily. He was later employed by the Chicago & North Western Railroad as a depot agent and telegrapher.

On Aug. 20, 1950, he was married to Eldora Hamilton of Creighton. They had two daughters, Christine Ann and Patricia Lee. They lived several places throughout eastern Nebraska, including Blair, in his railroad work, and finally at Clarkson. After a few years as depot agent in Clarkson, they purchased a drugstore and ran it as a sundry store. Eldora and Dale were instrumental in starting the annual Clarkson Czech Festival, which is still being celebrated today.

In late l969, they moved to Blair, where Dale worked for the Blair newspapers until he retired in 1990. Upon retirement, he worked part-time at a local printing shop, then for the Blair Community Schools, where he stayed until he fully retired in 2006.

He especially enjoyed singing with the Fremont Pathfinder Barbershop Chorus for several years during the 1990s. The chorus traveled to Russia in the year 2000. Dale and Eldora also celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary that same year.

Dale is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Chris and John Wiegers of Pickrell and Pat and Lyn Graves of Omaha; a sister, Leola Stingley of Norfolk; a brother, Stan Gentzler of Cozad; a brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Alice Gentzler of Norfolk; a sister-in-law, Beverly Gentzler of Creighton. Six grandchildren also survive: Andrea (Ivan) Haas of Bothell, Wash., Carly (Kyle) Parrish of Auburn, JJ (Laura) Graves of Lincoln, Logan (Soni) Graves, Katie Graves and Delaney (Tim) Marine, all of Omaha; six great-grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides his baby brother, Dale was preceded in death by his spouse, Eldora; his parents; a brother, Gordie; his sisters-in-law, Elvira Hamilton, Bonna Barner, Audrey Gentzler and Marie Hamilton; and his brothers-in-law, Lyle Stingley, Elven Hamilton, Darrel Barner and David Hamilton.

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