Gene William Leirmann, age 78, of Amelia, Nebraska passed away February 29, 2012 at the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center in Atkinson, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in the Chambers Cemetery in Chambers, Nebraska. Pastor Ken Dalke and Pastor Randy Schmeichel will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday at Hitchcock Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Hospice.
Gene was born on May 12, 1933. His parents were Claude and Lizzie (Shutt) Liermann. Gene’s siblings included a brother, Ivan who died at age six and sisters Mary (Wayne) Lakin and Mershon (Lonny) Franssen. He graduated from Burwell High School and in 1953 he entered the army where he serviced in the 802nd Engineers Division, serving in Japan for a year and a half and then returned to the family ranch enjoying his cattle operation.
In September 1955 he was united in marriage to Erna E. Penner. To this union three children were born, Shari (Darrell) Buoy of Burwell, Nebraska, Jeannette (Robert) Kloppenborg of Marysville, Kansas and Charles Liermann of Amelia, Nebraska. Five grandchildren, Sara (Kloppenborg) Ramirez, Chris Kloppenborg, Barbara (Buoy) Trollope and husband Mike, Brenda (Buoy) Brott and husband Everett and Jason Buoy. Eight great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.
Gene remained active with the 802nd Engineers Division, attending reunions and maintaining contact with fellow service members. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #298 of Burwell, the VFW of O’Neill and the DAV Chapter 41 of Broken Bow.
Gene is survived by his wife Erna, his three children and two sisters.