Gary C. Frerichs of Elkhorn, Nebraska and formerly of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NE.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge, Nebraska with the Rev. Russ Lambert officiating. Burial will be at the Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Coleridge. Visitation will be on Friday, at church, from 5-7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge, NE. Facemasks and social distancing will be required for the visitation and funeral.
You may watch a livestream of the funeral at https://www.facebook.com/ImmanuelLutheranColeridge
Gary C. Frerichs was born on April 17, 1939 in Coleridge, Nebraska to Walter Carl and Gladys Pearl (Nunemaker) Frerichs. He grew up on a farm in Coleridge and graduated from Coleridge High School in 1956. He attended the University of Nebraska and then moved home to farm with his father until he entered the U.S. Army in 1958. Gary served in a field hospital in France. He moved back after his discharge from the Army and continued to farm east of Coleridge until 1996. He married Diane Lee Martensen on August 11, 1963 in Coleridge. They moved into Coleridge in 1994. Diane died on July 24, 2019 at the age of 74 years.
Gary drove the school bus for Coleridge Schools for many years. He also worked as a school para-educator. Gary drove truck for the Coleridge DEHY during the summers. He also owned and operated the Coleridge Fireworks Stand for 10 years.
Gary was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Coleridge American Legion Post #114, was a member of the Coleridge Woodcarvers, Coleridge Saddle Club, the Commercial Club, and the school board in the early 1980’s. He was also chairman of the Coleridge Rodeo in the 1980’s.
Gary is survived by two sons and spouses Bret (Ronda) Frerichs of Omaha, Barry (Amy) Frerichs of Bassett; three grandchildren Jamie and Frank Kneifl of Yankton, SD, Joseph and Kayla Frerichs of Omaha, Brennan Frerichs of Bassett; two great grandchildren Cohen and Callie Frerichs; sister Shirley (Earl) Papenhausen of Coleridge; brother Roger Frerichs of Bassfield, MS; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents; wife Diane; sister and husband Barbara (Larry) Peck; and granddaughter Amber Frerichs