William Fredrick August Gaedeke, Jr., died at his home in Silver Creek on June 8, 2006 at the age of 83. Memorial Services are 2:00 pm Monday June 12, 2006 at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus. The Rev. Bill Ritter will officiate. There will be Military Honors by Hartman Post #84 American Legion Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Monday from 1:00 pm until service time at McKown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.
William was born October 31, 1922 at his home in Silver Creek, Nebraska to William Sr. and Minnie (Auman) Gaedeke. He graduated from Silver Creek High School in 1940. He entered the US Navy in 1944. William served during World War II and was stationed at Okinawa in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was a lifetime resident of Silver Creek.
William married Bernice Christensen on March 17, 1946 at Grand Island, NE. They lived on the farm south of Silver Creek. He was a farmer and also worked at Columbus Metal Industries until his retirement. William was a member of the United Methodist Church in Silver Creek, William Wolf Legion Post #91 in Osceola, and the Caballeros Horse Club. He enjoyed farming, gardening, raising horses and miniature horses, and his dogs.
On December 26, 1971, he married Mardyne Jones of Lincoln at Las Vegas, NV.
He is survived by:
Wife Mardyne Gaedeke of Silver Creek, NE
Daughter Sharon (Bill) Evans of Columbus, NE
Daughter Connie Schmitt of Osceola, NE
Daughter Bonnie (Terry) Kallenberger of Brookings, SD
Son Rod (Joan) Gaedeke of Silver Creek, NE
Daughter Donna (Mitch) Roland of Lincoln, NE
Son David (Deniese) Gaedeke of Trumbull, NE
Step-daughter Vicki (Mike) Hawthorne of Aurora, NE
Step-daughter Kandi (Tom) Stankiewicz of Omaha, NE
Step-son Jeff Jones of Lincoln, NE
Step-son Scott (Cindy) Jones of Waukee, IA
Step-son Craig Jones of San Diego, CA
Step-son Tim Jones of Illinois
24 Grandchildren 19 Great-Grandchildren
10 Step Grandchildren 2 Step Great-Grandchildren
Brother Chris (Gladys) Gaedeke of Osceola, NE
Sister Anna Klein of Osceola, NE
Sister Amelia Larson of Wamego, KS
Sister Alwena Nyffeler of Duncan, NE
He is preceded in death by:
Father William Gaedeke, Sr.
Mother Minnie Gaedeke
Daughter Barbara Shalgren
Brother Ralph Gaedeke
Sister Julia Pipke