Gary C. Frerichs

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.

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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

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4 response to "Gary C. Frerichs"

  1. By: Jack and Marlene Burkel Posted: July 31, 2020

    Sorry to hear the news of Gary’s passing. My wife, Marlene, and I extend our deepest sympathy to the family. I met Gary 61 years ago while serving together in the US Army. He has been a dear friend ever since. He was always there for advice or to give a hand. He will be missed.

  2. By: wintzray Posted: August 3, 2020

    Dear Family,
    Gary and I have been friends since freshmen at Coleridge High over sixty years ago. We managed to keep in contact with each other through the years and more so these past ten years. I even commissioned Gary to carve one of his beautiful walking sticks for me and I have it displayed next to my desk reminding me of the many fun and crazy times we enjoyed together. Gary and I had a nice conversation three days before his passing and I felt he was doing better. I was saddened to hear of my dear friend’s death.

    I rejoice in knowing that Gary had a firm faith in our Lord Jesus and our Lord’s promise that we shall be together forever with Jesus in a new life.

    In sympathy and hope,

    Jim and Barbara Munter

  3. By: wintzray Posted: August 5, 2020

    My condolences to Shirley and Roger and Gary’s children and grandchildren. I knew Gary my entire life. He was a senior in high school when I was a freshman. I often rode to school with him that year since I lived a half mile west. I remember neighborhood gatherings and card parties at Gladys and Walt’s home as a child. I also went to rural school at Lone Star with him until he went to high school. I believe that my children played with his children on occasion when they came to visit Mom and Dad (Frederick and Mildred Hansen). May he rest in peace.

    Linda O’Hara nee Linda Hansen

  4. By: Michelle Krapfl Posted: August 16, 2020

    My sympathy to Bret, Barry and your families. I have many fond memories of coming to your farm from my grandparents farm (Frederick and Mildred) to get milk and watch the milking process. May you be comforted with the many memories you have of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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