Gerald I. Kugler was born August 11, 1926 in Rural Riverton, Nebraska to Alfred and Sarah Noble Kugler. He passed away from this life on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at Bryan LGH East, Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended grade school in Spring Valley where he skipped the third grade and graduated from Franklin High School. While in high school he was active in 4-H and FFA. He also participated in a saddle club.
He married Celia Janie Goracke on June 15, 1956 in Athol, Kansas. He attended a Veteran sponsored farm school and was able to start his own farming operation. He spent time in the Army from 1950-1952 where he was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia where he also served time in Germany and was Honorably Discharged in 1952. He owned the Ford Tractor shop, loved to farm, his cattle and horses. He loved Prime rib and steaks, homemade ice cream, French onion soup and Pecan Pie. After marriage, Gerald and Janie lived on the farm until 1988 when they moved to Franklin where he was a fulltime feed and seed salesman; and enjoyed selling and the personal relationships that grew from them.
After Gerald retired, he worked at the grain elevator, Kahrs Farms, BBR Machine, and R & R Repair. They sold their home in Franklin in February 2006 and moved to Lincoln to be closer to their children and grandchildren. His greatest love was for his family. He was a lifetime member of the VFW.
He is survived by his wife Janie; son Ben Kugler and wife Amy; daughters Jody Jensen and Kristi Molacek and husband Joe IV; Grandchildren Sutton and Joey V Molacek, Mackenzie Henson and Greg Jensen; sisters Lilah Roberts; Darlene Overleese and husband Bob; sister in law Gladys Kugler; and a host of nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters in law. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Merlin and Elton Kugler.
Funeral services will be 10:30AM, Monday, November 29, 2010 at the United Methodist Church, Franklin, Nebraska with Rev. Nancy Leonard officiating. Visitation will be from 12PM to 8PM Sunday at Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery with Military Graveside Honors by Riverton American Legion Post #328.