Alton A. Gottwald, 87, of rural Nebraska City, died May 2, 2013 at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln. Alton was born on Oct. 6, 1925 at rural Nebraska City to Adolph R. and Anna S. (Brandt) Gottwald.
He served honorably in the Army from Oct. 3, 1950 to Aug. 26, 1952 during the Korean War, serving in Germany.
Alton married Marcella A. Durr on Sept. 24, 1952 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church near Paul. He was a lifetime farmer and purebred cattle breeder. He loved farming, raising cattle and the outdoors. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Talmage American Legion, and the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) for 38 years.
He is survived by wife Marcella Gottwald of rural Nebraska City; children Allen Gottwald and wife Nora of Nebraska City, Mary Jo Sheldon and special friend Bryan Uehling of Lincoln and Cheryl Faust and husband Brian of Omaha; five grandchildren: Alex Gottwald, Marcy, Kelly and Aren Guinane and Jake Faust; great-grandchild Lamar Wilbern, Jr.; siblings Bernadine Fox and husband Harold of Atchison, Kan., and Rose Mary Burger and husband Albert of Nebraska City; other family and friends.
He was preceded by his parents and daughter-in-law Ann Gottwald.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 6, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in rural Nebraska City with Fr. Thomas Bush celebrating the mass. Burial will follow the services at St. Joseph’s Cemetery with complete military services conducted by the Nebraska Army National Guard Funeral Honors Detail and the Talmage American Legion Post.
A Rosary will be recited on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City. The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary prior to the rosary.
Memorials may be given to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or Lourdes Central Catholic School in Nebraska City. Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.
Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.