Dr. Alfred O. Gigstad, DVM, age 85, of Nebraska City, Nebraska went home to be with our Lord and Savior on his birthday, February 23, 2014. He was born on February 23, 1929 to Alfred and Irene (Linscott) Gigstad in Lancaster, KS where he grew up with the name of “Corky”.
Dr. Alfred O. Gigstad, DVM, age 85, of Nebraska City, Nebraska went home to be with our Lord and Savior on his birthday, February 23, 2014. He was born on February 23, 1929 to Alfred and Irene (Linscott) Gigstad in Lancaster, KS where he grew up with the name of “Corky”. He graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1947. He went on to Kansas State University where he received a degree in Bachelor of Science in Dairy Husbandry in 1951 and lived in the KSU Dairy Barn while working his way through college. He received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1954. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and the AGR Pep Band. His years at K-State lead to a life-time of loyalty to KSU and his blood ran purple, which was especially fun for him to broadcast while living in the Cornhusker State for 57 years. He was famous for his purple boots. While at K-State, he met the love of his life, Roberta Heyn of Garnett, KS. They married September 2, 1951 and together they raised a K-State loving family: sons Dr. A. Orval Gigstad, III (Carolyn), Syracuse, NE; Robert E. Gigstad (Marti), Garnett, KS; Dr. James F. Gigstad (Tammie), Nebraska City and daughter, Cheryl Gigstad Goff, Oakland, IA. His grandchildren, who always thought that he was a little like John Wayne, are: Alfred O. “Grady” Gigstad, IV (Sarah), Wahoo, NE; Amber Gigstad, Syracuse, NE; Opal Spidell, Nebraska City, NE; R.J. Spidell, Nebraska City, NE; Chris Gigstad (Kim), Fairway, KS; Michael Gigstad, Lawrence, KS and Anna Gigstad, Nebraska City, NE. He had 5 Great-grandchildren: Alfred O. “Quincy” Gigstad, V and Amelia Gigstad, Wahoo, NE; Kyson, Keylan and Kazyn Spidell, Nebraska City, NE. Also surviving are sister, Joanne Gigstad Evans, Bethany, OK and sister-in-law, Patricia Gigstad, Olathe, KS. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Dr. Dale Gigstad and brother-in-law, Rev. Orville Evans.
In 1957, “Doc” and Roberta came to Nebraska City and bought a veterinary clinic that they named Arbor Valley Animal Clinic. They worked together at the clinic on a daily basis until Doc retired in 1995 and sold the business to his sons, Orv and Jim. He was a public servant and community volunteer in the truest sense of the word. His professional service included being a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association where he was involved in various activities: NVMA Nutritional Committee – Chair; Agriculture Council of Nebraska; NVMA District Chair; Nebraska Centennial Celebration – Co-chair. As a public servant, he was Nebraska City Mayor – 1970-1974, 1980-1984; Nebraska City City Council, Director of Parks and Recreation; Nemaha Natural Resource Districts – Chair; Nebraska Board of Veterinary Examiners; Old West Regional Commission; Public Advisory Commission for Natural Resources; Nebraska Water Congress; Nebraska Boundry Commission; Peru State College President’s Advisory Council; Peru State Presidential Search Committee; Peru State College Foundation; Peru State Majors Hall Fundraising Drive; Peru State College Bobcat Bookstore, President; Nebraska State College Board of Trustees; Rural Water District # 3; Nebraska City Board of Education – President.
Doc loved Nebraska City and when he got involved, he gave it his all. He was a visionary and found ways to make things happen. Organizations that he was involved with included: Nebraska City Elks Club, B.P.O.E. #1049 – Exalted Ruler (twice); Nebraska City Rotary International – President; Nebraska City Chamber of Commerce – President (twice); Nebraska City Jaycees – President; Nebraska Jaycees – Vice President; Vision 17 – President; Nebraska Young Republicans; Nebraska Cornhusker Advisory Council – Boy Scouts of America; Otoe County Historical Society; Arbor Bank Board of Directors; National Arbor Day Foundation; River Country Industrial Development Council; Southeast Nebraska Development Council; Five Rivers RC & D; Southeast Nebraska Solid Waste Compact; Otoe County 4H; Southeast Nebraska Jr. Angus Association; Nebraska Jr. Angus Association; American Angus Association; Arbor Trails Winery; Nebraska Water Resources Association.
Along the way, Doc received many awards and recognition for his work: Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association Distinguished Service Award – 1993; Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year – 2001; Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Family Award – 2005; Nebraska City Optimist Community Service Award; Nebraska City Rotary International “Rotarian of the Year”; Nebraska City Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow; Nebraska City Elks Club, B.P.O.E. #1049 Outstanding Member of the Year – 2008; Nebraska City Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Member of the Year; Nebraska City Jaycees Outstanding Member of the Year; Nebraska City Jaycees Distinguished Service Award; Nebraska City Jaycee Governor; National Arbor Day Foundation “Tree Planter of the Year”; Nebraska City FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer; Otoe County Farm Bureau Outstanding Citizen; KMA Pride Award - Outstanding Volunteer 1996; Nebraska State RC & D Association - Spirit of Greater Nebraska Award.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Nebraska City, Nebraska where he was a Sunday school teacher, Trustee, Elder and Chairman of the Board. His prayers before family dinners will be missed.
Services - First Christian Church, Nebraska City, NE on Wednesday, February 26 at 11:00am. There will be no viewing. His body has been donated to science. Family visitation will be Tuesday, 6:00-8:00pm, February 25, 2014 at funeral chapel. Memorials may be given in lieu of flowers to the NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation; First Christian Church, Nebraska City or Kansas State University Foundation, c/o KSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.marshallfuneral.com.