Gene Allan Watermeier, 79, of Unadilla died March 1, 2014 in Lincoln. He was born on May 15, 1934 to Arnold and Amanda (Eisenhauer) Watermeier in rural Burr.

    Gene Allan Watermeier, 79, of Unadilla died March 1, 2014 in Lincoln. He was born on May 15, 1934 to Arnold and Amanda (Eisenhauer) Watermeier in rural Burr.


    Gene was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and loved the USA flag and what it stood for.  


    He married Lois Tegelhutter on April 5, 1955 at St. John’s Church in Syracuse.  He graduated from UNL, College of Agriculture, in 1960 then came home to begin his farming career in Otoe County.


    He is survived by wife Lois Watermeier of Unadilla; son Dan (Jean Ann) Watermeier of Syracuse; daughter Amy (Alan) Emshoff of Exeter; grandchildren Taylor (Kory) Kahlandt, Leslie (Ryan) McIntosh, Maddy and Meredith Emshoff, Rachel and Kaitlyn Watermeier; great grandchildren Oliver and Reagan McIntosh; sister Ruth Windhorst of Syracuse; brother Junior (Marlene) Watermeier of Burr; sister-in-law Dona Mae Watermeier of Lincoln; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


    He was preceded by brother and sister-in-law Joy and Roleen Watermeier, brother Dale Watermeier, and brother-in-law Orville Windhorst.


    He had a passion for family, agriculture, education and soil and water conservation.  He truly loved connecting with people.  He also loved attending his grandkids’ many activities, music and singing, Garrison Keillor and following the Nebraska Legislature.  Most of all, he loved God.


    Gene enjoyed serving on numerous boards, including Luther Memorial, the S-D-A School, Syracuse Foundation, Southeast Community College Board of Governors, Farm Credit Services, Burr Co-op, Nebraska Farm Business, Grain Sorghum Board, U.S. Feed Grain Council, UNL Ag Alumni, and was recently inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agriculture Achievement.


    Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., all at the funeral home. Family will greet friends at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Syracuse from 6-8 p.m. with a brief prayer service at 7 p.m.
    Funeral services will be Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery with military honors.


    In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Dollars for Scholars (scholarship fund), the Syracuse or Unadilla Rescue Squad or Luther Memorial Church.


    Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, is in charge of arrangements.


    Condolences can be expressed at www.fusselmanallenharvey.com.