Arlen E. Griepenstroh, 81 of Nebr. City passed away Oct. 20, 2015 at his home.
He was born September 5, 1934, at home near Nebraska City, NE, the son of Ernest and Margaret (Neels) Griepenstroh. He attended elementary school at District 17 and graduated in 1952 from Nebraska City High School.
On September 17, 1955, he married Kathleen Lechner at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. They lived on a farm on Steam Wagon Road and Arlen began his farming career.
In 1957, Arlen enlisted in the U.S. Army and after serving his country returned to the Nebraska City area to farm. In addition to farming, Arlen worked for over 25 years for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conversation Service.
Arlen was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and served as a Lector. He was active in many organizations and was elected to various roles on the Farmer’s Co-op Board, Farmer’s Elevator Board, Lourdes Central Catholic School Board and Building Committee, St. Benedict’s Catholic Church Board, Nebr. City Apple Corps Barbershop Choir and he served as an Otoe County FSA Committeeman.
Arlen is survived by his wife Kathleen Griepenstroh of Nebr. City; two daughters, Sandra Stark and her husband Deloy of Lincoln, NE, and Carol Wehling and husband Joe of Elkhorn, NE; four grandchildren including Eric Burr and his wife Chelsey, Nathan Burr and his wife Sarah, Nicole Wehling and Tyler Wehling; two great grandchildren including Gabbie Burr (daughter of Eric and Chelsey) and Olivia Burr (daughter of Nathan and Sarah); three sisters, Laurene Bando, Esther Morris, Ruth Viox, all of Nebr. City and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Steven, who passed away at the age of five in 1963; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl and Viola Lechner; also, three brothers-in-law, Harold Morris, Johnny Bando, and Fred Viox.
Funeral Services were to be Friday morning (10/23) at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nebraska City with Fr. Mark Cyza celebrating the Mass. Burial in St. Benedict's Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Nebraska Army National Guard Funeral Honors Detail.
A prayer svc is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Thursday (10/22) at Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City.
Memorials are suggested to St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Nebr. City or the family's choice of a charity.
Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.
Gude Mortuary in charge of the funeral arrangements.