Herbert H. Wieckhorst, age 99, of Nebraska City, passed away at home, surrounded by his family, on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.
Herb was born to Peter H. and Emma Marie (Griepenstroh) Wieckhorst on Nov. 28, 1918, on the family farm south of Nebraska City.
Herb graduated from Nebraska City High School in 1936. He enlisted in the Navy for four years and was discharged.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Herb reenlisted for four more years, serving as a diesel mechanic on ships in the Pacific.
On July 9, 1943, Herb and Marie R. Cox, where united in marriage in San Diego, Calif.
After receiving an honorable discharge, Herb returned to his wife and Nebraska City, where he took over the family farm operation.
Herb was a member of Bethel United Church of Christ, Elks Lodge 1049 and Fraternal Order of Eagles 968.
He served on many church and community boards. Herb was a military hero and hero in other ways to many people.
He cared deeply for family, friends, community, and country.
Herb really never retired from farming or working but, in later years, took time to meet his coffee buddies every morning.
Herb is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 67 years, and his two brothers: Harry and Walter. Herb is survived by: daughter, Sherry Bitz and husband Kenneth of LaRue, Texas; son, Harry Wieckhorst and wife Dianne of Nebraska City; granddaughter, Anne Bennett and Adam of Nebraska City; grandson, Andrew Wieckhorst of Julian, two great grandsons: Preston Wieckhorst and Trevor Bennett; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
There will be no viewing or visitation held.  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service, for Herbert H. Wieckhorst, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at 11 a.m. at The Bethel United Church of Christ, 2100 Central Avenue, Nebraska City. Private burial of Herbert’s ashes will be held at a later date at the Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City.
The family wishes memorials to be given in honor of Herbert to the Nebraska City Rescue Squad.
Messages of condolences can be sent to Peterson Mortuary, 111 N 11th St, Nebraska City, NE 68410, or on our website - www.PetersonMortuaryNE.com or emailed to PetersonMortuary@hotmail.com. Services are entrusted to Peterson Mortuary at 111 North 11th Street in Nebraska City, Nebraska, 68410.