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Gifford Cogdill

Gifford Lane Cogdill ’81

Posted on 17 February 2014 by vunruh

Jan 27, 1959 – Jan 30, 2014
Gifford Lane Cogdill passed away in his sleep at the age of 54. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Otis and Ada Cogdill. He lived in Dakota City, Nebraska until the age of 5, and then moved to Niobrara, Nebraska. During high school, he lived in Running Water, South Dakota and graduated from Springfield High School.
He married Amy Benson on August 8, 1981 and was married for 21 years before she passed on June 29, 2003. He was employed at West at the time of his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Connie Staples. Survivors include his children: son Chris of Arizona and daughter Charis of Omaha; sisters, Anita Minino (Rocky) of Omaha, Sally Hendrickson (Paul) of South Dakota, and Peggy Lopez (Al) of California; brother-in-law, Jerry Staples of South Dakota.

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Dennis Gebers

Dennis Gebers, ’81

Posted on 05 November 2013 by vunruh

Dennis Allan Gebers went to be with the Lord Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

Mr. Gebers was born April 13, 1953, to Loren and Inez (Woerlen) Gebers.

He grew up in Johnson, NE and graduated from Johnson-Brock High School in 1971. He attended Midland University in Fremont, NE and married Cindy Moritz. They went to Golden Valley College in Minneapolis, MN and later Dennis transferred and graduated from Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, NE.

He had four children, Rachel, Joshua, Michealia and Bill. Dennis was a dedicated father, lay minister, pressman and worked with various groups and organizations helping “his fellow man.”

Dennis married Diane McCain on May 21, 1993. He then added four more children to his extended family, Sonja, Dawn, Joshua, and Sarah, along with four grandchildren. Dennis continued working with group homes and a Drug and Alcohol Recovery House. He and Diane took over a bed and breakfast called “The Kirschke House” and they also had foster children to care for in their home. “Grandpa” Dennis’ family grew with 12 “grandchildren” and 10 “great-grandchildren.”

Dennis loved God first and foremost in his life and had a strong loyalty and love for his family. He had a very quick wit, humor and a winning smile because he loved life. Dennis enjoyed his relationship with Jesus, nature, science, and the simple pleasures in life like fishing, reading, and gardening. His greatest joy was to talk to anyone about their relationship to Jesus, showing how one could have the forgiveness and the love of Jesus in their life forever.

Dennis and Diane moved to Johnson, NE in November of 2009 to be closer to his mother, Inez. He worked with adults who have disabilities through SENDS in Auburn. Dennis fought the good fight with his health issues for many years and shared the love of Jesus with everyone. He looked forward with extreme anticipation of going “home” to be with the Father.

Survivors include two sisters and a brother-in-law, Teresa Gebers, Marcia and Ira Beasterfield; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Duane and Sandy Gebers and Phil and Angie Gebers; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Loren Gebers.

He will be missed very much by his family and friends.

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Violet M. Shonkwiler, ’81

Posted on 20 June 2013 by vunruh

Violet M. Shonkwiler was born on Jan 30, 1918.  She went home to her Lord on March 13, 2013.
She was preceded in death by husband, Donald Shonkwiler and son, Jon. She is survived by her children: Sharon Stoltzfus (Ron) of Tucson, AZ; Hudson Shonkwiler (Linda) of Omaha, Stephen Shonkwiler (Debbie) of Blair, NE and David Shonkwiler (Shelley) of Phoenix, AZ; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; brother, Ivan Stauffer and sister, Betty Iness.

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