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Gerald R. Spiehs

May 17, 1937 — September 13, 2020

Gerald R. Spiehs, 83, of Cairo, Nebraska, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 13, 2020, surrounded by his family at CHI Health St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, NE.



Memorial service will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island with Derek Apfel officiating. Burial of cremains will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 PM to 7 PM Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Apfel Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Cairo Fire Department or Cairo Quick Response Team.



Gerald was born near Doniphan, NE, on May 17, 1937, to Rudolph and Opal (Matthews) Spiehs. He grew up on a farm near Doniphan and moved to Cairo as a young boy. He graduated from Cairo High School in 1956. Just out of high school, he served in the National Guard for eight years.



He married Twila Madsen, on May 8, 1960, in Nysted, NE, where they settled on a farm near Cairo, NE to start their family.



He was an extremely hard worker throughout his life. In addition to farming, his first job was at Baasch & Sons, and then at Ford New Holland for 25 years before retiring.



When his kids were growing up, he found joy in coaching his son’s DCB baseball team for several years and attending all of his kids’ activities.



He enjoyed his extra time with many hobbies, including watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, making wood crafts with Twila for Grandpa and Grandma’s Workshop, playing cards, telling stories, and spending time with his family.



Gerald is survived by his wife of 60 years, Twila Spiehs of Cairo; daughter Brenda Mead and partner Mike Burson, of Wood River; daughter and son-in-law Dana and Steve Lemburg, of La Vista; son and daughter-in-law Darren and Tara Spiehs, of Sellersburg, IN; one brother and one sister; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.



Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.apfelfuneralhome.com.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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memorial service

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

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1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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Burial

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