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Gerald "Jerry" Walter Lothrop

June 16, 1940 — March 10, 2021

Gerald W. Lothrop, 80, of rural Shelton passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at his home following an extended illness.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, March 16th at the First United Methodist Church in Wood River. The Rev. Trudy Hanke will officiate. Burial of cremains will be in the Wood River Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm on March 15th at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island. March In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Wood River or AseraCare Hospice of Grand Island.

Apfel Funeral Home – Wood River is assisting the family.

Gerald “Jerry” was born June 16, 1940, at Brush, CO to Edward and Agnes (Madsen) Lothrop. Jerry started school in St. Paul, NE and 13 years later finished his formal education in St. Paul, NE. He attended 17 schools located in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Colorado as his father owned and operated produce stores in various cities and relocated the family frequently.

In 1962, Jerry married Marlene Lange at Wolbach, NE. Three sons were born to his union. In 1997, Jerry married Mary Parker at Broken Bow, NE.

Before employment at Case New Holland in 1966, Jerry was employed in various occupations. He worked in several departments at New Holland and enjoyed many friendships with fellow employees, often only knowing them by their New Holland nicknames. He retired from New Holland in 1998, after 32 years of employment.

Jerry was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church and attended the First United Methodist Church since 2000.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, Keith (Jill) Lothrop of Grand Island, Bill (Connie) Lothrop of St. Paul; Rick (Cindy) Lothrop of Grand Island; three step-daughters, Melanie Miller of Omaha, Katrina Evans of Cedar Bluffs, NE, Nilene Parker of Winslow, NE; seven grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; a sister, Karen Van de Stowe of Fremont, NE; and brother, Melvin Lothrop of San Antonio, TX.

Jerry was preceded in death by an infant brother, Jimmie; brother-in-law, Gerald Van de Stowe; and sister-in-law, Lelia Bennett.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, March 15, 2021

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

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Wood River United Methodist Church

, Wood River, NE 68883

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