Gerald Wortman, 93, of Tekamah, NE

Gerald Duane Wortman was born August 9, 1924 to Albert and Margaret (Young) Wortman in Tekamah, Nebraska. He passed away December 26, 2017 at Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tekamah, at the age of 93 years.

Gerald and his family moved to the Macy, Nebraska area in 1936. He graduated from Macy High School in 1943. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1944, and served with the 6th Marine Division in Guam, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and China. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He married JoAnne Hanneman on September 10, 1947. To this union were born three children: Terry, Jaccie and Brian.

Gerald worked for TekSeed, Leo Tobin, Harry Fankhouser and Clyde Stork. He also worked on the home farm near Walthill, Nebraska. He went on to work for his brother-in-law, Elwin Robinson, as a truck driver and shelled corn. In 1965, he bought the Standard Station in Tekamah and ran it until 1983. He became a mechanic at Tekamah Motors, working until his retirement in 1991.

Gerald was a member of the American Legion Post No. 15 and VFW Bataan Post No. 3304.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Delmar, Lawrence, Vernon and Don; grandson, Derek Wortman; granddaughter, Juliet Wortman.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnne; children, Terry (LuAnn) Wortman, Jaccie (Steve) Mencke, Brian (Mary) Wortman; grandchildren, Amie (Jeff) Ohlmann, Taressa (Shawn) Poppert, Collin Wortman, Brent Mencke, Craig (Crystal) Mencke, Mark Wortman, Jennifer (Stephen) Mills; 11 great grandchildren.


Friday December 29th
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will receive friends 5-6:30 pm. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.


Saturday December 30th
 10:30 AM
First Baptist Church, Tekamah12th & K Streets
Tekamah, Nebraska 68061

Military Honors will be conducted following service at the church.

Burial is in the Tekamah Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Gerald Wortman


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