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Eustis Resident: Floyd L. Gengenbach, Age 97

Thursday, July 30, 2020
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Floyd L. Gengenbach

Floyd L. Gengenbach of Eustis passed away Monday, July 20th, 2020 at Elwood Care Center at the age of 97.

Floyd was born July 2nd, 1923 to Gottlob and Emma (Gruber) Gengenbach at their farm home northeast of Eustis. Floyd was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis. Floyd attended Dawson County Rural School District #70 and graduated from Eustis High School with the class of 1940.

Following graduation, he attended electrical school and was certified as an electrician. Electricity was just becoming available in the area due to the Tri-County project, and he did the electrical wiring for many of the farms in the area. He also started farming with his father following high school and that was his occupation throughout his adult life. Floyd was united in marriage to Bernice Gates on June 21st, 1953 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus, Nebraska. Their union was blessed with three children, Michael, Marilyn and Marc.

Floyd was a life long member of St. John's Lutheran Church and became involved in the mission of the church by teaching Sunday School for over 40 years. He was a member of the church choir for more than 50 years and served as secretary of the Congregation Council for several years. During his youth he was involved in Luther League, where he held offices in the local group and at the District and Federation levels. He enjoyed taking part in Bible Camp and attended International League Conventions in various parts of the United States. Floyd was part the community by serving on the Dawson County Extension Board, the Board of Directors of Farmland Service Coop of Gothenburg (now Country Partners Coop) and the Farmers Elevator Board in Eustis. He served on the Dawson County Farm Bureau Board, was a board member of the Eustis Senior Center and volunteered many hours with maintenance at the Center. Part of his volunteer service at the Center was to help make the ice cream for the monthly birthday observances (which he did for over ten years), and to help with the noodle making for many years. His hobbies were farm work and working in the shop with metal. He fixed all of the breakdowns on machinery, but he also was creative with metal and made many improvements to his equipment. He was very particular and focused in his work, and enjoyed going to the iron pile and repairing rather than replacing. He enjoyed music and was a member of the Lion's Club Quartette along with Paul Grabenstein, Adolph Koch and Clarence Johnson, which sang for many events for several years.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Bernice; children, Michael and wife Peggy of Eustis, Marilyn and husband Raymond Warren of Roseburg, OR and Marc and his wife Karen of Blair, NE; grandchildren: Megan and her husband Rudy Gonzales of Fort Worth, Texas, Michelle and her husband Matthew Paris of York, NE, Carissa and her husband Leandro Castro of Omaha, NE, Heidi and her husband USAF Jerod Hausmann of Omaha, NE, USAF Christopher Warren and his wife Kelsea of Popefield, NC, and USAF Matthew Warren of Kunsan, Korea; great grandsons Xavier Paris, Noah and Barrett Hausman; great granddaughters Izabelle Paris, Lea and Olivia Castro, Charlotte Warren; brother-in-law Wayne Janssen of Gothenburg and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Gottlob and Emma Gengenbach; his brother Walter and his wife Mildred Gengenbach; and his sister Eileen Janssen.

Memorials are suggested to St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis, Eustis Senior Center or Trinity Lutheran Church in Gothenburg. Online condolences may be shared at Graveside services were held Saturday, July 25th, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Eustis East Cemetery with Pastor Steve Berke and Vicar Kathy Gundell officiating. Visitation was Friday, July 24th, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home.