Paul Laverne Obermiller
Paul Laverne Obermiller, 78, of Grand Island died Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, January 28, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Grand Island West Lawn Cemetery with military honors by the United Veterans Honor Guard and Nebraska Army National Guard.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, January 27, at All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island.
Paul was born August 21, 1934, to Emil and Anna (Hagmann) Obermiller in Howard County. He went to District 74 rural school and graduated from Dannebrog High School in 1952 where he was on the football team. Paul enlisted in the US military in 1953 and served as an Army MP in Augsburg, Germany, completing his service in 1955. He attended Kearney State College and then worked on the family farm in Howard County until moving to Grand Island to work at Southern Nebraska Public Power.
He married Betty Lou Wiebe on May 29, 1959, in Columbus, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Columbus until moving back to Grand Island in 1960 where they have lived and raised their family. Paul was a life-long member of the Platt Duetsche Society and the St. Paul American Legion and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. An avid hunter, he often spent time in the Nebraska Sandhills deer hunting. He retired from Southern Nebraska in 1990 to pursue his true love of farming. His love of nature kept him outside and enjoying drives and his retreat along the Loup River. Paul enjoyed playing cards with friends at every opportunity. He also enjoyed spending time with his many brothers and sisters-in-law and sisters and brothers-in-law.
Paul is survived by his wife, Betty Lou, two sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Kay Obermiller of Grand Island, Jon and Dixie Obermiller of Kearney; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and John Heffron of Adelaide, South Australia; grandchildren Jacob and Denisha Obermiller, Zachary, Isaac, Hannah, and Noah, Breanna and Bret Obermiller, Adam and Andrew Gallagher; and one great grandchild, Ethan Obermiller. He is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Vange Obermiller, Mary Obermiller, Donald and Doris Obermiller, Larry and Arlene Obermiller, Harold Obermiller, James and Beth Obermiller, Emil and Vickie Obermiller, and sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Larry Stutzman, Connie and Daryl Anderson, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Virgil, Gaylord and Delvin, and sister, Darlene Eilenstine.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Korean War Hall County Hero Flight, Wounded Warrior Project or the Church.