Cantrell Funeral Home

609 S. Walnut St., Kimball, NE


Gale J. Gehrke

April 6, 1925March 20, 2020

Gale J. Gehrke, 94, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Friday, March 20, 2020. Private family burial services will be held in the Kimball Cemetery with Randy Bohac officiating. A Celebration of Gale’s Life will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held at Cantrell funeral home on Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Gale’s Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be given in her memory to First English Lutheran Church or the American Alzheimer’s Association. The services for Gale have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Gale June Gehrke, born April 6, 1925 north of Kimball, the daughter of Floyd and Lula (Edmisten) Fletcher. Gale graduated from Kimball High School in 1942 and was employed as a bookkeeper for a local business and then as an Xray Lab Technician for a local doctor’s office. Gale was married to Kenneth Gehrke on December 1, 1946 and lived on the farm south of Bushnell until moving into Bushnell in 1976. She was an active member of First English Lutheran Church, Grace Circle and the Altar Guild. Important in her life was love and service to her Lord and family and friends. Gale loved to sing in her younger years and sang in the church choir for years. She was active in Sunday school all during the years her children were growing up, teaching and playing the piano for the young Sunday School children. Church has always been a part of Gale’s life, realizing as the years went by how much she depended on God’s word. She was a member of the Tidy Ten Club, South of Bushnell which was formed in 1950; and the Granny Craft Club; she loved to bake pies and loved making quilts for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Gale was a wonderful mother and grandmother and was loved by her family and many of their friends. She served on the Bushnell Election Board for many years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sharing her Christian Fiction books with friends. She often commented that books were great friends that should be shared with anyone who enjoyed reading. Survivors include her son, David (LaVonne) Gehrke of Gilbert, AZ; daughters Carolyn Fletcher of Kimball, NE and Tami (James Ray) Argo-Ray of Gold Canyon, AZ and Kimball, NE; grandchildren, Staci Gehrke, of Mesa, AZ., Sean (Rachel) Conover of Omaha, NE., Amanda (Keenan) Waters of Brighton, CO., and Lorissa (James Barnum) Argo-Ray of Denver, CO; great grandchildren, Jesse Wood of Mesa, AZ, Hannah Wood of Mesa, AZ., Austin and Joshua Hill, Malachi and Isaiah Trujillo of Brighton, CO., and Asher and Reagan Conover of Omaha, NE.


  • David (LaVonne) Gehrke, Son
  • Carolyn Fletcher, Daughter
  • Tami (James) Argo-Ray, Daughter
  • Staci Gehrke, Granddaughter
  • Sean (Rachel) Conover, Grandson
  • Amanda (Keenan) Waters, Granddaughter
  • Lorissa (James Barnum) Argo-Ray, Granddaughter
  • Jesse Wood, Great Grandson
  • Hannah Wood, Great Granddaughter
  • Austin Hill, Great Grandson
  • Joshua Hill, Great Grandson
  • Malachi Trujillo, Great Grandson
  • Isaiah Trujillo, Great Grandson
  • Asher Conover, Great Grandson
  • Reagan Conover, Great Granddaughter

  • Mark Stormberg, Honorary Bearer
  • Clinton Cornils, Honorary Bearer
  • Marv Lewellen, Honorary Bearer
  • Don Wood, Honorary Bearer
  • Floyd Kein, Jr., Honorary Bearer
  • Bill Mueller, Honorary Bearer
  • Bob Mueller, Honorary Bearer
  • James Mueller, Honorary Bearer


  • Private Family Graveside Service Will be Held


Gale J. Gehrke

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Jack and Joan Lockwood

March 26, 2020

We have many special memories of Gale.
A gracious lady ,friend and neighbor.
From living close south of Bushnell and in later years at VistaVilla.
Many trips together while Kenneth and Jack served on the REA board.
Our memorial gift has been given to the Vista Villa Residents memorial fund,
Thinking of you all with love.
Jack and Joan Lockwood

Dorothy Johnson

March 25, 2020

Gale was always a kind, sincere joy to be around. When visiting my father, Lawrence Weigel, at the Villa, she greeted us as we went by her apt. and always asked about my family. I tried to check in on her the numerous times I visited there. I remember when her family was young and attended church and Sunday school, always so well behaved and attentive.