Gunnery Sergeant Fred Herman Gebers, 91, USMC retired

Gunnery Sergeant Fred Herman Gebers USMC retired passed away at the Western Nebraska Veteran's Home in Scottsbluff, Nebraska Saturday, November 9, 2013.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 17 E 27th Street in Scottsbluff with Pastor Brad Brauer officiating. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Gering with military honors by the U.S. Marine Corp. Visitation will be Friday at Dugan Kramer Funeral Chapel from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Memorials may be given to Calvary Lutheran Church. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com.

Fred H. Gebers was born to Carl Henry and Erna Loretta (Heimke) Gebers on September 7, 1922, in Tewel Germany. He was baptized at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neuenkirchen Germany. In January 1924, he immigrated with his parents to America and they lived on various farms in the Hardy and Byron, Nebraska area. He graduated from Hardy High School, Hardy Nebraska in 1940.

Fred entered the U.S. Marine Corps on April 15, 1942, during World War II and Korean War. He retired from the U.S. Marines Corps in January 1963. While in the Marines, he served overseas five times including many islands in the South and Southwest Pacific and such countries as New Zealand, New Caledonia, Hawaii, Okinawa, Panama and Japan. He is an Atomic Bomb Veteran serving in Nagasaki 1945-Empire of Japan-Headquarters Battalion-2nd Marine Division-Occupation Force. In the states he served at San Diego, CA, Camp Pendleton CA, NAD Hastings NE, Great Lakes IL, Parris Island SC, Mississippi, Virginia Beach VA, Lakehurst NJ and Camp Lejeune NC.

After his military retirement, he served with Seward NE police department until March 1966, when he became employed with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation/Gering, NE. He married Darlene L. Peterson Allen Phelps on October 12, 1968, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff, NE. Prior to their marriage, his wife had lost two husbands in death. He retired from Western Area Power Administration, Department of Energy, in September 1984. He had a total of 38 years of Federal Service. At this time he and his wife moved to Loveland, CO. They lived in Loveland, CO until returning to the Scottsbluff-Gering area in 2000.

Fred was a life member of the following: VFW Post 1681, American Legion Post #36-Gering, NE, Disabled AV, NCO Association of America, Fleet Reserve Association, National Association of Uniformed Services, Association of Retired Federal Employees, 5th Marine Division, FMF Association and the National Association of Atomic Vets. He is also a member of the Scottsbluff Elks Lodge #1367 and Marine Corps League.

He is survived by his step daughter Cindy (Jim) Spencer of Morrill, step sons Douglas Allen and Ron Allen of Fruita, CO, Larry Allen (Maxine) of Palisade, CO and Randy Allen (Pam) of Aurora, NE, cousin Delores Heitmann of Byron, NE and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving and faithful wife, Darlene and step son Gary Allen.

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