Gerald Dean Hemphill, 42, died on October 19th, 2012, at his home in Valley, Nebraska.
Gerald was born November 18th, 1969, in Lexington, Nebraska, to Jerry and Marilyn (Loomer) Hemphill. Gerald grew up in Cozad, Nebraska, where he attended country school, and graduated from Cozad High School in 1988. In 2008, Gerald would complete schooling at Southeast Community College and earn his degree as a Paramedic. As a young boy, Gerald was active in 4-H, enjoyed hunting, playing football and basketball, and was a dog trainer.
Gerald married Misty J. Micheli on July 24th, 1993, in the Rose Garden at Memorial Park in Omaha, Nebraska and to this union, four daughters were born: Michele, Samantha, Kallie and Jaina. The family has made their home in Valley, Nebraska.
Gerald has worked for Cox Cable and Galaxy Cable and work at the front desk at the Omaha Police Department, but he was most proud of the work he has done as a Paramedic with the Fremont Fire Department and as the Rescue Chief with the Valley Fire Department. In addition to his work at the Departments, he was very active teaching and training EMT’s.
Through his work with the Fire Departments, Gerald would impact many, many lives and make numerous friends at both the local and state levels.
Gerald was a huge fan of both the Dallas Cowboys and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He always enjoyed a Capt. Morgan and Coke, or dinner out at Kobe’s Steakhouse. Bad drivers, and hearing the word “No” were always pet peeves, and he could often be heard saying, “you can’t fix stupid”. Gerald loved his work, his friends and his family deeply.
Survivors include his wife Misty, daughters: Michele, Samantha, Kallie, and Jaina; parents Jerry and Marilyn Hemphill; sisters, Ramona (Chad) Morris of Denver, Colorado, Cherie (Ryan) Meredith, Pam (Tony) Nichols and brother Rick (Kim) Hemphill, all of Cozad; grandpa Winston Loomer of Lexington, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Mary Jane Loomer and Elaine and Doyle Hemphill and infant niece, Allison Hemphill-Lee.
Memorial service were held Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Valley.
Inurnment was at Prospect Hill Cemetery at Elkhorn.