Gilbert Edward "Gil" Karges, 81, of Lincoln, Nebraska, formerly of Kearney, Nebraska, died Friday, January 4th, 2013, in Lincoln.
He was born February 12th, 1931, in Auburn, Nebraska, to Gilbert S. and Jessie (Rogers) Karges.
On June 7th, 1953, he married Connie Clark in St. Edward, Nebraska.
He spent his early years in Sterling and in Glendale, California and returned to Nebraska when he was in the fifth grade.
The farm outside Albion, Nebraska, was his home for most of his early school year and he treasured his years at Albion High School. He was a part of the undefeated football team of 1948. He graduated from high school in 1949.
Gil graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1953 and majored in vocational agriculture. Following his ROTC training in college, he entered the U.S. Army in 1953 and served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Hood, Texas, and Camp Chaffee, Arkansas.
He and Connie were married at the Presbyterian Church in St. Edward during a tornado. The marriage lasted for almost 60 years.
Following his Army service, Gil was a dairy farmer for 18 years. He started on a farm in the Woodville, Nebraska, area south of St. Edward and then farmed on the family farm just west of Albion. That was where he felt the call to the ministry in 1971 and went to St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri, for his training. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1974.
He served a Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas, while in seminary and was appointed to United Methodist Churches in Doniphan/Rosedale and Waverly. After retirement, he served Cortland United Church and Denton/Pleasant Dale United Methodist Churches in Nebraska. His "home church" was the United Methodist Church in Albion. He recently was a retired minister at Christ United Methodist Church in Lincoln.
Gil was appointed to serve as a district superintendent of the Central District of the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1990 and retired (sort of) in 1995.
Gil was an avid UNL football fan, loved playing golf and enjoyed singing tenor in various church choirs. He was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. He treasured his friends and colleagues. He loved his family and enjoyed Christmas with them this past week.
Survivors include his wife; and sons and their families, Todd and his wife, Dianne, their sons, Tim and wife Elissa, Joshua and Matthew and daughter, Joy, Kelly and his wife, Cindy, their daughters, Katie and Emily and son, Zack and Casey and his twins, daughter, Maggie and son, Michael.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Beckwith; and brother, Bill.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, January 8th at Christ United Methodist Church in Lincoln with the Rev. Jim Miller officiating.
Memorials are suggested to Christ United Methodist Church.
Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln was in charge of arrangements.