Gothenburg Resident: Emil Charles Alberts, 79 (1933-2013)

Emil Charles Alberts, 79, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died June 26th, 2013, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 15th, 1933, on the family farm north of Gothenburg, son of Charlie and Hilway (Haddad) Alberts.

Emil graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1951. On November 3rd, 1955, he joined the army and served his country until he was honorable discharged on June 26th, 1957.

On January 18th, 1973, Emil married Lois Vickers at the First United Methodist Church in Gothenburg.

In 2005 Emil was elected into the Dawson County Cattleman Hall of Fame, for his life long dedication to his herd of high-quality Hereford and crossbred cattle.

Emil was always proud that he was born on his dad's farm north of Gothenburg and was able to live there all his life except for the two years he spent in the service, stationed in Germany. He loved to work with cattle and trapping. He had a special place in his heart for his horses, especially Babe and Joker and his dogs, Spotty, Daisy, Honey. Emil had a green thumb and was known as the Watermelon Man to many as well as his home grown cantaloupe. Emil was a faithful giver of blood to the Red Cross until they could no longer find a vein; at last tally he was over 13 gallons donated

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Lois Alberts, step-daughters, Shirley Logan, Karen Mann, Janet Jenkins all of Gothenburg; brother, George C.(Rosemary) Alberts of Gothenburg; sister, Bessie (Tony)  Shada of Kearney, Nebraska; sister-in-law Cleta Alberts of Aurora, Nebraska; nephews Mark Alberts, Mike Alberts,  Dan Alberts, David Shada, Gary Shada; nieces Cindy  Burns, Cheryl Irwin, Mary Rivett, Toni Ann Jackson; six step-grandchildren, 15 step- great-grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

Emil was preceded in death by his parents, Hilway and Charlie Alberts, brothers Jesse Alberts, Alfred Alberts, Johnny Alberts, nephew, Lane Alberts and step-son Mike Jenkins.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Sunday, June 30th, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 2-4 p.m.

Services will be held at First United Methodist Church on July 1st, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating.

Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg.

Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

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