Lee German, 85, of Surprise, Arizona, died on Sunday, December 29th, 2013, at his home.
Lee was born on November 22nd, 1928, at Cozad, Nebraska. He was one of five children born to Erling and Doris VanNortwick German. Lee grew up in the Cozad community where he graduated from high school. He went on to attend Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a couple of years.
Lee was married to Leola Naumann in Lexington on June 11th, 1950. They joined the New Tribes Mission in 1951 and served as missionaries in the Philippine Islands until 1971 when they returned to Imperial to farm and create the mission’s first pilot training program. They later moved to Grant and continued to train pilots out of the Grant airport. After his retirement, Lee and Leola enjoyed travelling in their motor home. They made their winter home in Surprise and travelled the midwest in the summer. They especially enjoyed spending summer time in Wyoming.
In addition to his travel and his motor home, Lee enjoyed fishing and sharing and witnessing his faith in the Lord to hundreds of people over his lifetime. He had been actively involved in a prison ministry in Arizona the past few years.
In addition to his parents, Lee was preceded in death by one sister, Ruthie German.
He is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Leola; three daughters, Karen Strouse of Phoenix, Laura (Ron) Coniglio of Lincoln and Doris German of Saguache, Colorado; one son, Calvin (Karen) German of Omaha; a foster son, Francis (Sheri) Mousseau; four grandchildren, Eugene Strouse, Elizabeth (Tim) Langan, Henry (Anne) and Carolyn German; two great-grandchildren, Conor and Kyle Langan; two sisters-Dodie (Harold) Sanders of Cozad, Janie Scott of Golden, Colorado and one brother, Cal (Barbara) German of Imperial, Nebraska; other relatives and friends.
His body was donated to the Nebraska Anatomical Board in Omaha. A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 4th, 2014, at the Imperial Bible Church with Pastor Scott Stinson, officiating.
A memorial has been established to the New Tribes Missoin-Ilongot Dorm Project, 1000 E First St., Sanford Florida 32771 or the Imperial Bible Church- 800 W.11th St. Imperial Nebraska.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.